From Surviving To Thriving: 11 Steps For Excelling At School

From Surviving To Thriving: 11 Steps For Excelling At School

I know it sucks, but you just need to suck it up and study.

'Twas the start of midterms, and all through campus, students were losing their minds. It's the lovely time of the year where so many students begin to realize how truly screwed they are. Yeah... maybe you should've passed on that game of beer pong and stayed home to study, huh? Now, I could sit here and throw some more passive aggressive comments at my peers to let them know how much they suck, but that's not productive. I've been there before and still stumble there every now and again. Not playing beer pong, but procrastinating. There have been several nights where I have chosen to watch Netflix and eat pizza rather than work on that one project or study for that exam. Now, I'm no straight-A student like my sisters, but I've made strides in my grades, and I felt that I should share some tips that helped me pull my act together. Who knows, it might just help you with midterm and finals season.

1. Recognize your weak areas

Now you don't need to be as harsh on yourself as this GIF, but it's important to recognize where you fall short. Is it class attendance? Study habits? Are you not understanding the material? You need to ask yourself these questions so that you can move forward.

2. Get some help

For all of us procrastinators, there are always those people who just have their shit together. Those people who don't even have to try and they're just shooting a 4.0. There are tutoring options across campus, so swallow your pride instead of that bottle of vodka on your desk and get some help!

3. Plan out your week

Your professors passed out these strange things on the first day of classes called a syllabus. These mystical packets include class schedules and these include test dates and due dates for projects. I know your mind's probably blown, but stick with me.You can go through your syllabus and actually plan out your weeks when you have big due dates coming up so you're not scrambling at the end.

4. Get some friends

Group studying is a double-edged sword. On one side, you have the opportunity to get other opinions and access to someone else's knowledge that will help to add to your own. On the other hand... you might end up looking at puppy videos for 3 hours (true story). You need to find the people who will provide you with the first scenario and not the puppy videos.

5. Get to know your professors

Contrary to popular belief, professors aren't out to get you, and they aren't going to go all Pennywise The Clown on you and rip your arm off if you happen to ask them for help. It's okay to get help, and most professors will respect you more when they see that you are actually putting in the effort. They may even go easier on you... you never know.

6. GO TO CLASS!!!!!!

C'mon people... you're getting yourself into tens of thousands of dollars in debt, you might as well get your money worth. If you go to class, you'll have a better chance than someone who didn't go. And if you go, you might have Dave Franco hit on you.

7. Take notes and organize them

We've all told ourselves the most basic lie of school: "I'll remember it". If you're in a 300+ person lecture, drowning out what your teacher is saying in favor of texting your friend about how much this class sucks, you're not going to remember it unless you write it down! That brings me to my next point, which is...

8. Get off your phone!

Don't even lie, we all do it. I know big lectures that go for an hour and a half can be really boring, and checking your phone every now and again isn't that big of a deal, but when you spend the whole time watching Netflix and scrolling through Facebook, that's where it becomes problematic. You can look every now and again, but make sure you're staying focused on the big picture.

9. Go to review sessions

Back to what I said before with your professors. They aren't out to get you and are willing to help if you put the effort in. Review sessions are a great way to understand things you may have been confused on before. Don't be afraid to go!

10. Put down the solo cup and study!

I know it sucks, but you just need to suck it up and study.

11. Believe in yourself

You are epic! You are smart! You can do this!

I know that school can be intimidating and even a little scary, but you need to believe that you can do it! If you weren't up to the task, your university would not have accepted you! You do have to put the effort in, and of course, it can get exhausting. But I have faith in every one of you that you can do it! Keep it classy my guys, gals, and non-binary pals!

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10 Things Someone Who Grew Up In A Private School Knows

The 10 things that every private school-goer knows all too well.


