10 Tips For Incoming Freshmen

10 Tips For Incoming Freshmen

Call Your Parents!

1. Do not overbook yourself

It is so easy to roam around the club fair, see ads on Facebook for different events or simply think you are superhuman that can do everything but I promise as much as you try, you aren't. In college, it is most important to focus on yourself first and then classes. Find one or two things you are most passionate about and dive head first into those instead of giving 50% into 8 things.

2. Try new things

Even if you find out the rugby team is not for you there was no harm in trying it, right? Use this time to try new things and find out what you like to spend your time doing.

3. Go to the library

I know everyone says it but I am guilty of it too. I did not use the library as much as I should have my freshmen year and I can tell you it is worth it to use it. It is multi-purposeful. I mean you can bring a blanket and take a nap, print things and write out your whole life story while sitting in the library.

4. Use a planner

My planner is my lifeline to everything I commit to in college. You may not think you need to organize yourself with a planner but trust me, you will forget something if you do not have it.

5. Eat and exercise regularly

Grades aren't everything in life. You come first. Make sure to take time for yourself. Whether that is getting up a few minutes earlier to get breakfast from the dining hall or to get a work out it, then so be it because you will be happier you did it in the long run.

6. Organize your study space once in a while

Nothing makes me more anxious than coming back to a messy room especially a messy study space. It is proven that if you tidy your study space it will give you more motivation to get your studies done.

7. Be yourself

Going into freshmen year everyone says it is a time to re invent yourself. Do not try to be anyone but yourself because the friends you make or the friends you will want to have are the ones who will love you for YOU.

8. Cherish each moment

College goes by fast especially freshmen year so cherish every moment and the opportunity it hands you.

9. Study

I mean at the end of the day you aren't paying thousands of dollars to party every night (shocking, I know) so prioritize your time so you can enjoy your experience.

10. Call your parents

Nothing will make your parents day more than giving them a call every so often. You can deny it all you want but at some point you will miss your parents, I promise.

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

You go, girl.

We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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4 Things You Need to Start Bullet-Journaling + Inspiration

Start your own personalized planner!


Bullet journaling is the art of personalizing your own journal and planner. It is a way to organize your events, tasks, dreams, and goals in a way that is convenient for you! There is no correct way to do it and there are hundreds of ways to about it. Here is a list of a few things you need to start bullet journaling along with some inspiration that I've used in the past.

Things you will need:

1. A Journal

You're going to want a journal with thick pages that are dotted and medium-sized. I would recommend the Leuchtterman1917, Artfan, or Moleskine notebooks. Definitely choose a notebook that is right for you as this will be your workspace!

2. Pens & Markers

You will need a variety of pens and markers to have an organized notebook. This 15 pack of pens will be perfect for bullet journaling as there is a calligraphy side and fine point side to the pens.

3. Pencils

It might seem silly but the type of pencils you use is important because of smudging, etc. I would recommend using a #2 non-mechanical pencil to avoid these issues.

4. Washi Tape & Stickers

It's always fun to decorate your bullet journal to customize it! Washi tape and stickers are a great way to do this, and there's no way you can go wrong with either.


I had a bullet journaling phase before it became too hard for me, and I did a lot of research on how to start one and make it perfect. Here are some youtubers I looked to for monthly spread inspirations!


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Enjoy & happy bulleting journaling!

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