"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson
I've always been an overachiever... everything I've been tasked with has to be done ten times better/faster than is expected of me. With high school, for example, instead of graduating in four years, I graduated in three and had two years of college under my belt. Now with college, I'm trying to speed along to get done with my BA before law school. (And I'll probably be tempted to speed along with law school, as well.)
Having an education and building a foundation for your future career or graduate school also means being well-rounded. This puts on the pressure of being in a ton of student organizations, having a social life, having time to yourself, working, and still being able to succeed in your classes. I went into this upcoming semester with a heavy load... I would be taking 18 credit hours, I would be President of Wishmakers on Campus (and then later found out that I would have to take over as President of another huge organization on campus), I would be apart of a Children's Miracle Network Danceathon, I would be working, I would be studying for the LSAT, I would be rushing to be in a sorority, and I would have to try to find time to relax and actually be a human. Every time I thought of the work load I would have for the upcoming semester, I would go numb.
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Stationary is something I find way too much joy in. I'm the type of person who, when stressed, will literally sit down and write five pages of notes just about my undergraduate course plan (course descriptions and semesters offered included). School shopping time was always my favorite because I could get all of the notebooks, pencils, and pens that I wanted. Stationary is a great way to stay organized and look like an adult, even when you feel like you may not be. I've rounded up a few of my favorite stationary items, and for my 10th (!!!) blogpost, I've decided to tell my top 10 stationary items!
Congratulations to everyone who has graduated in the past few days, or will graduate soon! You made it! Now, it's time to start thinking of how you're going to decorate your dorm, what you'll need, and who your roommate will be. If you're like me, you're probably scouring Pinterest for dorm theme ideas and shopping lists, and repeatedly asking your class's Facebook groups about what you'll need. You want to be prepared, but also don't want to overpack.
This past year, I stayed in a traditional style dorm on my campus. This means I shared a room with one other girl, and shared a bathroom with about 20-30 more. Personally, I wanted my side of the room to match my roommate's as much as possible, so I waited to shop until I for sure knew who my roommate was. If you don't have any requests for a roommate at this point, make it your mission to make friends at orientation. It's likely that many other students don't know who they would want as their roommate and are trying to find one just like you. Take advantage of this. Orientation is there so you can not only get familiar with the school, but also find students who share your major and can hopefully become your lifelong friends.
My roommate and I had a pink, grey, and gold theme for our dorm, but you don't necessarily have to have a theme. I went into college thinking that your roommate's bed and decor had to match (and I do personally still like having a theme), but plenty of other dorms don't have matching beds/decor.
Also, once your room assignment is released (mine was released in July), email/text your roommate so you can get to know each other! You never know. That person may be within 30 minutes of where you live so you two can know who the other is way before move-in day. If not, it's best to at least text your roommate about things such as how the room will be set up and what rules/boundaries you would like to place.
Now that I've gotten completely off track, I will continue on with my topic of everything I needed in my freshman dorm.
Summer is coming and seniors all over the states are about to graduate. You have prom, graduation, goodbyes, and college coming up. It is likely you've already chosen the school you'll be attending in the Fall since May 1st has passed (if you haven't, that's completely okay - I changed my decision in July). Now, you're thinking of dorms, the new friends you'll meet, orientation, whether or not you're going to rush, what you're going to major in, and what your classes will be like. It's exciting, but it's also exhausting and overwhelming. This survival guide is compiled with all of my tips and pieces of advice that I wish I would've known my Freshman year.
Most likely, you went into college with a plan. You were going to major in this, graduate at the top of your class, and become the best person your career field has ever had. Then, all of the sudden, things change. You suddenly realize that what you were studying is the complete opposite of what you dreamed. It's not connecting in your head, it doesn't fit your personality, and it just overall stresses you out thinking about how you're going to finish four more years of this awful study course. I know that's how I was.
My senior year in high school, I changed my anticipated major many times. At first, it was Political Science. I wanted to be a lawyer, and had even had a bit of experience interning at a law office, but then somehow, I got talked out of it. The main thing people always told me was that I would have to do a lot of reading and writing if I were a lawyer. Somehow, being constantly told that I wouldn't like my job because it would be a ton of busy work ended up making me change my mind (I don't know why, though, because I love reading and writing). Then, it was Psychology. I'd struggled with things in the past and wanted to help and counsel people like others had counseled me. I was then talked out of it because the likelihood of making a ton money in that career field is teeny tiny. Although I still love the field of Psychology, I don't regret changing from it.