Back to School Tips from a {Former} Type-A Student

Summer is quickly drawing to a close which means students are gearing up to head back to school. As strange as it seems, once upon a time, back to school season was my favorite! My parents still joke to this day that if I could be a professional student, I would – which isn't necessarily wrong. In honor of my former favorite season, I thought I would share some helpful tips that helped me conquer the school year, and I hope they help you out as well!

  • Buy an agenda and keep up on it// I cannot tell you how many times my agenda saved my ass throughout college. When you get your syllabi at the beginning of the semester, take the time to fill out when each assignment is due and test dates. You can even color code your classes if you're feeling ambitious. This also helps for extra-curricular activities such as Greek life and sports. Some of my favorite agendas throughout the years include Lilly Pulitzer, Erin Condren, and Day Designer.
  • If you're new to campus or if the buildings you have classes in are foreign to you, check out your daily class route// Once upon a time, an ill-prepared freshman Kourtney got lost on her way to class and had to walk in embarrassingly late on the first day. Don't let yourself be that Kourtney! A day or two before classes start, take a stroll around campus and make yourself familiar with the daily route you'll be taking to class.
  • Take advantage of free amenities on campus// Let's face it, being a college student can be pricey. If your schedule allows, take the time to attend the various back-to-school fairs occurring on campus. You'll be able to snag some free goodies including t-shirts, food and school supplies. At my alma mater, we even had local businesses bring coupons with discounts for students. Other free amenities include the cafeteria if you live on campus (I always took an extra piece or two of fresh fruit to snack on during the day), the gym on most campuses, and the library – these will be your best friends during your time at university.
  • Don't neglect your physical health// College is stressful; You'll be driven to eat a lot of foods that are not the best for you, and your physical health may take a backseat when times get tough. Make an effort to be active at least three days a week. Whether you're going to the gym or taking an extra long route to class if timing allows, every little bit helps keep off the freshmen 15.
  • Learn to take proper notes// There are several blog posts and YouTube videos such as this one to help you learn how to take effective notes. You may need to try several different varieties before you find the one that fits you, but once you find the one that works, stick to it!
  • Your professors will offer office hours, utilize them// Whether or not you're struggling in a class, it's always a good idea to build a relationship with your professors. This is one thing I regret the most from college – I did not use office hours enough. If your professors see you putting in the work and effort, they'll go the extra mile to help you succeed.

What are some of your back to school tips? Best of luck to all returning students!

-K

Not-So-Guilty Pleasures: Headbands of Hope

Not-So-Guilty Pleasures: Headbands of Hope
My purchase: Bluestar ($23.95 without shipping)
My purchase: Bluestar ($23.95 without shipping)

Growing up in Catholic school, philanthropy has always been a huge part of my life. Now that I am involved in a sorority, I have so many amazing philanthropic opportunities, not only per my chapter, but other Greek organizations as well.

A few weeks ago, while attending a retreat put on by my school’s Panhellenic Council, I had the privilege of learning about a new chapter (Sigma Sigma Sigma) coming to our school’s campus this fall following Formal Recruitment.  During their segment, Tri-Sigma spoke about their involvement with the charity Headbands of Hope; For every headband sold, the organization gives a headband to a child battling cancer, and $1 is donated to children’s cancer research.

As the philanthropist and self-proclaimed shopaholic I am, I grew quite interested in the organization and decided that I wanted- nay- NEEDED Headbands of Hope in my life. They have a large variety of headbands to choose from ranging from couture to flowered to headwraps, and everything in-between! I decided to go with the timeless couture piece, Bluestar (see left image).

Your purchase is mailed in an adorable satchel (see feature image) that is great to store your product in. You also receive a sticker which I chose to put on my laptop to stir up questions about the organization and peak the interest of others! Of course, there are many more on my wishlist, plus it’s for such an amazing cause. This is one purchase you do not have to feel guilty about going a tad overboard with!

Check out the link to the Headbands of Hope website above and feel free to like them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter and Instagram. They also have a variety of ways to rock your new headbands on their Pinterest page.

Until Next Time!

-K