Three Easy Steps To Dominate This School Year

Three Easy Steps To Dominate This School Year

There are plenty more, but let's start with the basics.

As we cross off more and more days on the calendar, we come to the realization that the upcoming school year is upon us. While all of the fun activities that await us consume the majority of our thoughts, in the back of our minds we know that we have our work cut out for us.

Whether we've got an endless amount of papers to write, or exams that seem like they'll never come to an end, there are various methods that can be used to minimize the struggle and strife associated with the back to school blues.

Explore different note-taking options. Let's face it, around this time each year, we all take to Pinterest to give us some back to school motivation (and outfit ideas). More than likely, you have pinned something relating to note-taking.

Note taking can be one of the most tedious activities; however, it is a necessary evil if you want to succeed.

Instead of the typical "scribble and hope for the best" approach, perhaps try typing out your notes on your computer or tablet if your professor allows technology in the classroom. Your notes would be neat and easy to read, and if you need to add or edit information, it can be done with ease!

If typing isn't your style, then maybe color-coding your notes could help you stay more organized.

Keep your notes short, sweet and to the point. Only write down the most important information, as all of the details will return to mind as you're reminded of the main idea.

Actually attempt to sleep and don't just run off of caffeine. It's understandable if you crave some coffee on a chilly Monday morning as you frantically (or maybe not so much) rush to your 8 a.m. However, it is important that you get enough sleep each night in order to properly function the next day. If you expect to clinch that 4.0 with four hours of sleep and four (or even more) cups of coffee on a daily basis, then I'm afraid you're in for quite a rude awakening.

(Try not to be this lady, even though coffee is the nectar of the energy gods, but I digress.)

Don't overdo it. I can guarantee that you will not succeed in your academic pursuits if you bite off more than you can chew. I am all for taking up a work study or other part time job, going Greek, playing a sport or instrument or joining another sort of club or organization. However, you must consider all of the consequences and benefits to each additional extracurricular you pick up. Your courses and coursework should come first because let's be real, why would you spend so much money to solely flunk all of your classes?

It is important to be involved with your campus and to build up your resume. You should have more to life than just going to class, coming back, doing your assignments, shower, sleep and repeat. You need to be mindful of your health, both mental and physical. Go to the gym to let off some steam and burn some calories when you've got a free half hour or so. Grab a milkshake with your roommate and see how they've been doing. Take that 30-minute power nap that turns into two hours every once in a while when you feel like you really need it. All work and no play make for a very mundane and unsuccessful college experience.

These are just three of a multitude of options to make your school year the most successful it can be. Happy note-taking, coffee-drinking, and power-napping!

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To The Boy Who Will Love Me Next

If you can't understand these few things, leave before things get too involved

To the boy that will love me next, I need you to know and understand things about me and my past. The things I have been though not only have shaped the person I’ve become, but also sometimes controls my life. In the past I’ve been used, abused, and taken for granted, and I want something real this time. The guys before you were just boys; they didn’t know how to treat me until it was too late. They didn’t understand how to love me, until I broke my own heart. Before you truly decide to love me I want you to understand these things.

When I tell you something, please listen.

I’m my own person, I want to be loved a certain way. If I ask you to come over and watch movies with me please do it, if I ask for you to leave me alone for a few hours because it’s a girl’s night please do it. I don’t just say things to hear my own voice, I say things to you because it’s important to my life and the way I want to be loved. I’m not a needy person when it comes to being loved and cared for, but I do ask for you to do the small things that I am say.

Forgive my past.

My past is not a pretty brick road, it is a highway that has a bunch of potholes and cracks in it. I have a lot of baggage, and most of it you won’t understand. But don’t let my past decided whether you want to love me or not. My past has helped form who I am today, but it does not define who I am. My past experiences might try and make an appearance every once in a while, but I will not go back to that person I once was, I will not return to all that hurt I once went though. When I say those things, I’m telling the complete and honest truth. I relive my past every day, somethings haunt me and somethings are good reminds. But for you to love me, I need you to accept my past, present and future.

I’m just another bro to the other guys.

I have always hung out with boys, I don’t fit in with the girl groups. I have 10 close girlfriends, but the majority of my friends are guy, but don’t let this scare you. If I wanted to be with one of my guy friends I would already be with him, and if you haven’t noticed I don’t want them because I’m with you. I will not lose my friendships with all my guy friends to be able to stay with you. I will not cut off ties because you don’t like my guy friends. I have lost too many buddies because of my ex-boyfriends and I promised myself I wouldn’t do that again. If you don’t like how many guy friends I have you can leave now. Don’t bother trying to date me if you can accept the fact I’m just another bro.

I might be a badass, but I actually have a big heart.

To a lot of people I come off to be a very crazy and wild girl. I will agree I can be crazy and wild, but I’m more than that. I’m independent, caring, responsible, understanding, forgiving, and so such more type of woman. Many people think that I’m a badass because I don’t take any negatively from anyone. Just like we learned when we were younger, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all.” Most people can’t do that in today’s world, so I stick up for myself and my friends. I don’t care what anyone thinks about me, or their option on how I live my life. The only thing I care about is being able to make myself happy. Even though I’m an independent woman, understand that I do have a big heart. Honesty when I truly care for someone I will do just about anything they ask, but don’t take advantage of this. Once you take advantage of this part of me, all respect will be lost for you.

I’m hard to love.

Sometimes I want to be cuddle and get attention, and sometimes I don’t want you to talk to me for a couple hours. Sometimes I want you to take me out for a nice meal, but sometimes I want a home cooked meal. Every day is different for me, sometimes I change my mind every hour. My mood swings are terrible on certain days, and on those days you should probably just ignore me. I’m not easy to love, so you’ll either be willing to find a way to love me, or you’ll walk out like so many others have.

I’m scared.

I’m scared to love someone again. I’ve been hurt, heartbroken, and beat to the ground in my past relationships. I want to believe you are different, I want to hope things will truly work out, but every relationship has always ended up the same way. I’m scared to trust someone, put my whole heart into them, just to be left and heartbroken again. I sick and tired of putting my whole body and soul into someone for them to just leave when it is convenient for them. If you want to love me, understand it won’t be easy for me to love you back.

When “I’m done.”

When I say “I’m done” I honestly don’t mean that I’m done. When I say that it means I need and want you to fight for me, show me why you want to be with me. I need you to prove that I’m worth it and there’s no one else but me. If I was truly done, I would just walk away, and not come back. So if I ever tell you, “I’m done,” tell me all the reasons why I’m truly not done.

For the boy who will love me next, the work is cut out for you, you just have to be willing to do it. I’m not like other girls, I am my own person, and I will need to be treated as such. For the boy that will love me next, don’t bother with me unless you really want to be with me. I don’t have time to waste on you if you aren’t going to try and make something out of us. To the boy who will love me next, the last thing I would like to say is good luck, I have faith in you.

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To Those Who Feel The Need To Tear Down Others, Take A Seat

You have no right to hurt others because you don’t agree with them.


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If you just go to the comments to leave a rude comment, you can write it down on a piece of paper and throw it away. You're being a bully. These writers more than likely will go to the comment section, just like I did, and will be hurt by your arrogant, inappropriate comments.

Ever heard of if you don't have anything nice to say don't say anything at all.

If you don't agree with me that's fine, but that doesn't give you the right to deliberately go and try and tear me or anyone else down. You're just being rude and you have no reason to be, all I did was write an article on something I believe in.

Also, don't let anyone rude enough to do this tear you down or diminish your self-worth. There are people out there who are still kind and caring, don't listen to the negativity this world brings. Just keep doing what makes you happy, because in the end, that's all that really matters.

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