How to Email Your Professors

College with EmmaGrace: Part 7

Happy Thursday! I hope you are all having an amazing week! I can’t believe Halloween is already this weekend. Fall has honestly flown by! I am so excited because I get to go home this weekend and see my family… and hopefully do some Halloween-themed activities;) I know people can’t really trick-or-treat this year, which is so sad to me! I am still going to dress up and get in the spirit!! I think it is so cool that my neighbor actually made a chute to send candy down if he gets any trick-or-treaters. I love the creativity and positivity he has in these hard times!

Anyways, today I wanted to share with you a few quick tips on how to email your teachers/professors.

5 steps to writing an email

1. Start with a solid subject line

When you are emailing a professor, or even anyone, you want to start with a subject line. That way when they see your email amongst 100s of other emails they know exactly what is it about and see that it is important. Also, make sure that the subject line is clear and concise. I actually have a professor who makes us write our subject lines in one specific way, starting with the class and class section, and then what the email is about. I don’t think you necessarily have to do this, but you do want to make sure they know exactly what you are talking about in a few words. Here are a few examples:

CorrectIncorrect
Test on 10/27Trying to understand why I got a C- on my test from 10/27
Upcoming education essayWondering how to start my education essay that is due next week
DNA replication questionWhy does DNA replicate only in the 5′ to 3′ direction

2. Address them and yourself

Start with a “Dear Professor (whatever their last name is)” line. If you know you can be a little less formal with them, you can say hi or hello professor. Start the next line with your name and what class you are coming from. With so many students, you can’t always expect your professor to know who you are.

3. Get to the point

You don’t have to “dilly-dally” much when you are emailing a professor. They don’t have a ton of time in their schedules (just like you) so get to the point right after you introduce yourself. Also, be concise with your question or comment. In the past, I have added too much extra “stuff” in my emails to professors, and they never ended up answering my question. Make sure your questions are very clear as well so they know exactly what you want/need.

4. Review for errors

Check through your email or even use Grammarly. You want to come off as professional to your professors, which means not having the wrong too vs. to. Even when you proofread, mistakes still happen sometimes and that is okay! Take my blog for example; I read through each post before making it public, but I still have errors!

5. Sign off

Finish your email on the right foot! Here are a few examples:

  • Best (more formal)
  • Respectfully (more formal)
  • Sincerely (more formal)
  • Regards (more formal)
  • Have a great day
  • Thanks so much
  • Have a great weekend

Things to remember

How well do they know you?

  • Do you need to start off every email introducing yourself or do you think they know you well enough? This really depends on the size of the university you go to and how much your professors care to get to know you. Chances are if you go to a large university with 500 kids to a class, they will not recognize you by the name on your email address. If this is you, it’s extra important that you start by addressing yourself. If you go to a smaller college, or if you talk to your professor a lot, you may be able to skip that step.

What kind of professor are they?

  • I have one professor who actually wrote a sample email for us at the beginning of the year. If you do not follow that exact formal, he will not respond. I have another professor who signs her email “hugs.” These are two totally different extremes and you really just have to know what your teacher is expecting. For some, you may be able to get away with a simple email with no subject line, and for others you may have to be completely formal. Either way, make sure you stay respectful and let them know you appreciate their time.

What time of day/what day of the week is it?

  • I would recommend staying away form emailing your professor really late at night, or especially on Sundays. If you do email them at these times, do not expect them to respond right away. I think anytime before 8PM is respectful, but if they don’t respond until the morning you have to understand that. Furthermore, try to start all your assignments ahead of time so can avoid emailing them at the last minute. Trying to ask a professor late Monday night about an assignment due Tuesday morning is not a good idea. They will likely not respond until well after the assignment is due. In my experience, most professors routinely check their emails throughout the day during the week. If you email them in the morning, you will LIKELY get a response by that night. Just remember that this is not always the case so you must be patient.

Did you look for the information yourself first?

  • There have been many times where I emailed the professor and figured out my exact question ten minutes later. This is a waste of their time AND yours. Make sure you look at the syllabus or any other resources you have before sending an email. If you have a question about when something is due, it is most likely in the syllabus. If you can’t figure out why you got a question wrong, try to look at your notes first. Finally, if you really can’t seem to figure it out, THEN email them.

SAMPLE EMAIL

Subject: ADHD lesson

Dear Professor Henderson,

My name is Jillian Belk from EDU 130. I had a question about the lesson on ADHD from Thursday; how does the hyperactivity-impulsivity type differ form the inattentive type? Does the student only show signs of one of the two types or can they show both?

Thank you,

Jillian Belk

I hope this helps relieve some stress about having to email your professor. Have an amazing rest of your week, and feel free to reach out in the comments if you have any other questions or tips!

As always,

with love,

EmmaGrace

Blog Stats Bullet Journal

Hi everyone! I know that many of you on here are fellow bloggers, so I wanted to share a couple “blogger” spreads with you. This first spread will help you keep track of who follows you on what, how many likes you received, etc. It is pretty simple but has a lot of information on it. My social media profiles are just WordPress, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, and I like to keep track of those. I do have Pinterest included on here, but I don’t use it much… hopefully some day soon! The second spread tracks followers in a much simpler form, as well as takes a look at your goals and ideas for upcoming posts.

