Fun Ways to Spend Your Dorm Downtime!

Hey everyone! So I’ve spent quite a bit of time in dorms over the last six months, and have learnt a lot in the process. When you’re studying away from home and living in a dorm, no matter how long the course you’re doing is, it is very easy to get sucked up in getting assignments done, studying and just focusing on work. So when downtime somehow appears, because you’ve miraculously either finished all your work, have nothing to do or nothing urgent to complete, you now have the chance to have some fun. Now living in a dorm can bring some limitations on exactly what type of fun you can have in your down-time, so I’ve compiled this list of fun ways that you can spend your dorm down-time. You can choose one, or all if you have a lot of down-time, and adapt them to suit your personality and what you enjoy doing, but if you find yourself unsure how to spend your gift of free time then look no further. Here are some fun ways that you can spend your dorm down-time.

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How to Deal with Negativity (And Negative People)

Negativity. What a disheartening term, and unfortunately, it is something that is becoming more and more of a problem. There is negativity almost everywhere you look, and a lot of it can come from people who refuse to exist on the bright side. Negativity is particularly dreadful because it is toxic – it is like a disease. It has the ability to ruin what was a great day, and suck you into being negative too. It can also be quite hard to deal with, especially when it is coming from people around you, and once that devilish toxin has taken hold of you, it can often be quite hard to shake it. Now I know this might sound very optimistic (but you’re going to have to deal with it because I have always been the glass-half-full kind of girl), but there are too many things that you can be positive and happy about, if only you learn to think about that rather than all of the other things that are trying to drag you down. There are ways to escape the bite of this evil negativity creature, and so today that is what we are going to discuss. Keep reading to find out more xx

How to Have the Perfect Picnic

Picnics are a great recreational activity no matter what time of year it is. The focus of a picnic is food, which is always a good sign, and you can have a solo picnic, a picnic with friends or family or even a picnic date. The options and themes for your picnic are limitless, only tethered to reality by the extent you let your imagination take control. Why I love picnics so much is because they are just such a great activity to do with just about anyone, and you can have them basically wherever you want. The only problem with picnics is that they tend to be a bit finicky in certain regards, and what often happens is they spiral into overcomplicated, stressful events that become a nightmare. By the end of it, everyone wishes they’d just stayed behind and had a pizza. Let me tell you now though, that as much as there are quite a few worst-case scenarios, picnics don’t have to be a metaphorical thorn in your side that you try to avoid at all costs. With the right approach, a picnic can become a relaxing activity that you fall in love with, and that is what I’d like to prove to you today. For those who desperately want to enjoy a picnic, or have tried and the results weren’t quite what you wished, then you’ve come to the right place. Today I would like to share some tested tips and tricks on how to have the perfect picnic – I hope you enjoy!

How to Handle a Breakup

No one ever likes to think that their relationship will come to an end because, let’s face it, no one likes going through a breakup. However, as much as we all love to hope that all of our relationships are bulletproof and nothing can shake them, sometimes a break up is inevitable. Getting over a break up can often be one of the toughest experiences we go through, especially depending on the circumstances and reasons why the break up happened. Now, I know that if you are going through a breakup, saying that “the sun will come up tomorrow” is not exactly what you want to hear. What I can tell you though, having experienced one or two breakups myself, is that as hard as it is there are ways to handle it and keep yourself together. Today I’m collaborating with a close friend of mine to write this blog post (her words indicated by the quotation marks), and we will be discussing how you can handle a breakup. We both know what a terrible experience it can be, but having both lived through it, we know that it is possible to get through it and handle it without falling apart. We’ll be sharing those tips with you today. I hope you enjoy it!

