Blogmas Day 16: How to beat the winter break blues

It’s the beginning of finals week for me, but based on stuff I’ve seen on Instagram, it seems like some schools are already on winter break! I’m really excited for when I go on break (of course), but I also know that winter break can definitely sometimes start to feel way too long. Once the holiday celebrations are over and your friends from home start to head back to their respective colleges, it can feel like you’re stuck at home far from your friends with nothing to do. Because I know that feeling, I’m here to offer you some tips for how…

Blogmas Day 9: Finals Week — 5 ways to destress with your friends

For many people, finals week is one of the most stressful times of the year. However, you’re not going to be doing your best on your exams if you’re super stressed and unfocused. I think it’s important to schedule in time to destress. Most people will tell you to make time to sleep and eat, which are obviously important things to do, but I think it’s important to make time to do something fun too. Finals week doesn’t have to mean studying non-stop, it can also be some of the best time to do fun things with your friends to…

RA series: The 4 best resources for beautiful boards and flyers

This post is the second installment in my RA series here on Honeybee Joyous. This coming weekend, I’m heading to the annual VACUHO conference as part of my school’s delegation. It’s basically a conference for RAs at colleges all across Virginia and I’m so excited! I went last year and had a great time, and I think this year it will be even better. So, in the spirit of the Residence Life hype I’ve been feeling lately, I thought I’d write an RA-related post this week. In this post, I’ll be running through four  essential resources for when I sit down to…

How to choose the best major for you

Choosing a major is one of the most significant decisions you can make in college. It influences a large number of the classes you take and sometimes can even impact your career post-graduation. Because it’s such a big decision, I knew I wanted to write a post about it. However, I only have so much experience with it and I really can’t speak for a lot of majors. I decided to get around the narrow field of my experience by doing what I always do when I need help — asking my friends. I’m lucky enough to have friends with…

How to exercise when you hate the gym

Ever since I first came to college, one of the things I’ve had the toughest time with is getting myself to exercise. I set some form of an “exercise more” goal every time I do some goal setting, but it’s often the goal I falter on the most. A lot of my friends will go for runs outside or trek to our campus rec center for a cardio and weightlifting session. I’m always amazed by people who have the motivation to make it there because, truth be told, I hate working out at the gym. I don’t like running, I don’t…

How to save money in college

With the sky high amounts that so many of us owe in student loans, being frugal is increasingly important. It can sometimes be hard to save money while you’re in college, but I’ve rounded up my best tips for today’s blog post. Without further ado, check out my 8 best money-saving suggestions for college students! *Please note: This advice comes from my own experience and because of that is geared toward people from an upper middle class background similar to mine. I’m not an expert on this subject and can only speak from my own experience.* 1. Create a budget…

RA series: How to make incredible bulletin boards that WOW your residents

This year marks my second year as an RA in a freshman dorm. My residents just moved in this week and I am so excited for the school year to start! In honor of the new school year, I wanted to start a new series on the blog. This series will include all my best tips on being the best RA you can be. The first post is going to cover one of my favorite parts of being an RA — bulletin boards! {Leave a comment down below with what other RA topics you’d like to see on the blog!}…

How to plan your schedule to maximize your productivity

I’ve just recently moved in for my senior year as an undergrad and this will be my second year as a freshman RA. Now, every school does scheduling differently and from what I know, my school is pretty weird. Our incoming freshmen register for classes just a couple of days before class begins for the fall semester, which can end up being super stressful for those of us who like to approach major life decisions with a color-coded spreadsheet and at least three contingency plans. Things usually work out for the best, but no matter how your school handles scheduling…

Finals week: Your ultimate library survival kit

Finals week is coming up, and — at least for me — that means camping out in the library for most of the day. For finals week last semester, I posted about how to stay sane during this stressful time. This time around, I figured I would write about something I have quite a bit of experience with: packing your backpack for the library. Here are some of the essentials aside from the usual notebooks, textbooks, laptop, and pens that I make sure to bring with me when I head to the library during finals week. Comfy clothes If your only…

How to make sure you’re on the right track with your major

An aspect of college that many students struggle with is the process of selecting a major. There are tons of options, many of which you’ve probably never heard of until you actually get into college. I can’t exactly help you with selecting your major, at least not in this particular blog post, (sorry!) but I’ve got a pretty solid method to make sure you’re on the right track for your major so that you can maximize your time in college. As you may know, I’m a big fan of organizational, color coded spreadsheets. They help me keep my life together…