School is finally in full swing at the University of Waterloo. We have officially been in classes for two weeks and I can definitely say that I'm starting to feel the pressures of being a university student. I have a lot of extracurricular activities that I need to balance along with being a full-time student in a new joint program, blogging and maintaining a social life, it can be difficult to find time for everything. Proper time management is a great skill that many people learn for the first time in college. Being in a sorority and holding an exec position definitely helped me better schedule my semesters better, which is great for my stress levels. 

Le Northern Belle | Managing Time in University

If you don't have an agenda, I highly suggest you pick one up! I like using planners that are colourful and bright, instead of the plain and advertisement-filled ones that universities give out for free, that's just me though. Feel free to use what ever kind of planner you like. At the end of the day, you just need something to write down all your schedules and lists.

The first thing you need to write in your agenda is your contact information, preferably on the back of the cover. In the of-chance your planner were to go missing, you want to make it easier for the kind soul who wants to return your agenda back to you.

Now skip to your month-at-a-glance and add all of your big events and due dates for each month of the semester. For me, I write in my assignment/test dates, recruitment week, volleyball games, and appointments.

Le Northern Belle | Managing Time in University

Le Northern Belle | Managing Time in University

Next, we've made it to the weekly view pages. Here, you want to put information such as classes, volleyball practices, gym times, and meetings. If there is ever a chance that I run out of lines to write on or I need to make a to-do list, I put a post-it note on that day, and continue writing on that. Write down everything you get as you get them. Syllabus information, tasks, appointments, anything -- write them in your agenda as soon as you're aware of them. This avoids anything accidentally falling through the cracks or any chances of you forgetting.

Le Northern Belle | Managing Time in University

In addition to my agenda, I also keep an electronic copy of my daily schedule in Calendar on my MacBook. It allows me to quickly look at my day's schedule while I'm writing notes in class or if I am already on laptop. Plus it syncs with my phone, so I always know where I am suppose to be or what I should be doing. On Calendar, I include my time-flexible items like gym time, study time, meal times and down time. As a visual learner, I like to colour coordinate my schedule. Design a colour coordination system that works best for you. At the end of the day, you're the one who'll be using the agenda, so there's no need to follow a system that doesn't work for you. Personalize it to your own schedule and commitments.

Le Northern Belle | Managing Time in University

I hope this post has gotten you to think about how to manage your time. Everyone has different ways of scheduling their time, so let me know how you use your agendas in the comment section below.

Since moving back for school on September 6th, I've been able to keep up with my fitness goal: Going to the gym at least twice a week. Every Tuesday and Thursday, I have scheduled in an hour in to my agenda just for gym time. To be honest, I am SUPER surprised I've been able to commit this long, just because I know how much excuses I like to make. Especially for my early morning workouts on Thursday, when all I wanna do is curl up further into bed and sleep. 

Now with every Tuesday and Thursday that I go to the gym, I find my motivation to go workout is slowly increasing! Once I have finally pushed my lazy self down the street, after much internal pleading, I turn on my gym playlist. 

I find that playlists specific to working out are so important and keep me motivated through out the whole workout. Even though there is often music playing in the gym, it's often hard to hear most times, especially over all those steroidal juice head guys dropping weights left, right, and centre. Plus the music playing is often not what I like to listen to. 

So,  I have compiled a list of songs that I have on my workout playlist. Majority of the songs are very fast tempo or upbeat -- which is what you should look for when making a playlist. Feel free to use my playlist songs or to pick from the list and make your own playlist. Happy Workout!

Le Northern Belle | Workout Music Playlist

7/11 || Beyonce
Bad Blood || Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar 
Bitch Better Have my Money || Rihanna 
Burial || Yogi ft. Pusha T
Cool for the Summer || Demi Lovato
Elastic Heart || Sia
Feelin' Myself || Nicki Minaj & Beyonce
GDFR || Flo Rida ft. Sage the Gemini
Here || Alessia Care
Hey Mama || David Guetta ft. Nicki Minaj and Afrojack
Impossible is Nothing || Iggy Azalea
Kick the Dust Up || Luke Bryan
Levels || Avicii
Love Myself || Hailee Steinfeld
Only || Nicki Minaj
Really Don't Care || Demi Lovato
She Looks So Perfect || 5 Seconds of Summer
Somethin' Bad || Miranda Lambert & Carrie Underwood
Tequila || DJ Serafin
Ugly Heart || G.R.L
Worth It || Fifth Harmony

This week was the first week of classes. I am finally in my fourth year of classes! I can't believe that it has already been three years at Waterloo. The weather, surprisingly, has been pretty nice for the most part. It's not too hot or too cold. It's like my perfect temperature. 

First day of classes, luckily, only consisted of one class, which was an Intro to Communication course. My first class in the speech communications program. I'm not exactly sure how I feel about that class just yet. I know the prof is trying to get a bunch of students to drop the course because he wants the class to be a little bit smaller than it is (I think the class count is at 112) His first lecture, and sadly yes he lectured on the first day, was A LOT of information to take in. I'm hoping it was a little bit of scare tactic to get more course drops. I've already bought a $60 course notes booklet, so I've committed myself to this course.

The rest of my day was filled with sitting in the student centre doing course readings (not only did he lecture, he also assigned work, not the best first day I've had) and having lunch with friends. I also attended our Panhellenic's meeting and had volleyball later in the evening. Long story short, it's been a long day.

