The Best Time Management Skills to Utilize in College


If I had to pick my ultimate weakness, it definitely would be my poor time management skills. I have always been known to leave assignments or projects until the last minute (visualize me surrounded by stacks of paper and chocolate, sobbing silently to myself). Those have not been my finest moments in history. So, I decided to attend a workshop being held at my school this past Monday that was all about managing your time wisely. A LOT of the information given was new to me, and because of this, I decided to make a blog post solely dedicated to gaining time management skills. These tips will help to make this semester of college your most successful!Time Management Skills (1)

The Best Time Management Skills to Utilize in College!

Making a Weekly Schedule

Sometimes I find myself a visual person, especially when it comes to figuring out a daily schedule to find out the free time I have to work on assignments during a school day.  On two different occasions, I have been given the best advice to live by while you’re in college: treat school like a 9 to 5  full-time job. This way you’re not staying up during all hours of the night finishing off essays and using your weekend time working on projects! A weekly schedule allows you to visualize what time you spend in classes and the free time you have to study, go to the gym, etc.


  • Colour in the boxes for each class with a different colour.
  • Use that colour highlighter when highlighting key-notes in class.
  • Use a pencil to shade in the areas that you intend to study during.
  • Make sure to schedule in a lunch and snack break!
  • Once you’ve become comfortable with your workload, schedule other times that you’d like to use for going to the gym or attending on campus activities.
  • Don’t forget to include the nights in which you may have weekly rehearsals, practices, or club meetings.


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Making a Post-it Note To-Do List

I’m going to assume you read the header, and thought “what on God’s green earth is a ‘post-it note to-do list’?!” Well, I’m here to tell you this little miracle has helped me organize and realize what I have to accomplish for each class during the week, leaving me feeling a tad less stressed out. I love this trick because it enables you to see what you have to complete for each class during the current week and you feel a sense of accomplishment when you get to put a little checkmark beside each task that you complete!


  • Put assignments/readings that are top priority at the top of each class list.
  • Leave a square for your own personal to-do list for tasks non-school related.
  • Check off tasks you’ve completed to give yourself motivation to keep going!
  • Make sure to put things you don’t get to on next weeks post-it.


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I hope you enjoyed today’s post and decide to use one or both of these ideas to optimize your time management skills as well as your organizational skills! Please make sure to subscribe via email so you never miss a post and follow all my of other social media accounts found in the sidebar! Now, some questions for you…

What are your tips on managing time? Which of these ideas would you be more likely to use? Are you more productive during the day or the night? Let me know in the comments section down below!


5 Things to do During College Snow Days

I can honestly say that I despise winter. From the bone-chilling weather to the not so fun walk in the snow to class, there have been times when I’ve liked to tell Mother Nature to shove it. However, I don’t hate it when I wake up to an email saying, classes are cancelled due to the snowmageddon occurring outside of my dorm room window! So, today’s post is going to revolve around ways on how to utilise or have fun on your college snow days.

Snow Days!

5 Things to do During College Snow Days!

1. Spend the Day Sleeping

Does your 8:30 am class and abundance of homework have you feeling exhausted? Sometimes snow days call for a large dose of staying in bed and sleeping the day away (no shame). According to Campus Mind Works, college students are one of the most sleep-deprived populations and not sleeping well has been linked to lower GPAs. I know, sometimes you get stuck in a situation where you have to complete homework the night before until 1 am, but don’t let it become a habit! Make sure to keep your body fully rested. Snow days are the perfect opportunity to relax, de-stress, and get ready yourself on the right track sleep-wise.

2. Work on Homework/Readings

I don’t know about you, but half of my time spent working outside of class has to do with reading textbooks. Snow days are a great chance to cover some readings or work on assignments that may be due soon. Personally, I like to schedule out the time that I do homework during a snow day, giving myself plenty of breaks to relax and make sure I have a clear mind while working. After you complete the assignments you wanted to you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment which is always a boost of confidence! Make yourself a cup of hot chocolate and you’ll be ready to tackle those pesky assignments.

