The Best Dorm Room Halloween Costumes

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If you haven’t realized it’s October yet, you’re certainly in for a surprise.  With October comes colder fall weather, those dreaded midterms, and the highlight of your fall semester – Halloween.

You may not have been too keen on this holiday back home, but trust us – you’ll be all about it now.  Halloween on campus is one of those craziest nights of the year, a night where you’ll be able to get dressed up and go have a good time with all of your friends in a ridiculous costume without fear of judgment.

But if you’re on a budget or limited in supplies, what are you supposed to wear?  Don’t even worry – you can easily make plenty of Halloween costumes in the comfort of your own dorm room. Here are our four favorite options.

OPTION #1 – THE TOGA

If you’re a little challenged in the costume-making department or in a pinch, making a toga is probably the easiest thing that you can do.  Grab an extra flat bed sheet from your backup supply (or get a cheap one from a Target or Wal-Mart nearby) and you’re totally set.  Doesn’t matter if it’s a weird color or a pattern – it’s Halloween, after all.

You can easily wrap yourself up in all sorts of ways with a sheet to make any kind of toga you can think of.  If you want to take it up a notch, add a tie around your waist or some kind of leaf crown.

EASINESS RATING: 1/10

OPTION #2 – THE BANDIT

Really pressed for time and want a costume that you can wear without feeling over-the-top?  Enter the bandit.  Grab a trusty striped shirt, a pair of black pants, and a cheap black mask or makeup and – BAM.  Costume.

If you’re going as a group, you can always coordinate and have one person be a cop or multiple bandits.  This could make for super fun shenanigans throughout the night, depending on where you end up.

EASINESS RATING: 2/10

OPTION #3 – THE INSTAGRAM SELFIE

Obsessed with social media?  We totally get it.  One of our favorite last-minute costumes involves you, a cardboard box, and some sharpies or paint.  BOOM – you have the recipe for the perfect Instagram selfie costume.

All you need to do is cut out a large square shape from the box with space in the middle for your head.  Color it in with sharpies or paint to look like an IG post (make sure to add plenty of likes and comments).  If you want to get others involved, leave space for the comments add bring a sharpie around with you; ask people to comment on your “look.”

EASINESS RATING: 5/10

OPTION #4 – THE CLICHÉ ROCK BAND

If you’re on the hunt for an easy group costume and are willing to get a little creative with your props, the cliché rock band may just be up your alley.  Grab a few friends, find your favorite beat up band shirt, and let your bedhead settle in for a few days.

If you want to really take it to a new level, round up some cardboard and sharpies and get a little wild with creating “instruments” for you to carry throughout the night.  Bonus if you practice a “set” ahead of time, just in case the occasion calls for it.

EASINESS RATING: 6/10

Classic Spooky Movies to Get you in the Halloween Spirit

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Ready to get into the spirit of Halloween?  If you’re totally over studying and class or just looking for something fun to do with friends, breaking out the Halloween movies is the perfect way to kick back.

On the hunt for the perfect list of classic Halloween movies to get your Spook-tober in full swing?  Look no further – we’ve rounded up our top 10 favorite Halloween movies to help you get into the spirit of the season.

HALLOWEEN

Ah, the classic of all modern classic horror movies.  Halloween is definitely one of the best movies to watch to get you into the spooky spirit of the season.  And the best part?  You can totally hit up the new movie coming out and compare how scary it is.

SCARE FACTOR – 8/10

HOCUS POCUS

Who can forget the Sanderson sisters?  Hocus Pocus brings all of our favorite witches to the table with a not-quite spooky story and a fabulous song and dance number that will get stuck in your head all season long.

SCARE FACTOR – 2/10

SCREAM

Not quite a “classic” in terms of how long it’s been around, Scream is definitely on our list of favorite scary movies.  A play on the classics, this movie packs a suspenseful story and our favorite 90’s actors.

SCARE FACTOR – 7/10

IT’S THE GREAT PUMPKIN, CHARLIE BROWN!

One of our all-time favorites and one of the greatest Halloween classics is definitely It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!  Short and sweet, this baby packs in everything you need for a happy (not quite so spooky) Halloween.

SCARE FACTOR – 0/10

THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE

Not the remake, but the original.  Made in 1974, this scary movie really brings the scares, keeping you freaked out and on the edge of your seat from start to finish.  Just be sure to watch with the lights on.

SCARE FACTOR – 9/10

THE ADDAMS FAMILY

Not too scary as much as silly, The Addams Family is definitely on our list of seasonal favorites.  This story brings the spooky Halloween spirit and jokes that are still funny, even today, all wrapped up with fantastic acting and great costumes.

