A Week In My Life | Last First Week of College (Syllabus Week)

My last first week of college has come to an end.  I have had the best two years of my life at Cabrini University, studying psychology, Spanish, and English. I couldn't not document my last first week.


Let's get into it:




On Sunday, I spent the day hanging out with my mom (a.k.a. my best friend). We spent the morning drinking Starbucks while getting pedicures. Then, we spent the afternoon shopping. Later that evening, I started my glow-up routine






7:00 A.M. - Wake-up

8:00 A.M. - Shower

8:30 A.M. - Leave For Class 

My class doesn't start until 1:55 P.M. However, Andres was kind enough to pick me up since I hate driving. He picked me up and we listened to Taylor Swift's latest album, Lover.

9:30 A.M. - Library

While Andres was in class, I took this time to hangout in the library. In the library, I dove into my university's portal and looked over the syllabi that my professors posted. (I try to be proactive about this because 7 syllabi thrown at you in a week can be intimidating!)

11:00 A.M. - Lunch

We actually made a quick Wawa run. We brought our lunch to the library and ate in an empty classroom. It was nice to catch up and talk about our classes. 

1:00 P.M. - Go Over Planner

After lunch, we went our separate ways. Andres had biochemistry. So, while he was in class, I spent some time on my laptop: blogging, looking over my syllabi, etc.

1:45 P.M. - PSY-341 (Research Methods I)

3:00 P.M. - Fro Yo

On our way home, Andres and I stopped at Kiwi for some frozen yogurt. We also did a little bit of shopping in the town center. One of my favorite accessory stores was closing so everything was 99% off. I got 10 different shirts, 4 scarfs, 2 cups, and a necklace for less than $3. I know, right! 

5:00 P.M. - Dinner

6:00 P.M. - Homework

I haven't even had my Spanish class yet and I had homework. Andres was super kind and helped me through it. (God bless him!)

7:00 P.M. - Bubble Bath

8:00 P.M. -Go Over Syllabus + Put Dates In Planner

8:30 P.M. - Get Ready For Bed






7:00 A.M. - Wake-Up

7:30 A.M. - Workout

8:00 A.M. - Get Ready for Class

9:00  A.M. - Leave For Class

10:00 A.M. Organize My Life

11:00 A.M. - HENG-306 (Honors English: Poet Priests)

12:30 P.M. - Lunch

1:45 P.M.- SPA-321 (Latin American Short Story)

3:00 P.M. - Go Home

5:00 P.M. - Dinner

6:00 P.M.- Walk

8:30 P.M. - Get Ready For Bed







7:00 A.M. - Wake-up

7:15 A.M. - Get Ready For Class

8:00 A.M. - Leave For Class

10:00 A.M. - Senior Seminar Meeting

12:00 P.M. -Lunch + Hangout with Andres

1:45 P.M. - PSY-341 (Research Methods I)

3:00 P.M. - Go Home

5:00 P.M. - Dinner

6:00 P.M.- Walk

7:00 P.M. - Homework

So. Much. Homework. 

8:30 P.M. - Get Ready For Bed






8:00 A.M. - Wake-up

8:30 A.M. - Shower

9:00 A.M. - Leave For Class

10:00 A.M. -Library

I had to complete a few quick print jobs. There goes 40 of my prints.

11:00 A.M. - HENG-306 (Honors English: Poet Priests)

12:30 P.M. - Lunch

1:45 P.M.- SPA-321 (Latin American Short Story)

It's getting better! 

3:00 P.M. - Hangout

By hangout, I mean do Spanish homework. 

4:30 P.M.- PSY-402 (Lab Experiences in Learning)

Unfortunately, this class wasn't what I was expecting it to be. However, I'm still optimistic! 

7:00 P.M. - Go Home

8:00 P.M. - Bubble Bath

8:30 P.M. - Get Ready For Bed






7:00 A.M. - Wake-up

7:15 A.M. - Get Ready For Class

8:00 A.M. - Leave For Class

Again, Andres picked me up for class-- thank you, Andres!

9:30 A.M.- PSY-304 (Brain and Behavior)

I'm actually looking forward most to this class! (I was actually super intimidated by the course description!) 

11:00 A.M. - Go Home

12:00 P.M. - Lunch

We ate lunch at the mall-- Chik-fil-a. It never fails to disappoint! Then, we got cookies from my favorite cookie shop: Mrs. Fields.

2:00 P.M. - Grocery Shopping



4:30 P.M. - Dinner

6:00 P.M. - Games and Chill

We spent the night playing games and hanging out. Perfect way to end the week!



