Another Update About Me!

Hello again and welcome to another update on my life! Today is another really exciting update, and I hope you agree with me. I love the support of all my followers and hope you appreciate being able to learn a little more about me. Most of the time I just post about my bullet journal spreads, the mini series, etc., so I like a little change in topic once in a while! I should have posted this a few weeks ago, but I was working on telling all my family before I posted about it on the blog.

So… what is this post even about?

As many of you know, I am going to school to be an elementary teacher. You have to choose one subject to focus on, and mine is math. If you haven’t read any of this before, I would recommend going to the “Update” from November. I am in my second semester of college and have been trying to help other college students through my miniseries. Also, when I blog about different tips and tricks, it reminds me to focus on them as well. Practice what you preach, right? Anyway, last semester I went to a small college about an hour away from home and lived in the dorms, but I didn’t love it. At the end of the semester, I began to think about transferring. I will talk you through all my options, my choice, etc!

My options

Where I live, there is a community college along with a big university. This gave me a few options:

  • Give my college another semester and then think about transferring
  • Go straight to the university in my hometown
  • Go to the community college in my hometown, then transfer to the university

The big decision…

I thought about what to do until the very last minute. I decided to go to the community college, but will transfer to the university in the future. I can only get an associate degree at the community college, so I have to transfer at some point no matter what (you need a bachelor degree to teach). I may or may not get the associate degree at the community college because it requires a few extra classes the university does not need. That means I would have to pay a bit extra to do this. Instead, I could just take the general education classes at the community college, and just receive a bachelor degree from the university.

There are quite a few elementary education courses that transfer easily from the community college to the university, which is a really nice way to save money. I can also dual enroll next year depending on what classes are available!

I struggled!!

I had a really hard time trying to get into classes because I made the decision only a week before the start of the semester. There are MANY problems associated with this. First off, the university I want to transfer to in the future has a four year plan for the education program, and I wanted to follow that. I couldn’t follow it exactly and here’s why…

  • A class was full: when you wait until the last minute you get the last of the classes
  • I needed a prerequisite: a lot of the classes I wanted needed a basic “English 100” class. Even though I got the credit for that in high school, they wouldn’t be able to send my transcript in time for the semester.
  • Classes were only offered in the fall, meaning I will have to wait until next semester to take them

Why??

As for why I transferred, I honestly didn’t love the other college. I struggled a little bit with dorm life and COVID. Just the thought of going back made me sad. However, the bigger reason is the education program. I began to compare the programs of the college I was at with the university I will now go to. The university has many more classes that are interesting to me, and that I think will help me more as a teacher. Not only are the classes more interesting, but they actually pertain to teaching. As you know, I am focusing in math. Here is a comparison of the math classes I have to take…

UniversityCollege I was at
Number Concepts for the Elementary/Middle School TeacherCalculus (1 and 2)
Teaching of Elementary/Middle School Mathematics Math for Elementary/Middle school teacher (1 and 2)
Statistics for Elementary/Middle School TeacherStatistical Methods
Geometry for Elementary/Middle School TeacherApplied Statistical Methods
Number Systems/Proportional Reasoning for Middle School TeacherMultivariable mathematics
Functions and Modeling for Middle School TeachersBridge to Higher Mathematics
Teaching Middle School MathHistory of Mathematics
Computing for Middle School MathCollege Geometry

At the end of the day, this was a HUGE factor for me. Before deciding where to go to college, I didn’t really look into any elementary education programs specifically. Thinking back on that, I probably should have. One college may seem amazing, but it all comes down to the program you want. As you can see, all the classes in the university are for teachers specifically, while the college only offers “higher” math classes. I feel much more prepared with the university’s classes.

How do I feel now??

You may be wondering how I feel about the decision a week into my new classes? My answer is; amazing! I love all my new classes and all the professors. Even though I don’t love all the subjects (a couple of them are pretty boring to me), each professor makes it worth it. Here is a list of my classes:

  • Intro to Anthropology
  • Number Concepts for The Math/Elementary School Teacher
  • American Government
  • Geology: Maps and Media

I love math so I obviously love my number concepts class! I am interested in geology, even though it’s a little difficult for me. However, government and anthropology are definitely NOT my favorites. In fact, government was my least favorite class in high school. However, the teacher is really funny and makes the class much more intriguing. As for anthropology, it is completely online. There are no scheduled Zoom classes, only due dates. You are expected to follow the assignments and have them turned in anytime before it’s due. This was a bit daunting to me at first, but I am learning to appreciate it. It really puts me in control and makes me be responsible for ALL my work. All in all, I am loving it so far!

Do what makes you happy my friends ❤

As always,

with love,

EmmaGrace

Semester 2 Bullet Journal Spreads

College Life with EG: Part 11

Hello everyone and welcome back to College Life with EG! I paused this mini-series in November when semester one ended, but now that school has started back up, so will the series. I love to relate these posts to what is going on in school, so today I will show you some bullet journal spreads to get you prepared for the semester ahead! I hope you enjoy the second “round” of my mini-series, and please do not hesitate to give me some suggestions on what you want to hear about!

