Beginning Of The Semester Reminders From Will Ferrell

Beginning Of The Semester Reminders From Will Ferrell

I can't think of one person more qualified to give that advice.
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1. On the first day of class pick a good seat

A good seat for you might be a bad seat for someone else. It depends on where you want to sit for the rest of the semester.

2. Find a buddy in each class

Chances are you'll miss an instruction the teacher gives. Instead of emailing the teacher you can just text your bud.

3. Eat all you can at buffet style dining halls

Pay one price, eat all night.

4. Don't just yell out anything in class

Your reputation will be sealed. Wait until at least week 4 to blurt out guesses.

5. Dress to impress

If you feel like you can dress to impress the whole semester.

6. Or just dress to be moderate

No one will be expecting you to look your best Monday at 8 AM.

7. Have a little bit of school spirit

It's more fun than being too cool to enjoy yourself.

8. Be prepared

Anything can happen in the first week, so plan ahead.

9. Don't panic

Everything is going to work out fine, even if sometimes it doesn't seem like it.

10. Look over the syllabus

Even if you go over it, nothing ruins week 3 more than finding out you have a ten page paper due that you didn't know about.

11. Play some sports

Take time to have some fun at the rec, you probably get in for free anyways.

12. Know what you want

And what you don't want.

13. Have a squad dinner

Because you know you've all missed each other over break.

14. Buckle up

The semester will be taking off a lot quicker than you expect.

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To The Girl Who Had A Plan

A letter to the girl whose life is not going according to her plan.
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“I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.” - William Ernest Henley

Since we were little girls we have been asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” We responded with astronauts, teachers, presidents, nurses, etc. Then we start growing up, and our plans change.

In middle school, our plans were molded based on our friends and whatever was cool at the time. Eventually, we went to high school and this question became serious, along with some others: “What are your plans for college?” “What are you going to major in?” “When do you think you’ll get married?” “Are you going to stay friends with your friends?” We are bombarded with these questions we are supposed to have answers to, so we start making plans.

Plans, like going to college with our best friends and getting a degree we’ve been dreaming about. Plans, to get married as soon as we can. We make plans for how to lose weight and get healthy. We make plans for our weddings and children.

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We fill our Pinterest boards with these dreams and hopes that we have, which are really great things to do, but what happens when you don’t get into that college? What happens when your best friend chooses to go somewhere else? Or, what if you don’t get the scholarship you need or the awards you thought you deserved. Maybe, the guy you thought you would marry breaks your heart. You might gain a few pounds instead of losing them. Your parents get divorced. Someone you love gets cancer. You don’t get the grades you need. You don’t make that collegiate sports team. The sorority you’re a legacy to, drops you. You didn’t get the job or internship you applied for. What happens to you when this plan doesn’t go your way?

I’ve been there.

The answer for that is “I have this hope that is an anchor for my soul.” Soon we all realize we are not the captain of our fate. We don’t have everything under control nor will we ever have control of every situation in our lives. But, there is someone who is working all things together for the good of those who love him, who has a plan and a purpose for the lives of his children. His name is Jesus. When life takes a turn you aren’t expecting, those are the times you have to cling to Him the tightest, trusting that His plan is what is best. That is easier said than done, but keep pursuing Him. I have found in my life that His plans were always better than mine, and slowly He’s revealing that to me.

The end of your plan isn’t the end of your life. There is more out there. You may not be the captain of your fate, but you can be the master of your soul. You can choose to be happy despite your circumstances. You can change directions at any point and go a different way. You can take the bad and make something beautiful out of it, if you allow God to work in your heart.

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So, make the best of that school you did get in to. Own it. Make new friends- you may find they are better than the old ones. Apply for more scholarships, or get a job. Move on from the guy that broke your heart; he does not deserve you. God has a guy lined up for you who will love you completely. Spend all the time you can with the loved one with cancer. Pray, pray hard for healing. Study more. Apply for more jobs, or try to spend your summer serving others instead. Join a different club or get involved in other organizations on campus. Find your delight first in God and then pursue other activities that make you happy; He will give you the desires of your heart.

My friend, it is going to be OK.

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9 Ways To Start Off The Semester Right

Using that beginning of semester energy to power you through the whole year!

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This article is not just for incoming freshmen. Although, freshman have the most to gain from this in the long run, I suppose. This advice is for any and all of you who are pumped up for this new semester.