On Saturday, I spent the morning lounging around. I needed a break after a long week. Then, my mom and I did a little bit of shopping. We went to our local outlets, where I purchased a Kate Spade top (super cute!) and a raincoat for my boyfriend. That evening, I hung out with my laptop. I worked on my blog and completed some homework. 

Let me know what you guys thought of this post! I'm planning on doing similar posts throughout the semester.

Back To College Haul | Senior Year

The academic year is in full swing! It's already going by so quick. So far, so good-- I've been enjoying all of my classes. I wanted to share some of my recent purchases I made just in time for the new academic year: from my new planner to my new shower gel.



If you follow me on Instagram, you probably know that I'm obsessed with my planner. Click here to see how I color code my planner.



Papyrus was having a huge sale. So, I was able to grab these folders for a super cheap price. If you're looking for some cute pocket folders check out the clearance section of your favorite stationary stores. (I know Staples has a wide selection.)

I love these folders because they're not only sturdy, but they have inspirational sayings on them. Perfect for when you're in a mid-semester slug. I'm using one for my syllabi and the other for assignments I need to turn in.






I don't know about you, but I'm loving these pastel notebooks. I only picked up 3, even though I have 6 classes. I'm planning to use the notebooks for the following classes. I'm going to take notes on my laptop for the other classes.
  • Research Methods I
  • Latin American Studies
  • Brain and Behavior



Again, I found this notebook for $1 something in the clearance section of Papyrus. This notebook is super cute and it's small enough to throw in my backpack for those blog ideas that just come to me in the middle of class.




I used to swear by Sharpie pens. Now, I'm obsessed with these highlighters/pens by Crayola. I've been using them for my planner, but they're definitely going to come in handy when I start taking notes.




This. Scent. Smells. Soooo. Good. With fall right around the corner, I had to pick this duo up! (I also just went on the website to add a link and saw they added the exfoliator. I need this!)






Hand sanitizers are extremely necessary in college everywhere. These are the 3 I picked up:






I was in need of a new ID lanyard/wallet. My mom was super sweet and treated me to this one from Kate Spade. I'm absolutely obsessed with it! I've been using it ever since she got it for me. 




That's just about everything I got for the school year. Luckily, I still have a ton of supplies left over from my last year.

Wishing you all the best of luck this academic year!

Backpack + Car Essentials For The College Commuter

With classes starting and everything, I thought I would share my backpack and car essentials with y'all! I did my research (via Pinterest and YouTube) to help create a list of items I might need throughout the semester.

Being #OverPrepared is my middle name:


BACKPACK

First things first, I recommend investing in a good quality backpack. I actually purchased mine from L.L. Bean a few years ago. You can find it here. I also got it monogrammed to ensure there would be no mix ups.

Here is what I keep in my backpack:
  • Laptop + Charger
  • 3 Folders ("To Do," "Turn In," and "Important")
  • 3 Notebooks
  • Pencil Pouch (Highlighters, pencils, pens, and a mini ruler)
  • Planner (See how I organize my planner here)
  • Headphones
  • Phone charger
  • Emergency kit
    • Pads/Tampons
    • Hairties
    • Deodorant
    • Lotion
    • Chapstick
    • Advil
    • Mini hairbrush
    • Sunscreen
    • Nail file

CAR

Crate.

I wanted to keep all of my textbooks on me at all times in case I wanted to do work between classes. I picked up a gray crate from Target to hold all of my textbooks in the back of my car. It was $4; a super cheap and easy way to organize your textbooks in your trunk. 

Tote.

I didn't want to lug all of my school supplies around all over campus. I found this mini tote from Thirty-One. My mini tote includes a variety of school supplies:

  • Stapler
  • Sticky notes
  • Colored pencils
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Index cards
  • Large ruler
  • Post-it tabs
  • Calculator

Gym Bag.

A gym bag is essential. I don't want to lug my backpack all over campus. My gym bag includes:

  • Sneakers
  • Socks
  • T-Shirt
  • Sports bra
  • Yoga pants
  • Bluetooth headphones
  • Workout band
  • Refreshing mist
  • Makeup bag (Concealer, mascara, powder, and lip gloss)

Lunch tote.

Snacks are essential. I keep a variety of snacks in the back of my car for between classes:
  • Peanut butter pretzels
  • Kind protein bars
  • Granola bars
  • Gold fish
  • Veggie straws
  • Popcorn
  • Fruit
  • Extra bottle of water
  • Apple juice
  • Cherry coke (If I need a serious pick me up!)

