How I (Almost) Got A 4.0 GPA This Semester

How I (Almost) Got A 4.0 GPA This Semester

Don't underestimate your capabilities of getting A's.

"I skipped class to write a paper for another class. This is college."

Getting a 4.0 GPA means a lot to our dignity and future employers. It sounds crazy, but our GPA defines us as college students. It illustrates who we are as a person, whether we're hardworking, lazy, scholarly, or a stickler for perfection. As long as I'm paying for college, I know I'm gonna get the highest grades I can achieve. Following these tips should help you be motivated for the spring semester, and hopefully score you a 4.0:

1. Get your a** to class.

It's as easy as it sounds, just go to class. You'll be surprised about what you learn even if you don't pay attention 100% of the time. Taking notes will help you in the long run (even if their sloppy) and they make class go by much quicker. Buy some colorful highlighters to stay organized and neon gel pens (they're fun for occasional doodles when you get REALLY bored.)

2. Try not to take really early classes.

I'm telling you from experience, I was half asleep in my 7:30am classes (which I had four times a week.) Although I did well in them, I found it easier to concentrate with later morning/early afternoon classes.

3. Make your studying entertaining.

I swear by Quizlet. You can make a free account online and download the app on your phone to study when you're on the go. They have flashcards, games, and mini quizzes so you can check on your progress while kind of having fun (also makes cramming much easier.)

4. Stay on top of the syllabus.

My first semester freshman year of college I missed way too many deadlines. Most likely, your professors are not going to remind you that you have a project due next class. This will keep you on top of all your tests and assignments. Constantly check your syllabus, it's your best friend.

5. Get to know your professor.

This is college. There is no such thing as a "teachers pet". You don't have to ask them on a date (awkward), but show your professor you care by emailing them, asking questions, or going to office hours. This could maybe score you an extra credit assignment (maybe.)

6. Get friends who are focused.

Your friends in college are going to be around you 24/7. If you get a group of friends who are just as motivated as you, your more likely to do better and have a weekly Starbucks date, too.

7. Study outside of your dorm room if you can.

Studying in your peaceful space is never a good idea. Go to the library, Starbucks, computer lab, or just anywhere outside (weather permitting.) USA Today says that studying outdoors can decrease stress, increase concentration, and give your health a boost.

8. Take care of your mental health.

College can be a life changing and a really stressful time for the average person. About 41% of college students suffer from anxiety and 80% admit to daily stress according to Anxiety and Depression Association of America. It is normal to feel this way so be sure to take a break sometimes. Go out with some friends or take a break from the work and watch Netflix all day.

9. Use available resources.

The library, your professor, or even your lab partner is there to help. You're paying to be at this institute, you might as well take advantage of it.


Try to have a daily routine so everyday goes almost the same. Calendars, planners, or even little sticky notes can be great gentle reminders. Try your hardest to start the assignment as soon as it's assigned. Most importantly, if you know you have a lot of work to do over the weekend, don't be afraid to say "NO" to going out.

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An Open Letter To Every Girl With A Big Heart, Except When It Comes To Herself

Because it's so much easier to love everyone around you before yourself.

They say the key is that you have to "love yourself before you can love anyone else," or before "anyone can love you."

For those who deal with mass amounts of anxiety, or have many insecurities, that can be an extremely hard task. It seems much easier to tell your friend who is doubting herself that she looks great in that top than to look in the mirror and feel the same about yourself. It is much easier to tell your significant other that everything is going to be OK than to believe it will be when something goes wrong in your life. It becomes easier to create excuses for the ones around you than for yourself, and this is because you have such a big heart. You want those that you love to be happy and worry-free, yet you spend nights thinking about everything you have on your plate, about what you did wrong that day, fearing if someone in your life is mad at you, believing that you will never be good enough yet convincing everyone else that they are.

You are the girl with the biggest heart, yet you can't love yourself the way you care for everyone else in your life. There are many reasons that you should love yourself, though, and that's something that everyone around you is willing to tell you.

You're thoughtful.

Before doing anything, you always consider how it is going to affect those around you. You don't want to do anything that could hurt someone, or something that could make someone mad at you. It does not take much to make you happy, just seeing others happy does the job, and it is that simple. Because of this, you remember the little things. Meaningful dates, small details, and asking someone how their day was is important to you, and it makes those around you feel important too. You simply just want the people that you care about to be happy, and that is an amazing trait.

You're appreciative.

You don't need a big, fancy, and expensive date night to make you happy. Whether it's a picnic on the beach or a night in watching a movie, you're happy to just be with the person that you love. You appreciate every "good morning" text, and it truly does mean something when someone asks how you are. You tend to appreciate the person that you're with more than the things that they provide and for that, your sincerity will never go unnoticed.

You have a lot of love in your heart.

Every "I love you" has meant something, just as you remember the smallest moments that have meant the most to you. You remember the look in your significant other's eyes when they told you that for the first time. You remember the smile on your best friend's face when you told them that everything was going to be OK and that you would always be there. You remember the swell of happiness your parents felt when you decided to surprise them with a trip home one day, and you thrive off of all of that love.

You don't give up on the people you love, even if they have given you a reason to.

It is a foreign idea to just drop someone from your life, even if they betrayed you. You try to look at their mistake from every stance, not wanting to provide an excuse for them, but to give them another chance. Not everyone deserves it, and that is something that you learn along the way, but you feel good in the sense that you gave them a chance even if no one else would.

It's OK to not love yourself all the time. It's normal, and natural to stand in the mirror and think about everything wrong. And it's OK to love other people, even when you can't feel the same about yourself. But your big heart is why you should love yourself. There are so many reasons that you are a beautiful person, and the people that you spend all your time caring about feel that you have so much more to offer the world, and yourself.

So, next time you think about what you don't like about yourself, remember what makes you special –– the size of your heart and all of the love in it, and then share that love with yourself.

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What Is Really Wrong With The Lori Loughlin Scandal?

This scandal has really caused a debate on multiple platforms on whether or not justice will be given to the rich and the famous.


Last week, news came out with a report that actress, Lori Loughlin, along with other important lawyers and doctors paid or cheated their way for their children to attend prestigious universities. So, what is really wrong with this scandal? Surely, the primary thing is that she considered herself at an advantage to paying $500,000 to the University of Southern California for both of her daughters to be accepted there. Due to both of her daughters' academic situations, the girls would not have been accepted as their grades meet below average qualifications. However, because of this bribery, they were put on as recruits for the university's crew team and accepted into the college as athletes.

These girls took away opportunities from other hardworking students who possibly deserved to be accepted into the university. Athletes who have trained for years and years were not put on the crew team because of the bribe. The girls, however, were allowed entrance to this elite school without ever having to compete in crew to be accepted. Students who have studied long hours and tried their hardest are being unjustly rejected because they can't pay their way in. Meanwhile, in one of Olivia Jade's videos, she complained, "I don't really care about school". She only wanted to go because of parties and friends as she states earlier in the video. Also, these universities aren't really considered credible to the fact that they have partaken in bribery. This produces a rippling effect that affects those who actually worked hard to get into USC or any other school. It causes people to question whether it is reputable in the admissions process.

Also, with Lori Loughlin, it seems as if there will be no harsh charges brought up against her. With her money, she was released on bail which cost $1 million. Many seem to believe that there will be almost no jail time at all for this crime because of the fact that she is rich and famous. That is something to be considering as this scandal continues to shape itself into a wake-up call from America's elite to the public.

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