How to Succeed in Online Classes

Hi, friends! This is a topic that I haven’t seen much about in the blogosphere, so I decided that I wanted to start a conversation on this important topic of the 21st century: online classes! Online classes are becoming a popular thing, even in grade school. Already, a lot of college classes involve some sort of virtual component, but some schools even offer classes that are completely online with no face to face interaction with a teacher or classmates. Clearly, online classes are a trend that’s here to stay.

Before we dive into the meat of the post, let me explain that there are two types of online courses: a full-time online course and a blended course. Your university may have different names for these, so figure out what your University calls them.

How to Succeed in Online Classes

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A full-time online course is done completely online. All the readings, homework assignments, and tests are virtual. You don’t meet the teacher in person.

Blended courses are done partially online and partially in person. You will have some readings, homework, and/or tests to submit online, and some to submit in person. You do meet in a classroom with other students and a teacher, but not as often as a traditional class…

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How to Make Time for God Despite Your Busy Schedule

Hi, friends! It’s easy to let God fall to the bottom of your to do list in college. In high school, your parents would take you to church and youth group, and encourage you to live your faith. Now that you don’t have your parents on your back, you can get so caught up in reading, studying, or hanging out with friends that you simply forget about church and praying. Here are some tips to help you intentionally incorporate God in your everyday college life.
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Get up early to read the Bible and pray

Before you freak out, don’t worry: you don’t have to get up super early. Just pick a time block when you’re completely available, and set it aside to pray and read the Bible. In my case, I wake up early every day, since I know I don’t have anything else during that time and I won’t be disturbed. After I spend the first few minutes of my day praying, I feel energized and ready to tackle the day.

I’d also recommend setting aside the same time block every day because consistency will help you form the habit. The first week, it’ll be hard. But if you push through those tough first week, you’ll form the habit of getting up early to pray within a few weeks. It’s worth getting up a few minutes earlier to give the first moments of your day to God…

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How to Create Great Content for Your Blog

Hi, everyone! Something I have personally been working on is creating great content for my blog. Readers often say that great content, like long posts, are the most helpful to them because these posts are the ones that are thorough, detailed, and discuss the topic in depth. I want to be as helpful to you as possible, so when I read that a few weeks ago, I wanted to start writing longer posts. When I first started blogging, my posts would average around 200 words. Now, they average around 400 or 500. This is a big improvement, but it’s nowhere near the recommended 1,500 words. Clearly, I still have a lot to learn. The tips in this post are as much for me as they are for you. So, here are some ways to lengthen and add details to your blog posts.

Here's a guide to writing thorough, detailed, in-depth blog posts!

Make it easy for your readers to apply what you’re teaching them

The first step to creating great content is to help your reader apply what you’re teaching them. First, show them WHY they should apply it in the introduction of the post. Set the stage for the post by telling them how they will benefit from the information you’re about to give them. What’s in it for them? Why should they spend their precious time reading your post? THAT is how you hook a reader in. For example, if you’re doing a DIY tutorial, tell them how beautiful the end result will look and how easy it is to get such a pretty result in just a few minutes…

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7 Things I’ve Learned from My College Internship

Now that I’ve been working in the lab for about a year, I’m excited to share this post about the things I’ve learned since then. This is my first college internship/professional experience in the field. Overall, it’s been a great opportunity that I’m very thankful for.

Things I Learned from my College Internship

I started working in the lab in the summer of last year through my school’s summer research college internship program. The program had us work full time for 10 weeks. Once a week, we would have professional development seminars, which I enjoyed. At the end of the 10 weeks, we had to present a poster on the research we had done. Thankfully my presentation went well! Especially considering that I went to sleep super late the night before because I was watching the Vamps in concert. I started off completely confused and not sure about what we were doing.

Now that I’ve been in a lab for a while and I’ve taken cell biology and genetics classes, I understand what we’re doing. Now, I even have my own little portion of the project that I’m very excited about. I’ve gotten to know the people in the lab better. I plan to continue working in this lab, in my little part of the experiment, until I graduate because I am happy there.

Without further ado, here are some things I’ve learned so far during my college internship. Hopefully, you can apply these to your professional life, too.

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You don’t have to be bffs with your co-workers

When I first joined the lab, I thought I was going to become close friends with my co-workers, since we would be spending a lot of time together. I quickly realized that I was wrong. The girl who happened to be working on the same project as me had a totally different outlook on life than I do. She was a nice person and we had a good professional relationship. For example, while we were waiting for a sample to cool, we would talk about our pets. We went to Starbucks together once during a break. We would say hi if we saw each other outside of the lab. But our relationship never went further than that. I realized that that’s normal and okay…

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How to Choose Your College Classes

Hey everyone! The fall semester is almost here, meaning that it’s time to pick classes! Choosing classes, especially as a freshman, can be challenging. The pressure is on to have a great schedule. Still, choosing classes doesn’t have to be a nightmare. Here are some tips to make the process easier:
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Visit an adviser.

