How I Stay Organized in College!

If you are new to my blog hello! My name is Karla and I am a junior at Central Michigan University! I post book, lifestyle and college-related posts and would love if you would subscribe to this blog to keep up with me and of course follow all my social media listed below! Follow my Instagram here!

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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June Favorites!

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This past month has been jampacked full of all different types of things, new experiences, adventures and things I have fallen in love with! So here are some things I loved during the month of June!

Beauty/Haircare

Now that it is summertime it is so important to make sure your skin is protected, especially the sensitive skin on your face! I have been using this sunscreen on my face for years and recommend it to anyone! It is not greasy at all and does not feel heavy on the skin! It also allows your skin to breath and still get a good tan without burning!

I was in search of a new leave-in treatment for my hair and I am so happy I found this one! This Mist is amazing for when you get out of the shower, it detangles and hydrates your hair as well as takes away frizz! You can also spray it on dry hair to refresh it when you are in between washes!

 

Books

  • Where the Crawdads Sing

Image result for where the crawdads singI have a full review of this book on my blog which you can read here! This book was absolutely amazing and definitely sparked my love for reading once again!

 

  • Then She Was GoneImage result for and then she was gone

I recently finished this book and will be posting a review next week! This book was an amazing murder mystery and thriller, I finished it within a day because I just could not put it down!

 

Podcasts

  • Gals on the Go

This podcast is perfect for any girl bosses looking to get tips and tricks on how to be the best they can be. Brooke Miccio and Danielle Carolan are college lifestyle YouTubers, their podcast is absolutely amazing and I recommend it to anyone who is in need of some motivation and insight on various topics! Check it out here!

  • Young & Ambitious

I have been watching Siena Mirabella for years now and I have always loved her videos! This podcast talks about various things and is the perfect podcast for girl bosses! Definitely, go check and out here!

Random

  • Music

All of the songs I loved in the month of June can be found on my June Spotify playlist! If you want to check it out you can click here!

  • JBL Flip 3 Speaker

Image result for jbl flip 3 blueI have been using this speaker for a couple years now and it is absolutely perfect for the summertime! It is splash resistant so is perfect for lounging by the pool or going to the beach! The sound quality is amazing and the bass on the speaker is pretty good for such a small speaker!

 

 

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What have you been loving this summer?

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Summer Wishlist 2019!

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There are SO many things I want to buy this summer! Here are a few things I have saved in my cart and will hopefully be purchasing!

These are literally the cutest sandals ever! I have been needing a pair of new shoes because I only typically buy 2 a year so I think these would be a perfect addition to my wardrobe for the summer time!

 

 

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Recently I have been loving the color yellow and I have always wanted a pair of slip-on vans! I think these would be the perfect shoes to spice up an outfit and make it that much cuter!

 

 

Rompers are my favorite thing to dress up in during the summer! This romper is so cute and old navy is known for their amazing deals and high-quality clothing! This with the checkered yellow vans would be such a cute summer outfit!

 

 

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This is probably the most expensive thing I want right now but I have been eyeing an Apple watch for so long now! They are so useful, especially now that I have been working out lately and getting back into a fitness routine, and just for the simple fact that they are useful in general! I think I just might have to treat myself to one of these for my birthday in August!

 

Anklets are perfect to show off in the summertime and this one from Pura Vida is so cute! I have ordered from Pura Vida before and it is such an amazing company to buy from, I will definitely be investing in this Anklet before the end of summer!

 

Gymshark Vital Seamless Leggings - Black Marl 4

I have followed Whitney Simmons for years now and because of her, I have always wanted to try the GymShark brand! Since I have started working out I have been wanting to invest in some more workout leggings and sports bras so I will definitely have to try these out!

 

 

There are some things on my summer wishlist! I will definetly be doing a part 2 of this and when I purchase these products I will do a review! Don’t forget to follow my blog for updates every week!

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What is on your summer wishlist?

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Please feel free to comment any questions below about anything! Also if you have any situations you want advice on comment those as well! You can also dm me on instagram: liveitwithkarla or email me: lifewithkarla@gmail.com!

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Current Music Favorites!

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I have been absolutely obsessed with listening to music and discovering new artists and genres lately! I have been making a separate playlist for each month in order to prevent myself from listening to the same things over and over again! So here are some of my favorite songs right now! Don’t forget to follow me on Spotify! 

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Here is my June Playlist!

 

 

Favorite Songs:

Alaska– Maggie Rogers

Motion Sickness– Phoebe Bridgers

High Horse– Kacey Musgraves

Grow as We Go– Ben Platt

Free Animal– Foreign Air

La Song– Lewis Watson

Not What I Meant- Dodie (ft. Lewis Watson)

Up, Up and Away- Chance Pena

Rose-Colored Boy– Paramore

figure it out– Faith Marie

21– Mitch James

bad guy– Billie Eilish

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There are my current music favorites! What have you guys been listening to lately?

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College Organization Tips!

If you are new to my blog hello! My name is Karla and I am a sophomore at Central Michigan University! I post lifestyle and college-related posts and would love if you would subscribe to this blog to keep up with me and of course follow all my social media listed below! Follow my blog instagram here!

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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My Sorority Experience!

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As some of you may know if you follow me on Instagram, I recently joined a sorority! It has been such an eye-opening experience and I wanted to reflect on the pros and cons of joining a sorority and share my personal experience!

So back in September, I went to the Zeta Theta Pi info night. I was so excited and nervous to join a sorority, I had never considered myself a ‘sorority girl’ so this was a big step for me. One of the main reasons I wanted to join was to make friends and get to know different people. My freshman year was very rough and it affected how outgoing I was and making friends was a scary process because I never knew if I was deserving of such amazing people.

