Back to School? More like Back to Summer

Even though I posted yesterday, I really wanted to share one more tip with you. “Back to School” is something you have time to organize in, what’s my opinion, two weeks at most. Hence this post’s title.

Go back to your summer, enjoy every single minute of it. Here are three inexpensive, fun plans you can choose from:

1. Beach and cocktails

Maybe you’re a beach enthusiast, or maybe you just want to change your summer routine a bit, but you should never let the summer end without spending a good day at the beach.

What you will need:

  • A good-sized beach bag where you can put the rest of the list into.
  • A trustworthy sun lotion. I will be trying the Hawaiian Tropic Satin Protection with SPF 30, which is also water-resistant  and oil-free (4.75€).
  • A comfortable bikini or one piece that you can feel confident in. Prices vary but I got a one piece for 20€ at Decathlon. Also, grab a pair of nice flip-flops!
  • Two hair ties and/or a chunky hair clip. I will be taking two out of a ten pack (3€).
  • Two ample towels: one for sunbathing and the other so you can dry yourself when you’ve taken a dip in the sea/ocean.
  • Of course, take some money for the cocktail(s) you might be having as well as your phone and earphones. If you like to read, grab your favorite book, too!

 

Here comes the best part! Grab your family, friends or that special someone and go to the closest beach you’ve got and have the time of your life. Go to one of those bars during the happy hour and ask for a San Francisco cocktail, you can thank me later.

2. Road trip or city exploring

I don’t know about you, but I really do love visiting new places and getting to know more about those that are quite close to mine, and even more so if they’re far away!

What you will need:

  • Know beforehand if you’ll be staying long outside, since you’ll need a suitcase with your health necessities and some clothes you can change into, as well as some type of accomodation.
  • Make sure your way of transportation is in available and in good condition. I’d recommend you to use a train if you have the money for it.
  • A considerable amount of money with you, since you never know what might happen while you’re out.
  • Again, take the same things as the option before this one, since you might stumble into a beach or a swimming pool in your way!
  • Plenty of snacks so you don’t need to spend money unnecessarily.
  • Some comfortable shoes you can walk in for a very long time.
  • Plan out those places that you want to see and get to know better. Also, you can download the Geocaching app to help you out with that task.
  • Your camera so you can have plenty of memories to go back to when you get older!

Have a lot of fun looking for those Geocachers and exploring new places or even old places that you hadn’t known as well!

3. Pizza and movie night

I know this sounds like the most boring of things. How is this going to be of any excitement? You simply have to get Netflix on and call for your pizza, but keep reading. I promise you’ll reconsider.

Instead of what you had in mind, you’re going to be making a couple of pizzas with your preferred company and watching a movie like it’s the most adventurous thing in the world.

What you will need:

  • This amazing website, foodnetwork, or one of your choice which you might have bookmarked for future reference.
  • Buy everything that you have read if you haven’t got it at home, and get your hands dirty with that pizza dough!
  • Put on some music if you’d like to set the mood while you’re cooking.
  • A cool apron that you most fancy to make the experience all that much more amazing.
  • Add a glass of your preferred flavor of juice and home-made pop-corn (check this out: foodnetwork).
  • A movie that you might have never watched or watched so many times that you know the dialogue by heart. But choose it, love it, enjoy it with that amazing pizza that you have prepared.

Get a space converted into a cosy, fun place in which you will be eating, laughing and having a lovely time at home.


I really hope you liked these ideas and maybe put them to use! If there’s any suggestion, you know what to do.

If you enjoyed this post, like, comment and share it! 🙂 More to come soon, x.

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The Ultimate Back to School Post for University Students

I’m going to start saying I’m sorry for ditching this blog for half a year, but as you may know if you’ve read any other previous post, I’m quite busy usually. I am willing to start a schedule with my posts seeing people usually like them a bit – maybe twice a month updates? We’ll see.

