How I Stay Organized in College!

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This post was highly requested so I figured I might as well do it! These methods of organization have been getting me through college for the past 2 years and work for me! Of course, everyone is different so these are some ways I stay organized in college!

  • Google Calendar

So Below I have included a screenshot of what my current google calendar looks like to give you a visual! Each week I go through and put in all the different events I have in my calendar, giving each different area their own color.

I have found that color coding is really what makes this method effective because it allows me to look at everything at a glance in order to see how busy I am going to be during the week and what is keeping me the busiest.

As you can see to the right is my google tasks bar, I use google tasks to put in all my homework, grocery items and anything else I need to do or get during the week to make sure I am on top of everything and getting them done when they need to be!

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  • Physical Planner

I recently, in the past year have adapted a physical planner in addition to my digital one. This is super helpful because when I don’t have my phone or laptop out I can quickly jot in something. I keep both systems because that is what works best for me!

I of course color code everything in my physical planner as well, my brain works best when I have things separated by color and it makes things way easier to remember! Something I love being able to do is physically check something off after I have done it, it makes me feel productive and reminds me that I did the thing I am checking off so I never have to second guess if I did it or not.

The planner I have is the Blue Sky weekly/monthly planner and it is from target! You can check it out here!

 

  • General TipsInput everything from your syllabi in as soon as you get them. This includes assignments, exams, and presentations to ensure you are staying on top of things. It also allows you to map out your busy weeks to prepare accordingly!
    • Trial and Error: See what works best for you! Test out different online calendars like Ical, google calendar, outlook calendar, etc to see what you are most comfortable with! Try out different physical planner spreads, like monthly, weekly and even daily!
    • Have fun with it! Get super creative and make it something you look forward to doing in order to keep your motivation and productivity going!

So that is how I stay organized in college, as always if you have questions or want to see more of my content follow me on instagram @ liveitwithkarla

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Advice for College Freshman!

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Now that I am going into my junior year of college id say I am pretty reputable when it comes to giving advice to an upcoming freshman! Here are some things I wish I would have known before college:

  • Your high school friend group will not be the same.

I think this is such a harsh reality of going away to college but it is very true and everyone I’ve talked to says the exact same thing. Your friends will try and make a pact that you will always be friends no matter what but honestly, college is likely to break all of that up real quick. It’s hard, some friends may go out of state, some will be on the other side of the state and you won’t get to see them every day like when in highschool so yes, your friendships will suffer!

But fear not, this is a healthy process and it is not something you should obsess or stress over! Check-in on your friends every now and then and hang out over breaks or on the stray weekend you both are home, effort is the key factor in maintaining your old friendships when going to college and you will find out real quick that not everyone will put in the same amount of effort you will!

  • No one cares what you wear.

I was the freshman who dressed up for classes every day, and I can tell you that ended real quick. One of the best things about college is nobody cares what the next person is doing, so wear sweats to class, don’t do your makeup, or dress to the nine and beat your face, nobody cares either way. Don’t think people are going to like you better because of the way you are dressed, because chances are they don’t care.

  • Don’t overpack, you won’t use half of the things you think you need to bring.

Oh, how I wish someone would tell me not to bring my entire wardrobe, because let’s face it I wore the same things nearly every week. Yea decor is cute and all but there is only so much you can do to spruce up a dorm room so don’t go overboard because at the end of it all you are going to be the one packing it and hauling it away. You don’t need a thousand pairs of shoes, some sneakers, rain/snow boots, a pair of booties and one formal option will be more than enough! If you have a second thought on bringing something while packing, toss it to the side and leave it at home.

  • It’s okay to sit alone, people do it all the time.

Don’t worry about sitting alone at dinner or at the library, no one cares and I promise no one will think you are a ‘loser’. I was always so scared to go anywhere by myself but you’d be surprised how little alone time you get, especially while living in the dorms so take this time to plug in some headphones and watch some youtube videos, read a book or catch up on some work!

  • Make at least one friend in every class and get their number the first day.

Having friends in classes is one of the most important things to take advantage of! Miss a class, text them and ask for the notes, or meet up to study or do an assignment you both are struggling with. Unfortunately, in college, there will be times where a professor will tell you to pair up, and rather then panic and look around the room desperately you will already have someone to work with!

