5 Things Every College Student Should Know

5 Things Every College Student Should Know

We Aren't In High School Anymore
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Going to college can be scary and stressful, but you're there for yourself. Here is a short list that every college student should know before entering college, or even during their first year or two.

1. You will be broken out of your comfort zone

Breaking out of your comfort zone is a major thing that happens when you first enter college. Whether you like it or not it will happen. Don’t stress about it. Breaking out of your comfort zone is part of the process and is a good thing!

2. Get Involved

Getting involved is a big thing and is a big part of your college experience. Being involved in many different activities on campus will help you break out of your shell and will ultimately build your resume. You learn many different skills and will make a lot of new friends.

3. College is not just about partying and drinking

Although they say college is the best time of your life, you have to remember the real reason why you are there. You are there to pursue your career and follow your dream, not drink every night and make your liver a hot mess! Yes, C’s get degrees, but you should always strive to do your best and get the grades you deserve.

4. You will meet and do things that you do not like

College is all about the experience. You will meet people you do not like. You will disagree with a lot of people’s opinions. You will begin to not like a lot of people. You will have to do things for school that you absolutely hate doing. Just remember it is all about the experience. Whatever you are doing now and the people you meet is happening for a reason. It will only benefit you in the end.

5. Learn to let things go and do things for yourself

College comes with a lot of responsibility, a lot of stress, and a lot of hard work and effort. You have to remember things are stressful and they will get stressful because college is a lot and puts a lot on your plate. Remember that no matter how stressful things get, you need to breathe and let go. Do things for yourself, not for others. It is ok to do things for other people, but you have to remember to take of yourself and do things for yourself as well. You are there to better yourself, so remember that.

We all understand college is not always what people expect it to be, it is nothing like high school. Learn from these 5 tips and it will make your college experience a little less stressful and a little easier!

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To The Headmistress Who Let My Bullying Continue, I Finally Bleached The Hair They Hated

If it wasn't "that bad," then why did I dye away my innocence after all these years?
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It has always stunned me that a teacher/principal, someone who is meant to be caring and loving towards children, can sit back and let torment continue. That an authority figure, who is meant to make school a safe environment, can allow an innocent child be the victim of cruelty and mistreatment.

I remember starting off the school year wanting nothing more than to learn for six hours a day, five days a week. But boy, you let that perfect image my innocent self-had get shut down very quickly, didn't you?

I still feel sick thinking of those awful children who made my life miserable, just because of my hair color.

Now, why on earth was 10-year-old Amber Armstrong a target you let receive verbal attacks?

Why did you let my tears drop when you should've offered me a tissue?

How could you look me in the eyes while making me feel as though I wasn't good enough for your intervention?

How in the world did you stand by and watch nine months of me, and my mother, continuously ask you to address this issue and not bat an eyelid? You eventually stopped letting my mum schedule time to discuss this with you because I'm guessing you were "over it."

You knew damn well I received comments such as "ginger piss" and "ugly, ginger ninja" at least multiple times a day. When I realized the only adult I knew who could help my struggle wouldn't even give me the time of day, I admitted defeat.

I came home and wanted to dye my red hair. This was the only control I had over the situation, to change the "flaw" that was the root of the issue. Just because YOU wouldn't intervene. YOU refused to see the problem, even though my mother had stared you in the eye and expressed the trouble I was having.

How DARE you let my mother watch me go through something she couldn't control, but you had the power to. How can anyone in the education system not feel empathy for a mother who is begging them for help?

You changed the perception I had of teachers and higher authority figures in the education system. You hurt the trust and confidence I once possessed in this section of my life. I tried not to show emotions or ask for help in class. I always had a voice in the back of my head explaining "they don't care about your well-being, put your hand down before you embarrass yourself."

I wanted to change something so gorgeous just because "there was nothing" you could do while constantly reassuring yourself, "it really isn't that bad."

You're probably wondering how in the world this still affects me today. Well, a year ago, I dyed my hair blonde because I still felt the "ugly" color defined me as "soulless" and reminded people of "orange piss." Your prayers have been answered, bullies from my year four, my hair is no longer the disgusting red you once remembered it as!

If it wasn’t “that bad,” then why did I bleach away the pain after all these years?

The beautiful red has stopped growing in and a dark, brown color has taken its place. All because I let those childish boys, and yourself, force me to believe I was the issue. That I had to put up with psychologically being attacked because something I couldn't control became my fault.

I hope when you talk to the next victimized child that stumbles into your office who "you can't help," think of me, the ten-year-old who could "handle it." Don't ignore this individual, don't add gasoline to their fire because you know damn well they deserve what you never gave me.

I guess after the conversation that went a little like “he didn't mean it, did you, Cain?" YOU decided my pain was "fixed," right?

If it was “fixed,” my hair would still be natural and you wouldn't be stuck reading this.

Sincerely,

"Ginger Piss"

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How To Conquer Your Finals

You got this!
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The last few weeks of the semester are always the worst. It feels like everything is being thrown at you at once. Everyone is in a high stress mode at the end of the semester, due to the stress of finals, final projects, final papers, presentations and the list goes on.. Here are some tips that can help you conquer your finals.


#1 Make flash cards.


Making flashcards are the best, because you can bring them anywhere and study them anytime. For me this includes, on the train while I commute to school. Also, if you're more into flashcards online, Quizlet is great for this!


#2 Create your own study guide.


Making your own study guides is super helpful because you're putting the material into your own words. As a result, you were be able to memorize everything easier.


#3 Caffeine.


Whether it’s coffee or red bull, in my case it’s both, caffeine helps you go through the long days and nights of studying and preparing for finals.


#4 Sleep.


Because it’s so necessary. You need your rest, so you can perform best on your finals.


#5 Study breaks.

Have a snack. Breathe. Stretch. Take a break. Don’t study for too long. Always take 10-15 minute breaks to let yourself relax, then get back to it!


#6 Prioritize & plan.


Organization is key! This includes organizing your time to study. Set aside specific times on specific days to study for each of your individual finals. Make more time for the finals that you know will be harder for you.


#7 Teach the material you need to know.


By teaching someone else the material that will be on your final, you will be studying. For instance, you and a classmate could take turns teaching each other about what is on the final and it will be a win, win for both of you!


#8 Reorganize your notes.


Make sure all your notes are in order. Again, organization is key here! You will feel more prepared for your finals, if you organize your notes in order to help you study.


#9 Snacks.


Don't forget, food will help you survive finals! Make sure you get your favorite snacks for studying. Try to even sneak some healthy snacks in there. Specifically, ones that will help you get some energy.


#10 Pat yourself on the back!


Lastly, pat yourself on the back. Enjoy some well deserved me time, and be proud of yourself for making it through this semester!

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