School supply shopping has been my favorite part of the back to school season for as long as I can remember. I love office supplies and planning, so I’m always in my element. Now with COVID, schools are offering remote online classes, which makes supply shopping a little different. Here are some great investments you should make to prepare for online classes.
If you’re going to be on your laptop all day long for classes, that puppy is going to be hotter than hell, I promise you. My MacBook Pro overheats super easily if I don’t make sure it has proper ventilation. A cooling pad works wonders and it’s super inexpensive in relation to the cost of repairs you’d eventually need if you were constantly overheating your computer!
Staring at a screen all day is torture for your eyes! Invest in a good pair of blue light glasses! I have three pairs of blue light glasses as well as two pairs of regular glasses with blue light treatment in them, so I guess you could say that I’m pretty stocked up in that department. I used to get headaches and eye pain all the time from being on my computer and phone a lot and I swear they’ve almost completely gone away since I’ve started wearing blue light glasses.
Let’s be honest. Some- if not most- of your school days will be spent in bed. So get yourself a nice lap desk so you’re comfortable while getting that education! I love lap desks because they give me a nice surface for writing rather than writing on top of my bed and hoping my pen doesn’t bust through to the other side of the paper.
Don’t have a lot of desk space for everything you’ll need for class? Try a computer riser! That way you’re “building up instead of out” and saving space for all your supplies. You can keep sticky notes, pens, pencils, highlighters, YOUR PHONE, and so much more under there while you’re in your Zoom classes!
Spring semester is here and I’m thriving! So far, I love all of my classes and my instructors seem so nice and knowledgable. I’m super excited to put my all into this semester. Typically, I have a not-so-great first semester where I’m getting back into the swing of things after summer break, and then a really good spring semester. I hope that’s the case this year too.
Along with classes, I’ll be applying myself a lot more with content creating! I recently got this rush of motivation and I think it’s going to really help me kick my butt into high gear. I’ve been planning like crazy so I hope you guys enjoy everything I share!
I’ll be the first to admit that my eyes are glued to my phone. But I look at my phone as a tool. I have ways to stay in touch with family, ways to keep my day-to-day life organized, ways to give and receive important information, etc.
I’m only sharing apps that I personally use and enjoy. There are all apps I use regularly or feel that other students might.
I’m a big fan of flashcards. But when I don’t think my handwriting is good enough, I can end up rewriting the same thing a million times. It ends up being a waste of time. That’s why I use Quizlet now. I can get all of my notes transferred very easily into neatly printed flashcards that I can print OR access through my phone moments before my exam!
Going out with friends is a constant game of, “I forgot my wallet. Can you spot me?” Venmo is a huge lifesaver in those moments. I’m almost always using Venmo.
Walking to and from classes is so painfully boring without something to listen to. For college students, Spotify premium is half the price and includes Hulu and Showtime!
I prefer to use Google Calendar for my planning and scheduling. It’s super easy to use and I can use it to schedule so many different aspects of my life by color coding. For example- blog related events are purple. I can scroll quickly through my calendar and the bright purple labels help me see right away when something needs to be done.
When I’m rushing to get assignments done, I can never find the time to make myself something to eat. That’s why I worship at the feet of Postmates. Postmates makes it so east to get food from nearby restaurants delivered to your door. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve used Postmates since I’ve been in college. It’s almost routine!
My university uses Blackboard as the platform for classroom communication and access to materials. I use the blackboard app to see what’s on my syllabus when I am not around the printed copy. I can also use it to communicate with professors and classmates, check due dates, and submit projects I complete on my phone.
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GUYS IT’S FALL!
I love everything about fall- sweaters, falling leaves, chilly football games! I swear, it’s like I wait 75% of the year for fall! To me, there’s only two seasons- fall and not fall. I guess if you haven’t gotten the idea yet… I THRIVE IN THE FALL. And to help you guys thrive too, I’ve come up with some of the greatest fall-time goodies I’ve ever come across!
1. BLANKET SCARVES
Don’t you EVER tell me that blanket scarves are one of the greatest things ever. They’re so comfy and adorable. I sound like such a basic bitch… I’m sorry. One thing I love about blanket scarves is that they make last minute outfits work! I mean, you can throw on a white t-shirt and a pair of jeans, grab a blanket scarf, and look like you put so much more effort into your outfit!
2. CREWNECK SWEATSHIRTS
The holiest of sweatshirts. I’m in love with crewnecks year round, but the fall really brings it out! I swear I could live in these things every day. Sometimes I like to pair them with a scarf, denim jacket, and hoop earrings for a messy but presentable look- if that makes sense.