Pushing that fear aside I went through the process of joining ZTP, which included 2 weeks of recruitment followed by 6 weeks of new member period which is basically where we got to know the ins and outs of sorority and we got to know all of the sisters. Once I made it through the 6 weeks I was officially a sister of Zeta Theta Pi, and it was such a good feeling. Now that I have made it through a semester, I have the ability to go back and reflect on my experience in hopes to provide some of you with an idea of what to expect.

Pros:

  • Meeting and making amazing friends

Of course one of the best perks of joining a sorority is making so many amazing friends. The first few weeks were hard because I didn’t really know any of the sisters so I had to force myself to get out of my comfort zone and introduce myself and talk to them. My class became very close because we were with each other all the time and we planned a retreat and sleepover which has been one of my favorite memories so far. If you are not a ‘people person’, don’t let that hold you back from joining a sorority, there is always going to be someone like you and you will always be able to make those amazing connections!

  • Getting opportunities to volunteer/give back 

So my sorority is actually a service sorority rather than a social sorority which means we do not go through the traditionally rushing process. One of the things I have fallen in love with is the service aspect, from making cards for children at St. Jude to volunteering at our universities Christmas Outreach, it has all been so fulfilling. That is one of the main things that drew me to my sorority is their focus on service, it is important to find something in a sorority you are passionate about whether that be their values, philanthropy or the things they are known for.

Cons:

  • Time commitment

Sorority has definitely taken up a large chunk of my life, which isn’t for everyone. During my new member period, I had something to do basically every day of the week for sorority, and at times it did become very overwhelming. Before joining a sorority make it a point to ask how big the time commitment is, I know some sororities it may be just a couple days a week but for others, it can be a lot more. For me, being busy is something I wanted to happen because it keeps me on my toes and on top of things, but again if that is not for you then ask what time commitment may look like for your sorority!

  • Stress/Drama 

With any sorority, there is going to be some sort of drama, it is a factor that is unavoidable. Things happen that can cause stress and it can really suck sometimes, but everything will work out and be resolved. The stress can stem also from being busy a lot more than what you are used to, I know for me that is a lot of where my stress stemmed from. It is important not to get sucked into any drama or add to it, keep in mind why you joined the sorority and focus on that rather than any type of drama. 

Overall I am so happy I joined ZTP, it has brought so many amazing people into my life and that to me makes all the stress well worth it. If you are looking for a place to be yourself or just looking for a place where you feel as though you ‘fit in’ then consider rushing or joining an academic sorority/fraternity. If you guys have any questions or want advice please feel free to comment or email me at lifewithkarla@gmail.com.

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October Favorites 2018!

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I seriously cannot believe it is already November, this past month has flown by! With that being said here are some of my favorites for the month of October!

  • Clothing 

– Maroon Converse/Accessories

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Seasonal Low Top Unisex ShoeShout out to my bff Candice for these shoes because they are seriously my favorite shoes to wear! My school colors are Maroon and Gold so these are perfect to wear around campus and to tailgate to show some school spirit! However, they are currently covered in mud from the last football game so if anyone has any tips on how to get mud off shoes please let me know!

Alex and Ani Harry Potter Bracelet

I bought this bracelet a while ago as a Christmas present to myself and I seriously love it! Anyone who knows me knows that I absolutely love anything Harry Potter so when I saw Alex and Ani had a Harry Potter line I knew I needed this bracelet! My next purchase from them will for sure be something else Harry Potter related!

  • Beauty/Skincare

Neutrogena Makeup Remover Wipes

Image result for neutrogena makeup remover wipesIf you are looking for good makeup remover wipes these are it! I have been using these for so long, they are perfect for on the go and they make taking off your makeup so easy. I keep a pack in my nightstand so when I’m too lazy to get up and wash my face I can just grab one of these and wipe all my makeup off! They come in a variety of kinds including oil-free, sensitive skin and night time!

Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer 

Maybelline New York Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer Makeup, Sand, 0.2 fl. oz.Remember when you were younger and would steal makeup from your mom or grandma to wear? Yea this concealer was the first I took from my grandma and I still use it to this day. This concealer is seriously amazing, I apply it under my eyes and over any blemishes before I go to class or work and it makes me look more awake and refreshed! If you are looking for an affordable concealer this is for sure the one for you! They also have a pretty good shade range!

  • Food/Candy

Bolthouse Farms Smoothies

Being in college I don’t always have time to make breakfast in the morning, and something I love to have for breakfast is a smoothie! These smoothies are seriously so good and for the price they are for sure worth it, they come in a big size or small individual ones which are good to grab and go on busy mornings! My favorite flavors are the strawberry banana and the berry boost flavor, these are a cheaper alternative to the Naked brand smoothies!

Black Forest Gummy Bears 

I first discovered these on a road trip when I randomly bought them at a gas station and ever since then I have seriously loved these. The best thing about these gummy bears is they are organic, which makes me feel a little better for indulging on sugar. If you have never tried these I 10/10 recommend!

  • Music

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Anyone who knows me knows my music taste is all over the place. I like everything from rap to hip-hop to indie to country to throwbacks, I seriously listen to a little bit of everything. My Spotify is the best place to keep up with what I’m listening and loving, for the time being, you can follow here!

I hope you guys enjoyed this post! This month has been so hectic and busy but I’m happy to say that I meet my big for sorority tomorrow and I am officially initiated on Sunday! Follow me on all my social media listed below to see this weekend!

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There are my October 2018 favorites! 

What have you been loving recently?

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