5 College Life Hacks That Will Make Your Fall Semester the Best One Yet

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Now that the fall semester is coming in at full force, it’s time to buckle down and slay the semester. Whether you’re starting your very first semester in college or returning back for your last as a senior, college can feel overwhelming AF. Keeping that GPA high, holding leadership positions in campus organizations, and attempting to maintain a social life are some serious feats.

When dealing with all that’s on your plate, you’ll want every resource you can get your hands on to make your semester way more manageable. That’s why we’ve got you covered with a handful of seriously life-changing tips and resources. Give these college life hacks a try — they’ll keep your fall semester running smoothly, allowing you to shine as the #girlboss that you are.

1. Have an emergency primp kit

Being on-the-go looks a little different for everyone — maybe you love to dress up for the day or maybe you’re completely content with keeping it casual. Whatever your style is for the day, you never know when you’ll need to get glam in a pinch. Grab your fave makeup or travel bag that’s small enough to fit in a backpack or purse and fill it on up with a few essentials that give you a little extra boost.

For kicking it up a notch on the eyes, keep the BUXOM Cosmetics Big Tease™ Plumping Mascara at hand. You’ll attain longer lashes and a noticeable plump — just the right touch for a flirty look. It’s especially key for long-day-wear with a smudge-proof and flake resistant formula that’s sure to keep you looking on point during a long day on campus.

To make sure you’re smelling fresh throughout the day or for a quick touch-up before a dinner date in the evening, have Katy Perry’s Indi Fragrance tucked in your emergency kit. A swift spritz of the perfume — filled with notes like white tea, oriental plum, white cedar wood and vanilla — will give you a beautiful scent for whatever your day may bring you.

2. Make your dream room a reality

Coming home after a long day on campus to your apartment or dorm room is probably the best feeling ever. What’s even better is coming home to a room with that perfect ambiance. To achieve that charming, relaxing atmosphere, don’t be afraid to bring your Pinterest-perfect room to life.

Dive into one of those DIY projects you’ve always been dying to try using one of Krazy Glue’s All Purpose Singles. Each single has just the perfect amount of Krazy Glue product for any at-home craft or project involving metal, plastic, glass, wood or nearly any other surface you’re working with.

For attaining that peaceful ambiance, nothing is more essential than a warm, refreshing aroma. Bath & Body Works’ Wallflowers Fragrance Diffusers work in dispersing a delightful scent throughout the day. Many Wallflowers also serve as an around-the-clock nightlight and as a decorative statement piece (what a win-win). These plug-ins are especially essential for college dorms and apartments that don’t allow you to burn your own candles or incense. Plus, if you’re feeling especially festive, try the Caramel Pumpkin Swirl or the Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin fragrance to get you in that ~fall mood~.

3. Keep snacks on deck

It’s no secret that snacks are the ultimate life-savers during your college years. Stocking up on healthy, natural snacks instead of artificial, sugar-filled ones are key for having energy all day and avoiding a mid-day crash (yes, you can cut out those all-too-tempting naps). Organic GōL Bars are the best pick-me-ups, with our favorite flavors being the Chocolate Sea Salt and the Maple Sea Salt GōL Bars. Each gluten-free bar is packed with grass-fed whole milk protein and real organic foods to keep you sustained and satisfied for that busy day of back-to-back classes and meetings.

On top of snacks, you’ll want to be more than prepared for keeping your fave condiments at hand. Whether you’re stopping by the local convenience store for an on-the-go meal, or struggling with bland and boring dining hall food, spice things up by keeping Frank’s RedHot on you. Keeping hot sauce in your bag like Beyoncé will make it super convenient to give any packed or bought lunch that flavor and heat you crave.

4. Take time to treat yourself

The pressures of excelling in classes, running student organization meetings, and staying on top of your social game can be too real sometimes. That’s why our number one college life hack for the semester is to do what you need to do to be the best you. Whether that’s relaxing at home in a bubble bath or trying out a new face mask, giving yourself some well-deserved r&r is the absolute best way to recharge yourself for a busy day or week ahead.

For a luxurious at-home treat, we love using the Skintimate 2-in-1 Shave Cream & Skin Conditioner. From Coconut Silk to Delicate Water Lily, Skintimate has an amazing formula that’s packed with shea butter and soy protein, giving you pampered, healthy-feeling legs.

Take a moment to treat your face right with Garnier’s Micellar Cleansing Water All-In-1 Waterproof. It cleanses any dirt or debris, removes your toughest waterproof makeup from the day, and even refreshes for a clean, healthy feeling. Nothing feels better than ending your night with a fresh face!

Lastly, if you’re looking to keep that summer glow going all throughout your fall semester, try out the Sublime Bronze Hydrating Self-Tanning Milk by L’Oréal Paris. For a mega-moisturizing, streak-free tan, apply this self-tanning milk a few times a week to keep it feeling like summer well into the fall months.

5. Be set for self-defense

As the saying goes, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Don’t forget to keep yourself safe with the right self-defense tools by your side. SABRE's personal alarm, coming in both a key ring and clip version, is a top pick for keeping you safe. With a 120dB alarm that’s easy to access and activate and can be heard from up to 600 feet away, SABRE’s got you covered with an alarm that’s simple and effective. Another way to keep safe on campus is with SABRE’s line of peppers sprays. SABRE’s pepper spray is the #1 brand trusted by police and consumers worldwide. Each canister has up to a 10-foot range and contains 25 bursts (up to 5x more than other brands), providing you safety at a distance and protection against multiple threats.

Additionally, we all know that the party scene in college gets a notorious reputation for creating an atmosphere of danger. If you choose to go to parties or bars, be sure to keep the convenient drink test kit by SABRE with you. It tests for popular “date rape drugs” like GHB and Ketamine in both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and serves as a reminder to stay vigilant.