SCARE FACTOR – 1/10

THE EXORCIST

If you’re not a fan of possessions, stay away.  This movie is super creepy and will have you hiding your eyes almost as soon as the music starts to play, with a story that can and will haunt you for days.

SCARE FACTOR – 8/10

THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW

Maybe not your definition of a classic Halloween movie, but this one is perfect for helping you get into the spirit and maybe chase away some of the leftover fear you have from watching one of the scarier flicks.

SCARE FACTOR – 2/10 (unless you’re afraid of men wearing fabulous eyeshadow)

A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET

Really looking for a movie to scare you out of your mind?  A Nightmare on Elm Street is totally it.  Just be sure to watch this with your roommate or friends – you may find that you won’t ever want to sleep again after watching it.

SCARE FACTOR – 7/10

THE CRAFT

Another great hit out of the 90’s, The Craft is definitely on our list of Halloween movies.  Preppy outfits, classic 90’s makeup and hair, and a spooky story that isn’t too scary, this movie has it all.

SCARE FACTOR – 4/10

 

Let us know what you think of our classic Halloween movie list! Do you have any favorites that didn’t make the list?

Are you Struggling to Make Friends your First Month of College?

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With all the stresses that seem to sneak up on you during your first month of college, the last thing on your mind is probably taking the time out of your super busy schedule to make friends.  Between studying, going to class, that part-time job, and dealing with the roomie, making time to get out and meet people can pretty quickly become exhausting and too time-consuming.

But, having a support system of friends can totally help you deal with everything getting thrown at you left and right.  Having someone to vent to, someone to kick back with, or someone to keep you company during those late night study sessions can make a huge difference in how much enjoyable (and bearable) your college experience is.

If you’re having trouble making friends during your first month of college, never fear – here are our top tips for breaking the ice and getting yourself out there.

TIP #1 – BEFRIEND THE ROOMMATE

You’re already living together – why not become friends?  Having someone that you actually are friendly with and sort of getting along with can really make college that much better.  Organizing something like a weekly dinner at the school cafeteria or a movie night every other weekend can do wonders for the both of you, even if you have totally different views on the world.

Just remember – sharing a small space can be a little overwhelming, especially if you’re used to a huge room or house all to yourself.  Be conscious and courteous of your roommate’s space and be sure to give him/her time to themselves in the room without you hovering over them.

TIP #2 – HIT UP YOUR HALLMATES

If you’ve already befriended your roommate or are definitely a no-go on doing so, try hitting up your hall mates.  What’s great about becoming friends with them is that you don’t have to actually share a room with them, so you can totally step away and have your personal space if you need it.

Try leaving your doors open while you are in your room hanging out or studying – people will be more inclined to stop and chat if they can actually see you.  Or, you can totally invite a few friendly faces around for a game of Cards Against Humanity or Uno on a random night of the week.

TIP #3 – HANG WITH THE CLASSMATES

Another great way to make fast friends is by hanging out with your classmates.  If you’re working researching for a project and need help, or simply someone to empathize with your pain at 3AM when you’re finishing the paper you procrastinated on until the night before, your classmates are totally it.

Try chatting with those sitting near you in class and setting up a study session or group.  Not only will this help you extend your social reach, but also it may help improve your grades, too!

TIP #4 – JOIN A CLUB, SPORTS TEAM, OR GREEK LIFE ON-CAMPUS

One of the easiest ways to gain fast friends is by joining up with an association.  Whether you’re trying out for a club sports team or joining the local chapter of Dumbledore’s Army, having like-minded people around you that are passionate about the same things as you will help you make friends and FAST.

If you’re not sure what’s available on campus, you can always search online.  Whether you’re looking for a fraternity or sorority, or simply looking for something fun to do with a club on a weekend, there’s definitely something out there for you.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Although it may seem like you’re having a hard time making friends your first month of college – never fear.  The first month is always the hardest and rests assured that there are tons of other students out there feeling the same way.  By putting yourself out there by befriending your roommate or hall mates, forming a study group, or joining an on-campus club, you’ll totally get there in no time flat.

How to Keep Your Room Summer-Y All Year Round

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As the summer comes to a close and the cooler fall and winter months slowly creeping come in, it can be hard to hang onto those happy carefree summertime feelings. As the days get darker and colder, so can your spirits.

