10 Ways To Stay Strong Every Semester And Ace Your Classes

10 Ways To Stay Strong Every Semester And Ace Your Classes

Sending assignments in early? OMG, what a joke.


The semester has started! We all miss getting up a little late and enjoying our mornings. Now we don't even have time to get everything together and were back on to the stress. However, the biggest stress is what's the game plan to do well this semester? Well knowing how to and what to do is a big milestone in achieving.

I recently did a post about tips to get straight A's however here are another ten to keep you going. This semester will be the change you wanted and the chance take control of your life.

Set goals and don't just write them, have an action plan. Without further to do let's get going to the tips to make you have a successful semester!

1. Get a planner!!!

A planner will be your best friend. Writing everything down will always save your life and will get you good grades.

2. Any Extra credit will be worth it

Its okay if you have the grade you want but a little extra credit never hurts anyone.

3. Know a place where you can study

Being able to concentrate and actually be able to work is very crucial. Know a place where you can study and do your homework.

4. Always record lectures!

We all have those teachers who say no recording. Well, you can't remember everything they say especially if they are going over a midterm review.

5.  Airplane mode will be your best friend!

Right before going into class put your phone on airplane mode or even do not disturb. A phone without Wi-Fi won't disturb you in class.

6.  Always read ahead!

Reading ahead will one prepare you for class and second if a warm-up or pop up quiz comes you will be prepared and ace your grade.

7.  Always something to do!

You would think you're done with homework for the day. There is no harm in working ahead or doing something you have put off for a while.

8. Always back up your files!

You don't want to be that person with an assignment due in one hour and your files get deleted at last minute. Always back up your files on a hard drive.

9. Make projects or assignments mean something.

Try seeing yourself in your assignments. Teachers want to understand your writing but they also want to know if you know how to see yourself through different lenses. Know how to connect with topics and even know how to cope with topics that might not be your first choice.

10. Send assignments early on!

Sending assignments in early? OMG, what a joke? Well, you can keep that laugh for later because sending assignments in early gets you the opportunity to see where you're at and what you need to do to improve. It's like getting a second chance before submitting it for a real grade.

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10 Photos You Have On Your Camera Roll Of Your S.O. When You've Been Dating For More Than A Year

A wide range from "Aw" to "WTF?"


My boyfriend and I just hit the year and a half mark of dating, even though it seems like we've been together forever. Over the months, we've taken many pictures together... from football games, to his track meets, to holidays. Although we may have a lot of pictures together, I definitely have a lot of candids of him in my camera roll. If you've been dating your partner for as long as I have or longer, then you'll probably notice you have these same pictures in your photos as well.

1. The awkward first photos together

We laugh at these now, especially this one. Why am I so pale compared to him? It was July! And also, we noticed not to long ago that I was sweating under my arms and his underarms were sweating on me... what a great first time meeting!

2. The ones for VSCO

Every girl who has a significant other posts them onto their VSCO. VSCO is like Instagram, but more has more aesthetically pleasing pictures and there are no "likes." The pictures that include my boyfriend on my VSCO ranges from him holding a bunny to him holding my hand while we went ice skating.

3. Them sleeping

I have so many pictures of my boyfriend sleeping (I promise it's not as weird as it sounds), I just think he's so cute when he's fast asleep while cuddling with me.

4. The embarrassing ones they want no one to see

He's going to kill me when he sees this... but we all have those embarrassing Snapchat pictures that we start to send each other because we've gotten more comfortable with one another.

5. The ones for Facebook

The good looking pictures so you can keep yours and his family updated on how you two are doing. I took my boyfriend to a baby bird meet and greet since he loves birds and has one for a pet. I posted this cute picture of him and his new friends on Facebook so my family can see our adventures together.

6. Old pictures

One of the best parts of dating someone is finally seeing their old pictures. Although, sometimes they may make you cringe... like the one I posted above of my boyfriend after prom in his sophomore year of high school.

7. Their accomplishments

My boyfriend pole vaults for his college and he's really good at it. He just went to division III nationals in March because he qualified! I'm always at his meets so I make sure to get him on video in case he or anyone wants to see. I always try to snag a picture with him too because I'm always so proud.

8. The straight up ugly ones

He sure knows how to make me laugh. And I know he's going to be mad at me for this one too but I think it's a talent that he can do that with his stomach! Sorry, Adam, I promise I still think you look good when you send me these snaps for the most part.

9. But you have the hot ones too

He may be funny and sweet, but he is pretty good looking too. I know us girls keep some attractive pictures of our S.O.'s so we can remind ourselves of what a great looking partner we have.

10. FaceTime screenshots

If you and your lover go to different colleges like my boyfriend and I do, then FaceTiming happens a lot. Sometimes I get some great screenshots, like the one above, to make fun of him later.

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Poetry On Odyssey: Waxing and Waning

From Ada Limón's Carrying.


As we near finals, it's time to reflect on this past semester: one full of ups and downs, high highs and low lows. Like a lot of my fellow students, it seemed like more time was spent in the lows. But even the drudgery of day-to-day classes had its bright spots. One of these was a book of poems I read for my creative writing class, The Carrying by Ada Limón. I was inspired by Limón's work and decided to rearrange some of the lines that struck me into a new narrative.

Waxing and Waning

I'm driving alone in the predawn

It's almost romantic as we adjust the waxy blue

the extent of our adventurism

then a heaving. Sounds sucked from lungs.

and uncupping our ears to hear.

No, to the rising tides.

(they wish to bless and bless and hush)

that bend with moss and old man's beard

mouthing the sand and silt, a crawdad

jellyfish washed to the stormy shore.

Sometimes, we drown together.

But sometimes I swear I hear it, the wound closing

your own lungs, like venom? Reader, I want to

making identical perfect selves, bam, another me,

we stood static and listened to them insane

Cling and remind me—

But sometimes I swear I hear it, the wound closing

to myself that's between a prayer and a curse—how dare we live

this was all sentimental crap, you

you were dead all over again.

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