Moving on from that, I’d like to present to you a masterpost for your Back to School necessities. This goes in my own order, a.k.a. what I will be doing myself step by step. You can move them around, diss some and add others if you’d like, too.

1. Music playlists

really like my life to revolve around music. I love sad songs, I love happy songs, I love slow songs, I love dance songs, I love workout playlists and I absolutely adore music overall. It is that bad, apparently. And yes, I’m accenting a lot of words on this paragraph but my love for music is quite huge.

Everyone loves music, so why not gather a few of your favorites on Spotify and stack them into a (probably disorganized) playlist. I haven’t got all that many playlists, because I gather quite a number into one category. If you’d like to check it out, here’s a link to my profile: itsmiralles.

It doesn’t have to be neat and organized since I at least put playlists on shuffle and replay. Just make sure you feel okay with what you’ve added into it.

2. Gym time

Whether your body is slim or thick, everyone needs a moment to do some exercise. I myself don’t go to the gym during the year because I have no time at all to do much, hence why the summer is my time to go to the gym during an hour in the evening five days a week.

You don’t really have to go the gym if you don’t want to, whether you’re uncomfortable with it or you don’t fancy it. But I do want to stress on the importance of taking an hour of your day to walk or cycle or do whatever that keeps you active and happy with yourself. It raises your self-esteem and confidence, plus you can use your music playlists to motivate yourself even more!

3. Printables

Now, back to what you’re here for – school. Everyone needs a way of keeping track of their day, some use agendas, others use bullet journals and others use scrap pieces of paper. Another way of keeping yourself organized during the year and beforehand is a printable.

If you’ve got Tumblr and you follow some “studyblr”s you might have seen some printables going around. You can find some great printables on theorganisedstudentthearialligraphyproject or you can check out mine mariastudying, though there’s only two for now. The printables can make your academic and personal life much easier to keep track of. You can find calendars, productivity challenges, to-do lists; daily, weekly and semester planners,… There are many for you to choose from and you can use as many as you’d like!

4. Motivation

If you’re anything like me, after a week of hard work your motivation drops as if you’d just popped a balloon. How to fix this is quite a personal issue, but these tips may help you.

  • Have a few motivating quotes on your desks, notebooks and agenda/planner/bullet journal, or even write some of your own on your printables if you’ve got some space.
  • Use the Chrome extension Momentum for a lovely picture, quote and more features every day.
  • Use the mobile app Forest to force yourself to keep working hard. I think you can also get the extension for Chrome from the official website.
  • Have at least a full day to relax and pamper yourself each week. Alternatively, you can have a couple hours a day to spend as you please.
  • Join a club or any extracurriculars if you can! It will make your week diverse, but it can also be time-consuming.

5. Get your class schedule and course plan

I’m not really sure how this works in any other country or even in any other university, but in my university we use online resources for pretty much everything. There’s not many ‘books’ per say, but there’s a list of the books where the teachers have developed the presentations from. If you can, get as much material as you can, especially your class schedule and course plan, a.k.a. what the teachers will be evaluating and all the percentages from where your grade is going to come from.

6. Class organization

Using your preferred organization tool (agenda, planner, bullet journal, printables, online resources), organize your semester. You can follow these steps:

  • First off, do a general outline: use your class schedule, give yourself enough space to breathe between working hours. If you have class until 2 in the evening, don’t schedule your studying hours starting at 3 PM. Give yourself a couple of hours, and even more so if you have to drive or take public transportation home.
  • Wait until you have been in class for a couple of weeks to know your schedule much better.
  • Rectify so that you can be as productive as possible. If you can’t handle your schedule, shift it around until you’re comfortable with it. Do this as many times during the year as you need, since in the end, what matters is your mental and physical health.

Whether you follow these steps or not, do give yourself enough space to breathe during the day. It isn’t all about studying!

