I never realized how awkward it is to stand up and take this picture in a filled coffee shop. I did it anyway! I’m studying for my chemistry placement test, so I took out my past prep book and started from the beginning (because I forgot everything). My plan is just to make flashcards to review for the plane rides to and back from China! 

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  • free 2 day shipping (i tried this and my new backpack came in less than 24 hours!! for free!)
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  • music (idk much about this but hey!)

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seersuckerforbowties asked:

What are some things you should and shouldn't bring to college? (Besides like the obvious things)

Here are some good things to bring and not to bring:

Do bring:

  • Lots of socks. That sounds weird, but I definitely did not bring enough socks to college (and I wear tennis shoes every day). It can be annoying if you don’t have enough and are slacking on laundry. So for my sophomore I brought a ton, and it’s been really nice!
  • Quarters. If you are living in a dorm freshman year, you will most likely have to use quarters to do your laundry, I remember coming home for Thanksgiving break and collecting any quarter I could find in the house to use for laundry! A laundry bag or basket is so important too. 
  • A shower caddy and shower shoes. This is something that is essential, but I think some people forget. Nail polish remover/cotton balls is another one of those things that seems obvious, but I always forget to bring. Towel wraps are awesome for the dorm too!! 
  • Cleaning supplies. A broom/vacuum cleaner, trash bags, mirror cleaner, cleaning wipes, etc. you’ll want to keep your room clean, so definitely pack those kinds of things! 
  • A step stool. If you are short like me, having a step stool is great for getting onto a lofted bed or reaching something way up in your closet.
  • Hanging clothes hanger trees. They save a ton of room in your closet. I also like those thin velvet hangers.
  • Headphones, an extra phone charger, a portable battery charger, earplugs. An extension cord is very useful too if you want to charge your phone and computer from bed comfortably. 
  • A waterbottle. I didnt get a nice plastic water bottle until this year, but I carry it everywhere and I really like it. It’s much easier than buying those huge packs of water bottles because they run out quickly and are heavy to bring up to your room. Having a reusable water bottle to just throw in your backpack is easy, and cheaper. 
  • Plastic drawers. These are a life saver. It’s awesome to loft your bed, and put plastic drawers under. They are great for tshirts, leggings, etc.
  • Stationary. I am a huge thank-you note, letter writer, so for me, having stationary and stamps at college was a great thing to have.
  • Healthy snacks. If you don’t keep healthy snacks in your room, you’ll be more tempted to go pick up some fast food or hit the vending machine. Having a variety of healthy/semi-healthy snacks in your room is great and will help you stay healthy in college. 
  • Wash clothes. This sounds weird, but for me, they are so important. It’s not good for your skin to use the same wash cloth every day to wash your face. I brought 5-8 with me to college, and use a new one every day or two! 
  • Rain coat, umbrella, rain boots. It will rain in college, and you do not want to walk all around campus in the pouring rain without these things. I have forgotten to bring an umbrella for these past two years, but I am definitely going to bring one next year! 
  • Storage bags. These will be great for weekend trips, bringing things to/from home during breaks, packing at the end of the year, general storage. I have a lot of those reusable plastic foldable bags (from Vineyard vines, lulu lemon, central market, lilly pulitzer). They are great to have, especially during breaks. 
  • Drying rack. I had one freshman year, and absolutely loved it. There are some things you don’t want to just throw it in the dorm drier or don’t want to shrink, so having a drying rack can be great. Oh- and steamers are great too. There are much smaller and faster to use than an ironing board. I would definitely recommend having one. I have one and I share it with my three roommates right now, and we love it. 

Don’t bring:

  • Don’t bring a crazy amount of clothes. I literally had a uhaul my freshman year (no joke) of clothes, stuff, etc. When I got to my dorm, I realized I definitely didnt have enough room for all of it. Also, I didnt have the opportunity to wear all my ‘cute clothes’ and shoes as frequently as I did back home. If you are in a dorm, your closet will most likely be tiny. I recommend going through your closet before packing and thinking about what you will really need, and what you haven’t even worn in the past year.  Making a list when packing can really help like ‘10 nike shorts’, ‘5 nice dresses’, ‘3 pairs of jeans’, etc. Also, try to pack seasonally. For example, when I head off to college at the end of each summer, I only pack summer clothes and just a few fallish things. When I come home fro thanksgiving, I bring my summer clothes home and swap it out with my winter and fall pieces/shoes. Trying to fit an entire year of clothes in your closet just isn’t ideal and can be make you feel disorganized. 
  • Don’t buy your textbooks before class starts. You may get the class and find out that professor doesn’t recommend getting a textbook or that you may want to drop that class. I get my books a week/week and a half after classes start because they are very, very expensive and you want to make sure you are spending your money on the right things. 
  • Anything big your roommate is bringing too. If your roomie is bringing a microwave,  you don’t need to bring one. Offer to get the fridge, and you can share. You can also share things like cleaning supplies, a tv, step stools, and foutons/chairs. 
  • Lots of books. I am a big reader, but I sadly don’t have time to read in college like I get to at home. Bring a book or two if you enjoy reading, but I would not bring more than 2 or 3 because they do take up space and you won’t get to use them much. 
  • Highschool shirts/etc. it’s okay to bring a tshirt or two from high school, but I would recommend not packing a lot of those sort of things. You will get a ton of tshirt and stuff in college, and you won’t get much use out of tshirts that have your high school on them (you’ll definitely want to rep your college and things like that!). 

