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How To Plan A Debs

How To Plan A DebsYou thought you were all finished with reading about the Debs on missy.ie, didn’t you? Wrong! 6th year may have only started but we bet Debs fever is already catching. And with that comes the Debs Committee.

Here’s some things you should consider if you find yourself tasked with planning your schools Debs.

 

This Is A Democracy

You should realise straight away that you will not be able to please everyone when it comes to the Debs, but it can be nice to get ideas. Why not set up an anonymous survey on Survey Monkey to get suggestions about the venue, entertainment and menu?

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Leave Your Notions At The Door

Yes, we’ve all grown up on a diet of American television and seen prom glorified, but it’s not the same in reality. Don’t start off with all these mad notions, like having a “Prom Queen” – it never ends well.

 

Divide up the jobs evenly

Make sure that everyone has an even workload spread throughout the year. Team work is a must and good communication will make all the difference.

 

Chose Your Venue Carefully

Keep it as local as you possible can. Check out all the venues and see what they are willing to offer you in terms of rates and perks. Some hotels are known to offer free gym membership to all 6th years.

 

How To Plan A Debs

DJ/Entertainment

This is where a survey can come in handy; chances are you might find out about a band who weren’t even on your radar before. Ask around and who people would recommend or who did the 2018 Debs circuit.

 

Tickets, get your tickets!

The venue will probably issue you with tickets to distribute. It can be nice to jazz them up a little bit to make them a bit more special though, if you have the time.

Think about how you are going to collect the money for the tickets. It’s best to offer people the chance to pay in instalments across the year, as not everyone will have the money up-front. So, make sure that you have very clear and written notice from the venue and vendors about what is due and when. Also, don’t force people to buy tickets. The Debs isn’t for everyone. And not everyone will be interested in bringing a Debs date. Be discreet about people’s plans. You’ve been given a huge responsiblity and you need to respect the power that goes along with it. Also make sure that you set cut-off dates for collecting money. Put someone in charge of publicising the details with your year. They will be responsible for telling people when money is due by. Set up a Facebook page and make posters to put up in the classrooms.

 

Amenities

Check to see what the venue includes in its packages. Think about adding an extra few euro to the cost of tickets so you can purchase flip fops and keep them in a basket and put together a little hamper in the girls bathroom. Think deodorants, hairspray, clips, tampons, perfume. Again it doesn’t cost much, but it’s something that people will appreciate on the night.

 

Know Your Weakness

The Debs is supposed to be fun, so there’s no point being stressed over the planning process, especially as you’re already dealing with 6th year woes. Know what you’re good. Play to your strengths and let others do the same. And ask for help if you need it.

Have you any tips on how to plan a debs? Let us know in the comments.

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The Best Student Discounts In Ireland

Sure, getting an education is great BUT it’s also pretty awesome to be able to get student discounts once you start college A lot of us are on strict budgets when we’re in college, so student discounts go a long way. We already shared some tips for saving money when you’re in college, but one of the best money-saving hacks is to know the full potential of your student status.

Here are the best student discounts in Ireland…

 

In Store Student Discounts

Just flashing your college ID should get you discount in:

  • Topshop 10% (this even applies in the Topshop sales – how fab is that?!).
  • New Look 10% (keep an eye out for their occasional 20% off for students).
  • Boots using the Student Leap Card (collect ALL the points as well with a Boots card!)
  • River Island offer student discounts on certain dates in association with Student Beans .
  • H&M also offer a discount on certain dates with UNiDAYS and Student Beans.
  • Specsavers offer 25% off to students with a valid student ID.
  • Office, Life Style Sports and Aldo offer 10% to students once you flash your travel card
  • Movies at Dundrum run a student deal where you get a large popcorn, large soft drink and a ticket to a movie all for €10.
  • The Wicklow Street Clinic offer 10% off all services for students.

 

Online Student Discounts

By signing up to websites like UNiDAYS and Student Beans you gain access to student discounts online. Simply pop in the name of the shop you are purchasing from in the search bar, you’ll then be given a code to enter into the “promo/discount code” section of checkout, and boom! Discounts off your online purchases!

By signing up to UNiDAYS you get discounts from:

…and lots more! Sign up to UNiDAYS for free here.

 

Travel Discounts

If you do any traveling get the Student Leap Card. The card gives you student rates on Bus Eireann, The Luas, Dublin Bus, DART, Irish Rail and on private bus companies. It also gives discounts on other products and services like Boots, McDonalds, GAA and D.I.D Electrical. It only costs €10 to get the card, but you’ll make that back easily with all of the discounts.

