Secrets for a Successful Third Year of College

Last Thursday marked the end of my 3rd year of college! This year has been full of amazing ups, very few downs, and wonderful memories! I will definitely say that this year, out of the 3yrs I’ve been in school, has been my best year by far.

During my 3rd year I’ve even learned some valuable lessons that I will always take with me. These lessons have helped me have not only a fun memorable year but also a very successful one! These are lessons that no one really tells you and we have to learn on our own. You can call them secrets and here are my spilled secrets that no one tells you but you learn them anyway!

1. You’ll LEARN how to make friends that are lifetime friends!

Yes, we learn “how to make friends” during elementary, middle, and high school but we don’t “learn.” Lets be honest: How many friends do you still have from elementary/middle/high school? If you can answer this truthfully you may have said less than 2 or none at all. That’s because the friendships have faded away and that’s okay!

When you get to college you learn how to make friends that will last you for the rest of your life! Most likely, the friends in college will be your best friends and possibly the friends that are in your wedding party!

2. We always say failure isn’t an option BUT sometimes we have to accept it!

I had to learn this the hard way a few times and this time was the last time I was going to learn the hard way! We, as people, always say that failure isn’t an option but sometimes we have to accept our failure and keep it moving. I had to drop a class this semester because I knew there was no coming back from that class and it would have KILLED my GPA. I knew it was time to drop the class and accept that.

Let’s be honest…you didn’t fail. You just knew that you had to look after your GPA and whatever sanity you had left!


3. Get more BANG for your BUCK!

Even with a job you are BROKE! You’re going to always need something for this class, food to survive the entire week, and gas which is seriously so overpriced that you may consider buying a bike and peddling everywhere! The important thing is to get as much as you can with as little as possible. Don’t purchase anything if you know you don’t need it and if it’s free it’s better!


4. Have fun & make as many beautiful memories as possible!

Yes we are attending college to get a degree and yes we are there to work so hard that we are sleep deprived but you are also there to step outside of your comfort zone. You step outside of your comfort zone so much that you have no choice but to meet new people. Those people will become some of your greatest friends, like I mentioned in the 1st lesson, or they can become your worst enemy.

The important thing is to have fun and make beautiful memories that will last a lifetime! You’ll tell your children these stories. The people you create these memories with will be the reason you continue to make memories.

I can say I met 2 of the most wonderful spirits this school year and I have created memories with them that I will tell my children at least a hundred times! I’ve made so many memories that I can’t wait to make more with them this summer when I go on a road trip to visit them.


Again, these are the reasons I had such a wonderful year! I’ve finally met some friends that I can rely on and that I am truly happy with. I couldn’t have been more happier and I already can’t wait for June so we can go on adventures in their city and also August so we can go on adventures that will probably make great books one day!

I never understood what people meant by “College is what you make it” when we are always told to study, study, study but I get it now. You can study and still have time to enjoy school. You’re only an undergraduate once…make the best of it while you can.


“I didn’t know I was having fun in school until I began making memories!”

~Erriel JD 






Best Gift List Apps

With the holidays quickly approaching some of us, myself included, are behind on gift shopping! Some of us don’t know what we are buying or we don’t know what our budget is exactly BUT I am here to tell you that that is all over! With the help of technology and a thing called APPS there is a solution to determining what you are buying this holiday season.

Here are my 2 favorite gift listing apps that helped me this holiday season…


  1. Santa’s Bag

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Santa’s Bag is an organized app that allows you to not only create a budget for ALL of the gifts you plan on purchasing but it allows you to budget per person, list the gift(s) you plan on purchasing for  for each person, what store you can purchase the gift from, and how much you have left within you budget!

This app is an organizers dream app! Santa’s bag is the perfect visual for those who love to make lists, such as grocery lists, to prevent forgetting about someone such as that co-worker who is always eyeballing you for no good reason. I highly recommend this app for gift planning and shopping for all of the above reasons and then some!

2. Holiday Planner Lite

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Now this app goes above and beyond budget planning! If you are someone who travels during the holiday season then this app is most definitely for you!

The Holiday Planner Lite app allows you to create a budget for gift giving but it is great for budgeting your travels down to the cost of the flight, hotel, food, and activities. You can keep track of how much you spend in each category (i.e transportation) and how much you have left.

I recommend this app for those who are big on traveling. I know for a fact that going over budget while traveling is common because we often don’t set a budget for when we are going on vacation especially during the holidays.


With these two apps you can budget your entire holiday without going over budget or going overboard! There’s apps give you a clear expectation on what you will be spending this holiday season. So if you haven’t already, go to your app store and download one or both of the apps listed about and get budgeting for the holidays!

Check out this cute graphic from Personal Capital on some of the best apps for managing your holiday shopping!!