  • You’re broke, quit spending money.

College will bring you to depths of brokedom you have never reached before. I found myself contemplating buying simple things like Slurpees or going out to eat on lunch simply because I knew I didn’t have the money to. So drop the Starbucks habit, you won’t be able to afford it, find cheaper alternatives to things you love to eat or do!

  • Have fun!!!!!

This is the most important on the list when in college it can be so hard to sit back and relax and actually enjoy yourself. Don’t get too upset if you fail a test, someone else in the class surely did too, don’t get caught up in petty drama, learn that saying no is just as important as saying yes. College is going to bring you so many opportunities and situations you thought you would never encounter, so get out there and join a club or pick up a new hobby, say hi to someone in your hall or ask someone in your class to get dinner! College is what you make it and at the end of it all, you don’t want to have any regrets.

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Q&A Sunday pt.1: College, Lifestyle, Sorority and Much More!

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This was highly requested for me to do and I got a bunch of questions from you guys! If you would like to send in questions or ask for advice you can message me on instagram(@liveitwithkarla), comment below or email me at lifewithkarla@gmail.com! Let’s get into answering your guy’s questions!

  • How do you deal with roommate issues?

So this question is one I got multiple times and I can totally understand why. For most of us, college is going to be the first time you live with roommates that you don’t know, and it can be rough. Last year I lived in a 4 person dorm with 3 random girls, and it was a big adjustment, to say the least. The first thing to do is sit down and discuss rules, whether you are okay with overnight guests, how clean the dorm needs to be kept, whether or not you are comfortable with your things being borrowed and one of the most important things to discuss is partying, whether or not you are okay with typical party activities happening in the dorm.

One of the main issues we had as roommates was the lack of common courtesy. When living with other people you have to respect that you are not the only one sharing that space, so good things to do are ask before you have guests over or let your roommates know you are having a hard week academically and would prefer to keep the dorm quieter for the week. Any issue can be resolved and if you do not feel comfortable doing it on your own then seek out the help or advice of your RA, that is what they are there for! Focus on your academics and don’t allow roommate issues to impact the way you perform in your classes!

  • Advice for someone who has never partied before? How do I handle college party culture without getting overwhelmed?

First off you do not have to party in college, don’t let anyone convince you otherwise. Partying in college is very controversial but also a big part of the culture. If you do decide to party, stay safe and know your limits. Always go out in a group of 4 or bigger and establish a buddy for the night so the both of you can look out for each other and make sure the both of you are safe. It is so important to know your limits in terms of how comfortable you are going out, if you don’t feel comfortable going to a big party then don’t go, if your friends are true friends they will respect your decision not to go and won’t push you to do something you don’t want to.

  • How did you choose your major and why?

Originally when I committed to my college I was a pre-pa major focusing in biomedical. I think this had a lot to do with being a first-generation college student, I wanted to become a doctor and make my family proud even if it wasn’t the fit for me. I had a realization that what I was doing wasn’t the best choice, I wasn’t a science person by any means and I didn’t want to be stressed out my entire college career. So I set up a phone appointment with an academic advisor a month before I started my freshman year and she put me in more exploratory classes to figure out what was truly right for me.

When I started taking interest in Health Administration I met with an advisor for that specific major and instantly fell in love, the idea of still being able to help people but doing it in a different way really made me happy and I knew I choose the right major. It is however totally okay to not know what you want to do, just know that in time you will figure out what truly makes you happy, don’t focus on the amount of schooling or the salary you might receive but what truly is going to make you happy in the long run!

  • I don’t know if you have talked about this but do you deal with mental illness in college? How do you handle it?

This is something I haven’t really talked about but I’m happy to share some coping mechanisms I have adopted throughout the past year. I have always been a very anxious person, but I just figure it was nerved and it was something everyone dealt with. I finally was diagnosed with anxiety and depression about a year prior to coming to college, and it has truly changed my life. I personally take medication that helps control my anxiety and depression, but some days are worse than others. When I first moved to college I would get really homesick and depressed to the point where I didn’t want to get out of bed to do anything. That is when I started going to a counselor, something I had never done before.

