College Bloggers You Need to Follow


Recommend bloggers.jpgHello!

By the time this post goes live, I will on my flight to Vietnam! The last time I flew internationally was in 2010, so it’s been a while. I can’t wait to share my experience of Vietnam and being overseas in a later post. Let me know what you want to read about!

Moving on to today’s post, Gabby from The Swirl did a roundup post of college bloggers and I loved the idea!ย My favorite part about having a blog is getting to meet other college bloggers. Over the last few years, I had a wonderful experience connecting with people who share the same interest as me. There are many bloggers out there who want to share their college experience like me. I figured it was time to give them recognition for the amazing content they produce!

Abigail from Living the Gray Life

My blog post pick: College Note Taking Tips

Amanda from The Happy Arkansan

My blog post pick: How to Pack Clothes for College

Ashley from A Little Ashley

My blog post pick: College Expectation

Caitlyn from College With Caitlyn

My blog post pick: How to Effectively Juggle a Job in College

Cristina from Cristina Was Here

My blog post pick: The Best Planner for College Students + How to Use It

Dani from Dani Dearest

My blog post pick: Using Google Calendar to Organize Your Entire Life

Jessica from Jessica Slaughter

My blog post pick: How to Get Fit in College

Lexi from Life By Lexi

My blog post pick: 30 Questions to ask Before Signing a Lease in College

Samantha from As Life Grows

My blog post pick: How to Choose the Right College Major for You

Samantha from Samanthability

My blog post pick: College Side Hustles

I can guarntee you that these are not the only college bloggers out there. There’s an entire community who students who are passionate about sharing tips and tricks to make college easier. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to feature more in a later post.

Who is your favorite college blogger? I love discovering new people!

-Kim ๐Ÿ™‚


Apartment 101: Essentials for a College Apartment (Packing List!)

Happy Wednesday!

Last week I published my Minimalist College Packing List for any dorm room. I know it was helpful to many who were moving into their 1st or even 3rd dorm room. Dorming is a common living situation for students. Yet, it’s not the only option. There is a population of students who live in on-campus or off-campus apartments. I didn’t want to leave them out of the packing list posts.

Last summer, I moved into my first apartment. It was an exciting milestone for me! However, the reality of an apartment kicked in when I realize the only items I could take was my clothes, desk supplies, and backpack. Everything else had been generously loaned to me by my school ( desk, bed, closet).

It’s a big momentous step to move into an apartment in college. Nevertheless, it can be overwhelming when you don’t know what to buy. Similar to a dorm, you don’t want to over pack for a (assuming on a college budget) small apartment. After a year of living in my apartment, I have narrowed down the essentials for a college apartment. All the items mentioned below are what I found useful and highly recommend for a college student to have. Everyone’s lifestyle is different, so use this list as a guide to furnishing your apartment.

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What are your college apartment essentials? Did I miss anything? Or do you think some items aren’t necessary to survive. Let me know in the comments below about your experience living in an apartment!

-Kim ๐Ÿ™‚

Minimalist College Packing List

Happy August everyone! Wow, can you believe that summer is almost over? August officially marks BACK TO SCHOOL season! I know that many of you are starting or going back to college in mid-August.

The summer before college, I spent my days researching what to pack. I looked at every Pinterest packing list there was on the Internet. Looking back, some of the packing lists were very excessive. While an “ULTIMATE guide to college packing” may be helpful. It can be easy to go overboard with buying dorm things.

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What I wish I knew as a new blogger

Copy of Office.jpgA couple of months ago WordPress sent me a congratulations notification. I clicked on it, confused as to what it was. It turns out I made Simply Being Kim 2 years ago. TWO YEARS. I remember sitting in my freshman year college dorm and debating on the name of this blog. It’s crazy to think how much has changed since then! I was such a newbie back then.

My blog has gone through some highs and lows. I dove head first into blogging without any knowledge about proper knowledge. I was just some college girl talking about my college experience on the Internet.ย ย I didn’t know what SEO or branding or how to work with brands at the time. Regardless of the setback, it’s been a worth while learning experience! I’ve had a chance to grow as a blogger through trial and errors.ย Continue reading if you want to find out what I wish I knew when I started my blogging journey!

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Essentials for an Office Job or Internship

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For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been trying to adjust to a full time job schedule. It’s can be jarring going from a full time student to working in an office from 8-5 p Luckily, I think my body has adapted to it now.

Now you’re probably asking “What is your job?” The first is one is an on-campus job I’ve held for 1.5 years now. It involves a lot of data entry and filing and misc. office tasks. The other one is a social media internship. With both commitments, I’m usually out of my apartment for 7 hours or so each day. This means that I have to bring whatever I would need in my bag to survive the entire day.

Without further ado, here are my essentials for an office job or internship!

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The reality of being a college blogger

Summer projects (1).jpgHi! If you’ve been following Simply Being Kim for the last few months, you may have noticed the inconsistency. During spring, I began to question what I wanted for the future of my blog. I took about 2 months off from blogging because… simply put, I needed a break. I really enjoy being a college blogger. It was a great experience for me to meet other college students across the country! And I got to collaborate with different brands and companies that I wouldn’t have known about.

Even though I enjoy blogging, there is a reality behind it that many do not see. Our online personas do not show the hard work and dedication that is put into establishing a blog. I took some time to reflect and realized 3 things about the reality of being a college blogger

It’s time consuming

Like many of my readers, I am a college student myself. I juggle academics, a social life, a job, and an internship while trying to maintain Simply Being Kim. Honestly, many people do not give bloggers enough credit. Regardless if they are full-time or part-time bloggers. Yes, it may seem like an easy job where all we do is write and take pictures for social media. But, that’s not the reality behind it.