I think this one is pretty self explanatory. How else would you keep your hot chocolate warm when you’re walking to and from classes? I collect cups with plastic straws like it’s my job, so to me thermoses are the fall equivalent. Target and Amazon have so many cute options!
4. CABIN SOCKS
I’m ashamed to say that it took me a little longer to hop onto the trend of cabin socks. But I’ve fallen in love with them. They’re so comfy and warm, PLUS they come in so many cute patterns! I love matching them with my outfits so when I take my shoes off they work as a cute accessory. Am I crazy? Most likely.
5. SHERPA PULLOVER
Anything sherpa is a 10/10 in my book. It’s so soft and warm and perfect for fall! I have so many sherpa blankets and pullovers. Everyone I talk to thinks that the good sherpa pullovers are really expensive, but I got my favorite one for only $10 at Walmart!
6. PURA VIDA BRACELETS
These are a necessity year around, but I especially love stacking their jewelry during the fall months! I’m actually a Pura Vida representative, so I have a discount code! If you’re looking to buy ANYTHING from Pura Vida, click here to save 20%!
If you follow me on Twitter, you might have seen that I got into the Disney College Program! I was offered a position at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida through the Disney College Program! Unfortunately, I won’t be able to take the internship as it creates more complications for me back at home, but I still want to help others score this opportunity of a lifetime!
Let me quickly explain the program for anybody who is unfamiliar.
“As a Disney College Program participant, you’ll become part of the magic that is known worldwide. Gain valuable, on-the-job experience working in our parks and resorts, participate in college coursework, and have the opportunity to meet and live with people from all over the country and potentially the world in company-sponsored housing. This truly unique five- to seven-month program allows participants to network with leaders, take part in personal and career development classes, and build transferable skills such as problem-solving, teamwork, guest service and effective communication.” – jobs.disneycareers.com
What was the application process like?
The process only took around a month. I submitted my online application August 31. It took about 20 minutes to fill out all the information necessary. I got an email a couple weeks later informing me that recruiters would be looking over my application to determine if I was qualified to complete the web-based interview.
That same day, I got an email telling me I could take the web-based interview within three days of receiving the email. Being the eager beaver I was, I immediately took the interview. This took roughly 30 minutes, but I was rushing. It asked a lot about my preferences and how strongly I agreed/disagreed with things. After completing the interview, I got another email saying that I could schedule my phone interview. Again, there was a time limit of three days to schedule my interview.
Within a week, I had completed my phone interview (I’ll go more into depth about the phone interview in a minute). It took around 25 minutes and let me just say- that man was a trooper for putting up with my stuttering nervousness.
Two weeks after my telephone interview, on September 24, I got an email saying I was accepted into the program as a PhotoPass Photographer! I was given seven days to accept my offer or they would cancel my offer and give it to someone else. When I got my email, I was sitting in class trying to focus on our review for an upcoming exam. I immediately ran out of the room crying happy tears to call my family and tell them. It added to the great day I was already having. Maybe even the best day of my life thus far.
So… that phone interview?
Ok. I did a lot of research before I went into my phone interview so if you’re here to get answers before your interview, trust me I’ll give you everything you need to know!
How do I prepare for my interview?
I can’t tell you the best way to prepare, as I’m not too sure what that is. However, I did the following:
Google questions the interview might ask.
Write down how you wanted to answer certain questions.
Hold mock interviews with friends.
Watch interviews on Youtube.
What are some of the questions my interviewer might ask me?
I can only tell you questions I was asked, but there’s so many possibilities. The interview is semi-structured so they’ll ask you scripted questions and then base other questions off of your previous answers. The questions I remember being asked were:
Why Disney? / Why this program?
What made you interested in your top roles?
Name a time where you have been treated poorly by a server and what you wish they would have done differently.
What are you looking forward to most?
What would you look for in a program applicant?
How would you handle a coworker not doing their work?
Are you willing to maintain the Disney Look?
Are you willing to live with roommates? / Have you ever lived with roommates? / How do you resolve conflicts with roommates?
How would you tell a visitor he or she is not tall enough to ride a particular ride?
If a frequent visiting family stays in the same room every visit but the room is unavailable, how would you handle that situation?
How do I show the best version of myself when the interview is not in person?
SMILE! I know they can’t see you, but they can hear when you’re happy! I smiled throughout the entire interview regardless of how self conscious and nervous I was feeling inside. Adding a few cheery laughs here and there definitely didn’t hurt either!
Get lots of sleep the night before your interview so you’re energetic on the phone!
Answer the phone professionally!
“Hello! This is ____!”
Ask questions! Show interest!
Ask about their journey with Disney or what they look for in an applicant!
Refer to your interviewer by name!
Write it down! They introduce themselves at the beginning of the interview!
