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The Non-Morning Person’s Guide to Registration

9 Oct


I am not a morning person. I admire those people that are, but no matter how hard I try, I can’t make myself enjoy mornings. So when I know that registration is coming up and I’m going to have to be on UAccess at 6am to register for my classes, I’m not a happy camper. Since I struggle so much with mornings, I do everything I can to make early morning registration go as smoothly (and quickly) as possible so I can go back to bed before class. Here are my top tips to having a smooth registration.

  1. Meet with your advisor at least two weeks before your registration date. This way you’ll know you’re taking what you need to in order to stay on track with your four year plan. If you don’t have a four year plan, this is a great time to make one so that you have a general idea of where you’re going and what you need to take to graduate on time.
  2. Make sure your shopping cart has all of your classes in it before the morning of registration. If your shopping cart is loaded up, all you have to do on that morning is wake up, click enroll, and go back to sleep ASAP.
  3. Explore UAccess prior to registration and know what to do to enroll. There’s a lot going on in UAccess. Take 15 minutes the week before registration to walk yourself through the enrollment process. This prevents a scenario where 6:00 hits on registration morning and you’re completely lost on UAccess and all of your classes fill up. Taking the 15 minutes to do a simple walkthrough can save you a lot of time and trouble later on.
  4. Set multiple alarms. Waking up early is pretty much the worst. I don’t know how many times I’ve overslept because I thought I hit snooze when I actually turned my alarm off. Waking up that early is hard but not getting into the classes you need is probably harder. Make sure that you’re up on time and ready.
  5. Have a backup plan and a backup backup plan. Some classes fill up pretty much the second the clock hits 6:00, no matter how fast you click the enroll button. If you have a backup plan, you’ll at least be able to add something into your schedule so you aren’t stuck with no classes. And if you don’t get the particular time, professor, or class that you really want, you can check in later in the semester to see if it has open spots. It’s better to be in something that isn’t your top choice than nothing at all.
  6. Have a backup computer plan. As great as technology is, it fails sometimes (usually at the most inconvenient time possible). Have a backup plan for registration, whether that’s your phone, roommate’s computer, or head to the library. You don’t want your computer to crash and spend the whole morning panicking.
  7. Wake up at 5:45 to make sure that your computer and internet are working. Waking up just a few minutes early gives you time to troubleshoot any computer or internet problems. If your internet is down and you have to run to the nearest Starbucks with free wifi or if your computer decided to install updates overnight, give yourself a buffer to deal with these issues.
  8. Don’t refresh UAccess while waiting for your classes to be confirmed. It’s really tempting when you’re waiting and it seems like nothing’s happening. However, if you refresh the page you’ll have to start all over and there’s a greater chance your classes won’t be available. Even if it seems like the page isn’t loading, it’s actually working and you should get a confirmation soon. You have to remember that there’s thousands of other students doing the exact same thing at the exact same time, so the system gets a little slow.
  9. Don’t panic and be patient. If you don’t get your classes right away or if your computer crashes at 5:59, panicking isn’t going to solve anything. Stay calm and readjust your schedule as best as possible (good thing you have that backup plan, right?). If a class is something you absolutely have to be in or if you end up needing additional department permission to get in the class, shoot a quick email to your advisor and be patient. They’re super busy these few weeks (especially on registration day) but they will get back to you as soon as they can.

Registration isn’t fun, especially if you’re like me and don’t do mornings well. If you’re prepared and on top of the situation, it’ll be smooth sailing and you’ll be back to sleep in no time.

Happy Registration!




#StudiousSeptember: Busy Schedule Organization

26 Sep

Staying organized and having good time management is really hard, especially after coming back from summer break. I know that it’s definitely one of the things I struggle with the most: balancing classes, work, homework, and extracurricular activities. But this year I really made it a priority to manage my time well and stay more organized on a weekly basis and for the whole semester. Through a lot of trial and error, this semester I’ve really figured out what works for me to keep myself organized and on top of things. While what works best for me might not be what works best for you, here are my top tips on how to keep track of everything that’s going on and stay organized for the semester.

