7 Things To Do If You’re Falling Behind In Class

7 Things To Do If You're Falling Behind In Your College Classes

I think we’re about halfway through the fall semester, which is good because yay, the semester is almost over, but bad because that means we’re running out of time to save our asses in the classes we’ve fallen behind in. This semester is without a doubt my roughest semester yet. Like I said in my post on how to balance your academics with your work and social life, I’m taking seven classes, got a part-time job, took on an e-board position, and I’ve also got a few other things under my belt. So yeah, it’s a lot to handle and while I’ve pulled it together just enough to not feel guilty for taking a well-deserved break for a few hours during the weekends, I’ve definitely felt that at some point I wasn’t giving some of my classes the full attention that I should’ve been giving.

It’s important to not only avoid half-assing your major classes, but also avoid falling completely behind in their requirements. I know that’s easier said than done, but at this point in the semester, it’s especially important to make sure you can pick up any fallen pieces before they completely slip through the cracks. If you worry that you haven’t had the time or energy to dedicate to completing all assignments to your satisfaction, or if you simply haven’t been on track to complete your assignments read on for tips on how to deal!

1. Be honest with your professor about where you are. 

Communicating with your professor at any point of the semester is extremely important. If you’ve noticed a pattern of you struggling to complete assignments, try to discuss this with your professor and see if they can give you tips on making the class more manageable. Also be honest about your other obligations from the start so they don’t write you off as being lazy or unprepared (which can, and does, happen!). For one class, I was having trouble properly doing an assignment and when I emailed my professor, I told her that my class and work schedule restricts me from being able to do any solid reporting during the day, which is the only time I can do my reporting for the assignment, and she was able to give me better advice.

2. Don’t wait for the last minute to ask for a deadline extension. 

I know a lot of people complain that their professors are assholes for not giving them a deadline extension…on an assignment that was already due! Professors will 9.5 times out of 10 NOT be sympathetic to you if you wait until after the assignment is due to ask for an extension. You definitely do have five minutes to shoot the professor a quick email explaining your obligations/what will make it difficult for you to turn in a solid assignment on time, so don’t be mad if you get a big, fat ‘no’ two days after the paper or project was due. Try to ask a week before the assignment is due if you foresee yourself being unable to turn it in on time. The more notice your professor receives, the better. You’ll feel less stressed if you know you’ll have extra time to complete something.

3. Use the weekends effectively to catch up on work. 

I do the bulk of my work during the weekends because I don’t have classes during the day to worry about, and it makes me feel more at ease just knowing that I have an entire day to use to the best of my ability to get work done. It depends on which assignments are more of a priority in the moment, but if your homework that week isn’t as hefty, try to catch up or get ahead on anything that you think will become a problem in the future. Or just try to put as much effort into the assignments you currently have.

For my graphic design class, I know that at the start of the week the professor usually asks us to turn in sketches for a project, so I use my time to make these ideas as detailed as possible so she has more to critique in class, and I’ll know exactly what I can do to improve it before turning in the final piece. This helps me expend far less time scrambling to perfect the final version before it’s due.

Related: How To Recover From An Unproductive Day

4. Designate specific days/times for working on assignments for a particular class. 

If you’ve got a few hours in between your first two classes, you can use the time to start the homework you just got assigned in your first class, or make a habit out of doing tomorrow’s assignment during that time. Just establish a routine that you think you can stick to, and it will be easier to stay on top of your work. This can actually prevent you from falling behind in your classes.

Related: How To Create An Effective Study Schedule

5. Organize yourself. 

Okay, this should probably be the first thing you do, but that’s cool. Whether it’s the first thing you do or the 10th thing you do, make sure you get organized! Use your favorite planner to jot down everything that’s due and anything that’s past due so you can think more clearly and devise a better plan for tackling those assignments. I always work better when I know exactly what I have to left to do, especially since it can be easy to forget about all the little assignments you have, and especially if it’s for a class you’re trying to not concern yourself with too much since you have other classes that are more demanding. But, it’s always the little things that get us, so be sure to use your planner so you know what to watch out for and what you need to pay more attention to.