1. Uniforms

Plaid. The one thing that every private school-goer knows all too well. It was made into jumpers, skirts, shorts, scouts, hair ties, basically anything you could imagine, the school plaid was made into. You had many different options on what to wear on a normal day, but you always dreaded dress uniform day because of skirts and ballet flats. But it made waking up late for school a whole lot easier.

2. New people were a big deal

New people weren't a big thing. Maybe one or two a year to a grade, but after freshman year no one new really showed up, making the new kid a big deal.

3. You've been to school with most of your class since Kindergarten

Most of your graduating class has been together since Kindergarten, maybe even preschool, if your school has it. They've become part of your family, and you can honestly say you've grown up with your best friends.

4. You've had the same teachers over and over

Having the same teacher two or three years in a row isn't a real surprise. They know what you are capable of and push you to do your best.

5. Everyone knows everybody. Especially everyone's business.

Your graduating class doesn't exceed 150. You know everyone in your grade and most likely everyone in the high school. Because of this, gossip spreads like wildfire. So everyone knows what's going on 10 minutes after it happens.

6. Your hair color was a big deal

If it's not a natural hair color, then forget about it. No dyeing your hair hot pink or blue or you could expect a phone call to your parents saying you have to get rid of it ASAP.

7. Your school isn't like "Gossip Girl"

There is no eating off campus for lunch or casually using your cell phone in class. Teachers are more strict and you can't skip class or just walk right off of campus.

8. Sports are a big deal

Your school is the best of the best at most sports. The teams normally go to the state championships. The rest of the school that doesn't play sports attends the games to cheer on the teams.

9. Boys had to be clean-shaven, and hair had to be cut

If you came to school and your hair was not cut or your beard was not shaved, you were written up and made to go in the bathroom and shave or have the head of discipline cut your hair. Basically, if you know you're getting written up for hair, it's best just to check out and go get a hair cut.

10. Free dress days were like a fashion show

Wearing a school uniform every day can really drive you mad. That free dress day once a month is what you lived for. It was basically a fashion show for everyone, except for those upperclassmen who were over everything and just wore sweat pants.

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Here's What Happens When All Of Your Friends Have Babies

All of my friends back home are married with children. No, really, they are.


Over the past few months, three of my friends have shared their pregnancy news with me, and I couldn't be more thrilled. Baby news always stirs up a range of emotions for me. I'm excited and crying happy tears (no joke, I started to cry when my best friend told me and showed me her ultrasound).

Being "Auntie Meg" brings me such great joy. You see, I absolutely adore children, especially my friend's kiddos. They can easily brighten up my day with their giggles, love you, and their goodbye kisses & waves. I absolutely love getting to be "Auntie Meg"; it could potentially be my favorite role to fill.

I don't think I've ever loved human beings more than I love these babies. These are kiddos I would do almost anything for; they truly have my whole heart and I couldn't be more thankful for each and every one of them. I've loved getting to watch my friends grow into incredible parents.

I love getting to be one of the biggest cheerleaders for my friends and their kids. Listen, I can't wait for the day when they are older and are asking to come over more and spend time doing fun things with auntie Meg. I can't wait to watch them grow and I can't wait to be able to come alongside them and be a shoulder to cry on and one of the loudest voices cheering them on (Next to mom and dad, of course).

While there is just so much good about your friends growing up and having children of their own, if you are not careful, it can also fuel a person's self-doubt.

It can bring up questions like, "am I good enough?", "what is wrong with me?", "why am I not where they are at?" I would be lying if I said that I have never thought or felt these things, but here's the thing: you are good enough, there is absolutely nothing wrong with you, and their path is not your path; you will get there when you get there.

Those things are so important to remember in times when you begin to doubt yourself or your worth.

Believe me, you are good enough, there is nothing wrong with you, and that is not the path you need to be on at the moment. This is a great time for you to focus on you and the things you want out of life. What are your goals? What is on your bucket list? Just because you don't have the things your friends have, doesn't make your life any less fulfilled than theirs is. Your life is just as wonderful and fulfilling as theirs is, just in different ways.

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