21 Things I've Learned in 21 Years

What college students (really) do when the internet goes out

Or maybe it’s just me. This happened a few months ago (because it’s summer). In the small town where I go to school, the internet went entirely out. Well, I’m not sure if it went entirely out (big stores probably still had their internet for checkout and stuff – I assume that uses the internet), but the internet was entirely gone on my campus. So was EVERYBODY’S cell phone service. Data AND talk/text. Continue reading “What college students (really) do when the internet goes out”

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I failed at minimalism?

Phase 1 – Minimalism

February through August 2016 was a whirlwind of self-help books, trash bags, and trips to the GoodWill. I had heard a lot about minimalism on YouTube (the ever growing new Google), read a few books (most notably The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up), and threw myself into minimalism. I’m sure my dad thought I was crazy. I was at a point in my life where I needed a change, so I decided to get rid of almost everything. When I say almost everything, I mean almost everything. Sure, I kept a few things that, by the words of Marie Kondo, ‘sparked joy’, but those things that I kept were few and far between.

The largest areas of decluttering were my bathroom and my wardrobe. So many bottles of lotions and body washes were thrown in the trash, along with my multitude of impulse-buy makeup palettes. With my wardrobe, I really wanted the 10-item wardrobe (that I read about in Lessons Learned from Madame Chic), so skirts, shirts, and even jeans went into the boxes and boxes that I donated to GoodWill. Now, this was a mistake, as I wear jeans almost exclusively at my jobs. I got down to 2 pairs of jeans, about 10 shirts (not including my work shirts), 1 pair of leggings, 7 pairs of underwear, and 5 pairs of socks. You can imagine, I was doing laundry several times a week. Now, this wardrobe did make it easy to move to college, however, it was not at all practical for my lifestyle.

I learned my first mistake with the 10-item wardrobe around then, when I wanted to explore my personal style and leave behind the style I had in high school: I was trying to be someone I was not. Yes, a chic life of all monochrome colors and only 10 items in the closet is great for some people, but it was not practical for me, and it did not spark joy in me every time I went to get dressed. Continue reading “I failed at minimalism?”

Laundry Tipsfor College Dorms

Laundry Tips for College Dorms

I have been living in a relatively large co-ed college dorm now for about 5 months now. I live on the third floor, so many of these tips might be different if you are on the floor with the laundry room. For example, you could walk into the hall to see if the machines are empty or not. Continue reading “Laundry Tips for College Dorms”

Staying Motivated through the end of the Semester

Staying Motivated at the End of the Semester

With November almost over and the December holidays approaching fast, it’s sometimes hard to focus on school, especially when you’re faced with the larger tasks, such as studying for finals or finishing that lab report. Staying motivated is the key to doing well in school, especially at the end of the semester. If you get a bad grade this late in the semester, it’s really unlikely that you’ll be able to fix it. Continue reading “Staying Motivated at the End of the Semester”

21 Things I've Learned in 21 Years

Surviving 8am Classes

Are you going to take 8am classes? Do you want to figure out my secrets on surviving these dark o’clock classes? Read on!

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  • Sleep

You’re probably tired of hearing this one, but sleep is your friend. I’ve grown up a lot this year, from a nap-hating child to a young woman who sleeps 8 hours a night and tries to nap as often as possible. I still have no clue why elementary schools have nap time when the students don’t want it, but higher education doesn’t when the students need it. There are numerous findings of the benefits of sleep. Continue reading “Surviving 8am Classes”