Life Update – Where I have been

Hey my loves,

Long time no talking. Sorry for being quite MIA the past couple of weeks, but a lot – and I mean A LOT – has happened the past three months. So I thought before I get back into the swing of things I would do a little catch up with you guys.

The past couple of months have been super emotional and stressful, but I am so content with everything right now that I feel like it is time to get back into blogging. I just needed some creative space from everything so I could write what I love again and also love doing it again. After almost seven years of blogging you kind of get into a slump, but I think I finally got out and feel ready to tackle it.

This week is the last week of seminars for the winter term and after this I am writing a paper, but besides that, for the first time in a while, I have some time to improve myself and work on things I love. My plan is to start my master thesis some time in the next winter term 2021/2022 and before that I have two papers and an oral exam left, so I got a little way to go. I can honestly say that this past semester was super stressful but I could handle this whole online thing – and more work load thing – quite good. I finished a lot of my courses, I think at the end I did six finished courses. So, YEY me! 

But, the past couple of months have been so stressful. In the middle of the semester my new apartment got ready for me to move in (it was planned for the break between last summer and winter semester, but it got moved so much). So I ended up moving in the last week of November, which would have been absolutely fine if I hadn’t had to do put wallpaper in all of the rooms and paint all the walls and ceilings. But thanks to my uncle and friends I got it all done very quickly – I think it took like three or four weeks in total. But while all the renovating was happening I still had classes and was working. So it was a lot to do and I didn’t really have the time or head space to produce content for my blog, or for Instagram for that matter.

Now as I am back to blogging I will try to post two blog entries every week – I will post on Wednesday and Saturday at around 11 am. I have a lot of fun blog entries coming up: I will show you my new place and take about some good food I have been cooking during lockdown. So stay tuned!

I hope you are all doing well and are happy and healthy! I see you on Saturday with a new blog post. 

XoXo, Jasmin.

How to write a Bachelor Thesis

Hey my loves,

I did it! I actually wrote a Bachelor thesis and got a good grade on it.

But how did I managed to write my thesis in the first place?

In today’s blog post I am going to tell you my tips and tricks on how to write a good thesis. I will give you a step-by-step guide and even a timeline which you can use to write yours. Maybe you are in a similar situation as I were – working, having courses, maintaining a somewhat social life – or maybe you have no clue how to even start.

The key to everything is PLANNING.

Without a good thoughtful plan you won’t manage to put everything under one hat. You have to have somewhat of a structure or else you lose sense of time and workload. In this blog post however the focus will be on the Bachelor thesis schedule. For that I created a to-do list that you can download, if you want to. It gives you a rough idea about how you should manage your time.

If you want this planner, you can download it as a PDF here.

Finding the right topic and researching for it is the hardest part in my opinion. There are so many options out there and a lot of research, too. So finding the right topic can seem endless. What I like to do is look roughly over the topics we discussed in class, look at the literature we talked about and write down key terms and then just start researching for topic ideas. I also like to have a look at a combinations of topics, so I’ll always look if there is a second book we talked about that I could use, too.

After you find your topic you have to find secondary literature and you need to remind yourself here to NOT go overboard. If you have a topic to which a lot of people have done research filter out the ones who are similar, only use the ones who seem to have an original idea or go further into analyzing than another. Set yourself a limit of secondary literature, I’ll always go by the rule for one page I am writing at least one secondary literature. With 30 or more pages you already have 30 secondary literatures. Also, start organizing them after topics right away or else you’ll lose your overview very quickly.

Finding the right words to start with seems almost every time impossible, so what I like to do is just randomly start with something I had in my mind while reading through all the secondary literature. It gives you a starting point and from then on it should come to you quite naturally, if not, that’s okay, too. We all have a different process of writing. Trust in yourself and trust in what you are capable of.

One last tip: Always plan in two or three more days for each chapter than you think you’ll need. It always comes in handy to have some extra days.

I hope I could give you a good insight into my process and helped you along the way. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

How To Save Money As A Student

Hey my loves,

in today’s blog post I am going to talk about how to save money when you are a broke student. Now I am not talking about saving up money for a house or a car or for traveling, what I am talking about is saving money for your everyday life – such as groceries, beauty products, stuff for your apartment or things you need for College.

