A Totally Achievable, Step-By-Step Process For Surviving Midterms

A Totally Achievable, Step-By-Step Process For Surviving Midterms

Midterms is the second most-dreaded week of the semester.
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Whether it is your freshman year or senior, midterms are the second most-dreaded week of the semester (right after finals). Sometimes you get lucky and a class does not have a midterm. Or sometimes they are take-home exams. Who does not love an open book exam? Either way, it is a week where you need to survive, but also thrive. This is what you are going to need, and the sooner you start, the better. Also, feel free the always pull this back up, you have enough, other information to memorize.

1. Caffeinated beverage of choice

Coffee, tea, iced coffee, Frapp, Coke, Mountain Dew, Pepsi, or anything of that source.

2. Quizlet or Flashcards

Flashcards can help you breeze through information. Quizlet can help you study. Fun fact, you might be able to find your class on there, or get everyone in the class together to make a large one for everyone to study. Either way, both are great ways to help you study!

3. Highlighters and/or colored ink pens

Marking down information to study or doing a study guide can suck, we all know it, but they are also life savers. Or even the notecards that your professors let you have. Add a pop of color, or just write in your favorite color.

4. PUT DOWN YOUR PHONE!!

I use an app called "Tide" to track my concentration. My goal: Don’t look at my phone until it goes off, or my mother or husband texts. It will play a light relaxing noise during your set time to if you want that. There are multiple apps that are of this sort, they are definitely worth checking out.

5. Refill your #1

Multiple times.

6. Set aside time to chill

Break times are not bad. You have to relax a little. Set an hour, 20 minutes, or however long your favorite show is. During this time, eat a meal, or just relax. You need it.

7. Make a study group

Studying in a group works for some people. If you are one of those people, make it happen, you will do better. You might even pick up on information that you missed in class.

8. Your favorite snack

Your favorite snack is your favorite because it makes you feel better, so go stock up.

9. Go to bed before midnight

Sleep helps you! I promise. The week prior, you should start practicing it. You will do better with a good night’s rest.

10. Lucky pen or pencil?

USE IT! Use your favorite pen or pencil. Even if you do bad, you enjoyed it.

11. Check batteries and bring chargers!

If you get to use a calculator check the batteries. Make sure it is not going to die in the middle of the exam. Same if you get to use your computer or tablet. Pick up your charger too! It is better to be safe than sorry!

12. If you haven't already, plan out your time with a calendar or agenda book, or whatever works best for you!

Set certain times to do things. If you have class from 9:00 to 10:30, plan your travel time, then plan your study time. You will feel less crammed.

13. Did I mention, refill your caffeinated beverage of choice?

Might as well.

14. The library is a great place

Use it to study, look up information, form a study group, really the options are endless. And if you are a study group person, it makes the perfect place to meet.

15. Make a to-do list.

I use Post–its, one for each class, and I also color code my agenda. Even a sheet of paper with everything spelled out. This is a way to make sure you get everything done that you needed to. Even throw on the other things you have to do, like laundry or grocery shopping.

16. If you haven’t done it yet, READ THE BOOK!

This should be something that you seriously do the whole time, but if you haven’t don’t it yet, better do it. Next time, don’t let it happen.

17. GO TO CLASS!!

See explanation above.

18. Alarms!

Set alarms. If you need, set multiple. Get up early. Grab your caffeinated beverage of choice. And be there early. If you aren’t rushing, you won’t be as stressed.

19. Cookies from Insomnia

This one I have never tried, but it was recommended to me (go Taylor Helton!). Seriously, it is never a bad idea for some good treat food. She even mentioned delivery, so it's worth checking out! Who doesn't love cookies?

20. RELAX!

You will be better if you are not completely stressed out. As soon as your last exam is over; nap, binge watch some Netflix, eat, whatever you want! You made it through!

You'll make it!

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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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10 Special Places In Your Hometown You Can't Wait To Revisit When The Semester Is Over

I can't wait to go home!

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Everyone has their favorite local spots that they love in their hometown. These could be famous staples that everyone knows about, or your little getaway when life was hitting you hard growing up. Since being away from home I never understood how important they were to me until I wasn't there. It doesn't matter if you live in Maine or California, everyone has their spot or multiple spots.

Here is a list of 10 places that you will stop at once you get home.

1. Your Favorite Local Restaurant(s)

This restaurant or restaurants always come through whenever you want to eat your favorite food(s). It always made everything to perfection, and nearly every person knows your name in there.

2. Coffee Shop

The place that you always can meet your friends, or a quite place to get work done.

3. High School 

Going back to your local high school is always a positive walk down memory lane to see all your old teachers, and people that affected your life for the better.

4. Friends' Houses 

So many memories are there, and it's always so refreshing to see their faces and talk to people that you have grown up with.

5. Nature Spots 

You know those places that whenever you get to them can make you so much happier and more relaxed? That's what I'm talking about.

6. Walking Around Your Neighborhood 

Walking around your neighborhood is always fun, and you get to see a bunch of familiar faces.

7. Your Bed 

Because what's better than that...

8. Your Local Church 

It is always nice to see your youth group and elders whenever you come back.

9. Grandparents' House

You know when you are going over something good is always waiting behind the door.

10. Top Of A Parking Garage 

The ultimate best view to watch fireworks, sunsets, and sun rises.

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