If there’s one thing that I think I have mastered over the years, it’s how to write a killer college paper. Even when I didn’t understand the prompt all that much or when I thought my content was weak, I ended up getting a somewhat decent grade because, here’s the thing: a lot of your grade will probably depend on whether you follow the “college paper recipe” or not. And once you have that figured out, you’ll never fail a paper again, I promise!

Tired of writing papers that don't give you the expected results? Click through to discover my step-by-step guide that help me write killer college papers!

So what is that famous recipe, you ask? Well, today I’m spilling my secrets and sharing with you the step-by-step guide that helps me write killer college papers!  View Post

I’ve been recently at loss with the type of content I wanted to write for the blog. As a college blogger, I always find summer to be the hardest time when it comes to creating content. I feel like we’re all so done with school and just don’t want to read anything that’s related to it. So I brought back this reader survey and asked around me in the hope that I would find ideas that resonate with me.

Surprisingly, a lot of you requested more personal posts, such as life updates and behind the scenes stuff. I have to admit that my life is not all that interesting, but I do know that I don’t open up often enough to my readers, and that’s something that I’ve been trying to change. A friend of mine suggested that I share a typical day in my life and I loved the idea! I think it can also serve as a life update since, as you may or may not know, I’ve been on an internship for the last 4 months (and still 3 months to go!). Being a marketing intern is basically the only interesting thing I’ve been doing lately. So here’s what a day in the life of a marketing intern is like!

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Okay, you’ve made your decision: you’re going to study abroad for a semester! Studying abroad is an amazing opportunity for college students not only academically, but also on a personal level. You get to experience a different country and its culture for several months, you’ll be living on your own, you might learn a new language, you’ll meet a ton of new people, you’ll get to explore new places… and the list goes on!

You've made your decision: you're going to study abroad! But what should you include in your application? Click through to see the ultimate study abroad application check list!

Now that you’ve made the decision of going forward, you need to start getting your application ready! I created a checklist to help you create the best study abroad application ever and to make you sure you don’t forget anything! And make sure you read until the end because I’m announcing some AMAZING news at the end of the post!

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Today we’re celebrating a big milestone on the blog. After writing over 100 posts, I am proud to say that I’ve been blogging for two years! I honestly find it hard to believe that I’ve had this little corner of the Internet for so long now! It feels like just yesterday that I was deciding that a blog would help get me out of my boredom during the summer break between CEGEP (a Quebec thing) and university. Little did I know that it would turn into what it has become! If you had asked me two years ago if I thought I would be where I am right now, I would have laughed in your face. Me, a blogger? But I’m so happy I didn’t give up after two weeks! I’m proud of what I’ve turned this into, and I cannot wait to continue this adventure with you guys!

One of the things I always want to do as a blogger is to be more opened to my readers. I don’t share that many pictures of myself, and I have to admit that I hate being the center of attention (but I also kind of love it too? It’s hard to explain – I’m complicated).  So I try to compensate by telling you bits and pieces about my life through Instagram and Twitter. But I want to do the same on the blog too! Which is why today, I have decided to answer YOUR questions! All month I’ve been collecting questions from my readers, and I’m happy to be sharing the answer with you today!

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Ah, Instagram. I hold a love-hate relationship with this social media platform. (As most bloggers do.) I love how visual it is and how it allows me to develop my photography skills and express my creativity, but I HATE the new algorithm. I have been struggling with growing my account for months now (probably because I don’t put that much effort into it), but one of the things that I’ve learned is the importance of hashtags. Why? Because it allows you to expose your pictures to a brand new audience! My Instagram account may have a small following (about 600 followers), but I have an engagement rate of about 20-30%, depending on the photo. How do I achieve that? By using the right hashtags!

Want more likes and comments on your Instagram pictures? Click through to find out what my 30 favorite hashtags to generate engagement on Instagram are!

Did you know that you’re allowed to use up to 30 hashtags on Instagram? And some people are using only a portion of what they are allowed! To me, it’s like saying a blogger doesn’t use only Twitter or Pinterest when they could be using both. You have to use everything you are given to ensure you get the best reach possible! I know it can look spammy to use 30 hashtags in your caption. So what I suggest is putting only a few in your actual caption, and put the rest of them in a comment. The hashtags in your caption are the ones you want people to click on and interact with the most; the rest can be put in the comments.

I also suggest switching them up every once in a while. Switching them us every once in a while allows you to expose your photos to a brand new audience. Since Instagram changed its algorithm, it has become harder and harder for influencers to get their photos seen. While this new algorithm penalizes accounts who use bots (which is a very good thing), it has also made it nearly impossible for users with a smaller following to grow their account. So my tip? Use the right hashtags for your pictures. It’s okay to use some generic, lifestyle hashtags with all of your pictures, but I also suggest using some that are more specific about what you’re posting. Travel photo? There’s a hashtag for that. Coffee shot? There’s a hashtag for that too. Honestly, I think the best way to do it is to mix it up!

But the best way to generate engagement is… to engage with other users. Interact with other people using the same hashtag. Like their pictures, leave thoughtful comments. Follow your faves if you want to! The thing is, the more you engage with others, the more likely people are to reciprocate the gesture.

So, ready for some hashtags that will boost your engagement? Here are 30 of my favorites:

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