6. Be realistic about how much work you can complete in any given time. 

Dude, we’re only human! Finishing your entire to-do list on Saturday before 1a.m. sounds like a dream come true, but unless you have a really short to-do list, or your list consists of eating, sleeping, Netflixing, and repeating, you’re probably not going to do everything you intended. Setting goals that are unobtainable can actually cause you more stress if you find that you couldn’t complete them. Avoid this by assessing your situation and your schedule before you divide up your time amongst assignments. Your adviser can also help you do this, so don’t be shy about making an appointment or walking in.

7. Relax! 

I know you’re probably already stressing about falling behind, but stressing more does more harm than good. Take an hour to just breathe and watch an episode of your favorite Netflix show. Or, take an hour to just chill in bed and do everything but your homework—it’s completely fine! Clear your head so you can get back on track with a peaceful mind. I’m not a mediation master of finding peace, but I think this works. Plus, I sometimes find that just chilling energizes me to kick things into intense work mode and I get SO much stuff done!

What classes are you stressing about right now? How do you deal with them? 

Fall Makeup Look Using Too Faced I Want Kandee + Peaches And Cream Collections

Thank you Too Faced for sending me products from your I Want Kandee and Peaches And Cream Collections to try! As usual, all opinions and words are 100% mine. You know I wouldn’t lie to ya! 

 

If you couldn’t already tell by the cute, patterned scarves that have hit the stores again, and the flood of students shivering around campus because they thought a t-shirt was acceptable in 50-degree weather, fall has finally arrived. Personally, it’s my favorite season because it means I get to wear riding boots with leggings, layer cute textured sweaters for class, and for once everyone is actually jealous of my collection of flannel tops in my closet. But, what makes fall even more exciting is the release of beautiful, new makeup collections! Not to mention the fact that the chilly fall weather doesn’t force your makeup to slide off your face.

So when Too Faced (a.k.a. one of my FAVORITE makeup brands in the universe) sent me their new@@ I Want Kandee and Peaches And Cream collections to try, I was literally crying tears of joy. Seriously you guys, I’m super excited to tell you all about these products because they’re so beautiful, and many of them are perfect for creating fall looks for class, work, coffee dates, and more.

So I’m pretty much sharing a super easy look that I did using some of the products that I received, and I really want to talk about the items. So keep reading to learn more. Oh! By the way, I did a thing on YouTube and posted my first video swatching these lipsticks and eyeshadows!! Ahhh, I’m so proud of myself for finally doing this (and finally pulling an all-nighter to edit footage). I’ve wanted to create a YouTube channel for such a long time and now here it is. I DEFINITELY have a lot to work on and a long way to go, but I think it’s just fine for a start. Since there are a lot of products, I talked about most of them in the video, and I’m discussing the remainders with you right here. Check out that swatch video below and don’t forget to show me some love and subscribe to my channel! 😉

 Fall Look…

Too Faced I Want Kandee Collection

For this look I used my usual foundation from L’Oreal and pressed powder from Neutrogena, except this time a dabbed on the Too Faced I Want Kandee Banana Pudding Brightening Face Powder on top to set everything. It’s a translucent powder that blurs any imperfections, and I certainly have a lot and obviously this won’t make your pores and pimples completely disappear, but I did notice that it made my skin look a little smoother in general.

Too Faced I Want Kandee

For eyeshadow, I wanted to keep the look simple so I only used four of the eyeshadow shades in the Too Faced I Want Kandee Eyeshadow Palette. I used “Cream Puff” for my inner corner, “Pastry” for my transition color, “Sweet Toffee” on my lid, and “Hot Chocolate” for the outer corners. Afterward, I used the Candy Liner to create nice, winged eyeliner and I finished my eye makeup with the It Cosmetics Superhero mascara (my new favorite!). I used the Peaches and Cream Peach Kiss lipstick in the shade “Got Peach” to really pull everything together and I’m really happy with the way this look came out. I wore it two days in a row because I loved it that much! It’s a really easy look to do, y biggest suggestion is to blend out your shades as you go, and to take a little at a time because these eyeshadows are really pigmented!

