Hi, friends! The first “test season” of the semester is coming up and that’s pretty nerve racking, so I thought I’d write a post on how to prepare for tests. Here are some ways to make sure you’re ready for whatever that test throws at you.
Pay attention during class
One of the easiest things you can do to prepare for a test is pay attention during class. Sometimes, the professor will flat out say, “This will be on the test” (or better yet, “this won’t be on the test”) or give other hints as to what will be on the test. It’s very easy to miss those hints if you’re not paying attention. They’ll point you in the right direction for what to study.
Hi, friends! Today’s post is special because it’s a collaboration with Alexa from Life Shuffled about “expanding your social circle.” Alexa wrote her own post about expanding your social circle, and I put my own spin on it by writing about how to expand your social circle as a college student. College is an important time to network and build relationships, not only with your peers, but with your professors, too. So here are some of the best ways to expand your social circle in college.
Join extracurricular activities
The best way to make friends in college is to join extracurriculars. You can join extracurriculars inside and outside of school. At an extracurricular activity, you can meet like-minded people that aren’t necessarily in your classes. These people also chose this activity, so chances are that they have something in common with you. For example, if you chose to join your campus’s religious organization, chances are that the students in that organization share your religious beliefs.
If you’re interested in joining an activity, a good way to start is by checking your school’s website for a list of activities they offer. Once you find one you’re interested in, try to figure out how to join!
Between classes, extracurricular activities, jobs, church, and other commitments, it’s hard to find time to work out. Unfortunately, in the midst of all these activities, working out is often one of the first things that gets cut out of our schedule when we are too busy. If we’re lucky, we get to work out every once in a while. Working out once in a while is definitely better than not working out at all, but if you really want to receive the benefits of working out, you must make it a habit. Here are some tips on how to make working out part of your lifestyle.
Be consistent when working out.
The best way to form a habit is to be consistent. Working out on a certain day of the week and at a certain time makes it easier to keep up the habit. Take a look at your schedule and pick a day of the week (or multiple days of the week) and time that you can commit to working out every week. Make sure to write it down in your planner and mark yourself as “busy” during those hours.
Hey everyone! We survived syllabus week! So far, the semester hasn’t been too bad. I haven’t had too much work yet because it’s only the first week. This week was the calm before the storm. Next week, though, things will be kicked up a notch. I will have more homework, more student organization meetings, and I will start working in the lab. So this weekend, I’m taking some time to prepare for the rest of the semester. Here are some things you should do to prepare for an organized and successful rest of the semester.
Read all your syllabi and put them in a safe, yet easily accessible place.
Take the time to read each of your syllabi. Be familiar with your professor’s grading and attendance policies. If it helps, highlight policies you want to double check or reference in the future. It would also be a good idea to create an assignment spreadsheet. (This post by Dani from Dearest will show you how to make an organized semester spreadsheet!) After you’ve looked them over, put them in a safe, yet easily accessible spot. For example, I divide my binder according to class. I keep the syllabus for each class right behind the divider tab in a plastic sheet protector. The plastic sheet protector keeps it safe, while keeping it with the other class documents makes it easily accessible.
As college students, we put a lot of demands on our bodies to get us through college life. College life isn’t easy, and we need our bodies to keep up with our busy lifestyle. Our bodies perform best when we give them what they need. Unfortunately, we often don’t give our bodies what they need, and this causes us to be tired and stressed out. In this post, I want to help you implement healthy habits to give your body what it needs. As a result, you will be happier, more alert, and less stressed.
We know we need to take care of ourselves, but we often don’t do it. It’s hard to get off our butts and go to the gym. It’s hard to pass up a cupcake for an apple. These goals (such as “exercise” or “eat healthy”) are very general, so it’s hard to achieve them. This post is a list of simple, achievable goals that’ll put you on the path to giving your body what it needs.
Chances are, you’re not going to find anything new in this post. It’s likely you’ve heard this before, but it’s important enough that I wanted to remind you.
Set aside time to exercise.
