Winter break is almost over and that means it's time to start thinking about new classes and how to keep up your new year's resolutions in the new semester. | BLOGMAS DAY 42: 3 THINGS TO DO TO PREPARE FOR A NEW SEMESTER | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

Blogmas Day 42: 3 things to do to prepare for a new semester

Winter break is almost over and that means it’s almost time for spring semester to start! I’m so pumped to start the new semester because it’s my last semester of my undergraduate education, which is exciting but a little scary to think about. Last semester I worked really hard and ended up with the best grades I’ve ever gotten so far in college (including A’s in both of my education classes!) and this semester I want to do just as well, if not better. In order to do that, I’ve got to go into the new semester with a plan…

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The holidays mean seeing family ... and sometimes defending your degree. Here's how to respond to the "What are you going to do with that?" question. | BLOGMAS DAY 23: HOW TO RESPOND WHEN PEOPLE ASK, "WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO WITH THAT?" | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

Blogmas Day 23: How to respond when people ask, “What are you going to do with that?”

The holiday season usually means spending time with family, and sometimes spending time with family means defending what you’ve chosen to study. Well meaning relatives often ask, “What are you going to do with that?” when you tell them what you’re going to be getting a degree in. In this post, I’m going to give you some tips for how to respond to that kind of question without causing a fight at Christmas dinner.     I want to start by saying that my family has always been wonderfully supportive and I’ve never experienced anything but love and confidence from…

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Winter break is always much needed, but it can be hard to be away from college friends in the dead of winter. Here's my tips for beating those blues! | BLOGMAS DAY 16: HOW TO BEAT THE WINTER BREAK BLUES | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

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…

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Finals week can be one of the most stressful times of the year, but luckily there are lots of great things you can do with your friends to destress. | BLOGMAS DAY 9: FINALS WEEK — 5 WAYS TO DESTRESS WITH YOUR FRIENDS | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

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…

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If you're an RA, you know the importance of beautiful bulletin boards. Check out my 4 favorite resources to make yours top notch! | RA SERIES: THE 4 BEST RESOURCES FOR BEAUTIFUL BOARDS AND FLYERS | HONEYBEEJOYOUS

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…

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Choosing a major is one of the most important decisions you can make in college. In this Q+A, real college students give advice on how to select a major. | HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST MAJOR FOR YOU | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

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…

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It can be hard to motivate yourself to exercise when you don't like going to the gym. Here are my tips on creative ways to get around your gym aversion! | HOW TO EXERCISE WHEN YOU HATE THE GYM | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

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…

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Sky high student loans mean that every penny counts in college. Check out these 8 great tips on how to save money as a student! | HOW TO SAVE MONEY IN COLLEGE | HONEYBEEJOYOUS

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…

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Bulletin boards are a crucial part of the RA job. Check out these tips for making amazing bulletin boards that really engage your residents. | RA SERIES: HOW TO MAKE INCREDIBLE BULLETIN BOARDS THAT WOW YOUR RESIDENTS | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

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!}…

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Your class schedule really forms the foundation for your college experience each semester. Here's what to consider when registering for classes!

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…

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