Grade Tracker

This first spread is perfect for keeping track of big assignments in all of your courses. It isn’t meant to track every grade, just the major ones: essays, tests, and quizzes. It’s a pretty simple design but can keep you on top of all your classes. With just a glance, you see what classes you are doing well in, and what classes might need some help. To make this spread, just write grades at the top of the page along with the semester name right below. I said winter/spring because it goes through both seasons, but you can call it anything you want. Next, divide your page into however many classes you have. After the title, my page was 48 boxes tall, and I have 4 classes, so each class takes up 12 rows. Then, make a box for each class, leaving one row for the class name. For example, mine were only 11 boxes tall. Once you have the boxes, write the names of your courses on top; you can either write the entire name (like American Government) or just the department and course number (PSI 101). In each box, I made sections for what the assignment was, the date, the weight/value of the assignment, and what grade I received. You can section these off however you like. Then, draw vertical lines to separate each section, and you’re good to go!

Semester Overview

If you read my other post on college bullet journal spreads, you have seen this one before. I mixed it up a little, but I think this spread (or something like it) is crucial when beginning the semester. On this page, I write down all the dates of my major assignments throughout the semester. You can use it for any assignments you want, but I only use it for tests, quizzes, essays, and BIG assignments (anything I should prepare for far ahead of time). I did this in two pages for the last spread, but I wanted to conserve room this time so I condensed it into one. It shows what the assignment is, the date it’s due, what class it’s for, along with mini calendars for each month so you can visualize everything at once. To make this spread, start with a fancy title, as always. I used my favorite brush markers, the Tombow Dual Brush Pens! Then, I divided my page into four equal sections by dividing it down the middle vertically and horizontally. For each month, I started by writing the name of the month in the middle of the section and a calendar below. Each day of the calendar took up one box in my spread. For the rest of the space, I made a big box (which ended up 19 by 16, so I can write down 16 assignments). At the top, I made one legend to show what each assignment was and one legend to show what class it was for. For example, sociology is orange, and tests have a box around the date. I use the shapes (for what type of assignment it is) in the mini calendar around the date. Then, I write the assignment in the box below and highlight the assignment (based on the legend) for whatever class it is. If you want to make another section in each box for the due dates, you can do that as well.

Before the Semester Starts (.5 pages)

This is the perfect spread for getting last minute items checked off your list before the semester starts. If you’re like me, you want to be overly prepared by the first week of classes. If you start off ahead of the game, it boosts your confidence for the rest of the semester. It make seem like a lot of work, but trust me, it really helps. I wouldn’t copy my spread entirely (obviously) because I am doing things that pertain to each of my classes. However, you can totally use the layout AND this can help give you an idea of what you might want to get done. I would start doing the items on this list a week before your first class, so you don’t have to rush anything.

If you noticed, I don’t have a space to buy any binders, notebooks, or folders on this list! That’s because I like to buy everything like that in the summer, when everything is really cheap for back to school. I buy all the supplies I will need for both semesters so everything will be ready to go when winter semester starts. Here is a list of my favorite school supplies (I did these off of Amazon because I know a lot of people are more comfortable doing online shopping right now).

Anyway, here is how to make the spread! I started off by writing “what to do before class begins” at the top of my page. I would choose a different color combination because mine doesn’t really match. Then, I made sections of different categories of what I need to do. For example, I do need to buy a few things. Then, I want to customize different items, prep for my math class, etc. However, you can make any categories you would like! The one I would highly suggest is prep work fir each class. Sometimes professors send out an email of a few things you can do to get ready for the first day, and I would always do that so you can start the class ahead of the game. As you noticed, this spread is only a half page, and the other half is a broken down description of each class schedule, so I will discuss that next!

Class Schedule (1.5 pages)

I made this spread into one and a half pages because I had extra room on the bottom of my “Before the Semester Starts” page. However, you can make it as long (or as short) as you like. This spread gives a layout of the entire course schedule, from course topics to due dates. This is different from the overview spread because it focuses on just one course at a time, and it shows exactly what I will be doing for every class period. For this spread, I pulled the information right off the syllabus. I just copied any information with dates onto here, which is why the sections are different for each class. This page will change a lot based on the class, but I will break down each of mine for you. To begin, I wrote the name of the course, the time, and the Zoom ID and password. Since all my classes are online this semester, I figured it would be a good idea to have all the Zoom information in one place. Below this information, I made a big box and started to section it off.

  • MATH 140: I made three sections: week of, Tuesday, and Thursday. Under the week of, I simple wrote the first day of the week we have class (Tuesday), Under the Tuesday and Thursday sections (the days I have class) are the planned topic for the class. Then, I highlighted every time we have an exam.
  • PSI 101: this class only meets once a week, so there is only one topic for the whole week. My sections were: week of, subject, quiz?, assignment, and read. We have a quiz every couple weeks, so in each box I either write what quiz it is or a simple line if there is no quiz. We have mini papers and discussions that go in the assignment section, and I write what chapters I have to read and take notes on in the read section.
  • SOC 101: As you can see, there is no meet time for this class because it’s truly all online. For each week, we have assignments, lectures, etc., and we are expected to get them done by the due date. So, my sections were: week of, topic, and due date. To save paper, I put two weeks into each row (meaning I wrote each of those sections twice). When there was a paper or exam, I didn’t section off the columns but instead kept the row as one whole section.
  • GEO 102: the outline of this class is a little different because each topic takes a couple weeks. Instead of breaking it down by individual weeks, it is in sections of a couple weeks at a time, which is why I just wrote the date range under the “week” category. My other categories were: topic, read, disc. (discussion), and HW (homework). Under read, I just write the chapter that we have to do for that topic, and under discussion and homework are the due dates of each.