Groceries 

You can save a lot of money on groceries and you might miss out on some great things. The first thing you have to remember while grocery shopping is “Is this something I want or need?”, because there lies the biggest fail while spending the money at the grocery store. What I like to do is to plan out my meals, but leave some room for things I want to change. I also incorporate weekly deals of my local grocery stores and stock up once a month on items like vegetable cans, frozen veggies and fruit, pasta, rice as well as things like oil, flour and sugar, basically everything that can last you a long time.

Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle

We all know that shopping is one of the deathliest things to a student, you want all the things and you buy a lot of things that you might not really need. But the truth is, sometimes we need new clothes, new makeup or new furniture. And you can save money – there are especially a lot of student deals. I personally love to use Unidays, they have the best deals for my personal usage, but I also just like to Google for coupon codes, sometimes you find amazing deals. Another thing, which I feel like not a lot of people are aware of a newsletter coupon codes, they are rare, but truly worth it. 

College

Now as a student you probably are spending more money for College than anything else – from student supplies, books for your course to computers and printers. It can get expensive, so you got to be smart about it. As for laptops Apple always offers 10% off for students, which might not seem much, but you pay for quality. As for supplies I always like to go to the dollar store or anything where you can get your supplies for as cheap as possible. For books I like to find used books or change out books with other students that is a great way for you to save money.

Ultimate Guide to Saving

If you like to get more ideas on how to save money head over to Coupon Follow and check out their amazing guide: Ultimate Saving Guide

I hope I could give you an insight on how I like to save money!  What are your tips to save money? Tell me in the comments. 

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

Where I have been + Update

Hey my loves,

long time since I last blogged, I know! I am so sorry for that.

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I was writing three papers and was preparing for an important oral exam, so I literally did not had the time to do anything else. But I’m all done now and will try to get back to blogging. And I can’t wait to get back, even though I will be quite busy after next week, but I will try my best to upload. There will be some changes though.

I won’t be able to write two or three blog posts a week with good and strong content, even though I wish I had the time, but I rather focus on one good one once a week. I’m going into my last year of college and I have a jam-packed term ahead of me and I started a new job this week, which also keeps me quite busy. But I will try to post on Sundays at 1 pm (CET).

Another change will be that I will be posting more college related blog post, I just feel like you guys really enjoy this content and since I will be done next summer with my bachelor’s degree, I figured, if not now, when?! There will be coming some very interesting entries. But feel free to drop me any suggestions in the comment section as well as on Twitter or Instagram.

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

How to stay organized when you have a lot to do – College Edition

Hey my loves,

as you might know I am a student and currently I have been busy with multiple papers, presentations and participation proof things that I thought I would share some of my techniques with you.

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I always keep a planner on hand so that I can take notes and write down any important submission dates and also to just keep everything nice and organized at one place. I use a weekly spread, where I write down any appointments and according to the days any to-do’s. I also use a pencil for potential things that I am either unsure of if they need to be done or if it’s happening on that day that way I can easily remove and transfer them.

Another thing I am doing is putting all my appointments, submission dates, to-do’s and even home shores in my calendar app on my phone. I even went as far as color coding them. For instance, purple marked things are regarding everything I have to do for College, yellow marked ones are my to-do’s and so on.

I also use the reminder app on my phone to give me daily reminders of things that need to be done that specific day or in the near future and it keeps all my to-do’s in one place.

Another thing I like to do is to use a site in my planner or from a notebook and regarding to the course write down all the things I have to do and if possible date them accordingly. It’s also super satisfying to tick of a to-do on that.

I know this might seem like a lot of double work, but this is for my personal lifestyle. I might not have my planner on me one day so I have it on my phone. If something happens to my phone, I’ll always have it in my bullet journal. I just like to be safe.

What are your organizational techniques? I would love to know. Also, if you are interested in something like this for my blog I am more than happy to share that with you too.

Check out my other entry about College: How to stay organized for an assignment

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

April 2018 Favorites

Hey my loves,

in today’s entry I am going to talk about my favorites in April. Uni started on the 9th and since then I have been super busy and in full work mode, but I still like to take some time out to write a couple of entries for May, since I still love blogging so much and want to upkeep my blogging schedule.