Being able to talk to someone and just have them listen is an amazing feeling, I was able to express these feelings and she provided me with different ways of handling what I was dealing with. This truly helped me get my depression under control, and while sometimes it would flare up, I knew that it would pass and I would be happy again. I also developed very bad test anxiety, I always felt that I was going to fail a test, no matter how much I studied for it, I would get my grades back and I would always do better than I had told myself.

Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of, in college, there are a lot more people suffering from it than you will know, it is important to know you aren’t alone. Surround yourself with amazing people who will lift you up and remind you why you are on this journey and never lose sight of your dreams and goals.

  • Tips for someone interested in joining a sorority?

So I recently joined a service sorority on campus which means I am not apart of a “true greek” sorority. Basically, we don’t participate in rushing and instead, we do 2 weeks of recruitment followed by a new member period so my sorority does things a little differently but I still do experience the culture of a sorority. Recruitment and meeting all of the girls is a bit intimidating, mainly because I was worried about saying the wrong this and messing up but it honestly is all about being your honest and true self. I remember feeling nervous before I would go to events but once I started to get to know the girls it made me feel so much better.

I would recommend going into everything with an open mind and open heart, be ready to get out of your comfort zone and spend a large amount of your time talking to new people and getting to know them. Also, make friends in your new member class(the people you rush with) because you are all in the same boat and can talk to each other and voice any concerns. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t receive a bid from the sorority you really wanted, there are always others and take it as an opportunity to realize that maybe that sorority wasn’t a good fit for you! A sorority is all about being apart of a sisterhood and experiencing amazing things with amazing people, you will not regret following your heart and creating bonds and friendships with everyone!

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The Best College Classes I Have Taken

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This post was highly requested on my Instagram so here it is! I also have an announcement so be sure to read the end of this post! If you have any post ideas or posts you would like to see please comment below! Here are my favorite classes I have taken thus far in my college career!

  • PSY 250: Abnormal Psychology

This class has to be one of my favorite classes I have taken here at central, the content was interesting and the professor was passionate about the course throughout. I took this because I was originally a psychology minor, which I have decided to drop and switch to a leadership minor instead, but I do not regret taking this course whatsoever. It provided me with insight on different mental illnesses and how they affect people in different ways. I learned a lot about illnesses that I personally related to and it gave me a better idea as to why I might experience anxiety and different ways to go about treating it. I received a B in this class, mainly because I did not work as hard as I should have, but the content and professor made this class amazing and I would recommend it to anyone interested in psychology!

  • LDR 200: Introduction to Leadership

This was the first course I took as a part of my leadership minor and it has been my all-time favorite class I have taken. The class was set up so each person was apart of a “family”, basically the group you would be with the entire class and complete activities and projects with. My family was amazing to work with and we still keep in contact even though the class has ended. I got to complete team building activities, learn more about who I am as a leader, rock climb, and by far the most impactful activity we did was ziplining. I have a huge fear of heights, and this activity challenged me to push past the discomfort and fear. We had to climb a twenty-foot ladder up to a platform where we were hooked up to a zip line, we had to say something we wanted to leave on top of that platform, something that has held us back in our lives. For me, I said not being able to truly love myself was something I wanted to leave on the platform, after that we had to fall backward, trusting the zip line to catch us and carry us to the bottom. I remember physically shaking and not being able to control it, a pit formed in my stomach and I began to cry because I was afraid. Finally, I let go of this fear and fell backward, landing safely on the ground. This class taught me so much about myself and has been by far the most impactful class I have had.

  • HSC 507: Introduction to Health Service Organization System

This course was one of the first I took for my major, and it really made me realize my passion for the healthcare system and how much I wanted to change it. We watched a video entitled “Escape Fire”, it was about the U.S health care system and how corrupt and broken it really is, and before seeing this film I did not realize how bad it really was. After watching this film I had a moment where I truly realized why I was majoring in Health Administration, to help people, and that has always been a passion of mine. My professor for this class, who is also my advisor, was very upfront and unlike any professor, I have had before. He really wanted us to succeed, he didn’t want us to worry about our grade but instead focus on the content he was teaching. I appreciate the content this class taught me about not only the healthcare system but about myself as well.