First week energy is the best. You just wrapped up three months of study free bliss, unless you took summer classes, in which case you only got two weeks, but still. You are bursting with energy, recharged from the sun, and ready to take on the world, or at least the 18 hours you thought were a good idea back in April. How can we hone that enthusiasm into realistic goals? How can you use this positivity high to plan for the inevitable mid semester slump? Below is a list of my best advice for using that overflow of summer energy to start your semester off right, which I might know a little something about, since I started (and finished) 9 of them.

1. Introduce yourself

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This was probably the best advice that my dad gave me when I went off to college, and I didn't use it nearly enough. If you have not been taking the time to introduce yourself to your professors, its not too late. There is only one person who can help you once an assignment is turned in, and wouldn't it be nice if they already knew you name. Gather some of that courage you used to zip line back in July, and go say hello.

2. Buddy up

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Never underestimate the usefulness of a class buddy. You never know when you might need help, or last class's notes. I totally understand if you are introverted, but being outright antisocial can hurt your grades. Take a moment to make a friend in class now, while you're both still in a good mood. You don't have to invite them out for marg's, but it can't hurt to start the year off with someone to compare notes and study with.

3. Open a @#$%@!^ Textbook

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I know what you are going to say. "My professor doesn't even teach out of the textbook". Good, neither did mine. If they teach out of the textbook, why do you need to go to class? You could just read the book. The textbook is meant to be supplementary to the lecture, and you have a much higher chance of understanding the information if you receive it from different sources. Even if you just skim the chapters they reference before each lecture, I guarantee the lesson will make more sense. The best grades I ever made were in classes where I read the book. So start reading now, not in six weeks when you are already confused.

4. Don't overcommit

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Somethiems it's easy to let that beginning of semester enthusiasm run rampant. It was my biggest struggle in college. You get back from summer feeling like you can take on the world. 15 hours of studio classes, a part time job, and all the organizations you joined last year just don't seem like enough to keep you busy. So you start making new commitments left and right, thinking you have all the time in the world. But by midterms, you will be struggling under the weight of so much responsibility and regretting the decisions you made in all the excitement.

I am not saying that you are stuck with the choices you made as a freshman. On the contrary, if junior you wants to start something new, you should embrace your current desires, but first you need to clean house.

5. Clean house

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I don't mean your dorm. Hopefully that is still relatively clean. The semester just started. No. I'm talking about your commitments. Before you go joining Beta Xi Whatever and signing up to be that one professor's TA, look at your current commitments. What have you outgrown? What doesn't hold your interest like it used to? It is better to resign from things that just don't interest you that much anymore, than to let them slip through the cracks of your over-packed schedule. Begining sometimes have to be endings as well.

6. Recommit

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Another way to keep from slipping up in your commitments, is to re-commit. Sometimes you need to remind yourself how important your involvement is. So give a good long thought to the positions and responsibilities you already have. Are you still prepared to give them your best? Are they still meaningful to you? If so, commit. Again.

7. Plan some "me time"

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While you're at it, re-commit to you. Most of us don't act like it, but you are the most important person in your life. You deserve just as much attention as Art History or your bae. So take some of that time you cleared up earlier, and mark it off limits to everyone but yourself.

8. Actually clean house

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Ok. Now I am talking about your dorm. Right now, while your dorm is shiny and new, make an easy housekeeping schedule. You don't have to wash the walls or anything, just make a plan to sweep, do laundry and tidy up regularly. If you keep up with it from the beginning, it will become a habit before your life starts getting really stressful. Plus, clean and orderly surfaces promote better concentration and are linked to overall happiness.

9. Surround yourself with positivity

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The stress hasn't set in yet, and you are bursting with all this positive energy. Why not share those good vibes with future you? He/She is going to need it. Write yourself some positive affirmations on post-its and stick them around your room. Put a bottle of your favorite smell good lotion in your backpack to find later. Make a positivity playlist to listen to on rough days. Positivity is the number one ingredient for success, so store some away for a rainy day.

None of these are magic spells guaranteeing success, but it is solid advice based on my own experiences. No, I did not always read the textbook, and my dorm was usually a disaster, but when I did have a much easier time when I applied these methods, and I think you will too.

This is me, wishing you your best semester yet!

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