I’m back from college, and of course one of the first things I had to do was get my hands on some French macarons! I have a bucket list of all of the things I want to do (mainly eat) now that I’ve returned to civilization. It’s pretty dire out at Dartmouth. Our nearest “town”, Hanover, is like four blocks long. In that small space, there are THREE Thai restaurants alone out of maybe ten restaurants and only a J. Crew and overpriced boutiques to shop in. When I tell you we are out in the woods, I mean it. But it’s like a weird, expensive, privileged woods.
It’s finally November, which means sweater weather is right around the corner or already here for you. While you’re bringing out your favorite knits and sipping on seasonal lattes, it’s also time to start thinking about how your skincare routine will change as temperatures fall. You may not think to change up the regimen you’ve religiously been following, but seasons can actually determine what your skin needs to keep its glow.
Going from Texas to New Hampshire (where there are real changes in weather) has made me think differently about caring for my skin. Even though it’s naturally quite oily, my skin still takes a hit as I get into the fall and winter months. I was using way too many oil control and matte products, which actually dehydrated my skin when combined with the dry and cool weather.
If you’re in an area that experiences seasonal changes, check out my cold weather routine and things you need to know about skincare below!
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I feel like there are two things incoming college students worry about: communal bathrooms and how they’re going to keep their sh*t together each term. While we figure out the bathroom thing pretty quickly, I don’t think anyone ever really feels like they totally have their lives together in college. However, even when you feel like a complete mess, you can at least look a little more together. I personally find that when I’m stressed and life gets hectic, doing things like cleaning my room and putting on a nice outfit actually makes me feel way better.
This summer, I was one of the few returning college students who wasn’t able to snag a job at the mall or the YMCA. With an empty bank account and hardly any friends back in my city, I stayed home on most days and instead threw myself into the work of getting back on track. The track of self-alignment, growth, and self-love.
As I near the end of my summer break, I have seen so much improvement in myself. I crack open my journal a lot more often. I’ve returned to the things I love: blogging, reading, and thinking. I’ve been working out (even jogging, which I hate but did anyway) and making fruit smoothies regularly. I did a lot of research on caring for my 4c hair, which I’ve grown to really love. Most importantly, I’ve opened myself up to the lessons and opportunities that come from being more mindful and introspective. A lot of great things have happened as a result, but I want to talk about the biggest and most instrumental part of my growth: accepting and forgiving myself.
At some point in college (or at many points) you are going to have a professor that sucks. Most of the time, it’s because your college hired them for their research and expertise in a field and not for their teaching abilities. These professors are bad at explaining things that seem basic to them but are foreign to students being exposed to it for the first time. Other times, their organization can be crap. Or they’re the type to teach one thing in lecture and assign/test you on something completely different. Whatever the reason, having a terrible professor can result in a bad grade or cause you to hate a subject you thought you’d really like.
If you haven’t had this type of professor yet, you will.
There are ways to survive in classes like these. You may not get the exact grade you wanted, but you can at least prevent yourself from a messed up GPA. The tips below are great for any class, but are essential for when you feel things going left. And, as is the truth with anything in school, it’s better to act sooner than later with these.