And, what’s the easiest way to keep yourself feeling bright and active as these hazy days drag on and on, you ask? By keeping your room the same way, of course. Here a few of our favorite ways to keep your room looking and feeling totally summer-y all year round.

TIP #1 – Lighting is Your New BFF

What’s the quickest way to make your room feel like you’re living the good summer life? Up your interior lighting game. Adding more or warmer lighting to your room can really open it up and give it that authentic summertime feel.

Rather than using that (horrible) overhead fluorescent lighting that your dorm more than likely has, look for a floor lamp or even a desk lamp that you can add to your room to warm it up a bit. After all, the brighter your room, the more inviting and open it seems.

TIP #2 – Go for the Brights

One of the quickest ways to add a little summer back to your room is by throwing in some bright, summery colors. Think about it – if your room is all hospital white and navy, you’re not going to be feeling too bright or happy. By dropping a few bright hints here and there, you can totally take your room (and style) up a notch.

Try adding in some vibrant blues, yellows, or oranges in various places and go from there. Little touches, such as a turquoise throw pillow or an electric blue desk lap, can really bring a little summery oomph back to your room. Just avoid overdoing it with the colors or you may start to feel a bit overwhelmed.

TIP #3 – Keep it Scent-Sual

Still not feeling the summertime vibes? Try adding some tasty summery smells to your room! Something as simple as a reed diffuser or a scented air spray in one of your favorite citrusy or tropical scents can really add some vibrancy back to your digs.

TIP #4 – Add a Little Pattern Play

If colors and lighting aren’t doing it for you, you can always add some cool summery patterns to your room to bring that carefree feeling back. Something as simple as adding a poster to your wall with a bold wave pattern or a playful black and white print on your bedding can really add some visual texture and vibe with the whole summertime feeling you’re working to create.

TIP #5 – Throw on Some Tunes

If you really want to liven up the mood, add in some music while you’re chilling in your room. Simply throwing on what you’d typically listen to in the summer can bring back those lifted feelings and have you kicking back. Just be sure to clear it with your roommate first – not everyone may be a fan of your – ahem – unique music tastes.

CLOSING THOUGHTS
Remember, when you’re starting to feel the blues from the darker days and cooler temperatures, you can always turn your room into a summertime oasis. You can totally capture the carefree feelings of the summer all year long with the right lighting, bold colors and patterns, tropical scents, and the right tunes.

Dealing with Specialty Diets and Food Allergies in College

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When it comes to campus life and trying to balance classes, homework, and an attempt at a social life, what you can eat is often the last thing on your mind.  But if you’re someone who suffers from food allergies or is on a restricted diet, figuring out what you can eat and actually getting your hands on it should totally take priority.  After all, how can you manage everything else if you’re starving or in serious stomach pain?

What if you are trying out the vegetarian or vegan lifestyle? How about a gluten intolerance? Cafeterias aren’t known for being the most friendly to restrictive diets, although they are getting better.

Without further ado, here are our top three tips for dealing with specialty diets and diet restrictions on campus.

TIP #1 – DO YOUR RESEARCH

Step number one is definitely to break out your laptop and do some research on restaurants, cafes, and shops around your campus.  Even your school cafeteria may have some info or reviews online!  There are plenty of specialty websites out there that you can hit up for info depending on your diet or your dietary restrictions. 

If you can’t find any information online, you can always hit up the restaurant itself and ask for clarification on what you can eat.  Knowing where and what you can eat ahead of time will help you feel comfortable and confident when you head out, freeing up your mind to worry about other things instead (like that paper due tomorrow morning you haven’t started yet).

TIP #2 – ASK AROUND

If you can’t find the info you need browsing online, you can totally ask around to figure it out.  Ask your classmates, roommates, professors, anyone.  Someone you know may have the insight that you need to figure out where and what you can eat on campus.

Another great resource would definitely be the staff of your on-campus eateries.  If you’re not sure what you can have, ask to speak to the manager or one of the chefs to get their insight and opinions.  They will be able to provide you with an honest answer on what you can eat and may be able to even incorporate some of your food suggestions into the menu, too! 

TIP #3 – HIT UP THE GROCERY STORE

As always, one of the easiest ways to make sure that what you’re eating fits with your specialty diet or restrictions it to just make it yourself.  If you’re living in an apartment on campus with a kitchen or have access to one, whipping something up for yourself to eat that you know is within your restrictions is totally the safest thing to do.

If you don’t have access to a kitchen or really have the time to cook for yourself, pick up some healthy snacks to stash in your room and bags for when you’re in desperate need of a pick-me-up.  That way, you have something you can eat if you need to in a pinch, like an unexpected late night study session or night out on campus.