 

I’m bonkers for eyeshadow palettes, especially ones with very warm, glowy and even earthy tones because those tend to look really good on my tan skin. So when I opened up this palette after fangirling over the fact that I even received a palette, I began fangirling over the shades because OH MY GOSH THEY ARE GORGEOUS. There are 15 shades total and some of them are more pinky-peachy and resemble typical Too Faced eyeshadow palette shades. There were also some deep, maroon and burgundy shades in there too—perfect for fall! My favorite shade is “Sweet Toffee” because it’s a beautiful orangey-brown shimmer, and I usually try to stay away from shimmery eyeshadow shades! It just looks so beautiful in the palette and on my lids. I used this shade in the makeup look you’ll see later, and it was very easy to blend out. All of the shades are really pigmented, too, so a little goes a long way.

 

I Want Kandee Melted Matte Lipsticks

Too Faced I Want Kandee Collection

If you’ve never tried a Melted Matte lipstick from Too Faced before, seriously, you need to! They are my favorite liquid lipsticks because they actually stay put—yes, even through the cheeseburger test! So I was really excited to see that the I Want Kandee Liquid Lipsticks were from the Melted Matte line. All four shades are super gorgeous. From left to right they are “Melted Ice Cream” “Freshly Baked” “Sweet n’ Sour” and “Tropical Punch.” “Tropical Punch” looks like the wildest looking one because it’s such a bright pink with a lot of purple undertones and I love it! If these don’t scream Kandee Johnson, I don’t know what does.

Peaches And Cream Just Peachy Mattes…

For as long as I can remember, I have been in a long distance relationship with matte eyeshadow. They’re easy to work with and usually don’t look too horrible if you accidentally dust on a little too much. So when I saw that the Peaches And Cream Just Peachy Mattes eyeshadow palette was all beautiful, glowy, mattes I was really excited. They’re all so warm and red/orange toned, which makes you feel so nice and warm for the fall. These shades would be perfect for a day out, and the darker shades can produce gorgeous evening looks. I think my favorite shade on this palette is probably “Peach Sangria” because it’s a gorgeous deep cranberry that I love wearing during the fall because it compliments my skintone so well!

Too Faced Peaches And Cream Collection

Thanks so much for reading, and I really hope you enjoy my first YouTube video!! What do you guys want to see on my new channel? I’m thinking of doing clothing and makeup hauls and maybe some recipes and hair tutorials. Let me know in the comments!

What’s your favorite fall makeup product? 

Related: How To Dress Professionally On A College Budget

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How To Spend Money Responsibly In College

This year has been pretty big for me financially and while I’m excited about all the super adult changes that have been happening, I’m also lowkey scared. I’ve been making more money blogging this year, I got a small part-time job on campus, I got my first credit card, and (unfortunately) I have more expenses. Not gonna lie, it’s pretty overwhelming and I’ve been trying to start better spending habits, because if I can’t be financially responsible now when I don’t have as many expenses on my plate, I’m probably going to be a mess when I have to worry about rent, groceries, and bills.

I think that everyone says that saving money is really hard, but honestly spending it responsibly is even harder. Unless you’ve mastered the art of pulling stacks of green out of the air, you’re probably going to find yourself torn between buying the things you want and need and pretending like it’s not the end of the world if you don’t shell out the cash for a new laptop to replace your fried one. Kinda hurts, doesn’t it?

See also: How To Be Money-Smart When Studying Abroad

I know lots of people will probably tell you that the best way to make this pain hurt a little less is to be more conscious of your spending, but that’s way easier said than done. So here are some things that I generally try to keep in mind when trying to be more mindful of how I spend money.

1. Avoid eating out frequently. 

Especially if you have a campus meal plan! I know dining hall food isn’t always very appetizing and sometimes you get tired of eating the same thing, but ordering pizza or Chinese food every week means you’re spending money that you wouldn’t have had to spend if you just cooked what you have or used your meal plan on campus.

2. You don’t need to party or buy alcohol because everyone else is doing it. 

Going out can be really tempting when everyone else wants to, but it’s also costly. Do what’s best for your budget, not what’s best for someone else’s boredom. Going out every week will definitely kill your wallet, especially when you also have to factor in transportation costs.

3. If you see something you think you really, really want…just wait. 

I am SO guilty of always seeing something that I think I need ASAP but then not caring about it two weeks later. Before you splurge on that limited edition eyeshadow palette or that expensive jacket you don’t know what to pair with, give it some time. If you find yourself still dreaming about the item, it’s safe to say that you’re good purchasing it.