7. Supplies

I think I made a post about this last year, which I might as well link you to: First Year of College Tips and Lists. But, as a sophomore-to-be student, I’d like to update it a bit. For college, what I personally need and I think you might, too:

Class-wise:

  • Planner / agenda / bullet journal / printables
  • Notebooks or a binder with leaf paper (personally adore the Muji ones)
  • Laptop
  • A backpack with a laptop pocket and good support
  • Black or blue pens (again, personal favorite: Muji 0.38 gel pens)
  • Water bottle
  • A couple snacks and/or money

Extras that you may just have on your desk:

  • Girly kit
  • Diabetes kit (since, you know, kind of a necessity in my case)
  • Sticky notes and flags, mostly to remind myself of doing this or that by sticking them on my computer screen’s borders
  • A bunch of colourful pens and highlighters to make studying a bit easier (personal favorites: staedler and mildliner)
  • A couple of earphones and charger

8. Relax

I can’t stress this one enough. Relaxing, sleeping, watching a TV series, a movie, going outside, staying in reading or doing nothing at all… You need to do these things in order to stay sane during the school year. You can’t spend all of your time studying. You really do need to laugh with friends, to go outside and grab an ice cream or to stay in and talk to your family. You need life experiences that studying alone won’t give you.

Studying is great, but don’t make it your life.


I’d also like to point out a few last things:

  • If you need ideas for outfits, food recipes, hairstyles… What’s Pinterest for? Even for desk organization, make that website your best friend.
  • Join the “studyblr” community I mentioned before on Tumblr. I swear, just seeing others being productive will help you. Plus, there’s enormous support and resources for everyone.
  • Be realistic with your goals througout the year so you don’t loose motivation and waste time. If you have problems with this, half the workload you scheduled for the day. Sure, you won’t be on top of your work, but you will save yourself from flanking completely.
  • Do not let anyone tell you that you’re not worthy or talented enough for anything. You do you and follow your path. It doesn’t matter how slow you go as long as you don’t stop.

Like, comment and share if you enjoyed this post and want more like this one! I really do love writing inspirational posts, because I get motivated myself. Any suggestion and feedback would be lovely. Have a lovely day and school year, x.

The pressure to be perfect

It’s not like this is anything new – the idea you get of being the perfect human being. How many times have you cried out of frustration that you keep doing things wrong? How many times have you told yourself you’re a failure because you didn’t meet your own expectations of yourself? Or because you didn’t meet the expectations you think others have of you?

Your idea of perfect might or might not be the same I have, but you still try to meet those ideals. You want to be the perfect daughter/son so your parents are proud of you, the perfect student so both your parents and yourself boast in pride, the perfect sibling so you can be a good role-model,… And the list goes on and on. You want recognition, you want to feel like you’ve made it.

What you don’t know is how to do it in order to accomplish your goals – or maybe you do, but in most cases (including mine), you tend to feel lost. So many achievements, so many ideals to meet, so many expectations on your shoulders and you still don’t know where to start.

You point out your flaws instead, you end up feeling like trash because you’re losing time making yourself see the imperfections you’ve got instead of working on them. I’ll tell you a secret: nobody expects most of those things you believe they do.

Your parents don’t expect you to be an A+ student with a healthy lifestyle. They want you to be happy and they, of course, want you to be successful and healthy. They want you to study, but they don’t want you to overwork yourself to the point you’re sick; they also want you to go to the gym or go out for a jog, but they don’t want you to be self-conscious; they obviously want you to eat healthy, but they don’t want you to thin yourself to extremes.

You want to make them happy, you want to be happy, and you pressure yourself into being perfect.

Let me tell you something… Perfectionism doesn’t exist. Nobody can handle all those responsibilities you’re trying to add to the already heavy weight on your shoulders.

To be happy and to feel good with yourself, you have to take little steps: eat an apple right now or have your water bottle close to take sips ever few minutes, grab a book and read one or two paragraphs, grab your textbook and start reading calmly. Maybe after that, you can go ahead and do ONE thing you know you were supposed to do for a long time.

