College | Syllabus Week Checklist

It’s that time of the year again. I can’t believe that I’m starting my fourth year of college and my last year of undergrad. I’m in a five year Masters of Accounting program, so it’s bittersweet. It’s my last year with a lot of my friends, and I’m definitely not ready to say bye. Anyway, syllabus week has me stressed me out, but I’ve learned to channel that into a few small things that prepare me for the semester!

What to do during syllabus to get a 4.0 this semester | gold&hearts

Don’t miss class!

It’s really easy and super tempting to skip syllabus week, but some professors really notice and care when students are missing. They show up ready to teach, so you should show up in return out of respect for your professor. Not to mention, missing class is actually a really big waste of money because you are paying to have a spot in that class. You might still be unpacking, but the first week is relaxed anyway.

Print off your syllabus

Having a paper copy of your syllabus is vital! I keep them pinned up on the bulletin board above my desk! If you want a more eco-friendly option, I recommend downloading your syllabi on to a free pdf reader app on your phone just to make sure

Put everything from  your syllabus into your calendar/planner.

Your syllabus is really you map through this semester because believe it or not your professors have all of theirs expectations listed. A syllabus can be overwhelming so make sure you mark down all the important information using this method. If you are really into putting your life into your Google calendar, my lovely friend Kayla has an ~amazing~ guide for you! If you’re a student with a receptive schedule, I highly recommend this amazing planner, so you can create masterful planners.

Go to your professor’s office hours.

I say go the first week because no one else will be there. It really builds goodwill and you seem like less of a douche when you only see the professor the office hours before the exam the rest of the semester. Building a relationship with your professors is important because they can be your advocates if you want to further your education or just get bumped from the B to an A. Also, if you’re a freshman, you’re probably in these huge lecture halls, so having the  professor at least know your face really benefits you.

Order all your books!

This is pretty self explanatory, but make sure you comparison shop for your textbooks. I usually just google the ISBN number and buy the cheapest option. Keep in mind shipping costs and dates when you shop because if you have assignments due, you may want to go with a different option. My fellow Longhorn Jessica Slaughter has a comprehensive guide to help you out.

Get ahead!

Your motivation for an amazing semester will literally never be higher than this week. Use this week to build a good base for the semester and get ahead on all your readings! Also, I like to print out as many notes of class and make binders for each class during this week. I spend the first week getting ahead on as much work as possible because I ~know~ I’m going to fall behind afterwards.

Have fun!

If you’re anything like me, you started getting really nervous and stressed out your first week because you realize the difficulty and rigor of your classes. Remember to have fun! This is the last chill week you’re going to have a for a while. Catch up with your friends and have fun before the semesters starts.

What do you do during syllabus week? Do you take full advantage or do you get lazy like I do?
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College | Dorm Tech Essentials Under $20

Over the years, I’ve realized I made some dumb tech purchases that I’ve either had to replace or get rid of all together. I’ve complied a list of 6 tech products  that will save you space and money.  Also, just a fun behind the scenes blogger thing, I tried to make the image clickable using and image map and spent 6 hours doing it (incorrectly) and gave up, so if anyone wants to help a girl out…Dorm Tech Essentials Under $20! Save space and money! | gold&hearts

So, while making this list, I took into account my own laziness, and I made sure everything is on Amazon Prime. If you didn’t know, you get six free months of Amazon Prime Student when you first make your account. If you don’t know what it is, Amazon Prime is free two day shipping. Amazon Prime Student is great when you wait till the last minute for everything like me. Recently, I’ve found out how to shop for clothes on Amazon, so my bank account is about to be drained.

 

Dorm Tech Essentials Under $20! Save space and money! | gold&hearts

  1. Everyone needs a 10ft long iPhone charger in college. You’re probably wondering, why Shaguna, what a waste of space. Well, you can only have your bed in so many positions, which means that you might not always be next to an outlet. Also, this makes sure that you can continue your late night scrolling even if your bed is lofted! Also, this comes with two, so it’ll come in extra handy when you see number 5!
  2. Wow, a steamer seems super fancy pants. It seems excessive, but a steamer is a) cheaper than most irons and b) smaller than most irons. Better yet, you don’t even need an ironing board, so you don’t have to worry about having to store one of those either. Also, if you’re like me and don’t understand settings/temperatures on a iron, this is the solution for you.
  3. A decent sized mirror is necessary for when you share a room with another girl and you both have to be out the door at the same time. Also, its great when you have a bunch of people getting ready together. I like this one because of the shape and size!
  4. Okay, so wow~ ground-breaking~ a  multi-plug thing. However, in order to combat the same problem as in the first item, this has a super long cord so you can plug it in anywhere you want and use it wherever you want. My dorm allowed power strips but not extension cords, so this is the best of both worlds.
  5. I am ALWAYS breaking my phone cords which isn’t something out of the ordinary. I’ve made a rule to keep one in my backpack and one in my bedroom, so I don’t keep on destroying them. This little stand makes sure your phone charges and is ~super~ aesthetic. Also, since number 1 comes with two, you can leave one at home and take one with you!
  6. So, again this addresses the problem of randomly spaced plugs.  You will probably need to plug a few things in right next to your bed. For me, that’s my laptop, phone, lamp, and iPad. This sort of multi outlet is perfect bc it has USB slots to make charging everything extra easy! Full disclosure, there are some power strips that have them, but they are ridiculously expensive.

What are your dorm tech essentials? Which one of these picks are your favorites?

