Every semester starts the same. You’re excited and optimistic. So the first week you show up to that 8 a.m. class early, read ahead of your syllabus and decide to watch two instead of seven episodes of “Friends” a night. But then come week two, you’re sliding into the back row of lecture and living off a diet of caffeine and hope.
Don’t let this be just another semester—let it be your semester. Take these 10 easy tips into consideration, pace yourself and make sure this year is A+ all around.
Sitting class and realizing you forgot your book, homework, computer, etc. is a college student’s worst nightmare. Plan the night before and pack everything you think you’ll need. My recommendations: phone charger, headphones, lipstick, computer, and wallet.
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2—Get a coffee buzz.
I live off coffee during the school year. It helps keep me energized throughout the day. If coffee isn’t your forte, try tea. Coffee breaks also give me hope that eventually my homework will end.
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3—Plan your outfit the night BEFORE.
Nothing is worse than running late for the first couple weeks of classes. Even if you are stressed, at least look like you have your stuff together. I suggest investing in a rolling rack. I keep this loaded with my favorite pieces to wear, making it easy in the morning if I’m in a clothing rut or running late.
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4—Change those slippers into sneakers.
Although we all wish we could wear pajamas to our 8 a.m., it’s not socially acceptable to roll into class in our fuzzy bunny slippers. However, you don’t have to abandon comfort. So instead of slippers, just wear sneakers instead. Some of my favorites include Adidas Superstars and Stan Smiths.
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5—Write it all out.
Nothing is worse than realizing your sitting in the wrong class. (And I can say this from personal experience.) Write all your classes down, including the times, rooms, and professors in an actual, physical planner. (The cuter the better!)
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6—Pick the PERFECT bag.
You’ll be carrying it around all semester so pick something that’s durable, spacious, and stylish. A hard combo to find, yes; but your success will be depending on this bag throughout the next couple months.
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7—Get by with a little help from your friends.
Guess what? Your friends are going through the same thing as you. It’s okay to ask your Guru Gang for advice, help, or suggest a way for you to collectively unwind.
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8—Take time for yourself.
This time is crucial. Read a book, paint your nails, go on Pinterest, etc. This time will keep you sane, grounded, and focused on the most important person in your life—you!
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Having a hard time staying motivated in class? Find someone who inspires you. Listen to College Fashionista’s podcast, Office Hours. If successfully women don’t motivate you to ace your classes, I’m not sure what will.
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10—Create a organized space.
For everyone out there that despises the library, create a space in your home, apartment, or dorm that is specifically for studying and getting sh*t done.
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Have a #RAD spring semester!