8 Back to School Tips for Upperclassmen + Giveaway!

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Back to school tips for college sophomores, juniors, and seniors! 8 simple things that make starting the new school year a little bit easier... #ad

As my final year of college rapidly approaches (two weeks until classes start for me!) the time to prepare for a new school year has arrived. Many articles you’ll find all over the internet focus around what to do as you begin your first year of college.. But what about when it’s not your first year?  For upperclassmen (sophomores, juniors, and seniors) preparing for a new school year is a bit different than for first year students.

The excitement of a new school year, a new semester, and new classes are still there… but you’ve become a little more well adjusted to your school and the people you’ve met. Still – there are some things you should do as an upperclassman to prepare for back to school season!

P.S. There’s a giveaway for a $100 Jiffy Lube gift card at the bottom of this post… make sure to enter to win! Read More!

The Complete Guide to Decorating a Dorm Room


A MUST-HAVE for all college students: The Complete Guide to Decorating a Dorm RoomStarting college comes with many exciting things: a new school, new town, new people, new classes, new clubs, new teams, and… a new room.

Moving into my first dorm room was by far the thing I was the most excited about when starting college. 4 years and 4 dorm rooms later, I’m still obsessed with dorm decor and all the amazing and creative ways that people decorate their spaces!

After gathering inspiration, pictures, links, and ideas from other college students and college bloggers around the web I am proud to present to you the complete guide to decorating a dorm room!

Read on for inspiration, beautiful pictures, and links to purchase wonderful dorm decor items. Each dorm room picture is linked to the blogger who’s room it is (and who generously donated it to this guide) so please click on the photos for more info/inspiration from those bloggers.

One last thing – there are some links to products in this guide to help you decorate your own dorm room. These links are affiliate links, which means that when you click on them or purchase from them I will get a little bit of money – but it won’t cost you anything to click on, and won’t increase the price if you purchase from it at all. Just wanted to let you know!

Ready to decorate your own dorm? Read on!

Discovering Empowerment and Real Beauty in College

Thank you Dove for sponsoring this post. How do you define #RealBeauty?

How you can discover your real beauty in college - 5 tips!

College is a time of self discovery.

Between choosing your major, potential future career field, significant others, and lifelong friends there are a lot of decisions to be made and discovering to be done in so little time.

Every experience and every year forms and shapes who you are, and the time that you are in college is no different.

The Dove Real Beauty campaign recently launched a new project working with director Shonda Rhimes and an all-female crew to shift the power of storytelling from Hollywood into the hands of real women sharing tales of how real women are discovering and embracing their real beauty. They just published the second video in this series, featuring Kylee Howell and her message of non-conformity, self-assurance, and shedding expectations of beauty that didn’t fit her. This video is truly inspiring – watch it now here!

Around 69% of women say that they don’t see themselves reflected in advertisements, movies, television, and media today. The definition of beauty has been rapidly changing, and with that women are succeeding in discovering what their real beauty is and finding empowerment in inspiring other women.

As I step into my final year of college I’ve been feeling very reflective lately. It’s crazy to see how I’ve grown and changed, become more confident in myself and those around me, throughout the past 3 years. Today I’m very excited to be partnering up with the Dove Real Beauty campaign to share with you my story about discovering empowerment and real beauty in college – as well as ways you can become empowered and discover your own real beauty.


Using Google Calendar to Organize Your Entire Life

Organize your entire life with Google Calendar! Use Google Calendar as a digital planner to juggle the busy life of a student with classes, jobs, and more!College students find themselves juggling classes, homework, work, parties, clubs, organizations, dates, volunteering, and everything in between. With only 24 hours in the day, and only one mind to juggle it all, this can be a lot to manage.

How do you do it without letting your brain explode? By having the right organizational system for you.

As busy as I am (last year I juggled 18 credits of classes and 4 jobs…) I definitely need something to help hold everything in one place and make sure nothing is forgotten in the hustle and bustle.

If you’ve been around here for a while then you know that I ABSOLUTELY LOVE PLANNERS. However – sometimes there are places where you don’t bring your planner, or notes you have to jot down quickly and don’t have time to pull out the pen and paper, or there are just some people who don’t prefer a paper planner… and that’s okay! That’s what this is for.

I’m talking: Google Calendar.

Google Calendar is a helpful, creative, powerful productivity tool that if you aren’t using already you should be. Download the app on your phone. Bookmark the website on your computer. Share your calendars with your SO or BFFs. Organize your entire life.

Here are some amazing tricks to manage your busy schedule with Google Calendar!