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College | Pre-Moving Checklist

Moving is arguably one of the worst things  you have to do, and in college, you do it yearly! I like to treat moving as a time to restart, refresh, and renew my life.  Over the years, I’ve learned ways to make moving easier by taking time to reduce clutter. Most people move every year in college and curse themselves when they realize how much stuff they have accumulated over the year. I’m not talking about a seriousMarie Kondo-esque reflection on each object you own; but, just some very logical and rational decision-making on your shopping habits and actual consumption. If you’re an incoming freshman, we have a printable checklist of exactly what you need!
Pre-Moving Day Checklist
I highly recommend donating anything you don’t plan on keeping. Every year, I see so much waste when students move. If you can plan ahead, ask your dorm supervisor to have public receptacles to donate goods. I moved a little over a week ago and wanted to share some of my tips and my experience before everyone moves back into their dorm/apartments.

Before anything…  

Pack a bag with your essentials
This bag of essentials will have all your stuff for your first 2-3 days including bedding, makeup, skincare, and clothes. Using this bag, see what you really need to function on a daily basis. Tackle this first, so if everything else goes absolutely horribly, at least you’re not completely screwed.
Contact your utilities and internet provider
We had a mishap transferring our wifi and it was an absolute disaster. Usually, you can plug in your modem at your new place and contact your internet provider informing them of a change of address. Find out early if you need to have someone come in to physically install anything because you will want to plan for that.
Change your address
If your apartment address is your permanent address, make sure to inform the U.S. Post Office of your change in address, so your mail is forwarded.

While you pack…

Clean out bathroom/toiletries/makeup
You don’t need 5 face washes that are all full. Donate, throw away, or give your half used or lightly loved products. I realized that I had so many moisturizers that I didn’t use because I didn’t’ like the smell or some other arbitrary factor and my mom happily took them back for herself. Also, use this time to clear through your makeup. Reminder: Makeup does go bad. I have so much makeup that is old or just unflattering that I passed on to my friends or threw away.

Donate your clothes and shoes!
Do you see a little dust on the hanger? Get rid of it! I personally love getting rid of clothes (and replacing them with new ones). I recommend looking at the clothes in your closet and getting rid of the ones that don’t fit, look extremely worn, or are out of date. Also, this is a great time to have a clothing swap with your friends, especially for special occasion dresses that you wear rarely. I got rid of so many shoes that are uncomfortable because I will literally never wear them.

Clean out your kitchen
When I moved, I still had non-perishable goods that were pushed to the back of the pantry from my grocery trip with my mom before school started. Keep food if it isn’t expired, but also take a moment to reflect on your grocery shopping habits and the amount of food waste you produce. I realized if some things aren’t kept in front of me, I won’t eat them. Also, sometimes I try to be healthy, but when things taste bad, I just don’t eat them. I really need to stop doing that. Donate all non-expired non-perishable goods to local food banks!

I hope y’all enjoyed our decluttering tips! Regardless of whether you’re moving, make sure to go through all your things to live with less junk! Do y’all have any moving tips? How do you feel about moving?
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Recipe | Snickerdoodle Cupcakes

Along with my health kick, I’ve really been into baking recently. I think these snickerdoodle cupcakes with cinnamon cream cheese frosting are now my signature item. I definitely will be putting up more of my baking adventures on the blog because my new apartment is gorgeous!

Snickerdoodle Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting | gold&hearts

Also, for people with a keen eye, these photos were taken over two baking sessions, so I apologize for the lack of continuity! I’ve based this recipe off of this recipe, but I’ve tweaked it a bit more to make it my own flavor! Also, the first time, the frosting didn’t turn out correctly, so I’ve adjusted the recipe accordingly. My recipe makes 1.5 times the amount of frosting required, but that’s just how the the adjustments work for me.  Also, please do everything to taste.

I have a lot of opinions on baking too as an avid consumer of baked goods.

  1. Personally, I don’t like products that are too sweet, which is why I usually prefer cream cheese frosting to buttercream.
  2. But, I love fall baked goods, so I love putting spices and fruit flavors into my baked goods.
  3. Unpopular opinion: I don’t like chocolate baked goods.
  4. Popular opinion: I love anything tart. Basically, I love anything with lemon and lime.
  5. After baking so much, I’ve started making healthier baked goods and experimenting with ingredients.

Snickerdoodle Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting | gold&hearts

Snickerdoodle Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting | gold&hearts

Snickerdoodle Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting | gold&hearts

Snickerdoodle Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting | gold&hearts

Snickerdoodle Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting | gold&hearts

Snickerdoodle Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting | gold&hearts

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Snickerdoodle Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting
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Serves: 12 cupcakes
 
Ingredients
Cupcakes
  • 1.5 cups all purpose flour
  • ½ tablespoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ tablespoon cinnamon (or to taste)
  • 1 stick unsalted butter at room temperature
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup milk (or as needed)
  • pinch of nutmeg
Frosting
  • ¾ package cream cheese, at room temp
  • ¼ stick butter, at room temp
  • 1½ cup powdered sugar (or as needed
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of nutmeg
Instructions
Cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F and line cupcake tins.
  2. Mix all dry ingredients.
  3. Cream butter and sugar until pale.
  4. Add eggs, one at a time, and vanilla
  5. Add dry ingredients and milk alternating in small sections until the correct texture.
  6. Scoop into cups evenly until ¾ way full
  7. Bake for about 18 minutes or until a toothpick enters center and comes out clean.
  8. Let them cool before frosting
Frosting
  1. Cream cream cheese and butter together until combined
  2. Add cinnamon and nutmeg
  3. Add powdered sugar until desired texture and taste
  4. If too sweet, put a little bit of salt to cut the sugar.

 

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