As a recent college graduate, I decided to write a letter to myself of everything I wish someone had told me before starting university. Earnest, a student loan refinancing company, is encouraging recent graduates to reflect and share their lessons learned with others. Here is what I learned in my three years…
As I begin my journey of leaving school and searching for my first adult apartment, there are 18 year olds across the world getting ready to move into a 2×2 room in the dorms.
Moving into the dorms is one of those things that is a rite of passage and a pain in the bum. My own dorm could barely fit more than the two beds and I had to inhabit it with another person. But that’s not to say it wasn’t great! From fitting half my hall in my room to gossip at midnight, to epic fort building competitions in the lounge, to making friends that I don’t think I’ll ever get rid of, my dorm experience was amazing. Even if it was in a room smaller than my apartment’s kitchen.
Now that I’ve survived the dorms (and lived to tell the tale) I thought I would share my wisdom on what I found to be the things you’ll definitely need for move-in day, and some things that are only going to weigh you down. After nine months of living in Bean West, this girl is the queen of what goes in – and what should stay out – of the dorms.Read More
In two weeks I will be walking across that stage and moving my tassel to the other side. That’s right, I’m graduating.
It’s been an insane three years of college. From making new friends to exploring new interests to taking classes I never would have imagined taking, I truly have enjoyed my college experience. Of course, I am taking a summer class or two, but what better time to reflect than now?
Below I have compiled the best lessons I learned in the last three years, and I think they are things that can be applied to everyone, even those not higher educated. Enjoy!Read More
Living on a college budget and still having a beautifully decorated space is one of life’s biggest challenges. I understand skrimping pennies, but I also believe a gorgeous home boost happiness and productivity. So why not save money and have a beautiful home?
Living with great decor is a lot easier than imagined, and it doesn’t have to come with a designer’s budget to pull it off. Simply choosing pieces that look high end, or using a great deal of creative designing, can easily make your tiny dorm/apartment space look amazing. And you won’t need to eat ramen the rest of the week!
University is a time to explore your interests and gain talents for your future career.
Oh, and to gain absolutely ridiculous skills you didn’t even know people could have.
I’m currently taking a summer class (Women and Gender Studies 101 is by far the one university class I’ve taken that makes me leave class feeling like everything I’ve been taught is a lie. But I love it.) and during my four weeks in it, I’ve realized that there are quite a lot of skills I have gained in my two years so far at university. Yes, they are ridiculous skills that no one told me I would learn, but they are nifty in most situations. So, if you’re going into university, hopefully these skills will benefit you.
7 Ridiculous Skills I Unexpectedly Learned in University (Instead of Career Advancing Knowledge)
Writing an essay worth 20% of my grade in less than an hour and get a good grade
I used to spend all week writing essays. But university has expertly taught me how to spend the least amount of time on essays and still get the grade I want. Such as the essay I spent 30 minutes on (because the teacher moved up the due date) and still got an A on. It’s all about managing your time, having a good outline, and already being good at writing essays. Save extra time to proofread – that’s the trick to this method.
Sprinting long distances in short amounts of time
Whoever thought that putting dorms on one side of campus and most general ed classes on the other is a bigger moron than the person who made finger aerobics trendy. And if you have class until 12:50 on one side of campus and another class at 1:00 on the other side, you’ve got to get quick at speed walking. But lucky for me, living in the dorms made me make a regularly 15 minute walk into six. That’s right, six.
Which coffee drink to choose based on my schedule
A chai latte will last me through my lecture and lab. A white chocolate mocha will get me through a five hour work shift. A green tea will get me to the coffee shop, where I can get an Americano for my discussion, two lectures, and the beginning of my work shift.
How to look like you did the assigned reading
Low on time? Luckily you can skim the chapter, chapter headings, and read the middle sentence of the reading. 10 minutes and professor brownie points.
Appearing to look like everything is together when it really is not
You know when you got no sleep the night before, have an essay due in three hours, a midterm in 20, your boyfriend won’t call you back, and your roommate hasn’t done the dishes? Yes, we’ve all been in way over our heads. But no one needs to know that. That’s why a little bit of concealer (my secret beauty trick), a real outfit that doesn’t have the word ‘sweat’ in it anywhere, and 20 jumping jacks will make you seem like you actually can tell people what day it is. You can still be emotionally distraught, you just won’t look like it.
Miss/leave class for a seemingly legitimate reason
Sometimes you have miss/leave class because of lack of sleep/emotional trauma/didn’t do the homework. And of course you’ve got that teacher who hates when you’re not in class. That’s why this trick is great. Simply get up to leave, and when your professor asks where you are going, say, “Did you not get my email? I sent you one before class but I wasn’t sure if you received it.” and when they say they didn’t, simply say there must be an email error.
Tip: Only use once per professor. And only for emergencies.
Not be called on in class
I really don’t like being called on in class unless I know what I’m talking about. Which in some of my classes is once in a 10-week period. But I know exactly how to not be called on unless you want to.
1. Look very confused 2. Start flipping through your notebook like you’re trying to find the answer 3. Purse your lips and tap a finger to your chin 4. Look intently at your professor and anyone who has their hand raised 5. If anyone starts talking/if there are PowerPoint slides up, start intently writing
What insanely ridiculous skills did you learn at university? Please share in the comments, I’d love to see what non-knowledge things we now know!
Also, don’t forget that starting today you can get my book Affairs for only $0.99 on Amazon for my super awesome Vacation Book Sale! Get it now before it ends on Tuesday!
*Note: I know this is late. I promise I had the legitimate excuse of college sucking out my brain cells.
So, you’re making your shopping list for the week and you don’t know what you’re going to eat. Seven days of frozen pizza is nice, but would your doctor approve that? This is why you need go-to, nutritional meals that you won’t get tired of and will always taste good!
This week I thought I would share with you some of my go-to meals for the week that I swear by. They’re also easier on your budget and keep yourself away from the cereal-sandwich-meatloaf routine that no one likes.
Mix Up Your Meal Routine: A Go-To Meal Guide That Won’t Bore You
1. Poached eggs and toast
This one has been a favourite since high school. Simply boil some water, drop in some eggs and plop it on some buttered toast with salt and pepper. For real instructions try here, but this is super yummy, healthy and great for quick mornings.Read More
As we approach finals week, I find myself struggling to make my hair look decent. Actually I’m struggling to look anything other than sleep-deprived and sickly. And as looking decent is important, it’s time we find some easy ways to do so.
After doing some research, and playing around with my hair, I have found six hairstyles that look (more than) decent and are easy enough for a busy time like finals. Shall we take a look?Read More
You know that really big project you have due this week? Yes, that one that you’ve been avoiding more than anything. We’ve all got that project. And instead of just staring at it wasting your time staring at the assignment sheet, let’s get some productive procrastination going on!
20 Ways Morgan Has Procrastinated in College
1. Replace things in your apartment…finally
Guess who just bought a new HDMI cable?
2. Wash everything – EVERYTHING
This includes, but is not limited to: clothing, towels, bed linens, the towel my guinea pig goes poo on, etc.Read More
The increase of college tuition and scholarship difficulty has made students focus on standardized testing more than ever. And it disgusts me.
I took me SATs three times and my ACT twice. Between the time it took for me to study and take these tests, I could have had three decent nights of sleep. But instead I sat in stuffy classrooms that raised my stress level. And I don’t think that’s too healthy for the youth of America.Read More