Why You Should Talk To Your Professor

Hi, friends! There are a million articles that tell you to talk to your professor when you get stuck. This is great advice, but unfortunately, few students actually follow this advice because they think professors are too “intimidating” and “serious.” I’m sure there are some professors who are intimidating, serious, and don’t care about their students, but the truth is that they are the minority.

Professors are great resources for students. Here's why you should talk to your professor.

Most professors actually want to see their students succeed. In fact, it’s their job to help you. One of my professors said, “Unless there’s an extenuating circumstance, I will never turn away a student who comes to office hours asking for help.” I had another professor say that he only had a handful of students come in to office hours throughout the semester (how ironic is it that the students who don’t come to office hours are the ones who gripe about their grades at the end?).

Your professor will help you understand confusing concepts.

It’s a professor’s job to explain the concept, but it’s your job to make sure you understand it. If you don’t understand a concept the first time around, don’t just sit there staring at your book. Asking your professor for help is much easier, quicker, and less stressful than trying to figure it out on your own…

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Common College Misconceptions

Hi, friends! I was recently thinking that people go into college with distorted ideas of what it’s really like. Sometimes, they’re right, but sometimes they’re not. This post is meant to help you get a realistic idea of what college is like.

Common College Misconceptions | Sometimes, college isn't all people say it is. Here are some common college misconceptions.

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Your high school study habits will be enough

College is much more demanding than high school. You’ll realize this during your freshman year. It’s okay if your freshman year is a period of transition between high school and college. In this period you’ll learn to stretch yourself to meet the higher demands of college life. You will have to spend more time studying, learn how to manage your time, and build organizational skills at a whole new level. It takes time, so don’t be too discouraged if your grades dip at first. Once you get the hang of it, you should be doing well again.

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7 Ways to Revive Old Blog Posts

Hi, friends! Today’s post is about a very relevant topic in the blogosphere: revamping old posts. Revamping your old blog posts is so important, especially if you’ve been blogging for a long time. As you continue to add new posts, your old posts will get lost underneath them. You don’t want those posts you worked so hard to be forgotten! So here are a few ways to bring new life to your old posts, and to not let them get lost underneath all your new ones!

7 Ways to Revive Old Blog Posts | Don't let your old blog posts be forgotten. Here are some ways to revive them!

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Perform Maintainance on Old Blog Posts

It’s a good idea to perform a general maintenance on your old posts. Doing some of these things will help you further polish your beautiful post:

  • Check for spelling/grammar errors
  • Make sure all your links are working
  • If the picture that goes with your post is out of date or if you have changed your picture/graphic style, it’s a good idea to create a new graphic for it.
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How to Prepare for Tests

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.

Here are some useful tips on how to prepare for tests!

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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.

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How to Expand Your Social Circle in College

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.

How to Expand Your Social Circle in College

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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!

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How to Make Working Out a Habit

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.
How to Make Working Out/Exercise a Habit | Between all our commitments, it's hard to fit working out and exercising into our lifestyle. Here are some tips on how to make exercise a habit.

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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.

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4 Things to do After Syllabus Week

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.

4 Things to do After Syllabus Week | 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.

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6 Ways to Take Care of Your Health

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.

6 Ways to Take Care of Your Health | 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.

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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.

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Useful College Campus Resources

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.

Useful College Campus Resources | Here are some awesome campus resources you can go to if you need help.

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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!

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Effective Goal Setting for 2017

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:

Effective Goal Setting | A new year is a perfect opportunity for making changes and for goal setting. 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…

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