class of 2018

to juniors / the class of 2018

is anyone interested in forming a high school class of 2018 network?  the class of 2017 has @hs2017 and the class of 2019 has @co19, but as far as i know i’m pretty sure a c/o 2018 network hasn’t been started yet. 

the benefits of such a network are threefold:

1. this network can provide relevant resources. for example, a lot of juniors are taking the psat this year, so this network would likely have a comprehensive compilation of psat tips / masterposts. information would be easier to access because everything’s in one place. we can also divide members into groups (ap track, ib track, a levels, gcse tracks, all sorts of academic tracks) for convenience.

2. announcements can easily reach everyone. when college app season rolls around, for instance, this network can alert everyone about incoming deadlines.  all announcements would be tagged, so if a certain type of announcement doesn’t pertain to you, you’re able to blacklist it. 

3. it’s a great opportunity to find people to follow and make new friends! you might find someone who shares a common interest with you, or is taking the same classes. we’ll welcome everyone who is part of the class of 2018, so you don’t need to be studyblr/appblr to participate! 

i’ve reserved the url @co2018, and if you’re interested in a c/o 2018 network, let me know by reblogging or commenting on this post! this is just to gauge interest and if enough people like it, then i’ll create one. (you can also delete this post later if it’s ruining the aesthetic of your blog.) also, please tell me if you’re interested in becoming an admin! if this plan ever comes to fruition, i’ll need someone who can help dedicate the time and effort necessary to keep this blog running. 

tagging a few blogs that are c/o 2018 (if not, sorry! let me know asap and i’ll remove you):

// @studyplants​ // @taystudies // @lycheestudy // @brightscribbles // @fade-elle // @lazyhermione // @studycosmo // @scholarsetc // @studywithinspo // @brbhomework // @studyplant // @stressedestudiante // @berrybloo // @textbooke // @bolditalicsunderline // @the-poetry-of-science // @ehnglish // @astro-student // @work4gpa // @scolasticus // @vitamin-caffeine // @studieswithcoffee // @studiouslyblr // @columbias // @studyingina //  @asazora // 

please reblog b/c there’s a lot of people that i haven’t included! and even if you’re not c/o 2018,  consider reblogging if some of your followers are c/o 2018. 

let’s make this happen! 

x - jackie

College Bound, 1 - What you Need to do Before Senior Year!

Welcome, welcome! Cindy here, and this is the College Bound series here at The AP Life. Throughout the next few weeks, we will be posting periodic articles about the (painful) college application process. Feel free to let us know if you have any questions.


Today, we will be talking about your Pre-Senior year checklist and what to consider when looking at colleges. Then, I will walk you guys through coming up with a college spread sheet and give you guys a plethora of links to look at and discover!

Your Checklist:

- Sign up for some challenging classes for senior year! Colleges don’t want to see you slacking during your last year of school. Even one or two AP classes can make a difference. Don’t settle for something less than what you are capable of.

- Stay involved at school. Involved in debate team, school orchestra, football? Great — keep doing it.

- Talk to your parents about a price range for your school. If your school is too expensive for you, it can still be an option! A lot of schools offer financial aid, and you can use a Net Price Calculator to estimate those costs. Work with your parents on that. (

- Start narrowing down the list of colleges you are considering. (Seven or Eight is a good number!) Even visit a few!

- Request information from the colleges you are interested in. There is usually a form on their website that you can find. Better yet, if they are visiting your city, go check out one of their information sessions!

- Make a list of application requirements, deadlines, and check out each college’s financial aid information (if applicable).

- For each college, decided whether you want to apply for Early Decision, Early Action, or Regular Decision. Make sure you are familiar with each school’s policies.

College Spread Sheets:

- Here is a document you can download and use to create your own college spread sheet! ( Feel free to modify to your liking. I put some super basic information on there.

- Figure out a school’s stats, location, etc, and decide if it’s a match, reach, or safety. A safety school is a school you know for sure you can get into. A match is a school you are pretty confident you can get into, based on your stats and their averages, and a reach is a school that is a little beyond your stats, but is still worth a try.

- You may find that you need to shift things around and modify schools as it comes closer to the application dates. (Common App opens August 1st!!!)

Choosing Colleges:

It really all comes down to what is most important to you. Is it a good ranking, the quality of its academic program? The student life? The location, the cost, the size? Whatever it is, there is probably a college out there for you.

- Areas of Study: You probably want to consider this more than anything else. Make sure your school offers a major that interests you!