  1. Utilize a planner for long-term organization. I’ve always bought planners and then failed to use them past the first week. This semester, though, I’ve been utilizing my planner to keep track of dates of assignments, exams, club meetings, and events. It’s really helped me not only remember what I have going on, but also be proactive in studying and doing assignments. It keeps me aware when I have a busier week coming up to do things in advance. Since I’m in multiple clubs that have lots of weekend events, it’s also helped a lot with scheduling and keeping track of what I have on the weekends.
  2. Use lists for day to day activities. Every week, I make a list of all of the assignments, exams, meetings, and events I have for the upcoming week. Because of this, I don’t forget that I have things due and can plan when to do school work between meetings.
  3. Break up tasks into manageable action steps. “Read pages 30-35 and do the first 5 practice problems” is a lot more specific than “study for math test”. This helps me make the most of study time by having a plan of action and limits a lot of unproductive work time.
  4. It’s ok to say no. Sometimes you can’t attend every club event, study group, or meeting, help that friend, and take on that extra project at work. You can’t always do everything (something that’s been hard for me to learn), and it’s important to take care of yourself by getting enough sleep and making sure you have time for yourself.
  5. Plan times during the day for homework and studying and stick to it. If this means reserving a study room in the library for two hours, turning off your phone, putting on headphones to avoid distraction, or just being disciplined, making yourself use a certain block of time will make sure that you get stuff done. It will also free up a lot of other time that would otherwise be wasted and used for procrastination.
  6. Do work in advance. I am the worst procrastinator in the world and constantly put things off until right before they do. This causes stress, late nights, lower caliber work, and sometimes not getting things done. Do your best to do things in advance and save yourself this trouble.

Hopefully these tips help you either stay or get on track for the rest of the semester! I know they’ve helped me.


Major Incompatibility

15 Sep

Remember in Tarzan (the original Disney version) when he was a kid and he always thought he was a gorilla, but then he found out he wasn’t? Remember how he wanted to find where he belonged so he spent a great montage impersonating other animals to find his fit? That was pretty much me my freshman year of college. I came into college thinking I was sure of my major and my career path, but four weeks in I hated it. While it wasn’t as traumatizing as finding out you aren’t the animal you grew up thinking you were and having a complete identity crisis, it was really hard feeling like I didn’t belong in my major or fit with the people in it.

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Like Tarzan, I didn’t find where I belonged right away. I decided to change my major, but at this point it was too late in the semester to switch classes, so I had to stick out the next three months in my original major. It was hard to make friends or connect to the people in my original major because I knew I was leaving the program. I didn’t want to stay in the clubs I had joined for my old major because they were very major specific and I wasn’t interested in them, but I didn’t feel like I could join clubs for my new major because it was already a month into the semester and I didn’t know how to get involved this late in the year.

I felt like every had their place and I was lost. I didn’t feel like I fit in either my old or my new majors and it made my transition really difficult since I hadn’t really made friends outside of classes yet. So what did Tarzan do when he found out he wasn’t a gorilla but didn’t fit with all the other animals either? He adapted to the situation he was in and made the best of it. So that’s exactly what I did.

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One of the best things for me was getting more involved in a club that wasn’t class or school related. Not only was it a great break from the stresses of school, but I also made a ton of great friends. Just like how Tarzan’s friends Terk and Tantor but loved him no matter what type of animal he was, I met people who didn’t care about what I was studying, but cared about me as a person. I also started looking at clubs that I could join for the next semester that were major-specific, which helped me feel really prepared too. While the semester was still hard having to take classes in a field I didn’t want to pursue with people I didn’t feel I fit in with, having other friends and activities really helped me feel like there was a place I belonged.

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The lesson I learned in all of this was that it’s ok to feel like you don’t fit in. There’s a lot of people in the exact same position as you, whether you realize it or not. After my freshman year, I met so many people who had been in the same exact boat as me. Good news is if you’re struggling to figure out what major to pursue, what clubs to join, or how to feel like you fit in, there are so many resources to help you out such as your academic advisors, CAPS, the ASUA club website, club fairs, and more. Don’t be afraid to ask for help and talk to people who have either been there before or know what to do in this situation. You don’t have to change who you are to try to fit in. There’s a perfect place here for you, even if it takes a little trial and error to find it.



To the second week… and beyond!

23 Aug

More likely than not, your first week last week probably consisted of going over syllabi and the format of classes and potentially diving into some introductory content. Now that the first week of your freshman year is done though, things really start to kick into high gear from here on out. Without being proactive, it’s so easy to be underprepared and get overwhelmed by everything that’s getting thrown at you. Getting prepared early in the semester has always helped me to stay focused, organized, and on top of things, so here are 5 helpful tips to help prevent under-preparedness and help you thrive in the weeks ahead.