Office Hours

This spread is nothing more than the office hours my professors posted for each class. I wrote it down because I had a little space at the end of the class schedules!

Thank you for looking through my spreads! I hope these can be helpful to you all as we start the semester. If you are not in college, I appreciate you just taking the timne to look through this and support me:)

As always,

wtih love,

EmmaGrace

Supplies

  • InkJoy Gel Pens: In “Grade Tracker,” I used this for the accent in the title, the boxes, and all of the pink writing. In the “Semester Overview,” they were used in making the boxes and the legends. I used them ifor all the writing in “Before the Semester Starts” as well as in “Class Schedule.”
  • Pentel Brush Pen: I used these for the calendar and month names in “Semester Overview” as well as the course names in “Grade Tracker.” I also used them in part of the title for “Before the Semester Starts” and the course titles/schedule/zoom information in “Class Schedule.”
  • Tombow Brush Pens: these were the title and the legend in “Semester Overview.” I also used them in the title of “Before the Semester Starts” and to highlight in “Class Schedule.”
  • Paper
  • To buy sticker in “Before Class Begins” (from Happy Planner seasonal stickers)

Home for the Holidays

Hi all!! I am so excited to be writing to you today from MY desk…my very own desk at home! The semester is finally over (actually, my last exam is virtual today) and I am back home for the holidays. That means… another update on my life! I did this a little while back but I figured I would let you all know what I am up to for the break, and what my plans are for next semester. Sometimes like to switch up the content from my college miniseries and bullet journaling to talk about me:) That is what a blog is all about, right?

Well, I am back home until the beginning of January and I am so excited. I am very much a homebody. While I’m home, I will go back to work at the coffee shop in my hometown where I have worked since high school. I am thankful that my boss is letting me come back because I don’t have to find another job, which would really suck. At school, I do not work yet, but I probably will in the future. I am thinking an on-campus job because they are really flexible with your schedule. Since my class schedule is a little hectic, it would probably be difficult to find an off-campus job. Plus, a flexible schedule is nice because I like to go home on the weekends sometimes.

As for the break, I hope to keep up on my blog and produce some amazing spreads for you all. With a little more time on my hands, I want to focus on making more spreads for my bullet journal. So, stay tuned for that! Besides blogging, bullet journaling, and working, I of course want to spend a lot of time with my family. My mom and boyfriend are my biggest supporters and the people I want to spend the most time with at home. That means lots of Christmas movies and hot cocoa! Another goal is to do some really amazing crafts. If you have any ideas, PLEASE leave them below! I always love doing crafts but love them even more when I get to give them away for Christmas presents. I think making presents for someone just makes it so much more special. Especially cards… why buy a card when you can easily make one AND make someone feel super special and loved?! Let’s just say my basement may turn into a little bit of a craft shop for the next two months (sorry mom!!).

When I go back to school, I will be in more education classes that will help me with my elementary education major. Let me tell you… I am beyond excited. If you read “An Update on Me” back in early October, you know that this semester I took a few classes from the nursing major thinking I might want to be a nurse. Probably not for me. Especially since I ripped a scab off of my foot and could barely control myself. Anyway, I wanted to talk to you about my next semester and the classes I get to take! I have an educational psychology class that focuses on the growth and development of children academically, socially, etc. It also has a field placement where I will either work at a school or teach children online. I am so looking forward to that and I hope to be able to go into a real classroom. This semester, I had a field placement in my special education class but I had to teach it over Google Meets. While I absolutely loved that opportunity, it would be even more amazing to be able to actually go into a school. Unfortunately, schools are trying to limit the people coming in and out right now. This semester’s field placement was special education and next semester will be general education. It seems like they would have me do general education first, but I guess not! Although I loved doing special education but I think that my path is more general education. The background is amazing because even in general education you will have children who receive special education. It is really important to me that all teachers are trained to help all students. If you have not noticed before, education for all is a really important topic to me. Just like I don’t understand how children cannot go to school but we can still go retail shopping.. but that’s a topic for another day… LOL.