- Location and Size: Consider where your school is, maybe ask around for people who know the area. There are several Facebook groups for college applicants (just search [SCHOOL NAME] Applicants class of 2018). The admin of those groups oftentimes are students of that school. I’m sure someone there will be really happy to help you out! You don’t want to be stuck in a school in NYC if you absolutely hate big cities… and definitely not a small college town if you love urban settings. As for size, there are some super big schools (University of Georgia, University of Michigan), and then smaller ones (Johns Hopkins, Emory University). Some students feel more comfortable at a smaller school setting. You can look into class ratios as well. Those probably won’t be representative of the size of core classes, but they will give you an idea of what to expect at the university as far as how your classes will be later on in your college experience. Smaller class sizes may mean more individual attention from your professor, and maybe more research opportunities as well. That’s why a lot of schools (Rice University, for example) boasts about their small student-to-teacher ratios.

- Cost: Once again, the cost. Ugh. It’s the biggest headache, I think. Once again, Net Price Calculator is your friend! There are several good scholarship websites as well, such as, and There will probably be a whole other post on Financial aid… Make sure you look into this! Some schools offer 100% aid to 100% of students who demonstrate needs, and other schools might not. Make sure you know what you are going into.

- Application: The colleges you are applying for should be realistic according to your statistics and abilities. Don’t apply to a school with an average of 2100 SAT if you only have a 1600 (a bit of an exaggeration, but you get the idea!). After all, you’ll have to pay that application fee when you apply (it ranges, I think, from about $55-$85, give or take a bit). Don’t apply to a school you *know* you can’t get into. Don’t be afraid to aim higher, but don’t be unrealistic about it either. And yes, I know there might be exceptions to the 2100/1600 SAT example, because of holistic admission — just assume that the applicant had nothing else going for him/her, for the sake of my example, hahha. Also, know that if you apply to a selective school, they are going to offer challenging programs.

I went ahead and made a College Profile Template ( for you guys to fill in. Feel free to download and use to your heart’s content. Hope this is helpful in your organization. (:

Helpful Links:

- - this is a good website to check out college profiles. I think some statistics might not be the most recent, but it’s pretty good. If you make an account and enter some of your own stats, they’ll even make a calculation on your chances of getting into the school. I won’t believe the chances they predict 100% though.

- This is a good start if you’re looking for some of those ‘top tier’ schools. There are a lot of lesser known schools as you go further back in the rankings, but they’re still pretty good!

- Even better, this link goes right along with this article.

- Make sure you search the college’s actual undergrad website!! Those may be the most helpful of them all.


I believe that is it! Please join me next week as I discuss the two online applications, the Common App and the Universal App, and essay writing. If you have any suggestions of future topics, shoot us a message! Hope you enjoyed this first installment of this series. (:

I wish you guys all the best!


5 Last-Minute DIY Dorm Accessories

In honor of Quad’s ultimate Pimp My Pad competition, we’re sharing our favorite DIY dorm accessories for all you last-minute decorators! (Pro-Tip: If you didn’t catch our previous ‘do-it-yourselfs’, check them out here!)

1. String Art Pieces
String art can be an unbelievably striking way to liven up your dorm! Here is a great list of other DIY string art that may come as inspiration for your own piece.

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In My First Semester of College I...
  • Took 16.5 worth of classes and got all A’s and B’s for a cumulative GPA of 3.7
  • Played on my college’s NCAA Division III women’s tennis team as a starting player and organized the team’s senior day ceremony
  • Managed not one, but two work study jobs, one of which landed me in charge of running the college’s social media accounts (an ongoing project)
  • Became my class’s treasurer
  • Was a model for my college’s fall recruitment campaign, which got me my own billboard on a main highway and a video interview on the school’s website (x)
  • Fit in a boyfriend, a normal social life, and even time to go out to parties (a little partying does not and will not make you a degenerate or bad person, I promise)

Moral of the story?

Challenge yourself. Push yourself. You have NO IDEA how much you can be.

Welcome to New York, babies.

Okay, first of all, let me apologize for calling you babies. But you have to understand, you’re my youngest sister’s age, so to me, you will always be babies.

Walking around the Village the past few days, I’ve been faced with an onslaught of bright young things in NYU 2018 tees with their backpacks and lanyards and fresh packs of cigarettes and Urban cutoffs. You are all so cute. I’ve seen you ooh and ahh over the bodegas that sell you alcohol without an ID, I’ve seen you girls taking field trips in groups to Georgetown Cupcakes and DASH. I stood behind you on the escalator in the Astor Place K-Mart as you and your roommate debated what size fan to get. It’s adorable. You all have yet to see how wonderful New York can truly be — but also how terrible. You also have yet to see how you stick out painfully like a sore thumb, and how it’s not always… endearing.

