Daily Archives: February 19, 2016

From the First Word to the Seventh Page: How to Write an Effective College Essay

Right after you have left high school, you are jumping into the unknown and going to college. You are excited and enthusiastic and you believe that it cannot be that hard, that you will make new friends, have a high GPA, travel, explore, and learn and so on, all in the same time. But this belief is something like butterflies and unicorns for the college life. It is hard to accomplish and so, so rare. And right in that moment, when your enthusiasm is higher than Everest, you are going into English 101 class and you think that this should be an easy-peasy task. However, only after you get the syllabus and notice the three huge essays you are supposed to write, you are shocked. And with the time, nothing gets better. The teacher starts presenting them one by one and you start getting more and more anxious. Not only that these texts you will have to craft have nothing in common with those you have been writing for years, but their length is also astonishing. The moment you get that first 5-page long graded draft, you prefer climbing Everest than writing another essay like that. But the reality is harsh, life is hard and there is no one that will come and save you. Just you. Just work.

Brainstorming

Creating something new, unique, starting from nothing and writing a text that is fascinating and inspiring requires a lot of skills. But first of all it requires ideas. So get a blank piece of paper and a pen, sit on the couch with a cup of coffee and write all the things that come to your mind. Map them well. Everything you will write in this essay should be there for a reason. Empty words that will fill the pages and say nothing are not welcome, so think well, write ideas and be creative.

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Draft

Then write a first draft. Though you may not be sure how exactly your essay has to look like, you should know that without writing it out, without completing this first draft, you cannot find out what fails. In this first draft the grammar, the punctuation, the spelling doesn’t matter. Here what matters are the ideas and how they are arranged. So write as much as you can, include details and be specific.

Perfect

When you have already written that first draft, leave it. Don’t start proofreading it then, because it won’t be successful at all. After a while read it and think of the things that could be improved. Maybe you can add something more in the content or maybe you could use stronger words, that will make it more effective, maybe you can rely on some constructions that will make this essay an outstanding one. This proofreading part is the most important one, because right here you are turning your draft in a complete essay. Be careful, be specific, be creative. Writing an essay is an art.

A Trip in February is Your Best Option: How So?

Travelling is what makes you happy.

It brings emotions in your life. It brings joy and makes you wonder. Travelling is curiosity. When you leave your home, you are being another self. You are travelling the world, losing the ground under your feet, you are meeting new people, new places.

travel-695573_960_720You are inspired by the art of old people and young one, by the ancient architecture and ancient history and by recent one, as well. Travelling makes you wiser. It opens your mind. But unfortunately, travelling requires a lot of money and a lot of time. You need to plan everything in advance, because you need to take some days off. You need to spend a lot for a plane tickets or train ones, for hotels and museums and lunches in lovely and charming little bistros in small town in country you have never been in before.

But there is a month, which is surely the best for planning a trip. The first part is the financial one. In this month, the tickets for almost every kind of transportation are the cheapest and it is pretty logical, because after the holidays, after Christmas and New Year’s Eve almost no one travels at all. Thus you will spend remarkably less money than in the middle of the summer or even in March. The next part is about the queues. Isn’t it super annoying to go fly 10 hours to get to a place and then to wait 5 hours in a queue, waiting to get in a museum, gallery or whatever. Luckily in February there are almost no queues. And last but not least, in this month you will be able to take days off most easily, because in the summer when everything is going abroad it is way harder.

How to Survive through January with Minimal Amount of Money

We all love Christmas. Well, maybe not all, but most of us. We don’t mind spending money on Christmas decoration, on food that we are going to prepare for the festive lunch. We don’t mind spending money on Christmas shopping, we love buying presents and giving them to those we love, because here is the magic of this day hidden. Christmas is love and friendship and sharing the same value, while sharing emotions and sensations.

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So the money you spend then, are simply well spent. However, when the holidays are over and you are back to basics, back to work, back to school, you have to cope with different kind of problems. The money you have spent around Christmas, that great amount of them, has made you broke. And the only question that is now bothering you is how could you survive the whole next month?

Be rational

No matter if it is before the actual Christmas day or after that, you need to be always rational. Before buying whatever it is, you need to ask yourself if this is the right option, the best choice. Only after you have convinced yourself that this is the thing you want and you have thought a couple of time about this purchase, you are ready to buy. Being rational is something that could save your life not only around the holidays. So as soon as you learn being that rational as happier your life would be.

Make a budget

And if you have already spent too much and you are already too broke to survive, what you need is a budget, a properly prepared one. Write down all your incomes and expenses and think of the things you could not buy this month.