The advising office is the best place to go to start choosing classes. Your adviser will guide you and be an important resource throughout your college career. It’s their job to make sure you’re on the right track to reaching your goal: GRADUATION! They’ll show you which classes to take and when, which will make things clearer and much less intimidating. You’ll feel much less anxious about your schedule after you meet with an adviser…

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Bullet Journals Vs. Planners: Which One Should You Use?

Hi, friends! It’s no secret that planning is an important part of being a college student. Planning helps us keep track of assignments/tests, appointments, and other commitments. Two of the most popular types of planners are bullet journals and traditional planners (such as Lilly Pulitzer or Vera Bradley). At some point in my life, I was torn between the two, so I did some research. I found that they both have their advantages, but depending on the person, one might be a better option than the other. In this post, I’ll help you decide which one works best for you: a bullet journal or a traditional planner.

Which planning system should you use: a bullet journal or a planner? If you're not sure, this post will help you decide!

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A bullet journal is for you if:

You’re artistic

Bullet journals are perfect for those who love to doodle in their notebooks. There’s plenty of space for you to add your own artistic touch…

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How to Prepare for a Successful First Day of Class (+ A Free Printable Checklist!)

Hi, friends! It’s almost time for the fall 2016 semester to start. The best way to ensure you have a successful first day of class (and a successful semester) is to prepare accordingly. In this post, I give you a chronological guide to help you prepare for a wonderful few months.

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Start Preparing Now For Your First Day of Class

Now is the time to start making way for all the papers you’ll acquire throughout the upcoming semester. To do that, you should tidy up your workspace. Clearing out your desk and wiping it down would be a great place to start. It would also be a good idea to go through your bookshelves and drawers and reorganize them. Throw away, donate, or sell things you no longer need…

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Life is Too Short

Hi, friends. I know a lot of you like my blog because I try to post positive things and spread happiness. This post is different than my usual posts; it’s long and a bit of a roller coaster, because that is what my life has been these past few weeks.

 

My cousin and I went to see Before You Exit in concert a few weeks ago. They are a three piece, guitar based band of brothers (think: Jonas Brothers). We decided to splurge on the VIP package, and it was worth it. We got to meet the guys and attend a small Q&A/acoustic performance session. I was starstruck when Riley, my favorite member of BYE, answered my question. During the meet and greet, they asked us how we were doing, said they were happy to see us, and gave us tight hugs. It was quick, but I’ll never forget it.

Back in April, they announced that Christina Grimmie would be opening for them. I had heard about her before, but I hadn’t bothered to check out her music (I don’t know why, I was missing out). But I decided to listen to her music and watch a couple of her videos to get to know her. Like anyone who has ever watched a Christina Grimmie video, I instantly loved her. She was genuine, goofy, and relatable. She spoke about the nerdy things she loved, like video games, without regard for what others would think. She also spoke openly about her faith in God, which was refreshing. Her voice blew me away. I sing in my church’s choir, but when I heard Christina, I felt ashamed to ever open my mouth again because she was that good.


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The concert itself was a lot of fun. We were standing at the barricade in front of Christina’s piano, so I’m positive she saw us jumping and screaming. When the show ended, there was atmosphere of such celebration, joy, and love. I recognized BYE’s friends and family members who were in the audience. I saw Christina, too. I wanted to say hi to her and tell her about how much she inspires me to be a better musician, a better person, and a better follower of Jesus. Unfortunately, I didn’t get the chance, and now I regret it…

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Guide to Generating Awesome Blog Post Ideas

Hi, friends! A common problem among us bloggers, and writers in general, for that matter, is writer’s block. It’s devastating to have all this motivation to write but no ideas to put that motivation into action. It hurts me when I see fellow writers say that they have no ideas, because I know that they’re so full of creativity and potential.

Here are a few ways to get out of the writer's block rut and put your inner creativity to use!

Here are a few ways to get out of the writer’s block rut and put your inner creativity to use. Let’s think up some great blog post ideas!

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How to Tackle Long Days at School

Hi, friends! Part of being a student is enduring long days at school due to special events like monthly team meetings. Especially for a commuter student, these days can be long and tiring. Here are a few ways to make these days more bearable.
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Get some rest the night before

If you know tomorrow is going to be a long day at school, get some rest the night before. When you are well rested, you’ll have more energy to tackle the day. When I know that I need to rest, I sometimes go as far as setting a “bedtime alarm” that tells me when I should be going to bed. It helps you keep track of the time and makes sure you go to sleep at a decent hour.

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