 

Food Discounts

One skill you have to gain when you become a student is the art of cooking. Sometimes though, you may have a treat yourself moment and decide to order a takeaway! You can get up to €6.50 off via Deliveroo with UNiDAYS!

You can also get 20% off in store with Eddie Rockets by using the UNiDAYS app!

 

Student Society Discounts

A lot of college societies offer student discounts with membership. Most will have offers that are specific to each college location and tend to mainly include discounts on food and coffee. Ask around and find out which societies offer the best discounts in your college.

Are there any other Student Discounts in Ireland that we should know about? Let us know in the comments below!

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5 Things You Can Do When You Turn 18

Hailey Baldwin’s super sweet 18!

So, you’ve turned 18. Congrats on being an adult now!

Yes, we all know that you can purchase alcohol now that you’re 18 (the novelty will wear of very soon!), but what else can you do? It turns out you can do a lot!

Here are 5 things you can do when you turn 18 that don’t involve drinking…

Vote!

Congratulations, you are now eligible to vote in elections! It’s a big power and responsibility and one that you’ll get to use pretty soon with the Presidential Elections coming up. During the recent Referendum to Repeal the 8th it was the youth vote that really rallied and secured the landslide result. Your vote really does count, so make sure that you’re on the Register of Electors. Here’s how you can register to vote in Ireland.

Play The Lotto

We know everyone relishes being able to buy that first legal drink, but seriously how cool would it be to become a millionaire on your 18th birthday?! The dream. Do it for the LOLs and remember us at missy.ie fondly if you win!

Sign Up For On Organ Donation Card

One of the things that you can do when you turn 18 is sign up for a free Donor Card. Please do this. At the moment we still have a clause that you must opt-in to donate your organs instead of opting out. It’s a bit morbid to think about it, but one person can save up to 8 lives. You simply sign up for the free card and then place it in your purse just incase anything ever happens. You can also tick the box on your driving licence to indicate your wish to donate your organs. Don’t forget to tell your friends and family your wishes too and also encourage them to sign up. You can pick up a card in Chemists or you can sign up by going to organdonation.ie.

Give Blood

Even if you’re a bit squeamish when it comes to blood we would urge you to still consider donating blood. It’s actually such an easy process. It doesn’t hurt and you don’t even have to look if you don’t want to. Also, you get biscuits, crisps and tea afterwards!! You never know when you or someone who you love may need a blood transfusion – they’re actually far more common than you would think and supplies regularly run low. Check out giveblood.ie to find out where and when the next local blood drive is. Bonus points if you rope in a family member too!

Get Your Garda Age Card

Don’t be that person who brings their passport an a night out, it never ends well. Sign up for a Garda Age Card and that way it will always be on you incase you need it for ID.

In terms of Things You Can Do When You Turn 18, what are you most looking forward to?

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Tried & Tested: Tips For Saving Money In College

Tried & Tested: Tips For Saving Money In College

Two years down, one to go. As I entered my final year of study at college I took a moment to sit down and think about how my spending habits have changed from my 1st year in college to now. I think it is safe to say I have learned a few tricks to help you save a few bob here and there, so I thought why not share with you? Even if you only save as little as €10 a week, it all adds up.

 

Tips For Saving Money In College

Tried & Tested: Tips For Saving Money In College

Tip #1 – Don’t overdo it on the weekly shop

This is something my mother used to constantly warn me about, and I really should have taken her advice sooner. Moving away from home and becoming independent means you have to fend for yourself, and feed yourself. It’s easy to get carried away when doing your food shop, thinking  ‘FINALLY, I can buy the food I actually WANT to eat! No more junk food, dream bod here I come!’. But the fact of the matter is college life is hectic, you wont always have time to cook a wholesome dinner each night, even though you think you will.

A lot of the food you buy will go straight back into the bin, and there is no worse feeling than seeing your money wasted like that. Instead, try buying foods you can get dinner out of for more than one night a week, or something as simple as going halves with your friend/housemate on dinner one or two nights a week can be a big help. Also, Lidl and Aldi will be your best friends. If one is not convenient to you, make sure to take advantage of the Dunnes Stores and Tesco loyalty cards!

