5 Hacks for the Fastest Morning Routine

5 Hacks for the Fastest Morning Routine

Get up.


I know how hard it is for a struggling college student to get up in the morning. You've only had five hours of sleep because you were up-all-night studying for that econ test – but with these tricks, you can get ready in no time.

1. Pick out your outfit the night before

This is something my dad has always done, and I never understood why, until now. He's a night owl, like myself, and doesn't want to spend time deciding which tie goes with which shirt. You can save yourself a solid 20 minutes in the morning if you pick out your outfit the night before.

2. Shower the night before

if you are only of those people who takes hour-long showers – like most of my friends – then this will save you so much time in the morning. If you shower the night before, you can wake up right before class and already be clean for the day. Don't spend your morning scrubbing, spend it sleeping.

3. Bring breakfast on the go

if you live in a dorm, you can stop in there and get breakfast to go, but if you don't even have time for that, pack a breakfast in your backpack the night before - maybe a granola bar and a piece of fruit. This should hold you over until lunch. There are times when I want to go get breakfast with my friends before class, but we can never make it in time because they are never ready in time. If you like sleep more than food, this hack will change your life.

4. Have your backpack ready the night before

Many nights your up late studying and sometimes even fall asleep with your books and computer on your lap. Well, if you want to save yourself five minutes in the morning, pack up your school work the night before so you can grab your bag and go. And think ahead – if you know you're working out after class, pack your workout clothes and shoes. Or, if you know you need to stop at the grocery store, make sure to pack your wallet the night before. Packing your bags the night before is seriously one of the biggest life hacks because it's really frustrating when your running around trying to find your things when you have to leave in one minute for class.

5. Have the products you use in the morning on your desk ready

When I wake up in the morning, I do the usual hygiene business, put on a dot of makeup, comb my hair and leave for the day. If you have a lot of beauty products and can never find the ones you need right away, take them out the night before and place them on your desk so you can use them in the morning and run.

I hope these 5 tips allow you to sleep in a little extra and get ready a little quicker!

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To The Girl Who Isn't Graduating On Time, It Won't Feel Any Less Amazing When You Do

Graduating is something to be proud of no matter how long it takes you.


To the girl who isn't graduating college "on time,"

I promise, you will get there eventually, and you will walk across that graduation stage with the biggest smile on your face.

You may have a different journey than the people you grew up with, and that is OKAY. You may have some twists and turns along the way, a few too many major changes, a life change, you may have taken most of a semester off to try to figure your life out, and you're doing the best you can.

Your family and your friends don't think less of you or your accomplishments, they are proud of your determination to get your degree.

They are proud of the woman you are becoming. They don't think of you as a failure or as someone any less awesome than you are. You're getting your degree, you're making moves towards your dreams and the life that you have always wanted, so please stop beating yourself up while you see people graduating college on time and getting a job or buying a car.

Your time will come, you just keep doing what you need to do in order to get on that graduation stage.

Your path is set out for you, and you will get there with time but also with patience. The place you're at right now is where you are supposed to be. You are going to thrive and you are going to be the best version of you when you graduate and start looking for a company that you will be proud to work for. Don't look on social media and feel less than, because at least you're still working towards your degree that you are finally passionate about. You will be prepared. You will be ready once the time comes and you cross the stage, move away, and start your journey in whatever field you're going into.

Don't question yourself, and be confident in your abilities.

With love,

A girl who isn't graduating on time

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I'm Not The Person I Was In High School And I'm Not Sorry I Changed

I'm sorry, the old me can't come to the phone right now.


If those who knew me in high school hung out with me now, they probably wouldn't recognize me. If my friends from college hung out with me around two years ago, they probably wouldn't recognize me. It's safe to say I've changed... a lot. I definitely find the change to be for the better and I couldn't be happier with the person I've become.

In high school, I would sit at home every night anxiously waiting to leave and go out. Now, honestly, going out is the last thing I want to do any night of the week. While everyone in college is at a fraternity party or at the bars, I prefer to sit at home on the couch, watching Netflix with my boyfriend. That's an ideal night for me and it is exactly the opposite of what I wanted to do a couple of years ago. There's nothing wrong with going out and partying, it's just not what I want to do anymore.

I craved attention in high school. I went to the parties and outings so I could be in Snapchats and photos, just so people would know I was there. I hung out with certain groups of people just so I could say I was "friends" with so-and-so who was so very popular. I wanted to be known and I wanted to be cool.

Now, I couldn't care less. I go to the bars or the parties if I really feel like it or if my friends make me feel bad enough for never going anywhere that I finally decide to show up. It's just not my scene anymore and I no longer worry about missing out.

If you could look back at me during my junior year of high school, you probably would've found me searching for the best-ranked party schools and colleges with the best nearby clubs or bars. Now, you can find me eating snacks on the couch on a Friday night watching the parties through other peoples' Snapchats.

Some may say that I'm boring now, and while I agree that my life is a little less adventurous now than it was in high school, I don't regret the lifestyle changes I've made. I feel happier, I feel like a better person, I feel much more complete. I'm not sorry that I've changed since high school and I'm not sorry that I'm not living the typical "college lifestyle." I don't see anything wrong with that life, it's just not what makes me happy and it's not what I want to do anymore.

I've become a different person since high school and I couldn't be happier about it. I have a lot that's contributed to the change, but my boyfriend definitely was the main factor as he showed me that staying in can be a million times better than a night out. My interests and my social cravings have completely transitioned into that of an 80-year-old grandma, but I don't regret it.

Change doesn't have to be a bad thing. In fact, it can bring a lot more happiness and comfort. The transition from high school to college is drastic, but you can also use it as an opportunity to transition from one lifestyle to another. I don't regret the lifestyle flip I made and I couldn't be less apologetic about it.

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