This is a six month spread that I started in September. You can really start it any month you want, or any time of the month because it is just based on weeks. If you began at week three in the month, you can just write that instead of starting at week one.

First of all, I wrote blog stats at the top of the page. Like I always say, feel free to make this as creative as you would like. Next, count how many boxes you have going down because this will show you how many weeks you can include. I had just the perfect amount of boxes to track six months. Next, I wrote each week in the sixth box from the left (I did this before the months because I wanted the months to be right in the middle, and some months have more weeks than others). I wrote the months to the left of the weeks. In September, the fifth week goes through to October. So, when I write the first week of October, it is actually the second week. You could write the dates down as well if this would make more sense. In hindsight, I probably should have done that.

I counted all my boxes horizontally and divided them up into each social media profile. Feel free to give each profile as many boxes as you want. For example, WordPress took more boxes than Twitter because I track more stats on WordPress. Next, start by writing whatever stats you want to track for each profile. I would recommend doing this in pencil first so you can make sure it is exactly the way you like. On the line below, write each social media profile. I also have a section for notes on the right, which you may or may not include depending on everything else you want to track.

This other spread looks at blog goals and ideas. It also tracks the followers, but a with a little bit less detail than the first spread. As you can see, it is for 12 months. So, start by dividing the page into four columns, each will be one month. Then you are going to make the boxes for each month. Each month I had was 6 boxes long: one box for the month, one box for the days of the month, and one box for each of the social media pages (if you have more than four social medias, you will want to add another row). At the top of the boxes, I wrote the month, and then made a line under the months. Then I wrote 15 and 30/31(whatever the last day of the month is), which are the days of the month that I am going to check each social media page. You can do anytime of the month you want, but my goal was to do halfway through and at the end. Finally I split each month into two columns. The two columns represent the 15th of the month and the 30th/31st of the month. I wrote in the names of each social media page I check for each month.

The next part of this page is goals: this can be anything from growing your follower count, posting more regularly, etc. Next to the each goal, I have an action plan and my “why” behind the goal. For the action plan, try to really break it down into manageable steps that will help you towards achieving your goal. The why should be meaningful not just something like “it will make my blog cooler.” Instead, write something like I want to blog more regularly so my followers can rely on a post from me every Monday and Thursday.

Lastly, I have an idea section! Here I have all sorts of ideas for upcoming posts.

I hope all you bloggers out there (and everyone else, of course) love these spreads. If you don’t have a blog, I would highly consider starting one! It’s so relaxing and can help you get all your thoughts out! If you try any of these spreads for your blog, let me know in the comments:)

As always,

with love,

EmmaGrace

Using my planners

As you may have noticed from reading through my blog, I am obsessed with planners and organization. When I started this page, the main goal was to share my bullet journal spreads: a bullet journal is basically a creative planner/journal. My tagline is even “bullet journaling, organization, my life.” Not only do I love planning out my whole life with a planner, but I also love to organize. Sometimes I even sit at my desk and my brain decides I cannot do anything else until my entire desk is neat and tidy. Honestly, it’s a pain in the butt to not be able to focus until everything is perfect, but it’s nice sometimes.

Well, it’s been almost a year, and I haven’t shown you all the different planners I have! Throughout the years, I have collected so many different planners. Usually I get sick of the layout before the planner is completed. This is why I love a bullet journal: I can customize it however I want. Unfortunately, I don’t have all my planners to show you while I am away at college. However, I will be showing you the three that I currently use. Three you say? Yes, three! LOL. The first one I use is a daily/hourly planner. I don’t use this EVERY day, only when I really have a lot to do that I have to organize each hour. The next one is an assignment planner, where I plan out all of my assignments for the day and the week. The last one is what I have shared with you before, which is my Happy Planner. I use this as a planner and a bullet journal. In this, I have the spread I made with all my school assignments (I posted about it in School Bullet Journal Spreads). I also have a monthly and a weekly layout, which are what I consider a hybrid between a bullet journal and a planner: you will see what I mean later in this post.

Daily Planner

I got this wonderful daily planner right off of Amazon. You can purchase it through this link! There are three different colors to choose from, and it even has a little dog on the front. If you didn’t know, I LOVE animals. Not only that, but the inside covers have paw prints, and the edges of the pages are stained the same color as the notebook. All this for only $12! Anyway, you can purchase any daily planner you want, and still use it in the same way as me. Like I said before, I don’t ALWAYS use this planner: only on the days I need to be extra organized and have a lot to do. For example, I would use this if I have classes, meetings, and lunch with a friend all on the same day. It helps me visualize when I am doing everything, while also seeing when/if I have any free time. I try to get a few hours of homework done every day, and I can plan that into my day with this planner.

As you can see in the picture, you start with the date at the top, and then there is a time table. I like to color-code everything but you don’t have to do this if you don’t want to! If you use color, you can see it a lot better and the contrast makes it easier to read. For this day, I had all my classes a different color, but in future spreads I ended up making each class the same color. This it made it a little less confusing.

