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Decorating my dorm room was one of my favorite parts of moving in! It can be difficult squeezing all of your belongings into such a small area, but it is possible! This is my second year living in the dorms and I have found what works best for me in the small space. I think it is important to make your room as comfortable as possible, as you will be living there for about nine months. I would suggest bringing plenty of pictures, a cozy blanket, your favorite quotes/ images/ posters, and maybe a rug if your room isn’t carpeted. I have found those large plastic three-drawer organizers very useful because they can hold a lot of things and are easily able to be tucked away. I even put some colored paper in front of the clear part of the drawers to give it some personalization!

Here is a list of things that I think are important for anyone living in small space:

-Command Hooks: actual hooks and the velcro ones!

-Push pins (for a bulletin board if your room has one)

-String lights

-A three-drawer organizer

-An ottoman (the hollow ones can hold so many things and they make for a great foot rest!)

-Plenty of picture frames with pictures of friends and family

-Pillows, pillows, pillows!

-Bins (bins and containers of all shapes, sizes and colors are wonderful for holding things such as: lotions, paper/ notebooks, snacks, stationery, etc!)

Below are a few pictures of my drawer organizer, bins, and entire room!

 

 

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Getting back into the groove of things isn’t the simplest of tasks. This week, I really began to feel the impact of this semester flying by! I can gladly assure you that I survived my first few tests and papers, all while managing to be a part of campus life (SAFACS and STARS), and working weekends (Sometimes I wonder, “How?!”).

Through it all, I have vowed to stay active at least 30 minutes to 1 hour per day and always have a healthy meal on hand.  Any college student can agree that this isn’t an easy vow to keep — but it’s not impossible!  Here are a few ways I stay on top of things even when time is scarce:

Prioritize!

I keep a personal agenda and a school agenda. This way, when I know I have a thousand things to do, I can jot them down in my calendar and free my mind from worrying if I’ll remember to do something. When I get seriously busy, I like to schedule my day by the hour. Listen, it sounds tedious- but I reserve this for my really busy days, and it gets the job done! Don’t forget to schedule time for music, relaxation, a walk, or however you choose to spend your allotted “free time”.

Use Your Time Wisely

If you’re surfing Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram in between classes, you’re not the only one! Let me warn you though, mindless surfing adds up! This results in a big time-suck in your day. Now I’m not suggesting you completely give up Instagram-ing your Iced Mocha Lattes with your best friend, but rather, start becoming aware of how much time you spend mindlessly using social media, such as watching cat videos on YouTube.

Give Yourself a Break

Although this may sound counter-intuitive, giving yourself a break every so often will improve your studying, not hurt it!  Giving yourself a chance to grab a coffee, chat with a friend, or go on a run will give you more energy towards the projects you are in the process of conquering.  Personally, my favorite ways to give myself a break are: Watching an episode of my current-show on Netflix, cooking, taking pictures on Instagram (mindfully, of course) and going to the gym.

How do you like to give yourself a break during a busy semester?

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Snap shot of dinner & snack for my Tuesday evening class

One of my priorities: packing healthy foods for long school days!

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Oats don't have to be boring!  Here's a picture of my morning oatmeal :) Oats don’t have to be boring! Here’s a snap of how I fuel my morning :)

This will be my third semester here at Fontbonne, but it seems like it was just yesterday I was brand new.

My first impression of Fontbonne was how easy the transfer process was.  I continue to love the small, accessible size of the campus, and the staff and advisers that are always extremely helpful and dedicated to what they do.  In my search for a great Dietetics program, I instantly connected with the Fontbonne campus after my first visit (The ridiculously cool food lab was a plus too!)

Fast forward to the present and Fontbonne students are already several weeks into the semester where the inevitable tests, projects, and homework are coming full-force.  Stop.  Take a deep breath.  Here’s three ways to get your study on and still keep your cool:

1) Use Study Blue as a free tool to make flashcards, quizzes, and notes for your classes.  Set up and account and create your cards online, then once you’ve made your flashcards, quiz yourself online OR download the Study Blue app on your phone and study your flashcards anywhere!  I flip through my note cards in whatever spare time I have, even if it’s just for five minutes.  A little bit goes a long way!

2) Been known for procrastinating?  Feel like you’ve studied for hours without accomplishing anything? Read this article from The Greatist for 22 Science-backed Study Tips to Ace the Test:

3) Eat Breakfast!  You’ll have a brain-boost for those morning classes and you won’t be starving by the time lunch rolls around.  My latest breakfast obsession is oatmeal, (see my picture above!)  I like to test out new, fun recipes like these:

Overnight Oatmeal Recipes

 

If you try these three tips you’ll be well on your way to a good semester!

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Alumni Posts

Saving money

by Alumni Posts on May 28, 2014

in College Life

A lot of people have an issue with saving money. Here are a few tips: 1. Don’t buy what you don’t need. 2. See how much is in your bank account and set up a spending budget. 3. If you don’t have self control with money and you know you don’t have extra money to spend, stay in the house and DO NOT go to Applebees with your friends. Last but not least: 4. Don’t eat your money. A lot of times, we don’t even think about it but when we stop at fast food places to grab a quick meal or buy snacks, we are eating our money. Those dollars will add up and you have nothing to show for it. Try packing a lunch before you leave home. Have fun saving!!

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Airplane Tips

by Kristen April 7, 2014

As I am now a seasoned airplane veteran (having been on five airplanes, all in the same trip), I feel I have some quality advice about flying that I can share with you. When you first get onto the plane, you will have to find your seat and store your luggage nearby.  For big bags, […]

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Written in my Soul From Me to You

by Alumni Posts March 31, 2014

I’m gonna take this opportunity to chat a bit about a workshop I’m doing for the Human Environmental Sciences department this week – Wednesday, April 2nd, at 11am to be precise. The presentation I’m giving is based off of a project I did in my Methods in Teaching class last semester, which in itself is […]

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Words of Wisdom from a Friend

by Alumni Posts December 16, 2013

Last night my friend from high school experienced her first robbery since she moved to Chicago 6 years ago.  Now, I don’t know what thief was dumb enough to try and rob this girl, my friend is by no means a helpless damsel in distress.  She is about 5’11”, always wears heels, so that makes […]

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Studying for Finals

by Alumni Posts December 10, 2013

With finals underway, it is crucial to study hard and finish the last minute assignments before the semester ends.  One of the keys to success when it comes to getting a good grade on a final is studying.  At Fontbonne, there are many places to study.  There is the DSAC café, AMC, library, as well […]

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An Irksome Subject and BICYCLES!!

by Alumni Posts March 7, 2012

Hello everyone, This week I do not really know what to talk about. It has been a semi-stressful week because of my least favorite class… biology. Do you have a class where you don’t necessarily hate it, but you have the hardest time understanding it? Okay, maybe a little hate is in the mix. Biology […]

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Determination, Procrastionation, Eating Disorder Awareness

by Alumni Posts February 27, 2012

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 […]

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