31 08, 2022

Tips for Starting a New Semester

By |2022-08-31T21:22:35-05:00August 31st, 2022|college students, college tips, fall semester, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Tips for Starting a New Semester

Tips for Starting a New Semester

Starting a new semester is always exciting, but it can also be overwhelming. New classes, new friends, and new opportunities also means new responsibilities, obligations and commitments—it’s a lot to figure out all at once.

Everyone wants to have it all, the social and academic balance, but it can be difficult to manage once you’re already in the thick of it. If week 1 didn’t go your way, that’s completely okay! Pause, remember what your goals were and hit that reset button!

Here are some tips on how to start your semester strong.

1. Make Goals

Set goals for what you want to achieve this semester beforehand so you can the most out of your time on campus. Start by setting big picture goals and then break them down into smaller and more achievable tasks, this will keep you focused and help you to not get overwhelmed this semester.

2. Have a Schedule (and stick with it!)

An established routine is key to success. Structure in your daily life will make things more manageable so that you have time to get everything done than you need to achieve for that week. Making time in advance for school, friends, extracurriculars or whatever your goals are will help you to keep up when the semester gets busy.

3. Use Your Resources

It is important to utilize your academic and career resources to get the maximum benefits out of your campus. Make sure you take advantage of your academic advisors, office hours and other campus resources like tutoring to help you succeed.

4. Get Involved Early

College isn’t just about classes; it is important to become a part of your campus community in groups that help you feel supported and to spend time doing things you like. This can look like joining a cultural or religious club or signing up for intramural sports – get involved!

5. Update Your Resume

It is important to keep your resume updated, especially if you are planning on applying for jobs on campus or internships. Updating it before the summer ends makes any upcoming opportunities easier to tackle!

6. Take Care of Yourself

Finally, and most importantly, don’t forgot to take care of yourself. You will have so many amazing opportunities and responsibilities this upcoming semester, don’t forget to give yourself time to breathe. Take breaks, exercise, and make time for yourself.

And remember, college is not only about academics. Have fun and stay healthy, you are only here for a short time so make the most out of it!

25 11, 2021

Thanksgiving Break

By |2021-11-25T15:36:23-06:00November 25th, 2021|college students, fall semester, holidays|Comments Off on Thanksgiving Break

As classes start to wrap up and the air grows colder, the holiday cheer begins to set in. For many college students, Thanksgiving break is the time to catch up on much-needed sleep and enjoy quality family time. 

However, this holiday break also marks the beginning of finals season, and if you’re lucky enough not to have any homework, you’ll have an ample amount of time to study. It’s easy to forget to be thankful around this time of year, when the stressors of academics heighten and the hardest part of the semester is yet to come. That’s why it is important to take a deep breath, relax, and indulge in a piece of pumpkin pie! 

Here are some tips on how to have the most productive yet relaxing Thanksgiving break in preparations for finals.

Top Tips for Thanksgiving Break

1. Self-Appreciation

So far, you have tackled a ton of exams, quizzes, papers, and presentations. You have worked so hard, so it is completely okay to reward yourself by taking the time for self-care and appreciation. For some, this can look like eating your favorite ice cream or spending a whole day just with the family. It’s all personal preference on what relaxation and self-appreciation look like, but feeding your soul along with your stomach is important. 

2. Quality Time

When you aren’t busy studying or catching up on schoolwork, make sure to carve out quality time to catch up with old friends and family members. You can even make a study date with an old friend from high school who I’m sure is preparing for finals as well.  

3. Reflection

Be sure to reflect on where you have been and where you are wanting to go. What are things that have been successful for you? What has helped your productivity? What would you change about the semester if you could do it differently? Asking yourself questions like this can help when creating a new roadmap to tackle finals.

4. Stay Healthy

Last but not least, traveling for the holidays does create a risk for illness and no one wants to tackle finals with the flu. That being said, please remember to wash your hands, take your vitamins, and stay active. 

By the end of the break, you’ll hopefully feel energized and refreshed enough to ace your exams and finish out the semester strong. Our team at Campus Crates would like to wish y’all a very Happy Thanksgiving and good luck in preparations for finals week!

14 11, 2021

The Battle of Fall Allergies

By |2021-11-14T17:22:17-06:00November 14th, 2021|college students, college tips, fall semester, Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Battle of Fall Allergies

As a college student, fighting off lingering allergies is not an ideal way to utilize your time. In order to implement a battle plan, you first must understand the enemy. The main culprit of fall allergies is due to a plant, ragweed, that releases pollen from August through November. 75% of people battling allergies are found to be allergic to this plant!

Top Symptoms of Ragweed:

  • Sneezing
  • Irritated eyes
  • Itchy throat
  • Runny nose or nasal congestion
  • Coughing or wheezing
  • Sinus pressure or headaches

Luckily, some medications are provided to aid in the battle with these symptoms, but like any great soldier, you cannot rely on just your weapon of choice to win. So, incorporating the following simple tips into your attack plan will increase the probability of coming out victorious against the irritating ragweeds.

