My Last Year of College

Hey my loves,

In today’s blog post I am going to touch on some things I felt while entering the last final year of College being a bachelor degree student. While I have been studying for a lot longer than the usual student, I have quite a lot of mixed feel considering my last year.

But first, let me get started with the beginning of my college journey.

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In October 2013 I’ve started college, I had English as my mayor and History as a minor. I quickly realized that History wasn’t for me, so I switch to Linguistics. After failing miserably for three consecutive semesters, always with the hope of getting better, I decided to switch one last time. I applied for German as my mayor at my College and I got in.

Since October 2015 I am studying German as my major and English as my minor and that has been one of the best decision I have made in my college experience. Not only was I finally able to just do the courses I was good in, but I also got motivated again to go to College and actually attended the courses. After my first semester I fell ill, and had to dial back on College stuff so that I wasn’t able to finish in the regular time. But I think that’s okay, I believe your health is more important than that.

After I got better I decided to change my life around. To change the things that I believed made me sick as well as trying to be a happier and healthier person. I also wanted to use my motivation for school to try and find out what I eventually want to do with my degree. And in the beginning of this year, I decided that I am not willing to leave College just yet. That I enjoy it. So I decided that I want to do my master as well.

Now that my plan for after my bachelor’s degree is all set, I want to touch on what I’m feeling about my last year as a student. As a bachelor’s student – at least.

I’m feeling mixed feelings about it to be completely honest with you. While I’m excited for a new and fresh start I’m also sad, since I will probably leaving my College I am at right now, and I have built so many great friendships and memories here. But I guess with evolving you kind of have to leave some things behind. I’m also thankful, thankful for the opportunities that have arisen out of my experiences, thankful for the person I am today and much more.

This year, a lot of things changed for me. Personally and College-wise, but it only got better. I didn’t start my journey thinking I would end up being, well happy?! I never knew what I wanted, or at least I told myself that. And now, while I learn what my strengths are and I step out of my comfort zone, I realize what I can and what I want to do. All possibilities are open for me, I just have to work hard enough and realize that if I want something it won’t just fall into my lap, that I actually have to work to achieve something. And while doing so it is the greatest feeling in the world if you actually reach your goals.

My last summer was filled to the brim with work for College. I had to write three papers simultaneously as well as prepare an oral exam. While the old-me would have crumbled under the pressure and probably would have given up, I have risen above it, and even surprised myself by doing it all, with just one minor freak-out right before the submission of the last two papers (which FYI was in the same week).

The upcoming semester will be filled with a lot of courses for my minor and I can’t wait for them. I only have two papers left and a test and hopefully (fingers crossed!) I am able to register my bachelor thesis in early 2019. I also started working at my College as a student helper, and so far I’ve been really enjoying it and I feel like it is a good opportunity to gain some work experience as well as learn new things and step out of my comfort zone.

My last year of College will hopefully be filled with lots of fun, new experiences and will hopefully be as much part of my journey as the past nine months has been in my personal life. Would you like me to touch on my personal journey and my development in the past nine months? Let me know in the comments or by liking this post and I will write a blog post about it.

I hope you all have a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

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Moving Out – My Experience and Tips!

Hey my loves,

Fall is a season of change, literally. But for a lot of young adults out there who are just graduating from school are facing so many new things. One of them might be moving out of their parents home.

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Moving out is scary. Trust me, I know.

But it is also one of the coolest things ever and will be something that you’ll remember, because it is such a big change in your life.

I moved out exactly two years ago and while in the beginning I might have been a little homesick, I quickly started to love living on my own. I love the freedom that comes with it, which is also one of the parts that make it the hardest. I guess, there’s a price for everything (like, you have to pay for everything, stuff you didn’t even thought about).

I’m living in my hometown and commute to work and college. It’s just way cheaper where I live than in the big city, so I gladly take the train for about two hours. I rather save money than live in a small apartment where I wouldn’t be happy, just to be closer. But everybody is different in this. I always enjoyed the quiet and landscape that comes with my home, but there are a lot of people who enjoy being closer to college and their job, which I get, especially on those days when the trains are delayed. I will move out of my hometown eventually, but for now I am enjoying the comfort of my home.

What have I learned since moving out?

Well, what haven’t I? Haha xD Just kidding, I’m learning everyday. I learned that I like a clean apartment, but that is just not always achievable. I learned that I DO NOT like washing the dishes, but a dish washer is expensive, so I have to deal with that. I learned that I love having my friends over and I love the freedom that comes with it. I don’t have to ask permission for them to come over, they just come whenever they want to. There are so many things I could list…

But most important I learned the value of self-care, appreciating what you have and that working hard for something pays off. Since I’ve moved out I tried to better myself everyday. I try to eat healthier, exercise regularly, have a schedule and be more positive and choose happiness.

Two years, in which I have grown so immensely. Two years, that have shaped me as an adult as well as a woman. If you are scared of moving out: BE IT. Because being scared or intimidated doesn’t mean that you’re weak, it means that what is coming is a big thing that will change your life and that is scary. But also, be excited. Excited for all the great things and new experiences.

My tips for you.

Move out when you’re ready. I know that sometimes that isn’t possible, but if you have the opportunity to stay home or even close to home, do it. For your own good.

Make a list. Moving out inquires a lot of planning and new things. So it is helpful to write list of what you will need to buy and need to do, like completing insurances and all that.

Save up money. Moving is expensive, and moving out of your parents house is even more expensive, because you will have to buy a lot of stuff. Always plan in a little more money than you think you will need, just to be safe. And also write down two lists: one for the necessities that you’ll need and one for things you want to have. And tick of all the things you actually need first.

Do not stress. It won’t be a smooth ride. In the first few weeks it will be hard to find your routine. It will get tricky if something has to get done and you have to deal with it. Don’t stress about it, everyone is or was at that point in some time in their life.

Socialize, but also take time for yourself. Moving out is one thing, but moving out from your parents to life on your own is such a different world. So socialize, with friends, your family or just take up a new hobby. Make sure that you’ll take on something that keeps you busy. But also take time for yourself. Self care is so important, especially when you have to deal with a lot of new things.

I hope I could give you a good inside to what moving out is like. If you have any questions or would like me to touch on a topic in more detail let me know in the comments or DM on Twitter or Instagram.

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.

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.