Starting the semester strong

Hi all!

As a senior and approaching graduation, I’m going to list the 5 things I wish I knew before I enrolled in college.

1. If you procrastinate, find ways around it, or learn to work with it!

Is it perfectionism? Feeling overwhelmed? Exhaustion? Whatever it is, be sure to find out what it is and address it! This is an awful habit many college students don’t know how to break. Try to dig deeper and work around your procrastinating habits.

2. GPA is important, but it’s not the most important thing. It won’t make or break you.

Remember that it is just a number.

3. Make study plans for your finals

Not sure how? Go to: and see how Sara made her way out of the exams!

4. Learn how to write well

Don’t just take notes and not process them throughout the lecture. Be clear and concise, and avoid clichés. Not only are class notes important, but email etiquette is also extremely critical.

5. Avoid eating alone

Close your laptop and push aside the Netflix, and go grab lunch with a friend. This is a great way to get to know others around campus! Speaking of not eating alone, I went out with my boss’s daughter, Emma for a yummy Macaroon date! Here are a few images below.



Now over to you–what is something you do to help yourself become more prepared for college/semester back to school?

To taking your next best step.

Thanks for reading!


Kelly Jo


About Kelly Jo

Major: Marketing Hometown: Columbia City, Indiana Why I chose RIT: I grew up going to a public school, and was the only deaf girl out of the 400 students in my class. I loved the idea that at RIT I’d get the best of both worlds—hearing and deaf—and get the access services I needed. Choosing RIT was definitely one of the best decisions I've made! Clubs/Activities: I am a member of the Brick City Crossfit club. We tend to meet for an hour three times a week. I also enjoy going to the gymnastics club twice a week. I was a cheerleader/dancer my whole life, so attending gymnastics club definitely brings back great old memories! Hobbies/Interests: I am currently a fashion blogger for “That's So Fashionating.” My two yorkie-poos, Miley Jo and Max, mean the world to me! I enjoy taking them to the dog park. I also enjoy running and doing crossfit. What I like best about RIT: The entire RIT community accepts me for who I am. Everyone is very open minded and accepting with the deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Favorite T.V. Shows: “Project Runway” is by far my favorite T.V. show. Tim Gunn is my legend! Fun fact about me: I'm a vegan!

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