5 Healthy Habits Of Successful Students

5 Healthy Habits Of Successful Students

Things every student should know.
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There are certain things that are common among successful students: they take care of themselves, they regularly complete assignments, and they have other commonalities. For example, they just don’t seem to make the big mistakes that interfere with the average student’s success. The truth is that anyone can achieve this level of accomplishment. Here are a few of the things that help them make that leap from mundane to extraordinary.

They always get enough rest. No one functions right when they’re constantly yawning and these students recognize that. You won’t find them at the off-campus late-night parties and you probably won’t find them hanging out at the bar. They skip these things for many reasons: they don’t like drinking, they’re not a fan of crowds, etc., but there is one overarching theme. They prefer to spend their free time restfully.

Doctors, doctors, doctors. There are doctors who specialize in every area of health and these scholars see many of them. When they have a back-ache they go and see a chiropractor or, depending on the severity, neurologist. When they have bunions, they go to see a podiatrist. The same is true for their doctors for intestinal discomfort, digestive issues, that freckle that has bugged you since you were a child, quite literally anything concerning how your body functions or looks, these students see doctors all the time. It’s almost a wonder how they find time for school, but that is obviously because their time is not taken up by surprise health concerns.

Stuck-up, brown-noser, show off: when there are available resources for assistance, they are right there taking advantage of them. They are often in the writing center, the math center, and any other tutoring sites. What’s more is that they are in constant communication with their teachers and normally even on a first name basis. Some may think they are just trying to get a good grade (and they wouldn’t be far off), but what they’re actually doing is taking advantage of an available resource: their professors. They also generally have study groups where they meet with other students who are in their classes to brainstorm about the material and compare notes. These guys get the best grades and that is their focus, but they don’t do it for that alone. When you finish university, you will have access to a transcript of your academic history and you can add that to a professional portfolio. In the professional world that students hope to be a part of after completing school, employers often like to see how prospective employees have performed in the past, even a history of their behavior is helpful. Academic history is often preferred, because it is a familiar setting to most. When a future employer looks at your transcript, they can get an idea of how successful you were as a student. It shows whether you have passed all of your attempts, what you have attempted and failed at, it can even give some insight into your behavior. So, when a student sucks up to a teacher it doesn’t appear on their transcript, but the results of their actions are apparent in their academic history.

These students keep a daily planner of some kind, whether it’s a notebook, electronic daily planner, or something else entirely, they use it for everything. When they grow older and are a working professional with a secretary, their secretary will keep a schedule of their obligations for them. Working from planner while in school just builds that habit for later use. Aside from that, it never hurt anyone to be prepared. From military commanders to day laborers and everything in between, having a schedule written down to refer to eliminates time wasted.

These students take breaks from studying when it is important. It may seem like they are lazy, but that’s part of the genius in their method. You find them apparently slacking at regular intervals in the gym, the school’s recreational areas, or anywhere else that students congregate. You may wonder how someone who apparently has so much free time does so well in their classes.

These are all pretty easy to figure out. The truth is that there is no “magic strategy” and no “proven method.” That isn’t how the world works, although that is how it is often portrayed. It takes time, dedication, and effort to be a successful student. The thing is that by being a successful student, you set the bar for yourself a little bit higher. It isn’t as hard to maintain as to begin, but maintaining these habits isn’t easy either. The other vital thing to remember is that nobody is perfect and everyone makes mistakes. Even the CEOs of Fortune 500 companies slip up from time to time, their mistakes are just less visible. They just keep trying.

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Bailey Posted A Racist Tweet, But That Does NOT Mean She Deserves To Be Fat Shamed

As a certified racist, does she deserve to be fat shamed?
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This morning, I was scrolling though my phone, rotating between Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube and Snapchat again, ignoring everyone's snaps but going through all the Snapchat subscription stories before stumbling on a Daily Mail article that piqued my interest. The article was one about a teen, Bailey, who was bullied for her figure, as seen on the snap below and the text exchange between Bailey and her mother, in which she begged for a change of clothes because people were making fun of her and taking pictures.

Like all viral things, quickly after her text pictures and harassing snaps surfaced, people internet stalked her social media. But, after some digging, it was found that Bailey had tweeted some racist remark.

Now, some are saying that because Bailey was clearly racist, she is undeserving of empathy and deserves to be fat-shamed. But does she? All humans, no matter how we try, are prejudiced in one way or another. If you can honestly tell me that you treat everyone with an equal amount of respect after a brief first impression, regardless of the state of their physical hygiene or the words that come out of their mouth, either you're a liar, or you're actually God. Yes, she tweeted some racist stuff. But does that mean that all hate she receives in all aspects of her life are justified?

On the other hand, Bailey was racist. And what comes around goes around. There was one user on Twitter who pointed out that as a racist, Bailey was a bully herself. And, quite honestly, everyone loves the downfall of the bully. The moment the bullies' victims stop cowering from fear and discover that they, too, have claws is the moment when the onlookers turn the tables and start jeering the bully instead. This is the moment the bully completely and utterly breaks, feeling the pain of their victims for the first time, and for the victims, the bully's demise is satisfying to watch.

While we'd all like to believe that the ideal is somewhere in between, in a happy medium where her racism is penalized but she also gets sympathy for being fat shamed, the reality is that the ideal is to be entirely empathetic. Help her through her tough time, with no backlash.

Bullies bully to dominate and to feel powerful. If we tell her that she's undeserving of any good in life because she tweeted some racist stuff, she will feel stifled and insignificant and awful. Maybe she'll also want to make someone else to feel as awful as she did for some random physical characteristic she has. Maybe, we might dehumanize her to the point where we feel that she's undeserving of anything, and she might forget the preciousness of life. Either one of the outcomes is unpleasant and disturbing and will not promote healthy tendencies within a person.

Instead, we should make her feel supported. We all have bad traits about ourselves, but they shouldn't define us. Maybe, through this experience, she'll realize how it feels to be prejudiced against based off physical characteristics. After all, it is our lowest points, our most desperate points in life, that provide us with another perspective to use while evaluating the world and everyone in it.

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15 Winter Dates For Couples Who'd Rather Snuggle Indoors Than Step Foot Outside

Do I wanna build a snowman? Uhhhh NO!

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Christmas time in New England can get pretty damn cold. I mean, we do have a few warm days, but for the most part, it's cold, windy, and sometimes snowy out. Now, if you're anything like me and you don't like the cold, typical Christmas dates might not be for you, but luckily there's plenty of cute dates that don't involve venturing out in the freezing abyss.

So get your hot chocolate, eggnog, ugly sweaters and festive pajamas ready because here are 15 fun winter dates that don't involve you and your partner leaving the house at all.

1. Ginger bread house competition

2. Classic Christmas movie marathon

3. Hallmark movie marathon

Only because my boyfriend's mom LOVES them.

4. Okay so really just any Christmas movie marathon.

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5. Making Christmas ornaments

6. Paper snowflake making competition

7. Baking and decorating (and eating!) Christmas cookies

8. Dance around to Christmas music

9. Make each other a new stocking

10. Write a letter to Santa

Super silly but super cute.

11. Take cute Christmas pictures

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Perfect time for those ugly Christmas sweaters or Christmas pajamas.

12. Decorate the Christmas tree

And you know the rest of the inside of the house.

13. Wrap presents together

14. Hang a mistletoe and kiss under it

15. Stay up tracking Santa

Don't forget to leave milk and cookies out for him, and carrots out for the reindeer.

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