That's pretty much everything I have in my backpack and car trunk. Let me know what your school essentials are!


Classes I'm Taking This Semester | Fall 2019

Believe it or not, I am down to my last semester at Cabrini University. I am majoring in psychology and minoring in both English and Spanish. My high school courses allowed me to obtain 30 college credits (which is equivalent to one year). I've also taken a number of summer and winter courses. Not to mention, I've taken 3 more credits than recommended each semester. With that being said, I am able to complete my college career in 2.5 years. Phew!


Here are the courses I'm taking this semester:

Honors English: Poet Priests - HENG 306

Going into college, I didn't have intentions on obtaining a minor in English. However, I am involved in the Honors Program, which requires me to take 4 honors courses. 3 out of 4 of my classes were English classes. I also came in with an English class. I need one more English class to complete my minor, so here I am! It would be silly for me not to complete the minor.

Brain and Behavior - PSY 304

Not going to lie-- I'm actually kind of nervous about this class. Lots and lots of memorization! But, I'm up for the challenge.

Research Methods I - PSY 341

This course is required for my major. I'm actually really looking forward to it! I think this course will help me decide if I want to take a clinical route. Right now, I'm leaning towards school psychology.

Senior Seminar - PSY 400 - DS

I am so, so thankful for the psychology department at my university. Senior Seminar is only offered in the spring. However, because I'm planning to finish up in December, a faculty member is doing this course with me 1 on 1. Like I said earlier, so thankful!

Lab Experiences in Learning - PSY 402 

Within the past year, I got involved in working with English as a second language (ESL) students. I have absolutely fallen in love with it. Part of me definitely wants to pursue school counseling in my future.

Latin American Short Story - SPA 321

The majority of my Spanish classes at CU have been made up of native speakers. So, sometimes I get a little embarrassed speaking it. Luckily, my boyfriend is super patient with me and let's me practice with him. I'm looking forward to getting some more practice in. I've learned to start getting comfortable with being out of my comfort zone-- that's when the best things happen.



Plan With Me For The New Semester | Fall 2019

A new semester is right around the corner-- let's get planning! If you know me, you know I love to plan and I love to do it in my Lilly Pulitzer agendas. This year, I picked up the Jumbo Agenda in Multi Postcards From Positano; I'm in love!


This planner is everything.

I've been obsessed with Lilly Pulitzer planners since I first discovered them in high school. Their weekly and monthly spreads, colorful patterns, and fun stickers make me gravitate to them every July they come out. Usually, I go with the large agenda, but this year I decided to go with the jumbo agenda. It has a ton of room for me to write all of my to-dos.

I specifically like the new layout this size offers. On the left hand side, there is a weekly spread. On the right hand size, there are three different sections: Notes, To Dos, and Don't Forget. I like the extra space this planner offers me for all of my extracurricular activities.


Establish a color coding system.

Having a color coding system allows you to maximize the space in your planner. I recently discovered the Take Note Dual Tip Highlighter Pens by Crayola. They're perfect for taking notes and filling out my planner. It's a pen and highlighter in one. Super convenient!


Here is my color coding system:

Red ➯ Due Date

Orange ➯ Extracurriculars

Green ➯ Fitness

Blue ➯ Personal

Purple ➯ Blog

Pink ➯ School Work

Stickers, stickers, stickers!

If you've been around for awhile, you might remember a post I did with Lavish Paper Co. 2 years ago.. If you don't, you can check it out here. In that post, I showed you how I use planner stickers to organize and maximize the space in my planner. I still have a ton of stickers that the owner sent me. I love them! They're super bright and fun-- which match my planner perfectly.

My favorite part about getting ready for a new semester is purchasing a planner and organizing it to my liking. Get creative and find a system that works well for you.

A Commuter's Back To School Wishlist

I am a bit new to the world of commuting to college, but I couldn't be more excited. Don't get me wrong-- living on campus is great! But, now I don't have to worry about having guests over at 2 A.M. when I have to get up at 5:00 A.M. for a class trip. Of course there are pros and cons to both, but my main motivator is saving some money on housing. (Plus, I only have one semester left!)




Because I'm commuting, I need to maximize my time to complete assignments. (It's no longer a 3 minute walk back to my dorm. It's a 30 minute commute!)

Highlighters

Again, to help me organize my life. You'll see my planner color coding system in the weeks to come!

