5 Ways to End the Semester Right

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To be honest readers, I’m writing this post as one of my many tasks to procrastinate writing my thirty page research paper on how journalists impact the human rights movement. I’m usually not a procrastinator, but with the scary g-word looming in the near future, it has become a new way of life. Push everything off and pretend the days aren’t counting down to that day fateful day, right?

But as the semester- and my undergraduate career – end, I realize that I always end the semester the same way. I’ve developed a routine of what I do to properly end each semester and I just needed to share it with you.

  1. Write “thank you” notes to your professors

    You wouldn’t have truly survived the semester without your professors – if you didn’t have them, there would be no classes to attend! Yes, they may have caused you late nights in the library and additional stress, but they took time out of their children’s soccer games to grade your papers and missed dinner with their family to meet with you. I always make sure to thank my professors for their time and effort. An act of kindness, like a hand written thank you card, goes along way! Be appreciative.

  2. Take some time to focus on yourself 

    High School Musical 2 and other movies left me with an unrealistic expectations of what the summer should be. For my undergrad years, they always were focused around going back to my summer job, interning, attempting to get back on a fitness routine, and cross as many books off my “to read” list as possible. This left me with little time to actually destress from the semester. That’s why I always make sure to take a night at school to put my phone away, focus on my affair with Netflix, and do an at home spa night. Nothing will ever compare to a proper massage, but a deep exfoliating drug store face mask, a glass of wine, and a good night’s sleep can come pretty close if you let it. You deserve some “you” time.

  3. Return/sell your textbooks

    After the semester comes to a close, it is time to put myself on a budget because I am tight on cash. Those bar tabs, big/little hibachi dates, and twice-a-day Dunkin runs really seem to be unnecessary once you realize how much they take out of your bank account. You don’t want to have more money taken out due to fees and fines for not returning your books on time, so make sure you return them as soon as you are done with the final. Plus, you may even be able to make some extra money through your school bookstore, Amazon, or from my previous sponsor, CampusBookRentals.com.

  4. Get rid of anything you no longer need

    This could be your notecards from your Gen Ed history final, the sweatshirt from the cute boy in your science class, or a just the Starbucks receipts and gum wrappers at the bottom of your backpack. The semester is officially over, so no need to be a packrat. Only having necessities will make life easier once you start to move out of your dorm room.

  5. Say your goodbyes

    I used to feel like Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana when I would go home for summer break. My “fake” life at Quinnipiac with my “school friends” was not the same as my “home friends.” At college, you are used to having the same people constantly around you, within a mile or two of you at all times and all hours. It gets weird not seeing these familiar faces so often. It’s just like saying bye to your mom when she drops you off for the semester. Make sure you say goodbye to everyone you want to-once you are hours away at home, you won’t have the chance! 

    Do you always end your semester a certain way? Let me know!

     

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No Need to Add More Stress from Breakouts during Finals Week

Happy Saturday, readers!

As I’ve mentioned in this week’s Monday Musts, I’m about to enter finals week. As I’m stressing about all my finals, my performance monologue, and multiple papers, that last thing I want to worry about is breaking out! However, thanks to Seventeen Magazine, I’m not going to!

17 social clubSeventeen Magazine sent me Biore’s Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser to use.

 

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The facial cleanser deep cleans 2x better and naturally purifies. It also has skin purifying technology and is oil-free.

After my last skin care package from my friends over at Seventeen Magazine, I couldn’t wait to try this one. Just like Murad, Biore’s deep pore charcoal cleanser did wonders for my skin!

 

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My best friend, Julia, and I have been in the library until at least 1 a.m. since Wednesday preparing for finals and writing papers. I’ve been going completely makeup free these last few weeks to eliminate the time it takes to put it on in the morning to sleep in longer. However, every morning and night I make sure to wash my face. Thanks to Seventeen, I have been doing so with Biore’s deep pore charcoal cleanser and have seen such amazing results!

Finals exam times is so stressful – and normally causes me so many break outs. I work out even harder at the gym trying to relieve some of the stress, but that only makes me sweat even more. All that extra sweat will clog more pores. However, Biore, who is known to “free your pores!” has helped my skin stay clear.

My skin feels softer and doesn’t have a blemish on it. While I’m studying and writing papers, I don’t need to worry about any breakouts because Biore is keeping my face completely clean.

Just look at the library selfie posted above, there is not a single blemish on my face! All my focus is on these last few days of school and not any pimples.

Thanks Seventeen!

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Surviving Finals Thanks to the UniVoxBox from Influenster!

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How’s your finals and week before finals going for you, readers?

Ask me and I’d show you this selfie:

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But, thanks to Influenster, I received some awesome goodies in the UniVoxBox to help me survive this week and next week until I’m home in good ole’ Jersey!

No one has time to go get a manicure during these weeks – but luckily Influenster sent me an imPress press on-manicure set!

I won’t be running out of ink in my pens anytime soon because I have the Acroball Pure White pen to write out all my flash cards in.

Even after these late nights studying, I can still have a fresh looking face thanks to Rimmel London’s Stay Matte Foundation.

Then, I just add a pop of color on my lips thanks to the NYC Expert Last Lip color!

Lastly, I have some Red Rose real tea flavoring thrown in my backpack to mix into any of my drinks.

All these items are absolutely essential for finals week and the week before. I don’t need to stress as much thanks to these awesome products from Influenster!

 

 

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I recommend all these products to you!

If you currently use any of them, comment below and tell me about it.

OR if you would like to be join Influenster and recieve awesome goodies like this, I can invite you! E-mail me at sparkleandshinesami@gmail.com for more information.

Best of luck with finals, readers!

 

 

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I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.