1. Get the books you know you’ll need.

Now that you’ve gone over the syllabi with your professors, you should have a good idea of what books you’ll actually need for your classes. Make sure to purchase them before the bookstore runs out. You don’t want to have to wait for your books to come in the mail because you could miss assignments or required reading in that time. Purchase them as soon as you know what you’ll need, and explore used and rental options to save an extra buck!

2. Begin introducing yourself to classmates and form a study group.

I don’t know how many times I’ve gotten the first assignment in the class and had a simple question but no friends in the class to ask. Or when the professor says to get in groups for a project and I have to work with strangers. Introducing yourself to a few other people in the class early on is a great way to make friends, have people to turn to when you need help, and gives you people to study with before tests.

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3. Get plenty of sleep.

Getting adequate sleep will keep you healthy, alert in classes, and overall make you enjoy everything you’re doing so much more. College is a busy time so it’s so important to take care of yourself both physically and mentally. Setting a good sleep schedule early on in the year is one of the best habits you can form. You’ll be thanking yourself when exam season starts.

4. Don’t get stressed by the assignments listed on the syllabi.

It can be overwhelming to look and see everything you have to do during the semester on one page. Multiply this by four or five different classes and it can be really overwhelming. But there’s no point in stressing about a test or assignment that isn’t happening for another two months. Be aware of tests, papers, and assignments that are happening later in the semester and put them in a planner, but focus your attention on the assignments that are happening the soonest. Then, check in on your planner each week to know what’s coming up so that assignments don’t sneak up on you.


5. Have a plan of attack for the rest of the semester.

I have found my professors’ office hours to be one of the most valuable resources in my classes. One of the best ways to prepare and stay on track for the semester is to plan office hours, study time, and SI/preceptor office hours into your weekly schedule. This way you have no excuse to not go to office hours or say you don’t have enough time to study. This makes studying and attending office hours routine. I always find that if I study on a schedule, studying becomes less of a burden over time too and prevents cramming the night before exams.


The year is coming on strong but the right preparation early on can make a big difference in setting the tone and pace for the rest of the semester. The second week is the perfect time to jumpstart your year. You know more of what is expected from you in your classes but the assignments and tests haven’t hit hard. Take advantage of this week and prepare yourself for your best semester!



How I Prepare for Summer Session

5 May


Let’s be honest – no one wants to spend their summer taking classes.  However, summer classes are one of the best ways to catch up if you’re behind, get ahead, double major, or add a minor. While it may seem like you have to dedicate your whole summer to school if you take classes, if you come into the summer session prepared to stay on track, you’ll end up staying on top of your assignments and have more time to enjoy your break in the long run. Here are my tips to prepare for summer session classes and make the most out of your break.

  1. Check D2L in the week leading up to new classes. A lot of professors assign work that needs to be done by the first day of class, and you don’t want to start off the first day already behind. Even if your teachers don’t assign any work, many put up the syllabi, contact information, or textbook information. It is especially important to stay on track with how fast-paced summer sessions are.
  2. Read syllabi as soon as you get them. If professors put them up early, make sure to at least read through once and understand what the expectations are for the class. It’s a lot less stressful going into the summer if you know what to expect rather than waiting for the first day of class. I know how stressful it can be to show up to the first day and go over all the tests and dates and assignments in the syllabi when you’re fitting a whole class in such a short session. Get a head start to avoid this calendar shock.
  3. Start perusing the internet for textbooks. While I often like to wait till the first day of class to see if the professor suggests actually buying the book, it never hurts to find the best deals online ahead of time.
  4. Postpone making plans with all of your friends until after the first week of classes. The temptation to go into full summer relaxation mode is strong if you don’t stay motivated right from the beginning of the session. If I’m trying to make plans and hang out with everyone right away, it’s a lot easier to fall behind on those intro assignments that are really easy to forget about.
  5. Keep up with your normal routine and avoid falling into summer laziness. If you spend the whole first week staying up late, hanging out with friends 24/7, and watching Netflix till 3 am, it’s going to be really hard to adjust once classwork starts piling up. Keep your routine from the semester to make the transition as easy as possible once assignments start flowing in.