 

Tip #2 – Invest in a flask

If you are anything like me and you require in and around 7 cups of coffee on a typical day then this will help you BIG TIME. I had gotten myself into an awful habit of buying coffees here and there without actually taking into consideration just how much they were setting me back a week. If I made my 9am lecture? Mocha as a reward. Hour off in between classes? Great time to grab a coffee. Walking home and hands getting a bit chilly? A coffee will heat them right up. But spending just €2.50 a day on a coffee meant I was spending €12.50 a week and €50 a month…ON COFFEE.

Instead, buy yourself a cute flask and fill it up with coffee or tea in the mornings, TK Maxx have a great range of them. Missy loves this But First, Coffe mug! Don’t try and stop cold turkey though, you can still treat yourself to that hazelnut latte…but try limit it to once a week.

 

Tip #3 – …and a lunchbox

If you know you’re going to have a long day in college then simply bring a packed lunch. For a while, I almost felt embarrassed about bringing in a packed lunch but soon you’ll realise it’s actually very common and really will do your purse a favour. Instead of spending €3/4 on a pre-packaged sandwich, bring your own along with some fruit or nuts for you to snack on to keep you feeling full for the day.

Tried & Tested: Tips For Saving Money In College

Tip #4 – Open a savings account

Now, most of you probably already have a savings account much like myself. However, my ‘savings’ account was actually used to fund my extreme addiction to online shopping as it was linked to my debit card, making it all just far too easy. The trick here is to keep this account along with opening another savings account, a real savings account.

If you’re with AIB and take advantage of their mobile banking app everything is right there in front of you. You can then use this app to transfer money from your debit account into the savings account, meaning you can’t just recklessly spend whatever money is on your card. Trust me when I say this little hack has done me the world of good! Bear in mind, I definitely still recommend to keep some dolla bills on your card in case of an emergency, or be sure to keep a small amount of cash on you.

Tried & Tested: Tips For Saving Money In College

Tip #5 – Make a Depop account

This is honestly one of the things that saved me during my incessant spending on clothes. If you’re unaware of the concept of Depop it is basically an app where you can buy and sell clothes. It has been around since 2011 but has really grown in the past 2/3 years. I am a huge fan of the app, it is safe so long as you purchase/sell through the app and you can find some amazing bargains there too! I used it as an extra little source of income and highly recommend you give it a go.

You can follow my Depop @idkveronica.

 

Tried & Tested: Tips For Saving Money In College

Tip #6 – Budget for your night out

And most importantly, leave the card at home! The invention of contactless payment was created by the devil himself. So do yourself a favour, leave the card behind and avoid the absolute fear of waking up the next morning and having to check your bank balance. Instead bring cash, just enough for a drink or two inside the club, the taxi home and garlic chips if the food after a night out is a holy ritual for you, like myself.

Read More: Tips For Staying Safe On A Night Out

 

So, there you have it. Just a few of the small ways I’ve learned to save money without feeling like I’m making myself suffer, hopefully some of the tips are helpful to you.

Have you any tips for saving money in college?

 

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5 Reasons College Is The Best

5 Reasons College Is The Best

Yes, college can be stressful at times and there are serious responsibilities involved, but it’s such an new and exciting adventure. So whether you’ve just started your first year in college and you need some reassurance or you’re still a few years off college but need something to look forward to, here are 5 reasons that college is the best…

 

The Independence

It can be hard to adjust to the change initially, but once you realise just how fab it is to be your own boss, you won’t look back. As always keep your safety in mind, especially on nights out in a new city, but being able to decide what you do when and what time you go home at can be so great. Independence is great and it really shows who you are. Yes, it is a serious learning curve, but you’ll get there and you’ll be so proud of yourself when you do.

 

The Societies

Honestly, the best thing about college is the societies. Join all the popular ones, but also join some obscure and random ones too – like archery! Ask around and see what people recommend. Some colleges like UCD and Trinity are very well-known for having incredible celebrity guest speakers, so it’s well worth investing a few euro in a society. Societies usually have discounts too! If you’re worried about making new friends societies offer a great chance to get to meet people who have similar interests to you. Having friends outside your course is always a good idea too!

 

The Social Life

Say hello to a whole new social life. There are nights out galore, balls to attend, silent discos, mystery tours…we could go on and on. A lot of societies also offer trips away at a lower cost, definitely try do at least one of these – they’re always an interesting experience. If nights out aren’t your thing, there are always sports teams to join or knitting clubs (they’re surprisingly fun!) Find something that interests you.

