Birthday Wishes for your roommate!


 

Hey guys!

So, I have realised that one of my most popular posts is birthday wishes for my roommate. Now that I think about it, most of you with roommates may be looking for innovative ideas to wish your roommate a very happy birthday. Since this was so in demand, I thought I’d write down various ideas/steps that may help you out.

Gifts/Surprises

  • Materialistic gifts lose their charm quiet often, however, special thoughts/surprises are always remembered. Cook them their favourite meal and serve them breakfast in bed.
  • Instead of buying a cake, why don’t you bake one for them, with their favourite flavours!
  • Write down a letter in an old fashioned way and post it to them via a letterbox (yeah the original way). That’ll get them in high spirits.
  • Write down lovely messages on paper and put them inside balloons. Once they pop a balloon, they get the message! You can innovate exciting ways in which you’d like them to pop those balloons. We’ve tried it about 10 times and it never gets old.
  • Try to recreate a fun old memory/inside joke that you have with your roommate.
  • If they are a Harry Potter fan, get them their Hogwarts letter!
  • Plan out an outing (for the future) and surprise them by doing all the boring paperwork.
  • Volunteer to buy the groceries and do the cleaning. That’s one of the best gifts ever.
  • Since Pokemon Go is such a huge thing, volunteer to do the gymming for them! 😛

How to write down your wishes

  • Wish them
  • Write about your favourite memories. Things/moments that you will cherish forever.
  • Why they are an important part of your life.
  • Something super cheesy or embarrassing always works!
  • Don’t make it formal. It just seems like you don’t mean it, or that you’re trying too hard.
  • Include fun little pictures if you can
  • Just be you

 

Hope these ideas help you out!

Cheers,
Srish. xx

I recently made vegetarian dairy free pancakes, if you wanna check it out —> https://srishtibirla.wordpress.com/2016/07/12/eggless-banana-and-jamun-pancakes-veganvegetarian-recipe/

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Managing that busy schedule & WordPress Anniversary


It has been two weeks (almost three) since university started, and I have already submitted 3 assignments and two project reports, I have also had a surprise quiz, and to make it worse, I have an exam tomorrow. When you are in university, the pressure of studies seems to be real.

Handling your social life and studies alongside  one another is a great task, and quite possibly, that’s the reason why students find it very difficult to handle the two together. After being in university for so long, I understand how hectic it can be to have surprise quizzes and assignments and excessive work schedule, and at the same time, to handle that social life. I hope I can help you out in managing the busy schedule!

Task 1: Prioritize

  • Know what needs to be done
  • Rank it in the order of ‘urgent’ to ‘not so urgent’
  • Finish the urgent stuff first

Task 2: Use the time between classes effectively

  • Try to revise what was done in the previous class
  • Review for the next class

Task 3: Keep your study space just for studying

  • Our brain associates a particular space, and the atmosphere around it with what we do most there. Such as, our bed is for sleeping and our cupboard is for keeping clothes. If we sleep in our cupboards, our brain would not be able to make sense of it.
  • Similarly, choose a place where the only task you have to do is studying.
  • This place should also be away from unnecessary distractions like mirrors, novels, posters etc)

Task 4: Learn from my mistake

  • So, I had a surprise quiz today, which meant I had no time for prior preparation and it was a subject which was
    numerical and formula based. How did I do it then? I couldn’t. There is a possibility that I won’t be able to score in this quiz, just because I didn’t take out time to go through everything that is being done in the subject. So, I say;
  • Revise briefly everything that has been done till day in the concerned subject
  • Make sure you self-study at home or in your dorm room

Cheers for the academic year guys!

P.s: Today is my 4 year anniversary for this wordpress blog!!! 😀

See you next time
Srish. xx

UNIVERSITY LIFE| #2.1 What To Carry? Day University


Hey Guys! At times it is confusing to know how much and what all you should carry when you just start the University. It is difficult also because, unlike school, nothing is given to you as written instructions. So if you go to a Day University or College, here is a list of essentials!

  • A backpack – Who said school bags are just for school?!

  • Subject Notebooks –  The type and number of notebooks is a personal choice. I like to carry a single 7 subject notebook for my 6 classes and I keep the seventh section for rough work or conferences that I attend. Some friends of mine, however, carry separate notebooks for every subject.

  • Your College ID – Make sure that you have your college ID with you at all times.

  • A watch – Always arrive to your classes in time, and if possible, at-least 3-5 minutes early. It not only helps create a good impression but also gives you enough time to settle down.

  • Camera (Phone’s camera)  – The journey that you take on in a university can only be experienced once in a lifetime and these pictures and videos will always be there with you to cherish these memories.

  • Water Bottle – You need to stay hydrated to retain energy.

  • Food/Snacks – The lucrative canteens and the delicious fast food joints usually become the abode for college students. However, it is essential to maintain a proper diet. So, you should try and carry something with you.