What were your favorite entries so far? I would love to know.

Now onto, my favorites this month. I have quite a mix of things. So here they are:

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As you can see, there is quite a lot of highlighters going on and not the fun kind – well kinda the fun kind, I mean, they ARE pastel colored highlighters.

My ‘planner’ and the ‘Stabilo Boss Pastel Highlighters‘ have been my planning heaven this month. I am currently figuring out everything I have to do for the individual courses and also what and particularly when I have to do research and so on for my final papers. But I also use the highlighters for texts I read, not just for planning. My planner is a Bullet Journal, in some time I will write about my experience, but not just yet.

Another highlight from April for me was and still is my new ‘phone case’. I am in love with it, I love the feeling, the color, it’s just so cute. I also love my new phone – lol, it’s an iPhone X for those of you who were wondering. What I especially love about this case is that it’s easy to clean and the microfiber lining. I feel like it still looks cute but also gives my phone the protection it needs.

As for my beauty related favorites I only have a couple of things. To be honest with you, I haven’t been wearing much makeup, just the basics to look semi-presentable, other things just have been more important. First up, is the ‘Trend it up – Nail Polish’ in this beautiful lilac color. If you ever are in Germany go to the closest DM and buy it, it’s super affordable (under 2€) and it lasts all freaking week, literally. I showered, I did dishes, I did everything with them and they didn’t split, crack or lost any color or anything. It looked perfect the entire week.

Another favorite of mine is the ‘L’Oréal Paris – Brow Artist Xpert‘. As you might know, I have been looking for a good brow pen and I think I have found it. It’s super easy to apply, blend and it can look natural or dramatic and I love that it comes with a brush, makes it so much easier.

Since being out all day and hence wearing make up all day I have been looking for the perfect under-eye setting powder, and I dare decided to try the ‘Maybelline – Master Fix Setting + Perfecting Loose Powder‘ and I was shook. It feels super smooth and lightweight and it lasts ALL DAY. It’s perfect and it was especially great during the heat wave we had. And since I am out all day I also like to not think about reapplying my lipstick, which is why my ‘Maybelline – Superstay 24h Lipstick‘ in Rose Dust has been my go-to one for the entire month of may. It stays on the entire day! I love it!

What were your favorites in April? Tell me in the comments.

I hope you all have a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

Travel Tip – Düsseldorf ‘Altstadt’

Hey my loves,

as some of you might now I love Düsseldorf and so it seemed more than natural to me to do a travel tip for you about my favorite part about the city, which is it’s ‘Altstadt’. If you have ever been to Düsseldorf you now which part it is, because it is the best part of the city with a perfect view of the Rhine.

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A couple of weeks ago I went on a little photo mission with my friend Miri to show you some of the places. We went along the Rhine, we even went into some small streets, which I never have been to and ended up somewhere in the Art District. I had so much fun, and I hope that these photos make you want to stop by and visit Düsseldorf. So here is a quick look at some of the photos we took.

 

Have you ever been to Germany? Tell me in the comments where you have been, I would love to know.

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

Everyday Makeup for Spring & Uni

Hey my loves,

in today’s video I show you my everyday routine during Spring when I have my classes at University. I usually have about 20 minutes for my makeup in the morning, so I am able to do quite a lot, but I do have to make sure it lasts all day, because I have really long days. If you want to know how achieved this look then check my video out.

I hope you enjoyed today’s video and if you did make sure to give it a big thumbs up. It would mean the world to me if you could subscribe and leave me a comment telling me what your favorite primer for a long day of wearing makeup is.

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

March 2018 Instagram Highlights

Hey my loves,

in today’s post I am sharing my March Instagram posts and talk about some of my highlights.

In March I was so focused on finishing my term papers that I didn’t really get to go out much. But I did redecorated my kitchen with my aunt, mainly we just put in another shelf and also bought a new fridge. Other than that I visit my favorite city at the moment, which is Düsseldorf.