4. Use student discounts when you make purchases. 

There are so many sites and services that are happy to give students money off on purchases—you just need to find them! I wrote a post about a service called UNiDAYS, which is perfect for saving money on your favorite brands, so be sure to check that out.

5. Splurge once in a while. 

It’s totally okay to splurge; just make sure you really want it. I usually try to put some money off to the side specifically for the items I want to splurge on. I really like the idea of saving money with a specific purchase goal in mind, so when I actually use the money I don’t feel bad because I had planned on using it in the first place.

6. Get rid of any subscriptions you’re paying for but not using.

I hear people talk about subscriptions and memberships that they pay for but don’t use far too often and it honestly makes me cringe. I understand the logic behind it—you think you’ll actually use it because you’re paying extra money for it—but when you find that you’re literally just throwing money out the window on something you aren’t using, you should seriously just consider canceling. It’s a waste of your hard-earned cash, and to be completely blunt, if you really wanted it you’d be using it.

7. Make note of what you spend your money on. 

But don’t be like me and say you’re going to write everything down and then not (oops). Just be aware of what you’re spending money on if you’re using a credit card. This way, if you see an unfamiliar charge on your bill, you can address it. If you don’t want to get a physical notebook for this, just create a simple Google spreadsheet.

8. Don’t abuse your credit card. 

Honestly, I was excited for my first credit card but also kind of stingy about making purchases. Like, I debated using my card for the first time on a purchase that was credit card only because I was so nervous to use it after all the stories of crazy interest rates and all that. Make card purchases that you know for a fact you can pay off completely when your bill arrives. If you only pay the minimum amount on your bill, that’s when you accrue the dreaded interest. So while you may feel powerful with a credit card in your possession, don’t go overboard!

9. Always be aware of the amount of money you have left. 

This is pretty self-explanatory but one of the best ways to be smart about how you spend money is to always know how much you have. This will help you decide if you really want to go out tonight, or if you can really afford the handbag you’ve been eyeing.

10. Be a smart textbook shopper. 

My freshman year, I spent $500 on textbooks because I bought them all brand new and didn’t open my eyes to a beautiful thing called borrowing from the library. Being smart about where and how (and if) you buy textbooks can help you save so much money. I won’t go into too much detail because I have a full post on How To Save Money In College, but make sure you exhaust all other options before buying a book brand new or even used.

Related: The Ultimate Guide To Buying Textbooks In College

11. Purchase your needs before your wants. 

I mean, it’s pretty clear what’s more important here. If you dropped your laptop and need to repair it so you can turn in assignments then you should obviously make that a priority.

12. Travel as cost effectively as possible. 

If you can walk, walk. it’ll save you bus fare, a train ticket, gas money—whatever. Always consider all of your travel options before you decide what to do. Transportation fare adds up very quickly over time, after all. For one of my reporting classes, I often have to travel off campus and while I’ve been taking the train a lot, I think it may be more cost effective for me to rent a car and drive to where I need to be. So, I’m probably going to just start doing that instead. So that means no more spending $30+ on round-trip train tickets!

What are your tips for responsible money-spending? 

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8 Organizational Tips To Conquer Your Job Search

Confession: As I’m sitting here at Starbucks in the company of a venti iced white chocolate mocha and a bagel with about two bites left, I’m lowkey freaking out over the fact that in the coming months, my job search game is about to be upped ten-fold. Hell, maybe even one-hundred-fold. The point is that the job search, internship search, whatever-professional-position search is gonna get crazy for every graduating senior. And with a 20-credit schedule, club e-board meetings, and a part-time job, you may not even have time to think about how stressed you already are with the job hunt.

In the past, I’ve given tips on landing an internship—also pretty stressful. So this time I want to focus on keeping yourself organized when on the prowl because, not gonna lie, if an unpolished resume or typo-filled cover letter doesn’t screw you over, an unorganized mind will.

Yep, it’s true and it’s just as painful as it sounds. Maybe you’re not going to get the position at one of your favorite companies even though you’re uber qualified because you missed the deadline in the heat of preparing for other things. Or maybe you just couldn’t remember if you submitted the cover letter but decided to give yourself the benefit of the doubt. Or perhaps you’re bound to accidentally submit an incomplete application with all the pressure from class you’ve been under lately. It can happen and you don’t want it to happen to you. 