If there is something within a half hour, I only color in half a box. For example, my online biology class started at 8:30, so I colored in half of the 8:00 box. Then, at the side, I have my main priorities or “primary focus”, which are larger things I have to get done or that I have scheduled. This would be a meeting with a teacher, a test, etc. I also write what classes I have there. Under the to-do box are smaller assignments like taking notes or doing bookwork. Non-school related tasks may be updating my blog, making my bed, etc. Lastly, there is room for a quote at the bottom. I love to add the same daily quote that I use for this website, but you can use this space to write any piece of information you need!

Assignment Planner

I write all my BIG assignments in my bullet journal, but all my assignments throughout the week go here. These are usually little homework assignments, like watching a video, doing online book work, or taking notes. When I have to study for an upcoming test, I put that here as well. I usually have a lot in this section because I have a lot of random assignments I do for each class.

You can use either a highlighter or different color pen to represent your classes. Or, you could use all the same color. The reason I highlight is so I know I have all five of my classes covered. I can clearly see there are five colors pertaining to the five classes. If I only wrote assignments down in one color, I would likely forget a class.

As soon as my class is over, I fill out this planner. So, if I have class on Monday from 9 to 10, I write everything I need to get done for the next class right at 10. If I have assignments that I need to start planning for the future, I write those here, as well as in my assignment bullet journal spread. I write all my assignments down until the day they are due. I may have something assigned on Monday that is due on Wednesday, so I write it in my to-do list on Monday and Tuesday. If I finish it on Monday, no worries, I just cross it off both days! Even if I think I will remember to do something, I always write it down here!

Happy Planner/Bullet Journal

This is the most creative of my planners, and I use it as a bullet journal and a normal planner. For the Happy Planner, you buy rings and a cover, and you can insert or take out pages as you like. The Happy Planner brand sells many different page inserts that you can put in here, from dot pages, to assignment trackers, to weekly layouts. I use the dot pages for my bullet journal, but the pages I am going to be focusing on today are from a weekly/monthly pack. It is a six month undated planner pack, and you can find it at Jo-Ann’s, Michaels, and most craft stores. I love these inserts because they are so customizable, and you can add any stickers you want to. I have so many packs of Happy Planner stickers, and there are so many to choose from! Here is a link to some sticker packs. My favorite is the 5 thousand pack rainbow that comes with all the stickers you may ever need! It is a little pricey, but Jo-Ann’s and Michael’s almost always have coupons on their websites. Sometimes Jo-Ann’s even takes 50 percent off their Happy Planner brand. To be honest, I don’t remember the last time I paid full price for any craft supplies, and you shouldn’t have to either!

Anyway, the first part is a monthly layout. I write any major assignments or life plans in this one. I took this picture before I made any plans for the month, so it’s pretty boring right now with only assignments. I love to add stickers as well, and I use the seasonal Happy Planner sticker pack for these monthly spreads! It has such cute Halloween (and every other holiday) themed stickers! The other part of this page is just the side, where you can add any notes about the month.

For the weekly pages, I plan out all my events for the upcoming week. I always do this on Sunday because this planner does the weeks Monday to Sunday. I don’t like to fill it out much in advance because I tend to have a lot of meetings I don’t know about until a week or so before. I write all my classes out for the week, even though they don’t change. I always write if they are in person or online because I have a lot of hybrid classes this semester. Then, I don’t have to check the syllabus every night before class to see if they are online or not: I have it conveniently written out in my planner. I also write all my meetings, or other plans for the week. For example, this week I had yoga at 7PM, so I wrote that down. I had tutoring on Wednesday and Friday, so I wrote that here (P.S. One time I didn’t check my planner and I totally forgot that I had a tutoring session. It was so embarrassing and I was so upset myself, but it taught me to actually read my planner!). My best suggestion is to look at this planner before you go to bed so you have an idea of what you have to do the next day, and then again when you wake up in the morning. If you do that, you are sure to remember all your plans!

In the days I don’t have a lot planned, I love to add cute stickers from any of my sticker packs (like the third row on Monday). Like I said before, if you don’t know where to start with stickers, I would just get the huge rainbow pack because it has all you will ever need. I am not the best with calligraphy, but I like to write down all my plans in some sort of fancy handwriting. If you are a master artist, your page will definitely look better than mine.

On the days I don’t have many classes, I like to get a lot of work done. For example, I wrote a to-do list on Tuesday. I still write down my to-do list in my assignment planner and my daily planner(if I use it that day), but I write down any big things I know I want to work on here.

This page should be your weekly overview, and you should be able to look at it daily to see what you have going on. If someone asks you to go to lunch one day, this is where you would look to see if you are free. Then, the days you do have a lot, you would go more in depth in the daily/hourly planner.

The Breakdown

Here is a consolidated version of everything I wrote above:)

Daily/Hourly

  • Where to buy? Amazon
  • Purpose? On really busy days I use this planner to schedule out each hour. It helps me visualize everything I have to do, and plan in time to do homework.
  • When do I make it? The night before, only when I have a really busy day ahead.
  • What exactly is in it? Hourly schedule, daily priorities(classes, meetings, tests), daily to-do list(assignments, chores around the dorm, etc. This is usually the same as my assignment planner), and a quote for the day!