Each (well done) blog post takes more than writing and clicking “publish.” There’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes. People do not witness the unspoken duties of a bloggers: managing following, increasing engagement, maintaining Instagram and Twitter, understanding analytics, the back and forth sponsorship/ collaboration business emails, and so much more. Unfortunately, blogging is simply not typing 500 words and hitting send. It takes a lot more time to genuinely grow a blog… a following… a brand… your own brand.ย 

Where’s my voice?

A couple of years ago, the college blogging community was scarce. There was was growing need for college students who wants to share their experience. Since then the community has grown tremendously. From what I have experience so far, everyone has been supportive and friendly!

Though, there is a downside to being a constantly growing community: the ability to have your voice heard. It can be difficult to blog about a certain niche when thousands of other people are discussing the same thing. Over the last year, I have published some pieces that are popular topics in the college community. Yet, whether it reaches my audience is questionable. I often ask myself, “Why should your piece be read instead of xxx’s piece about this topic?” There are so many other college bloggers who have talked about that same topic. ย It’s easy to feel like you are being drowned out by other bloggers who have established their credibility and following.

What happens after college?

*sigh* This questions scares me. Frankly, I don’t know what I’m doing professionally after college. That’s another post though. It’s also a scary SBK question because I don’t know what I’m doing with my blog after I graduate. When I started, I established myself as a blogger who focuses on college lifestyle. My plan was to share my experience about college. Now that I am graduating in less than a year, can I still label myself as a college blogger?

I know that I’m not the only college blogger who has had this question run through their mind. Actually, I have seen an increase in the number of bloggers opening up about the uncertainties of their blog’s future. It’s scary to categorize under something that is short-term base. Will I transition into a different kind of blogger? What will my focus be? Will I stop blogging after graduation?

I apologize (again) for the inconsistency with my blogging. Like I mentioned before, I’m not a perfect blogger. Especially not a college blogger. It’s scary to devote so much time and effort to establish a voice with a short-term niche. But, I wouldn’t trade the (sometimes difficult) reality of being a college blogger for anything. See you next week with another post!

-Kim ๐Ÿ™‚

Projects to do this Summer

Summer projects

Happy Wednesday! I apologize for this post being later than usual. I spent my entire morning at the DMV. And we all know how the DMV can be.

I have officially finished my 3rd year of college! Yay! With the extra free time this summer, I’m tackling a couple of projects. I know a lot of people like tackling new hobbies during the summer. So I’ve complied 6 projects that anybody can do this summer!

1. Start a Blog

What kind of blogger would I be if I didn’t promote this? Haha. If you have been hesitant to start a blog, summer is the best time for a trial run! Chances are, your responsibilities are less hectic compared to the school year. In the summer, you will have enough time to brainstorm content, decide on a niche, and find your voice in the blogging community. Does this mean if you have to figure it all out in 3 months? No! Absolutely not. But you can get a head start in the summer and start your blogging journey. Give it a go!

2. Bullet Journaling

Bullet journals (bujo for short) have been flooding my Instagram feed for months now. In late March, I jumped the on bandwagon and bought myself a journal. So far, I love it! Bujo has acted as a creative outlet for me. People argue that it’s too time consuming. This is true, but I love being artsy. Bujo is not only a planner, but it’s also a reminder for me to carve time out to be creative when creating my spreads.

Summer is the best time to start a bujo since you will have more time on your hand. This gives you a chance to try out different spreads and system at your own pace. By the time school rolls around again, you’ll have a better idea of what methods work for you!

I’m in the process of creating an in-depth post about bullet journaling. Stay tune!

3. New Recipes

Ever since I moved into an apartment, I’ve been on the hunt for new recipes to try. I have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to recipes. I’m planing on using my summer break to make as many of the recipes that I’ve been pinning. When I first moved in, I thought I could test new recipes for dinner every night. I soon learned that after a long day of classes and work, I didn’t want figure out if a new recipe was going to taste good or not. Since school is out of session, you’ll have more time (and energy) to cook. Plus, you’ll have a list of recipes that you’l be a master at making by the time classes are back.

Here are some of my favorite recipes that I’ve found on Pinterest:

Soft baked cookies (my roommates and I love this recipe!)

Banana bread

Cream cheese and bacon chicken rolls

Baked ziti

4. Redecorating

Summer is the perfect time to redecorate! I like using Pinterest to gain inspiration for how I want my spaces to look like. Summer allows you more to work on more complicated projects. This summer, I’m planning on decorating my bedroom and desk area. I’m excited to share how it will look at the end of summer with you all!

5. Bucket List

Bucket lists is a great way to plan your summer out. I love creating them because it makes me reflect on what I want to accomplish in 3 months. Seattle has so many fun events during the summer. So I like to create a bucket list to ensure I go to those events and explore Seattle more now that the sun is out. Last summer, I posted my 2016 Summer Bucket List if you’re interested in seeing what my plans were!

What’s on your bucket list?

6. Fitness

Last summer I moved into an apartment that has its own gym. Since the gym was included into my rent, I told myself I had to get my moneys worth and start using it. In June, I began to run on the treadmill. Now, it’s one of my favorite stress reliever to do! Sadly, I haven’t been the the gym in a while because of my schedule. Now that summer is near, I’ll have more time to hit up the gym and get fit! Abigail fromย Living the Gray Lifeย has a great post on how toย stay motivatedย with working out and more!

I’m always looking for new workout routines so leave a comment of your favorite ones!

Is there any projects you think I should start this summer? What are you doing this summer?

-Kim ๐Ÿ™‚