Eventually, my first day of school was done. I thought the best thing to do was to go through my bag's contents from the day and post about What's in my College Bag,

Le Northern Belle | What's in my College Bag | Blog

Le Northern Belle | What's in my College Bag | Blog

My everyday school bag for the past year has been this fuchsia Longchamp Le Pliage Large Tote Bag. I've been using tote bags for school since grade 10 or 11 and have become my go-to bag for class ever since. This year, I normally have 1 or 2 classes a day, so my bag is rarely too heavy.

Le Northern Belle | What's in my College Bag | Blog

Le Northern Belle | What's in my College Bag | Blog

|| MacBook Pro || Lilly Pulitzer Large Agenda in Tusk in Sun || Kate Spade Wallet in Glitter Rose Gold  || University of Waterloo Notebook in Coral || Purple Mini Notebook || Course Notes || Pencil Case || Wristlet ||

Le Northern Belle | What's in my College Bag | Blog

|| Portable Battery Pack  || Free Toothbrush from Campus Dentist || Under Armour || Burt's Bees Lip Balm in Rose || Keys || Bluetooth Mouse  || Earbuds || iPhone Charger || Sunglasses  || Screen Wipe || Charger ||

The school year has officially begun, for me at least, and I can honestly say I'm excited to be back. I'm mostly looking forward to having a structured schedule again. This semester is full with many school commitments and in order for me to do the best I can in all of them, I need to set myself some goals. 

During the Fall term, I will have to balance a full-time course load, sorority (I also hold a leadership position), my student therapist position and obviously, a social life. I'm not gonna lie, it's definitely going to be tough, but with clearly set goals, I'm hopeful that I'll be able to do it all and minimize my stress levels. Fingers crossed!

Le Northern Belle | Fall Semester Goals for College Life

School Related Goals

1. Attend all my classes (especially those 8am courses)
2. Actually pay attention to what the professor is saying in those classes
3. Reserve 30 - 60 minutes each day to review that day's courses
4. Pick your outfits out the night before
5. Make Lunches/Dinner in advance
6. Surpass last year's average
7. Keep in contact with academic advisor to ensure I'm on the right path
8. Go to office hours

Sorority Related Goals

1. Use my committee and properly delegate roles and tasks
2. Encourage other members to be more active in chapter
3. Execute all my planned events
4. Attend more social events

Student Therapy Goals

1. Attend all practices and games (except in the case of a mandatory sorority event)
2. Go to as many clinic appointments with the athletes

Life Goals

1. Go to the gym at least twice a week
2. Limit the amount of food bought on campus to $20/week
3. Bump up blog posting to twice a week
4. Take 30 minutes every day to unwind and destress
5. Make new friends
6. Get 8 hours of sleep every night

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          There are some times in life when you need to follow your own arrow. Growing up, I had  always wanted to be a Biomedical Engineer, I know, it's a very weird dream profession for a six year old,  or a Paediatrician. I always thought that either of these jobs would be an awesome profession, my parents would be proud and I'd be making lots of money. In high school, I took Grade 11 physics to keep the dream of being a Biomedical Engineer, but one HORRIBLE experience with physics (that whole semester was bad), quickly crushed that career pathway. 1 Down. I was slightly sad, but I still had my other co-dream profession alive and well. I loved taking Biology and Chemistry throughout high school, and since I didn't take many elective courses outside of the science stream (huge mistake), I never considered any other possible careers, other than being a doctor. 

Le Northern Belle | Follow Your Arrow

          Fast forward to third year university and I am booking appointments with my academic advisor and with my university's career services. I was stuck in a program that I couldn't really see myself liking a job in. I had finally come to the realization that I no longer wanted to be a doctor, or anything science-y for that matter. We discussed the possibility of adding a minor, adding a second major or just switching majors all together. I've known for a while that I didn't want to be a doctor, but I tried so hard to suppress that in order to A) Keep my parents happy, and B) To not have to think about what my career would be instead. My reason for this new (and final) revelation -- I don't want to be in school for the next 10 to 15 YEARS and I don't want to rack up any more student debt. I've racked up ENOUGH from being an undergraduate alone, more than my liking. I want to work in a field that allows me to not only use theoretical concepts learnt from school but also allows me to be creative and apply things I've learnt from past experiences. 

          Not to put-down anyone who wants to be a doctor, I just know it is not the right thing for me anymore. It was a hard realization to come to terms with but if I don't make a change now before I graduate, I have a good feeling that I'd probably be very regretful. 

          Now I didn't change my major because realistically, I'm only 3 courses away from completing my BSc in Kinesiology degree, so instead, I am taking a Joint Honours in Speech Communications and adding on an extra year of school. If everything goes according to plan, I should be graduating with the Class of 2017! 

          With this new change, I am now working towards a career in public relations, either in fashion or in sports entertainment. Fingers crossed, I'll be applying for summer internships in a few months. 

September is officially here, and with that comes shorter days. Soak up as much sun as you can, because Fall is right around the corner which means -- 5 pm sunsets. At this time, there are no known ways to stop time and remain in summer forever, so we have to move forward and embrace Fall, which is by far my favourite season! Not much effort is needed for me to embrace Fall,

I get super excited when Autumn rolls around. Sweater Weather. The beautiful colours from all of the leaves changing. Just writing about it makes me eager for September 23rd, 2015, the autumnal equinox or official start day of Autumn. In order to prepare for this lovely season, I feel that there are some items that every closet needs for when that first leaf falls.

Le Northern Belle Blog | Autumn Fashion Items Every Wardrobe Needs | Embracing Fall


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