Assignment

  • Where to buy? I actually got this for a Christmas gift, and it’s customized with my name. I believe it is from Etsy, but I am not sure what shop:/
  • Purpose? View all my assignments for the week, and what I need to get done that day. It makes sure I never forget an assignment!
  • When do I make it? As soon as I am done with class I write in all the assignments.
  • What exactly is it? A big list of all the small (and large) assignments I have to get done. I write a LOT in it with lots of detail. Instead of just writing Spanish, I would write read pages 1-5, do online book, vocab quizlet, etc.

Happy Planner

  • Where to buy? Any craft store. I bought the undated inserts at Jo-Ann’s.
  • Purpose? Show me a detailed overview of my week.
  • When do I make it? Sundays. I like to do it right before the week starts because I often don’t schedule meetings until a week or so prior. I make the monthly part right before the month starts.
  • What exactly is it? An overview of my weeks so I can see everything I have planned. Any tests or meetings, as well as my classes and whether they are online or in person. Also a way to be creative and use fun stickers! For the monthly part, just a big overview of the month!

My backpack essentials

College life with EG: part 7

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you had an amazing weekend! I got to go home this weekend and that is always so refreshing. I had a “pumpkin-themed” weekend and carved pumpkins, made pumpkin pie and pumpkin seeds, and had a pumpkin spice latte. Honestly, carving pumpkins is one of my favorite activities but I don’t even really like pumpkin pie. However, I didn’t want to waste the pumpkin guts and I have a huge love for baking. I was thoroughly impressed with my pie, especially with a lot of whip cream on top! As for the PSL (pumpkin spice latte), it is a staple for the fall season! I have gone this much of my life without trying one, and I figured it was time. My boyfriend and I went to Starbucks to get a pumpkin spice latte, and I have to say… I am not a huge fan of pumpkin. Sorry to offend all you pumpkin lovers out there! Anyway, I hope you had some time to do some fall themed activities this weekend:)

Today, I am going to talk to you about my backpack essentials that are so important to me whether I am going to class, a study date, or anything else. First of all, I want to say that I use my backpack a whole lot less than normal because I have so many online classes. A lot of the time I can take the class right at my desk, so I have everything I need right next to me. However, when I leave my room to do a call, I make sure I have everything packed that I could ever need. Since I have classes really early, I try to always pack my backpack before I go to bed. It keeps me from having to wake up even earlier, as well as waking up my roommate.

What should you consider in a backpack?

My favorite backpacks are from The North Face. When you look for a backpack, make sure you consider all the options: size, pockets, weight, etc.

  • How much do you need to carry at once? If you only need a few things, go for a smaller backpack so you don’t hurt your back with too much weight
  • Color: do you want a fancy color, or something plain that will always match what you’re wearing? For me, I love to go for the bold colors!
  • How long do you want it to last? I always go for North Face backpacks, but they are on the pricey side. However, I have kept them for many years without them breaking! If you want the backpack to last, I would recommend spending the extra money: it will be worth it in the long run.
  • What material do you need? Do you want fabric, or do you need something more durable? I tend to spill things all the time so I always get the waterproof bags. Plus, I still have to walk to class in the winter and the rain, so I want to make sure my backpack will keep all my belongings safe!

A filled pencil case

If you are like me, you love all sorts of pens, pencils, and highlights. However, there is a limit on everything you can put in a pencil case (I know, I wish it had an endless bottom). My suggestion would be to always have two pencils: if they are mechanical, you may run out of lead, and if they are traditional, one may get dull. I try to carry at least four pens on me at all times, but usually I have more. I think you should always have at least a red, blue, black, and green. My favorite pens are the Sharpie pens and the PaperMate InkJoy. The Sharpie pens have a bold clean line and will never smear! Sometimes the InkJoy pens do smear, but they write so smoothly, and they have a 20 pack of so many amazing shades! Other than the pen and pencil, I would recommend keeping at least one to two highlighters (my favorite are the Zebra Midliners) and a calculator (only if you have a class you would use it).

Notebooks, binders, and folders

Never go to class without all the correct materials! I have a specific notebook and folder for each class that I always pack the night before. I put in every notebooks for the next day just in case I don’t have time to make it back to the dorm between classes. I would highly recommend the Five Star notebooks and folders. The folders have lasted me since the beginning of high school, and the notebooks always hold up! A cheaper notebook option I have found is the Exceed brand notebooks, which can be found at Walmart! These have the plastic cover (a necessity if you spill things on it all the time like I do), a pocket on the inside, and a guide sheet (with the map, different measurements, etc.). I know a lot of people type notes on their computers now, but I am traditional and love the notebook. I love writing things down, and it is shown to help you remember better than just typing.

Textbooks

You obviously want to bring all your textbooks to class! I like to pack all my textbooks the night before, just like my notebooks and folders. You never know what might happen between classes!

