Linguistics jobs - Interview with a Client Services Manager

I met Tom in the first week of our Intro to Linguistics tutorial (fun fact: previous linguistics job interviewee Steph Campisi was also in that class). The three of us very quickly figured out that we all really liked linguistics, and were pretty good at it, and set about troubling our tutor with endless questions for the rest of semester. Tom and I are still good friends, the fact that he married one of my high school friends has helped us stay in touch (maybe there’s a spin-off series of interviews to do: how studying linguistics helped me get a date). These days Tom has a fancy job ‘in the City’, as I am supposed to say here in London. He let me interview him about the transition from academic to commercial research.

What did you study at university?

I originally enrolled to study a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Arts concurrently. I had always intended to focus on linguistics as my Arts ‘major’, and took up a number of linguistics subjects in my first year. I also took microeconomics, macroeconomics and quantitative methods under the Commerce umbrella. I had (and retain) a broad interest in economics, commerce, and capitalism in general, but at the time came to find the academic study of these subjects tedious. Consequently, I ditched the commerce degree and focused solely on the arts degree, and in particular linguistics. I focused very much on the ‘pure’ linguistics subjects, with a particular interest in phonology, phonetics, syntax and morphology, along with further study in quantitative methods specific to linguistics. I supplemented my linguistics studies with ancient history and Old English.

After completing my BA I proceeded onto an Honours year. In my thesis I conducted an articulatory and acoustic analysis of phonation contrasts on consonants in Sumi, a Tibeto-Burman language from North-Eastern India. After completing my Honours year, I applied for a PhD place on an Australian Postgraduate Award, and after being accepted moved straight into research. I again focused on articulatory phonetics, this time working on the wide variety of alternations of vowels (tone, length, phonation) in the Dinka language of South Sudan. I was very lucky to have access to a wonderful community of Dinka speakers in Melbourne who were eager to participate in my research. 

I had continued to work part- and full-time jobs in various management roles in hospitality and retail throughout my undergraduate studies, and while taking my Honours year, but when I started my PhD I focused solely on my research, additional research assistance work and tutoring jobs.

After nearly 3 years on the PhD, about 9 years on the trot at the University of Melbourne, and the birth of my first child, I started feeling the need to return to a salary outside of academia! I made the difficult decision to seek full-time employment and continue with the PhD part-time. After tasting life outside of university, the PhD moved into long-term hiatus mode, and will likely never be completed.

What is your job?

My job is hard to describe! I was hired in 2012 by a global, boutique consultancy specialising in executive search (headhunting), HR consulting and industry research/analysis in the natural resources sector, joining the Research Team in Melbourne as a Research Associate. They were trying to improve the company’s research 'profile’ and capabilities, and so I was the first of a series of new hires around the company with more traditional/academic research expertise.

Two promotions later, and after a relocation to the UK, my title is now 'Manager - Client Services (Europe)’. I am Head of the research team looking after Europe, the Middle East and Africa and I also run the Client Services function for the region. Being a relatively small company, I wear a lot of different 'hats’. I am responsible for proposal and pitch preparation; contract preparation and presentation of terms; liaison with and management of current clients; oversight and on-going development of the team of researchers in the UK; project management of active assignments and oversight for all 'work in progress’; liaison with other members of the company’s Global Research Unit and input on global research innovation and strategy; and post-placement client and candidate care. As second in charge of the Europe business, I also assist with operational, strategic, marketing and business development aspects.
The company originally relocated me to the UK as Project Manager for a multi-million dollar assignment with a FTSE 100 company. Having never undertaken anything like this, it was an eye-opening experience! As well as managing a very complex client relationship over 12 months, I also managed a team of 15 researchers based in 5 different countries/time zones. This was one of the most intense professional experiences I’ve ever had!

My job sees me working with some exceptional colleagues around the world, and gives me the opportunity to speak and meet with some incredible people - from CEOs and Chairmen of some of the world’s biggest companies, to politicians, diplomats and other seriously smart people.

How does your linguistics training help you in your job?

