• Life

    4 Coffee Shops for Studying in Chicago

    Finals week studying have you down? In this week’s installment of Ro&Co, Marianne Dolan shares her top 4 coffee shops to study in around Chicago! Make the most of your reading period and explore the city while you work! Perhaps you’re not a fan of brutalist architecture. Or maybe it’s just demoralizing that you get more social interaction on the first floor of the library during finals week than you’ve had the entire rest of the quarter. Be antisocial yet adventurous with these gems of coffee shops. Peach & Green – South Loop Peach & Green is like the Zendaya of coffee shops. Just as I genuinely wonder if there’s…

  • 25th Hour

    Why I Stopped Bullet Journaling

    After more than a year of bullet journal obsession, for 2018 I decided it was time to put down my Leuchtturm and stop bullet journalling. Here is why I stopped, and how I’m keeping myself organized instead. Some links in this post are affiliate links, which means that I may receive a small commission if you click or purchase an item. I had a well documented love affair with bullet journaling. I actually first discovered blogging through bullet journaling, and my introduction to bullet journaling was the first post on Xoxo, Rosana more than a year ago! View this post on Instagram One exam left and I'm starting to feel…

  • 25th Hour

    “Reading” for Class: How to Get Through those 300 Pages/Week in 2 Hours

    In the wake of formal recruitment, it has been a week of very little time and so much work. Of course, this was the ideal week for my professors to decided to add an extra 300 pages of required reading to prepare for class. Over the last couple years of weeks like this, I’ve picked up some tricks to cut that reading down so you can still participate in discussion and write that essay without diving into every page. Now in my third year of college, I am pretty familiar with the piles of reading that humanities and social science classes can assign. Professors have you buy at least 7…

  • 25th Hour

    Bullet Journal Set Up: Spring Quarter

    After moving into my Leuchtturm 1917 Notebook last quarter, I experimented with a bunch of different spreads to track my academic progress through the quarter. Now, a few weeks into the spring, I think I’ve finally found a way to make my Bullet Journal work for the quarter system. Why the Bullet Journal Bullet Journaling is still the best method I’ve found to organize my life in college. I’ve mentioned this before, but the adaptability of the system that gives me the freedom to change things up frequently is the best part of the system. So for the last nearly 6 months, I have been trying all kinds of cool spreads to…

  • Life

    Beginner’s Guide to Calligraphy and Hand Lettering

    Since I started Bullet Journaling, I’ve seen hand lettering and calligraphy everywhere on Instagram and Pinterest. My handwriting isn’t a work of art by any stretch of the imagination, so I figured I’d leave that part of Bullet Journaling to the professionals. However, for Christmas my mom got me a calligraphy set for me to experiment with, and this week with midterms finally over, I had a chance to give it a try! Experimenting with Hand Lettering I first tried hand lettering in my first bullet journal back in August. I played with different styles, without any prior planning. It turned out pretty well for a first try, especially using…