40 Life Tips For The Easy, Breezy, Beautiful College Girl

By Alexia Gonzalez on March 9, 2015

Ladies, as you have probably begun to realize, your college years are the stepping-stones into your adult lives.

Many of the actions and decisions that you make during this time will have an effect on who you later grow up to be, both internally and externally.

Now I don’t mean to get all preachy; this is definitely a time to enjoy yourself, to try new things, and to make mistakes that you can learn from, in order to gain a better perspective of what works best for you.

But just because you have the capacity to recover from these early errors, there are certain precautions that you should already begin to take during your adolescence as a means for anticipated self-preservation.

There are certain tips and tricks that every college girl should keep stashed in her arsenal from early on. From small steps to life changing decisions, these early actions of self-maintenance may mean one small change for you now, but one giant leap for your future womanhood.

Most college students are pretty broke; they survive off of loans, savings or what little money they can muster on the side, so it’s important to live as frugally as possible.

Limitations on space, cash, and time can add to the woes of college life, so students need to be as creative as possible when it comes to solving life’s inconveniences, from make-up woes to organization issues.

Don’t worry, though — these simple tips and tricks will help make your college years a lot easier while also preparing you to be an intelligent and resourceful adult, so that you can get back to the important stuff, like happy hour.

1. Eat breakfast every single morning, and make sure that it’s something filling and healthy. Check out this article from Prevention.com to find some delicious and waist friendly breakfast bowls to make at home.

2. Make your own morning coffee and tea instead of buying it from Starbucks every morning. It will save you tons of money (somewhere along the lines of $50 every month)! Try picking up a handheld milk frother for a few bucks and add a splash of vanilla extract and cinnamon to make your very own barista style latte at home!

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3. Instead of drinking coffee every morning try a cup of herbal tea before breakfast and before bed. This will benefit everything from your skin to your energy level.

4. Download a banking app on your phone to always stay on top of your spending and to maintain your finances.

5. Moisturize your face every morning and every night before bed. A moisturizer with SPF is preferable for this will protect your skin and prevent any future wrinkles.

6. Invest in quality makeup, especially for the basic face products such as powder, mascara and foundation.

7. Always keep makeup remover wipes in your purse in case of spontaneous sleepovers or all night outings.

8. And on that note, never fall asleep with a face full of makeup on.

9. When going out partying, be sure to recruit a partner in crime. No one wants to be the foolish lonesome drunk girl straggling around with her heels in hand and trying to find a ride home. It’s unsafe and being drunk is a lot more fun when you have a gal pal to laugh at you and record embarrassing snaps.

10. Take vitamin B before a night of drinking. It will make a huge difference the next morning.

11. Purchase a pair of high quality exercise sneakers that will actually provide support during workouts and save another more trendy pair for non-gym related outings.

12. Use your local dollar store! You’d be surprised at the amount of money that you can save picking up random items that you use on a daily basis.

13. Drive as little as possible. It will save you money, relieve stress and give you exercise. When in doubt, walk it out.

14. Buy a wristlet that you absolutely love, but that isn’t too expensive. For class and also for the parties and bars, having a little companion to safely store your phone, money and ID is essential.

15. Use a day planner. Get a day planner app. Basically, organize your sh*t in order to maintain your sanity.

16. Keep a dry erase board in your room to write down homework assignments and to-do lists.

17. Condition yourself to love writing lists.

18. Learn how to meal prep: in other words, use your days off to cook giant healthy meals and condition yourself to love leftovers. This will save you time and money and will help you to eat better.

19. Whether it’s simply walking, running, or weight lifting, work out at least three days a week.

20. Travel as much as you possibly can, whether it’s in state or out of the country. If you can study abroad, book your flight.

21. Actually try to do the readings from class. Yes, I know you don’t always have to, but you’re paying an absurd amount of money to go to school and you deserve to get the most out of your classes. Also make sure your professors know who you are (in a good way).

22. Don’t give away your trust too easily or compromise your self-respect. Keep your guard up as much as possible.

23. Always, always, always be aware of your surroundings. Especially late at night or early in the morning when many people aren’t around.

24. Keep frozen bananas in your freezer at all times. You can use them for quick smoothies, desserts, or even to make healthy ice cream.

25. Call your mom, your dad, and your grandparents almost every day.

26.  Ask for student discounts or make the most of coupons whenever possible.

27. Practice cleanliness. I know this is probably your first time living away from home, but be sure to keep your place neat and tidy.

28. Use your space wisely. Purchase cute decorative containers at stores like Marshall’s or TJ Maxx to use for storage purposes.

29. Drink lots of water, every single day. Try keeping a water bottle handy with you at all times. Remember, if you’re feeling thirsty, you’re already dehydrated.

30. Carry around a baggy with nuts in your purse or backpack. They make for a healthy and energizing on-the-go snack.

31. Avoid soda like the plague.

32. Own a great pair of fuzzy slippers.

33. Always get at least 7-8 hours of sleep a night.

34. Put your phone down and live in the moment.

35. Develop a healthy daily routine where you include time to study, time to exercise, and time for yourself.

36. Don’t count calories or fall for diet fads. Just live a healthy lifestyle and eat wholesome foods.

37. Keep your closet and drawers organized. I promise it will keep you that much more sane and make getting ready a breeze.

38. Keep fresh flowers in your room or apartment. They are a proven mood elevator.

39. Keep an open mind and embrace new experiences.

40. Eat brunch at least once a week.

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