Frankly, I don’t think my linguistics training assists any more so than any other social science would. I strongly believe that I use daily the 'generic’ skills developed through my undergraduate study, and even more so during my PhD - particularly the ability to both quantitatively and qualitatively analyse scenarios and to quickly assess the feasibility of a research project. This is particularly useful in a corporate world as there’s a fee attached. Writing a PhD provides very good experience for project management. I am very lucky that I have a team who puts up with my occasional IPA demonstrations on the office whiteboard!

With a limited domestic mining industry in the UK, the majority of clients who I deal with are located in Russia, the Middle East and Africa, so I am exposed to a wide range of cultures - this is often one of the most challenging aspects of my role, and where my linguistics background does tend to help.

Do you gave any advice do you wish someone had given to you about linguistics/careers/university?

Linguistics is an interesting one. I have always been passionate about it, but I realised towards the end of my time at university that career opportunities directly linked to linguistics are limited outside of academia. So my advice is always to value the generic skills learned at university, and to try and broaden your horizons while studying. Don’t be afraid to do something that you’ve not had specific 'training’ for - common sense and an enhanced ability to analyse and problem-solve are highly regarded. Having said that, if leaving academia be absolutely certain about it - you won’t often have the opportunity to freely research outside of a university environment.


High School Survival Guide (some advice I wish I had freshman year)

-sit in the front couple of rows on your first day. By the end of the semester/year, you’ll see how much more you understand compared to those who sat in the back

-don’t play on your phone the whole time. The guy you’re texting, the clash of clans battle, or the friend drama you’re dealing with on your phone can wait for lunch and after school (I wish I realized this last year)

-don’t slack off!!!! If you give yourself the time you need to do your homework without distractions, it will pay off. You can deal with not using your phone for an hour while you finish your math homework

-start your projects the week they’re assigned. Don’t wait until the last minute, the stress isn’t worth it

-it’s not the end of the world if you get one (or a couple) bad grades. I’ve cried and felt awful about getting some grades, but in the grand scheme of things, it won’t bring your average down as much as you think it will

-extracurriculars are fun and worthwhile, but only if you can manage them on top of your school work. Don’t pick up a club or sport if you’re already maxed out with schoolwork. Don’t sacrifice your sleep or your happiness just to put something on a college application

-smile when you walk down the hall! Trust me, no one else wants to be spending eight hours of their day in school, so seeing someone smile makes if more bearable, and makes you seem approachable

-be nice to everyone. High school is the best time in some peoples’ lives, and the worst in others. You don’t know what anyone is going through, and you never know how complimenting someone on their shirt could help them out

-the teachers are people too. Don’t be an ass to the teacher who “gave you” a bad grade. You earned what you got on it, even if you don’t feel like it. Teachers teach because they want to influence the next generation of adults, they want to help students in their most influenced time of life. They picked this job, despite the lesser salaries and verbal abuse from students, so you can handle going one class without being mean to them

-being nice to teachers will help you out a lot. Not only does it make them more willing to help you if you’re struggling, but sometimes they’ll bump your grade up from a .4 to a .5, bringing it up a point. Also, I’m sure they like seeing a friendly, smiling face in the sea of vaguely pissed off high school faces.

-boys are NOT as important as you think they are (or girls!!! This was written by a straight girl so from my perspective it’s boys!). That guy you’ve been dating for a while probably won’t be in your life two years down the road.

-If you have any doubts about a person, trust your gut. That first argument you get in with you friend or significant other, pay attention to how they treat you. If they call you any names or treat you as any less than you deserve, break it off. This is coming from someone who stayed in a relationship for five months after the first fight happened, and it just got downhill from there, with more names and more arguments. Don’t let it become that.

-okay last one: have fun sometimes. It’s okay to hang out with friends and make a few mistakes every once in a while. Don’t let your schoolwork or drama consume you, you’re only a kid once, so it’s okay for you to use this time to make your mistakes and learn from them.

This is what I’ve figured out so far, I’m not quite done with high school but I wish I would’ve seen something like this before I started! Hope this helps any struggling high schooler or future high schooler!