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I really enjoyed the trip and Miri and I took a lot of photos which I have been sharing on my Instagram the entire month. We also went to the ‘Filmmuseum‘, but sadly we weren’t allowed to take photos in there. But, if you’re ever in Düsseldorf, you should check it out.

Over Easter I was at my grandma’s and spent the entire weekend there. It was so relaxing and I really needed some down time. Next week, Uni starts again and then everything will be a lot more stressful. So having that time with her, really pushed me to be motivated.

What were your highlights in March? Tell me in the comments.

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

How to stay organized for an assignment

Hey my loves,

so as you may know I am a college student and am currently writing a term paper for one of my English classes and I thought it would be a good time to share my guideline on how to write a paper and stay organized while doing it.

Just a quick preface, this is a method that works for me and my writing style and for the style of my Uni. Please make sure that you follow the guidelines given by your University if you have any and use this entry to however it can be applied to you.

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1) Think about your topic. – What do you want your term paper to be about? Have you been given a topic? Write down anything in regards to a rough idea of what your paper should be about.

2) Write a to-do list. – What do you have to do and in what order? For example: Have you read the primary literature? Do you have any idea what secondary literature you could use? Write a rough time outline, when you want to have what finished.

3) Start researching. – Research secondary literature. Has your professor given you any tips? Do you remember literature that has been talked about in class that could be applied to your topic?

4) Class material – Go through your class material: Can you use anything from it? Write it down.

5) Write a time schedule! – Now that you gathered all your secondary literature, write down when you want to do the work. For example, by what date do you want to be through the secondary sources? Think carefully about how much time you can and need to spend.

6) Read secondary literature! – Normally I would read my text twice, but since reading for a term paper requires a lot of different texts that would just take too much time, so I make sure I read thoroughly the first time. I mark everything that seems important. If I have more than one topic I want to cover I use different highlighter pens. I also like to write down my own thoughts right beside the text or on post-its. This helps me not only to remember why I thought it was important, but also gives me an overview of the topics at first glance.

7) Write an outline. – Now that you’ve read all the secondary literature, you can think about an order to your term paper. What is the best order for your topic? How should you divide your different topics?

8) Write out citations! – Writing out your citations with page numbers, author and title into Office is really helpful for when you write later on. Bring the file into the format you are writing your term paper in and make sure that the citations are correct. I also like to organize them to the different topics, so that when I am writing later on I know where to look.

9) Go through primary literature! – Now for me that would be a book. At this point I am going lightly through the entire book again and make sure to find passages I can use together with the citations from the secondary literature. Write down your own thoughts on post-its or into Word, but make sure to write down the page number, so that you can cite it correctly later on.

10) Start writing! – Now I always like to start with the main part rather than the introduction, because while working through my main part I may notice that my original thought will not work out. By starting with the main part I can make sure that my introduction isn’t bound to anything or that I have to rewrite it, which would take up more time than necessary. I also like to start writing down just my own thoughts without any citations of the secondary literature.

11) Add citations from secondary literature. – When I’m finished writing each section of my main part I go in with my secondary source citations and add them where I feel like they do the best job. I then add why I picked this citation or why I think it’s necessary to point it out or even disagree with it, if necessary. But remember to cite them correctly!

12) Write your introduction and conclusion! – When I am finished with my main part I like to go straight into the introduction and then the conclusion. Between intro and conclusion I like to read my main part again just to make sure that my “train of thought” is “en route”!

13) Proofread! – I always read it in stages. First stage is right after finishing the main part, then I proofread my intro and conclusion and after some time I go back in and read it again. What I also think that helps a lot is letting friends or family proofread it, sometimes you cannot find all the mistakes, so it’s good to have some extra pair of eyes to look over your work. They can also tell you, if what you wrote makes somewhat sense.

14) Final Changes – After proofreading, I like to read it again, just to make sure I do not want to add or change anything. If I do want to change some things I will do that at this point.

15) Check citations and the entire work! – Now it’s time to check if all your citations are correct, that the format is correct and that you checked everything off of your to-do list and the restrictions you’ve been given.

Now, that is all I do to stay organized before and during an assignment. What are your ways to stay organized? Let me know in the comments. I would love to know.

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.