 

New Friends

Did you know that most people meet their best friends in college? True story. And although you really should keep up your friendships with your gang from school, college is the best for making friends from different places with vast interests. Like we said before, sometimes its the person who least expect is the person who you end up becoming BFFs with, so keep an open mind about everyone who you meet. And don’t be afraid to put yourself out there; be the first person to start a conversation. This is a whole new start, so it’s the perfect chance to leave your quiet ways behind, if you so wish.

 

Realising That Education Can Be Different

Secondary School is hard. And the Leaving Cert is just a soulless pit of learning things off-by heart and hoping for the best. College is completely different. We hope that you’ve found yourself in a course studying something that you’re truly interested in. A lot of courses also offer you the chance to choose different modules, so you can choose what you study. You’re also encouraged to have your own thoughts and opinions on subjects. It also kinda weird when you realise that you’re not completely governed by the same strict set of rules as school. The first few weeks of not wearing a uniform are pretty weird!

Why do you think college is the best? Let us know in the comments below or on our Twitter!

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How To Make Your College Room A Home!

Most of you will probably have asserted your independence now that you’re in college, and have moved out of your family home. This can be a very big step. Whilst it’s great to get a bit of independence, it can be hard to make your new digs feel like a home.

Whether you are staying with a host family, on campus, or in a student house, your room is a great chance to put your stamp on your space.  You obviously can’t go wild repainting or hanging up pictures on every available space, so Missy has a few tips to make your room at college a home!

 

Pick A Quirky Duvet Cover!

Whether you are staying in a broom cupboard, or you managed to score a double room, it’s guaranteed there’ll be a bed of some description. A duvet cover is a great way to add a pop of colour and bit of personality to your space. New Look has a great selection! We really love these sloth, llama and mermaid themed sets!

 

Fairy Lights!

We are yet to find a room that doesn’t need a set of fairy lights. They just seem to make everything better! The great thing is most fairy lights you buy are battery-powered so your room mates can’t blame you for a pricey electricity bill.

We love the fact you can make these ASOS lights into a sign. If you fancy hanging some Polaroids, why not try these cute clip lights?

 

Cushions

A few scatter cushions can do a room the world of good. They add a pop of colour and texture. While they can be a nuisance to take on and off your bed everyday, you’ll love the sense of comfort and homeyness they bring.

We adore the selection ASOS has! The eyelash one is our fav! Add a pop of colour with the pink flamingos, or take the slogan trend a step further with this FUN cushion!

 

Plants & Succulents

Whether you opt for real or fake, there is one place you turn to for all your potted plant needs – IKEA! If you’re looking to add a little touch of the outdoors to your room but you’re not the best at keeping plants alive try these artificial plants and succulents. If you’re up for the challenge of keeping a plant alive, we love these orchid and bamboo plants.

 

Pictures

When we’re away from family, friends, and pets in college you can start to feel a little homesick. A great way to tackle this is to decorate your room with pictures from home. Blu-tac can ruin walls so why not try some cute stand alone frames. There are some super cute frames out there, we’ve selected some of our faves! Including a cute memo board for notes and photos!

 

Have you any tips for decorating your college room?

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How To Beat Homesickness In College

How To Beat Homesickness In College

There are two types of people who move away for college: those who love life from the second the parental unit say a tearful goodbye and those who struggle to adjust. And there’s no shame in that at all.

Often it’s not exactly homesickness, but more a general anxiety about how much has suddenly changed in your life. It’s perfectly normal to crave going home and returning to your normal and old life, but ultimately live does propel onwards, even if you’re not entirely ready. Here are some simple tips to help beat homesickness in college…

 

Don’t Be Too Hard On Yourself

It’s okay to feel homesick. The jump to college is a big one, especially after the world-wind of L.C results and CAO offers. You might also have ended up in a different course, college or county than you had planned for 6 weeks ago. It’s a lot. Allow yourself the time to adjust to the change.

 

Don’t Give In

Stay positive, it will get better. Moving to college and feeling homesick is often the first real test of adulthood that many of us face. It’s so tempting to just want to give into it and head back to the security of home, but really think long and hard about where that will get you in the long-run. You obviously want to be at college if you applied and put in the work. So, realistically it’s not the best idea to pack it all in. That is unless you are pretty sure that you’ve made a huge mistake in picking the course that you did – it happens! In this case make sure that you have a chat with you college ASAP to make to ensure that you’re where you’re supposed to be.