CLOSING THOUGHTS

Remember, if you have dietary restrictions you can still totally eat on campus.  Just make sure to do your research, ask around if you need help, and hit up the grocery store if you need to for snacks and other goodies.  All of this can absolutely help you feel more comfortable and less stressed on campus!

I Hate My Roommate!

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Roommate playing video games

Maybe you were expecting it, or maybe not. The roommate seemed like such a nice person on move-in day…! They say you never truly know someone until you live with them. There is no harsher reality then moving into your freshman dorm with a complete stranger. You can hit the lottery and find your best friend, or it can seem like a living hell.

Schools use a very flawed system  to make the best matches possible. Information provided on student housing questionnaires just scratches the surface of what it will really be like living with someone. But inevitably — rules will be broken, limits stretched and established habits discarded. Some personalities just don’t click even when everything looks good on paper.

It’s a life lesson.

An annoying roommate can be the first time that young adults have to deal with conflicts that cannot be immediately changed. In the past, if conflict arose, our room at home may have been a safe space where you could get away from everyone for a while. However, with a troublesome roommate this is no longer the case where the small dorm rooms provide little privacy and personal space.

Here are our top 5 roommate conflict tips:

  1. Remember this is a time of transition and adjustment for both of you. Things may work themselves out, if you give it the chance to do so.
  2. Examine your own expectations. Focus on the positive aspects of the situation. This isn’t forever — next year you’ll have more choice and control about where you live and who you live with.
  3. If an issue comes up with your roommate, try to open up a dialogue that can lead to resolution. You may both need to budge a bit. Compromise is a great skill to learn.
  4. Establish clear boundaries in terms of your space and your stuff. It’s a good rule not to share clothing and expensive items.
  5. Get to know your RA (Resident Advisor). They are there to help mediate conflicts and keep the residence hall running smoothly and it will be easier for your RA to support you if you have a friendly relationship.

Ongoing interpersonal conflict in what’s supposed to be a “safe space” can wreak havoc on your academic and personal life. If your roommate situation becomes hostile or causes emotional or physical problems, it may be time to request a new roommate or explore the possibility of a single room.

The good news about roommates

Even with bumps along the way, most roommate relationships are successful or at least tolerable. Stress and drama will be minimized if both parties are willing to communicate and respect one another. The hated roomie may become a dear, lifelong friend after both have grown up a bit during the challenging early months of college.

How to Add Splashes of Color to Your Bedding

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dorm room styles with splashes of color

You don’t have to be an HGTV design star to transform your dorm room or bedroom. In fact, all it takes is a little creativity and a good eye for color — especially for accent colors. Accent colors are the shades that pop out against neutrals. They brighten the room and help tell a story. To help you get started with building an accent palette, we’ve compiled our favorite accent color combinations we know you’ll love.

OCM Pink and Black bedding set

Hot Pink and Black

Almost every girl we know has rocked this combination at least once in their life. It’s fun, it’s flirty, and it’s oh-so-easy to do. The trick to upgrading this look from your high school bedroom to adulthood is not going with any crazy pattern combinations. Toss out the zebra print and say goodbye to damask. Solid black with flashes of hot pink is the way to go.

Fire Engine Red and Cream

There’s something about red that reminds us of our favorite beach towel. It’s bright and bold, and it has that little bit of fun that makes it a great bet for your linens. We especially love it in stripes and chevrons. By not going with white as the base, it’s a tad more muted and perfect for a sunny day or a warm night.

OCM Blue and White bedding sets

Vintage Blue and White

Do you remember your grandmother’s teacups? More than likely, they use a shade of blue we could only call “vintage.” It’s a pale sky blue that makes us instantly relaxed. When used in throw pillows or a fluffy blanket, it’s practically inviting the best sleep ever.

Grassy Green and Beige

Get your nature on with grassy green that sings. Green’s not a color that you see around much, especially in the bedroom. But we promise this color is a hit. Go more emerald in accent pillows for a luxe look. Use it in pillowcases or flat sheets and feel like you’re sleeping in a fresh field.

Rose Gold and Pink

We can’t have a post on accent colors without mentioning at least one metallic. Rose gold is the hot color of the year. And outside of your iPhone, it can certainly work in your diva-style bedroom. Go glittery with sequins like in an oversized pillow or add it to a bedside lamp. You’ll feel instantly more luxurious for it.