And Then There’s Martha

By creepypasta user egodram

I live in the middle of nowhere, far away from the rest of my friends. I have to wake up very early in the morning to catch my bus and I usually eat my breakfast as it’s bringing me to school. I don’t have any brothers or sisters; There’s just me, the Ziggy the cat, and my Dad.

And then there’s Martha, the chronically pissed-off woman who insists that I call her my Mother. But lately I don’t feel so inclined to do so.

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30 OC Art Challenge!

1. New clothes!!!
2. New underwear is better though :)
3. Checking self out in a mirror
4. Sleeping position
5. Waking up after a long nap
6. With siblings (if they have none, with a friend they’d consider a sibling)
7. The “I’m too lazy to go get a haircut” look
8. Attempting something they suck at
9. Standing/Doing something with altered-gender self
10. Spotting someone really attractive
11. Reacting to a spider near by
12. Sick day in
13. On their way to school/work
14. Picture from when they were younger
15. A day at the beach
16. Snow day!!!
17. Battle stance!
18. Formal wear B)
19. Super embarrassed over something
20. Showing off new/first tattoo
21. Relaxing in their favorite way
22. As a different species
23. In a different art style
24. A glimpse into their future appearance
25. In their favorite outfit
26. Watching a scary movie
27. Playing a sport
28. Playing an instrument
29. Painting their nails/doing makeup/prettying up somehow
30. “But first, lemme take a selfie”

20 Days of Back to School Magic Challenge

Hi everyone! I decided to make a little challenge for witches who are heading back to high school or college. This challenge is an eclectic mix of spell writing, sigil making, enchantment, and even energy work to help you with going back to school!  You can do this challenge in the days leading up to the first day of school, or, if your school starts in less that 20 days like mine, you can do it in the first 20 days of school to help start the year off right. Enjoy, and make sure to tag your responses with #BackToSchoolWitchcraft

Day 1: Write a calming spell (going back to school can be stressful!)

Day 2: Draw a sigil on your planner/journal/calendar/etc to help keep you organized

Day 3: Write a spell for restful sleep to help get your sleep schedule back on track for school

Day 4: Make a sigil for your backpack or pencil box/case/bag to keep you from losing your supplies

Day 5: Write a motivation spell to motivate you to study and do your homework (or finish your summer reading)

Day 6: Make a sigil to attract new friends as you go back to school

Day 7: Write a spell to increase your memory

Day 8: Put some sigils on/near your mirror for self-love (school can sometimes take a toll on your self esteem)

Day 9: Make a small magical sachet or bottle to keep in your book bag or backpack

Day 10: Glamour your makeup, perfume/cologne, or clothes to increase/decrease your chances of getting called on in class (depending on if you like to be called on or not)

Day 11: Make a sigil for your water bottle to help you remember to stay hydrated throughout the day

Day 12: Write a spell for an extra boost of luck on your tests/quizzes/exams

Day 13: Enchant something small to keep in your locker throughout the day

Day 14: Create an energy shield and program it to increase your memory, focus, motivation etc or for some other helpful purpose

Day 15: Make a sigil on your notes to help you remember the information that you wrote down

Day 16: Perform one of the spells that you wrote during this challenge but haven’t done yet

Day 17: Enchant a pencil or pen with happiness, good luck, self-love or something else and give it to a friend

Day 18: Write a spell to keep you from missing much when you have to take a sick day

Day 19: Draw a sigil somewhere in your study space to make your study sessions more efficient

Day 20: Write a spell to ward off bad hair days, low spoon days, or whatever other days you would like to avoid.

Have fun! Make sure to tag your posts with #BackToSchoolWitchcraft if you would like to share :)


Pentatonix Song Masterlist!

Pre-Pentatonix/ Trio Performances

Sing Off Performances

PTX Vol. 1



PTX Vol. III  

That’s Christmas To Me

                                           ~deluxe edition~                         

Pentatonix (Self-Titled Album)

                                        ~deluxe edition~

Live Videos


Misc. / Notable Live Performances

Superfruit Singing Videos

Feel free to add any more that I missed (or message me with the link)!! (also I might add the members performing alone whenever I get the chance, I already have mitch’s done)

Hey hey!

