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.

Advertisements

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! 🙂