  • HSC 333: Managing Health Populations

I didn’t necessarily like the content in this class, I more am listing this class because of the professor. She has been one of the best professors I have ever had, she really cares about us as students and if we ever had something come up she was super understanding and was always willing to work with us. She also went out of her way to make organize the rest of my classes and set up my course plans for the rest of my time at central. The content in this class was interesting at sometimes, we learned a lot about epidemiology which is very interesting to me. Overall I loved this class because of my amazing professor and all the friends I made in this course!

 

There are my favorite classes I have taken so far! I am only in my 4th semester of college, so im sure this list will grow as I get farther into my college career. Just to clarify I am majoring in Health Administration with a minor in Leadership!

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College Organization Tips!

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So obviously staying organized in college can be a huge struggle, but here are some of my tips for staying organized in college!

  • Google Calendar 

So I use google calendar for everything! I use to add in my classes, work schedule, sorority events and any other events I have going on! I also will add due dates for important assignments as well as exams and quizzes. In addition, there is also an add-on for Google Calendar called Google Tasks. It is basically a checklist that I use for all my assignments, readings, grocery lists and any other reminders I have for the week.

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  • Physical Planner

I personally don’t use a physical planner much, just because they aren’t very useful to me. However, keeping a physical planner and using it like I use google calendar is essentially the same thing! Some people prefer physical planners and other prefer digital planners! A huge part of doing the best you can in college is staying organized and on top of assignments to prevent forgetting about them and possibly an important quiz or exam!

  • Inputting all assignments from syllabus in a planner

A big thing that has lead to my success in college is going through my syllabi as soon as I get them and putting in all assignments, exams and important dates in my planner. This allows me to visualizes my weeks and how much work I have to complete as well as it prevents me from missing any important assignments and deadlines. I find it also keeps me on top of my assignments and I have done so much better in all of my classes since I started doing this.

  • Keep backpack and workspace organized 

I am so guilty of just throwing random things in my backpack and at the end of the semester I have to clean out all the clutter and unnecessary things. Not only does this crowd my backpack but it makes finding things a lot harder. In addition, keeping my desk clean is a must in order to keep my motivation up. If I come home and my desk is dirty and cluttered I won’t want to do any of my homework. I usually take time each night to clean both my desk and my backpack just to ensure everything is as organized as possible.

  • Identify an effective note-taking strategy

When I first came to college I didn’t really know how to take notes so I would write everything my professor said down and my notes became a big, jumbled, unorganized mess. It is so important to identify a system that is both effective and neat, to ensure you are not only picking out the most important material but you are retaining the information as well. I personally use different colors for different things, for example, I use black for headings, blue for information under the heading, red for definitions and green for any super important information.

 

There are some of my college organization tips that have helped me do the best I can in college! I hope you guys enjoyed!

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Self-Care Tips For College!

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Self-care in college is something that people often times forget about or neglect to do, but it is definitely a necessity to staying sane and getting through college! Here are a few of my self-care tips!

  • Know your limits

One of the most important parts of college is knowing your limits in regards to not taking on too many things. It is so easy to become overwhelmed with school, social life and clubs or groups you may be apart of. Always keep in mind that you are in college to get a degree, school trumps all at the end of the day. It is okay to say no to things, you don’t have to go to every event being put on and sometimes, it is okay to miss a class in order to catch up in other areas or you just need a break. If you exceed what you can actually handle it can become very overwhelming and make life miserable when it should be fun and worth wild!

  • Establish a self-care regimen

Knowing what is good for you and your mental health is so important to know or figure out. For me, I take Fridays to relax and forget about school for the day. I will sleep in, take a bath, watch TV and just take the day to recuperate from the stress of the week. If you like reading, block time out before you go to bed to read your favorite book to unwind! Take a bath and relax, watch some TV or play your favorite video game! Everyone has different ways to unwind and practice self-care and it is totally all up to the person as to what they want to do!

  • Take a Mental Health Break

Last year being a freshman was scary and sometimes I felt like all I did was school, eat and sleep and it was the worst feeling. I got to the point where I was having breakdowns more often than not about classes, friends and other things I was apart of. I decided to take a day and not go to class and just take the day to catch up on whatever I needed to and just relax and it was the best decision ever. Of course, I don’t recommend doing this every week because going to class is very important but if there is a week where you really can’t handle going to class, take the day and focus on getting your mental health back on track!

