3 Ways to Achieve Work-Life Balance

Whether you’re a freshman or a transfer living on your college campus for the first time, balancing your personal and academic life takes on a whole new meaning. All of a sudden, where you live and work also becomes the same place where you are socializing and enjoying yourself. Balancing these two aspects of your life can be tough, especially when the line between them blurs.

There’s a popular image that goes around of a triangle that says to pick two from getting good grades, your social life, and getting enough sleep. But we all know there are so many more commitments:

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How do you achieve work-life balance and manage all of these obligations? Here are some tips:

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Transferring in 1994

I am a non-traditional college student who has transferred. Currently, I am a full-time paralegal, part-time fitness instructor and single Mom to two girls ages 15 and 12.

I graduated high school in 1984 (anyone remember George Orwell?) and the first college I attended was Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York in 1985. Skidmore College was a small, Ivy League-ish, personal college where everyone knew each other and your professor called you by name. I spent a year there as a Pre-Law Major (Political Economy). As much as I tried to like it, the weather (a lot of snow) and the distance from home (3 ½ hours away) was not for me. I wanted to pursue a career in dance and at 19, it was then or never.

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Slash Your Textbook Costs

tv-standWe all dread spending our hard-earned money on textbooks every semester. (Let’s not imagine the better things that money could be going towards…) These are some of the options to consider when buying textbooks, and our recommendations that will help you get your textbooks at a discounted price! Continue reading “Slash Your Textbook Costs”

Highlights for Spring

Whether you’re a new transfer student or have already been at your new school for awhile already, you know that there are a ton of things to explore and take part in at your school. Spring semester is no different, with so many things going on—a new set of classes, club events, recruiting, new hours at work, and even orientation events if your school admits spring transfers. You might even be one of them!

With all of these happening, I wanted to highlight some of the usual events that occur during the spring semester so you don’t miss any:

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3 Steps to Help Refocus this Semester

Now that winter break is wrapping up, it’s time to refocus and get back into studying mode. As difficult as it may be, it needs to be done. Therefore, I thought I’d do my best to help you during your struggle. However, I must confess that this post is also mostly written with the purpose of preparing myself for the semester ahead and attempting to bring my motivation back after a winter break during which I forgot all about school.

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How to Prepare for the Upcoming Semester

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One key component to success during the semester is starting off strong, and one of the best ways to do that is to prepare for your classes ahead of time. Doing so will enable you to put all of your focus on your classes, rather than being distracted by things that you could have done before the semester started. If you complete these items before your classes begin, you’ll be on your way to achieving that “A”!

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New Year’s Resolutions for Transfer Students

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The holidays are here, and that means a brief respite from nonstop classes and exams. It’s also a moment of reflection—whether you are a new transfer student or in your last year at your school, you can think back to all that has happened to you over the past quarter or semester. What were your successes? Failures? How can you capitalize on what you have learned to do better next year, both personally, academically, and professionally?

Fortunately, this is the perfect time to make some resolutions for next year. Here are some resolutions you can consider adding to your list:

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A Holiday Gift Guide for the Lovely & Organized Nerd

Being a complete nerd who can’t function without my life being organized and everything in its place, I thought I’d share a couple of items that I would recommend for other fellow organized nerds. However, these gifts can also work great for those who aren’t organized nerds yet, but would love to be! The beautiful items listed below are definitely sure to inspire any hot mess to clean up and place every aspect of their life in its proper boxes.

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10 Reasons I Love My Online Program

As you may know, I transferred into Temple University’s Online BBA Program this fall to complete my Bachelor’s degree. I had taken online classes before, but wasn’t sure whether or not a program offered completely online would be a good fit for me. Thankfully, I’m enjoying it so far, and here are some reasons why: Continue reading “10 Reasons I Love My Online Program”