Water bottle and a snack

I usually keep a plastic AND reusable water bottle in my backpack at all times. I try to drink a lot of water thoughout the day and normally I have my Yeti on me. I absolutely swear by yetis, and drink my water, tea, coffee, and everything else from them. However, I also keep a plastic water bottle in there just in case of an emergency. I do this because I always take out my Yeti when I get to my room, and drink it at my desk. If I forget to pack the Yeti, I always have the other one on hand. I would recommend carrying one or both, anything to make sure you stay hydrated.

Also, just a granola bar or a pack of goldfish is an essential. You never know when you are going to get hungry in class, or doing anything else. Sometimes I will go study somewhere and I always like to have a snack with me. Or, maybe you have a three hour class through dinnertime (like me). At least you can get something in your body before class is over!

Chargers

If you have an iPhone, you’ve probably experienced it dying in the middle of the day. Planned obsolescence, isn’t it great? I always keep an iPhone charger in my bag just in case that happens. Since Apple took away the USB slots form their computers, I also keep a converter so I can plug my phone into my computer. I keep a block on me as well. I would also recommend keeping a computer charger in your bag! I only have one, but I try to remember to pack it if my computer is under 50 percent.

Tissues or napkins

You never know when you’re going to need to clean up a mess! If you’re anything like me, it happens probably once a day. Maybe you spill something in your backpack, or need to clean something off a table. Or, maybe you need to blow your nose! Tissues are a great option over napkins because they can be used to clean things up and are more gentle on your nose. I always get the small packs in the travel section at Walmart: they’re only about a dollar!

Earbuds

No matter what I am doing, I love to listen to music. Who doesn’t?? I love my AirPods, but any sort of earbuds will do! My favorite thing about the AirPods is that I don’t have to worry about a cord getting twisted in everything. They also connect to my computer and my phone automatically without me having to do anything!

Maybe you are going to class and you aren’t able to listen to music, but you should always have them on you! I usually listen to music while I do homework and study, and this makes it so you dont have to disturb the people around you. If you ever want to listen with over the eat headphones, beats are a great option and produce the best sound.

Computer

Everywhere I go I bring my computer because I am always doing work on it. Even though I love to take notes by hand, I have a lot of my work to do on my computer as well. Wherever I go, I always want access to my computer. I may have to do research, online quizzes, or work on my blog. If you need to buy a computer, I use a MacBook Pro because of the Apple ecosystem between the computer, iPad, iPhone, and watch.

Planner

This one shouldn’t come as a surprise to you all. I use my planner all the time and I have it with me wherever I go. That was when someone asks if I can have lunch next Tuesday, all I have to do is pull my planner form my backpack to say yes or no. You always want to be able to figure out what you’re doing and when. Plus, when I go to class I always write down all my assignments at the end of the hour. Read how I use my planners here!

Band-aid

You never know what’s going to happen, so it’s always good to be prepared. If someone(like me) falls and trips, you always have a bandaid ready to go. If you feel like you really need it, you can bring a first aid kit as well.

Lip balm and hand lotion

Always want to keep your lips and hands happy and healthy! Especially with the cold winter months coming this is extra important. Plus, when you run from one side of school to the other, the wind can really get at you! I know if I don’t carry lip balm on me I will continue to bite at my lips until they are completely raw. Same with the backs of my hands. I would recommend keeping these in a little Ziplock because it would be horrible for them to spill all over your backpack. That has happened to me before, and trust me, it is a pain in the butt to clean up.

Hand Sanitizer

In the world we live in, hand sanitizer is a must. Everywhere we go, we are touching things around us: door handles, tables, chairs, everything! And ,sometimes you want to eat a snack when you don’t have access to a bathroom. If you have sanitizer on hand (hah, get it) you dont have to worry! Even if you aren’t eating, it is always good to sanitize your hands every now and then. Especially for me, I have a big habit of touching my face! I have found the cheapest hand sanitizer at Walmart, but it is all pretty pricey right now because it is in high demand.

Polytails (and a comb)

I almost always keep my hair in a pony tail because I hate when it is in my face. If you have long hair, you know how crucial it is to have random ponytails on hand. I usually have one on my wrist as well as one in my bag. If your hair gets really knotted throughout the day, you may want to keep a collapsable brush or comb on hand as well. There is nothing worse than knotted, out of control hair!

My Daily Inspiration

Happy Thursday everyone! How have you been doing this week? I am so excited to share with you a change in my bullet journaling routine! I don’t use this planner at the moment, but in the past I have used a daily bullet journal. When I do, I feel like I get so much more done, and I have so much more space to write all my thoughts. I wanted to share with you some of the quotes I add to my journal pages, which give me a little inspiration every time I look at them. With a daily spread, I give every day its own page, which means I have been using a lot more space. This makes me feel even more on top of my life.

For example, I would add my meal plan, my top priorities, my to-do lists, and my bests and worsts of every day. The “bests and worsts of the day” is something a little bit weird for me, but I decided to try it to make me more in tune with myself. With these, I am obligated to reflect on my day at least once daily, where before I hardly ever did that. This is so helpful to me because I often have a hard time slowing down, and I always just want to go, go, go! It is so crucial in life that you take some time to think about what makes you happy, and what makes you upset, even if it’s only for five minutes a day.