You are Moving Out? Then Never miss these

Your life is busier than ever, your job is challenging, the to-do lists are the things you go to bed and wake up with; they are hanging on the doors of your fridge or are somewhere hidden in the blank pages of your organizer and diary. And right in that moment, when you have deadlines and projects and presentations, you are moving out. Perhaps in the past it was all way more facile. People got days off and coped with this situation as they should. They were calmly packing and unpacking and there was no tense. But that was the past. The present has harsh reality we are step by step getting used to. And as there won’t be a moment better than this one till next summer, you are forced to plan your move out for a day, full of tasks and duties. And, yes, you are nervous. You are hating it. But the truth is that life is unfair, totally unfair, and as soon as you stop taking everything personal and are more open-minded as better it would be for your own happiness. So grab a cup of nice black, strong and aromatic coffee, roll up your sleeves and just move out, while being at work. Here are the things you should pay attention to.

The end of tenancy cleaning

This is not a simple cleaning and you shall know that pretty well. It is a deep, specialized clean-up that aims to bring the rented accommodation in the same wonderful condition you found it, when you first moved in. This cleaning ends with inspection and this inspection ends with the decision whether you will have your security deposit back or not. And when it is all about money, you better not take any risks and trust the professionals. Or differently said, hire one of the best London’s cleaners and be sure that you are done with this stuff.17233058042_e2d62cb965_o

The space planning

That move out thing is coming to an end, you are going home at the end of the day and there is a place full of boxes and things and you could hardly step on the floor, so you are getting mad. Well, plan the space organization in advance and within an hour you will be able to arrange everything nicely thus. What you need to do is to find out where every single thing belongs before you go there and notice that mess. With the help of a few friends, you will have dinner on the dining table of a perfectly arranged home.

The papers

No matter if you are leaving that rented property to go to another rented one or you have finally managed to buy a home, this move out process is undoubtedly connected with a lot of papers you need to take care of. Read. The new rent agreement is something you should be aware of and the papers about the mortgage or the loan, as well.

Let the Kitchen Mess Finally Disappear

You love your kitchen. It is the place you could be creative, the one you could use your imagination and be alone in. The kitchen is the place where all the magic happens. But unfortunately, all the messes happen there, as well. So instead of enjoying the time you have there, in most of the cases you are cleaning and coping with some kind of mess that someone has created. There is no fun and no magic then. Only hard work. There is a way, however, to make everything back bright and shiny and to bring your happiness to a higher level.kitchen-231969_640

Be organized

Now you would most probably tell me that if only you are being organized nothing could be changed and the mess will be still there. However, one thing is for sure. If you create a nice organization, then the other people you are living with will try being as organised as possible. if you go come after you have done the shopping and you arrange everything nicely as it is supposed to be, I am sure that there won’t be plastic bags full of goods and boxes out there anymore.

Be fast

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You are either fast or you are late. If you clean that red carpet stain, using spirit or another colourless alcoholic drink right now, you will succeed, if you procrastinate for a while you will have a lovely stain for the rest of your life. Be fast and forget about leaving the work you could do today for the tomorrow. And if you are striving for perfection, start cleaning as you go. Thus your home will never be in such an awful condition. It is as simple as that.

Top 3 Outfits Perfect for Any Occasion

If there is one thing that is super annoying, this is for sure deciding to go out for the day or for the night and spending hours in the closet, not being able to decide what to wear. This is the nightmare of every woman and let’s be honest of many men, as well. But what if I tell you that it could be much easier if you have a few back-up plans? They always work, don’t they? And when we are talking about clothes, choosing what to wear, when you have no time, would be much easier if you have prepared a few outfits in advance.6458297021_7840925d4c_o (1)

The casual outfit

This one is for an afternoon tea with that friend you haven’t seen for a while or for a walk in the park with your beloved one. It has to be comfortable and to look fancy as well. The simple decision is a nice pair of skinny jeans, ripped ones, for sure, which you can combine with a cosy sweater and pair of boots. Complete the outfit with a few pieces of jewellery and a big handbag.

The casual, but dressy outfit

The occasion is the same, but here you want a classier and girlier look. So my advice is to rely on a nice colourful dress. The bag for this outfit much be smaller and the accent should be on the jewellery. Choose even a nice lip-gloss that will fit your outfit in advance.

The festive outfit

The occasion is special. You are either going to party, to a date, to your mother’s birthday or whatever thing that requires more festive look. Here you can rely either on a plainer dress or on a nice pencil skirt. The shoes are mandatorily high and the bag is a clutch. Pure perfection.