Bullet Journals Vs. Planners: Which One Should You Use?

Hi, friends! It’s no secret that planning is an important part of being a college student. Planning helps us keep track of assignments/tests, appointments, and other commitments. Two of the most popular types of planners are bullet journals and traditional planners (such as Lilly Pulitzer or Vera Bradley). At some point in my life, I was torn between the two, so I did some research. I found that they both have their advantages, but depending on the person, one might be a better option than the other. In this post, I’ll help you decide which one works best for you: a bullet journal or a traditional planner.

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A bullet journal is for you if:

You’re artistic

Bullet journals are perfect for those who love to doodle in their notebooks. There’s plenty of space for you to add your own artistic touch…

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How to Prepare for a Successful First Day of Class (+ A Free Printable Checklist!)

Hi, friends! It’s almost time for the fall 2016 semester to start. The best way to ensure you have a successful first day of class (and a successful semester) is to prepare accordingly. In this post, I give you a chronological guide to help you prepare for a wonderful few months.

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Start Preparing Now For Your First Day of Class

Now is the time to start making way for all the papers you’ll acquire throughout the upcoming semester. To do that, you should tidy up your workspace. Clearing out your desk and wiping it down would be a great place to start. It would also be a good idea to go through your bookshelves and drawers and reorganize them. Throw away, donate, or sell things you no longer need…

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Life is Too Short

Hi, friends. I know a lot of you like my blog because I try to post positive things and spread happiness. This post is different than my usual posts; it’s long and a bit of a roller coaster, because that is what my life has been these past few weeks.


My cousin and I went to see Before You Exit in concert a few weeks ago. They are a three piece, guitar based band of brothers (think: Jonas Brothers). We decided to splurge on the VIP package, and it was worth it. We got to meet the guys and attend a small Q&A/acoustic performance session. I was starstruck when Riley, my favorite member of BYE, answered my question. During the meet and greet, they asked us how we were doing, said they were happy to see us, and gave us tight hugs. It was quick, but I’ll never forget it.

Back in April, they announced that Christina Grimmie would be opening for them. I had heard about her before, but I hadn’t bothered to check out her music (I don’t know why, I was missing out). But I decided to listen to her music and watch a couple of her videos to get to know her. Like anyone who has ever watched a Christina Grimmie video, I instantly loved her. She was genuine, goofy, and relatable. She spoke about the nerdy things she loved, like video games, without regard for what others would think. She also spoke openly about her faith in God, which was refreshing. Her voice blew me away. I sing in my church’s choir, but when I heard Christina, I felt ashamed to ever open my mouth again because she was that good.

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The concert itself was a lot of fun. We were standing at the barricade in front of Christina’s piano, so I’m positive she saw us jumping and screaming. When the show ended, there was atmosphere of such celebration, joy, and love. I recognized BYE’s friends and family members who were in the audience. I saw Christina, too. I wanted to say hi to her and tell her about how much she inspires me to be a better musician, a better person, and a better follower of Jesus. Unfortunately, I didn’t get the chance, and now I regret it…

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How to Tackle Long Days at School

Hi, friends! Part of being a student is enduring long days at school due to special events like monthly team meetings. Especially for a commuter student, these days can be long and tiring. Here are a few ways to make these days more bearable.
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Get some rest the night before

If you know tomorrow is going to be a long day at school, get some rest the night before. When you are well rested, you’ll have more energy to tackle the day. When I know that I need to rest, I sometimes go as far as setting a “bedtime alarm” that tells me when I should be going to bed. It helps you keep track of the time and makes sure you go to sleep at a decent hour.

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Important Documents Every Student Should Have Handy (+ A Printable Checklist!)

Hi, friends! There are certain documents ever college student should have handy. Even if you don’t need them now, you’ll certainly need them in the future, so it’s a good idea to prepare them and have them with you. Here are some of those all-important documents you should always have with you.

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Major Requirements and Degree Audit

These two documents is essential to planning your academic career. The “Major Requirements” sheet tells you what classes you need to take in order to earn a degree in your field of study. This helps you make sure you know exactly what classes you need to take. If you want to be fancy and think ahead, you can think about which required classes you will take each semester. It may even list other requirements for graduation (such as, a certain GPA). Just as important is the “Degree Audit” sheet. This sheet tells you what classes you have already taken and whether you are on track for graduation. You can get both of these the next time you visit your advisor. If you can’t get a degree audit, an unofficial transcript will do the job just as well, which you can usually download online…

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