Don’t let me scare you, please. But as a sort-of seasoned downtown veteran, let me give you some tips and insider advice.

First, for the love of god, don’t stop and stand in the middle of the sidewalk.
You wouldn’t hit the breaks on your car for no reason in the middle of a busy highway, so why would you suddenly stop walking in the middle of a busy sidewalk? You are asking for people to glare, mutter obscenities, and probably run into you more than once. Please, if you feel the need to stop to text or Snapchat, pull over to the side.

Second, walk with intention.
Two meanings to this. Many New Yorkers’ primary mode of transportation is by foot, and we’re all just trying to get where we need to be. We don’t stroll during rush hour; we power walk. And if you’re moseying along, slowing down traffic, we’re of course going to be frustrated. Walk quickly, keep up, or stay out of the way.

But also, walk with intention in the sense of confidence. I’m sure you’re probably a little terrified; I was. Suddenly you’re surrounded with zillions of well-dressed businessmen and models and street style MVPs. It’s easy to feel totally inadequate and out of place. Don’t give it away. Hold your head high and walk with confidence on the streets. You belong there just as much as they do.

It’s HOW-ston Street.
I’m sure someone already told you this by now, but I made the mistake of calling it Houston, TX Houston to an adult who actually cringed in my face.

Don’t go to an Amanda Sarah party.
I don’t speak from experience on this one, just second hand information. But if you get invited to a “hot” club with drink specials and theme nights and $20 cover charges as an 18 year old, don’t go. You’re an 18 nobody, not a Jenner sister. You’re not getting into the hot clubs and you’re just going to come home with regrets and an empty wallet.

There are a lot of liquor stores in the East Village / Lower East Side that don’t card.
But this is the internet and since I’m not stupid, I’m not going to give away my source. You’ll have to find out yourselves like the rest of us did.

Take off your damn lanyard.
Honestly, these have been the butt of every freshman joke at every school for years. It’s 2014: why do you goobies still insist on carrying your ID around your neck in a plastic case of embarrassment. It might as well say “Naive Frosh” on it instead of your actual name. Get a wallet.

Get off “campus” as much as possible.
There is so much more to New York than Washington Square. Go. See. Explore. Get on a subway line you’ve never taken before. Go further north into Central Park than 72nd Street. Spend a gorgeous fall day on the Upper West Side with jazz in your ears and pretend you’re in a Woody Allen movie. Go to outer boroughs. (Do as I say, not as I didn’t on that note).

I’ve been here for three and a half years. It feels both like the time has flown by and like I’ve been here for much longer. There’s still so much of New York I have yet to see and explore.

Don’t be a tourist all the time.
As in, have you ever seen a squirrel before in your life? Yes? Then why are you taking a million pictures of them in the park?

But don’t be afraid to be a tourist sometimes.
Honestly, I would think you were a robot if you didn’t sometimes catch a glimpse of a sunset reflecting off the Empire State Building and think it’s pretty magical. Or if you didn’t snap a pic of the Freedom Tower, the behemoth that grew before our very eyes from literal rubble, on a day where the skies are clear and the brightest of blues. Take it all in. This is a beautiful city. It’s okay to stop and appreciate it sometimes.

Finally, and this is a tough one, know that New York is not always going to be your friend.
The city will straight up kick your ass some days. It will make you want to quit, go home, and renounce city living for the rest of your life. Don’t let that happen.

We are always going to have days where we get on a subway car that’s going express over a completely different line. There will be days when we get upstreamed trying to hail a cab when we’re running late. There will be countless times when we stand tired and hungry in a Trader Joe’s line that wraps all the way around the store. Or days where it’s so windy, our skirt blows up and everyone on Broadway catches a glimpse of our floral underwear. It happens.

But for every bad day, there’s an amazing one. You’re going to talk to people from home and they’ll ask you how you like New York. For me, and for many, I’m sure, it’s a a little tricky.

I say, New York is a love-hate relationship. It is a tumultuous, tempestuous love affair. It’s also not for everyone. Welcome, babies. I hope you’re ready for an exciting ride.


1. Bacon Avocado Grilled Cheese
You had me at Bacon. Don’t even get me started on my love for avocado & grilled cheese.

2. Loaded Quesadilla
If you’re feeling more carnivorous, add some meat in there to spice it up!

3. Fresh Summer Salad with Fruit
The best way to eat a salad is with fruit! It’s exciting to be adventurous with your greens!