I’m still working toward gaining complete control over my organization for jobs and internships, but I really want to share what I’m going to do. So if you’re pretty much in the same boat and want to finally get your shit together, read on.

1. Make a list of all of the companies you want to work for.

List out all of your dream companies and companies you admire. It’s important to have an idea of the environment you’d like to see yourself in so you know where to start and you’re not just blindly throwing cover letters left and right. Even if you don’t think you’re experienced enough to work at your dream company, 1) don’t sell yourself short, and 2) you never know. Put this list into a spreadsheet if you really want to up your organization game. I actually keep a folder on Google Drive specifically for organizing all things jobs and internships, so consider keeping your list here.

2. Find out the deadline for every single company.

Sometimes, you’ll find a job listing that explicitly states the deadline. Other times, you’ll have to do some digging. You can find out deadlines by reaching out directly to the hiring manager, tweeting to the company, or even just searching for the same company and position on another job search site to see if they included additional information elsewhere. Deadlines help you set goals. If you know an application is due in three weeks, you’ll budget your time so you work on your resume one week, your cover letter the other week, and still have time to polish it off during the final week. That’s just an example, but work on your applications the way you want to. Just don’t put yourself in a position where you couldn’t make a submission because you missed the deadline.

3. Think about location—can you narrow down a specific geographic area you’re looking to work in?

It really helps if you already know which state or country you’d like to work in, especially if it’s not in your home state or country. Now, actually packing up your life and moving there is a whole other process, but we’re not worrying about that right now. Personally, I’d like to apply to places in L.A., San Francisco, Boston, and Manhattan. This helps you narrow your search so you’re not as overwhelmed.

4. Be aware that you may have to submit more than just a cover letter and resume.

if you thought writing cover letters for internships were annoying (me!), wait until you have to submit references, and create additional content specifically for the application process. You’re gonna wish it were as simple as resume and cover letter. If this is the case, make sure you’re aware of the application materials ahead of time to allow yourself enough of an opportunity to get them all together. Don’t take a chance on saving any part of your application for the last minute because of course this is when everything that could go wrong will.

Related: 6 Cover Letter Mistakes That Won’t Get You An Interview

5. Gather a list of references.

Create a separate document or spreadsheet where you can keep track of any references you may need. Know who you’re going to reach out to, and record the date you reached out to them, whether or not they responded, and if they have already sent your recommendation letter to the company that requested one. Look to former bosses, professors, and anyone else who knows your work well for recommendation letters. Reach out and ask if you could list them as a reference. And if you haven’t spoken to them in a while, now’s a good time to reach out and say hi, or invite them out to coffee. I actually wrote a post on what it was like to go on a coffee date with an editorial assistant so I could pick her brain about the industry, so if the idea of getting coffee with a professional seems daunting, check out my post for advice.

Related: How To Survive Networking Events As A College Student

6. Keep all your work samples in one place.

This is one of those things that I have yet to get around to doing but I know is a must! Make sure you keep all of your professional work wrapped up in a neat little bow so you’re not scrambling to submit clips the night before the application is due. Since I want a job at online magazines and media sites, I’m going to have to put together a professional portfolio website with all of my best samples of published work. But in the meantime, I’m going to keep a list of links to articles I’d want to use as samples, so I have them ready. Pro tip: save any online work as a PDF file, because links can get broken and for whatever reason, a post might get taken down, so you want to make sure you have evidence of the work you did.

7. Create a color code system.

Whoa, what??? I know, this sounds super hardcore, but it doesn’t have to be! I love using different colors to show progress. So if I get rejected from a position, I’ll highlight that entire row in my spreadsheet in light red, or simply write ‘rejected’ in red next to it. It’s easier on the eyes and you’ll know exactly what you’re looking at with just a quick glance.

8. Mark off the positions you finished applying to.

Use your color coding system for this too! As soon as you hit ‘submit’ go back to your spreadsheet and put a check next to the position, do the strikethrough line, highlight it in green—whatever you need to do to show that you successfully completed your application and you don’t have to worry about it anymore. This way, you won’t have to second guess yourself on whether or not you did indeed make a submission.

I hope these tips help during such a stressful, chaotic time!

How do you stay organized for the job search? What’s your dream job like? Let me know in the comments! 

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