Thursday, February 16, 2017

What I'm Reading: February 2017

The other week I posted a list of 17 books that I wanted to read in 2017. Doing the math, this leaves just about three weeks per book. Already in 2017 I've read the Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald, but I thought I'd do a monthly "What I'm Reading" post to keep you updated on my progress as well as recap what I've read in the previous month. 

Last Month's Book: The Beautiful and Damned 
I really enjoyed this book. This book starts slow and then slowly builds and builds. It was written during the jazz age, but a lot of themes like love, money, superficiality, disillusionment are still relevant in modern times. This book was harder for me to get through that Gatsby, but I think I like this book overall more than the Great Gatsby. I think these characters are infinitely more relatable and flawed, which I enjoyed. 

Eat, Pray, Love - Elizabeth Gilbert
I am so close to finishing this book, and that is my first priority this month. So far, I've liked this book a lot, although I enjoyed the Italy portion of the book way more than the India section (I'm reading Bali now). Next month I'll give my final thoughts on this book because I'm still undecided right now. 

On the Road - Jack Kerouac
This is by far my all time favorite book. I read it in high school multiple times, but have not read it at all these past couple years. I gave my hard copy away to a friend (such a mistake), but I found an online PDF of the book for free, so I'm going to download it to my iPad to read. 

Let me know in the comments what books you're reading this month! Also make sure to follow this blog on bloglovin to stay updated on all the new posts!

Monday, February 13, 2017

5 Ways to Start the Semester Strong

I'm three weeks into the Spring semester and have just started to get into a routine. This semester I'm taking three labs, 16 credits, and nearly all upper level classes so my workload has increased dramatically from previous semesters. I've come up with five ways to stay on top of my school work and start the semester strong. 

1) Plan
The first thing I do once I receive my class syllabus is go to my planner (it's a weekly layout) and insert big dates. These are class cancelations, test, paper, and project due dates. Then weekly I write down big dates on my whiteboard in my room. These are smaller things such as "pre-lab due on tuesday" or "chapter 18 for friday." I'll do a whole video on my personal planning, but just any planning will make your life easier. It helps you see where your big dates are relative to other big events and also helps you use your time wisely. 

2) Make Friends
Once you start getting into major specific classes or upper level courses, it is so important to make friends. These are the people that will study with you, explain things to you, and will be around for the next few years. On another note, if your classes are in huge lecture halls like mine are, it's also nice to have people that can save you a seat if you're running late! 

A lot of times the semester starts slowly then builds and builds and builds. It is so much easier to do well when you have a solid base of information. Stay on top of this material and maybe even try to get ahead. USE YOUR TEXTBOOK. Especially if you have questions or need extra problems. 

4) Ace the First Test
Most of my classes are graded solely on tests. If you can ace the first test, you already set the bar super high for yourself, but you also give yourself a bit of wiggle room in case you mess up on a future test. The material on the first test is usually the introductory/review material, so if you can get a good grade with the easy stuff, you're setting yourself up for success. 

5) Get into Good Habits
Maybe your workload is really low right now. Maybe it's insane and you have a ton to do all the time. Either way, start getting into habits that will set you up for success further down the line. This might mean getting homework for certain classes done on a certain day (i.e. I do all my physics hw over the weekend) or getting all of your homework done before a certain time (I try my hardest to not have to do homework after 9pm). If you're already burning out and pulling all nighters, you will not have a fun semester. Get into good habits and start setting some routines that will help you be successful. 

Let me know in the comments if you have any tips to start the semester strong! Also, follow this blog on bloglovin for more lifestyle, beauty, and college related posts!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

5 Reasons to Go to A Party Alone

For some, going to parties alone can be terrifying. Especially parties where you don't know many people. That was how I felt about going to parties alone a year ago, but now that's all changed. Here are 5 reasons to step outside of your comfort zone and head to a party solo. 

Monday, February 6, 2017

Why You Should Force Yourself to Go Out

These past two weekends were supposed to be low-key weekends. Ones where I stayed in at night, got my 10 hours of sleep and got ahead on my readings, lab reports, and homework for the week ahead. Instead, I spent both Saturday nights out at parties, and then spent my Sunday wondering why I thought it was a good idea to go out. Here are a few of the reasons that I use to convince myself to go out when I'd rather stay in. 

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Why You Should Get a Hobby in 2017

I am a firm believer that everybody should have a hobby. Whether that's blogging, weight lifting, cross stitching, or reading, I think hobbies are one of the best things a person can have. 

But aren't there better ways to use your time?
One might think so, but no. A lot of really successful people turned their hobbies into full time careers. These are people that worked on their hobby and eventually gained careers where they get to do what they love all day everyday. Even if that doesn't end up being you, hobbies are still incredibly beneficial. They can be a form of stress relief if your 9-5 job is giving you major anxiety. They can also help connect you with like minded people. If your hobby is something online, the internet will find a way to connect you with people exactly like you and if it's not, chances are, you'll come face to face with people doing what you're doing. 

Hobbies can also be great teachers. They can teach you about yourself by challenging you to go farther, try new things, and dream just a little bigger. Hobbies can also teach you valuable life skills. For example, my hobby would be blogging or youtubing. Through that, I've learned about SEO, a little about coding, marketing, monetization, and a whole bunch of other things I never would have learned about had I not dove headfirst into my hobby. 

In 2017 I think we should all get hobbies. Just a little something that we can look forward to at the end of each day. Something we believe in, that is self gratifying, and that we are proud of. Let me know in the comments what your hobby or hobbies are, and what you love about it most!