Burnt Orange and Purple

We’ve never been to India, but this color scheme puts us there. The pop of orange on purple is unexpected, and it takes careful attention to the right shades to work. You’ll want orange in smaller items like vases or desk accessories. Add orange silk sheets or a deeper orange toss blanket. Against the purple, it will surely make a statement.

OCM White and Yellow bedding sets

Sunny Yellow and White

Who doesn’t want to wake up with a smile on their face? A bright yellow room does just that! We love it when white is the only other color present. Think minimal. Then, add yellow in the big pieces — like a funky chair, a set of picture frames, or a lighting feature. This is a look you’ll love.

So there you have it! A list of a few of our favorite looks this year. Do you have another combo that you are looking to pull off or a favorite one from our list? Let us know!

Warm Hues and Evoking Emotions with Your Bed Linens

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Beautiful tonal bed sheets with laptop and coffee

Spring is in the air, the weather is warming up, and we’re beginning to dream of summer styles. When it comes to lightening up our room, the decor we focus on most starts right at the bed. Bed linens can be dramatic and bold or peaceful and serene. This spring and summer, we’re focusing in on the warm hues that are popping up everywhere we go. Here’s your guide on how to incorporate the top four colors of the season in your bedding style.

Sand Tan

Tan is probably not the color you think of when we say “warm hues.” But it’s a neutral you must know if you’re going to incorporate the rest of the colors in your bedding. Because so many of this year’s color schemes are beach based or Southern-inspired, tan fits in perfectly as a base. To find the right color, look for a tan that is more yellow than brown.

Canvas colored pillowcases with a faux textured detail will be all over stores this summer. They fit in with just about any other color or look you’ll go for, so be sure to grab one or two for your bed. You can also use canvas linens to create a romantic, Mediterranean canopy. Add string lights to the look, and you’ll feel as if you’re sleeping under the stars.

apartment decor with tan accents

Peachy Pinks

Peach is not everyone’s favorite shade on the color wheel, but the popularity of vintage has brought your Grandma’s lipstick color back to the front. Peach is an orange-leaning pink that resembles, well, the inside of the fruit. It’s a happy, go-lucky color that is an instant pick-up to look at without being too juvenile.

Fitting in peach can be tricky. Too much of it and your room can feel claustrophobic. Too little of it and it fades into the background. We recommend using peach in a medium-sized bed item that may not get much day-to-day use. For example, find a fuzzy peach toned throw blanket for the bottom of your bed or hang a peach-colored bedside organizer. You can even hide it in your flat sheets for an instant burst of happiness when you pull back your covers.

Hot Pinks

Forget “Millennial Pink.” This summer is all about the bright, in-your-face pinks that make you feel as if you’re about to burst out of your dorm and onto the best beach party ever. Hot pink is your go-to look if you’re vibrant and joyful or if you want bedding that is the focal point of your whole room.

To make it work, hot pink needs to be leveled out with a cold or neutral hue. More frequently, we see it paired with gold and bronze. And the color cannot be missed when it’s featured in polka dots on a white backdrop. Whether you paint your bed in a hot pink comforter or go demure with throw pillows or quilts, you won’t be regretting this color choice.

Pink bed sheets in a dorm room

Sunny Yellows

If you’re going for a beach party vibe but not feeling pink, there’s an alternative as cheery but slightly less daring: striking yellow! We’re not talking the water downed lemonade version. When we’re picking yellows this year, it’s the kind that reminds you of your brand new highlighter or a beach towel from your childhood. It should be the kind that jumps right off of your bed.

Like the peach, too much vivid yellow can go south fast. Instead, mix match it on a dark tone. Black works well, but you run the risk of the bumblebee pattern if you don’t throw in some white as well. Yellow also pairs well with an equally popping green in items like accent pillows or thin quilts. It may look cartoonish, but that’s what you want when you pick warm, bedroom hues that are made to lighten up everything they touch!

Moving Out or Living at Home After Graduation

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Happiness on the day of graduation

Don’t freak out, but graduation is only a month away for most of us. There’s so much to think about from making sure we’re still on track academically to starting to send out our first real resumes. But where we need to put our focus is on one major decision: where we’re going to live post graduation. We’ve broken down the pros and cons of moving out or moving home, as well as key points you should consider so that you can make your choice without all the drama or stress.

Moving Home: Cons

Not many of us are excited to go home after graduating college. For most, it feels like a downgrade, and for others, there are worries about losing independence or dealing with nosy or demanding parents. Moving home may also limit your career choices if you’re going to a small town or where your new job isn’t realistic.