In my daily journal based, I always add a quote of the day. Below I have posted a few of my quotes from daily spreads, Sometimes I use my “Quote of The Day” and sometimes I just think of my own quote:)

An update on me!

Hello everyone and welcome back from the weekend! I hope you had some time to relax and maybe even got to do some fall activities. Have you checked out the fall bullet journal spreads? I have a spread with lots of activities you can do right now, either in the house or outside! Plus, lots of food and drinks to get you into the spirit of fall. Check out the post here!

Today I just wanted to give you a little update on me and my life! Maybe it’s boring, but I think a little background information on me might be helpful! I do have a condensed version on the About Me page:) I am now at college and we just passed the halfway point in the semester. Woohoo! It feels really good, especially since we started earlier than most other colleges. Halfway through means that there were a few tests for me this week, but I studied gradually throughout the week and did really well! My favorite class is special education because I am looking at majoring in education. I’ve never really talked about it much on the blog, but I would love to be a teacher. Sometimes I go back and forth about it, but at the end of the day, I think it is what would make me the happiest. If I didn’t teach, I would at least do something with children. I love kids! I have thought about pediatric occupational therapy as well, where I would help children (especially those with special needs) work on their life skills.

Coming into college this year, I thought I might want to do nursing. I had this feeling that teaching would not be right for me, so I thought maybe I would want to be a midwife. That sounded great at the time, and to be honest, they do make more money than teachers. It takes a while to get over that factor, which is hard to admit. I felt like I would be a great midwife because I do love children, and maybe I would be! But, the nursing major is not for me. I would consider myself decently smart, but biology is not my thing… not even first-year biology. With that in mind, I knew the nursing route was not my thing.

My other interests include the body, and the movement of the body: kinesiology. I plan on trying out some of those classes next semester along with many education classes. Education is a pretty structured major, which means you want to get started on it right off the bat freshman year. That was somewhat difficult for me because I already took nursing biology. When I got my schedule back in the summer, I had mostly education classes. I was worried about that so they instead put me in a bigger variety of classes, with only one education class. That education class is called “exceptional child”, which is where you learn about many different types of children who receive special education. I love that class, but I am also looking forward to taking general education teaching classes in the spring.

Early last week I had a meeting with the education department about what types of classes to take in the spring. If I do elementary education, I would be able to teach K-5, but it is also recommended to focus on a certain subject area as well. For example, I might have a focus on math so I would be able to teach higher grades of math than just elementary. I have thought about doing a focus on math as well as Spanish. I originally planned to be a Spanish minor, but I might incorporate that into teaching as well if possible. Honestly, I am not exactly sure what I want to do! So… if you have any advice for education majors, please send it this way!

Besides doing school work, I have been doing lots of fall activities in the past few weeks. I know I say this a lot, but I love anything fall-related. A few weeks ago I went home and made chili and apple pie. The best part was seeing my family, my boyfriend, and my pets;) The second best part was the amazing fall food. (And maybe my own shower and bed…lol. For real, nothing is better than being able to sleep in the comfort of your own bed and showing when you don’t have to worry about flashing anyone). I love cooking and baking, which is nice for the rest of the family!

I also went back to the coffee shop where I worked before school (and will work during break) to get some chider, which is a mix of chai and cider. So amazing if you’ve never had it! My goal is to have a caramel apple latte and a pumpkin spice latte before the season is over. I’m not a huge fan of pumpkin flavored drinks, but I feel like it’s necessary to at least TRY it. I hope to carve pumpkins and make a pumpkin pie this weekend because I am going home! I thought about a haunted house, but I’m honestly not up for it. I’m not really into being scared, but if I wanted to go now would be the time. They have to stay extra far away from you with COVID, right? Props to all you who can go to a haunted house, but I don’t have the nerves. Instead, I will stay inside and watch a movie.. a comedy not a horror film.

Well, that’s all I have for you today. Feel free to reach out if you have any other questions about me. Or.. advice for an education major:)

As always,

with love,

EmmaGrace

Sleeping at College

College Life with EmmaGrace: Part 6

Welcome to part six of my “College with EmmaGrace Miniseries!” I hope you are enjoying this miniseries so far, and are happy about a little change in content. I try to throw a little bit of everything in my posts to give you some variety, which is why I don’t ONLY post the miniseries. Back when I started this blog in January, it was going to be all about bullet journaling. The goal was to show my spreads and give you some inspiration for your personal bullet journals. Then, I started sharing other craft projects and updates on my life. When I got to college, I decided to try this series out. A little change of content is always good, but I never want to forget what I started with: the bullet journal. That being said, I hope this miniseries can reach many people and help you on your journeys! I know it is labeled for college but many of these posts can be applied to everyone, at all points in life 🙂 Today I want to share a few ideas on something I think everyone can use a little help: sleep.

#1. Get into a routine

Figure out when you have to get up each morning, and make sure you are planning to sleep for at least eight hours. Even if you have varying morning classes, I would recommend going to bed around the same time every night. That way your body can get used to going to bed at a certain time, and you will start to get tired around the same time every night. Benefits also include falling asleep faster, academic success, improved metabolism, and much more.

Waking up at the same time is helpful as well and eventually your body will start to wake up by itself.