So… along with my general education class and field placement, I also have an educational history class. This class focuses on the development of education through the years. If we’re being honest, history is NOT my strong suit, but hopefully it won’t be too bad. I probably should have a background on the history of what my job is, right? Next is a class focusing on teaching P.E. Even though I don’t want to be a gym teacher, everyone in the education major has to take this class. I also have to take a class on teaching art, so it must be just to have a background on all the “specials.” I also have an “encounter with cultures” class that looks at the foundations of many diverse cultures. I am taking this class as part of my ESL (English as a Second Language) endorsement. I honestly do not know much about that class right now but will keep you posted! My last class is Calculus 2, which I have to take because I have a math concentration. I will be able to teach anything from K-5, but be able to teach math up to eighth grade with the concentration. This also means I have to take about five more math classes before I graduate. Most people I talk to think that sounds just horrible but I am actually excited. I am much better at math than science or english, which is why I chose that as my concentration. Anyway, I probably won’t be teaching elementary children calculus, but you have to take it to complete the math concentration. I guess they want teachers to be really educated on what they are teaching, who would’ve known?? It is crazy to think that in four short years, I will know how to teach children! I am so excited for that day:)

Finally, I want to apply to the education department next semester. In order to take the higher level education courses you have to be in the department. This means the 300 and 400 level courses (which I want to take next fall). However, to apply for the department, you must have completed a few beginner classes, such as the special education class I was in this semester and the educational psychology class I am taking next semester. By the end of this semester, I will be done with all the minimum requirements. As long as you will have completed all the minimum classes by the end of the semester, you can apply, which is why I can do it this spring. I was debating waiting until the fall to apply so I could get to know more teachers for the teacher recommendations (you can apply in the fall or spring), but it is recommended that you do it as soon as possible to start those higher education courses. So that is what I will do! When I apply, I will let you know, so wish me luck!

Thank you all for reading a little bit more about me today! I can’t wait to share more with you. Stay tuned next week for a bullet journal themed blog:)

As always,

with love,

EmmaGrace

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

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!

School Bullet Journal Spreads

College Life with EmmaGrace: Part 3(b)

Welcome back from the weekend everyone, I hope you all had some time to enjoy yourselves and take a break from school and/or work. Did you do anything fun, or do you have any plans for this upcoming weekend? I know it’s only Monday but it’s never too early to start planning out weekend activities!

Last week I shared a few college(or high school) bullet journal spreads, so I wanted to share the other half of those with you today.

Class Schedule

In this spread, I have my class schedule spread out for each day. Each 30 minute time slot takes up three rows, meaning each dot is ten minutes. I love this spread because I can actually visualize what my day will look like. For example, you can see use how open my Thursday morning is, but how on Monday I am really busy until noon. This spread works really well for college because each day is a bit different. I assume in high school your daily schedule is pretty much the same, but you could still draw this out to visualize your day.

Another thing I really like about this spread is that it helps me plan out meetings around my classes. When someone asks when I am free during the day, all I have to do is look at this spread. Of course, individual weeks may look a little different based on other events going on.

To make this spread, divide the page into five equal sections horizontally, plus one smaller section that just says “day” and “time.” The “day” points to the day of the week and “time” points down to the time each class is. Use each of the other five sections, and write the days of the week in them. Next, use whatever scale you want to do the times. If you want every fifteen minutes to be a box, write the hour every four boxes. I wanted each box to be ten minutes, so the hours were every six boxes. Finally, write in your classes according to the times, and write as much information about the class as you want into the boxes.

Attendance Tracker

This spread was originally for tracking just the attendance in class. If you went to class, didn’t go, or if it was cancelled, all the information would be right here. However, I converted it to a tracker for online and in person classes instead. With COVID, I have some classes always in person, some always online, and some that are hybrid. So, I have a key at the bottom (not pictured) for the days I have class online, in person, or no class. I would color the section in each day according to the key, whether it was in person, online, etc. For example, I used “in person” as pink, so all the times class was in person I drew a little pink square.

To make this spread, I started by numbering the weeks on the side. I wrote the date and the week number. Then, I wrote each class and and the days of the week I have that class across the top. Each day takes up two dots. So, biology is three days a week, meaning its entire section is six boxes. Between each class, I wrote a long line all the way down the paper. Then, I colored in each box for whatever the class was that day. I made another key (just a checkmark and an x) to track if I made it to class or not. I put a checkmark on the box if I go, and an x if I don’t. Don’t worry, I HAVE gone to all of my classes.

Event Planner

This is my semester overview at a glance. Here is where I put all of my big tests, papers, and assignments. I love this spread because I can see everything from every class all in one place. It lets me know if I am going to have a crazy busy week, so I might want to start planning a bit in advance. I check this at least once a week, so I can update my weekly schedule (I use a monthly, weekly, and daily planner). I would recommend making this spread at the beginning of the semester so you don’t have to worry about it again. Most teachers will hand out a syllabus on the first day with all your assignments.

For this spread, I decided to put 2 months into one page, but you could do one month per page, or many months per page. First, drew line across the page horizontally about four dots down, then wrote all my classes at the top of the page in that area. Next, I split the bottom part into two equal sections, for the two months. I did October and November, so I wrote the names of the two months then wrote a mini calendar below. Next, you will write all you assignments and the days they are due. If you want to circle the days on the calendar, you can do that as well. You could also make another key for type of assignment. A circle could mean a test, so you would circle the date that you have a test on the mini calendar. In theory, I would highlight each class at the top a different color so I could highlight the assignments below to match.

A Day in My Life

College with EmmaGrace Miniseries: Part 4

Today I want to try a new type of blog post: a day in my life, AKA a day in the life of a college student. Of course, it differs a bit from day to day, depending on if I have a meeting with a teacher, a big test coming up that I’m studying for, etc. And, I don’t have the same number of classes each day: I have three classes some days, and only one other days. However, I generally do similar activities no matter what classes I have that day.

