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Plan Over Break

With an incredibly long winter break, the first instinct may be to make a mental list of all of the shows that you’re going to watch on Netflix.  While break is a great time to relax and unwind, it is also a time to reflect and plan for your future.  Here are some of my recommended activities while you’re back in your hometown for a little while:

  • Read books that interest you
  • Try out a new recipe and find your signature dish that you’ll be able to wow your roommates with once you get back from break
  • Meet with your accountant/financial planner to see if you’re in good standing with academic payments and post-graduation
  • Get in all of your mandatory appointments – dentist, general check up, etc.
  • Have a movie and cookie decorating night with all of your friends from your town
  • Explore a different area of your hometown
  • Try out a new restaurant in your local area
  • Back up all of your documents and photos from the semester
  • Clear out your email inbox with unnecessary emails and newsletter subscriptions
  • Volunteer at your local animal shelter or soup kitchen

Enjoy your winter break!

Ashley

Winter Break Reminders

We are in the final stretch of the semester which means winter break is only a few short days away!  It’s easy to get caught up in the stress of finals, packing, traveling, and saying goodbye to friends for a few weeks, but make sure that you don’t forget the following as you depart New York:

  • Return your textbooks!
  • Check out of the dorms/inform your RA (if living in the dorms)
  • Don’t forget to lock your apartment/dorm door (you’d be surprised how many people have forgotten)
  • Turn off your heat while you’re away so that you don’t run up a huge bill
  • Double check that you have your wallet, ID, and passport
  • Bring your winter coat with you even if you’re traveling somewhere warm.  You’ll need it once you travel back to the city
  • Don’t forget a portable charger for your travels and be sure to always have snacks!
  • Clean out your fridge/pantry and dispose of any perishables
  • Unplug any unnecessary electronics
  • Relax and enjoy your break!

Ashley

Finals Tips & Tricks

It’s the most wonderful time of the year….FINALS!  This isn’t the most exciting or least stressful part of the year, however it is a time where you can look back and appreciate how much you have learned in a single semester.  Before you panic, take a moment to appreciate that you have gotten this far in your education!  Being enrolled in college is a huge accomplishment and you should be very proud.  In dealing with finals, it is best to take a calm approach.  Panicking, stressing, and cramming will not do you any good, so hopefully by the time you are reading this, you are at a point where you can prepare in advance!

  • Don’t wait until the review.  The final exam review is typically 1 week before the exam, which doesn’t leave you much time to study among all of your other classes, projects, and assignments.  If you write out a study guide or key topics that you discussed in class prior to the review, it will help to refresh your memory and help guide you for the exam prep.  We often forget the information that we learned during week 1, so try your best to review those old notes.
  • Take study breaks.  If you begin studying in advance, you will allow more time to gradually learn and absorb all of the information.  With that, you should allow yourself to take a break from studying to go get ice cream, take a shower, order dinner, or watch an episode of television.
  • Put your phone volume on, but put it across the room.  It may sound ridiculous to keep your phone volume on, but I’ve noticed that I always want to check my phone to see if I got any notifications.  By turning your volume on, you’ll know when someone is trying to reach you rather than constantly being worried if you missed a text or call by having it on silent.
  • Study with friends.  Like all successful business partnerships, your partner will usually possess skills that you do not have.  The same thing applies to study partners.  They may understand a section that you need extra help on and the same can be said vice versa.  By teaching a topic, you are also helping yourself reassure your knowledge and awareness on the topic.

Happy studying!

Ashley

Snug Up With A Good Book

Winter means temperatures are dropping and the only thing you want to do is to stay in doors, probably in bed with a good movie. But try switching it up and instead of Netflix, you might want to try snuggling up to a good book. Here are some of the books that are on my Winter to read list:

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles It’s the story about this man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life in the attic of a luxury hotel, as Russian history is unfolding outside his widow. It takes a look at the man’s emotional discovery, throughout the years.

Elizabeth Chadwick’s Eleanor of Aquitaine trilogy Although I’ve read the two first ones, I love the era it’s set in. If like me you love the middle ages, stories about Kings and Queens, power, wealth, and war. You will love this trilogy. It’s based on the real life of Queen Eleanor, and her very tumultuous life in the French and English court.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho It’s the story about this boy who travels from Spain to the Egyptian dessert to find a treasure. Along the way he meets several people who point him to the direction of his quest. It’s ultimately a story about the importance of listening to our hearts.

The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes Ever since I’ve seen the movie You Before Me, I’ve been wanting to read one of Jojo Moyes stories. This one sounded the most interesting, because it’s the story of how a painting holds memories of lost loves. Although the two main female characters are separated by centuries, they are united because of their determination to fight for the thing they love most.

If you have any book recommendations, feel free to leave them down below!

xoxo

Zorya

Alone For Thanksgiving…

The holidays are upon us once again! For some it means going back home and spending it with the family, but others might not be as lucky and are spending it alone this year. It’s really easy to get into a funk, when you see all your friends and family, having a great time. But don’t worry, it doesn’t mean that because they are having a great time that you shouldn’t too!

Here are my tips on how to feel not so alone during the holidays…

Help others. Holidays are the perfect excuse to go out of your comfort zone, and do something you would never do otherwise. If you like giving, why not try volunteering at a food bank or somewhere else. Trust me it’s a great feeling, knowing that you’ve made someones day, that little more special.

Plan an outing. Go to the movies, a museum, the park, or even go out of the city and go for a hike. My roommate did that, and she said it was beautiful. You just hope on a train and pick a spot.

Get together with your friends. You won’t even realize how many of your friends are in the same situation you are in. Don’t feel bad calling them up and hanging out together, I’m sure they’d love too. For example this year I’m spending thanksgiving alone, but I decided to call up a few friends and now we’re having our own friend thanksgiving.

Treat Yo Self! Takes this time as an opportunity to pamper yourself. Go to a spa, get a manicure/pedicure, or even a massage. This will make you feel amazing, and take your mind of of the holidays for a little.

xoxo

Zorya