So first off, let me know if you like my new icon thingo. I made it with my bare hands, Word and zero creativity, and I’m a little bitty bit proud.

Now, this post was inspired by the student special of the weekly science segment with Dr. Karl Kruszelnicki on triple j (g’day aussies). 

These tips are aimed at uni students but a lot of this info can help school students too.

And I’m not going to promise anything, but I believe I can give you at least one tip you didn’t know already (eek.)

So here it is, things to do on the day of your exam:

Eat a good brekkie

I know EVERYONE nags you about this from your mum to your lecturer but it is so so so important to fuel up on the big day. 

  • Make sure you have a glass of water before you consume anything else
  • Try to avoid high-sugar cereals, muesli bars, muffins, etc.
  • My fave breakfast to keep me full until lunch time (usually beyond lunch time) is eggs on toast. Just crack them into a frypan on low heat, season and eat with toast. Or you can scramble, poach, etc. if you have time.
  • If you don’t eat eggs or like them or don’t want the fuss - go for 2 minute microwave oats. So delicious with a bit of honey and they’ll give you plenty of energy to last the whole day.

Don’t cram on the day

You. Know. Enough. You’ve done enough, you’re prepared. Don’t try to stuff anything else in that full brain of yours.

If you have time:

  • Read through your notes
  • Maybe right down some formulas without looking at your notes and check them
  • Quiz yourself on definitions
  • Draw out some diagrams

Pack your bag the day of

I don’t care if it’s an 8am exam and you don’t want to get up early. If you pack your bag the night before, there’s a chance you may have missed something or didn’t think of something or said, “I’ll pack it tomorrow” and then forget to pack it.

If you did pack the night before, do a thorough check to make sure you have everything you need i.e. student ID card, correct pencils for the marksense cards, etc.

Bring water and tissues

There’s nothing worse than sitting through a 2.5 hour exam without having a drop of water. That will make you dehydrated, decrease your ability to concentrate and make you feel like shit during AND after the exam.

As for tissues, for some reason I always get a runny nose in exams. I think it’s because the temperature is usually too cold or a nervous reaction thing. But I don’t want you to have a sleeve full of snot because you didn’t want to waste writing time to ask for a tissue (that’s never happened to me).

Pack a jumper (sweater, if you’re not Australian hehe)

I don’t care if it’s 38 degrees outside and 80% humidity I come from Cairns, pack a jumper. The thermostat is never set to an ideal temperature during exams and sitting still for 2+ hours makes you cold as well

Arrive with plenty of time

But don’t hang around outside the venue if you can avoid it. I absolutely hate hearing that girl asking her friends, “do you know (insert term or figure that the lecturer explicitly said we did not need to know for the exam).” But do make sure you’re not rushed and sweaty because you didn’t give yourself enough time to get there.

Morning exams are the way to go

Now here’s what I learned from Dr. Karl yesterday:

For every hour after you wake up until your exam, your performance will decrease to the equivalent of you missing 10 days of class. For example, you get up at 8am and the exam is at 9 - that’s the same as you missing 10 days of class; at 10am - that’s the same as 20…

Now I know you’re freaking out (and I did too) and here’s the thing, you don’t control the time of your exam. Right?!? 

Dr. Karl then says that the way to get around this is to 1. realise this is a real effect 2. don’t cram, be prepared and *3*. do some gentle exercise (I’m assuming he means walking, maybe light swimming or some yoga or Pilates) to avoid the effect that makes you feel tired, unable to concentrate and remember because it’s the end of the day. 

I hope that makes sense to you. If not, check it out here (it’s within the first three minutes of the segment).

So, if your exam is in the afternoon, do some gentle exercise in the morning

See above for why. But I think just a little bit of stretching or a walk with your pup or a friend can do wonders for your energy and concentration levels.

