how to succeed in summer school

My best tips for handling summer school

School in the Summer is never fun, but I'm trying my best to stay focused and driven through the struggle.


Summer was always a three month long break from school, giving me much needed time to recover from nine months of hard work during the year. In grade school, Summer meant pool parties and long days filled with video games, sports, and friends. Once I got to high school, I began taking Summer courses to help me get ahead during the year, granting me a free period throughout the upcoming school year.

At my high school, Jesuit Dallas, the courses were three weeks long, met five days a week, for three hours, with two very generous breaks. Back then the courses were easier and I had less moving parts in my life to focus on. Once I got done with my first semester at Fordham, I decided it would be a great idea to take a Summer course or two to help me finish the core requirements faster and hopefully make my next semesters easier. Alongside school, I also got a job at my local bike shop, Richardson Bikemart (best bike shop in the nation btw).

School takes up my weekdays and work takes up my weekends, which I know is nothing new to some people my age, but to me, it took some adjusting. I have found that the hardest part about the Summer is the Summer school, not because it is hard, but because I have no drive to do the work.

I thought that Summer school at my local college would be a breeze compared to the classes that I take at Fordham, but they presented me with a unique challenge of taking place during Summer. I know that I can do the work quickly and then go hang out with my friends, but for some reason, I find myself putting off doing homework or studying for a test until late into the night after I've finished doing what I want to do during the day. This has resulted in worse grades in classes that I know should be no problem. All that I need to do is put in the work. The fact that these classes won't appear on my Fordham transcript as grades, but instead completed credits does not help my work ethic either.

So how am I helping myself retain my drive to do homework and study for tests? I have a few methods that have helped me to this point in the Summer.

My first tip is to get one's friends involved. When my friends tell me that I can't go out with them until I've finished the work I'm supposed to do for the next day, it forces me to finish everything I need to do before I do the things that I want to. It's like when parents tell a kid to finish dinner before they can have dessert. They know it's in my best interests for me to do my work before I do anything else, otherwise, I'm likely to stay up later than I need to, or even worse forgo doing the work at all.

My next tip is to remove distractions. I usually implement this tip during the school year, but when I'm at home I find that it's harder because I have come to associate my house with vacations that I take from college. For almost a year, my house has been a safe haven from homework, so trying to revert it back to the way it was when I did homework in high school is tough. A smart person would go to a different location entirely to do work, but if you don't want to do that, you can always go to a room that is dedicated to doing school work.

Summer school is never as easy as we think it is. I always think that because I have so much more time, the work will be easier than it is during the school year, but it is that increased amount of time that makes me procrastinate and works against me in Summer school.

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To The Nursing Major During The Hardest Week Of The Year

I know that no grade can possibly prove what kind of nurse you will be. I know that no assignment will showcase your compassion. I know that no amount of bad days will ever take away the empathy inside of you that makes you an exceptional nurse.


To the Nursing Major During Finals Week,

I know you're tired, I know you're stressed, and I know you feel like you can't go on. I know that no part of this seems fair, and I know you are by far the biggest critic of yourself. I know that you've thought about giving up. I know that you feel alone. I know that you wonder why in the world you chose one of the hardest college majors, especially on the days it leaves you feeling empty and broken.

But, I also know that you love nursing school. I know your eyes light up when you're with patients, and I know your heart races when you think of graduation. I know that you love the people that you're in school with, like truly, we're-all-in-this-together, family type of love. I know that you look at the older nurses with admiration, just hoping and praying that you will remain that calm and composed one day. I know that every time someone asks what your college major is that you beam with pride as you tell them it's nursing, and I know that your heart skips a beat knowing that you are making a difference.

I know that no grade can possibly prove what kind of nurse you will be. I know that no assignment will showcase your compassion. I know that a failed class doesn't mean you aren't meant to do this. I know that a 'C' on a test that you studied so. dang. hard. for does not mean that you are not intelligent. I know that no amount of bad days will ever take away the empathy inside of you that makes you an exceptional nurse.

