Koffee with Karina and Carly from theCollegePrepster: blogging in college!

Carly A. Heitlinger is the founder and writer of TheCollegePrepster. She started the blog as a creative outlet during her freshman year in Georgetown University. I absolutely adore her blog and reading about the little beautiful things that make her who she is!

How did “The College Prepster” come to be?
I started my blog during my freshman year at Georgetown University. I was having a rough time transitioning at school and needed a creative outlet. A friend suggested that I start a blog and the rest is history!!

How did you balance college and blogging?
I used my blog as a distraction from schoolwork, but it was definitely hard at times when I wanted to blog but had to do schoolwork. School always came first, but blogging was a good motivation.

What is a typical blogging day in the life of Carly?
I wake up with my dogs and get going on emails at 6AM. Every day is different but I spent a lot of time emailing. I might have a photo shoot with Garrett or have to pop into the city for a meeting or event. You never really know what any day will hold. I typically write and edit photos at night when I'm more relaxed!

I love your Instagram! Do you have any tips & tricks for creating a beautiful Instagram page?
Great Instagrams are ones that share a glimpse into something fun or beautiful. As long as you love the photo, that's all the matters. I typically recommend avoiding "all the blogger things" when it comes to Instagrams so they seem like YOUR Instagrams, not just "another blogger's instagram" account.

I am always so awkward in front of a camera! Do you have any tips for posing in a natural & comfortable way?
Practice and edit your own photos. I hate taking photos and it doesn't really ever get easier. I like to get them over with fast. If I need six photos, maybe we'll spend 10 minutes getting them. When I edit my own photos, I can see what poses work, what angles look terrible and what looks the most flattering. I can look at things more critically and objectively so the next time we shoot I know what to avoid and what to try again.

What advice do you have for college students who want to have a successful blog?
Set the right expectations for "success." That is, consider success enjoying what you're doing versus thinking success is having a certain number of followers or making X dollars. If you LOVE what you do, you'll always be successful!

What are three of your favorite posts from your blog?
The Supposed Tos
Intense Study Tips
I’m Moving!!!

Odd Mom Out on Bravo (just binge watched the last season!)
Bold lipstick
Lace up flats

Blog: http://www.thecollegeprepster.com/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/collegeprepster
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Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/carly/
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