This past weekend has been super hectic for me. I literally just finished putting all of my things away like an hour ago... Finally, it is done!! Today was my first day of classes and of course I wake up feeling sick. Such a miserable day to go to class. This post is going to be kind of short because I'm not feeling very well to write a long post. However, because I'm not doing a post about what I normally write today, I'm going to post 2 on Friday! Yes, you heard that right!!
Soo... how is everyone doing starting school??! Hopefully you're having a better day than I did. Message me if you want anything specific for me to write about!
I’ve received some comments from people who wanted to know some advice for seniors in high school getting ready for college. First off I am SUPER jealous of you guys because my freshman year of college is one of the best years I’ve had so far. I know you guys are all stressed about getting ready. This is a totally normal feeling. I was definitely nervous getting ready for college. The first thing is applying. This can be a brutal process, I know. I would start by taking an entire day (or 2) to do your college apps. When writing the essay portion you should really take your time. This could be very important in whether they decide to accept you or not. I had a problem writing my essay in the short amount of words that they required but it’ll all work out!
Now you’ve applied and are waiting to hear back from the colleges. I’ll admit.. I probably checked my email at least a hundred times a day to see if they responded. The key to this is to keep you busy. Always keep yourself busy with schoolwork, extra curricular, or other activities that you like. It is very important that you don’t slack off your senior year. Trust me, I know it is hard since senior year is always known as your slack off year. I know from experience that if you slack off your senior year, then your freshman year of college will be extremely hard. Going from doing nothing to always being busy and stressed is a very hard transition. So try not to slack off!!
The most important thing about your last year at high school and the summer before you go to college is managing your time. I know this may be hard because all you want to do is hang out with your friends. Of course you should be hanging out with your friends! However, hanging out with your family is also very important. It’s going to be weird not having your mom and/or dad not with you and you’ll start to appreciate them more once you leave. I also found that getting a job your last year (if you don’t already have one) is important. It’s very nice to have a little extra money with you for entertainment, food, or shopping!
Welcome to college!! You're going to love it!!
Shopping for college can be very overwhelming. I know I have problems with this all of the time. Especially when I start thinking that there isn't going to be enough time to get everything done in time. The key to not freaking out about this is making a list. I make lists by putting it into categories. If you couldn't tell by now I'm super OCD with being organized.
I like to type my lists on a word document so that it's neatly organized. The great thing is that you can also cross out your items when you get them like I did with the pencils. When I don't know if I actually need something I put a question mark next to it. I also put the amount of what I need of certain items if I know I need more than one. I buy most of my items from Target, CVS, Walgreens, and my favorite store Staples. I also like to buy some of my things from Good Will like a desk (which I still need to find). Keeping my shopping lists in an organized fashion like above, it helps me know what I need to get and where I need to get them quickly.
Getting a planner is probably one of the most important things you can have to keep organized during the school year. There are many different types of planners you can get. I like the Lilly Pulitzer called Trippin And Sippin in the large size. I personally love the colors (my fav colors are blue, green, and purple) and the large size is perfect if you're OCD like me.
The best thing about this planner is that you can plan on a monthly view and a weekly view. One of the things that definitely helps me is color coding. Okay, I know this seems totally nerdy of me but it seriously helps. I use a different color for each class that I take. I also have a color for birthdays/holidays and a color for activities like football games (tailgates) and club meetings. Writing what I have due on each day helps me manage my time and organize what I have to do each day.
A good thing about the Lilly Pulitzer agendas is that there are tabs for everything. I wrote my class schedules and what color goes with each class in the notes tab. This is great for random things that you might need throughout the semesters. If you're like me and forget when holidays are then the holidays tab is perfect for you (and me)! I also like how each month has a separate tab. So the first page of each month is a monthly view. The next few pages are each week in that month. I like to use both spots to write what I have due. On the monthly view page I write the general jist of what is happening. Then on the weekly view pages I write more details about the activity or class assignments.
The final tip is sticky notes. I cannot stress this enough how important this is. I like to buy the large sticky notes with lines on it. These are great for to do lists for the week and to put directly on that week. I also use the smaller sticky note pads in case I fill up a page in my agenda. The sticky note tabs are also great for marking off chapters in books.
If you're going to college for your first time you might be a little stressed. If you're anything like me, you're probably very stressed. I'm pretty anal about making sure everything is ready ahead of time that I had numerous panic attacks whether I forgot something or not. The key to getting ready is making lists.
I cannot stress enough how lists are one of the best things to stay organized. I make lists for everything... to do lists for a day, for a week, for a month, grocery lists, shopping lists, and any type of list you could think of. When you finish something on your list you can cross it out. When I cross things out on my lists it is the best feeling knowing that I have accomplished something.
The second thing that helps is journaling. When you're getting ready for college you have a lot on your mind. Leaving home for your first time, leaving your boyfriend or girlfriend, leaving your friends, and leaving your family. Journaling helps keep all of those thoughts in an organized place that you can look at later when you have time to actually think about them. Not only does it help organize your time but it helps when you talk it out or in this case.. write it out. Your journal will eventually become your best friend.
Finally, trying not to procrastinate. I know it seems hard to not procrastinate and believe me I have a hard time with this. Waiting till the last minute seems great when you're doing other things. However, when you get down to actually having to do something, you stress about not having enough time. Try doing little things here and there so that you don't have to do everything at once. Procrastination=stress so try and keep stress away!
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