I know that nursing school isn't fair. I know you wish it was easier. I know that some days you can't remember why it's worth it. I know you want to go out and have fun. I know that staying up until 1:00 A.M. doing paperwork, only to have to be up and at clinicals before the sun rises is not fair. I know that studying this much only to be failing the class is hard. I know you wish your friends and family understood. I know that this is difficult.

Nursing school isn't glamorous, with the white lab coat and stethoscope. Nursing school is crying, randomly and a lot. Nursing school is exhaustion. Nursing school is drinking so much coffee that you lose track. Nursing school is being so stressed that you can't eat. Nursing school is four cumulative finals jam-packed into one week that is enough to make you go insane.

But, nursing school is worth it. I know that when these assignments are turned in and finals are over, that you will find the motivation to keep going. I know that one good day of making a difference in a patient's life is worth a hundred bad days of nursing school.

Keep hanging in there, nursing majors. It'll all be worth it— this I know, for sure.

So, if you have a nursing major in your life, hug them and tell them that you're proud of them. Nursing school is tough, nursing school is scary, and nursing school is overwhelming; but a simple 'thank-you' from someone we love is all we need to keep going.


A third-year nursing student who knows

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Body Image Lessons That I Didn't Learn From A Professor

What I realized about body image my freshman year of college


Girls usually struggle with self image in general. But the game changes when it's time to go to college. When you are constantly surrounded by your peers, you begin to compare all of the little things they do to you. You compare their bodies to yours. You try to figure out what they are doing that you're not. Or vice versa, why they don't have to do anything to look the way they do. But by the end of my first year, I realized that I would never be happy with myself if I kept thinking this way. So I recorded some realizations I had throughout the year that helped me to improve my body image.

My body is, and never will be the same as any other girl... and that's okay

Different sized and shaped strawberries

It can be so easy in college to compare your body to the girls that surround you. Like the one's live with and you see on a daily basis. There is no point in comparing apples to oranges, so why would you compare your body to a girl who was made completely different? So what you can't fit into her party pants, you can rock another pair just as well.

What works for her, might not work for me

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With different body types, comes different food and exercise needs. Some girls don't need to work out or eat healthy to keep a slim frame. Some girls are naturally muscular. Your routine needs to be catered to you, and there is no need to analyze what someone else eats or does to try to attain their stature. You have to do what feels right for YOUR body to have a good self image.

Don't spend too much time on istagram

Obviously social media effects our body image because of how easily and frequently photos are edited and then presented for the most likes. So if there is a certain account that always makes you feel bad when you see their content, unfollow, and take that aspect out of your life. However, because social media is unavoidable you can't completely escape all the provoking images. So when scrolling, think positively about those who's pictures you see, don't compare, and be aware of the previous lessons.

It's okay for your body to fluctuate

The weight and look of your body can easily fluctuate, It's just natural. And in the same way your life fluctuates, your body may follow along and thats not a big deal! In exam season, there might not be enough time to go to the gym everyday. Or during the holidays there might be an increase of indulgence in treats. But its all okay as long as your getting things done or enjoying life. The only time it becomes an issue if the fluctuations turn unhealthy.

Cut out the negativity

If a friend is constantly complaining to you about their body, it can trigger distress in you, and set you back. So if someone else's body image issues are interfering with you mentally, you need to call them out on their B.S. or stop allowing them say those things in front of you.

Wear clothes that you feel comfortable in

If you wear things that you feel comfortable in, then you wont constantly be thinking about how your stomach, legs, or arms look throughout the day. Wear something that you are confident in, even if it means wearing leggings every day of the week!

I'm not a little kid anymore, therefore my body is not going to look like one

Curves and changes that come after high school can take anyone by surprise, but it's supposed to happen. You can't really be mad at can only find the beauty in it.

Everyone has their own insecurities

Even if someone has your ideal body, odds are they still despise theirs. I have met friends in college that are stick skinny, yet are self conscious about it. I know curvy girls that are very insecure. And even an "average" body type has a thousand things that they nit-pick about themselves. No one has their dream body and never will, which is why I had to learn to love the little things about mine.

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