Preparing for the Fall Semester

23 more days ! That’s how many more days of Summer I have left, until my first semester of Sophomore year. It’ bittersweet because I love Summer so much it’s my favorite season ever ! However, I’m excited to go back and have an amazing semester. This semester my goal is to get 3.5 GPA, and by me boldly putting this on my blog, I am making sure this happens. It will take a lot of hours of studying and time management but it can be done.

Since I am no longer a freshmen I feel like I have some tips under my belt to have a successful semester. I hope these help you and everyone have a great fall semester.

Prepare for a Successful Fall Semester

  1. Get your textbooks !

See how I said “get” not BUY because as we all know textbooks are expensive. Don’t do it to yourself and spend $800 dollars on books. Rent, borrow or even photocopy textbooks you need. A lot of  professors don’t use textbooks cover to cover, so please to save money  and try to go with the cheapest alternative to getting your textbooks. Even if that means photocopying each chapter of the book at the library. If you get unlimited prints why not do it.

2. Start studying material for your classes !

I know this is not fun at all, but in reality you will be so happy you did it when you get a A on that first test. Take some time a few weeks before school starts and put aside 2-3 hours per day to review material. You will not only be doing something productive each day but you also will be ahead of the class on the first day.

3. Dorm Decor ! DIY & Buy !

I was recently looking online for some new pieces for my dorm room as well as took a nice trip to Target to see what they had. I definitely have some cute pieces that I will be getting but I also saw some pieces that I was just like “Ummm I could make that.” I think it’s important to not waste money when it comes to dorm shopping because stores will try to sell you items for 45 dollars that you can totally DIY.

4. Write important dates in your planner !

Most schools have an academic calendar on their site. Make sure to go on your schools to check for important dates like when campus is closed, any breaks you may have and finals week. It’s a lot easier to just have these dates in your planner in the beginning so  you don’t have to look for them later on in the semester.

5. Wake up earlier !

Another tip you will probably skip over but it will save you from being late on your first day of classes. A few weeks before school start waking up a little bit earlier each day so when you actually have to wake up on the first day you aren’t hitting snooze 1000 times.

6. Find your mantra & stick with it ! 

My mantra is actually inspired by my favorite blogger Carly from The College Prepster. Her mantra for this year is “All in”, so I decided to make my mantra for this semester “All In” as well , meaning everything I do is gonna be with 110 % effort and I will take any good opportunity that comes my way.

Have a great semester and achieve all that you can !

 

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College Series | Preparing Junior Year

 

So a few days ago I uploaded a video on my YouTube launching my new college series. As most of you know I am a senior in high school with only 2 more months of school and I am officially done with the college process. However I am still waiting to hear back from 2 schools. I wanted to start this series because  I feel like it will be very helpful for my readers who are and or will go through the college process.

This is because I know not all of us have parents and or mentors to help guide us through this difficult process. It can be very stressful at times so I thought I would help you all through it.To start off this series I wanted to start with junior year and just break down everything by category, on what you should be doing in junior year to make your application very strong.

These tips are for junior year but you should be doing these things once you enter high school as a freshmen. This will make you an even stronger candidate in the college process because you will show consistency and growth.

Categories I talk about in this video 

grades

extracurriculars

volunteering/work

internships

SAT/ACT

test prep programs