How To: Get Ready For The School Year

My summer is quickly coming to an end with only a few weeks left before I have to begin prepping myself for another demanding year at UC Davis! Here are some of my tips for how to mentally get ready for the new school year!

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If your class information is already available and you know for sure that you are taking the class, I recommend shopping around for your textbook! Now is a perfect time to compare prices with online marketplaces and your campus bookstore to find the best deal. I already know that Organic Chemistry will be a huge challenge this quarter, so I decided to order my copy early from Amazon so I could have a chance to read up on the first few chapters before classes begin!

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Another tip is to begin goal planning. Goal Planning is essential for staying on track and focused throughout the year. I like to sit down before school starts and plan out my long term goals (my life and career aims) as well as my short term goals. I see short term goals as pathways to my long term goals, so when I make these lists I like to make very realistic plans for the school year like joining a specific club or looking into a new program. I really recommend trying out goal planning, it helps make your goals seem more real since you can finally see it on paper!

Hope these help! Stay tuned for more back to school themed posts in the coming weeks 🙂

-The Sarcastic Pre-Med

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Summer Series: Project Life

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While my first year went by faster than I wanted, I was lucky enough to take hundreds of pictures to help me remember all the little things. Originally, I planned to make a simple scrapbook, but when I went to Michaels I discovered Project Life! What makes it different from traditional scrapbooking is that rather than having to fill up and plan an entire page filled with paper, pictures, and embellishments, Project Life lets you select a cute binder filled with clear plastic pockets that perfectly fit a standard 4 by 6 picture. Along with the pockets you also purchase a card set that fits in the pockets and adds a personal touch to your book where you can add quotes and journal entries.

I liked the freedom of the Project Life system because you can add however many pages you want and the variety of plastic pocket designs can make for some really stunning designs. Long story short, after many trips to Michaels I finally decided to commit and bought all of my supplies! Check out Project Life here and also look it up on Pinterest for TONS of cute ideas.

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I got all of my photos printed out with the app Print Studio! It takes the photos straight out of your phone’s album and allows you to select the print size and quantity. I ordered 2 x 2 and 2 x 3 prints that come on high quality paper with a classy white border. Shipping was fast and the company really cares for their customers! Check out Social Print Studio!

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I used tape strips to attach everything. The background paper is either scrapbook paper or the Project Life pre cut cards. My plan for this book is to use lots of bright colors and gold ! So far, I have been really enjoying the process and my plan is to hopefully make one of these every summer to commemorate each year of college! Below is one completed spread and I am so excited with how it turned out.

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Would you guys like to see more Project Life? Leave a comment below and stay tuned for more Summer Series posts!

-The Sarcastic Pre-Med

…And Now I’m Back

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Time flies. One second I was enjoying welcome week and meeting all the girls on my floor, and the next I was studying like crazy for finals and moving out of my dorm room. My first year passed by in a flash but as I reflect back on the last 9 months I can proudly say that I have grown immensely as a person. As I now enjoy my summer, I am looking forward to recommitting to this blog and hopefully turning out some great content. Stay tuned!

-The Sarcastic Pre-Med