Planner Stickers

I love planner stickers. They're a fun way to jazz up and organize your planner to maximize space.

Folder

Because I won't have a drawer to throw random handouts in, a folder will come in handy!

Gym Bag

I won't be able to run back to my room before hitting the gym, so a gym bag packed with my essentials is... essential!

Hair Ties

I'm always losing hair ties. Having a stash in my car will come in handy when I'm headed to the gyro about to take an exam.

Lunch Bag

(I actually got this one for Christmas, but wanted to include it anyway!) I won't be on a meal plan this semester, so I'm going to have to pack my own snacks and lunch/dinner.

Bluetooth Aux

A Spotify playlist is essential for a 30 minute commute-- 5 out of 7 days a week.

Bubble Umbrella

A bubble umbrella protects you against the rain and the wind. The parking garage is on the opposite side of campus compared to the psychology building. A bubble umbrella will come in handy during those ugly days.

Crate

A crate like this one is great to store textbooks in. This will come in handy so my textbooks aren't all over the backseat of my car.

Tote

For all of my essentials!! School supplies, snacks, and all of the other works. This will help me stay organized.

My Summer Pampering Routine | Testing New Beauty Products

Self-care is one of my favorite things to do. I love indulging in a bubble bath with my favorite face mask on. I decided to pick up some new products to experiment with.


Depending on my schedule, I do this routine 1-2 times a week:


Haircare.

I'm always switching up my shampoos and conditioners. Lately, I've been using The Pro-V 3 Minute Miracle Smooth & Sleek Daily Conditioner by Pantene. (I'm also a huge fan of their rescue shots!)

Body.

I usually let my body soak for 10-15 minutes and then proceed with my shower routine. Step 1: Exfoliate! My summer go-to is the Exfoliating Body Polish Kiwi Seeds & Cool Aloe by Dove. After a day out in the sun, this product nourishes my skin while it removes dead cells.

Step 2: Shave! Way back when, Bath & Body Works released their Active Skincare line. Needless to say, I was a huge fan. I stocked up on 5 bottles of their Shave + Shower 2-1 Body Oil Cleanser. The formula allows me to get a super close shave.

Meditation.

Being a psychology major, I know the importance of practicing mindfulness. I like to practice mindfulness in the bath tub-- it's so peaceful! I really like the Meditation Minis Podcast on Spotify.



Hair.

I picked up a bunch of new haircare products. However, today, I was feeling an oil treatment. This leaves my hair feeing super smooth and looking shiny as ever.

Face.

All of my favorite products are being discontinued-- including my favorite Peter Thomas Roth Cleanser. I like to start off my skincare routine with a foam cleanser to remove any makeup or sweat. Then, I follow up with a gentle exfoliator. (My skin is pretty sensitive!) I've been using the St. Ives Acne Control Apricot Face Scrub. Pro-tip: add water to any scrub to decrease the intensity. Now, it's time for a mask! I choose a mask according to my skin needs.

I also like to exfoliate my lips and apply an oil-based product to them. Mmm! And, I can't forget about my eyes! I usually have a sample of eye cream lying around somewhere. I recently got a sample from Sephora I tried out the other day. I'm a big fan! Oh-- and, I almost forgot! My eyebrows! I simply trim them and tweeze any stray hairs. I learned early on in my teenage years that eyebrows can make or break you.

Body.

I am a huge fan of using aloe based products during the summer. I love this lotion from Vaseline.



I usually lay around in my robe for a good 1-2 hours before getting dressed. It's so soft! I like to watch reality TV on Hulu (Married At First Sight-- yes, please)! I also like watching movies on Netflix. Anything by Disney has got my name on it.


What does you summer pampering routine look like? Comment below!


Tips + Tricks To Save Money In College

I have one more semester of college to go through-- I’ve seen the tuition bill on more than one occasion. Room and board, meal plans, textbooks, etc.; it adds up fast. Let’s talk about how to save: using apps, applying for scholarships, and more!



I am a huge fan of apps. They’re easy to download and convenient. These apps have helped me save hundreds of dollars. I know what you’re thinking: yes, hundreds!


I’ve been using Shopkick since I was in high school. This app gives you points when you walk into participating stores and scan promoted items. You can then redeem giftcards with the points you’ve earned. Shopkick offers a variety of gift cards from Barnes and Noble to Target to T.J. Maxx. I’m a huge fan! (I actually just cashed in my points for a $10 Marshall’s gift card. #TreatYoSelf)

Download here + use code KIND983263 for bonus kicks when you sign up!