Listen to the instructions given to you when you sit down

I know they drag on for ages and make you forget that definition you’ve repeated 10000000 times already today but just listen to them.

  • Check there’s no pages missing in your exam paper
  • Check whether you can write in the allocated reading time (and if you can write on the exam or on the rough paper)
  • Please don’t be that dick that gets his/her paper taken away 30 minutes in because you wrote during reading time and now it’s causing a big scene
  • Know whether you can leave any time or if you have to stay in the exam for x amount of time and can’t leave during the last x minutes either.

After the exam

Go relax! Treat yourself. Grab something to eat with some friends or take a nap.

Don’t try and study for your exam tomorrow - you need a break.

Try to avoid discussing the exam with friends and peers as this will increase anxiety levels in all of you. You did your best, and the answer that Shelly is trying to convince you was right for question 9 might actually be wrong and your answer was perfect. So just don’t talk about it. 

But…if you really have to know what the answer was, go look up the definition or topic in the textbook/lecture notes when you get home. I personally don’t like to do this because there’s nothing you can do to change the answer now so why put yourself through the anxiety if you were wrong? 

Good luck on your exams and I hope that even one of these tips helped you.

Happy first day of March, everybody!

I’m trying out this minimalism challenge that I’ve seen floating around tumblr, but I’ve made a couple of changes to the original to add more of the ones that will give me real difficulty (Leave today unplanned). I know it’s not really a school- or study-related thing, but I know a lot of studyblrs do self-care things and this is definitely something I need!

So, the first day is no social media. I queued this post to post today, and after this I won’t be on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, etc. etc. I’m not sure yet if I think of tumblr as social media (I know it probably is) so I guess we’ll see.

Let me know if anyone else is doing this! And may the new month bring amazing things.

The signs as Spongebob quotes
  • Aries:Wow, I'm touched. I'll have to remember that when I'm kicking your butt.
  • Taurus:There's something I always wanted to tell you the first day I met you: Goodbye.
  • Gemini:Holographic meatloaf? My favorite!
  • Cancer:The inner machinations of my mind are an enigma.
  • Leo:Airline food. Gosh, what is up with that stuff? Thank you, good night!
  • Virgo:No, Patrick, mayonnaise is not an instrument.
  • Libra:Back off, pizza topping! Can't you see I'm doing The Sponge?
  • Scorpio:Plankton: 1% Evil, 99% Hot Gas.
  • Sagittarius:What I learned in Boating School is...blankity, blankity, blank!
  • Capricorn:So this is what I get for working overtime?
  • Aquarius:You can't fool me. I listen to public radio.
  • Pisces:You don't need a license to drive a sandwich.
  • what she says:I'm fine
  • what she means:do you ever think about the moment emma swan realized that her memories in new york were regina's memories? when she finally understood that the songs she hummed every night to put henry to sleep and the recipes that seemed to float off her fingertips and the slightly uncharacteristic fashion sense all came from regina? when she choked up a little bit because of the enormity of it all, of regina entrusting her with her only source of happiness for all those years, of regina giving her back the life she never got to have with her son? when every time she thought of an exhausting night when henry was a baby or the bittersweet pain of his first day of school she knew she was feeling exactly what regina felt and almost sobbed at what a gift she'd been given? because I do.

When I was 5, my grandma would walk to my school everyday to get me and then we would walk home together and kids used to laugh at her and call her names because she wore a red bindi every day.

When I was 6 my mom did mehndi on my hands for the first time and I was so excited to show everyone at school, only to have them make fun of me the next day. I came home and tried to scrub it off, only to have it stay on for another week.

When I was 8, I had to make an all about me poster and present it to the class. I put my new favorite picture of me, one recently taken at my aunt’s engagement where I was wearing a choli, right in the middle, and then regretted it right after students saw and made fun of the clothes I was wearing. 

When I was 10, kids from the neighborhood hopped over our fence and ran through our yard and when my parents threatened to call the cops, they told us that this isn’t our home and we need to “go back to our real country”. 

