11 Crucial Things to help you Succeed this Semester

11 Crucial Things To Do To Prepare For Next Semester

Don't overlook these certain things, or else it'll be a hard semester!

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The semester is right around the corner, and it is time to start preparing for it. Going in with a prepared mindset will help you succeed at this next semester!

1. Look over your professors. 

One thing I wasn't prepared for my first semester was the diverse array of teachers I had. I wasn't prepared for the different teaching styles, personalities, and overall impact I would receive from all them. Going into the semester with a feel for the teachers will be highly beneficial.

2. Get your materials ready.

My favorite part of going back to school is all the crisp new notebooks and folders. I am beyond excited to label them all, and have semi-organization.

3. Look at what books you need, and try to get the lowest price.

There are multiple sites on where you can get the lowest price for books. Sites such as Chegg offers a lower renting value for a majority of books. Unfortunately, some books are only offered through the university. Most of the time in those situations you can rent them, or buy used ones for a lower price.

4. Plan a schedule for activities, clubs, and a job!

To enhance your experience at school, get involved! Go to club meetings, volunteer, or get a job! This will help you make friends with similar interests, and be overall beneficial for your well being. Also scheduling your free time for chores, friends, and yourself will help you be the most efficient with your time.

5. Review materials for classes.

These past few weeks I have not thought about anything regarding my major. I have been binging Netflix, playing The Sims, and just doing mindless things. Looking over material will help me completely prepared for the next semester.

6. Set a sleep schedule. 

Referring back to the last point, all of those things caused my sleep schedule to be screwed. Getting back on my school sleep schedule will mean less late-night binge-watching, but it will mean I'll be closer to preparing to get up early.

7. Reflect on the past semester.

I wasn't prepared in any way for anything I was going to encounter my first semester. Going into this semester I am preparing myself for the stress, social conflicts, and anything else I may encounter. There were highs and lows of last semester, with a substantial amount of lows, but I am certain this semester will be far better.

8. Set goals to reach for.

Whether it be making the deans list, passing your classes, or making new friends, setting goals is something that is accomplishable by many people.

9. Clear your head.

Don't let your head get clogged up with meaningless matters. One thing I learned is all the little things do not matter in the long run. Take this time to get rid of all the things that don't matter, and focus on yourself.

10. Organize your priorities.

Going out to parties every weekend is a great idea, until you realize you have three tests coming up that you are not prepared for. Make sure you pick things that are worth your time, and will make you happy.

11.  Get ready to have a bomb semester!

Getting back to all of your friends, dorm-mates, and the overall buzz of college is so something I cannot wait for. Going into this semester with a fresh new major and outlook on life is guaranteeing it to be far better than last.

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12 Dorm Room 'Essentials' That Are Actually A Waste Of Money

If three years of college has taught me anything, it's that I wasted a lot of money and space on things for my dorm room that I never used.

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Now approaching my senior year of college, there are so many things that I have experienced in my three years away that I either look back at and smile just at the thought of or immediately regret. With a younger sister going into her freshman year of college, I hope to teach her as much of those lessons I learned in advance so she doesn't make the same mistakes as me. One of the most important things I learned after moving in and out of dorm rooms and apartments for three years is what should and shouldn't come with you to school. Because, let's be real, as much as we want to pack away our entire lives and fit them in our minuscule dorm room, not everything is necessary.

However, knowledge is power, and I don't want to just save my sister from making those mistakes. That's why I'm here to share the 12 things that aren't necessary for you to bring to school:

1. A Keurig/coffee maker

While living in an apartment and having all the space in a kitchen for a coffee maker and the time to make my own hot drinks, having a Keurig was a godsend. But I'm going to be completely honest, as someone who wanted a Keurig so badly before freshman year...I rarely used it when I lived in the dorms. Between having meal points to buy my own coffee and just never having the time or energy to make it in the morning and then clean the dishes afterward, it just wasn't worth the waste of money and space.

2. A giant television

You may see pictures of dorm rooms and see students with giant televisions along their window or squished onto their desks. But unless you're living in a larger apartment, having a huge flat screen TV has no purpose for a small dorm room. There are TV's usually all over campus, especially in the common rooms that are free for you to use. If you really do feel like you need a TV in your dorm, a smaller one will suffice, because anything larger is going to take up some much-needed room.

3. Any type of hot plate/mini grill, etc.

Besides the fact that these are banned in most dormitories anyways, it's not smart to sneak one of these into your rooms. I can't tell you how many people I know that have accidentally started a fire in the dorm room from using a toaster they snuck in or a special "grilled cheese grill." The dining halls will have everything you could possibly want and need, and most dorm rooms come with a mini fridge and microwave to supplement anything further.

4. Candles

I'll admit, I am guilty of using these my sophomore year of college. Do I regret the millions of times I freaked out because I almost lit my dorm room on fire? Absolutely.

It's not worth it. Your RA will probably catch you, it's not worth the risk of accidentally setting your shoebox-sized dorm on fire, and the smoke detectors in those rooms are so sensitive that you're bound to set them off.

5. A printer

Unless you're living off campus in an apartment, there really is no reason to have a printer in your dorm room. There are tons of printers throughout the different buildings of every university, and most allot a certain amount of sheets for you to do your printing. Printers are big and clunky, hard to store, and the ink is very expensive. Don't consider buying one unless you plan on moving off campus.

6. An iron and ironing board

Take it from someone who absolutely hates wearing wrinkly clothes, the whole iron and ironing board duo was not a smart move my freshman year. It took up way too much room and when I did actually want to iron, it was so annoying to find a spot to do it in my small room.

If you're really obsessive about having non-wrinkled clothes like I am, you can invest in a mini steamer, which is super cheap, stored extremely easily because they're so small, and work just as well as an iron. I ended up swapping out for one of these my sophomore year and loving it so much more.

7. Bean bag chairs/Folding chairs

Any extra seating for a dorm room is honestly unnecessary besides the standard desk chairs that come with the dorm. The floor space is so limited that taking it up with any other large items is going to make it extremely difficult to navigate around your room. Also, when your friends come to hang out, they usually will end up just sitting on your bed or your desk chair anyways.

8. A body pillow

I don't really know what the use of these things are. I had one freshman year, and it laid against my bed the entire year and I never used it. I just found laying on it extremely awkward and uncomfortable and it was just so big that it took up too much room on my already tiny Twin XL bed.

9. A laundry hamper

A stand-up laundry hamper is just going to take up way too much space that you don't have. Instead, invest in some nicely made laundry bags that you can put your dirty laundry in and just easily carry over to the laundry room. A lot of stores even make special bags that differentiate between lights, darks, and delicates so the sorting is already done for you before you do your laundry.

10. A vacuum

While the idea of having a vacuum is nice, and I myself have had one all three years, it just took up way too much room in my dorm and I later found out you could just rent one from the commons whenever you wanted to clean your floor. Most universities do have cleaning supplies for rent, such as brooms, swifters, vacuums, etc., so there's no need trying to fit all of those in your closet.

11. A million throw pillows

While they'll make your bed look cute, making your bed every single morning and remembering where to put the millions of decorative pillows can become very annoying, not to mention finding a place to put them whenever you turn down your bed.

12. Picture frames

While having tons of pictures in your dorm room is nice, and I say the more the merrier, bringing physical picture frames is just a waste because there's not much shelf or desk place to place them. Instead, find a cute wall decoration that holds photos or clips to hang them from your wall. It'll save a ton of space and also cover up those bare, ugly dorm room walls.

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