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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What Classes I’m Taking Fall 2019!

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!

So I do this post pretty much every semester so I figured I would continue to do it! I will be a junior this year and I am majoring in Health Administration with a minor in Leadership. I will be taking a total of 15 credit hours which is what I have always taken! So here are the classes I am taking Fall 2019!

  • LDR 302: Field Experience in Leadership (3 credits)

So I honestly have no idea what to expect with this class, I know we are required to complete a certain amount of hours in an approved leadership position throughout the semester but other than that I have no idea what to expect. This class only meets once a week for fifty minutes so I am hoping it is not too hard of a class!

  • HSC 544: Biostatistics (3 credits)

I know this is going to be my hardest course this semester. I have not done any kind of math since my freshman year of college, and the last time I did statistics was my senior year of high school. I did very well in my AP stats class though to I’m hoping I will be able to remember the basics and do well in the class!

  • HSC 572: Legal Aspects of Health Service Organizations (3 credits)

I am super excited about the class because I will be able to learn more about the healthcare system and the way it runs! One struggle I have been facing is figuring out what I really want to do with my degree because I can do so many different things. So I am hoping this class will give me a little insight as to what I want to do in the future!

  • GEO 105: Physical Geography: Online (3 credits)

Unfortunately, my college requires we take core courses in order to graduate, and this is one of them. I try to do the majority of these classes online just because I don’t have any motivation to go to the class when it is in person. I am hoping this class will be an easy A and give me the credit I need but we will see!

  • SOC 323: Racism and Inequality: Online (3 credits)

While this is another core requirement I am actually super excited to take this class! With that is going on in the US right now I think it is super important that we be educated on the issue of racism and inequality. So I can’t wait to see what this class has to offer!

So those are the courses I am taking this fall, I can’t wait to get back into the swing of things!

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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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Summer Weekend Morning Routine!

I recently decided to re-start my entire Instagram and focus it towards book and lifestyle blogging so be sure to check it out here and give it a follow! 

This post was requested on my Instagram and now that we are pretty much halfway through summer I thought it would be the perfect time to do it! For those of you who don’t know I work as a nanny during the week! I work Monday-Friday 7:30am-4:00pm, this is my second summer nannying for the same family and I can honestly say I love my job!

With that being said I do spend my weekends in a more relaxing manner and take the time to unwind and really just do things that I want to do but might not have time to do during the weekend! So here is my typical summer weekend morning routine!

8:00-9:30am: Wake up

  • Because I am so used to being up at 6:00am during the weekdays, I naturally wake up earlier on the weekends than I did before! I don’t set alarms or plan to go to bed at a certain time, I kind of just listen to my body and go to sleep and wake up when I feel its time!

10:00-11:00am: Social media, youtube, journal, ect.

  • This is the time in the morning where I allow myself to just lay in bed and catch up on everything, whether that be scrolling through all my social media or watching all the videos in my subscription box! I also take this time to journal, I journal every day and reflect on the day prior by writing what I did, how I was feeling, as well as my low-light and high-light of the day. Journaling really just allows me to get all my thoughts out on paper and it also allows me to look back on the days and see just how I spent my summer! In addition, I will make to-do lists for the day and write down any blog post ideas or any books I want to read!

11:00am: Get ready

  • So once I am done journaling or catching up on social media I will get ready for the day. This consists of washing my face, brushing my teeth, doing my hair and makeup and getting dressed for the day! On days when I am going to the gym I simply skip out on doing my makeup and will get dressed for the gym! I ALWAYS make sure to apply some sort of SPF to my face, regardless of what I am doing that day it is so important to apply sunscreen to prevent damage to my skin.

11:30am-whenever:

  • This is the part of my morning where I will either head out to the gym as I said, or take the time to sit down and read my current book or write! Right now I am reading ‘The Outsider’ by Stephen King, which is a very long book so it will take me longer to read than normal. If I do not read I will sit down and write, lately I have been writing an adult fantasy book just as a passion project of mine so I usually try to write 1,000 words or a chapter a day!

 

So there is my typical summer weekend morning routine! If you enjoyed this and want to see a summer night routine comment and let me know!

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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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My Alternative Break Experience!

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So if you guys follow me on Instagram then you would know that this spring break I participated in something called an Alternative Break. My college, Central Michigan University, sends out over ten groups each break to focus on an issue and work to better that issue through service! My group’s issue was Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities, something I am very passionate about.

My group consisted of 11 other people, two of those people being my site leaders which are basically “in charge” of us during the break. When I found out I had gotten the issue I had really wanted I was so happy, and what made it even better was the fact that we were going to Tallahassee, Florida.

After weekly late night meetings consisting of issue education and getting to know our group, we departed Saturday, March 2nd. The program provides two vans to each group, in our case there were 6 people placed in each van and we all had to take turns driving. The car ride there was really an opportunity to bond with people and get to know them, being in a van with 5 people for 19 hours allows for a lot of different conversations.