Moving Home: Pros

Moving home has its upsides, especially when it comes to finances. Student loans can hit hard, and having a year or two to have little (or no) living expenses can mean making a significant dent in your debts. Living at home also gives you time to rethink your next moves. This is especially beneficial for those who may need to go back to school for their next degree before starting work.

Lounging on the living room couch

How to Make Moving Home Work

The biggest concern is your new parent-landlords, and that means communication is key. Before agreeing to move back, make sure you understand what they expect from you regarding rent, bills, groceries, rules, etc. Rules, especially, are important to go through in case there are some ultimatums you can’t get behind. Guests and curfews, for example, can be a sore spot. But if you talk your concerns through and maybe even get the deal in writing before moving back to your old bedroom, living at home could work for you.

Moving Out: Cons

Moving out is the ultimate dream, but that dream can come with a cost. For those living on their own for the first time, be sure you understand that rent isn’t the only thing you’re going to pay each month. There’s utilities, insurance, parking, and home expenses. Even monthly toilet paper can add up over time, and be responsible for chores like lawn care or shovel your driveway can be a major burden when you’re balancing a new job and social life.

First apartment home with decorations

Moving Out: Pros

Moving out on your own means freedom. Your space signals that you’re a full-fledged adult ready to make your moves. You’ll get to dictate your space and your rules for maybe the first time. But what makes moving out ideal for college students is that it opens up a ton of doors regarding location. When you’re free to choose where you want to live, you can explore and grow in new towns or cities.

How to Make It Work

The first thing you need to do is sit down and make a budget. Ask for your parents’ help in estimating expenses in your ideal location and then see if it will work with your projected starting salary. If your pay won’t cover it all or if it’s tight when you add in any estimated student loan payments, you may be able to make still it happen if you sacrifice on space (such as downgrading to a studio or living outside a city) or taking on a paying roommate. With a little careful creativity and frugality, moving out on your post-graduation can be a possibility.

Planning for The Fall Semester – How to Set Yourself Up for Success

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College Campus on a Sunny Fall Day

You probably think we’re crazy for thinking of the Fall semester this early in the year but being prepared for the next term is never a bad thing. In fact, we think getting yourself set up now is the best way to success. Want to know how we’re getting it done? Here are our top 7 to-do items for planning for the fall semester.

See an Advisor Before Registering

The biggest mistake most college students make is not checking in with an advisor before selecting courses. Why is this so costly? Well, your advisor is the one who can make sure you’re on track to graduate, review your course history, and advise you on which classes meet your goals. Without them, you could make some costly and timely mistakes that will derail your Fall semester.

Register On Schedule

In college, you won’t be reminded to do something a hundred times. It’s up to you stay on schedule and remember important deadlines. The one you def don’t want to forget is when registration is open to you. For larger schools, missing your priority registration period could mean losing out on a seat in a class. For smaller schools, you might get bumped into an undesirable course or with a professor you dislike.

Check Out the Syllabus

Many universities now post their classes syllabi online for prospective students and those looking to register. Having a syllabus in hand can help you better anticipate what’s in store. For example, if a class you want to enroll in has a massive group project due at the end of the term, you may not want to sign up for a club that is going to require a lot of commitment.

College Textbooks

Buy the Books in Advance

Buying early saves you cash on textbooks, especially when you purchase in the late spring or early summer. But you’ll also get to read through the material at your own pace, and that can help you process the information better than late night cram sessions the day before class.

Test Try the Course

If you’re terrified of your Calc class or aren’t sure if you’ll dig Art History, why not try it out now? Colleges often have free access to online courses through services like Udemy or Coursera. With no commitment necessary, you can sign in to browse the modules or watch a lecture. You’ll feel more confident in the courses you’re signing up for, and you may just get ahead on the learning objectives.

Review Your Mistakes

Every school year requires a day of reflection where you think back on everything that went right and went wrong. Make a column for each and jot down everything you can imagine. Grab your grades and review. Do you see patterns? Were you stressed out in the winter near the holidays? Did you skip a ton of classes after your breakup? By laying it out there, you can pinpoint where your strengths and weaknesses are and then improve on it next Fall.

Organized School Supplies

Get Organized Early

When we’re school shopping, we often forget the little (but super important) details like extra flash cards or post-it notes. Make a pretend shopping list now of the things you use the most. Then, start stockpiling. You can get great deals on 2018-2019 planners, for example. And school supplies are always cheapest the further out from the Fall you buy them!

With plenty of time left to get organized, review over your mistakes, and preview your courses, you can guarantee a win come your Fall semester!