Hope that could help!! Sorry that was SUPER long, but I get asked this so frequently that I figured I should finally answer it in detail :)

It’s still absolutely crazy to me that I’m about to finish my second year of university. When did I get old? When did I grow up? I thought I was still twelve. However, in these years of growing up, I have become quite the expert at this whole university thing. No, I kid, I kid. I still have absolutely no idea what is going on. But, here’s some good news for all you freshmen. The second year is by far better than the first. When I was in my first year, I made countless mistakes, I was stressed all the time, my grades weren’t great and I just didn’t feel satisfied with my university experience. But, I am extremely pleased to say that that has all changed for the most part. So, because I’m the nice and helpful person I am, I thought I would share some of the biggest things I have learned throughout my second year in university and what has helped me survive this year. So listen up kids.

  • Breaks between classes: When making your class schedule, take into account how long your breaks are. First year, I had 4.5 hours of class straight with no breaks. On paper, that doesn’t seem so bad. But trust me, it’s torture. You need to eat. You need to socialize. School can’t just be straight learning. You’ll burnout. But also, try to limit your breaks. You don’t need breaks between every class, or else your 3 hours of class will suddenly turn into a 6 hour day. Just be smart about it and place breaks when you think you’ll need to eat.
  • 8am classes: Remember those days in high school when we had to go to school at 8am and everything was fine? Yeah, university isn’t like that. Don’t make your classes start at 8am everyday. That is just pure torture. Sure, you’ll get your classes finished early in the day, but chances are, you’ll probably fall asleep in all of them. When I had 8am classes, I was rarely emotionally or physically present. Plus, I’m the type of student to stay up late finishing papers and homework, so getting my full 8 hours of sleep and then trying to wake up at 6am was impossible. 
  • Taking notes: First year, I took notes exclusively on paper. The result was having countless notebooks filled with notes, a sore hand, and missed thoughts because I couldn’t write as fast as the prof lectured. Second year, that all changed with the discovery of the coolest app ever, Notability. I’m sure most of you are aware of the existence of this app, but for you newbies, it’s basically a note-taking app that allows you to type notes or upload powerpoints where you can annotate directly on them by either typing or drawing. And the best part? The app records the lectures for you. So, when you’re listening back to what the prof was saying, you can see exactly what you were writing at that time. It’s the biggest lifesaver ever. One time I fell asleep during a lecture, but I didn’t miss out on anything because Notability recorded everything for me so I could just listen back to it another time. 
  • Take advantages of resources: You know all those extra fees you pay along with your tuition? Turns out they actually benefit you. I started going to the gym this semester which is all free. For all of you who actually know me and know just how un-athletic I am, you have probably fainted at the mention that I, Taylor, have set foot in a gym. But, I actually really like the gym! It’s such a good stress reliever, especially after countless hours of studying. It’s a good break. So go workout! At my school, you can even have two free sessions with a personal trainer so be sure to check out if your school offers something similar to that! There are also some really great fitness classes on campus as well. I went to one called ‘Beach Body’ (don’t laugh) and it was so great! It got me excited and energized about working out. 
  • Record all due dates and test dates: Buy yourself an agenda (I recommend the Kate Spade one) or for those of you who are more technologically advanced, you can use your phone. Then, as soon as you get your syllabus in the first week of school, write down every single due date and test date. I don’t care how small or insignificant an assignment seems, write down each and every due date. You have no idea how much this helped me. I was able to see exactly what weeks were going to be busier than others and how I should manage my time throughout the whole semester. With this, I was able to stay on track and not get swamped with problems when I would suddenly realize that I had two tests on one day or two papers due in the same week. I was also able to find weeks when my homework and test load was way lighter and I could plan to get all caught up.
  • Keep up with readings: Everybody always says this, I alone have said this countless time on my blog. But it’s so true. I think one of the dumbest things a student can do is forget about the readings all semester and then try to read the whole text book the night before the final. It’s impossible, it won’t happen. Plus textbooks are so boring, reading more than a chapter at a time is not recommended. Plus, if you actually read a chapter before the lecture, the lecture will make a lot more sense and you won’t feel like things are moving so fast.
  • Don’t worry about not having classes with friends: Sure, classes with friends are nice. There are some benefits. You have someone to sit with, class is more entertaining, and you have someone to ask for notes if you miss a class. But there are also multiple benefits to being in a class without friends. You can pay attention so much better and it also forces you to meet new people. I’m not the best spokesperson for that however. I am quite the shy person around strangers. But, there was the cutest guy in my Econ class that I was THINKING about talking to, so does that count?

For those of you in your first year of university right now and feeling incredibly lost, don’t fret. I was not the biggest fan of my first year. I wasn’t even sure if I wanted to go back to school. My GPA wasn’t where I wanted it to be. I felt stressed all the time. I didn’t feel like I was living the university life. But it gets better. University just takes some time to adjust to. It is so different from high school and you can’t make the transition thinking it’s going to be the same. You have to enter University with an open mind. You can’t stick with a plan and goals that you made before you were even in University. You have to learn what you like and what you don’t like. Don’t worry if you change your mind about what classes to take or even what program to be in. University is the time to experiment, so relax, take a chill pill (not literally, I do not condone Adderall) and see where life takes you.

For more school help, check out my University Advice post and my What I Wish I Told My Freshman Self post. For those still in high school, take a look at my High School edition post and my Differences between High School and University. For even more advice, you can wander over to my Study Tips post.