I recently discovered Pocket Points on Pinterest. Pocket Points is an app that rewards students for staying off their phone during class and study sessions. You can cash in the points for free Redbox Rentals and discounts at some of your favorite retailers.


Who doesn’t love Target? Target has an app that allows users to scan items before purchasing to see if there are any coupons and/or deals. My favorite razor refills were $4 off the other day! 

If you’re an avid Target goer, like myself, consider opening up a Target debit card. There’s no fees or weird rules… just 5% off every time you use it. (And, no, I don't earn any sort of commission if you sign up. But, I definitely should considering how much I recommend it!)


Scholarships are a huge part of the college process. Apply! Apply! Apply! I applied for a few through my high school and ended up getting $4,000. I also applied for scholarships at my university and got over $10,000! There are so many opportunities to cut down the price of tuition. Click here to checkout some scholarships.
  

Your college ID has some serious magical powers. Next time, take it with you to the mall. You’ll be surprised at how many stores take part in student discounts. I’ve gotten free drinks at Chik-fil-a and 15% off my total purchase at Vineyard Vines. Here’s a complete list here!


Not sure if I should be promoting this or not, but let’s do it anyway: maximize your meal plan any way you can. For example:

  • Bring a reusable water bottle to the soda fountain with you and fill it up for later.
  • If your school offers to go boxes, eat there and pack some for later.
  • Stay in the cafĂ© through breakfast and lunch if time permits (2 meals for the price of 1).



College events are a great way to meet new people and score some feebies. Whenever my university hosts an event, they’re always giving away free food, t-shirts, and school supplies. I've never heard of a college student passing up free food-- or anything free for that matter.

If your college hosts a Bingo night-- GO! I won a flat screen TV, a Google home, etc. My boyfriend won a bundle of Cabrini gear and a Keurig. You won’t regret going. I promise!
  

Three words: Textbooks. Are. Expensive. There are a ton of different places you can look for textbooks. Personally, I like to go on Barnes and Noble Marketplace. I’ve gotten a number of books for $1.99. You’re welcome!

These are just some of my favorite ways to save as a college student. Let me know what some of your favorite ways to save are-- I'm always looking for new ways to save money!


My Sister's Dorm Room Wish List

The countdown to Move-In Day is on! She moves into her dorm in a month-- that's crazy! My sister, Natalie, will be attending Florida Southern College. (You can read her college announcement here.) 

Shopping for your dorm is a big deal-- not to mention, an expensive one. We put together this wish list from Bed Bath and Beyond (NOT SPONSORED) so we could figure out what she really wants and needs for her dorm:


Kikkerland® Bedside Felt Storage Pocket in Grey Collection // $14.99

This bedside pocket is perfect for flashcards, highlighters, pens, sticky notes, etc. You can even throw your phone in here for easy access.

Folding Jersey Saucer Chair in Light Grey // $39.99

A comfy chair like this one is a great addition to any dorm room. When I was a freshman, I didn't have any extra seating like this in my dorm. So, when I had 5-6 people over to study, there wasn't a place for them to sit.

2-in-1 Shower Caddy // $7.99

A shower caddy is essential for a community bathroom. This specific caddy is a 2-in-1, which means that the center compartment detaches. This way, you don't have to lug your whole caddy to the bathrooms before bed. You only have to carry the center compartment to the bathroom. I love this! (Plus, you can't beat the price!)

Safavieh Faux Sheepskin Area Rug // $24.99+

A rug is a nice way to make your room more cozy. This one is super soft!

Umbra Hangup 30 Clip Photo Collage in Barnwood // $24.99

My sister has lots and lots of pictures. This picture frame is a great way to kill two birds with one stone: cover up the white wall and display her beautiful pictures.

WallPops!® Dry-Erase Calendar/Weekly Board Organizer Set // $24.99

Again, another great way to cover up the white wall space. Not to mention, stay organized! This set of organizers can be placed above her desk to help her stay on top of her assignments.

UGG® Polar Faux Fur Backrest // $49.99

A backrest pillow is definitely a nice extra to have. (I got mine from Walmart! So there are definitely some different price options if you ant a husband pillow!)

Studio 3B™ 4-Drawer Storage Cart // $49.99

I got the same exact one when I was dorm shopping. I used mine to hold extra toiletries, utensils, etc. I promise you'll find a use for a cart like this!


Comment below: What's one of your dorm room must-haves?



Checkout my Dorm Room Wish List:
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