7:30-8:30: Depending on what time I have class, I will get up somewhere between 7:30 and 8:30. If I have an online class, I usually only get up about 15 minutes early so I can get my morning routine planned. If I have a class in person, I usually get up about 25 minutes early because it takes me a little longer to get ready, then I have to walk to the class. Since I go to such a small school, I only need ten minutes at most to walk to my classes. I also pack my backpack or set up my desk (for an online class) the night before so I don’t have to worry about that when I get up in the morning.

Some days, like today, I will get up an extra fifteen minutes early to get breakfast from the dining hall. I didn’t have online class until 8:30, so I got up at 8 to get breakfast and eat before I had to log on to the call. It’s a bonus if the professor doesn’t care if you’re eating on the call, or if you can just have your camera turned off. I usually keep cereal and fruit in my room as well, in case I don’t wake up in time to run to the dining hall.

I try to put up my daily quotes during this time as well, so they’re up for the rest of the day.

8:30-12:00: I usually have class during this time since I have a lot of morning classes. Four out of five days I am done with class by noon, which is so nice. Yes, it does suck getting up early, but then I have the rest of the day to do my homework and relax. If I have time in between two classes, I will try to get some homework done.

12:00-1:00: Lunch time! I try to eat lunch around the same time everyday, and I usually go with my roommate and maybe a few friends (socially distanced of course). This is my time out of the day when I just get to relax before the afternoon homework begins. I always look forward to lunch because who doesn’t look forward to eating? LOL. After lunch I know it is time to get work done, but I try not to worry about that while I’m eating.

1:00-4:00: This is a my “little bit of everything time.” I usually start out by working out. I try to work out most days here at college because it keeps me in the routine and puts my mind at ease. I have dumbbells in my room, so sometimes I lift weights, but sometimes I go outside for a run as well. The gyms just opened up, so I could go to them in theory. However, sometimes working out in the quiet of my own room is nice, same with going on a run while exploring the town.

This is also the time where I normally talk to my boyfriend and mom, to check in and see how they’re doing. It puts me at ease to give them a quick call and know that everything is going okay back home. Honestly, the time varies, but even if I get to talk to them for two minutes, I’m happy.

I’ll do some homework from 1:00-4:00, but usually only for about an hour. I work on my blog for a good chunk of time as well.

4:00-6:00/7:00: I always try to get the bulk of my homework done around this time. If I don’t have a lot of homework, I might take a nap. To be fair, I do take a lot of naps, but only if I get my work done. It makes me feel better to finish all my homework that I NEED to get done before dinner. That way any homework I have to do after dinner is not due the next day, just stuff I am trying to get ahead on. I also try to blog during this time, or bullet journal. My goal is too spend at least half an hour working on my blog every day, no matter how busy I am. Blogging is my time to express myself and not worry about anything else, which is why I love it so much. Plus, I know you guys are counting on me to put out new content every week.

6:30/7:30: Sometime between 6:30 and 7:30 each night, I go grab dinner with some friends. If I have too much work to do, I will just take my homework to my room, but I try not to have to do that.

7:30(ish)-9:30(ish): Last bit of homework for the day. Usually I have my homework that HAS to be done finished by this time, but I try to get ahead just in case something comes up the next day or week. If I have nothing to do during this time, I work on my bullet journal or blog.

9:30: By 9:30, I’m done with homework for the night. I usually watch TV with my roommate, while editing my blogs. I also work on my daily planner schedule, which I try to do every day. I also work on my daily planner for the next day.

My hourly/daily planner: I have my weekly and monthly layouts in my bullet journal, but have an hourly/daily planner to plan out my full days as well. I only do this the night before because the schedule of my days changes so much. In this planner, I (roughly) plan out my day, with my top priorities and my to-do list. In a future post, I will show you a little bit more about this planner and give you a link to buy it yourself!

11:00: Turn off TV and computer and do my nightly routine.

11:15: BED TIME! I always try to get to bed around 11:15 so I have a full 8 hours of sleep. Depending on when I have to get up, I may go to bed a little earlier or later. Getting enough sleep is really important to me, which is why I give myself a “bed time.”

Well, there’s my day for you! Of course, there are special things I do on certain days. For example, on Sundays I bullet journal, and on Thursdays I often meet with my biology group. For the most part, this is what College with EmmaGrace is!

As always,

with love,

EmmaGrace

Morning and Nightly Routines

Hi all! Happy Monday, I hope you have an amazing start to your week. A great Monday sets you into the swing for a great week. Sooo.. start the day by waking up early and treating yourself to a nice cup of coffee (or whatever beverage you prefer). Do something for yourself today, whether it be writing in a journal or taking a long bath. Whatever you choose, make sure you’re just taking some time for you! It is important to practice self care everyday, but I feel like Mondays are especially important because it sets you up for the rest of the week. If you love on yourself Monday, you will continue to have a great week afterwards. However, I feel like if I do nothing good for myself on Monday, I just continue that trend all week.

