Why You Start Using A Bullet Journal Instead of An Agenda

5 Reasons You Should Start Up A Bullet Journal

It truly might be for everyone.

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Recently, while on a Youtube binge session one night, I found a Youtuber who goes by AmandaRachLess. She is not much older than I am, but she makes videos of her bullet journal and does some 'plan with me' videos.

Bullet journaling is essentially where you get a blank journal, some come with dotted or blank pages, and can make your very own agenda book. One that helps keep you up to date with what you have going on in your life or use to help your creativity flow.

My big also has one that she uses to jot down all of the information that she needs. She has even told me that it is a lifesaver. So I took it upon myself to begin bullet journaling and it has actually been one of my favorite experiences thus far!


1. Makes you actually up to date.

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One issue I always have with agenda notebooks is that I don't stay up to date with them or I use them for only a short amount of time. With a bullet journal, not only am I creating different spreads, but I am actually keeping track of what I need to do for the next month and how I am doing emotionally.

2. So much to do.

With a bullet journal, you have so much free rein when it comes to how you want the design to be. Many people even do trackers within theirs to keep them up to date with their mood, grocery lists, spending or whatever they want to track. It is really interesting seeing the different ideas that people come up with!

3. It actually motivates you.

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I am the type of person who loves checklists. So being able to have the actual space to make out checklists so I know that I NEED to be doing is amazing!

4. It makes for a great present.

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I asked my parents for my bullet journal set for my birthday, and not going to lie it is by far my favorite birthday present ever. Calligraphy pens or any pens that can be used for it are amazing and decently priced, so it's no wonder they make as exciting presents -- especially for someone like me who LOVES stationary.

5. It's a surefire way to express yourself and relax.

I love to doodle, but usually, it comes out looking like crap. However, with my journal, there's something about it that makes it feel like my doodling is actually pretty good. I wouldn't say to the point where I could enter into any art contests and win, but at least to the point where it expresses my style and lets me entertain myself for a few hours. It is also super relaxing to work on a new spread when it comes time to create a new month in the journal.


The bullet journal community is so different, yet everyone is able to make such interesting and beautiful spreads. There are no two similar and it's so interesting to watch someone make theirs!

If this gets you to think about starting one, here is a recent video that AmandaRachLee did on her channel! She also has a ton of videos about more information for beginners that are incredibly helpful. Happy journaling! :)


PLAN WITH ME | December 2018 Bullet Journal Setup www.youtube.com

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ASU Students Push For A Healthier Dining Hall To Counter 'Freshman 15' Fears

The freshman 15 is an avoidable curse, but many students will continue to follow into its trap.

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Arizona State University students are pushing for change within the downtown Phoenix dining hall as they strive to avoid the infamous freshman 15.

The downtown Phoenix campus offers fewer dining options than the Tempe campus and has a less appetizing dining hall. The freshman 15 is a common scare among students living in the dorms, who are often freshman.

The freshman 15 is defined as a student who gains 15 pounds or more in their first year of college. Studies prove the average freshman does not exercise the right amount, is sleep deprived, has a poor diet, increases their stress level, alcohol consumption, and fatty food intake, which is most likely causing their weight gain.

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Daniella Rudoy, a journalism major and fitness instructor at the SDFC, relived her freshman year as she provided tips for incoming freshman.

"There are a lot of workouts you can do in your dorm room as long as you have access to YouTube or a floor. You can go on a run, a walk, or do exercises that do not require equipment," Rudoy said in support of college fitness.

Rudoy said that mental health, fitness, and nutrition all correlate with one another.

"I follow the saying abs are made in the kitchen. So if you are working out day and night, but eating a giant pizza and chicken wings with a pack of beer when you come home you aren't doing yourself much good," Rudoy said.

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The main cause for weight gain is increased alcohol consumption. 80 percent of college students drink and this includes binge-drinking, which is unhealthy for many reasons.

Students who do not drink are most likely gaining weight because of their exposure to an all-you-can-eat dining hall. The downtown Phoenix campus offers a salad bar as their only consistent healthy option for students, therefore students are left eating hamburgers, fries, and pizza.

"I haven't been to the dining hall this semester. Last semester, I went because I had no other options. I am a vegetarian and the dining hall is not accommodating to those with allergies or food restrictions. I find it very difficult to find vegetarian options," Lexi Varrato, a journalism major said.

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Varrato explained that she believes the freshman 15 is "100% real" and that incoming freshmen should research their meal plans and ask their school how their dietary restrictions will be accommodated before purchasing a non-refundable meal plan.

Megan Tretter, a nursing major at Seattle University emphasized that not every dining hall is like ASU's and that the freshman 15 is "definitely not a problem" at her school.

"I always eat healthy at my dining hall. There are a lot of good and healthy options at Seattle University. I usually go to the smoothie line in the morning, have a salad for lunch, and make myself an acai bowl after work with avocado toast in our floor's kitchen," Tretter said in support of her school's strive for healthy options.

College students across the United States have healthier dining options than ASU, but many colleges still face the same problems that students here are facing.

Tara Shultz, a journalism major at ASU believes she has avoided the "very real" freshman 15 by living at home.

"I believe the freshman 15 targets dorm residence and first-year students who do not live at home as they do not have their parents as a guide and are forced to eat at a dining hall that only serves fatty foods," Shultz emphasized.

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The downtown Phoenix campus offers students access to the SDFC, YMCA, and Taylor Place gym, where students can take group fitness classes, run on a track, play basketball, or swim. Alternative options for students are purchasing a membership at Orangetheory or EOS Fitness.

Most students agreed with journalism major Vanessa Gonzalez that they have little time to work out due to their workload, but many students like Varrato, Tretter, and Rudoy explained that they try to work out every day as it is a stress reliever and it enriches their mental health.

Steve Fiorentino, the owner of Powered Up Nutrition encourages college students to learn what they are putting in their bodies.

"I think it starts with nutrition. Students believe they can outwork a bad diet and I believe that is their number one mistake. My advice is to stop eating fast foods and start eating whole and healthy foods along with supplements," Fiorentino stated.

The freshman 15 is an avoidable curse, but many students will continue to follow into its trap. The campus dining hall is not always the reason to blame as students have the option to decrease their meal plans, become active, and make healthy choices!

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Writing Is More Than Just A Hobby

It's something that I want to make a part of my career.

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As a second-semester freshman who spent most of their first year in college as an undecided major, I can say that I have explained what I was considering doing and then receiving feedback as to what others believed that I should be doing many times. Now, I finally have an idea of what I want to do, but it's not a plan that many people agree with.

I have finally decided that I want to double major, which seems to impress a lot of people. That is until I tell them that one of those majors would be professional writing.

I have answered the question, "So, what do you plan to do with that?" more times than I can count, and I'll admit, it is a fair question. I think that many people are under the impression that writing is just something to do on the side; it isn't viewed as something to make a career out of.

To me though, writing is so much more than just a hobby. When I write, I'm not just doing it for fun. I do it to voice my thoughts and express my emotions. While some people turn to exercise or music when they are stressed, I turn to writing. It never fails to make me feel better after a long day.

I get where people are coming from, though. I know how difficult it is to make it as a writer and how dedicated I have to be to make sure that I end up in a career that offers me financial stability. But I also know how rewarding it would be to find myself in a career that suites me perfectly rather than one that only offers me monetary gratification.

I'm hoping that my love for writing can translate into a career in law in the future, which would both suit my interests and offer me the financial support that I need. Wherever I end up though, I'm hoping that my love for writing can extend beyond just a hobby, because to me, it's so much more than that.

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