Follow @thecollegeprepster

Sometimes global issues seems so important to me that I spend my time reading blogs from groups such as The Economist or Human Rights Campaign. Other times my blog tastes are more lighthearted (read: ditzy) and I prefer . And of course there is the staple MGoBlog, which keeps me up to date on my beloved wolverines. But there is one blog that always provides a nice mix of education and entertainment: The College Prepster.

The College Prepster TCP

Written by Carly Heitlinger, this blog is relevant for our class because we have quite a few girls in our class that can relate to her search for the perfect cute and functional agenda, and everyone in the cohort can find a friend and role model in Carly as we transition from college freshmen to the “real world” and beyond. Carly is a 2012 graduate of Georgetown University and is working in NYC in the tech startup field.

Carly gives suggestions on EVERYTHING. From finding the perfect work bag to giving out book recommendations to finding the best prices for textbooks, Carly is offering her tricks of the trade and is giving us a peak into her life as she navigates college and then her first year of work in the concrete jungle.

Some of my favorite posts by Carly are when she gets real about life. She opens up about what stresses her out, what confuses her, and what inspires her to keep working every day. Here is a recent post about how the Supposed Tos of life (supposed to take this class, do this internship, make these friends) were controlling her life and she wasn’t making any real decisions. It was something I related to a lot, and helped me step back and see my actions from a different perspective.

Build A Life

A few of my other favorite posts that we could all use:

– Intense Study Tips

– Tips for Increased Productivity

– And then there was rest.

Katie Koziara

During the school year, I can usually be found doing a few things: studying domestic health policy, working as a student coordinator for the Public Service Intern Program, exploring different restaurants around Ann Arbor, running my regular loop around the Big House, or catching up on one of my many, many favorite television shows.

3 thoughts to “Follow @thecollegeprepster”

  1. This blog seems really awesome. I think it is important to note that the purpose of/topics included in this blog are so wide-ranging. Some readers might resent this notion, as a blog with ONE, specific topic is often preferred (animals, shopping, school, etc.); however, I prefer the opposite. I enjoy reading blogs that post about a variety of topics. I think it is a breath of fresh air, and more relatable. This blog seems to cover a range of topics related to “all things teenager,” whether that be study tips, shopping, style, etc. Because the author of this blog touches upon so many relevant issues/topics, it is almost as if she becomes our friend, and as if we can “talk” to her and relate to her about many aspects of our lives, not just one.

    I also like how this blog includes appealing images. It makes the writing more interesting and lively. In my opinion, blogs are a way for us to express ourselves through writing, but also through images, pictures, colorful text, etc. We have the means of technology to express ourselves, so we should take advantage of it.

  2. I just checked out this blog and I really like it!
    Like you, I enjoyed the moments when she “gets real about life.” I relate a lot to the “And then there was rest” post that you linked. I love that she wrote a more serious, personal post on a blog that also talks about fashion, beauty, and food. The diversity of her blog posts makes her site extremely captivating.

    I also agree with Hallie on her point on how images really boosts the appeal of her blog. The setup of the blog, from her color scheme to her header to the images with interesting quotes, keeps the reader engaged.

  3. Hallie and Sophia – That’s probably my favorite part. It’s like a professional diary – she doesn’t just talk about her work or her friends or her outings but she blends it together seamlessly into an aesthetically pleasing and mentally stimulating blog. I also think it is important to note that she has made so many connections from her blog. Her best friend McKenzie is a fellow blogger and she has expanded both her professional and social circles. Maybe I should start one of these…

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