I know it’s unrealistic to go to bed and wake up at the exact minute every day, but getting into a fairly routine sleep cycle will help your internal clock, allowing you to go to bed and wake up easier. However, an occasional day to sleep in never hurt anyone ;).

#2. Pay attention to how much caffeine you drink, and when

I’ll admit it: I love my caramel lattes… nearly every day. I will also be the first to admit that you can easily get addicted and not be able to wake up without one. But that’s beyond the point. The point of this post is sleep, which means watching how much caffeine you have and what time of the day you have it.

True story: I decided to drink an entire latte at 8PM one night. My boyfriend bought me a new coffee mug that day and I just HAD to use it. I had to buy a coffee because you can’t put water in a coffee mug… right?! Anyway, I went to bed that night around 11PM and I didn’t fall asleep until past 4 in the morning. I had to wake up for an 8:30 class, and, as you may have guessed, I was miserable.

The point is: was when you drink your caffeine. On average, you should try to stop having caffeine about seven hours before you go to sleep. I usually go to bed about 11PM, so I would want to stop drinking caffeine by 4PM at the latest. The average adult can have UP TO 400 mg of caffeine a day, which is about four cups of coffee. BUT! That doesn’t mean you should do it, and if you do, make sure it’s earlier in the day.

#3. Work some exercise into your schedule

There are many different reasons behind why exercise helps sleep but a main factor is that it raises your internal body temperature. After you’re done exercising, your body temperature goes back down to normal and this can promote sleep. The timing of exercise matters to some people, but not to others. Most researchers would recommend working out in the morning to afternoon range, for about 30 minutes a day at least five days a week.

#4. Practice different breathing techniques

Practicing breathing calms your mind and body, and can help you fall asleep much faster. One thing I find really beneficial is that my mind can focus on breathing instead of all the stress of the day, or what I have to do the next day. A few breathing techniques include the 4-7-8, roll breathing, and belly breathing. You can learn more about breathing techniques here!

#5. Allow relaxation time before bed

For a lot of us, going to sleep is when all the anxiety of the day comes back. I understand that but try to get all your worrying out before you even get in bed. There is obviously a lot of stress from the day, but the best thing to do is worry about it earlier on. If something happened that day, address it then, and don’t wait until going to sleep to think about it.

Also, when you get in bed, you should be able to turn off your phone and just sleep. Before you go to sleep, turn off your phone and read, or do some meditation. Turning off electronics 30 minutes before bed allows your brain to shut down, but we’ve all heard that one before:)

#6. Finish work during the day

Finish studying and working 30 minutes to 1 hour before you go to sleep. Some nights it may be hard to do this, but that’s why you should try to get your work done all throughout the day. If you don’t have class in the morning, wake up early and get some stuff done. Or, if you only have morning classes, use the afternoon to your advantage and plug away at homework then. The more work you can get done during the day means the more time you have to relax before bed.

Of course, there will be nights that you stay up all night studying for an exam. However, if you study gradually throughout the week you should never have to do this. Plus, cramming doesn’t actually help you memorize, so don’t leave anything until the last moment… I will talk about this in a future blog post 😉

#7. Invest in some earbuds (and a sleep mask?)

One of my biggest struggles at night is falling sleep with distractions. Usually, it’s the voices in my own head, but outside noises keep me up as well. Honestly, if the room is not completely quiet I can’t go to sleep. With that in mind, buying some earbuds to listen to music while you sleep is a wonderful idea. You can drown out all the outside noises while listening to relaxing sounds that are meant to help you relax. PS: YouTube has a great selection of sleeping music.

Another great item is a sleeping mask if your roommate stays up later than you, and you need it to be dark to fall asleep.

#8.

Use your bed for JUST sleeping

This one may be a little weird, but if you do your homework or eat in bed all the time, your brain may be confused. If you only sleep in bed, your body will start to know and recognize that your bed is just for sleep. Plus, eating in your bed causes dirt and crumbs to go everywhere. You don’t need that while you sleep!

I hope these tips help you get some better sleep whether you’re in college or not! Sleeping is something I struggle with as well, so just know you’re not alone. These are just a few things that help me, but if you have any more suggestions, feel free to leave them down below!

As always,

with love,

EmmaGrace

October Spreads

Hello all and welcome back from the weekend! We are officially five days into October, which means it’s time for some monthly spreads. I have a few new spreads to share with you, but I will include some others that I have posted before that relate to the month of October. Don’t forget to look check out all my monthly spreads here!

Positive Vibes

Mental health is so crucial whether you are in college, working, or anything else. Whether it be schoolwork or your job, everyone has some sort of stress that bogs them down. For me, it’s a lot of stress from schoolwork and being away from home. That’s totally normal, but you MUST recognize when something is bothering you. Here are a few reasons why:

  1. Your mental health has a huge impact on your words, thoughts, and actions towards others.
  2. With greater mental health wellness comes greater wellness in other areas, such as social and physical
  3. Mental health wellness helps you lead a more productive lifestyle in work, school, and at home
  4. So much more! Take care of your mind people!

