Who Am I?

IMG_6823I just recently started this blog, so I decided to sign up for the Blogging 101 course to get to know a little bit more about blogging. The first assignment is to introduce myself and tell why I am here. Since I haven’t done an introduction post yet, here’s my chance:

Hello! My name is Zoie. I am 18-years-old, and currently a freshman in college. I started this blog because I wanted to write about my college experiences, and share what I learn with other college students. What better way to do both of those than to start a blog? With this blog, I hope to give others advice, and show them that they are not alone with the struggle of college. I think blogging is a great way to get to know other people from around the world who share the same interests as you.

So that is why I’m here, now a little bit more about me:

I am currently working towards a journalism degree. I love reading and writing about celebrities and entertainment. I haven’t quite decided where I want to be in the future, but I have dreams of moving to New York and working for MTV. It may seem outside of reach, but I’m going to work hard to get there (or somewhere else just as cool).

IMG_1408I also really enjoy photography (which goes along perfectly with a journalism major). I have taken pictures for fun, pictures at concerts and events, and portraits. I love the idea of capturing memories that you can look back on at a later time.

I have a boyfriend named Kohl, who I’ve been dating for over 3 years! ❤ He’s helped shaped me into the person I am today, and I don’t know where I’d be without him. 🙂 We met and bonded over music, so I have him to thank for introducing me to some of my favorite bands.

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I think this post will give you a better idea of who I am, and why I’m here. If you want to know more, feel free to leave a comment! 🙂

Goals for a Successful Semester of College

IMG_7527 The start of a new year is the perfect time to work towards some of those goals you have been putting off forever. Many people have New Year’s resolutions or goals that they set to work towards during this new year. Personally, I prefer goals over New Year’s resolutions any day. In this post, I will share with you some of the goals that I am going to be working on during my spring semester of college. These goals are things that any student can work towards to help improve their grades or their college lives in general.

Goal #1: Improve study habits.

This goal may seem obvious, but it is extremely important to help improve your grades. I learned the importance of studying during my first semester of college when I got some of my quiz grades back and wasn’t impressed with my results (You can read my post about other things I learned during my first semester of college here). Instead of spending hours at a time studying, I am going to study for shorter intervals and take breaks in between. This studying strategy has been proven to be more efficient!

Goal #2: Read more.

During this semester, I plan on reading all of my reading assignments. There were nights when I stayed up really late and would tell myself that I would just finish the reading assignment in the morning before class. This was a huge mistake, because I would sometimes forget to do the reading. It was just my luck that every time this happened, we had a quiz over the assigned reading. Big mistake. I don’t plan on just reading my college textbooks though. I also plan on reading other books too. I love reading for fun, but since I’ve started college, I haven’t really had the time to read any books. I am going to try to change this, and make more time for reading books that I’m interested in.

Goal #3: Eat healthier.

I have gotten into the habit of going to the dining hall and loading up on cheesy fries whenever there is nothing else appetizing on the menu. My goal for this semester is to make healthier eating choices. There are a lot of fruit and vegetable options in my dining hall that I need to learn to take advantage of. I think it is important for any college student to work on this goal, because there are many students who do not pay attention to the unhealthy foods they are eating, and this is the reason why so many students gain the freshman 15.

Goal #4: Develop better organizational habits.

I can’t even count the number of times I have tried to do my homework and have encountered a messy desk. Every time this happens, I get discouraged to do the work. I am going to work harder at organizing my desk and keeping all of my assignments organized as well. Keeping your assignments organized will make it easier for you to keep track of them so that you don’t forget to do one.

Goal #5: Exercise more.

There are a lot of students at my college who are athletes, but I am not one of them. I am going to make the extra effort to exercise more this semester. I think exercising is an important part of staying healthy and it is something that I am definitely lacking. Something as simple as going for a walk around campus will be better than being a couch potato.

Each of these goals are simple and realistic, and that I why I prefer goals over New Year’s resolutions. Any college student can work towards these goals to help better their college experience.

What goals are you working towards this year, or this semester of college?