Don’t talk negatively about anything you or anyone else have done!
If you’re looking to apply for your chance to work at a Disney Resort, I wish you the best of luck! If you have any other questions, I’m willing to help out however I can!
Everybody knows the stereotype about college students living off of ramen noodles because they’re cheap, right? Well I always thought that was a joke until I got to college and couldn’t budget my money properly. That’s real shit guys.
Get a Job
Ok, I know this one is pretty obvious, but a lot of students don’t think they have the time for a job with their busy schedules so they’re quick to rule it out. Pretty much every college has opportunities for students to work on campus and they’re more likely than not willing to work around your schedule regardless of how scattered it may be. You can also get a job on the weekends whether that be Saturday and Sunday or just one of the two. Even if you worked all day one day a week, that’s still bringing in more money than you had before.
Take Advantage of Student Discounts
Sure, you don’t always save a lot with student discounts, but sometimes it’s worth it to get a few bucks back. Most student discounts are 10-15%, but some discounts vary place-toplace to be sure to ask whenever you’re at the register to see what they offer! Some discounts are also available online so keep an eye out for that too!
Buy in Bulk
Nobody really thinks about this when they’re trying to save money because it involves spending money. But when you buy in bulk, you’re getting more for less. It’s especially helpful in college because while you’re saving money, you’re also getting enough to last you longer and ensure that you won’t have to go to the store again soon.
Sell Your Old Things
If you aren’t using something, why not give it to someone who could? I love selling my old things because I can declutter and make some money to re-clutter with new things! That counts as growth, right?
I have so much clothes that I just don’t wear anymore that have nothing wrong with them. I change up my style all the time so it’s easy for me to be tired of perfectly fine clothes if they aren’t what I’m into. Since I’m not made of money, I always end up trying to sell my old clothes in order to restock my closet with new clothes that I’d actually wear. Makes sense to me.
You could also sell your textbooks at the end of the semester to other students if you don’t expect yourself to need them again. Most colleges have Facebook pages for different studies and interests so you could easily advertise books and supplies on there that you don’t need anymore.
One of the most effective things you can do to keep some money in your pocket is to set yourself limits and stick to them. If you’re typically a spender, this could be a little challenging, but you have to remember the end goal. You could start small, like not buying coffee on campus everyday or canceling monthly subscriptions that you could live without. That way you aren’t constantly feeling the pressure of saving up.
I know college is not cheap. Trust me, I’ve tried cutting corners as much as possible. I’ve avoided buying textbooks and used supplies down to the nub to avoid having to spend even a dollar more on things I didn’t think I needed for school. In some cases it was a great decision, but in other cases I was struggling without particular things. I know you’ve been there or maybe you’re even going through it now. It’s hard to decide whether or not to spend the big bucks on items while you’re in the store or shopping online, so I’ve compiled some of the items I knew I wasn’t sure about buying so you’ve got someone to help you make these decisions.
👍 A Laptop
I don’t know who needs to hear this, but just in case… BUY A LAPTOP TO COLLEGE! You need a laptop for almost everything in this day and age, and college is no exception. You can write papers, take notes, study, and do extra research with your laptop. Wait… why am I even trying to justify buying a laptop? Just do it.
👍 A Printer
Maybe this depends on the person, but I really liked having my own printer last year. I’m the type that likes to have printed copies of my work to proof read and take extra notes. I even took a class where material was covered really quickly to fit it into the time slot we had, so it was easiest for me to print out the powerpoints before class and take extra notes during class (I learn better when I write instead of type, don’t come for me). If you can’t get to campus provided printers regularly, they I definitely suggest investing in a printer. Mine also scanned, copied, and faxed, which is something I think is important to look for in a printer. It ups the price a bit, but it’s so much more helpful in the longrun.
👍 A Coffee Maker
If you’re even considering tackling college without a coffee maker, you’re insane. I needed a cup just to get out of bed and another to sit in lecture. Don’t waste money on coffee from campus shops when you can get your own coffee maker and make things exactly the way you want it to be! If you’re feeling like going all in, you can even opt for the pricier frappuccino maker.
👍 Comfy Shoes
It may not seem like a huge purchase to some people, but getting a nice, comfortable pair of shoes that can be worn for different occasions is one of the unspoken keys to success. I loooooove my Nike Rosche Ones. They’re great for walking around campus, going to the gym, or just running errands. I’m obsessed. I have the standard black and white pair so they match all my outfits, but the teal ones are calling my name so they might be next on my list.
