10 Things To Remember When Taking Summer Classes

10 Things To Remember As You Struggle Through Your Summer Classes

Summer classes can be a great way for college students to catch up or get ahead. For others, it is the only way to graduate on time.

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I would rather be sitting on a beach than in class, but I am one of lucky few who ended up with 12 credits online. I'll be able to sit by the pool or with my puppies next to me and study my little heart out all summer.

Taking three classes over the summer is a bummer, but for me, it's the only way I get to graduate on time.

1. This isn't high school, and you have to treat it like an actual class.

It is so easy to put off homework to go to the pool or take a weekend trip, but before you do ask yourself "Would I do this during a regular four-month semester?" If the answer is no, don't do it now. Buckle down and get it done now and schedule your vacations around long weekends or the couple weeks in between summer or fall courses.

2. If your classes are online, try not to get behind.

I made the mistake of putting off both of my online classes last semester and it was tragic. I didn't schedule out my life to allot time for the classes I was taking and my grades reflected that. Give yourself a chunk of time each day or larger charger chunks of time a few days a week to get everything done so you can still be successful.

3. Remind yourself why you're taking the courses in the first place.

Are your classes required for your major or just a general education requirement that you have to have to graduate? Either way, you signed up for these classes this summer for a reason. Don't let yourself get behind just because it is summer.

4. These classes can get you ahead, which is a good thing!

Think about how awesome it could be to graduate a full semester early because you buckled down and worked hard for this summer! You got this!

5. If you switched your major, this is your chance to catch up!

I was lucky and realized I hated my original major early. For a lot of people who switch their majors late end up a full semester or year behind. These summer classes could help you get ahead if you take enough hours and graduate on time.

6. Don't forget to read the syllabus.

You should be trained by now to read every syllabus, but I promise you may forget this vital step this summer. Especially with any online classes you need to rely on your syllabus to get through these courses.

7. Don't forget to take time for yourself.

Just like a full semester, you need to schedule in some relaxation or you won't do well in your classes! Take a run in between topics you are studying or carve out Sunday for a full-on spa and Netflix day to get ready for the semester.

8. Try to stay in contact with the professor.

It is natural to leave quickly after your classes or not send an email introducing yourself to an online professor, but these connections you make with your summer professors could make or break the grades you get in the classes.

9. These classes could cause your GPA to soar.

I learned last summer that my GPA really needed the boost a summer gives you. Stay focused on academics, get a 4.0 for summer and bring your overall GPA up!

10. You got this!

Don't ever forget that you are super smart and will do great this summer!

As always, keep your education on the forefront of your mind right now while still enjoying summer. Yes, it is annoying and feels like a punishment, but it will be so epically worth it in the long run. You will not regret getting ahead, staying ahead and maybe even help boost your GPA enough for more scholarships next year!

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30 First-Apartment Essentials College Kids Forget To Buy At Target And Later Order On Amazon

Don't wait until you need to take something out of the oven to realize that you don't have any oven mitts.

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If you're anything like I am, you're beyond excited to start planning and shopping for your first apartment. It's easy to get wrapped up in the fun stuff for your first apartment, trust me, as a former Bed Bath & Beyond employee I could spend hours wandering through shower curtains and bedding.

Before you get too carried away there are just some essential things that you'll need, but they aren't as much fun to pick out. Don't wait until you need to take something out of the oven to realize that you don't have any oven mitts, because I really don't see that ending well for you (I may or may not know that from personal experience).

1. Oven mitts

Gets those oven mitts because the sleeve of your sweater might seem like it will work, but I'm living proof that it won't, most sweaters have holes.

2. Trash bags

Don't wait until you need to throw something away to realize you don't have them.

3. Hand soap

It's not like a dorm bathroom where the maintenance staff refills a soap dispenser that's drilled into the wall. You're on your own kid.

4. Toilet paper

Again, no staff replacing it for you. Stay on top of it and make sure you always replace an empty roll, especially if you have roommates.

5. Water filter or pitcher

This one depends on whether your water is safe to drink or not, but be prepared. You don't want to move in under the summer sun only to realize you don't have any drinkable water at your snazzy new pad.

6. Tools

Hammers, screwdrivers, all that jazz. If you're moving in some furniture you're probably going to need tools to put it together.

7. Lighting

You don't want to be unpacking and stumbling around a new space in the dark your first night. Know what lighting is built in and where you might need to add some light.