 

Plan, Plan, Plan

It can be hard to wrap your head around the idea of being your own boss all of a sudden. It’s your responsibility to get yourself up in the morning. You might have to navigate the horror show that is Dublin Bus (to us culchies at least!) and think about what you’re actually going to eat every, single day. Suddenly the thought of not having mammy’s home cooked meal waiting for you feels very bleak. To ease yourself in to the reality of being an adult batch cook your food in advance. Also, M&S do great microwave meals, because…adulting!

 

Start Building Your New Life

Decorate your new college bedroom so that it starts to reflect you and is more homely instead of a lifeless jail cell. Join societies left, right and centre. It’s so fun to try out something new and interesting. And a hobby will distract you. Set yourself the task of speaking to one new person a day in your course. Start exploring your new surroundings too. The quicker you become familiar with everything, the faster you’ll start to feel more at-ease. And as they always say, fake it until you make it.

 

Buddy Up

College can be such an exciting time when it comes to making friends and although we wouldn’t recommend limiting your new friendship option, try befriend at least one person who is “from up the country” too. It can be so nice to have sometime who relates to the struggles. No offence to those who have the luxury of still living at home, but sometimes you really don’t get the true struggles of being away from home for college and how lonely in can be initially.

 

Go Home When You Can

Friday can feel like an awful long way away on a lonely Monday night, but it’s not. And if you feel like you need to go home every weekend, then do. Also if you feel the need to Skype home every evening, do that too. Keep in touch with your friends from home as well, chances are they might be going through the same thing too. It’s good to have your “home” friends and “college” friends.

 

It’s really important to remember that homesickness is normal. We all have out bouts of loneliness once we move out of home for the first time. Be sure to look forward at all the positive things your college time holds for you. You’ve only just begun!

Have you any tips to beat homesickness in college? Let us know in the comments below.

Read More: What You Need To Know Before Starting College 

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5 Things Mrs Hinch Has Taught Us

We never thought we would be discussing the topic of cleaning on missy.ie, but stay with us on this…

At the beginning of the week we learned of a phenomenon sweeping Instagram – Mrs Hinch and her cleaning tips! You’re probably thinking really? Cleaning? But trust us, Mrs Hinch’s Instagram is addictive! We’ve watched all of her highlights, liked most of her posts (not to sound creepy…) and we are now fully fledged Mrs Hinch-lings!

So, if you’ve recently moved out for college, or just want to impress the parentals, here are the top 5 things Mrs Hinch has taught us about cleaning!

 

1) Washing Your Washing Machine Is A Thing…

Eh, this one took us at Missy HQ by storm. So much so that we now have a dedicated group chat to the topic. You should wash your washing machine. No one told us that! Needless to say some serious washing machine cleaning is going down this weekend. (We. Are. Wild). Mrs Hinch recommends cleaning the drawer where all your washing powder etc. goes. As well as giving the rubber part of the barrel a good scrub. You’d be surprised how dirty these bits can get…!

 

2) Vinegar Is Not Just For Chips!

Vinegar may make your takeaway taste that bit better but did you know it also works wonders on cleaning glass and mirrors? You may be thinking how is that relevant, but we’re sure you have a mirror or two in your bedroom that could do with a good clean! Mrs Hinch recommends Stardrops Vinegar Spray, so naturally we’re now fully stocked up!

3) Not All Cloths Were Created Equal…

We’ve not lost the plot, bear with us! Mrs Hinch uses cloths by the brand Minky. However, we’ve lovingly taken on her pronunciation of “MINKEH!” (If we were Minky Homecare we’d be rebranding ASAP). We never thought we’d be obsessed with a cloth or sponge but here we are…

5 Things Mrs Hinch Has Taught Us

4) Zoflora Is Life

Before this week we just thought of Zoflora as a disinfectant, but after watching Mrs Hinch – it’s now a way of life. Zoflora is a natural product, so it’s not only a great cleaner, it’s good for the environment! Win/Win! It also smells amazing. Be sure to dilute it down though or the smell might be a tad bit overwhelming! Use it on floors, toilets, anything!

5) Clockwise Cleaning

Mrs Hinch keeps all of her cleaning products in baskets, separated by product type or use (Monica Geller, is that you?). For the clockwise clean, she takes her “daily basket”, filled with bits she’ll need for whatever cleaning goes on that day, and her wipes basket. (Invest in some wipes if you want to get your floors sparkling, a mop is not enough apparently! We were shocked too!). For the clockwise clean you start on the left of whatever room you are tackling, and work your way round in a clockwise direction! Genius! Eat your heart out Snow White!

