8 Things That Are More Effective Than Adderall For Studying

8 Things That Are More Effective Than Adderall For Studying

We all get stressed, the key is learning to handle it in a healthy way.

Stress. It’s inevitable. As college students, we are all united under the overwhelming force of stress. However, how we deal with it varies. Some people do yoga. Some people keep to-do lists. And a lot of people take Adderall. After I conducted a survey of some my peers, only 1 percent of participants actually have a prescription for Adderall, yet 42.1 percent of participants have used Adderall at some point throughout their college career.

The high you feel on Adderall is identical to the high you feel when you’re on cocaine. Scary, huh? Believe it or not, Adderall is highly addictive. Relying on study drugs for productivity is such a toxic mindset. To get you going in the right direction, I’ve made a list of 8 things that are more effective than Adderall. Please give a few a try to make sure that we are developing productive study habits without being unhealthy!

1. Getting ample sleep.

Seriously, though. I know you’ve heard this a million times, but this is KEY to being productive. No matter how many hours you devote to studying, if every five minutes you are dozing off because you did not get a good sleep the night before, you are not being efficient. If you have to choose between pulling an all-nighter or just going to sleep, go to sleep, because studies have proven that without ample sleep, your memory depletes quickly and when it comes time for the exam, those 7 hours you spent in the library instead of sleeping will have been for nothing.

2. Having an established exercise routine.

According to a study done by MSU doctoral student Samantha Danbert, out of 4,843 freshmen, 1,138 of whom purchased memberships to the school’s gym in their first semester had a cumulative GPA 0.13 points higher than those who didn’t have memberships. They also had a 3.5% higher retention rate and completed more credits through four semesters. Bottom line, work out. It reduces stress and helps you study better, while keeping you healthy and looking good.

3. Eating healthy foods.

Professor Fernando Gómez-Pinilla calls food a pharmaceutical compound that affects the brain. When you constantly eat junk while you’re studying because it’s convenient, you are depriving your body of necessary nutrients it needs to properly function.

4. Smart amounts of caffeine.

While you can definitely overdo the caffeine, if you need an aid to wake up, coffee will definitely help. The expense of constantly getting coffee at places like Starbucks can start to add up, so consider investing in a Keurig and some to-go cups to save some money.

5. Giving ourselves a break

Being realistic, nobody can study for 6 hours straight. Setting a routine where you study non-stop for 45 minutes then give yourself a 5 minute Instagram break is a practical way to get things done while not making yourself miserable.

6. Eliminating procrastination.

So many people feel they need Adderall because of intense feelings of being overwhelmed due to procrastination. The simple solution to that is to just begin your assignments early! The hardest part about any assignment is just starting it. Break up each thing you have to do into tiny tasks and just knock one small thing out each day. You will easily stop procrastinating this way.

7. Viewing studying like a 9-5 job.

No matter what time you have class, if you wake up every day at nine and went somewhere other than your room to study all day until 5, only taking breaks to go to your classes and eat lunch, you will get into such an effective routine and will be so thankful to have every night free to relax and spend time with your friends.

8. Creating a study group.

Sometimes creating a study group with your best friends is not the best idea because you tend to talk and easily get distracted. Meet some people in your classes and plan times to meet to study. You can easily motivate each other and ask questions when you are all working on the same material.

Be safe, above all. Because getting good grades is not the same when it’s all thanks to a drug.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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Florida Is Starting To Rethink The Whole Reefer Madness Narrative And I'm Diggin' It

It's a dope change of pace.


Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill that will allow people with medical marijuana cards to smoke weed legally and, personally, I think it's dope.

I didn't even know people with medical cards in Florida couldn't actually smoke the weed they were prescribed until earlier this year. My friend who suffers from lupus just started smoking hers after the bill was passed. The stinky plant comes in a prescription pill bottle and she's supposed to vaporize it, kind of like a humidifier. I went with her to a dispensary (no laws were broken, I waited in the lobby) and she explained the whole process behind it. Apparently, there's a lot of ways people consume weed. There's cannabis pills, edibles, patches, dab pens, the list goes on. Like, what?

I mean, that's cool and all, but I couldn't wrap my brain around it. What's the problem with the act of smoking? The end goal has the same effects. Granted, it can mess with your lungs, but cigarettes are legal. Vapes are legal. Think about it: the things that are actually legal to smoke don't have any positive effects. Do you see the disconnect?

I still don't fully understand the negative stigma behind weed. Yes, it does for sure mess with your memory and yes, we don't know a lot about it in general so it's hard to say the drug is 100% safe. But then again, JUULs are legal and we don't even know those long term effects. There are so many awful drugs the FDA has approved and yet, they can't get fully on board with weed. Xanax is a highly addictive, dangerous as hell drug if it's abused and it's rarely monitored. Some doctors hand it out like candy. Even Tylenol is awful.

No one has died from weed. How many people have died from alcohol poisoning? I'm just saying you never hear about a stoner overdosing on weed—it's just not a thing.

What we do know about weed is that it does have some positive effects on people's health and it can actually help those in real pain. Even people with cancer are suggested to smoke weed to help with their symptoms, so what's the issue? I'm glad Florida is starting to recognize that this stigma is old-fashioned and is starting to move away from the devil's lettuce narrative.

I'm not saying everyone should dress head to toe in weed paraphernalia and spark a blunt in the middle of Downtown, Orlando (although, that would be interesting to watch) and I am not condoning any illegal use of marijuana, but I think the Reefer Madness mindset is extremely outdated. People who actually need weed for medical issues are not using it recreationally, so any prior beef with Mary Jane should not affect their health.

Florida is finally making changes for those who medically need it and it's lit.


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