Another thing: make your bed! If you make your bed to begin the week, it keeps you going all week. If you don’t do it in the begining, you will never want to. Trust me, I’m speaking from experience. I won’t do something one day, then it turns into two days, and a whole week. Long story short: start Monday off productive!

TodayI just wanted to give you a quick overview of my morning and nightly routines.

SPOILER ALERT: I have a future post where I share a day in my life, so it obviously mentions my morning and night routines. As you may know, I love routine in my life because I think it puts you in control. So, here it goes!

Mornings: before class

  1. Make my bed: I’ve talked this in a few other posts, but when you make your bed, you’ve accomplished the first task of the day.
  2. Update my blog: As you’ve seen, I upload a new quote everyday. I try to do this right when I get up so it is ready for the rest of the day.
  3. Brush my teeth, brush my hair, do my skin care routine: never forget your morning hygiene! It only takes about five minutes, and it’s so crucial to get you ready for the day. I normally don’t wear any makeup, just wash my face and put on some moisterizer, and I am good to go.
  4. Get dressed. Duh. BUT I won’t lie… I do stay in my pajamas all day sometimes:)
  5. Eat breakfast: Don’t forget the most important meal of the day! I try to eat breakfast everyday. Either I go to the dining hall or sometimes I just eat some fruit from my dorm room. If I don’t eat breakfast, I get very crabby by the time lunch comes around! Plus, I don’t have much time to eat a snack between my morning classes. When I get up and eat before going to class, I am ready to go and energized until lunch.
  6. Drink a big glass of water: I try to drink 64 ounces of water, and when you wake up is a great time to start. Drinking water when you get up is awesome for rehydrating your body after sleep, so don’t forget a glass of water with your breakfast!

Nightly

  1. Ten minute tidy: I’ll spare you the details because I’ve talked about my ten minute tidy many times before. If you wanna learn about it, read “Surviving the First Week of Collge”
  2. Brush my teeth, brush my hair, skincare routine, floss: Just as important as in the morning. Even when I am exhausted, I try to do all of this. Like I mentioned before, if I don’t do my nightly hygiene one night, it gets easier to forget about it the next night, and the rest of the week
  3. Put on my PJs: I cannot sleep unless I’m super comfy, so comfy PJs are a must!
  4. Set my alarm: Unless it’s the weekend, I have to wake up early for classes. I always set my alarm right before I go to bed. I actually set an alarm and a timer on my phone because I worry that one won’t go off. Call me overboard, but that happened to me one time and I never want it to happen again.
  5. Fill out my daily planner for the next day: At the beginning of the week, I fill out my weekly planner with all my meetings, classes, and anything else I have planned. However, each night I fill out a daily planner that has my hour by hour schedule for the next day. I don’t have to stick to the exact schdeule, but at least it is a basic layout of the day. In my daily planner, I also have a list for top proiorities and a to-do list. My top priorities include the number of classes I have, meetings I have to attend, or big projects I have to complete. The to-do list contains smaller chores such as homework or work around the dorm.
  6. Do some deep breathing: I often take a long time to fall asleep, especially if I have something on my mind. After I have done everything else for the night, I do some deep breathing for at least five minutes to ease my mind before I fall asleep. I find it helps me sleep better and takes my mind off of everything that happened during the day.

What I WISH I did

We all have things that we wish we did, but never get in the habit of doing, right? I am here to be truthful with you and tell you that I feel the same way. Here are some ideas of what I wish I included in my morning or night routines.

  1. Stretching: I always stretch before and after I work out during the day, but I have never gotten into the habit or doing it when I wake up or go to bed. However, only five minutes of stretching in the morning and night is really good for you. In the morning, a stretch gets your muscles moving from a long night of rest, and it can wake up your brain. Stretching at night relaxes your mind and muscles from the day’s tensions.
  2. Wake up earlier: I love to sleep, who doesn’t? But.. that means that I sleep in until I absolutely have to get up in the morning. One of my goals is to wake up just 10 minutes ealier so I have more time to myself just to wake up and prepare my mind for the day. I usually have a couple minutes of relaxation in the morning, but I would love to wake up just a tad earlier.
  3. Be thankful: Of course, I’m always thankful for everyone and everything in my life. However, I would like to add just a minute of gratitude to my morning and nightly routines. I posted before about my gratitude tracker, but it would be awesome to go a little beyond that. Just two minutes twice a day where I just sit by myself and think about everything I love in my life. There is always so much to be thankful for.
My gratitude tracker for the next few months

How can you build a routine?

