Recommendations

If you are looking to get your life together, you have come to the right place. This page features all the tools and resources I recommend to help you to make your college and adult life so much easier.

All of these recommendations I have personally used and loved and I hope you will find them helpful to you if you try them.

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Recommendations for College

Crash Course

A YouTube Channel that has face-paced videos on a wide variety of topics from history, English literature, physics, and psychology. It is a great resource when you need a quick refresher. Visit Crash Course’s YouTube channel by clicking here.

DropBox

Never worry about losing your files again from a sudden computer crash or accidentally spilling hot tea all over your computer (it’s happened to me). DropBox is the perfect solution to keeping all your files backed up and secure in the cloud. The personal plan lets you have 2 TB of storage, cloud syncing, and more! Click here to check out DropBox.

GRE PowerPrep Materials

If you are interested in pursuing graduate school, you will most likely be taking the GRE. The GRE is similar to the SAT/ACT, so prepping for it is a must! ETS has two tests you can take online and they have PowerPrep guides you can purchase from Amazon. Both of these tools are great to get a realistic idea of how the test questions are formatted on the real test. Click here to check out the online practice tests and click here to check out the prep guides on Amazon.

Khan Academy

A whole library of free video and web content dedicated to helping students understand and clarify the concepts they are learning in school. They have been especially helpful when I’ve taken difficult math classes like calculus and statistics. Click here to visit their YouTube Channel and here to visit their main website.

Microsoft Office 365

As a student, you can get the entire Microsoft Office 365 suite for free when you sign-up with a .edu email address. Having Microsoft Office 365 comes in very handy when writing papers for class or needing to make a presentation for school. Another great alternative is Google Docs or Google Slides, but Microsoft Office 365 is more versatile and recognized by your professors. Click here to get Microsoft Office 365 for free.

Planner

If you have not invested in a planner yet, you need to do so now. College is 100x easier when you have a game plan in place. I don’t want to recommend a single planner because everyone’s mind works differently. I personally have used and enjoyed Google Calendar, bullet journaling using a dotted notebook, and the Lilly Pulitzer agenda.

Pomodoro Timer

If you haven’t heard about the Pomodoro Technique or Pomodoro Method, you need to check it out. It is a life-changing time management technique. I’m not kidding! The Pomodoro Technique has you set a timer for 25-50 minutes to focus on a single task and then you take a 5-15 minute break before working again. I have found the Forest App ($1.99) to be a great way to implement the Pomodoro Technique and keep my hands off my phone. Click here to check out the Forest.

Quizlet

A free all-in-one online study tool to help you learn course material from the comfort of your dorm room or on the go. You can create flashcard sets, review them online or via their mobile app, and even generate tests to help you nail down your course content. Click here to check out Quizlet.

Slugbooks

Allows you to compare the prices of textbooks across major textbook retailers like Chegg and Amazon. Check out slugbooks by clicking here.

Symbolab

A website that helps you solve the math problems you are stumped on. The solver can do a wide variety of math problems from algebra to calculus. Click here to visit Symbolab.

School Supplies

Having good quality school supplies does not have to break the bank. Here I’ll be showing my all-time favorite school supplies for college. From binders to notebooks to pens, you’ll find it all down below. If you are interested in any of the items you can click the “Buy from” button to be taken to the item’s page on its respective retailer’s website.

Lilly Pulitzer Large Planner

Favorite Backpack: Northface Borealis

GRE PowerPrep Guides

Dotted Journal for Bullet Journaling

Favorite Highlighters: Zebra Midliners

Laptop Case

Favorite Pens: Sharpie S-Gel

Favorite Notebooks: Mead Spiral

Favorite Pencils: PaperMate Mechanical Pencils 0.7mm

Favorite Water Bottle: Hydroflask

Bookstand

Student ID Holder

Recommendations for Adulthood

Qapital

A goal-oriented savings account that automates your saving by allowing you to set up rules for saving towards your money goals. For example, you can set up a rule to have 20% of your paycheck automatically saved into a Qapital goal. It makes saving money effortless! Click here to find out more about Qapital.

Fetch

An app that rewards you with points in exchange for scanning in your receipt after shopping. You can accumulate points and use them to get gift cards to various retailers, like Amazon. Click here to get started with Fetch for free.

Dashlane

Password management app that allows you to store passwords for various websites and applications on your mobile device. The paid version lets you have unlimited passwords saved, VPN, and more. It also has a great password generator for strong passwords. Would highly recommend if you are serious about personal internet security. Check out Dashlane by clicking here.

Ibotta

An app that helps you earn money back just by shopping at your favorite retailers. You can scan in your receipt or connect your store loyalty card, select your rebates, and Ibotta will handle the rest. Click here to learn more about Ibotta.

Apartment Essentials

Your first apartment should feel like home. And home doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Here are my personal recommendations for making your apartment function and stylish without the West Elm price tag!

For the Kitchen

Rice Cooker

Keurig

Cookware Set

Silverware

Food Scale

Keurig Pod Carousel

Cutting Boards

Silverware Drawer Organizer

Crockpot

Oven Mitts

Dish Cloths

Filtered Water Pitcher

Paper Towel Holder

Kitchen Utensil Set

Kitchen Towels

Food Storage Containers

For the Living Room

Candle Warmer

Table Coasters

Coffee Table

Cube Shelf

Entertainment Stand

Dog Crate

The Comfiest Sofa Sleeper

Throw Blanket

For the Bedroom

Platform Bed

Bedsheets

Nectar Mattress In-A-Box

Table Lamp

White Comforter

Nightstand

MyPillow Pillows

Dresser

For the Bathroom

Shower Curtain

Bath Mats

Shower Curtain Liner

Toothbrush Holder

Shower Curtain Rings

Shower Caddy

No-Slip Shower Mat

Towels

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