How to Have a Savvy Safari Trip

Who of you has ever gone on safari? Or in other words, gone to the bush or on game drives. Just a heads up, I will be using those terms interchangeably throughout this blog post. You have been warned. Anyhow, if you have ever had the privilege of doing something along those lines, I’m sure you’ll agree that it is a truly unique and magical experience. If you haven’t, then I really hope you get the chance to in the future. Now going on one of these trips is absolutely fantastic, and living in a country where I can go on them quite often, I certainly take advantage of this. But, as with all trips, certain things just make it overall that much nicer, and seeing as though I am spending this weekend in the bush, I thought I’d share some tips with you. If you are looking to go to the bush, or are about to embark on a safari trip, then here are some tips for you that will help you have the best safari trip ever. I hope you enjoy it!

How to Study Effectively and Successfully in 12 Steps

Studying can either be a plague that you avoid at all costs, or it can be a benefit to you that aids you in your success. It all depends on your approach to it. Tests and exams are present throughout the school year no matter what education system you use, and right now, a lot of my friends are currently writing exams. This got me thinking about studying, and how sometimes we study without really making it work for us and I remembered that there are several things that you can do to study both effectively and successfully. My little brother has only started high school this year and will be writing his first set of exams soon, and so with this in mind, I am dedicating this blog post to my younger brother (and everyone else who needs some advice or tips when it comes to studying, tests and exams), as the advice that I wish I’d gotten before I started writing exams. Keep reading to find out more xx

How to Kill Time in an Airport

Travelling is a lot of fun – you get to see new and exciting places, experience different cultures and learn from the environments and people you encounter. The problem with travelling often comes in the travelling part – the getting to and from your required destination. Sometimes, the worst part of travelling is that you end up spending hours of dead time waiting around in an airport. Now, it is often recommended to arrive at the airport three hours before an international flight in case of issues checking in or long lines in the security or passport control sections. But what if you don’t end up spending too long in these lines or your flight gets delayed? Now you are stuck waiting in an airport until you can get on your way – and sometimes this waiting period can be incredibly dull and hard to pass. Don’t worry though, because as dull as sitting around in an airport can seem; there are actually lots of ways to pass the time, despite the limitations on what you have around you. Keep reading to find out these time killing methods 🙂

10 Tips for Giving a Great Presentation!

There is that word. The dreaded presentation, cue a dramatic sigh from the audience. I’m sure that everyone has had to do some form of presentation at least once in their life. It could have been a speech or a presentation with a slideshow, or even just prepared reading, but I am sure that none of us have been able to escape doing a presentation. If you have though, congratulations on managing to avoid them! For some of us, presentations are a breeze, and you can cook one up in five minutes and speak as if you are the most put-together confident person in the room. But that is not always the case. Sometimes, presentations can be a lot of hard work to prepare, but even more so to deliver because speaking in front of an audience, whether that audience is big or small or filled with strangers or people you know, can be terrifying. However, there are tips that can still help you give a great presentation, no matter the circumstances? Interested? Well keep reading to find out more …

How to Speed Clean Your Room in Seven Easy Steps

Nobody likes cleaning (okay I know that is a broad statement, but it isn’t common for people to enjoy cleaning so if you do happen to like cleaning, please ignore that statement) but it is something that we all have to do. One place we all have to clean though is our bedrooms. No matter where you live, whether it is with your parents, in a dorm or an apartment or house on your own, the one room that all of those have in common is your bedroom. Now some people don’t think cleaning is essential, but nobody truly wants to live in a messy space because it is not hygienic, it can make you feel claustrophobic, and it is simply not good for your mental state to live somewhere messy. The truth is that cleaning is hard work and sometimes the thought of it is draining enough that we never get to it. The idea of doing it is intimidating, but not I am telling you that it doesn’t have to be. As hard as cleaning can be, you can actually get your room clean quickly and efficiently in seven simple steps. Curious? Read more to find out these seven simple steps.

10 Tips for Making New Friends

Patrick Lindsay said that “Every new friend is a new adventure” but sometimes making new friends can be hard, especially if we might be shy or not confident enough to brave that newness. However, making new friends is so beneficial, and coming from someone with experience, it is possible to get past those nerves and make new friends. Don’t believe me? Well read more to find out!