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so it’s the last few months of junior year and it seems like everything is coming at you at once.  Breathe.  You’ve got this.  Even though it seems crazy now, if you manage your time well you’ll be good! 

  • AP exams are coming up - prepare a month or so early.  As a junior you’re most likely taking one or more APs and when it comes to studying content, be it a math, science, history or english AP, the earlier you start the better off you’ll be. 
  • Taking 4-6 AP exams at once? I’m in the same boat as you!  budgeting time is key for each subject.  Each day you should being doing daily revision for each of the topics.  Don’t designate full days to cram all the information from one subject in.  Long term exposure to content is guaranteed to help you remember it. 
  • DO take a break every now and then - if you work super hard throughout the week leave Friday evening to yourself.  Read a book, take a walk, exercise, hang out with friends just do whatever makes you happy
  • PRACTICE!!! This may seem obvious but too many of my friends just read the prep books or notes without actually practicing applying all the knowledge.  Knowing the information is one thing, but practicing will make everything smoother and will allow you to identify your weaknesses. 
  • do NOT procrastinate - ESPECIALLY during April.  It’s imperative that you put in a lot of effort in this month and it will all pay off in May. 
  • understand that you are not obliged to have to hang out with friends if you have to prioritize studying first.  Communicate to your friends that this is an important time so they may be seeing less of you if there is a social concern. 
  • find what study methods works for you - I am a very physical person. whenever exam season comes around I’m making mindmaps and plastering them all over the walls in my room.  it allows me to collect my thoughts. find out what works for you and stick to it. 
  • Don’t let others scare you - this may seem a bit obscure but you know how when you hear someone else talk about how many hours or how many practice tests they did, you get anxious? Don’t get anxious - people have different ways of studying and for them billions of recopies of notes may work but that doesn’t mean they’re any more prepared than you are with your style of studying. 
  • DO stay healthy - this is so important and I mean staying healthy in all ways.  Eat well, sleep enough and drink plenty of water!!
  • DO know that it’s not a competition - there will always be someone one step ahead of you and that’s okay.  The only person you should compare yourself to is yourself.
  • Celebrate after APs - April will most likely be a month of studying a lot.  When you’ve completed your AP Exams (even though school finals, SAT subject tests and ACTs may be lurking around the corner) you need to celebrate!! Take a well deserved break to unwind before the end of the school year antics speed up. 
  • DO realize when you’re overworking yourself - we are not superheroes.  we’d like to be able to work for 15 hours straight but that is slightly impractical for some of us and that’s not a bad thing.  take breaks when you need to - you know yourself better than anyone else

Just remember - the work that you put in will always pay off.  Working less and cramming a few days before may work occasionally but the probability of preparing well and putting in a lot of effort is much higher than solely relying on short term memory retention just before the exam. 

If you liked this pt 3. of my junior year series message me again and i may make a pre senior year checklist (all the things rising seniors/current juniors should be getting in order for college apps!!) 

Vanderbilt: Doing it Right


  • Walk to your classes before the first day (don’t be the person walking in 15 minutes late because you went to Garland instead of Furman)
  • Drop a class if it is way too hard (being challenged is great, suffering is not)
  • Go to as many campus events as possible (you’ll meet great people and probably get free food. Believe us: you’ll always want free food.)
  • Utilize study groups (a fun, easy, practical way to prepare for exams)
  • Take time for yourself if you need it (if you’re unbelievably overwhelmed, take a breather, seriously)
  • Spend weekends exploring the different parts of Nashville (get out of the bubble and get a taste of Music City. Lyft and Uber are a smartphone away)
  • Get lost (you’ll learn your way around campus in no time, and probably make fun new squirrel friends along the way)
  • Sit with random people at lunch (take time to get to know as many of your peers as possible, even if it makes you uncomfortable)


  • Be afraid to talk to upperclassmen (some seem menacing, but they really aren’t)
  • Avoid office hours (your professor has a life outside of class, be a part of it!)
  • Ignore the people that clean your bathrooms, serve your food, pick up your garbage, etc. (they truly are the undercover angels of this campus)
  • Feel bad about staying in to finish an important assignment (your friends will understand, trust us)
  • Get stuck inside your comfort zone (break out of your shell and enjoy the different facets of your university. You’re only here for four years, after all, and they go quickly!)
  • Forget about the Writing Studio (high school papers ≠ college papers)
  • Worry if you don’t make your BFFs on Day 1 (you have plenty of time and opportunities to find your future wedding party)
  • Forget to check-in with friends and family at home (they miss you, please let them know you’re alive)