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8 Ways To Start Off Your Semester The Right Way

If you had a rocky semester, this list will ensure success this semester!


Starting off the semester the right way is so important because it sets the tone for the rest of the school year. Forming good habits right away will cause you to find success in your classes. This list holds advice to follow in order to kick off the semester in the right way!

1. Don't be late to your classes


This may seem obvious, but many students will show up to class a few minutes late. This can automatically give yourself a bad reputation to your professors. Staying on your professor's good side will help throughout the semester.

2. Review your syllabus for each of your classes


Though this is the most boring part of the semester, syllabuses hold value information including the grading system. It is very helpful to know what counts the most in your class. Also, often times your professor will add key information such as office hours, advice, exam dates, and more.

3. Memorize your route to your classes


Nothing is worse than being lost or showing up to the wrong class. To avoid this, simply pull up a map and get an idea of where to go. Also, memorizing your classroom numbers beforehand can never hurt.

4. Talk to fellow students who had the professor/teacher previously


Talking to students who had the same professors/teachers will help give you an idea of what to expect. Chances are, they will give you advice about how to succeed in the class and things to avoid.

5. Don't buy too many school supplies


Of course, you should come prepared with at least a notebook and pencil, but don't get too overboard. Often times, your professor/teacher will give you a list of what you need specifically so you don't buy unnecessary items.

6. Form a study plan


To ensure good grades, nothing will help more than to form a study plan. Set aside certain hours for just studying. This will help avoid studying up until 3am as this will cause you to lose information instead of retaining.

7. Keep a good balance between academics and social activities


Though studying is absolutely necessary, so is having fun. You cannot have all work and no play as it will drive you to exhaustion.

8. Get help early on so you won't fall behind


To really have a great start to the new semester, make sure you are caught up in your classes. If you are not caught up now, chances are you'll fall quickly behind and it will be extremely difficult to catch up.

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10 Photos You Have On Your Camera Roll Of Your S.O. When You've Been Dating For More Than A Year

A wide range from "Aw" to "WTF?"


My boyfriend and I just hit the year and a half mark of dating, even though it seems like we've been together forever. Over the months, we've taken many pictures together... from football games, to his track meets, to holidays. Although we may have a lot of pictures together, I definitely have a lot of candids of him in my camera roll. If you've been dating your partner for as long as I have or longer, then you'll probably notice you have these same pictures in your photos as well.

1. The awkward first photos together

We laugh at these now, especially this one. Why am I so pale compared to him? It was July! And also, we noticed not to long ago that I was sweating under my arms and his underarms were sweating on me... what a great first time meeting!

2. The ones for VSCO

Every girl who has a significant other posts them onto their VSCO. VSCO is like Instagram, but more has more aesthetically pleasing pictures and there are no "likes." The pictures that include my boyfriend on my VSCO ranges from him holding a bunny to him holding my hand while we went ice skating.

3. Them sleeping

I have so many pictures of my boyfriend sleeping (I promise it's not as weird as it sounds), I just think he's so cute when he's fast asleep while cuddling with me.

4. The embarrassing ones they want no one to see

He's going to kill me when he sees this... but we all have those embarrassing Snapchat pictures that we start to send each other because we've gotten more comfortable with one another.

5. The ones for Facebook

The good looking pictures so you can keep yours and his family updated on how you two are doing. I took my boyfriend to a baby bird meet and greet since he loves birds and has one for a pet. I posted this cute picture of him and his new friends on Facebook so my family can see our adventures together.

6. Old pictures

One of the best parts of dating someone is finally seeing their old pictures. Although, sometimes they may make you cringe... like the one I posted above of my boyfriend after prom in his sophomore year of high school.

7. Their accomplishments

My boyfriend pole vaults for his college and he's really good at it. He just went to division III nationals in March because he qualified! I'm always at his meets so I make sure to get him on video in case he or anyone wants to see. I always try to snag a picture with him too because I'm always so proud.

8. The straight up ugly ones

He sure knows how to make me laugh. And I know he's going to be mad at me for this one too but I think it's a talent that he can do that with his stomach! Sorry, Adam, I promise I still think you look good when you send me these snaps for the most part.

9. But you have the hot ones too

He may be funny and sweet, but he is pretty good looking too. I know us girls keep some attractive pictures of our S.O.'s so we can remind ourselves of what a great looking partner we have.

10. FaceTime screenshots

If you and your lover go to different colleges like my boyfriend and I do, then FaceTiming happens a lot. Sometimes I get some great screenshots, like the one above, to make fun of him later.

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Sorry, But My Roommates Are Better Than Yours

They are the girls that have seen me both at my best and my worst.


I never moved out for college until my junior year in college. It was a scary challenge for me because I was and still am so close to my family. I feared rejection and not fitting in with others, because I am aware of the fact that I am different than most girls my age.

The first few weeks in a house full of 16 other women was really hard and mainly lonely. I felt like I was trapped within myself, until the day I decided downstairs to do my homework. As I was sitting there, three girls slowly joined me and their names are Kortni, Zoey, and Destiny.

These women have become some of my closest friends. They each have taught me to adore the small and unexpected things that life brings our way.

Most of our "gals nights" consist of eating, mainly a carb (or 2) and watching funny tv shows. We sometimes might lookout nice and fancy and go eat Mexican food, but my favorite moments when are when we are just together.

I could never imagine having this college experience without them and it breaks my heart to know that we only have a few days left together of living in the same house.

Sometimes all I need after a day at school and work is to sit at the dining room table and vent to them. They have empowered me to do so many fun things over the past couple of months. I am certain that my life would be extremely boring without them.

I know that when we all move out that our friendship will not end, but instead it will be stronger. They have truly changed how I view things in this world. I hope they know how much they mean to me because their friendship is priceless.

Moving off to college can be scary, but it can be one of the most rewarding things a girl can do if you are surrounded by the right people. The friends you make in college are some that will last a lifetime, and I couldn't be more thankful for the ones that I have made thus far.

This letter is to my roommates who became my closest friends. Kortni, Zoey, and Destiny, you each mean so much to me and I hope you know how thankful I am for you each and every day.

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