Let’s face it: starting a new semester is hard. What makes it even harder is having a four month break in-between. I always find that by March I’ve found this great rhythm in terms of balancing classes, social life, and sorority commitments; but by September I’ve completely lost it.
Self-care gets completely pushed to the side and I become this massive ball of unproductive panic. It’s awful.
So this year I’ve taken the last few days to analyze my approach to the new school year and talk to some friends about how they handle starting a new semester.
I have not always been on Team Tattoo. Until about a year ago I would constantly wonder why someone would want a tattoo at all. I had so many questions for people who did get tattoos, and most of them weren’t very considerate.
My favourite questions among them were “what does it mean?” or “but how will that look when you’re older?”
As the title might have suggested, I’ve changed my tune. This summer I decided to get a matching tattoo with one of my best friends and I can’t express how much I love it.
I adore back-to-school season. It’s hands down, my favourite time of year. By the time September rolls around, I’m more than happy to abandon my summer vibes and get back to warm drinks and crazy study hours. What I’m less excited about is finding ways to balance school and work during the academic year.
For me, and a lot of other students out there (I know you’re out there), there’s no way I’d be able to afford school without working part-time during the year. The ability to earn even a few extra dollars that I can spend on coffee when I’m cramming for an exam is so important to me.
If you’re debating whether or not you can balance a part-time job with university, debate no more! As long as you have the smallest shred of time management skills and some motivation, you can do anything. But here are a few tips to help you out along the way!
Today’s post is part of a larger series called “The Sex Talk”. Often we think of The Sex Talk as an awkward conversation we have with our parents where the phrase “when a Mommy and Daddy love each other very much…” because that’s what’s been normalized.
There’s something wrong with that sex talk.
It (normally) only mentions the idea of sex for reproductive purposes and doesn’t mention topics that fall under the sex and gender category. We often don’t talk about how some people are LGBTQ+ with kids, while others identify as cisgendered straight folk. Or that sex happens between consenting parties.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I get it’s hard to explain this all to a kid (I barely understand all of it), but sex talks shouldn’t happen just once. The Sex Talk should be a dialogue that everyone participates in at every stage of life and it should surround more than just how babies are made.
Today’s topic is consent. Below the photo, I’ll be talking about what consent is and how to get consent. While a lot of what I say might seem like it’s obvious, for a lot of people it isn’t.
DISCLAIMER: While I don’t have any explicit content, topics such as this can be triggering. Please check in with yourself and make sure you make the best decision for you to feel safe at the moment.
I’m not claiming to know everything here. I’m just a student who is interested in furthering her own understanding of the crazy world she lives in. If you need further explanation on any claims I make, or think I’m wrong about something, please let me know in a polite way. I’m happy to edit this post until it’s perfect.
Congrats on moving into your new home for the school year! Whether it’s a shared dorm style room or your very own apartment, chances are you have at least one roommate. If you’re just getting to know your roommate (or if you want something to do with your best friend) and don’t have anything in common, finding a show to watch together gives you something until you know more.
Netflix has made it super easy to stream basically anything with your friends and always everyone has a subscription (or uses their parents).
My biggest recommendation is to find something neither of you have seen before, but have an interest in. If it’s new to both of you then you get to experience it for the first time together!
Looking for some TV show recommendations? I’ve got you covered!
Whether you’re studying for a big exam or working on an assignment, taking study breaks is a must. Your brain is like any other muscle, it can’t run a marathon without pacing itself. Even though it may seem counter-intuitive to stop working, forcing yourself to take a ten minute break might actually make you more productive.
I will admit that there are times when I’ve just found my groove and my alarm goes off, letting me know it’s time for a study break. When that happens, the last thing I want to do is take a break but it really is important. Even if the only break you take it standing up and going for a short walk around the library before sitting back down, you need that break.
Finish your sentence or finish your thought, then put the pen down and walk away.
As a list junkie, I love setting goals. Writing down what I hope to accomplish so that I’m able to organize the craziness in my brain brings me a lot of joy. For whatever reason, when it comes to writing down my goals I can never remember what I wanted to do.
Part of this is my goals are always super vague. I want to do things like ‘work on my blog more’ or ‘hang out with my friends more’. While those are totally things I can try to accomplish, what do they really mean?
Maybe I’m just a terrible goal setter, and that’s okay, but I have to work hard to figure out goals and to-do lists. So hard in fact, I’ve created a system. A simple one (because I’m lazy) but a system all the same.
Procrastination is an old friend of mine. Sometimes, I’ll invite procrastination over for tea and he’ll stay for a week. If you can honestly tell me procrastination has never overstayed his welcome, then this post isn’t for you. I don’t think I have any advice that could help.
As much as I like to think I’m on the ball, it’s only within the last few months that I’ve been battling my procrastination habit. Let me tell you, it’s a hard habit to break. So don’t think of this list as me telling you I’m perfect and have all the answers (trust me, I’m far from perfect). Instead, think of it as a friend helping a friend with strategies for productivity.
Before tackling the big stuff, it’s important to answer three questions: why do you do it? When are you most productive? And what are you in the mood to do?
From there, figuring out how to tackle procrastination and boost your productivity is a piece of cake.
I’m a firm believer in studying before you have to. If the only time you crack open a book is finals week, then your grades are likely to reflect that. Just like anything else, in order to get good grades you have to practice. You wouldn’t expect to impress Gordon Ramsay if you’ve never even stepped foot in a kitchen before, so why do you expect to get good grades if you don’t go to classes?
Below are some killer study tips to carry you through the whole semester, not just to help you coast through the last week.
Having a roommate can be both the most amazing experience, and a really tough one. For some people, getting a roommate in university leads to what is essentially an assigned best friend. In order for any roommate situation to work, there needs to be a lot of open communication.
I know some people who’ve grown incredibly close to their roommates and that’s great! For others, (like myself) a lack of communication can lead to simply co-existing with your roommate. You want to at least be on good chatting terms with the person who can watch you sleep.
So, if you’re getting a new roommate this fall (or just need to check in with some old ones!) I have a comprehensive list of questions you should ask your roommate to get to know each other.