6 Things You Must Do During Your Senior Year of College

I hate to be the bad guy and add things to your senior year to-do list, but your senior year of college is a very crucial time to be tying up loose ends in your college life and preparing for your post grad life. As your big sister and guide into post grad life, I am excited to share some things that I did (or I wish I did!) during my senior year of college.

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The Truth about Post Grad Life + A TYH Update!

I’m tired of people romanticizing post grad life with their #adultingishard mugs and shiny little Instagram posts. I’m here to tell the truth about post grad. No one ever tells you how life after college really is. You think it’s going to be all rainbows, paychecks, and dreams coming true, but it’s actually student loan debt, loneliness and a big fat dose of reality. I truly did not expect it to be this hard and I know that not everyone has had the same experience that I am having, but I know a lot of people out there feel the same exact way.

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5 Podcasts 20-Something Women Will Love

One of my recent obsessions within the past year is podcasts. I listen to them any chance I get, whether I’m multitasking at work, going on a walk, on a long drive or getting housework done. With so many podcasts out there, it’s hard to figure out which ones are actually worth listening to, so I’m here to help you out and talk about some of my faves!

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The Secret to College Success…is a Bedtime!

As a college student, you’ve probably been inundated with advice from everyone from parents to older siblings to your RA. I get it – I’ve been there too. And to be perfectly honest, the first time someone told me to give myself a bedtime in college, I rolled my eyes. I was in college, after all. Isn’t college all about staying up late, having fun with friends and eating junk food? I was not going to be that weirdo who went to bed at nine every night.

That line of thinking didn’t last very long. I realized pretty quickly that staying up until 2 in the morning and going to an early morning class was not compatible AT ALL. I mean, duh, right? I knew I was going to have to make a change, but I wasn’t sure what that change was going to be – until I remembered that advice about giving myself a bedtime.

My life changed completely once I figured out a bedtime routine (and no, I’m not exaggerating). I made sure I got seven hours of sleep every night. Sure, there were nights when I stayed up later than the bedtime I gave myself, but it wasn’t every single night anymore. I was ready for my morning classes – I participated more and got better grades. Who wouldn’t want that?

Have I convinced you yet? Here are my tips to figuring out the right bedtime for you!

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How to Reinvent Yourself in College

When I went to college, I thought my experience should look like a J. Crew catalog. I picked a university 3,000 miles away from home in a small, picturesque New England town. I thought that if I picked a place that was so radically different from the people and place I grew up in, that would be the best way to become the J.Crew model and have a different kind of life.

Boy, was I wrong.

I only spent one year at that school, but it taught me one of the most valuable lessons in life: wherever you go, there you are.

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5 Places to Shop on a College Budget

Like most college students on a budget, most of my money goes toward school tuition, school supplies, gas, and food, which leaves me with little to no money for pleasure activities such as my favorite, treating myself to new clothing every other week. However, I don’t let my limited budget stop my shopping habits. Despite limited funds, I have found a way to still shop regularly and you can too. Here are my five places I recommend you to shop while on a college budget:  Continue reading “5 Places to Shop on a College Budget”

How to Create a Budget and Stick to It

Creating a budget is a very grown-up and often tedious task most college students would rather put off until entering the real world. However, avoiding this undertaking is costing students dearly, with 21% of college-aged kids admitting they can “barely keep up” with daily finances.

There are tons of tools designed to make managing money easier, and yet it can be overwhelming for students already consumed by class schedules and project deadlines. The truth is, budgeting is NOT rocket science and you don’t need fancy tutorials or a degree in finance to manage saving and spending. Follow these tips to take control of your money and set yourself up for success upon graduation.

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5 Things College Freshmen Need to Hear on Their First Day

The first day of college is thrilling. You’ve got your bags packed, your mind ready, and at least a few ideas about your first dorm room (hint: it will probably not be as cute as what you saw on Pinterest).

But it’s also an overwhelming and emotional time. Saying goodbye to your family; starting a new life, away from your friends; and living, sometimes, in a totally new environment can all be challenging. It’s a balancing act that almost every single freshman around you is facing. So if you’re dealing with that jumble of excitement and emotion today, here’s what I want to tell you: the five things freshman girls need to hear on their first day.

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