3. Catch up on Netflix

Ahhh, this option is probably the most appealing (besides sleep). I feel the constant pull between accomplishing schoolwork and watching the next episode of Making a Murderer (I’m a tad bit obsessed). So, snow days are the perfect opportunity to not feel guilty and indulge in some Netflix watching! Check out my post on some great T.V. shows to watch or begin watching a classic like Friends or Full House. Not to sound like a mother, but make sure to stop watching a half an hour before you plan to go to bed so that your mind has a chance to relax.

4. Organize Your Room

I know this may sound stupid, but sometimes you just need to devote a little time to cleaning your room/tidying up your binders. By cleaning the area you frequent, you will also boost your productivity level and it will make you feel less anxious. This was my choice (along with doing homework) for my snow day yesterday. I,then, enjoyed some Netflix to award myself for being so productive. You’ll thank yourself later if you choose to organize now rather than later when you have numerous assignments to do but your desk has become frequented by a large laundry pile consisting of workout clothes and leggings.

Last, but not least…

5. Play in the Snow!

Let’s be honest, we get caught up in the stress of homework, tests, etc. that we forget the little things in life, like playing in the snow. Throw on some splash pants and go have fun making a snowman or just laying in the snow and watching it fall around you. Sometimes, you have to embrace your inner kid and just enjoy your good ol’ snow day, because at the rate in which college’s cancel school, this may be your only one the entire year.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post, I had fun writing it on my snow day! Make sure to subscribe via email and my other social media platforms that can be found in the sidebar! Now, some questions for you…

What do you like to do on your snow day? What have you been binge-watching on Netflix? When was the last time you went out and enjoyed the snow? Let us know in the comments down below!



Life Update: My First Semester as a Freshman

Hello, lovelies! Now, please don’t be angry with me for going MIA, I swear I had a solid excuse. These past few months have been a whirlwind of emotions and new things (some great, some not so great). But, all in all, I’m loving the whole college lifestyle (knock on wood). I decided that getting back on the “blogging horse” called for a little life update on my first semester of college as a freshman and some of its highlights!freshman


A Life Update: An Overview of My First Semester of College as a Freshman

The First Month

The first month as a freshman was probably the hardest. The very beginning was filled with bonding activities with housemates and other freshman students in order to ease us into the everyday life of a typical college student. Although my university’s campus isn’t large, I still found myself constantly getting lost on my way to class. Thankfully, after a couple of weeks feeling as though I was stumbling around in the dark, I finally got into the groove of things and started to adapt to the hectic nature of life as a freshman. This entire month was filled with picture taking and adventures around the city my, so here are just a few of my favourites from September.

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The Past Three Months

Honestly, the past three months have blended together. Most of my time was spent working on papers, solidifying friendships, and eating pizza at 12 a.m. (no shame). Freshman year tends to be one of the most difficult because you’re trying to find where you fit in, what professors expect from you workwise and overall how to deal with the frantic lifestyle. I most definitely had days where I wanted to rip out all of my hair, crawl into my bed and watch Netflix, but those times were outnumbered by the good days. By putting yourself out there and getting involved on the campus by going to school events, joining clubs, etc., the semester will fly by and before you know it, exams are approaching rapidly.

Encountering my first set of freshman exams was probably the scariest occurrence in my life. Not only did they come with a couple of mental breakdowns, but also the consumption of lots and lots of hot chocolate and numerous fits of laughter due to exhaustion. The first time experience was all worth it and, soon enough, they were over and I was laying in my own bed at home watching some of my favourite Christmas movies.

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What’s Next…

This Christmas break has been a great time to catch up on sleep and relax, but the second semester of my freshman year is here. I took a break from VintagePress this fall season because I really wanted to focus on getting integrated into university life and doing well academically. This paid off, allowing me to attain a 4.3 GPA and I’m glad to get back to working on the blog and focusing on my own success as well as the success of VintagePress. So, stay tuned for new content and make sure to not miss a post this year! HAPPY NEW YEAR! Now, some questions for you…

What are/were some of your fears for your freshman year? What goals did you set for 2016? What is your favourite Christmas movie to watch over the winter break? Let me know in the comments section down below!