5 Things Mrs Hinch Has Taught Us

 

Are you as blown away by these tips as we are? Have you any cleaning tips of your own you’d like to share?

 

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How To Stay Motivated In School

We’ve been through it all and we know just how hard school is emotionally, physically and mentally. And it’s just so darn easy to give up and lose motivation to do well, especially through the two-year sprint of the Leaving Cert. But Team Missy has the gift of hindsight and one thing that we wish we had been better at when we were in school was to be more self-motivated.

With that in mind, here are some simple ways to stay motivated in school so you don’t make the same mistakes as us!

Think About How Good It Feels When You Succeed At Something

This can be hard initially, but really focus on how you think you would feel if you started to better in a subject. Imagine your teacher’s reaction. Or when someone asks how you did and being able to smile back and say that you did well, thanks for asking😈. Imagine being able to tell the parental unit that you truly did your best. Feels good doesn’t it? Doing well really is super addictive. So, keep that feeling in mind when you feel like you’re losing motivation.

Reward Yourself

There’s no point in working hard if you’re not going to reward yourself. This can be various things; a weekend off, a new eyeshadow palette, a cupcake, a takeaway… anything that makes you motivated in school. But the thing is, you have to deliver fully on your promise to yourself to earn the reward. No, “Ah I’ve done half the work, I totally deserve a treat now”. Be focused and wait. You’ll appreciate it even more and it will motivate you to do it again. If you’re super entrepreneurial make a deal with your parents that your allowance gets upped.

Get Some Self Control

Having self-control and self-discipline are key ingredients to staying motivated in school. You need to be able to learn to filter out the things that you want to do versus the things that you need to do. That means putting the phone down and getting your homework and studying done. And if you need to sacrifice a night out every now and again to get something done, just go with it. Knowing that you put the work in and had self-control to make your goals a reality is a great feeling.

Get In A Routine

A good, consistent routine is the key to staying motivated and achieving success. Once you come home from school have a quick snack and then hit the homework. We know it’s hard after a long day, but try to get it over with ASAP and then you can relax for the rest of the evening. If possible try keep one day a week study-free. Saturday can be a lovely day to have off. Get up on Sunday and do a few hours and then take the rest of the day off. Stick to this routine for a few weeks and once you get used to it and the results start to show, it will become so much easier. If you’re looking for some ways to be better a studying, we have you covered!

Set Small Goals For Yourself

Be realistic in the goals that you set for yourself. If you’re hoping to be the best at German grammar in a week, you’ll be really let down when that doesn’t happen. Start with setting up a routine and see what results they yield first and then keep building on that bit by bit.

Be Organised

Write down what you need to do daily, weekly and monthly and prioritize what you need to do. Bullet Journaling is a great way to make your own organisational system. We made a whole Pinterest Board dedicated to the process! Tick things off as you complete them to feel some instant gratification for your hard work.

Take A Break

It’s so easy to become burnt out quickly by the demands of school, so like we said above make sure that you take time off to recharge. Work hard for the next few weeks and then take the Mid-Term Break to yourself. That can be one of the rewards that you work towards.

Roll With The Punches

It can be so disheartening to put in the work and to not see the results that you were hoping for, but the key is to not let it deter you from your goals. Except that it was a hard exam, or that you might still have to work a little bit harder. Learn from it, improve and go again. You got this!

 

Have you any tips for staying motivated in school? Let us know in the comments below.

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5 Ways TV Shows Distorted Our Expectations Of Secondary School

We’re not sure about you, but before we at Missy started Secondary School we had great expectations thanks to  TV Shows! Turns out that these TV Shows were very very different to what awaited us (thanks Gossip Girl…)!

With that in mind, here are 5 TV Shows that distorted our expectations of Secondary School (or High School as they’d say).

1) Gossip Girl & Uniforms

5 Ways TV Shows Distorted Our Expectations Of Secondary School

 

As we mentioned before Gossip Girl was a big one for us. Now we didn’t exactly think we’d be prancing around NYC on our lunch break mingling with Manhattans elite, but the uniforms Serena and the gang rock had us thinking we’d have more opportunities to customise our uniforms once we hit Secondary School. We were very very wrong. No blazers, no cute shirts that can be worn 20 different ways, and definitely no cute mini skirts. Nope, we were faced with an ankle-length nightmare.