You know that exercise is important, but despite that, it’s hard to actually get up and do it. The way to make it as painless as it can be is to make it a habit, a part of your routine. Set aside the same block of time every week to do it. Write it in your planner and make a note of it in your phone so you don’t forget! Here are some more tips on how to make working out a habit.
Something that distinguishes college from high school is that if you need help, you need to seek it yourself. No one is going to watch your back for you. They won’t ask you if you’re doing okay or if you’re struggling in a class. Thankfully, there are many resources on your college campus that you can turn to when you’re in need. All you have to do is find them and ask them for help. Here are some campus resources I find useful.
Note: Some of these offices may have different names at your school, but do essentially the same thing. Visit your school’s website to find out which services they offer.
Undergraduate research office
If you’re in a research based field, this office will help you find research opportunities, sometimes even for pay. This is useful for those who need to complete a research requirement or for those who want to get more involved in their field. The office of undergraduate research at my school is how I found the opportunity to work in a lab on campus. It’s a wonderful program that is often overlooked. Don’t miss out on research opportunities!
Hi, friends! I’m so excited for the new year. A new year is a great opportunity to begin a new chapter in life. It’s a perfect opportunity for making changes and for goal setting. Many bloggers, including myself, have taken advantage of this opportunity and have set goals for 2017. I have decided to change things up and write this post about my goal setting method. This is the method I used to set my goals for the upcoming year:
Divide Your Life
One of the first steps in goal setting is to divide your life into “categories” (ex: professional/educational life, spiritual life, blogging life, personal life, physical fitness, etc). Dividing makes it easier to create the list of goals, and it causes the list to look much less intimidating.
Then, take each “category” of your life and scribble a quick list of the things you would like to improve in that area. Use this preliminary list as a brainstorm. Turn off your inner editor and let the ideas flow. Don’t worry about the goals being too general or too small; you’ll have time to edit them later. For now, just get everything out of your head…
Happy New Year, friends! I’m so excited for this year. I have a feeling it’ll be a great one. In the few months leading up to the New Year, I was thinking about what I could do starting January to improve my blog. I read a bunch of blogging tips on Pinterest and took notes from them. I considered changing the way I blogged just so I could follow these “rules”. After a while, I decided against it. I reminded myself that this is MY blog, and I can run it however I want.
This New Year, I want to blog my way, not the way everyone says I should. I know it’s ironic, since I love to write about blogging tips. But once you’ve been involved in a creative endeavor long enough, the “rules” begin to become optional. The “rules” are only there to teach you the basics, but after a certain point, you can bend and twist them. Creativity is all about putting your own spin on the “rules”.
Hi friends, I recently read a post by Sam from Smart Twenties about the difference between being a consumer and a creator. Sam raised a great point that caused me to think about my own feelings on this issue. With access to so much material, it’s easy to be a consumer. You have as much consumption material as you want. Being a creator, though, is a different story. Creating requires time and effort. Specifically, for bloggers, there are so many posts out there on how to run a successful blog. You can read them all, but if you don’t take the step to become a creator rather than a consumer, then those posts won’t help you.
Note: In this post, I focus on blogging as a creative project, but these principles can apply to any creative project (ex: writing, graphic design, music, videos…)
Limit your consumption
Consuming from other sources is a good way to get ideas for your own projects and to help you improve your ideas. Consuming information from blogs or from other educational sources can help you improve your craft. For example, reading articles about how to run a successful blog will help you improve your blog…
Hi, friends! Have you ever had 3 tests, 2 papers due, and a presentation to give all in the span of a few days? If you have, you’re not alone. College students often have to get a lot of work done in a short period of time. In other words, we have to be super productive. It’s possible to achieve a lot with little time, as long as you’re organized and manage your time wisely. In this post, I want to help you be very productive with little time.
Figure out what exactly you need to do.
Before you attack your assignments, you need to figure out what exactly you need to do. Go class by class, extracurricular activity by extracurricular activity, and create a list of all the tasks you need to complete. Once you finish this list, you’ll probably be overwhelmed by how long it is. But don’t stress! Now that you know what you need to do, you can create a plan of attack to get all those assignments/tasks done.