With that in mind, I decided to try a totally new type of spread, and I am so excited. Once a day I will write down some sort of positive thought, whether that be a quote, a self-care activity, etc.. I plan on using this spread right before bed, to think of something happy before I sleep. You could do it in the morning as well to start your day off on the right foot. It doesn’t take much to fill out this spread, but it will give you a few moments to ground yourself before either continuing with your day or going to bed.

To make this spread, I started by writing “Positive Thoughts” at the top of the page. Feel free to do this in the most creative way possible. Then, I wrote the 1st through the 31st down the page, either number taking up one line. At the bottom, I wrote a little key for the type of positive thought, which included: a quote, an act of self-care, a general positive thought, 1 thing that makes you smile, 1 thing to look forward to, 1 thing you’re grateful for, and 1 reason life is good. Each type of thought goes with a color, and I color coded each day of the month to correspond to a thought. For example, on a red day, I would write one thing to look forward to.

At the bottom, I have a little summary of my mental health goals for the month. I have six goals, and a “why” underneath. To the right, I write down if I achieved the goal or not, and how.

Habit Tracker

I found this amazing habit tracker from Clementine Creative. I have to give a huge shoutout to this website for it’s amazing, free planner printables. I usually make all my own spreads, but sometimes spreading the love is also wonderful. The great thing is that this spread works for any month, you just circle the right month at the top and write in the days that correspond to the dates. First off, I have all my daily tasks written down. Then I decided to try something different, with tasks that aren’t every day. I post on my blog on Mondays and Thursdays so I left these days blank. Then, I filled in every other day of the week that I don’t post. You could do this with something you do every other day, or even once a week.

Earlier Spreads

Mood Tracker for October (and November)
A few fun ideas to do this October!

Let me know in the comments which of these spreads you plan on using!!

As always,

with love,

EmmaGrace

DIY Mini Desk Calendar

Hello everyone and happy Thursday! Woohoo, it’s almost the weekend! Honestly, Thursdays are one of the harder days for me because I am pretty close to the weekend, but I know I still have another day to get through. I made it through Hump Day and I am in the home stretch, but not quite there, so the day seems to drag on forever.

Also!! Happy October!! Stay in tune for a blog post on this month’s bullet journal spreads, coming on Monday!

Today I am going to try something a little different, and teach you how to make a little desl calendar. I keep this calendar on my desk at college, and it fits in perfectly.

Supplies

  • Printer paper, whatever color you prefer
  • Printer (you could also just cut out paper and draw on the numbers and months if you’re feeling fancy)
  • Scissors or paper cutter
  • 8 x 8 inch shadow box: I got mine on clearance from Michael’s, but you can find them for really cheap on Amazon)
  • C hooks: mine came from Home Depot but you can get them on Amazon as well
  • Paints: for painting the edges of the box. Any type will do, but I used acrylic.
  • Hole puncher
  • Corner rounder (optional): I use this one
  • Tape (optional)

Tutorial

  • Print off your numbers and months. I did this on pink paper, but you can use any color you want. You can type the numbers/months into a Word document and format them anyway you please or you can use this printable. How generous of them to share it with us for free:)
  • Cut out each number and month. I think it is easiest if you have a paper cutter so each one can be the same size and have nice clean edges. However, if you feel confident in your scissor abilities, go for it!
  • Round the edges. I used a “corner rounder” on the numbers but not the months because I liked that look. However, feel free to round out every corner, or none of them!
  • Hole punch the numbers and months. Punch the the top middle of each number. Measure the width of the numbers and cut it in half: this is your middle point and you should put a hole there. For the months, do two hole punches. I would recommend doing each hole about an inch and a half from the edge. If you’re using the printable, it already comes with hole punch spots!
  • Paint your C hooks. You can do this however you please, or just leave them their original color.
  • Paint your shadow box. I painted the edges of mine black and the front grey.
  • Cover the back of the box. If you’re c hooks are too long, you will be able to see the screws through the back of the box. This happened to me so I taped pink construction paper to the back so you didn’t see the screws.
  • Get ready to put the hooks into the wood. Start by laying your months on the wood exactly where you want them to be. Using a pen or pencil, mark where the holes from the hole punches are. Do the same thing with your numbers. You can format it like mine, you can put the numbers above the month, or any other way you can think of.
  • Drill the hooks into the wood. You can probably just do this with your hand. I didn’t need any special tools, but you could use a real drill if the box is too hard to screw through.
  • Hang up the months, in order. If you’re like me, you start in September, and go through December. Then, when you get to the end of the year, just keep going with January.
  • Place the numbers: On the left look, hang up the numbers 0-3, starting at whatever date you’re on. So, if you do this on the 21st of the month, hang 2,3,0,1. On the right hook, hang 0-9. If you were on the 21st, you would hang 1,2,3, etc. The left side only has 0-3 because we never get into the 40s, obviously.
  • Admire your calendar! I hope you love this calendar as much as I do and put it on your desk, or give it to a friend. Don’t forget to change the date every morning! One thing I appreciate about this calendar is that it helps me stay on top of the days. I always forget what day it is, so all I have to do is look at the calendar. It also gives me a sense of accomplishment to change the day when I wake up in the morning:)

As always,

with love,

EmmaGrace