Freshman Year Goals

Are we ready for another college post?! Well, you better buckle up because today on the blog I’m going to share with you the goals I have set for myself for my freshman year. I don’t know about you, but writing down goals makes me want to accomplish them more than just thinking about them. I hope this inspires you to write down your own goals for this upcoming school year! Get ready for my freshman year goals.

Freshman Year Goals

Freshman Year Goals

Maintain a 3.5 GPA

This is the #1 goal that I want to focus on. I’ve always been the type of person who can’t get over getting a bad grade (I’m sorry if you hate us keeners) and want to make sure I reach my full academic potential in college. A 3.5 GPA is what I’m required to have in order to keep my scholarship so I figured it should be the number I aspire to (if it was higher that wouldn’t hurt).

Get Involved on Campus

I’m also a big joiner! I love being a part of clubs, societies, anything that I think I will enjoy. I’m really hoping to get involved someway on campus, whether it be through theatre or a volunteering club. If you guys have any suggestions on how to get involved on campus, let me know!

Work-Out on a Semi-Regular Basis

Some people say the freshman fifteen exists, others disagree. I personally think it has to do with the balance of how much you’re eating and how much you’re exercising. I want to make sure I keep myself healthy while I’m away from home and make right choices when it comes to food and working out (although pizza every night for supper sounds pretty darn tempting). I’d like to hit the campus gym as much as my schedule permits!

Be a Savvy Shopper

Basically, I don’t want to be spending tons of money during the school year (it already costs enough). Couponing and finding bargains for dorm snacks and other items is something I want to make sure I spend time doing. When I find my ground with the whole bargain hunting/couponing lifestyle I will definitely do a blog post on it!

I know this list doesn’t seem like much, but each category covers more than just one specific goal. I hope you enjoyed this post on my freshman year goals and if so, please make sure to subscribe via email and follow me on all of my social media accounts! Now, some questions for you…

What goals do you want to accomplish? Do you have any of the same goals as I do? What is your favourite way to workout (yoga, Zumba, etc)? Let me know in the comments section down below!



The Best Fall Nail Polish Colors

Hello, lovelies! I decided it was time to add a “beauty” post amidst all the college ones I’ve been putting up. I recently re-fell in love with nail polish after finally quitting the habit of biting my nails! There is nothing classier looking than a pair of freshly paint fingernails. Although I don’t love fall weather, I love the fashion of the particular season! Today, I’ve compiled some of my favourite fall nail polish colors and brands to give you some inspiration for this upcoming season.

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The Best Fall Nail Polish Colors

As you can see (click the little arrows to look through the various nail polishes), I’m really into the dark maroons, greens, mauves and nudes for the fast approaching season. I love the way any of these colors could perfectly match a fall outfit! One of the more “out there” colors that I’ll be enjoying is the glittery gold. Most people reserve this for the winter, but I think a nice gold can dress up any formal outfit during the fall. I also included China Glaze’s “No Chip” top coat because it is the absolute best one I’ve tried yet! If I had to choose one favourite out of my fall picks, I’d definitely go with Essie’s “Mauve, because of its beautiful purple undertones.

As far as prices go, these brands range from $5 – $22. My personal favourite brands include Essie, China Glaze, and Orly because they go on easily, can go a significant amount of time without chipping, and are pretty cheap. The other brands I’ve included are ones I’ve heard good things about but have yet to try.

So, can I ask you a favor? Go grab some nail polish (any color that makes you happy), paint your nails, and relax. Painting your nails is a way of pampering yourself and should be enjoyed! I hope you had fun reading this short post and have gotten some inspiration for your own fall nail polish colors. Make sure to subscribe via email and follow me on all of my social media accounts! Now, some questions for you…

Do you like painting your nails? What are some of your favourite nail polish colors? Do you like rounded or square nails? Do you enjoy getting someone else to do your nails or doing them yourself? Let me know in the comments section down below!