  • Find Your Person

As cliche as this sounds it is so important to have a person in college that you can go to when you are feeling down or going through something. It is such a different atmosphere in college because you don’t have family to run to when you have a bad day, although they are just a phone call away it is important to have that person you can sit down and just get all your stress and struggles out to. Whether this be a best friend or a counselor at the school, any form of ‘your person’ is important to ensure you can maintain your mental health!

Those are my tips for maintaining self-care in college! I hope you guys enjoyed, if you have any questions or are struggling with college please feel free to email me at lifewithkarla@gmail.com or send me a message on Instagram! I would be more than willing to offer some advice or be a person to talk to!

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Tips for College Freshman!!

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Guys, I officially move into my apartment in one month! I am so excited and anxious to get back to college and get back to my routine! I have yet to even attempt to go apartment shopping or school supply shopping but expect a haul when I do!

College can be such a scary transition, you are leaving behind friends you have known for years, the comfort of your hometown and all of the teachers you have come to know and love. But college is such an amazing experience and I promise you, it will be amazing! My freshman year of college was a roller coaster and that is okay! I learned so much about myself as a person through the ups and downs and more importantly, I found out who was there for me and would stand by my side no matter what!

With that being said I have a bunch of tips for incoming freshman and may even need to make a part two of this post! So without further or do here are some tips for you:

  • Step out of your comfort zone

I know this may seem small but honestly, college is all about getting out of the box you are so used to being in and going out to do things! I was always afraid to go to social events alone like club meetings and other events but it was something I knew I had to do! Stepping outside of your comfort zone will bring tons of new experiences, people, and memories that will stay with you for a lifetime! Don’t let the fear of judgment or rejection ever hold you back, wear the outfit you are scared to get judge for, go and do something you would never do and more importantly live in the moment and live for yourself!

  • Don’t fall behind

This may seem obvious and you might be thinking “I won’t fall behind, ill always get things done on time.”, yea that’s what I thought too. College is so much different from highschool when it comes to academics, you have large lectures of 200+ students so your teacher just see’s you as another face, you have social events going on, the pressure to join organizations and clubs which will take up more time, it will all be very overwhelming. My #1 tip for not falling behind is saying NO! Dedicate time each day to study for that test or write a paragraph of that paper, it may be difficult but prioritizing your school work is something that will always be respected and understood. I fell behind spring semester and struggled immensely to pull myself out of the hole I dug myself in but when I did I vowed I would never let it happen again.

  • Keep in touch with family

I thought in the beginning that I wasn’t going to miss my family that much but by the second week, I was missing being able to come home and talk to my family about my day.  Set time aside each day to call a family member and just talk, chances are they think you are busy and don’t want to bother you by calling but would love to hear from you. Get out all of your issues and things you may be dealing with as well as all of the happy things that are going out with your life, once you get off the phone you will feel so much better!

  • Make connections

College is a big game of who is going to get the better grades, who is going to get hired at the best place and at the end of the day you are competing with thousands of people for one job. It is so important, even as a freshman to start to make connections early on, whether that be people who share your major, professors or even professionals in the industry you want to go into. Again it can be very nerve racking to reach out and make these connections but it all goes back to getting out of your comfort zone and doing what will better you. Join an academic club for your major, I did this and ended up reaching out to a facility member at the hospital I want to intern and eventually work at and was able to shadow him for the day. Through this, he put me in contact with the person who handles the hiring of interns and I made a great first impression on so many people! Take the initiative to do things like this and it will pay off in the future!

  • Embrace the things that make you different

College is such a culturally diverse place and it really can be such a breath of fresh air to be surrounded by people who share your ethnicity, race, beliefs, values or even interests and hobbies! For me personally, I went to a predominantly white high school and had very few mixed friends, so when I went to college I was so excited to see all the different clubs and organizations that embraced all of those things that make use different! I joined a group for first-generation college students and was so eager to talk to everyone about their experiences and how college was them so far! The transition from high school to college will be so much easier if you are surrounded by people who are similar to you but different at the same time, get out there and meet those people!

There are some tips I have for you guys that I personally have experience with! I promise as scary and intimidating as college can be, it is an amazing time and will change who you are and the way you see the world! Embrace it and make the best out of it because just like high school, it will go by so much quicker than you think!

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