Finals Forget-Me-Nots

Finals Forget-Me-Nots

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Welcome to the time of the semester that we all dread. A time where the days get longer and you tend to find yourself spending more time in the library than you do in your own room, commonly known as finals (please que the spooky background music).

That’s right ladies and gentlemen, finals, the f word no one likes to say, are right around the corner and they are coming up fast. Get ready for the immense feeling of being so close, but yet so far away, from winter break. This is followed by the phase of sleepless nights while trying to prepare as much as you can or finish up a project, a phase that college students know all too well. During this time, many college students tend forget to properly take care of themselves because they have become so invested in their academics to the point where the only thing on their mind is their school work. In the midst of all of this, it is very important that you still try your best to remember to treat your body like the temple it is. Here are some helpful “forget-me-nots” that you can do to take care of your body while not taking too much time away from your seemingly endless to-do list:

1) Sleep

I will say this once very loud and clear: SLEEP


It is so important to your health and success. You should think twice before pulling an “all-nighter" because it is truly not good for your thought process and overall health. Do not let all of that hard work go to waste just because you thought for a hot second that you could do well on a test with a lack of sleep. Getting zzz’s equals getting A’s (with proper exam preparation of course) so make sure you rest well, at least 7 hours of sleep a night.

2) Start Your Day Off Right

Eat something for breakfast. Breakfast is truly a forgotten, and underrated, meal of the day but it is very crucial to giving you the pick me up you need and keeping your body well fed. You’re not expected to eat a continental breakfast, just something small you can grab before you start your day, like a granola bar.

3) Watch What You Eat

An apple a day doesn’t keep the doctor away but it can help give you the energy and nutrition you need to stay active and healthy. Getting your daily dose of nutrients in your diet is crucial to your academic success and health because it is the fuel your body needs to keep you running and feeling like the energizer bunny. Yes, this does mean to forget about snacking on chips, cookies, and other scrumptious snacks that are so good to you but so bad for you because those are only going to make you feel slumped.

4) Take A Break

Taking a break never seems like an option but your brain will thank you for doing so. College students can spend hourslost in translation from reviewing their work and they tend to doze off without even realizing they are doing so. Spending too much time studying can exhaust your brain and, in turn, it will effect how you memorize important information. Don’t be afraid to treat your brain to a 30 minute break that you can spend either taking a power nap or snacking on something sweet and nutritious.

Taking care of yourself is key to succeeding. Getting to winter break may see like mission impossible (without Tom Cruise being around to help you) but keep your head up and high because you can do it. There are so many people out there who are cheering you on and want to see you do well.

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10 Things Someone Who Grew Up In A Private School Knows

The 10 things that every private school-goer knows all too well.

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1. Uniforms

Plaid. The one thing that every private school-goer knows all too well. It was made into jumpers, skirts, shorts, scouts, hair ties, basically anything you could imagine, the school plaid was made into. You had many different options on what to wear on a normal day, but you always dreaded dress uniform day because of skirts and ballet flats. But it made waking up late for school a whole lot easier.

2. New people were a big deal

New people weren't a big thing. Maybe one or two a year to a grade, but after freshman year no one new really showed up, making the new kid a big deal.

3. You've been to school with most of your class since Kindergarten


Most of your graduating class has been together since Kindergarten, maybe even preschool, if your school has it. They've become part of your family, and you can honestly say you've grown up with your best friends.

4. You've had the same teachers over and over

Having the same teacher two or three years in a row isn't a real surprise. They know what you are capable of and push you to do your best.

5. Everyone knows everybody. Especially everyone's business.

Your graduating class doesn't exceed 150. You know everyone in your grade and most likely everyone in the high school. Because of this, gossip spreads like wildfire. So everyone knows what's going on 10 minutes after it happens.

6. Your hair color was a big deal

If it's not a natural hair color, then forget about it. No dyeing your hair hot pink or blue or you could expect a phone call to your parents saying you have to get rid of it ASAP.

7. Your school isn't like "Gossip Girl"

There is no eating off campus for lunch or casually using your cell phone in class. Teachers are more strict and you can't skip class or just walk right off of campus.

8. Sports are a big deal

Your school is the best of the best at most sports. The teams normally go to the state championships. The rest of the school that doesn't play sports attends the games to cheer on the teams.

9. Boys had to be clean-shaven, and hair had to be cut

If you came to school and your hair was not cut or your beard was not shaved, you were written up and made to go in the bathroom and shave or have the head of discipline cut your hair. Basically, if you know you're getting written up for hair, it's best just to check out and go get a hair cut.

10. Free dress days were like a fashion show

Wearing a school uniform every day can really drive you mad. That free dress day once a month is what you lived for. It was basically a fashion show for everyone, except for those upperclassmen who were over everything and just wore sweat pants.

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To My Little Sister, Don't Wish For Time To Move Faster, Soak Up The Stage Of Life You're In

Live in the moment and you will come out having no regrets.

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To my best friend,

Time goes by quickly, do not wish it away. Enjoy living in the moment you are in right now because you will never get it back. Stop wishing you were in college already because you have so much to live for right now.

I know all you want to do is get away from home and start over, which is normal because I wanted to do the same thing at your age. But as your older sister, and as someone who has gone through that stage already, I am here to tell you that it is not all rainbows and sunshine 24/7.

With the time you have left in high school, enjoy every second of it because eventually, you will come to miss it.

Graduation is just around the corner for you and it honestly freaks me out how fast time is going. And it only goes faster in college. As kids, all we wanted was to be in high school and be able to drive on our own and once we hit high school, all we want is to be in college. With almost being in college for two years, I can easily say that all I want is to be a kid again. We have been wishing our whole lives away since we can remember. Enjoy today.

I see so much potential in you and I am beyond excited for what the future has in store for you.

Many times, you have been the one to give me advice even though I'm the older sister and this shows how caring and loving you are. Life is going to treat you so well and it already has.

There is one piece of advice I must give to you though. Make sure to thank mom and dad and tell them you love them as often as possible. I know they can get on your nerves and may make you angry at times, but they have given us the best life. You will learn in college just how much they love us and how much they have given up just to make us happy.

You have a good head on your shoulders and I know life is going to turn out to be exactly what you wanted. Just don't wish it all away. Some of my favorite times were when I was a senior in high school.

I'm always looking out for you so don't ever think you are alone in this crazy world. Remember, I am just one phone call away.

I love you so much sis, you got this.

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