As long as you focus and plan right from the beginning of the summer, you’ll have jumpstarted your classes perfectly in order to keep up with the quick pace. As easy as it is to take advantage of the first week or so, you’ll be thanking yourself when you’re summer session goes smoothly. Plus, the more on top of your school work you are, the more time you’ll have to relax and enjoy your summer!

Tips for a Better Registration

14 Apr

Registration is right around the corner. If you aren’t prepared, registration can definitely be a stressful time and you might not end up with the classes that you need or want. However, if you prepare ahead of time so you’re completely ready the day of, registration is sure to go smoothly. Here are my 9 top tips for a better registration.

  1. Meet with your advisor at least the week before your priority registration date. If you wait until the day before, you might not get in to see them. If you don’t see them, you might not get the classes you need. No matter how sure you are that you know what you should take, seeing your advisor never hurts and will make sure that you’re 100% on track.
  2. Have all your classes in your shopping cart ahead of time. This way, when 6:00 on Monday morning hits, all you have to do is click enroll and go back to bed. Plus, if there are any potential scheduling conflicts between classes you have to take, you’re aware of them and can figure out an alternative plan.
  3. Wake up at 5:45 on your registration day. Yes, it’s early and yes, it isn’t fun. But this way, you’ll be awake and alert, able to make sure your shopping cart is 100% ready, have your computer on, be logged into UAccess, and give yourself a little buffer if something were to go wrong with your computer or UAccess. Although we always hope that everything will work with technology, sometimes that isn’t the case. That 15-minute buffer before the official registration time will give you some breather room in case your computer decides to restart or some other issue.jim.gif
  4. Have a backup plan. Sometimes classes fill up as soon as the clock hits 6:00. If you have a backup plan for all your classes, you at least have something to fall back on before you can talk to your advisor so that all classes aren’t full by the end of the week.
  5. Click enroll right at 6:00 and don’t refresh your page. You might have to wait a few minutes due to the traffic on the site, but refreshing will just start you all over. Be patient and eventually it will enroll you in your classes.tom
  6. If you don’t get the classes you need and your backup plan fails, email your advisor right away. Be specific about the class you’re having problems with and what UAccess is saying that the problem is. If you’re detailed with the problem, they’ll be in a better position to help you quicker.
  7. Be patient with your advisor. During registration week, they’re swamped with emails, appointments, and phone calls. If you email, give them a couple days to respond. They will as soon as they can. If it’s getting to the point where your priority registration window is about to close and you still have issues, make an appointment to see them or go to walk-in office hours.patient
  8. Remember that your advisor is the expert and trust them. Just because your roommate’s sister’s boyfriend’s cousin said that you don’t actually need that class to graduate and to just skip it, if your advisor tells you what to take, listen to them.
  9. Don’t panic if things go wrong and you don’t get the class that you want or need. There are usually a lot of alternative options or plans that will keep you on track to graduate on time. If you stay calm and seek out help as soon as possible, there’s a good chance that things will get resolved smoothly.


Registration isn’t always fun, but if you’re prepared ahead of time, things are much more likely to work out and be stress-free. Take a little bit of time ahead of time to save yourself a lot of headache in the future! Happy registration!


#AdventurousApril: New Food

12 Apr

I’m a pretty picky eater, so I don’t really like trying new foods. Being a college student, I especially don’t like spending money to try new foods, so I typically just stick to the type of food and restaurants that I’m used to and know that I like. However, over spring break, a good friend of mine had me try Thai food and I ended up loving it. This really made me interested in trying other new types of food that I never would have before. One that my friend suggested was Indian food. So for my Adventurous April, I decided to try a local Indian food restaurant.

When I got to the restaurant, I was a little unsure of the menu. I had no idea what a lot of the dishes were and there were no pictures so I really had no idea what to order. I really like to ask people that work at restaurants what their favorite dishes are (considering they’ve probably tried most of the options on the menu) so I asked my server and ordered tikki masala (mild because I’m a wimp when it comes to spice) and naan with cheese. My friend ordered the same thing (except medium spice). When our food came out, I can basically describe the dish as chicken in a lot of red-ish curry or sauce (sorry I forgot to take a picture because I was really hungry, so the following picture is just similar to what it looked like).