Once you’re a bit more relaxed and somewhat accomplished, write down a list of short-period and long-period goals. Highlight them in two different colors. Now, take a different colored pen and write down what you could do RIGHT NOW to change your current position towards them.

For example, in the case you’re failing a class, you could print out a schedule (such as the one from theorganisedstudent on Tumblr) and find space for revision. If you were hypothetically in bad shape, you could schedule a 30-minute walk today. Find a spot, schedule it and do it. No excuses.

If you keep on feeling like you’re not doing enough and you feel overly stressed with it, remember Rome wasn’t built in a day and you can do it, with plenty of time and a lot of work. Procrastination stops now.

Go ahead and feel better with yourself, but never expect yourself to be perfect.

Tricks for being more organized in college

Before I start this post, I have to highlight on the chaos college is for a freshman such as myself (hence my MIA). Now, as I’m in the middle of the exam season, I would like to think this calls for a good studying post that will also have a few beauty tips for when you’re stressed.

1. Stay motivated!

This is super important!! Write down your set of timely goals (both short-term and long-term), print out motivating quotes and hang them in your work-space, write down what makes your classes interesting so you’ll never want to drop them… Anything that you know will help you when you’re feeling like you don’t know why you even got in that class in the first place.

2. Keep a planner and/or a bullet journal!

You really want to keep all your important dates and to-do lists close wherever you go. Whatever system you’re going to use, stick to it and make yourself love it since, really, you’re doing this for yourself and it’s your future. Plan your weeks and months wisely, setting some free time, too. Plan every and anything your little heart desires.

I keep both, honestly. The bullet journal is more of a daily to-do list and the planner is to plan revisions, exams, non-college related events…

3. Keep your syllabi (and modify it to fit your schedule)!

When you get your syllabi, don’t just ignore them since they’re going to be very helpful. You want to know what’s due when, but you really don’t want five separate papers, do you? That’s too much. You can organize them by date, so you won’t miss any of them! Also, keep little reminders in your planner for the assignments since you’re never too safe.

4. Good habits!

I know it’s really hard to keep up with school and be healthy, but you want to stay fit and fresh for your working hours! Remember to:

  • Drink at least 1.5 liters of water a day.
  • Eat at least 5 fruits and vegetables everyday.
  • Shower, wash your face and give yourself a cream massage every morning/evening.
  • Have your space clean and organized (this also great motivation!).
  • Stock your backpack every night or, if you have time, when you wake up.
    I am diabetic, so I have to have a few extra things with me that I can’t go outside without so I have my backpack school-ready in the evening when I’ve finished working and add in my kit, two juice boxes and a water bottle before I leave.
  • Keep a decent amount of money, your ID and any medical cards in your wallet in case of emergencies.
  • Make your bed when you get up and open a window for 5-10 minutes to keep your room fresh and uncluttered.
  • Plan your outfit the evening prior.
  • Do some exercise! You should at least take a 30-minute walk a day.
  • Sleep 7-8 hours a day! This is soooo important, I can’t stress this enough. I’ve been having bad grades despite my hard work because I didn’t sleep enough and had to take medicine for the terrible headaches I was getting.
  • Disconnect from the internet for 2-4 hours a day at least. Take some time to talk to your relatives and friends without using the internet, whether it’s a call or a visit!

5. Decide your note-taking system!

Whether you want to take notes on your laptop/tablet or on a notebook, you should decide what method you’re going to use for the whole semester. Be comfortable with it, try out a few and see which is your favorite!

I like to write the date in the top right corner and have a little flag in the top middle with the class’ name abbreviation I’m going to take that moment. If I’m taking more notes that day, I’ll have another flag in the middle and so on.

6. Try to stay productive!

You need to find a time in the day that you’re most comfortable working and stick to it. Use the Pomodoro technique if you feel that’s what works for you. BUT do not ever feel like you’re being obliged to do this. You shouldn’t feel bad working or like you’re being pressured into it. In that case, take a break for the day and do whatever makes you feel much better.