👍 A Nice Backpack
People sometimes glaze over the importance of a good quality backpack. I actually invested in a couple nice backpacks (Jansport Big Student, Matein) to serve me for the next four years. I would’ve only gotten one, but I love to switch out my backpack from time to time to spice things up. I saw a lot of students on campus with the same Matein backpack as me so I guess a lot of us had the same last minute thought to buy a backpack from amazon! But anyway, do yourself a favor and get a nice new backpack for college. Look for something that’s a good size and has comfortable straps. I’ve had a few backpacks in the past that have literally ripped the skin off of my shoulders (ouch).
Those are a few of the more expensive things worth purchasing for college. I always recommend looking into big items before taking the plunge. Look up reviews, other advice blogs, and your school’s facebook pages to determine whether or not it’s a good idea for you.
Welcome back to my back-to-college series! Today’s lesson is on saving money on textbooks.
Any college student can tell you how expensive textbooks are. They can also tell you how much they regret spending so much money on books they never even used. It’s not fun. I didn’t have a lot of money to spend on textbooks with everything else I was breaking the bank for, so I was on the look out for cheap textbooks.
My number one tip is to wait until you know for sure that you will use the textbook. I’ve spent hundreds of dollars of books that I never even opened. It’s painful. If you absolutely feel the need to get the books before classes start, check RateMyProfessor and see if anyone who has recently taken your class with that professor has said anything about not needing the textbook. Students will be quick to call a professor out and save their peers some money.
Don’t Settle For High Prices
When it’s finally time for you to buy/rent your books, don’t settle for prices that seem a little unfair. Never settle after only looking in one location either. I like to look at my campus bookstore first because I automattically assume that books will be more expensive there. But I want to have a number to start off with. So I’ll take pictures and notes of prices. Used books are often cheaper, so I always head straight for them.
After seeing the books in person, I like to look online at different sites to compare prices and find the best deal. If I’ve already started classes and need my books ASAP, I compare shipping prices and times along with the prices of the books.
Some great websites to check for your books are:
In most instances, looking online for textbooks can help you find books that are cheaper to buy than rent in your campus bookstore! I always suggest buying textbooks, unlike most students. It’s super helpful to be able to highlight and take notes in the book for me, and that’s not something you can do with rental books (even though I’ve done it a few times, oops).
If you’re one who can stand looking at a computer or tablet screen for longer periods of time, maybe try renting/buying the digital versions of your books! I had a lot of friends do that last year and they showed me all the cool features they had on their tablets that made digital textbooks super managable. The only difference that I found was that you have to stare at a screen. If you decide to give digital textbooks a try, be sure to invest in some good blue light glasses to protect your eyes while you’re studying!
Some textbooks come out with new editions every year and barely change anything. So if you’ve found earlier editions of the textbook you need for cheaper, don’t be afraid to reach out to your professor to see if that book would work instead. Professors understand that college is expensive and often times they will understand when your each out if you keep it professional.
Some schools have community Facebook pages where students come together for different reasons throughout the year. If you check these pages before the semester starts, students could be selling their textbooks for cheap in order to get rid of them!
Share with Friends/Classmates
If you’re in class(es) with a friend or a group of friends, look into splitting the cost and sharing the book if possible. Make sure your friends are reliable and wouldn’t ghost you if you ever need the book.
Those are my tips for saving money on textbooks! If you have any more, let me know in the comments! Let’s swap!
Hellooooo everyone and welcome to the first post of my back-to-college series! Of course I’ll be posting a lot of college-related content all year round, but with school starting up in just a couple months, it seems like a good time to start a series!
When I was planning out what to take to my first year of college, I went to pinterest and started pinning tons of checklists and photos for inspiration. I felt prepared for the move, but it turned out that I forgot a few important things. Not only that, but I also brought tons of things I didn’t need or even use once. Now I’m here to make sure someone else benefits from my mistakes. This list can also double as a shopping list so I decided to post it first in our series so you guys can use it to make sure you’ve bought everything!
The Ultimate College Moving Checklist
pillow case sets
sheets (2 sets)
bedside table (unless one is provided)
desk (unless one is provided)
chair (unless one is provided)
full length mirror
bed risers (if needed)
refrigerator (unless one is provided)
microwave (unless one is provided)
tupperware (microwave safe)
bowls (microwave safe)
plates (microwave safe)
toilet bowl cleaner
shower curtain rings
shower caddy (for communal bathrooms)
*remember that you can change clothes out as the seasons change*
crew neck sweaters
business casual outfit
tide to-go stick
notebooks (one for each class unless otherwise informed)
3 hole punch
Mr.Clean magic erasers
extra phone charger
curtains (unless one is provided)
curtain rods (unless one is provided)
printer (unless easily accessable on campus)
Did I forget anything? What are you most excited about bringing with you to college? Any new great finds I should look into? Leave a comment below!