When I was 12, I begged my mom to stop sending me to school with traditional Gujarati food for lunch because kids kept asking what I was eating, why it smelt like that, and why couldn’t i just eat sandwiches for lunch?

After all of this, it’s no wonder that I spent several years hating my culture.  But when did it suddenly become cool? The very bindis, mehndi, and clothes that people made fun of me for, they’re now fashion statements in western culture? I went home crying because of my own culture, but it makes you look cool, hipster, and trendy?

#ReclaimTheBindi because this is my culture, not something you can claim just for the aesthetic.

Let me conclude by saying that all my desi sisters are beautiful and nobody will come and steal our culture from us because there ain’t nobody like my desi girls :)

PS all of these pictures are from September 2014 - July 2015 but they’re not in order

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Today is the day. If you asked me a year ago where I thought I would be today, I would have never guessed this in a hundred years. If you told me that I was running my first Big East championship as a freshman running for Villanova, I would have laughed in your face. But dreams do come true, and I could not have asked for better friends and teammates to have by my side. There is no other school I would rather be running for. So time to go out and show off our wildcat pride💙🐾💙

Chemists Decree: Don’t Pee in the Pool

Here’s the thing. One-piece bathing suits, when wet, are very annoying to take off. And when you’re swimming three hours a day, as I did for practice on my high school swim team, climbing out of the pool, taking it off, and putting it back on every time you have to use the bathroom starts to feel burdensome. So maybe you just… go…somewhere in between the one millionth and one millionth and first lap you’ve swum that day.

Urine is sterile, and chlorine is sterilizing, right? This is the justification we offered ourselves, to counter our shame. Plus, decorated Olympic swimmers Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte do it.

Turns out that was a pretty bad idea, for more reasons than just the ick factor. A new study published in the American Chemical Society’s journal Environmental Science & Technology, looked at the chemistry of what happens when urine meets chlorine, and it isn’t pretty.

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Fraternity Brother Falls Off Back of Moped, but at least He Didn't Look Gay

A local fraternity was shaken up this weekend when one of its brothers was struck into a coma after falling off the back of a moped. According to reports, Chad Burkowitz fell off after refusing to hold onto the driver’s waist because he “wasn’t about to look like a fuckin’ homo, man.“ 

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Childhood friends AU

Dan’s family was a military one. Constantly moving from place to place depending on where his father was stationed. When Dan was in kindergarten it seemed like the moving would finally stop. Dan was just starting school and had never really had the chance to interact with other kids. He was nervous his first day, what kid wouldn’t be. When he saw that there was only one other girl on the bus so far he offered her one of his cookies. After finding out they only lived a few blocks from one another the two were always together. For nine years Dan got to experience staying in one place. Though he didn’t have the easiest time, he still had her as a friend, still just as attached at the hip.

One day Dan walked over to Adrian’s locker while she was talking with her friends. They all pulled a face as he got close and started whispering to one another, all things he was used to. “Hey, Adrian. Can we talk later? There’s something I gotta tell you.”



“It took me 10 years to be ready for this. I’ve got a pretty good foundation of friends and family that will always keep me grounded no matter what. But I don’t think I would have been ready for it 10 years ago. So I’m really happy with the way it worked out. You need to learn how to do this. You need to learn how to keep your cool, learn how to be a leader on set, learn how to act. F—, I still know I’ve got a ton to learn. It’s all a learning experience. I’m going to school every day.”

“Essentially, my role on Parks and Rec was to be written-off. It was like a one-season, one-off to bring Ann Perkins into the Parks department. I remember halfway through those first six episodes they took a break. I think they took a step back, saw what was working and what wasn’t, and one the things that was working was Andy Dwyer. They came back and Andy became Andy. It was written a bit differently, there was more of him. I remember five episodes in, I said to [Parks co-creator] Mike Schur, ‘I still don’t know if I’m coming back.’ He was like, ’'buddy, we have a five-year plan for you.”’

“My brother, he’s always been my cheering section. After Moneyball, he was like 'Dude, you look f—ing good, don’t fuck this up.’ So then right after I did Moneyball I got cast in a movie called Ten Years, and I was like, 'I’m gonna get to, like, 285 pounds for this movie. I’m going to eat everything. Eat and drink my f—ing face off.”

