Weekly Motivation #6

Hi loves!

I’m so sorry for the lack of posts lately, senior year has been such a whirlwind of emotions and events! I’m planning on doing a life lately recap sometime in the next few weeks to catch you all up on everything from Life/TriDelta/PostGrad/etc! I’ve been toggling with the idea of self hosting / changing the blog name for quiet some time now so I’m hoping to have it all figured by the new year!

This week is full of midterms, self love days, recruitment practices, blog post writing and lots of making new recipes! Here’s a little motivation for your week ahead!

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Hope you all have an absolutely wonderful  week!

Love,

Saba

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Realistic Tips for being a Morning Person

Happy Wednesday loves!

Growing up, I was never a morning person, but as the years have gone on, I have slowly grown into be one. Now with classes in full swing, it’s time to start getting myself back to getting up early and being my most productive self instead of being lazy in bed watching Gilmore Girls all morning. Luckily, this semester my earliest class is at 10am, which isn’t horrible but I do have mostly night classes which leads to me getting lazy most days. I may not have the perfect formula to becoming a morning person, but I’m sharing some of my favorite ways to way up earlier, feel more energized, and just have a happier day!

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Prepare for the week on Sunday

I’ll be doing a post on this a little later on but this makes such a big difference!  Do your laundry and check the weather~ every week is completely different in CA so it’s so important to have a wide variety of outfits on hand. I always have my backpack filled for the week and then add/takeout my notebook and computer so I can minimize stress throughout the week!

Go to bed Early & Wake Up Early

Honestly if I could spend all night binge-watching The Good Wife on Amazon and wake up feeling super energetic and functioning, I would. But thats not the case. As tempting as it is, I try to budget myself for 8 hours of sleep – so when I want to go to wake up at 7, I go to bed at 11. I know this is the last thing you want to hear, but waking up earlier will give you more time to get ready for your day. You will feel less rushed and can enjoy your morning routine rather than dread it. I always feel so much more productive (once the coffee kicks in)!

Inspire Yourself

I like to keep a list of a motivational quotes on my computer, my phone, in my planner, and by my bed so I can always have a little bit on inspo! When I have the time, I love going ont Pinterest to get myself ready for the day!

Forget about the Snooze Button

I’ve turned off the ‘snooze’ function on my alarm and let’s just say it works wonders for me. It may seem super rewarding when you are hitting the snooze button 4+ times but most of the time you won’t get any quality sleep after you’re finally awake and you will wake up even more tired. Put your phone/alarm across the room or find an annoying one that doesn’t turn off until you chase it.

Stretch

Right when I wake up is definitely not when I feel most energized even if I’ve gotten plenty of sleep the night before. Stretching right when you wake up will help you to move around a bit and slowly get your body ready for the day. Not to forget to mention how good it feels to take some time to stretch in the morning!

Force Yourself Out of Bed

When all else fails, turn your alarm to 7am and force yourself to wake up early. It takes 21 days to form a habit so start today. Schedule your classes, work, exercise, and meetings early so that way it forces you to wake up earlier. Once you get a hang of it, it’ll become a habit that will be tricky to kick.

Yayayay for waking up early and being energized and productive!! What are your fav tips for waking up early, feeling more energized, and being more productive?!?

Love,

Saba

Weekly Motivation #5

Hi loves! 

I’m backkkk! After taking a very long and much needed break from the blog, I’m so excited to finally be back! Now that I’m back, I’m so motivated and excited to get back to the blog! Yes, this blog is a work in progress and who knows if I will ever be 100% happy with it, but for now, I’m taking things day by day and focusing on posts and content that I’m excited about and that all of you will be excited about. If you have any posts requests or anything please be sure to let me know!

 I’m not going to lie, the past week or so have just been extremely rough for me, between friend/sorority drama and everything going on in politics, I decided it’s the perfect time to bring back Weekly Motivation posts! Here’s a little weekly motivation  to help you get through whatever you are going through this week!

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I’d love to hear what your plans are for the week, make sure to comment below!

Love,

Saba

College Applications Tips and Help

Hi Loves!

The Common Application, private school, and state school applications, love them or hate them, if your a high school senior, its your time to shine. This time two years ago, I was sitting in a coffee shop in San Diego with my older cousin working on my personal statement, stressing that I wasn’t going to finish before the craziness of senior year started. The due dates, amount of essays, and multiple types of applications are all so overwhelming. So today, I decided to share some of my tips  for staying organized during the craziness that is college application season and my apologies for this being such a length post.

 For you college juniors or seniors who need study tips for the ACT/SAT or help with any kind of college application  or essay, please please please don’t hesitate to email me. I tutor the seniors at my high school, and i would LOVE to help out my readers in any way possible. 

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Pick Schools

You’ve probably already done this but make a list of all the schools you are thinking of applying to (around 15 – 20 schools). From there pick the schools that you would actually want to attend; the general rule is pick 9 to 12 schools. 3/4 reach (higher scores than you but possible), 3/4 target (you are right in the range and want to go there), and 3/4 safety (you can easily get in and would go there if needed).  There are hundreds of websites to learn about more about the schools and scores needed. My absolute favorite website for college apps and information is College Data. You can make an account and they’ll even calculate your test scores and GPA to see what percentile you are in!

Note: Make a spreadsheet of all the schools and what you have done (Test Scores, Transcripts, LOR?, Fees). If anybody wants a super easy template for your applications, feel free to email me! I’m not able to upload a screenshot for whatever reason, or else I would. 

ACT & SAT

By now you should’ve already taken the ACT or SAT, once or twice. For rising juniors, you should take your choice in test at least twice during your junior year (beginning and end). If you still aren’t happy with your score or want to do better, take any of the September through November tests! Schools don’t require test scores until January, so take the test of your choice until you get the score you want, its not fun taking a 3 hour test but it is 100% worth it in the end.

Transcripts & Recommendation Letters

This is fairly easy. Figure out what schools want you to send your transcript and ask your school’s counselor how you can do it. Many teachers want you to ask for letters of rec at the end of junior year, some say to ask at the beginning of senior year. Pick two teachers (typically from your junior year) you look up to the most and could write a good recommendation for you.

Essays

The personal statement and individual essays are all things that you will have to write in the coming months. Start brainstorming, no admission counselor wants to read the same old story of how you got hurt and rebounded. The Common App has about 5 or 6 prompts for you to chose from along with your own story; be sure to start brainstorming ASAP. I wrote my personal statement about how I was born premature. Many schools ask what you want to major in and why you want to go to the school, be sure to brainstorm these questions too. Many schools already have their apps open or the questions are somewhat the same as last year

Deadlines

Be aware of deadlines. Use sticky notes, iCal, Google Calendar, your planner, etc. November 1, November 15, and January 15 are the three most common days in which applications are due. Make sure to have everything done and ready at least a week before applications are due in case the website glitches (it happens a lot).

After you hit submit

Believe in yourself and have faith. You haven’t spent the past 3 years of your life cramming those APUSH flashcards or learning the Pythagorum theorem for nothing. You have given it your absolute all and all there is to do is wait. The first application I sent was to Chapman and at the time I had no desire to go there but I was incredibly nervous. Stay confident in yourself and the decisions you have made.

Here are some of my tips for all the different parts of college applications, hope you enjoy! What are some of your tips or tricks for staying organized during the most hectic time of year? Also, please be sure to comment below or email me if you have any questions, I seriously LOVE writing/reading essays and reviewing applications! (Weird I know)

Love,

Saba