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    My First College Apartment | Room Tour

    My First College Apartment: Furnishing a room in a budget | College with Caitlyn

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    I’ve been hype about this post ever since I signed my lease for my apartment back in May. I mad for anything decor or design or HGTV related. Which reminds me, I haven’t watched HGTV in ages. I guess I would need a tv for that and that is not something my roommates and I have gotten yet. Oops.

    We’re not here to talk about the lack of furniture in the rest of my apartment though. Oh, no. We’re here to talk about the ultimate cozy and aesthetic factor that is my bedroom!

    I went for an all white, black, and blue look. Which if you didn’t know, is kinda my aesthetic. Take a look around my blog and Instagram and you’ll find that out quite quickly. I got most of my furniture and decor from IKEA and Target, but I’ll have everything linked in each section so just keep your eyes out for that if you see something you really like!

    Cube Shelf and Gallery Wall

    Cube Shelf / / Light Box / /  Neon Cat Light / / Salty AF Candle / / Similar Orchid

    I already had this cube shelf from last school year. I got it from Target and it was the first piece of furniture I ever put together all by myself. #Adult

    I used most of the shelves to hold my collection of books that have yet to be read. Yup, I haven’t read any of the books on that shelf except a few of the poetry ones.

    Other than that, one shelf holds my DSLR and vlog camera, another has my study abroad photo album and some rocks from Scotland, and the rest have photos and little knick-knacks I’ve accumulated. Oh, and my new podcasting microphone is on there, too! Read more…

    Advice on Staying Afloat Financially in College

    Have you ever heard the old saying, “College was the best time of my life?” This may be the case for many college students. But sadly, college often comes with a suitcase full of surprises that may seem determined to ruin your life.

    These issues can come in many forms – scheduling classes, the amount of studying expected or even handling new relationships. But one of the more common problems college students tend to face are financial issues.

    Advice on Staying Financially Afloat in College | College with Caitlyn guest post by Lexi Carr

    When I started college, I was ready to take the world by storm. I had a full academic scholarship and was living at home. I had no idea about the struggles I was soon to face, first hand and up close.

    For others, especially students without scholarships, college can become a financial nightmare. If you fall into this category, it’s important to remember that you’re not alone. Everyone struggles in college, but here’s some advice on how to stay on top of it all.

    Where will you live?

    Despite a recent increase in the number of college students living at home, many students experience living on their own for the first time during their college years. This could mean moving closer to campus, moving states, or even moving countries.

    Living on your own can be expensive. And for students who are only working part-time, or not at all, paying rent can become a major concern.  

    When I returned home from a summer vacation, I discovered that living at home was no longer an option. At 19, I had never lived on my own before and was overwhelmed with the idea of taking on my own financial responsibilities.

    Before moving out, do your research. Is it cheaper to live on campus or off? Staying in on-campus housing may cut down your overall cost of living on a month to month basis, especially if the rent for the semester can be paid with tuition. Read more…

    How One Girl Turns Struggle with Eating Disorder into Bestselling Book and Business (+ giveaway!!)

    It was a Saturday night a few weeks days before I was heading back to Georgetown University for my sophomore year of college. My friends were all going to Applebee’s to eat half price appetizers and spend quality time with each other before returning to their respective colleges and universities.

    Instead of joining the girls, I laid in my bed and cried. I didn’t go to Applebee’s that night because I didn’t want to eat. And I knew, that if I had gone and sat in front of all those greasy foods, I would have binged.

    I didn’t know what it was at the time, but I knew that I had a serious problem. I knew that if I didn’t want to hang out with my best friends just because I was afraid to eat, something was wrong. Fortunately, with eating disorders, recognizing that there is a problem and wanting to change it is often the first step.

    Jaclyn DiGregori cusp it founder

    I went back to Georgetown and started meeting with my school dietitian. I began to learn that taking care of myself, was so much more than just what I ate or how often I exercised. I learned to start loving myself and truly caring for my whole being- mind, body, and soul.

    After almost a year of working on my eating habits and feeling good about myself in general, I finally found balance with my health. But, what I thought would be a breath of fresh air, was far from it. Read more…

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