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5 Things Under $10 that Every College Girl Needs

1. Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Pens

These pens are the most amazing pens I have ever used. They come in a variety of colors and I have the neon pack. They are great for color-coding notes and your planner. These are a little over $8 and can be bought at stores like Target, Office Max, and even Amazon.

2. Planner

Planners come at all costs, but this one is great and under $10. Planners help keep all of your assignments and meetings organized in one place. You can even use the Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Pens to write all of your assignments down. These 3can be bought almost anywhere, even the grocery store.

3. Pepper Spray

I wish this wasn’t on my list of things needed for college, but it is. Pepper Spray is a must for women at universities throughout the nation, as a form of protection and a mechanism that gives me an additional sense of safety on my walks around campus. These can be purchased at almost any store and if you can only get one thing on this list, this would be my pick.

4. Water Bottle

Having a water bottle on campus is a must because you need to stay hydrated and not have to use plastic water  bottles every day that are harmful to the environment. Moreover, this is more convenient for students because this water bottle can be hooked onto a backpack with a clip quiet easily.

5. ID or Card Holder

I have a key card and a student ID. Whether you live on campus or not, you will still have a student ID and you’ll need a place to keep it. This is something I have on me as much as I have my phone on me! These can be bought most places and several designers, such as Vera Bradley, have a variety of slightly more expensive options.

Hope you find these items help when planning your supplies for next year!





Hello everyone,
As some of you might have noticed, the Lenten Season started this past Wednesday. This year, I have been hoping to be less of a procrastinator. Lately, I have been putting things off until the last minute, which causes stress, the ripping out of hair, and the occasional yelling at the ceiling to that higher power. I am good about getting things done, but my prioritizing tends to put some things to the wayside and then sneak up on me when I least expect it! Among other things, I am determined to do things not necessarily super ahead of time, but sooner than the night before. Those reports I know about weeks ahead of time will be started that day and I will create little tasks to complete at intervals instead of the whole chunk at one time. Anyone else who is just as determined to make a difference in their time management can follow these tips. One thing that is always told to me is list, list, list. It is actually proven that things are more likely to get done when written down.

Someone I know likes putting any assignment that is given on a notecard. All notecards are then pinned up on a corkboard in the order that they are due. Every time an assignment is finished, that notecard gets taken down. For more motivation than disappearing notecards for a clean corkboard, a person can hide a cute/funny image underneath that can only be revealed when homework is done. I keep a notebook full of different lists. “To Do” lists, “homework” lists, “ideas” lists are all compiled into one notebook. This might sound like a waste of paper, but I only use notebooks from past classes to be more eco-friendly. Plus, with technology now-a-days anyone could create a list in Word and save it or use an app. Unfortunately, multiple obstacles get in the way — namely, Facebook, an easier assignment, or just pure laziness (I am most familiar with the last one!). Something to boost motivation to finish something could be a kind of rewards system. Do something before allowing yourself a Facebook break. You can be like “I will finish reading two pages with a page of notes before stalking this person I friended” or “if I write one more substantial paragraph, I can text for five minutes with whoever I want.” Either way, these are all possibilities for frequent breaks to increase productivity. If you choose to follow them or follow something that works for you!

On an ending note, don’t forget that RECYCLEMANIA is still going on!!! That means use our new recycle bins on campus to recycle those plastic bottles, aluminum cans, papers, and teracycles!! This is technically a contest, but it is all for the good of our planet so do what you can!!!

One more thing!! I promise to tone down on the exclamation points…maybe…Did you guys know February 26th –March 3rd is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week??! Well, it is. So keep your eyes peeled for information about this tragedy that is consuming our nation and what you can do to help stop it. If you can’t wait and would like to know more NOW go to! This is something people need to be on the lookout for. Just the other day I read an article stating boys are more likely to be anorexia than girls! What is with the gender shift? Check out the article at this link Alright, that is all I have to say on the matter so I hope someone got something out of this post.

Jeanne! (I might like exclamations a bit too much…!)


Everybody seems to dread Mondays, but I love them. It can be quite crazy in the morning getting everything organized for the week, but once the list is made, I can start working on what I need to do. I can be too organized, if there is such a thing, but if I am not, I start to worry — like a mad woman. I made a list of what I need to do for the night for what’s due the next day and a list of all the assignments and tests for the week as well right next to it. This gives me a sense of my priorities. What is most pressing is what I would be doing first and so on. Tonight I am more stressed than normal. I decided that I would take a day off and do nothing Sunday because of the Super Bowl, and now I’m not liking that decision right now, but I will get it done. I have multiple things to do for my classes and prepare mentally and physically for Westminster Wednesday. I have a feeling I will be making a lot of tea tonight to keep my nerves down. Have a happy Monday. It’s time to start cracking on my list of things to do.


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