“There’s definitely similarities in Guardians to James Gunn’s other movies. They just happened to give him a couple hundred million dollars versus $2 million, so he gets to make a f—ing killer movie.”

Hello everyone! As promised, here my tips on surviving the first day back to school! Like I’ve mentioned before, I’m returning to high school this year for the last time and so these tips will probably apply more to high school students, but if you’re heading off to college, please still check them out as they may even be helpful for you!

The Night Before

1) Look at your schedule and become familiar with it

If your school if like mine, they insist that students arrive at school at some point before the year starts during office hours to pick up their schedules, and locker numbers, as well as to pay any student fees. If this doesn’t apply to you feel free to skip to the next tip, but it always gives me peace of mind to know my schedule before I arrive at school. For any freshmen, or if you’re a transfer, ask for a map along with all of your other documents. Make sure you’ve at least looked it over and can locate each class you have on the map.

2) Lay out your outfit for tomorrow

This will help you feel assured that everything’s in order, and will keep you from being rushed in the morning. If you tend to change your mind a lot, maybe lay out two or three possible outfits in piles so that you have choices.

3) Lay out your morning routine/beauty products, too

Similar to laying out your outfit, this will help you gain peace of mind and make it less of a hassle to look for things in the morning when you’re probably going to be half asleep.

4) Make sure you’ve packed all of your supplies.

This will help ease the feeling that you’ve forgotten something in the morning because you’ll already know you’ve checked and double checked. Make a list if that’s how you work best! That said, this really only applies if you get your locker on the first day. If you get your locker after a couple days, then bring only the minimum until you get it. If you get it before school, then bring your things to school a few days in advance, and make note of any last minute things you forgot.

5) Eat a good dinner

This will help prepare your brain for the next few days. Make sure it’s balanced with some veggies, and some protein, and maybe a piece of super fresh bread from that bakery you like! That being said, don’t eat something you don’t like just because “it’s a balanced meal.” Eat something you really enjoy and savour the last night of your summer…

6) Go to bed early

If you go to bed early you probably won’t end up stuck in bed at 2:00am lying awake because you’re anxious or stressed out.

Your First Day Back to School

1) Wake up earlier than you have to

I know this may sound insane, but hear me out. If you wake up early you’ll have extra time to get ready, and on what is for most people a stressful day, not having to rush around would be a god sent.


Just like your parents told you when you were little, breakfast is important! It gives you brain food for the morning, and it keeps you from being distracted by a grumbling stomach. If you don’t have food at home or you don’t have time, most schools have a breakfast program! If you don’t know where to find it, ask an upperclassman or staff at the school for help finding it.

3) Take your time getting ready

Nothing is worse than rushing around and then not being happy with your look/outfit for the day. Make use of the extra time you have after getting up early and avoid this problem!

4) Make a playlist of some fun songs you love

This will help you stay calm and will also help keep you upbeat if you have a long bus ride to school

5) Take a deep breath

Everything will be okay. All the things you think could go wrong today are all absolute worst-case-scenarios and probably won’t ever happen. If you don’t think you’ll have anyone to talk to, my ask box is always open, so feel free to shoot me a message when you’re on lunch to tell me how your day is going. I love you and you’ll do great!

I know that back to school day vary a lot depending on where you live, so hopefully I’ve gotten this out there in time for 90% of you! Like I said, my ask box is always open, and I’d LOVE to hear how your first day goes! If you’ve got any suggestions for future posts drop me an ask and let me know! That’s pretty much it guys, so I hope that you’re all doing super wonderful and I love you all! xx

I’m sure by now you’re all familiar with how obsessed I am with planners. They’re so much fun! I decided to go with the Lilly planner (if you couldn’t tell by all the other posts/pictures), however I realize that choosing a good planner only goes so far. How do you use a planner? Everybody has their own system that works for them, so realize that what I’m sharing with you is the system that works for me personally…

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