  1. Start by creating some ideas for what you might want to do. Separate these into daily and nightly routines. In the morning, do you want to wake up earlier, or go for a run? At night, do you want to stretch before bed or read a chapter of your book? You will want to start off adding only a few items to your routine, but at least start off with a big list of any potential ideas.
  2. Once you have a list of ideas, choose a few that are really important to you. To start off, maybe only add one or two things to your morning and night routines so you aren’t completely overwhelmed. Figure out how much time each activity will take you so you can plan how much earlier you need to wake up or how much time you need to plan before you go to bed. Maybe your routine is going to take you fifteen minutes, so you shouold plan fifteen minutes extra before bed. Don’t stay up fifteen minutes later just build your routine into the day.
  3. Set your alarm or reminder. When you set your alarm for the morning, make sure that you’re adding time for these new activities in your routine. DONT press the snooze, I repeat DONT press the snooze, or you won’t be able to get everything done. I would even set an alarm at night before bed letting you know it’s time to do your nightly routine. That way you don’t forget until it’s actually time for bed, and at that point you don’t want to do it anymore.
  4. Try out your new routines. Give it at least a week or two befofe you decide to tweek anything. You may not want to get up a little earlier the first week, but once you get into the habit it won’t be too bad. Also, you may want to add soemthing to the routine or take it out because you think it’s not necessary. I suggest waiting the couple weeks to get your new routines a fair try before switching it up.
  5. Give yourself a break. It takes time to set up a new routine and get into the habit of doing it. If you forget the morning routine once, or don’t wake up in time, don’t beat yourself up. You will slowly grow to love and appreicate the change but everything takes time. You must be kind to yiurself and appreciate that you are trying something new.

I wish you the best of luck as you try out a new morning and nightly routine! Let me know in the comments what your routines look like, or what you plan on adding into your routine after reading this!

As always,

with love,

EmmaGrace

College Bullet Journal Spreads

College Life with EmmaGrace Part 3(a)

Good morning! I hope everyone is having an amazing week, and not working too hard;). Did you have Labor Day off, or did you have to go to work/school. Unfortunetly, I had to go to school, and I had a biology test. The good news is that I got to go home for the weekend and I was able to see my family and my pets! It felt amazing to see everyone again, and coming back to school this week I feel so refreshed!

This is the post you’ve all been waiting for: the college bullet journal! I have been waiting to share these spreads with you until I had done a few other tips and tricks posts, but now the time has come. Of course, this is my college bullet journal, but you could use it in high school as well. As you saw in the title, I named this section a of part 3. I have quite a few different spreads, so I will be breaking them up into two blog posts.

#1. Required Textbooks

This is one of my favorite spreads because I have all the books I need for each class all in once place. I can check this spread to make sure I have all the books, see how much I spent, where I bought them, etc. Below are the measurements and background of each summary.

  • Textbook: 11×2 box, you can write the name of the book, or the ISBN number
  • Price: 4×2 box, the price you paid including tax
  • Store book: 3×2, checkmark for a physical book, I would just write the word book. I honestly cannot remember why I wrote store book, but it Is just a box to show if it is a real book
  • Online book: 3×2, place a checkmark if it is only an online book. Below I have a section for online books that I will expand on
  • Class: 4×2, what class is that book for?
  • Paid: 3×2, put a check in the book once you have ordered and paid for the book
  • Received: 3×2, put a check here once you’ve actually received the book
  • Where: 5×2, note if you bought the book on Amazon, the college bookstore, or somewhere else
  • Below is just the total amount spent on all the books combines

Online textbooks section

  • Textbook: 10×2, just the name of the textbook, or the ISBN
  • Link: 10×2, either the direct link to the textbook or the site you can find it on
  • Password: 7×2, just the login password
  • Username: 8×2, the username for the site, usually your email

Project Planner by The Happy Planner

I just HAD to add in this Happy Planner page, perfect for any type of school project. I personally only use it for my bigger projects, like essays. This really helps me get my thoughts and ideas down on paper before I actually do the project. Sometimes you can have a project that will take a month or longer, so you can write down all the separate due dates from the teacher, or just your personal goals for when to have parts done. You can buy this 40 page pack at Jo-Anns (and other crafts stores) or directly from The Happy Planner wbsite.

Class Overview

In this bullet journal spread, I have all the information I could ever need for each of my classes. Each box goes across the whole page, and is five boxes down. At the corner, I added a little 2×2 box just for some decoration. At the top of each box, I wrote the FULL class name, along with the shortened name and section number. For example, Intro to Cellular Biology can be shortened to BIOl 103-01. In each box, I wrote the professor’s name and what type of class it is (lecture, lab, etc). Then, I have the professor’s email and the location of the class, with building and room number. Lastly, I have the days and times of each class. I made sure to leave extra room in the boxes for extra information you may receive on the first day.

In short, this spread includes…

  • Class name: full and shortened
  • Professor
  • Class Type
  • Professor email
  • Location
  • Times and days

What To Do Before the First Day of College

College Life with EmmaGrace: Part 1

Happy Monday! Did you have any fun plans for this week, or did you just plan on getting some work done Good news is that I don’t have too much homework yet, which hopefully means that I will have some time to relax and hang out with friends. Oh, and bullet journal of course;)

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BREAKING NEWS: I am really excited to introduce a new type of post to you: “tips and tricks.” My goal is to turn this into a mini series, where I share different college tricks/hacks each week. This is my first time trying this type of post, so please bear with me! Also, if you have any type of post you want to see, please feel free to leave a comment or email me at anytime. You can also fill out a form at the end of the post!