  • Umbrella – It allows flexibility to go from one place to other in changing weather conditions.

Hope this helped you out! All the luck for college! See you next time Srish. xx

University Life| #1 Deciding On A Roommate


Hey Guys!

When you enter the University, it is a completely new environment. This creates challenges for those individuals who are introverted or find it difficult to adjust easily in unknown environment. Most students set foot out of the house for the first time when they start University.

If you know some of your friends from school or your locality, or any of your acquaintances who are joining the same University as you; make sure that you don’t end up sharing a room with them. It is known that hen two best friends are together, they can talk to one another for as long as possible without the need of anyone else. So, old friends as roommates makes it difficult to make new friends. It is normal to feel comfortable with people you know, however, this is when you have to get out of your comfort zone and go for a random roommate.

 You and your roomie gotta turn this into home =)

I was lucky in this and my University had a random roommate policy for freshmen. This made me find three of my best buddies. It also made me understand with whom am I compatible. I could sketch out the basic needs I had as a roommate, which was very helpful for choosing a roommate for the second year.

A random roommate also helps you make new friends, try and test various friend circles and introduce you to free and different  social lives. And ofcourse, later, you can choose your pick!

I hope this helps those who are filling out forms for University this year. Have the best time possible, this is the time you will grow older, mature and let go of the school stereotypes. Have fun at Uni!

Cheers
Srish. xx

Stay tuned with the series. Next up, I talk about what to carry for classes!

University Life Series!


Hey guys!

Many of you are preparing for University this season and the excitement is not lost on me. Having experienced a few semesters in a University, I believe I can share some of my experiences and give you guys some advice on how to handle the new environment in
the best way possible.

I’ll start with the basics and go on ahead sequentially with the University Life Series.

I really hope that you guys like it. I remember when I was starting Uni, I saw as many videos as I could about everything that I could think about. I garnered as much information possible from peoples’ experiences, their university stories and their blogs. I’ll share with you some of the videos that inspired me to have a great university experience as well in this series.

So stay tuned for further posts in this series. As soon as
they are released, you will be able to search them on this blog under the upcoming ‘University Life’ section of my blog.

Cheers
Srish. xx

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University: Time Management


Hi there!

I’m sorry for being out for so long. Today, what I’d like to share with you is an accidental experiment that worked out beautifully for me.
So, to crack it down, for all you university students, who are struggling to keep your sleep, study and social cycle in balance, I may have found a key. But wait,it is not as simple. You have to work a bit as well.
Here’s a step by step guide! =)

  1. Check whether you are a morning person or a night person.
  2. Out of your chosen subjects, rank them in order of difficulty/credits.
  3. In your time-table make sure you add 2 hours of flexible time.
  4. Make sure you don’t skip your meals.
  5. If you have a social event one day, make sure that you get enough sleep after that and you can scoop up time the next day for studies.
  6. Smile-fake it till you make it.

I hope this helps you out. If you’d like to know more, or if you have any personal questions about sorting out the time table, you can feel free to write to me! 🙂

But before I leave……..ANNOUNCEMENT!

Would you like to collaborate with me on a project? Submit your name and twitter username/ email ID below. You can also reach me by tweeting me @Srishblogs.

Cheers
Srish. xx

Perfect Android Apps for A College Student


Aloha Guys!

Yes, I am back after this realllyyyyyy long break! 😀

And today, as I promised, I would like to share with you some great organization apps for android that will definitely help you in college. At this point, I would like to put a disclaimer that I have not been sponsored by any of these companies/apps etc.

So, here we gooooooooooooooooooooooo!

Organizing

The first and the most basic one is the Google Calendar. It can easily link with your email ID so you can access it anywhere. It is also really good as it notifies you just before your classes and prompts you about when assignments are due.

I would like you to know about an app called Astrid Tasks. This is a beautiful app for creating to-do lists or task lists. You can create a list in check boxes, decide when it prompts you about any notification and the best part is that you can check it off once you are done with it!

There is an application called College Time Table in the app store of your mobile device. This is an app that has your full college time table including where you have which class and who your professor is. It is a crucial app for the initial few weeks of college.

If you are a student who requires heavy mathematics and/or calculations (like maybe  if you are studying to be an engineer, then any good scientific calculator app is a good thing to be in your mobile device.

An application called ‘Notes’ is your best friend whenever you are in class and you forget your pen and notebook. I have been using this app for a long time to finish my assignments, write blog posts and things as such. It is useful when you have a 15-20 minute break between classes 😛

A good voice recorder may also do you good. If you need to review some topic that you feel is extremely difficult, you can always use a voice recorder in your phone to record lectures and review them later.

Google Drive or iCloud or any such services are amazing when you have to make sure that some notes/documents in your phone have a definite backup.

You can also aid your device with games like Heads Up, Piano Tiles or 2048 to make your day a little more fun! 😀

Hope you liked this post and that these applications help you as much as they have helped me.

See you next time!
Srish. xx