How To: Recharge Over Thanksgiving Break

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It’s almost that time of the year again: Thanksgiving Break! In one short week, it will be Turkey Day and perfectly acceptable to eat as much as you can possibly want. Thanksgiving is a valued time for college students before the craziness of final exams before heading home for Christmas! To take advantage of those five days of break, I have gathered my favorite tips for using them to their fullest!

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  • Sleep In – I know that during the last push before Christmas can include all-nighters and intense study sessions. Catch up on your beauty sleep now!
  • Re-Organize – Are your binders and bags overflowing with stuff? Your agenda hasn’t been tidy in weeks? Designate at least half a day to straighten everything out so you’re ready to take on exams!
  • Spend time with Family and Friends – Take time to spend your break with family and hang out with friends before the craziness of exams!
  • Eat (Obviously) – Thanksgiving is synonymous with food so enjoy!
  • Relax – Take time to do whatever makes you happy (baking, running, staying in PJ’s all day, watching all of Gossip Girl … again)!

How do you plan to make the most out of your break? Let me know in the comments!

The Cutest Agendas to Stay Organized

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My agenda really holds my life together. It is so useful for keeping track of test dates, assignment dead line, meetings, volunteering, babysit, events with friends, birthdays, trips, the list goes on and on! I have no clue how I would function during the school year but if you haven’t bought an agenda yet I have found the cutest agendas that will definitely help keep your life organized!

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Lilly Pulitzer

I have been using a Lilly Pulitzer agenda for the past three years and I LOVE them! They are so pretty and each month has a different Lilly print on the pages! Not to mention, it comes with stickers which makes writing down homework a bit more fun!

Simplified Planner

These planners by Emily Ley are too cute! I would highly suggest following Emily on Instagram- she posts tons of organization pictures plus pictures of her adorable kids! The Simplified Planners are pretty simple (but still pretty) and has space for your daily schedule, to do list, notes, plus a spot for dinner! The only draw back is they are bit pricer but they are so cute!

Kate Spade

Kate Spade’s agendas are always so chic and pretty! Each month has a different quote plus lots of space to write! They come with lots of space to write plus built in to do lists!

Easy Ways to Stay Organized During the School Year

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High school has been back in session for a few weeks now! With that entails the workload starting to pick up and schedules  becoming busier by the day! As you move deeper into the school year, it becomes difficult to stay organized and on top of things while your agenda is hectic. Here are some tips to get and stay organized!

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Have a Place for Everything

Whether this means keeping all of your pens into a cute pencil pouch or leaving all of your textbooks on your desk, have a specific spot for everything so you always know where to find it!

Use an Agenda

My Lilly Pulitzer agenda definitely keeps my life together during the school year. Agendas are so helpful in keeping up with test dates, project deadlines, meetings, dinners with friends, the list goes on and on! These handy items are only effective if you use them consistently, so be sure to write things down in your agenda!

Find a system that works for you

I have found that using two binders for all of my classes works for me. Does that work for everyone? Definitely not! Find what system works for you (whether it is binders, notebooks, folders, color-coding, etc.) and stick with it!

Put things in the right place

This means putting your History paper in the History portion of your binder not just thrown into your bag! This helps you know exactly where everything is and so it is cleaner!

Clean out your bag and desk-space regularly

I know that when things get busy, the last thing you want to do is clean up your mess. Pretend panic, cleaning up every so often makes sure that everything is in it’s right spot and that you can find it! Also, I find it so much easier to work in a clean space!

Dress for Success: The Perfect Study Outfit

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School is officially back in session and that brings late nights of studying. As soon as I get home, I usually change into an outfit that is a lot comfier than my high school uniform! I think the key to studying is to be as comfy as possible so you can focus more on your work, rather than your outfit! I have put together for y’all an outfit that I typically wear when studying!

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A Comfy T-Shirt

I typically change into a nice, loose-fitting t-shirt once I get home. Lots of mine are from various school events, but I love how cute this Lauren James one is!

Norts (Nike Shorts)

I live in my norts (also know as nike shorts or running shorts). I have so many pairs that it is slightly ridiculous! They are so comfy and perfect for working out (or just dressing very casual). I love the blue color of this pair!

A Sweatshirt

Perfect for studying in a cold library or on a day when it’s a bit cooler outside. I love my Vineyard Vines Shep Shirts since they are so soft and versatile. I have one in navy, that is very similar to this one, and I love it!

A Headband (to Keep Your Hair Out of Your Face)

I know that personally, when my hair is down in my face it can be pretty distracting (aka I have to push it out of my face every two seconds). I opt to put it a cute headband. I love Lululemon headbands, like this one since they hold your hair so well!

What is your favorite outfit to study in? Let me know in the comments!

Getting Ready for a New Year in High School

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Hi, my name is Katie and I blog over at Chic in Carolina! This is my first time guest posting here at Our Campus Media so I wanted to share with y’all a little bit about myself before diving into my post!

  • I am a high school junior
  • As you can probably guess from my blog name, I am a proud resident of North Carolina and I love living in the South
  • I would definitely define my personal style as preppy and classy. My favorite places to shop are Lilly Pulitzer, J. Crew, Tory Burch, the Gap, Vineyard Vines, and Loft
  • When I’m not blogging, you can probably find me hanging out with my friends and family, baking, shopping, at school, or catching up on my favorites with Netflix!

On another note, I can’t believe that it is already mid-August. August is kind of a sad month for me because it marks the end of the summer. Not to mention there is so much to do to get ready for the upcoming school year (my first day is next Wednesday- which I kind of don’t want to believe!) Today, I am going to share with y’all my tips for taking advantage of the last few days of summer and getting ready for the upcoming school year!

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Shop for School Supplies

Slightly obvious, but very necessary. A lot of stores by me run out of supplies quickly so buying them earlier allows you to get exactly what you need for the new school year!

Finish Summer Reading (or other Summer Work)

This summer, I had to read three separate books for my English class and I know that once I return to school, they will be apart of my first few assignments! Do yourself a favor and start off on a good foot for the new year by finishing all of your summer work!

Buy your Textbooks

Another thing that the saying “the sooner the better” applies to! Textbook prices typically go up as school starts so buy your books ASAP (and so you have them on the first day of class!)

Enjoy some “Me” Time

The school year tends to get pretty busy, so I will be sure to make time with chilling out by myself (watching Netflix, doing my nails, baking, etc.) before I have to deal with a hectic schedule! I find having some “me” time helps with stress as well!

Sort through your Fall Clothes

I store my clothes by season (my summer clothes are currently in my closet while my winter clothes are in storage bins) and during transitions seasons, I try on all of my clothes for the next season. Doing this helps realize what is too short, too stretched out, too small, too large. By doing this, you can optimize your closet space! This way you’ll take inventory and save up for what essentials you need!

Organize your Room

I don’t know about y’all but I need my room to be neat and organized to be productive. During the school year, it can get so busy that my room becomes a mess of laundry and school work. Cleaning your room ensures your room will be organized at least for the first bit of the school year! I also try to clean out my desks and bookshelves so they are ready to roll during the year!

Enjoy the Last Few Days of Summer

Last but not least, enjoy the last few days of summer vacation. Head to the pool, local ice cream place, or your favorite summer spot to take advantage of these last few days of summer! Or, enjoy the last few days of sleeping in every day!

What are your tips for getting ready for a new school year? Let me know in the comments!