#1. Get your room done right away

With COVID restrictions, you probably won’t have much time to move all your stuff into the dorm (if you’re reading this at a later time, you can skip the next couple sentences). In my case, we had three hours for parents to move us in, then they had to be out of the dorm room. To add on, it was a very staggered move in, meaning my roommate and I weren’t able to move in on the same day. This makes it extra crucial to have everything packed neatly. Make sure everything is in a suitcase or bag, so you can carry everything in the room easily and in fewer trips. Once everything is in the room, start to unpack. Hopefully your parents are able to help you start hanging everything up, which is probably the most difficul part of setting up your room. It may seem easy to put everything off, but trust me it helps to have everything hung, your desk set up, etc. Once your bed is made and you have some pictures on the wall, you will feel so much more at home. Try to organize all your clothes and food as well, then you won’t have to do it at a later time and it eliminates some stress from your first week.

  • PRO TIP: if you start off with everything organized and your bed made, you are much more likely to keep it that way. Try to KEEP everything organized as long as you can because it is so much easier to maintain organization than to not clean the room until it is insanely messy.

#2. Go outside and make new friends

If you read #2 and said “yikes,” don’t worry: it’s very common. While you may just want to stay in your room and go on your phone, trust me it will be so much better if you go out and meet people. My best recommendation is to go somewhere with your roommate, so you have someone to make you a little more comfortable. With the circumstances(social distancing, masks, etc.), it is even harder to make friends and get to know people. Start with something simple like asking someone to sit with you who likes like they’re alone. Chances are, they’re looking to make new friends just like you are.

#3. Organize your classes

Write down everything you know about your classes in a planner or notebook. Bonus points if you can put it in a bullet journal ;). This can range from the class teacher, number, building, and location. Usually, you will have your professor’s email on your schedule, and this is a great place to keep it. It’s so important to keep track of what days and times each class is. There are a few ways to do this, the first is making a timed schedule of the week. You can do this by writing out the hours of every day, and writing each class in its assigned hour. The second way is make a notebook section for each class, and include all the information about a class you have. You can do this in a bullet journal if you are really crafty, otherwise just write it in a lined notebook. You will want to make sure that you leave some extra room below each class for information teachers tell you on the first day, such as their phone numbers. If you really wanted to, you can write your important assignments for each class here as well.I have both the schedule and information section in my bullet journal, and will include them in next weeks blog for you!

#4. Recognize you’re not alone

Here’s the truth you’ve been waiting for: you are doing the exact same thing everyone else is, and you have the same feelings as them too. Whether you’re a freshman or a senior, leaving your family is hard. Everyone around you is trying to adjust just like you are, and they may be struggling even worse than you. Whether you’re totally excited to leave home and be somewhere new, or it totally freaks you out, you will get homesick at some point. As a freshman, it’s even worse because you’ve probably never been away from home this long. Trust me, I am experiencing that right now. Your roommate feels the exact same way, and so do thousands of others all around you. If you can recognize you’re not in this journey alone, it will make you feel so much better. Go and talk to someone about how you are feeling, whether it be a friend on campus or a staff member. If it’s a friend, they will more than likely tell you they’re feeling the same way and you can strategize together. Staff members can be helpful too because they have seen so many other kids go through being homesick, and know how to help you get through your first week and beyond.

#5. Familiarize yourself with the area

Pay attention if you’re directionally challenged like me, because this is even MORE important. Before you start the first day of class, it is so crucial that you get familiar with the campus and the buildings. If you have some extra time, explore the town you’re living in: find the closest grocery store, gas station, and your favorite fast food place. If you can’t do that before class starts, no worries, but DO make sure you at least find your classes. First, start by either writing down or printing off your schedule, with all the rooms and buildings included. Kudos to you if it’s already written in your bullet journal. Furhtermore, a really important item is a map of the campus, whether you have it printed out or bookmarked on your phone. Locate all the buildings you have class in and circle them on the map (a lot easier if you can just get it printed). Write the room numbers on the map as well. Then, you should go into all the buildings and walk to each of your classes, in order, starting with Monday morning. If the buildings are locked (most of the time they will be open) and you are unable to walk to each individual class, make sure you know the room number and leave yourself a few extra minutes to walk to each class on the first day. If you can find a building layout somewhere online, that can be really helpful as well, so you at least know what side of the building to go to. Once you have all the rooms down, just walk to each building one more time like you’re going from class to class. No need to go into the buildings again unless you feel like you need more practice with it. Lastly, find all the resources that you might need on campus, such as the library, dining halls, and campus safety.

Just be aware that if you’re on a bigger campus, it might take a few weeks to get into the groove of things. If you follow these steps, at least you will have gotten an idea of wehre evrything is before classes start. I would recommend leaving early on the first day no matter what because we all get tripped up sometimes.

If you didn’t make it through #5, here’s a more condensed version

  1. Print out or write your schedule with room numbers. Make sure you have a campus map too.
  2. Locate all your buildings on a map
  3. Physically walk to each classroom
  4. Walk to each building one more time (don’t have to go in)
  5. Find other campus resources
    • Dining halls, library, safety office

Final Words

If you’ve made it to the end of this post, congratulations! I hope these tips prove helpful to you as you embark on your journey! If you liked this style post, let me know! If you didn’t, or you have any other suggestions, feel free to let me know in the message box below as well! I hope you have a wonderful week!

As always,

with love,

EmmaGrace