My Spring Semester Goals

SPRING SEMESTER

My first semester of college was fantastic, but I know this semester will be even better! I find that listing your goals on a public forum kind of makes you more accountable for them, so here are my goals for a healthier, happier semester.

  1. Keep up my 4.0 GPA.
    Last semester was tough, but I scraped through and reached my goal of a 4.0! I was so proud of myself. I know this semester will be even more difficult, as I’m taking *CALCULUS* for the first time (I am not a math person…), but I’m challenging myself to reach this goal again!
  2. Do the No Junk Food Challenge.

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    I’m a very disciplined person, but anyone who knows me well knows that this doesn’t apply to my eating habits. Sadly, I am a pretty unhealthy person, but I’m trying to change my ways! I saw this on FB and got my roommate to try it along with me, as soon as the new semester starts. We’re trying for 21 days at the least, but shooting for more!

  3. Go to the gym 3 times a month. Some of you are reading this and going, “Only 3 times?!” But considering how many times I went to the gym last semester (3 times… total), this is good. Baby steps! My roommate is a total health nut, so hopefully she will encourage me to go through with this goal.
  4. Join more clubs. Last semester, I only joined two clubs on campus. 1) Filipino Student Assocation and 2) IMPACT Service Breaks [Spring Break Trip Organization]. I regret not getting more involved, but I wanted to see if I could balance my classes, work, making new friends, etc. Now I know I can, so I want to join at least 2 more clubs this semester.
  5. Get more sleep. Getting enough sleep is SO important in order to succeed in college. Last semester, I was learning how to balance taking 14 credit hours and working 15 hours a week. It was definitely a hard transition, and I was NOT getting enough sleep. So I began setting school as one of my top priorities. That meant no procrastinating with homework, no staying late binge-watching The Office, and no going out late on school nights. I hope to continue this habit this semester!

What are your goals for this semester? Tell me in the comments!
Marie

How to Earn Gift Cards Online in Your Spare Time (with Swagbucks!)

HOW TO EARN GIFT CARDS

As a college student, I frequently find myself lacking two things: time and money.

That’s why I love Swagbucks! If you’ve never heard of it before, it’s a site that rewards you for taking surveys, using their search engine, looking at their special offers, playing games, watching videos, and more.

Now, if you’re looking for a way to get rich quick, this is not the site for you. Earning Swagbucks takes a bit of time and effort, but over the past few years (since 2012), I’ve managed to earn over $200 in spare cash through gift cards. That was including month-long breaks where I totally forgot about my Swagbucks account, and on average, I’m only on the site for about half an hour or less a day.

There are even people who use Swagbucks who make in excess of $100 a month through the site. It all depends on how much (or how little) effort you put into it. 

Here’s proof of my success with Swagbucks.

Swagbucks Gift Card Proof


If this sounds like something you’d be into, feel free to join here with my referral link. If not, don’t continue reading this post (but feel free to stick around on the blog :-). I’ll be sharing my Swagbucks daily routine and some tips I have on how to maximize your earnings.  Continue reading

5 Tips for Your College Decision Process

5 College Decision Tips

The college decision making process can be a daunting experience. I know I was so confused when I first started.

However, it doesn’t have to be! Having gone through it myself, I have compiled a list of tips to make your process a little easier. Hope they help!

1. Decide what you want in a school. Do you want to go to a small, medium, or large sized school? Public or private? In-state or out-of-state?  Close to home or far away? In a city or in a rural area? After you make these decisions, it will be easier to narrow down a school.
2. Start the process early. Lots of early-action/admission applications are due around October-November. That means you should know which colleges you are going to apply to as early as possible. Senior year is a busy one, and you want to lessen the stress if possible. Start your preparation during the summer before senior year starts!

3. You don’t have to apply to X number of schools. A lot of online sources will tell you that you should apply to 6, 7, 8, or even more schools. If you’re still trying to make a choice, it can be beneficial to apply to multiple schools to see which one will give you the best offer. However, many people forget that it costs money to even apply to a school, most around $50-some less and some more. If you are set on a school, just apply there and perhaps a safety school. I personally only applied to one school–I was set on the University of Georgia and didn’t want to waste money applying elsewhere.

4. Include your parents and other family members in your decision-making process. You’re leaving for college soon! This is a great way to bond with your parents. Let them impart their wisdom, give their opinions (even if you don’t agree), and take you on college visits. Your parents have (probably) been through this process before, and they have a lot of knowledge to offer.

5. Don’t let other people’s opinions influence you too much. Remember, in the end, you will be the one attending this school, so don’t just choose a school because it was your mom’s alma mater or because your friend is going to that school. Choose the school that feels right to you!

6. Take as much time as you need to make a decision. I applied to UGA in September 2014 and got my early-action acceptance in late November. As soon as I got my acceptance, I sent in my $300 commitment deposit. However, my best friend didn’t decide until 2 days before graduation what school she would be attending. This goes to show that you shouldn’t feel pressured to immediately make a decision on your college. Take as much time as you need! This is an incredibly important decision.

Hope this has been helpful! Do you use any of these tips in your college decision? Are you planning to? Share any additional tips with me in the comments!
Marie