7. Set up email filters!

As college students, we get at least 10 emails daily and that’s way too stressful when you have only 4 filters, like on Gmail. You can set up filters and tabs so you won’t lose track of what’s important! There’s a WikiHow on this, right here.

8. Use website blocking apps!

It is fairly easy to go from the Wikipedia page of what you’re trying to work on to Twitter or Tumblr. Set up a website blocking app, such as SelfControl, and have a good working time without any distractions.

9. Back up your work!

As a Computer Science major, I know how important this is. A separate hard drive, such as a pendrive or even an external hard disk, is very important for you to keep your hard work safe and sound. You don’t want your 6-page essay to disappear, do you?

10. Correlating to the last one… Save your work if the program doesn’t do it automatically!

Again, you wouldn’t want to have your work disappearing, it is very hard to keep yourself from crying when this happens and you end up being unmotivated to start over. I know this first hand, I had a 4-page maths assignment with formulas and drawings almost finished when the program froze and closed without saving my work. It was heartbreaking to start again, but you got to do what you got to do.

11. On a higher note… Colorcode!

It is so much fun to pick a pretty color for each class and, the best of all, you’re staying organized. What could be better than that?

12. Keep separate binders, folders, notebooks, etc. for your classes!

This really depends on your preferences. You could even have one big notebook and have little post-it flags with the colors you set for each class separating them. It really depends on how you understand yourself and your notes.

13. Keep your desk really organized with these few tips!

  • If you take it out and you’re done using it, put it back where it was! It’s easy to do and you can keep your desk mess-free.
  • Keep your staplers, hole-punchers, rulers, extra pens, etc. in your drawers instead of on top of your desk.
  • Label your chords and use a binder clip at the edge of your desk to store the ends.
  • Instead of having loose papers all over your desk, use a white board to write down any ideas or reminders that may come up to you.

14. Stay on top of your work!

If you have some spare time, take it to read through or to start taking notes on the book/powerpoint that you’re going to be working on the next day in class.

15. BURNOUT DAY!

You think this is a myth? Well, it isn’t. Burnout is real and you should really set a day to have it all for yourself. Maybe this can be your cleaning day, pamper day or watching movies day (or maybe all of them at once?).

I, for instance, use Sundays to take a break. I clean out my room, give myself some pampering and watch a couple movies. In case I have some important work unfinished, I will take some time in the morning to finish that.

Beauty Hacks for Every Girl

I’ve gathered a few of my own tips regarding beauty in my seventeen years of life. It may seem short and not only is it my experience, but my mother and sister’s, too, along with Youtubers and bloggers. So, let’s get into it!

1. Wash your hair the night before

This has been a hack of mine ever since I was a kid. My father would wash my hair and blow-dry it for me until it was perfectly straight (despite how many times I would put up a fight for it). The next morning, all I had to do with it was run a brush through and I was done.

As I got older and I started to go to high school, it was all on me and I switched to the morning hair-rush. I do not recommend this at all, as I also do not advice anyone to wash their hair daily. Both are mistakes. See, if you wash your hair and make sure it’s done the night before, you will only have to touch up in the morning (under 2 minutes, I swear) and move on with other matters.

If it’s hot in your house and you don’t mind having wet hair and letting it dry alone, check out this messy braided bun for instant, natural curls in the morning.

2. Keep your make up in the fridge

I know it sounds weird, but my mum keeps her most expensive make up in the fridge. It can last years in there, I swear! This works for foundation, mascara, eyeliner…

If you’ve got a very creamy lipstick that melts in the summer, pop it in there, too, and keep it intact! It literally has saved my only red lipstick, which I bought at the drugstore – no surprise there –, fell on my bathroom floor and didn’t break, but smudged all over.

Remember: your fridge is your friend.

