7 Essentials To Help You Make It Through The Semester

7 Essentials To Help You Make It Through The Semester

These will come in handy when you need them most
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As a college student, there are some essentials you need to just make it through the day. Going from class to class, it's important to bring other things besides your books. They might seem unnecessary, but trust me, they will save you when you need it most. Go into this new semester prepared and ready to learn.

1. Backpack

This one seems like a no-brainer, but you'd be surprised at how many people struggle going to class, carrying around tote bags. Backpacks are the way to go. You can stuff books, your laptop, pens, notepads, pretty much anything without it being too heavy. The most popular brands are Jansport and North Face being sported on any college campus.

2. Planner

With so many classes and assignments, it's important to stay organized. Thats why so many students have a planner to write down their homework. In order to stay on top of your tests, buy an Erin Condren or Lilly Pulitzer planner.

3. S'well Bottle

Especially in the Texas weather, it's essential to carry a S'well bottle. It'll keep your cold water cold for 24 hours! After trekking across campus in the heat, it's so refreshing to have a cold drink. S'well bottles are a lifesaver when it comes to staying hydrated.

4. Sweatshirt or Cardigan

In cold lecture halls, its important to have a sweatshirt or cardigan at hand. Stuff it in the bottom of your backpack and then use it as needed. Even when you're walking to class in the morning, layers are great as the day gets warmer.

5. Comfortable shoes

You won't see anyone wearing heels to class on a college campus. That's because everyone knows how much walking it takes to get to class. Invest in some comfortable shoes like Vans, Converse or Keds so you can make it to class without giving yourself blisters.

6. Travel Mug

In order to take your coffee to class, and keep it warm, buy a travel mug. You will be saving paper as well as transporting every student's favorite drink straight to your classroom.

7. A Pack of Gum

Last but not least, a pack of gum may be the most important. Use it after lunch, when you're bored in class or lend one to a friend. There are countless flavors to choose from! Just don't give anyone your last piece.

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30 Things I'd Rather Be Than 'Pretty'

Because "pretty" is so overrated.
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Nowadays, we put so much emphasis on our looks. We focus so much on the outside that we forget to really focus on what matters. I was inspired by a list that I found online of "Things I Would Rather Be Called Instead Of Pretty," so I made my own version. Here is a list of things that I would rather be than "pretty."

1. Captivating

I want one glance at me to completely steal your breath away.

2. Magnetic

I want people to feel drawn to me. I want something to be different about me that people recognize at first glance.

3. Raw

I want to be real. Vulnerable. Completely, genuinely myself.

4. Intoxicating

..and I want you addicted.

5. Humble

I want to recognize my abilities, but not be boastful or proud.

6. Exemplary

I want to stand out.

7. Loyal

I want to pride myself on sticking out the storm.

8. Fascinating

I want you to be hanging on every word I say.

9. Empathetic

I want to be able to feel your pain, so that I can help you heal.

10. Vivacious

I want to be the life of the party.

11. Reckless

I want to be crazy. Thrilling. Unpredictable. I want to keep you guessing, keep your heart pounding, and your blood rushing.

12. Philanthropic

I want to give.

13. Philosophical

I want to ask the tough questions that get you thinking about the purpose of our beating hearts.

14. Loving

When my name is spoken, I want my tenderness to come to mind.

15. Quaintrelle

I want my passion to ooze out of me.

16. Belesprit

I want to be quick. Witty. Always on my toes.

17. Conscientious

I want to always be thinking of others.

18. Passionate

...and I want people to know what my passions are.

19. Alluring

I want to be a woman who draws people in.

20. Kind

Simply put, I want to be pleasant and kind.

21. Selcouth

Even if you've known me your whole life, I want strange, yet marvelous. Rare and wondrous.

22. Pierian

From the way I move to the way I speak, I want to be poetic.

23. Esoteric

Do not mistake this. I do not want to be misunderstood. But rather I'd like to keep my circle small and close. I don't want to be an average, everyday person.

24. Authentic

I don't want anyone to ever question whether I am being genuine or telling the truth.

25. Novaturient

..about my own life. I never want to settle for good enough. Instead I always want to seek to make a positive change.

26. Observant

I want to take all of life in.

27. Peart

I want to be honestly in good spirits at all times.

28. Romantic

Sure, I want to be a little old school in this sense.

29. Elysian

I want to give you the same feeling that you get in paradise.

30. Curious

And I never want to stop searching for answers.
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To My Little Sister, Don't Wish For Time To Move Faster, Soak Up The Stage Of Life You're In

Live in the moment and you will come out having no regrets.

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To my best friend,

Time goes by quickly, do not wish it away. Enjoy living in the moment you are in right now because you will never get it back. Stop wishing you were in college already because you have so much to live for right now.

I know all you want to do is get away from home and start over, which is normal because I wanted to do the same thing at your age. But as your older sister, and as someone who has gone through that stage already, I am here to tell you that it is not all rainbows and sunshine 24/7.

With the time you have left in high school, enjoy every second of it because eventually, you will come to miss it.

Graduation is just around the corner for you and it honestly freaks me out how fast time is going. And it only goes faster in college. As kids, all we wanted was to be in high school and be able to drive on our own and once we hit high school, all we want is to be in college. With almost being in college for two years, I can easily say that all I want is to be a kid again. We have been wishing our whole lives away since we can remember. Enjoy today.

I see so much potential in you and I am beyond excited for what the future has in store for you.

Many times, you have been the one to give me advice even though I'm the older sister and this shows how caring and loving you are. Life is going to treat you so well and it already has.

There is one piece of advice I must give to you though. Make sure to thank mom and dad and tell them you love them as often as possible. I know they can get on your nerves and may make you angry at times, but they have given us the best life. You will learn in college just how much they love us and how much they have given up just to make us happy.

You have a good head on your shoulders and I know life is going to turn out to be exactly what you wanted. Just don't wish it all away. Some of my favorite times were when I was a senior in high school.

I'm always looking out for you so don't ever think you are alone in this crazy world. Remember, I am just one phone call away.

I love you so much sis, you got this.

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