8. Silverware organizer

Ok, so you probably remembered to pack the silverware, but do you really want to throw it all in a pile in a drawer? That's a good way to grab the wrong end of a knife by accident, maybe get some dividers to keep your silverware nice and sorted.

9. Dish towels

Most people think about bath towels, but if you're not used to having a kitchen you might not have thought of dish towels. You're going to need those when you're whipping up your favorite dinner.

10. Measuring cups

I'm a huge advocate for estimating and guessing in the kitchen, but if you're baking anything at all you should probably at least have some measuring utensils as a guide.

11. Bottle opener and corkscrew

You're going to want to crack open a drink and celebrate your first night in the new place. Wouldn't it be a buzzkill if you couldn't even get the drinks open?

12. Sponges

You have to be able to clean the counters and the dishes when you're done being an expert chef!

13. Paper towels

Spills happen, and you don't always want to clean them with your nice towels.

14. Toilet plunger

It's one of those things you never really think about... that is, until you need one.

15. Air freshner

You know, for after you use the toilet plunger.

16. Extension cords

You probably have a larger space than you're used to, sometimes those cords that come with all your new electronics just aren't quite long enough.

17. Utensil container

A little round pot or bucket is the perfect place to put all of your kitchen utensils. Things like spatulas and whisks will take up space in your drawers and create clutter. Plus, keeping them out makes them easier to grab when you're whipping up some food.

18. Batteries

There's nothing worse than getting your new TV all set up and realizing you can't use the remote.

19. Curtains

If you need darkness to sleep, you want to make sure you get those bedroom curtains up and ready to roll.

20. Toilet bowl brush

Sorry, but I'm certainly not reaching in there with my hands.

21. Ice cube trays

To keep you cool as a cucumber during this stressful time.

22. Can opener

Try prying a can open with your hands. I dare you.

23. Stain remover

For when you try to pry the can open with your hands and manage to spray tomato sauce all over yourself.

24. Carbon monoxide/Smoke detectors

Cause we don't want any tragedies here.

25. Collander

We both know you will be making pasta every night, so you're going to need to drain it.

26. Coasters

You definitely don't want to ruin your super fancy new Ikea table.

27. Dry erase board

No need to argue over who should take out the trash, just make sure to write down everyone's chores.

28. Underbed storage

On a college budget there's no way you can expect a walk-in closet, those clothes and shoes will have to go somewhere.

29. Drying rack

For when the dryer in your building inevitably stops working.

30. Step stool

If you're short, like me, you need a little help reaching that top shelf.

Hopefully this list has helped you feel a little more prepared to move into your first apartment. The decorating and planning is so much more enjoyable when you know you have all of your bases covered. I wish you the best of luck with your first major endeavor in the world of adulting!

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4 Things You Can Do This Summer

Instead of saying you're "bored," try these activities out!

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Summer is full of freedom and fun! Well for the first couple of weeks maybe.. then summer boredom hits. We all have been there. Everyone has literally thrown out the "I'm SO bored" at least once during summer. I'm sure everyone has even said it quite a bit more than one time too. So for next time, you think about saying/texting it, here are some entertaining and doable things you can do during the summer!

1. Go out with your friends!

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I'm sure that your friends get bored too, so if they are around call them up! You guys could do a multitude of things together! You can catch a great summer movie, go try a new restaurant you haven't been to yet, go bowling, mini golf, and if any of you have a pool or neighborhood pool that is a perfect thing to do!

2. Be a tourist in your town!

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Sounds crazy right? However, this could actually be cool to do with a friend or even by yourself. For one day pretend like you have never been to your town and that you're on vacation there. You could google the top places to go, top restaurants to try (that are in your budget), and the top activities to do. This could easily cure you of boredom and show you some exciting things you may never have even thought to do.

3. Have a "water" day!

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This could be swimming if you have a pool/neighborhood pool. If you don't you could go to a water park! Those are always a good time! You could also just buy a bunch of balloons and water guns, turn the sprinklers/hose on, and get some slip n slides! This would be perfect for a family and friend water day in the backyard! Just let loose and have a water balloon war!

4. Do something productive.

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I know not as fun, however, if you're looking for something to do might as well do something productive! Set a day to deep clean your room. Go through your stuff and organize it! Also, see if you can get rid of anything you don't need. Take a summer class or get a head start preparing for fall semester. Join a gym and set some time aside to work out every day that fits your schedule.

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