Read More: 10 Reasons Why You Need To Watch Gossip Girl

2) Gilmore Girls & Grades

5 Ways TV Shows Distorted Our Expectations Of Secondary School

 

Ok, so we know Rory Gilmore is portrayed as being above averagely smart, but seriously, our expectations were way too high because of her. Rory is shown as having a great social life – she participates in local events, has friends to hang out with, has weekly dinners with her grandparents, spends a lot of TV time with her Mom, and maintains a relationship all whilst killing it on the grades front. We’re not saying this is impossible, but she made it look so darn easy! And trust us, a lot of effort is needed to maintain this level of awesomeness in school.

3) Pretty Little Liars & Drama

5 Ways TV Shows Distorted Our Expectations Of Secondary School

Thanks to PLL we thought secondary school was going to be a drama a minute. All those hormones packed into one space screamed potential for a drama overload but nope, everything was very quite! We were shocked! No scandals, no gossip that could bowl you over, no sordid affairs, nada!

4) The Vampire Diaries & Teen Romances

5 Ways TV Shows Distorted Our Expectations Of Secondary School

If there’s one TV Show that hyped up teen romances it was The Vampire Diaries. We entered secondary school ready to have whirlwind romances aplenty! Bonus points if the objects of our affections were some sort of supernatural beings! Again, this one fell flat on its face. It was hard enough trying to find a date to the debs we could tolerate, let alone deal with that level of intensity in a relationship as a teen! You’re not lacking anything so don’t be worrying – these relationships are purely for the screen, thank goodness!

5) Riverdale & Dress Code

5 Ways TV Shows Distorted Our Expectations Of Secondary School

This one is really only accurate for those days you’re allowed wear your own clothes to school, but still, if you think you’re gonna get away with the hem lines the girls of Riverdale do, think again! We would have loved to have rocked some of the fab looks from Riverdale, but we feel it would have ended in a trip to the principals office! Best to stick with these trends for non-school days, just to safe!

Did any of these shows make you think Secondary School would be different to what it is? Let us know in the comments! 

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Mr.Price Have You Covered For Back To School Supplies

Mr. Price Have All The Back To School Supplies You Need

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Let’s be honest, going back to school isn’t the easiest task in the world. But you know what brings us genuine joy? The thought of all that new stationery!

We headed into our local Mr. Price to take a look at some of the stationery options available and we were spoilt for choice. Mr. Price have lots of branded bargains available in store and it really is stationery heaven. They carry a wide selection of pens, notebooks, markers, highlighters and art supplies. They basically have all of the back to school supplies you could ever need.

Here are some of our top picks from Mr. Price that are sure to brighten up any returning to school blues…

Pens, Pencils And Everything Else

Anyone else get super excited about buying new pens and markers? Something that instantly caught our eye was this Sharpie Marker set. There are 28 Sharpie markers in the set and it only costs €9.99, which works out at 35 cent each per marker! These are so handy for art classes and for decorating notebooks.

Staying Organised

Speaking of notebooks, Mr. Price have lots of different branded copies, notebooks and hardbacks available. We highly rate the notebooks with dividers because you can assign a subject for each section. This is a great way to stay organised as it keeps everything all in one place. Another great organisation tip is to buy button wallets and assign a wallet for every subject. That way you can keep all of your copies and notes together and you’re not left in a panic when you can’t find your Irish Grammar copy!

Cute Study Supplies

Highlighters are a must for studying and although Mr. Price have all the usual highlighters available, we spotted a lovely little highlighting set that are shaped like nail polishes. So cute!

Math Essentials

Investing in a great calculator is definitely a must from the very first day of secondary school and Casio are always the top recommendation from teachers. We love how fun this pink Casio Calculator is, but it’s also available in black.

Environmentally Friendly Lunch Boxes

Another school essential is a good lunch box. Mr. Price have lots of options, but we really love the look of this rubbish free lunchbox set. This makes it really easy to separate your food and means you can bring a variety of snacks. It’s also environmentally friendly and cuts down on waste. Mr. Price also have lots of water bottle options too.

Mr. Price have lots more back to school supplies in store and online. So, it well worth going in and having a look.

Competition

Want to win some awesome back to school supplies from Mr. Price? Head over to our Instagram to enter our giveaway.

 

*This post was made in collaboration with Mr Price, a brand we have loved for many years! All views belong to Team Missy.