Second Week of Fall Semester

I had class on Monday even though it was a holiday. A perk of online classes is that you can do your work any time, any where. I managed to finish three short quizzes and make some progress of a large assignment.

At the end of the first week, I dropped a class. I was a week into in and already having anxiety attacks about it (math). The good news is that I didn’t need that class for my degree – it was just something I had hoped to do. Turns out, I just can’t do math.

I am down to a more-manageable four courses. I’m taking Beginning Spanish (which is harder than I thought, since there’s no textbook), a College Study skills course, a child development course on curriculum and planning, and Human Development from a Psychology standpoint. Nice and easy, right? Probably not!

Spanish is tough because she posts the directions to assignments in Spanish, and uses several videos, but I think it will be a fun class once it gets going. Thankfully, I’ve been using Duolingo for the past month so I know a little bit more than nothing.

Here’s to a great third week!

Fall Semester Goals

  • Spend lots of time outside – studying, playing with the kids at the park, going for walks at sunset, jumping in leaves
  • Go to bed shortly after the kids do each night – no more staying up late scrolling instagram
  • No procrastinating on schoolwork – do all assignments as soon as possible
  • Create a study schedule (#studyblr and #studygram on instagram are super inspiring!)
  • Skip mountain dew and just drink water (good for the body! good for the budget!)
  • Create a fall budget
  • Stick to my budget
  • Get out of the house and head to the coffee shops and libraries for studying

5 Tips For Staying Healthy in College

  • Drink water.
    • I carry around a metal 64oz cup (with a straw) because it keeps my water cold forever and using a straw seems to make it easier for me to drink more.
  • Walk as much as possible.
    • Park at the end of the parking lot. Take the stairs not the elevator. Eat lunch while you walk. Just take more steps. This in one tip I am having a hard time with. Taking my own advice and heading out for a walk now!
  • Choose fruits and veggies over junk in the cafeteria or pack your own lunch.
    • I am not a huge fan of fruits and veggies. I only like a few, and honestly, I’d rather grab a Reese’s Pieces Peanut Butter cup instead of a cup of pineapple, but you know, I need that pineapple more.
  • Don’t skip breakfast.
    • I am not a huge breakfast eater, but have an apple, banana, piece of toast. Something in your belly to help you focus.
  • Don’t stay up too late (especially if you have kids like I  do!)
    • For the past few nights, I’ve been going to bed at about 10:30. I still think this is a little late, since I don’t feel rested in the morning, but as the semester progresses I will adjust it. I read my Kindle app right before I fall asleep. I barely make it a few pages before I’m out. Do what works for you!

Things I Don’t Need for Spring Semester

At the beginning of last year, I was so excited to shop for school supplies for myself. Now, as I’m finishing up my third semester, I realized that all the notebooks and fancy pens I bought for school have ended up on my kids’ art shelves. The classes I’m taking – I don’t need to take notes, so I don’t need notebooks. I don’t need fancy pens that my kids just steal and lose anyway.


I love buying pens and notebooks and office supplies in general. But when you’re on a budget, you quickly learn what’s a waste of money and what’s not.



I never use my backpack. It sits in the living room getting chewed on by the cat. I have a large purse, and my laptop and binder fit perfectly.


I’m also trying to declutter my house for winter since we will be spending a considerable amount of time inside (Minnesota winters are not fun.) Notebooks, papers, and pens are the first things to go.

Four Things I Don't Need For Spring Semester