3 Simple Tips to Beat Fall Allergies

1. Clean your heating vents and change the filter

Molds along with other bacteria can accumulate throughout the summer by getting trapped in the vents. Therefore, once the weather starts getting cooler it is recommended to check these areas. You want to do this before you turn on the heat to help keep the air circulating clean.

2. Check pollen levels

On days that have higher pollen levels, limiting your time spent outside is best. If unavoidable, make sure to change your clothes and shoes once coming inside to minimize the spread of pollen.

3. Buy a dehumidifier

Utilizing a dehumidifier in your house will keep humidity levels low to help stop the growth of mold. It is recommended to keep humidity levels at 35-45%. You want to keep your house along clean and free of pollen, mold, and most importantly ragweed.

With all of this information, you, as a college student, should feel prepared to battle fall allergies and come out of it triumphantly. Hopefully, this will provide you with more time to focus on the project you pushed off until the last minute instead of finding the tissue packet at the bottom of your backpack.

20 10, 2021

The Week That Keeps On Giving: Homecoming

By |2021-10-20T17:31:52-05:00October 20th, 2021|college students, Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Week That Keeps On Giving: Homecoming

Homecoming Traditions

Homecoming is such an exciting time on any college campus since it brings university traditions to life while reuniting alumni. After a year of zero student activities at many schools, homecoming is more than just an event; it was like a family reunion that didn’t make you want to stay home or hide from that weird cousin.  

The University of Missouri is often credited with having the first college homecoming in 1911. However, Baylor’s first homecoming was technically in 1909, when three professors sent out postcards to alumni to return to campus to “catch the Baylor spirit again.” 

Baylor Won their Homecoming Game

Alumni, students, faculty, and community members all reunited to celebrate Baylor University and wonderful traditions such as Pigskin, the bonfire, the parade. At the football game, Crowds hadn’t been seen like this at McLane stadium since the 2019 season. The Bears beat the BYU Cougars in a close match that was emblematic of the mood of the weekend. 45,000 people watched the Bears ring in a win for homecoming weekend. 

Many alumni traveled from far and wide to Waco, but one individual made the weekend extra special. Baylor’s pride and joy, Robert Griffin III, made an appearance at the game and led the Baylor Line on the field. 

Homecoming is a special time, and that can be seen by the love alumni and faculty have for their beloved institutions. Our team at Campus Crates hopes that our students of every school we serve are enjoying the football season and they bring home the win at Homecoming!

4 08, 2021

Tips for Sorority Recruitment

By |2021-08-04T14:09:07-05:00August 4th, 2021|college students, college tips, greek life, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Tips for Sorority Recruitment

Sorority recruitment is just around the corner. As a former Zeta Tau Alpha at Baylor University, I know the recruitment process can be tiring and intimidating. If you are going through rush or thinking about rushing at your university, here are a few of my top sorority recruitment tips to help ease your mind. Best of luck this fall or spring!

6 Tips for Sorority Recruitment

1. Keep an open mind

It is sometimes easy to go into recruitment only wanting one specific house. However, the reality is many Potential New Members’ (PNMs) minds are changed once they get to know some of the other houses. You may be surprised by how well you get along with other houses that may not have been on your radar going in. It’s important to trust the process!

2. Be yourself

During the rush process, you may feel pressure to talk or act a certain way to be liked by a house. It is important to be true to yourself in order to see which chapter you feel most comfortable in. The chapters are meeting hundreds of girls in such a short period, but there’s only one you! Being authentic and genuine will allow you to form real connections with the chapter that is right for you.

3. Prepare questions ahead of time

The fast-paced environment of the rush process can often be overwhelming. To help ease some of the pressure, think of some potential questions to ask chapters ahead of time so you don’t have to think on your feet. Having some questions prepared will help you feel more confident. Potential questions to ask the houses might be: Can you tell me about some of the events your chapter holds? What makes your chapter special to you? Are there opportunities to get involved and hold a position?

4. Submit letters of recommendation to all chapters

Something they don’t talk about enough during the pre-rush process are the recommendation letters. These letters help the chapters learn more about you. Some chapters make cuts based on whether or not the PNM has a rec letter. You should have a letter written on your behalf for each house on your school’s campus. You can ask an active alumni in good standing to write you a letter, or your local panhellenic organization to arrange an alumni to write a letter for you as well. Don’t leave this part to the last minute, and be sure to follow your school’s directions on how the alum can submit a letter.

5. Don’t talk bad about other chapters

The sorority recruitment process is unique to every girl who goes through it. Each chapter has its own set of values that make their sisterhood unique. You may love one chapter and not have quite as good of a fit with another chapter. However, it is important to keep your opinions to yourself and not put down other chapters. The goal of recruitment is for each girl to find the sisterhood that is right for them, and by doing that, all chapters deserve equal respect.

6. Relax and have fun!

While rush may seem overwhelming, the process is in place for a reason. All of the active members are excited to meet you and tell you all about their sisterhood. You may not realize it, but the active members are nervous as well! Just remember when in doubt to be yourself, and have fun finding the right home for you.