With school starting, we could all use some tips and tricks on how to make the new school year your best. 1) Get a Planner — & Stick With It. Put everything in your planner, classes, work schedule, what’s due, and even social time with friends. Take an hour a week to update it. Use colored pens to organize further! A planner will help you stay organized and more prepared for the near future. 2) Find a Friend. Make a friend quickly in all your classes. You can start to plan to study together, work together, and hold each other accountable for that class. 3) Make Snacks on Sunday. Everyone needs snacks throughout the day. Make some snack bags on Sunday for the upcoming week. That way you can just grab & go on your way to your classes! We recommend pretzels, string cheese, and fruit! 4) Go to Office Hours. Even if you don’t need help on the subject, it will help put a face to the name for your professor. Chat about the material, discuss your opinion or what you think about it. It will make it easier to ask for help if you should ever need it. There are many of tips and tricks and we encourage you to follow our Pinterest (@livethereef) to find more!
It is THAT time of the year. Where it is almost 90° by 9 am and 100° by 11 am. So how do you stay chill during the brutal summer? Here are some ways to stay somewhat chill! Popsicles, you can either make your own or buy some! We think making some popsicles is the cooler (no pun intended) way to do it! There are so many recipes on our Pinterest (livethereef) that you can choose from. Pool it up! It is a very good thing that we have not one pool, but two! Lay out for a bit and then jump in the pool to cool down. Paddleboarding. You can rent a paddle board on any major body of water here in southwest Florida. You get a workout and can jump in at any time! Kayaking is a great way to survive the heat. Specifically at Estero River off of 41. You can rent a kayak for $10 and it is pretty covered by trees, so it won’t get too hot. We hope that you can stay chill during this hot Florida summer!
Well it is officially summer which means tans, beaches, and sleeping in! Summer also means the rains are coming and they have already started. So what is there to do on rainy days here in southwest Florida, because the beach is kind of out of the options. Let’s explore what you can do this summer when it’s raining! Netflix is ALWAYS an option, snuggle up with your favorite blanket and go ahead rewatch the Office for the tenth time, we won’t judge you. Cook a really good meal, cooking can be extremely fun and relaxing, so why not spend the day cooking or baking your favorite meal or some cookies! You can find some awesome recipes on our Pinterest account to get some ideas. Game day/night with your friends, invite your friends over and play your favorite game such as “What do you Meme?” or even a favorite childhood game! If you’re into the rain and don’t mind getting rained on, you can always go on a nature walk. Six Mile Cypress is a great boardwalk trail that is fairly protected by over-hanging trees. Go to the movies. Go finally see that new movie that came out that you’ve be yearning to go watch! We recommend going to see “Life of the Party!” It’s the perfect time to not feel bad about being productive. Rainy days can be really fun and there is so much more to do than just these five suggestions. Stay dry (or not) and we’ll see you on the sunny side!