3. Get up fifteen minutes early

You probably get up really early already, but I’m one of those people that like to take their time in the morning. I’m groggy but awake, so I’ll go slow as hell as I get myself ready and therefore I get up two hours before my time is up and I have to go to school. I know I could possibly do all that I do in an hour if I was any more awake, but I know how lazy I am and I know how to prevent going late.

Getting up those fifteen minutes earlier for you to whine and wake yourself up actually work. (Though you should always sleep for at least seven/eight hours!!) During those fifteen minutes you can get your coffee and sit around for a while until the caffeine kicks in and you’re ready to start your routine.

4. Shower in the morning

I know I just said you should wash your hair at night, or in the evening, but you should totally hop in and go through a 5-minute shower to wake yourself up. You can also brush your teeth at the same time (believe me, I’ve done it) if you’re running late, but you should always shower in the morning. You don’t want to carry your groggy self for the next few hours and this will do the trick.

5. Mascara is your friend

I know my mum doesn’t feel like mascara is that much important, but whenever she doesn’t wear it, she really looks sad and tired, even if she’s completely okay. If you are one of those people that doesn’t like make up but your face needs some pop, you will only need three drugstore products: mascara, concealer and lip balm.

Apply concealer under your eyes and on your top eyelid to give your face a makeover. I swear, it works like a charm. Being careful here, apply some mascara without touching your top or bottom eyelid THIS HAS HAPPENED TO ME, and watch as you look like you’ve slept for days. To keep your lips hydrated and looking fine, apply a lip balm (maybe with some color to it?) and head out. You’ve got yourself ready in under five minutes.

6. Drink water

I know it’s easier to pour yourself a Diet Coca Cola but, seriously, you need some real water in your life. Put some fruit juice in it to make it more appealing, but drink water. Eight glasses a day aren’t that hard and your whole body, including your skin, will thank you.

7. JUNK food

Junk food belongs, you know, in the actual junk. It will only make your whole health worse. Keep those chips and cookies away and substitute them for fruit.

It may be because I’m a diabetic or because I live in the Mediterranean coast, but it simply is so nice to open the fridge, grab a (quite big) peach, peal the skin off and cut it into bite-sized pieces. It is refreshing, it fills up your stomach easily and it doesn’t make you pick up unnecessary weight. Unless you’re like my mum and I and you can’t stop eating fruit for your life.

8. Wash your face

You want to wash your hands throughout the day a lot, since you’re touching your phone, your laptop’s keyboard, your tablet’s screen… It’s all full of germs and washing your hands is very important, but I don’t think it’s as commonly known that washing your face regularly can be a good skin care.

There’s tons of oils, masks, scrubs, but washing your face twice a day at least is a great skin care alone. Grab your face soap, like this one from Dove, and with warm water, rub it on your face. It is not at all pricey and it removes any makeup you may have on your face as well as your oils and dirt.

I am not one to suffer from acne, but I have my fare share of oil and small blackheads, specially on my nose, and this soap makes it so much easier to cope with the troubles. It leaves your skin baby smooth and completely clean. There’s no magic solution to skin problems, but this is some awesome stuff.

9. A cat-eye in 20 seconds

I am one to go all-in with my eyes on my morning routine. I love my eye-shadows, my eyeliner, my mascara and my brows, so I’ve gone through a few tricks when it comes to this particular part. I don’t use liquid eyeliner, but the pencil one and I still manage a pretty decent cat-eye.

Grab a tissue and unfold it, put it under your bottom eyelashes and tilt it to follow the line of your bottom waterline towards the end of your brow. Draw your cat-eye using the edge of the tissue from the outer corner to the inner one. Repeat to your other eye and, boom, (almost) flawless cat-eye.

10. Foundation hunting

When you’re starting to use foundation and you don’t really know which is best for you, you should definitely try it on your skin. Do not use your hand or your face, but your neck to check which tone is better for you. You don’t want your face looking darker or lighter, though the last is preferred, than your neck. Half a tone lighter can be dealt with but if you’re as much as a tiny little bit darker, it is noticeable.