Once we got down to Florida we met our housing partner, in our case we were staying inside a recreation center at a church. I was nervous about not being able to sleep mainly because I tend to get homesick and miss sleeping in my bed whenever I stay the night somewhere. Not to mention I was going from a spacious full-size bed to a twin size air mattress.

The first night was hectic, tornados were coursing through the south and heading right for us, so we all piled into the church bathroom in order to stay safe. The way my site leaders handled the situation really made me feel safe despite all of the chaos going on outside. Thankfully the tornado ending up going around us so besides some very heavy rain and strong winds, everything was okay. That night was our first dinner together, we all just got to sit down and relax and really begin to talk to each other and form bonds which were something I had wanted to get out of going on an Alternative Break.

The next morning we had to be up bright and early to go on our first day of service. The first company we were working with was called Ability 1st, they worked with those who had disabilities and didn’t have the accessibility needed to do something we often take for granted, leave their house. That morning I volunteered to paint the back laundry room for this family, another girl came with me and we really bonded through working together in order to get the room painted to the best of our abilities. After we finished painting we were able to join the rest of our group outside to help with the bigger project, building a wheelchair ramp.

This was something a lot of us had never done before so it was a little intimidating. Our contractor was thankfully very understanding and patient and he worked with us and taught us how to use all the different power tools. During this time we had all begun to form very close bonds, we were able to have fun while still being serious about the task at hand which made it that much better and more fulfilling.

The following day we went to the second service project for our break which was volunteering at an all special education school. It was very eye-opening to work with the teachers and see the ways they run their classroom in response to their children’s needs. I requested to work with preschoolers, an age I had always loved to work with growing up. A majority of the kids in the class had no disability at all and were simply just attending preschool, but some of the children had disabilities of all types. Through working with these children, I was able to really grasp how to approach situations and what the best way to connect with children with these disabilities is.

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Wednesday came faster than we all could have thought and we returned to the same project we had worked on the first day. This time I was able to use the drill to screw in nails, use the power saw to cut wood to the correct lengths and we also did some yard work to help out the family. We didn’t end the day until around 6 at night and it was amazing to be able to look at all the progress we had made during the week and really reflect on the difference we were making in these peoples lives.

The next day followed the same as Tuesday, I returned to the same class I was in and helped out the teacher. This day was different in the sense that I really got to work and interact with the kids, one of them had a little crush on me and didn’t leave my side throughout the course of the day which was adorable. At the end of the day, I was sad, I didn’t want to leave the kids knowing I would probably never see them again. They all gave me big hugs and thanked me for coming and playing with them during the week and that in itself made what I was doing worth it.

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Friday we were tasked with building another wheelchair ramp but this time at a different location with different contractors. Now that we had known how to work all the power tools and the basics of ramp building the day seemed to go smoother. A moment I will never forget is when I was drilling screws into the boards and I looked up, an older man in a wheelchair was sitting at the door, watching all of us. Earlier that morning we had watched his family struggle to get him out of the house, having to use old wooden steep stairs in order to get them into the car. Knowing they had to do that every time he wanted to leave the house motivated all of us to get the ramp done to provide them with the accessibility they deserved. Although we didn’t get the entire thing done, we still got a good portion of it put together which was something we were all proud of ourselves for.

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Saturday was our excursion day, an opportunity to do what we wanted as a group, so naturally being in Florida, we decided to go to the beach. Our original plan was to go to Panama City Beach, but unfortunately, it had not yet been rebuilt from the devastating damaged caused by the recent Hurricanes. So instead we decided to travel to St. George Island where we spent the day on the beach, after that we went to a souvenir shop and ended the day with some much-needed ice cream. This day was amazing, it was fun to just relax and have fun with the group, I had bonded with so many people and it was fun to make memories with them.

Overall this trip had such a positive impact on me, although we had a few bumps in the road, it was still such an amazing and fulfilling trip. Every night following dinner we would have something called reflection, which really allowed for us to reflect upon the day we just had and discuss what types of things each of us was feeling. This was probably one of my favorite parts of the break and it was something I looked forward to each and every night. It made me realize just how privileged I am, to be able to go on a trip like this, to go to college, to be able-bodied, it was all things I took for granted. My site leaders really inspired me to get more involved, not only in my community but in the Alternative Breaks program. I want to be able to provide and facilitate the best possible breaks for each and every group so everyone can have an as amazing as an experience as I did on my break.

If you go to CMU, check out Alternative Breaks and sign up for one, it is an experience you will never forget and will provide a lifetime of memories and life lessons! Search your school’s website to see if they have an Alternative Breaks program, a lot of colleges do but students may not know about them! Get involved, make a difference in your community and most importantly don’t take what you have for granted, there is always someone in need and we are all privileged in our own ways.

A special shoutout to my group, thank you for being the best group I could have ever wanted! Thanks for putting up with me all week and contributing to some amazing memories!

Check out Central Michigans Alternative Breaks program here!

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I hope you guys enjoyed this post! Have any of you ever been on an Alternative Break?

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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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What are some of your favorite classes you have taken?

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