After tasting the food, I really liked it. It was very flavorful, not too spicy, and all around just really tasty. The naan bread was delicious (I mean bread with cheese, how can you go wrong?), especially in the curry/sauce. I’m glad I got it mild, because there was a minimal amount of spice so I was really able to focus on the flavor of the food. As far as taste goes, I’d give the whole meal an 9/10.

As for the whole experience in general, the one thing that kind of disappointed me was the quantity of food that I got for the price that I paid. The food wasn’t necessarily expensive, but the main dish was just the chicken and sauce. The naan was a few dollars extra and if I wanted any rice, that was extra too. I’m definitely a bang for your buck kind of shopper, so I was a little disappointed that I spent almost $15 with tip and didn’t have any leftovers. Not only that, I wasn’t even super full. I wasn’t still really hungry, but I definitely wasn’t full from the meal either. This could have been just that specific restaurant I tried, but the quantity of food for the price left me wanting more.

Overall, I enjoyed my experience trying Indian food. I’m glad that I did and would be open to trying different Indian restaurants in the future. It’s also continued to open my eyes to try even more new types of food as well. I would definitely recommend that if you’re a picky eater like me, take a step out of your comfort zone and try a new type of food or even just a new dish at a favorite restaurant. I would recommend asking people that work at the restaurant what they like, friends who have been to the restaurant or tried the food, or consulting Yelp or another review site for their recommendations. Happy eating!


#MiddlingMarch: Free and Cheap Things I do to Have Fun

3 Apr

It’s easy to get into a rut during the middle of the semester. The homework piles up, the studying hits hard, and it’s easy to get lost in the whirlwind of midterms. It’s important to take breaks and have fun so that you don’t get overwhelmed by all that’s going on. But as college students, we often don’t have room in our budget to spend a lot of money on fun and entertainment. However, there are so many things to do to destress and have fun that can be super cheap or even free! Here’s my 10 favorites.

  1. Rent a movie from the library or Redbox. This is free (from the library) or costs $1.50, but is a great way to spend some time with friends, have a good laugh, and take a couple hours off from studying to relax.
  2. Write in a journal. You can buy a nice journal very inexpensively, or you can just write on regular paper. Writing in a journal is great for getting all your stresses or thoughts out on paper, and it can be a fun way to keep memories of college to look back on in the future.
  3. Go to a Farmer’s Market. I love farmer’s markets because you get to walk around outside, try some free samples, hang out with friends, and support local businesses. While these can become expensive if you’re buying something from every vendor, it’s fun to go into the day setting a small spending cap (if you want to buy anything at all), and seeing what you can buy for that market
  4. Learn to cook a new recipe. Learning to cook something new is fun, cheap, and a great skill. While you will have to pay for food, you have to pay for food anyway so it’s not a big expense outside of your normal budget. And if you cook extra, you have leftovers for the week!
  5. Window shop downtown. Often, the best part about shopping isn’t buying a ton of stuff you don’t need, but spending some time with friends walking and talking and looking around. Like the farmer’s market, you can even set a small money cap and treat yourself a little.
  6. Go thrifting. Thrift shopping is great because you can sell clothes and use that money or credit to buy things at that store. Not only do you declutter your closet, but you get some awesome new pieces to wear.thrifting
  7. Go to a free or cheap sporting event. If you’re part of the ZonaZoo and get into sporting events for free, go to an event that you wouldn’t normally attend, like softball, gymnastics, soccer, tennis, etc. If you don’t have a ZonaZoo pass, tickets to these events often are less than $5 and are a great way to have fun and show your school spirit!
  8. Volunteer. Tucson has so many amazing non-profits and volunteer organizations that there’s a place for everyone. These places can always use the help, it’s a great resume booster, and it’s just plain fun!
  9. Go for a hike or bike ride. Arizona, and Tucson specifically, has so many trails to explore for any level of hiker or biker to enjoy. They’re often free or very inexpensive, and it’s a way to get outside with friends and enjoy our beautiful state.



10 Ways you Know You’re in the Right Major

5 Mar


In the first four weeks of my first semester of college, I knew I hated my major. I had a list a mile long of all the reasons I didn’t want to stay in it, so I changed majors from engineering to business. And while I didn’t hate my new major, I knew I couldn’t see myself having a life-long career that I enjoyed if I pursued business. So the summer before my sophomore year, I switched to animal sciences: science and preprofessional emphasis in the pursuit of becoming a vet.