For foundation application, you should start with a good moisturizer and follow up with a primer. With a sponge or a brush, apply your foundation evenly. Once you’re done, you want to use concealer on problematic spots or dark circles under your eyes. Powder will help set it and highlighters, blush and bronzers will bring your face back to life, though these last three are optional. Setting spray will help keep your make up stunningly flawless during the day.

Got any tips and tricks of your own? Have you tried any of these and want to talk about your experience? Would you like more posts like these? Answer all these questions in the comments! 🙂

Diabetics in School: Tips

Diabetes is a very common disease and most people know at least one or two of us.

Just a heads up, if you’re not one and you know diabetics… Don’t you ever imply or say out blatantly that it is not important. Not only does it hurt, but it’s completely ignorant of you. Diabetes Mellitus (type 1) is #7 in death causes worldwide, so it is not to be taken lightly.

I’ve been diabetic ever since the two years of age, so I’m not new to this. Always remember that in medicine, and diabetes is no different, two plus two doesn’t always turn out to be four. From one day to another, you may see enormous differences that may startle you, but don’t you worry, I’ve got your back here.

1. Go to your doctor regularly

I can’t stress this enough. I’m one of those people (aren’t we all?) that hates going to the doctors, but we just have to. Maybe it’s weekly (like I’m doing lately), maybe it’s monthly, maybe it’s annually… It depends on how you’re doing and how your doctor wants to handle you. Do always remember that if you see your disease uncontrolled and your doctor can’t help, you can, and should, switch.

Also, when you’re there, give them your full attention and tell them everything. Without every fact, they can’t do their job. They can’t guess for you, but they’re there to help you as you need it.

2. Tests, tests, tests!

I think I’m talking based on my latest experience with a new doctor, but it is important to take tests everyday at least twice. For example, I have to take six daily; one before and after each every meal. You may need more, you may need less. It doesn’t matter; take them! Even if you’re feeling odd in the middle of Maths class and it’s not due, do it.

3. Take all you need to school and have the talk with your teachers

Taking everything with you at all times, most specially school, is very important. In Spain, the canteens aren’t allowed to have sugary food and therefore there wouldn’t be a Coca Cola for me if I didn’t take it there myself.

Talk to your school’s teachers and they’ll even let you keep your drink(s) in the fridge. Also, having them informed on your disease (AKA the talk, as I used to call it) is also highly recommended. You want them to know how to react if you have a sudden change of moods, you start trembling or you drop on the floor.

Having switched schools a couple times, I know what I’m talking about. As my mum is a Primary teacher, I used to be at her school before I first switched during Year 4. No family with me, though the hospital was just down the road.

We (my parents and my 9-year-old self) had a meeting with most of the teachers in the school. During that time, we told the teachers how my character usually is and that it would be very convenient for them to look out for any weird behavior (crying, shouting…). I’d be told to take a test. I had full-on permission to go to the bathroom or the office if I wasn’t feeling okay, with a classmate. If I ever had a big BS drop, which I sadly did, they were to give me a glass of water with sugar stirred into it if I could still swallow and then take me to hospital so I could be taken care of properly.

When I switched again, my sister was there and the rest of the teachers knew that they were to call her if anything happened. Having them know that you are to be let out to the bathroom is very important, since highs can also happen and should be taken care of as well.

Have handy some sweets in your pockets or your bag. As a girl, I used to take a second messenger bag in addition to my school bag where I’d have my full kit (glucometer, needles, insulin) and a few sweets for me to have if I had a BS (blood sugar) drop in the middle of a lesson.

If you know you’re not okay, tell your teacher. Raise your hand or have your classmate do it to inform them and be let outside to the bathroom or the office, so you can call your parents if you need to as well as taking care of the situation.

