6 Ways to Prepare for the Spring Semester

The start of the spring semester. It’s when you’ve got this freshman/sophomore/ junior/senior year thing down pat—but you still have to start all over. And in an attempt to make sure we don’t forget anything important over Winter Break, here are six things you gotta check off your to-do list before move-in day next year:

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5 Things I Wasn’t Prepared for When I Started My Business

Okay—it’s official. I suck at Blogmas. But I’m back today with a great, informative post for any aspiring entrepreneurs like myself! If you’re looking to start an online business like I did, make sure you have these things in order before you start:

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The Perfect 2017 Planner for Productive Student-Entrepreneurs!

It’s that time of year again—time to buy a new planner for the new year! And after having tested dozens of planners throughout my years in school, there’s only one I’ve stuck with: The Day Designer!

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Quarterly Business Goals: 4th Quarter 2016/1st Quarter 2017

Hello all! Many of you may already know that I launched my very own freelance editing business last week, and I am thrilled to say the least (and super proud of my brand spankin’ new business website—check it out if you haven’t seen it yet!). I already have several clients up my sleeve and I’m ready to grow this business into everything I imagine it to be.

In an attempt to hold myself accountable for my entrepreneurial goals, I’m taking a hint from one of my favorite YouTubers, Jenna Moreci, and posting my goals on the internet for everyone to see. My plan is to share my list of new goals at the beginning of each quarter, while also going over my old goals from the previous quarter so that I am publicly humiliated if I don’t reach them (public humiliation is the best punishment, in my dad’s opinion).

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Watch: 5 Quick & Easy Tips to Improve Your Writing

Hello all! Finals are finally over, meaning that Blogmas is going to get right back on schedule!

My hope with this video is to help even people who aren’t writers become better at written communication—especially since it’s important for every career field!

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English Major’s Favorite Books of Fall 2016!

Hey guys! It is officially finals week at my university and I am so pumped for this semester to finally be over. Despite the fact that the last four months have been super boring thanks to useless classes that barely challenged me, I did get something good out of this semester: my teachers recommended some pretty great books to me, and I’m excited to share them all in several mini-reviews!

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Q&A: How to make money as a blogger, how to start writing professionally, etc.

Throughout my experience as a pretty successful freelance writer and blogger, I’ve gotten a ton of questions from you guys asking what I do and how I got here, and since I’ve been doing it for a year now, I figured I have some credentials to finally answer them.

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Blog-iversary Reflection!

Hey guys! I can’t believe I’ve already been blogging (and professionally writing) for a whole year! It’s been such a wonderful journey that I’m so excited to look back on today for the first day of Blogmas 2016!

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What To Do When You Aren’t Being Challenged in Your College Classes

I know, I know—this seems like a good problem to have. Why would someone want their college classes to be harder? Not everyone understands or agrees, but lately, I’ve been feeling totally bored.

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How to Prepare to Attend a Conference

Hi all! I’m blogging from Atlanta right now at this year’s College Media Association conference (which I am so thankful to my university for paying for me to attend!), and it’s been wonderful seeing so many other college bloggers, journalists, writers, and photographers all in one place.

This is by no means the first conference I have attended during my undergraduate experience—I’ve been to the Virginia Music Educators’ Association (VMEA) conference in Norfolk, Va., and the International Student Leadership Conference (ISLC) at James Madison University—but this was the furthest from my hometown (and my first ever experience on a commercial plane!). It took a lot of preparation to get ready for this extensive trip, and I know it can be totally daunting to someone who has never been to a conference before. That’s why I’m here to help!

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Book Review: “From Receptionist To Boss” by Nicole Smartt

“The chapters in this book are a blueprint of how I went from receptionist to business owner in less than seven years and how you can too. Read it. Own it. Take action.”
Nicole Smartt, From Receptionist to Boss: Real-Life Advice for Getting Ahead at Work

With cute, quirky headings and a blog-esque writing style, it’s no wonder this memoir-slash-career prep book became an Amazon bestseller. It’s a quick read (it only took me about an hour to get through the whole thing), but it’s full of information and an inspirational story. It’s kind of like reading all of the pins on your Career-Prep Pinterest board all at once—it’s full of real-life advice, and Nicole’s story is total motivation to get out there and start working on your career ASAP!

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How to Bounce Back When You’re on the Verge of Burnout—Balancing School, Work, & Relationships

If you’re feeling mentally (and physically) exhausted, your stress and anxiety levels are through the roof, and you feel like you have nowhere to turn, you’re probably on the verge of burnout—and before you completely lose your passion, it’s time to take a step back and figure out what you can do to balance everything you have going on. Continue reading “How to Bounce Back When You’re on the Verge of Burnout—Balancing School, Work, & Relationships”