Saturday, July 19, 2014

Letters From A College Freshman: Links I'm Loving

Yesterday I received my official acceptance email, which means as of yesterday, I am a bona fide college freshman! To be honest, I wasn't really expecting it; I was 90% sure I was attending this college since I applied during the early application period way back in October, but due to some complications with transcripts and whatnot, I wasn't completely accepted. This meant that there was a 10% chance I would not be attending school in the fall...which would have required a backup plan (I didn't have one) so I have to admit that I was relieved, though shocked, when I opened my email yesterday. 

I decided now would be the perfect time to start a new series, so I present to you: 
Letters From A College Freshman

My idea for this series is to start with to-do lists and favorite links, duvets and dorm room accessories I have in mind and the occasional recipe or two, and then once I move, I can write about my actual college experiences! What do you think? I'd love to hear your thoughts, and if you have any other blogs by college students that you think I would enjoy, please shoot me an email or leave a comment below! I greatly appreciate all the inspiration and encouragement I can get. 

I've had a college Pinterest board for a while now, and I've been finding fellow bloggers from whom I've been finding a lot of great ideas and advice for this new time in my life. Here is a short list of some of the college-related things that I've been loving recently! 

A Preppy Girl's Packing List  I like this list because it is very detailed but it doesn't seem overwhelming to me. It might simply be because of the font or formatting of the post (which obviously has nothing to do with the amount of items) but I have just found this list to be very helpful as I begin to wrap my head around items I will need to purchase once I move and items that I already own which I can probably ship. 

Ten Study Tips For College Students  I've never been an awful student, but I've never been a straight A one either (this is an honest place here, people!) I have pretty much self-diagnosed myself with ADD and I suffer from the occasional OCD, so studying, especially before tests and exams has always been an issue for me. I work best under pressure, which baffles even myself, but my best high school work, from essays to oral exams in Spanish was always due to the fact that I crammed the night before. These tips are pretty run-of-the-mill, but I have a feeling I will refer to them at least a handful of times once my classes start. 

Discounts For College Students  Being obsessed with shopping, both online and in-store, but also being poor as a church-mouse like every other college student on the planet, I am always in search of a good deal. One of the perks of being accepted to a school is the student I.D. I will receive which means saving money! Woohoo! I'm pretty psyched about the Sephora and J. Crew discounts...

The $30 A Week Grocery Budget My university is in the state capital of North Dakota, but about 15-20 minutes from the city. That being said, I'm not sure how often I will be able to go shopping, due to the fact that I won't have a car, but I'm sure I'll find at least one charitable soul. I will probably find myself eating the majority of my meals in the cafeterias (yes, there are more than one, lucky me) but I do like to have my own stash of fresh fruits and vegetables, snacks and drinks, and Nutella of course. I might not need $30 worth of groceries every single week, but I still find this post very helpful and informative, and I will rely on it, especially during times such as holidays I don't go home or weekends where I choose to cook instead of eat spaghetti or pizza again. 

I am a fairly pessimistic person, and I worry and overthink things more than a little old lady in a nursing home, but I am working on staying enthused and open to the idea that I will be moving in just over a month! I know it will be difficult, but I am not alone in this, and I am eager to find out all the grand opportunities which await me. Hit me up with your favorite college-y things and let me know if you come across anything (or anyone) which you think may be helpful to me. 

All the best, 

♥︎ Greta Elise


  1. Congrats on your acceptance! You'll absolutely love college! It's definitely 2942837x better than highschool! If you're looking for any tips, check out my blog!


    1. Thank you! I have been following your blog as well and you have some great tips! Keep up the great work!

  2. First off, congratulations!!! :) I'm going into my junior year, and college has been the best years of my life by far. While I had a wonderful experience in high school as well, you really come into your own in college. I'm studying abroad in the fall, so we're both going to be doing something big and different in the higher education world!

    Savy //

    1. Thank you so much! I am looking forward to this new chapter and though it doesn't come without worries and the occasional freaking out, I'm confident that I will continue to find myself in college. I love traveling and I can't wait to study abroad! Good luck!