4. P.E

Talk to your P.E teacher so they’re aware that if you’re too high (+250mg/dL) or too low (-80mg/dL), you aren’t allowed to do any sport. If you do, in the first case, your sugar will keep on rising to the clouds; in the second one, it will drop to the floor. Having a juice close is essential for this class. Water is, too, for a high, so make sure you have that handy, too.

5. Fitting in

It’s already hard enough to fit in at school as it is, so having diabetes is a little add-on to that fear of not being like the rest. Let’s be realistic, we are not like the rest. Grab a pack of tissues and cry the pain out while you’re alone. It hurts and it’s hard. Why us? Well, there’s no answer at all. No human is free of diseases or imperfections, so let’s please get that out of our heads now.

You can and will fit in when you know you’re you and not a disease. Do not let that define you. You have to own it and make it depend on what you’re going to do for the day. You’re having a P.E class in the morning and woke up with a reasonable BS level? Make it work for you; reduce insulin, eat a little more, maybe do as usual with a juice right after.

Diabetes is quite annoying since what works today won’t work next week but it doesn’t mean you can’t control it as you wish. Again, you can and you will.

Comment down below if you’re diabetic and what are other tips for handling diabetes at school!

Consejos para los Estudiantes Universitarios Españoles de Primer Año

La Universidad en España no tiene nada que ver con la Americana ni con la Inglesa, seamos realistas. Si buscamos en Pinterest algo relacionado con la Universidad, salen listas y consejos en inglés o para otros países. Yo misma escribo este blog en ese idioma, pero me parecía que hacía falta un artículo así en internet para aquellas personas que estén tan perdidas como yo.

Para empezar, nos hace falta un papel y un bolígrafo para poder hacer la estructura general que ya conocemos de nuestra carrera. Si no, mira en la página oficial de tu Universidad e infórmate de cómo está estructurada tu carrera el primer año al menos.

Pregúntate cosas como: ¿me hará falta una calculadora científica, programable o ninguna?, ¿me vendrá mejor un calendario o una agenda?, ¿me va mejor apuntar con el ordenador, la tablet o a mano? Así podrás averiguar más sobra qué es lo que necesitas.

Una lista general de cosas que puedes necesitar en la Universidad (juzgando por las que hacen en otros países y más o menos lo que nos puede venir bien):

  • Lápices número 2 o portaminas.
  • Goma y sacapuntas.
  • Bolígrafos de color negro/azul.
  • Una calculadora (incluso los de magisterio la necesitan).
  • Papel, cuadriculado o no.
  • Una o dos libretas para tomar apuntes o hacer resúmenes.
  • Un calendario o una agenda. (Hablo sobre esto más adelante.)
  • Un ordenador o una tablet.
  • Los libros (si no salen aún en la página o no te han dado una lista, ya te lo dirán. Puede ser que vaya por PowerPoint.)
  • Una mochila y un estuche.
  • Una impresora y cartuchos de tinta.

Además, para aquellas personas que son muy organizadas y tienen afán por tener los apuntes visualmente agradables:

  • Bolígrafos de colores Staedtler/Stabilo de punta fina.
  • Subrayadores de varios colores.
  • Post-its, banderitas post-its.
  • Archivador o carpeta y separadores.

En cuanto a la agenda o el calendario, es bastante importante por lo que he leído. Planear con antelación en la Universidad cualquier trabajo o ejercicio que manden es más que imprescindible. Si la semana que viene tienes dos trabajos por entregar, empieza esta semana y “quítatelo de encima”. Además, estudiar día a día un poco (tampoco nos pasemos) nos llevará a estar muchísimo más relajados cuando lleguen los exámenes en Enero, Junio y Julio.

Las agendas pueden ser las “típicas del chino” que llegan a ser sosas y poco motivadoras, o como las de Kate Spade o Bando.

Cuando te dan el calendario de las asignaturas, apúntalo. Cuando te den algún ejercicio para mañana o dentro de dos semanas, apúntalo. “Ya me acordaré”… No.

Suerte en todo y seguíd organizados para sacar las mejores notas posibles.