It’s pretty easy to tell when you don’t like what you’re studying, but sometimes it’s hard to know if it’s right. So here’s the 10 ways that I knew I was in the right major that are probably a pretty good indicator that you’re in the right major too.

  1. I got excited when I talked about what I wanted to do after school. Going to work in the future didn’t seem like it would be work, but instead something that I enjoyed.
  2. I didn’t mind taking the hard or boring classes like chemistry and biology that I had hated before because I knew they were going towards something that I wanted to do.
  3. I was eager to get internships and volunteer in my field. In my previous major, I dreaded the thought of having to take on internships or research, but now I was actively seeking them out.
  4. Future classes that I had to take in my major seemed really fun and I couldn’t wait to sign up for them.
  5. I made long term goals that I wanted to accomplish after college like vet school and a career at a zoo, rather than having no idea what I wanted to actually do after graduation.
  6. I wasn’t scared of professional school after graduation. Even though I know how competitive vet school is even harder once you’re there, I was eager for the challenge.
  7. I applied the things I was learning in core classes, or even gen eds, to my major, rather than just learning the concepts to pass the class.
  8. I was passionate about what I was learning. I don’t know how many animal facts that I learned in class I made my family and friends listen to, but I know that it was a lot.
  9. I felt like I was clicking with my professors. Before, they were just teachers that I had to listen to, but had no desire to make any sort of professional relationship with outside of class. Now, I was interested in my professors’ research and in getting to work with them.
  10. I was (and am) happy. I felt confident about my future, I liked my classes (even the hard ones), and I was excited to see where I would go in my career.

If any of these sounds like what you’re feeling, chances are that you’re on a pretty good track for your future. I love my major and am currently interning at a ranch with plans to intern at a clinic next year. I love helping animals who can’t help themselves and knowing that I’m making such a big difference, even if I’m only doing something small. I hope you love your major as much as I do, but if not, it’s never too late to change to find something that you really are happy doing! I changed twice and I’m so glad that I did because it led me to a path that I’m really happy with and excited about. Remember, this is your life, so make the best of it by doing something you love!


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#FearlessFebruary: Early Spring Cleaning

23 Feb

If you’re anything like me, you keep things way too long and have a hard time ever getting rid of anything. This is especially true with clothes. I constantly buy new clothes (I’m a chronic sale/thrift shopper), but I never can seem to bring myself to get rid of any old ones. I always think “Oh, I’m sure I’ll wear this again” or “what if I need this for some future event/costume/whatever else”. Things that I don’t even like anymore just sit in my closet because they still fit and are in good condition and I always hold onto the thought that someday I’ll wear them again, even though I know that I won’t. So for Fearless February, I decided to tackle my fear of giving things up and clean out my wardrobe.

I decided that instead of setting “ground rules”, like giving up things I hadn’t worn in a certain amount of time, that I would first start off by giving up things that I didn’t actually like that much anymore. This was really hard because I kept thinking “what if I’ll like this again someday”. I especially struggled in parting with things that still fit. It seemed silly to give up a perfectly good piece of clothing like that. It took a lot of willpower and convincing myself that no, I wouldn’t actually wear that ever again, to part with a lot of the older items in my closet.

The next items I tackled were things that didn’t fit me very well, be it too big, small, or just wrong for my body. Let me tell you, I have a very loose definition of the word “fit”. To me, I tend to define it as anything that will physically zip, button, or otherwise make its way on my body, regardless of if it is on properly or comfortably. So I really had to make decisions on what I felt was actually comfortable and looked good as opposed to what I could actually force on. This may not seem like a big deal, but let me tell you, I am a master at convincing myself that I need something or that it fits, even if I clearly don’t need it or it doesn’t fit at all.

In the end, I was able to part with quite a few things that I definitely did not need (and probably should have gotten rid of a long time ago). As much as I hate getting rid of stuff, it actually felt good to have more room in my closet and part with some stuff that I knew I didn’t actually want anymore. I plan on taking all my stuff to consignment stores first to see what I can trade or sell, and then just take the rest to Goodwill or some other clothing donation place. If you’re thinking about cleaning your closet, I’d say just do it. You won’t regret getting rid of things you don’t need and you’ll thank yourself later for the extra closet space.