8 Ways To Start Off Your Semester The Right Way

8 Ways To Start Off Your Semester The Right Way

If you had a rocky semester, this list will ensure success this semester!

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Starting off the semester the right way is so important because it sets the tone for the rest of the school year. Forming good habits right away will cause you to find success in your classes. This list holds advice to follow in order to kick off the semester in the right way!

1. Don't be late to your classes

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This may seem obvious, but many students will show up to class a few minutes late. This can automatically give yourself a bad reputation to your professors. Staying on your professor's good side will help throughout the semester.

2. Review your syllabus for each of your classes

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Though this is the most boring part of the semester, syllabuses hold value information including the grading system. It is very helpful to know what counts the most in your class. Also, often times your professor will add key information such as office hours, advice, exam dates, and more.

3. Memorize your route to your classes

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Nothing is worse than being lost or showing up to the wrong class. To avoid this, simply pull up a map and get an idea of where to go. Also, memorizing your classroom numbers beforehand can never hurt.

4. Talk to fellow students who had the professor/teacher previously

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Talking to students who had the same professors/teachers will help give you an idea of what to expect. Chances are, they will give you advice about how to succeed in the class and things to avoid.

5. Don't buy too many school supplies

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Of course, you should come prepared with at least a notebook and pencil, but don't get too overboard. Often times, your professor/teacher will give you a list of what you need specifically so you don't buy unnecessary items.

6. Form a study plan

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To ensure good grades, nothing will help more than to form a study plan. Set aside certain hours for just studying. This will help avoid studying up until 3am as this will cause you to lose information instead of retaining.

7. Keep a good balance between academics and social activities

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Though studying is absolutely necessary, so is having fun. You cannot have all work and no play as it will drive you to exhaustion.

8. Get help early on so you won't fall behind

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To really have a great start to the new semester, make sure you are caught up in your classes. If you are not caught up now, chances are you'll fall quickly behind and it will be extremely difficult to catch up.

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Jussie Smollett, If You Wanted To Advance Your Career, Staging A Hate Crime Was Not The Way To Do It

You should strive to be known for your career instead of creating controversy.

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On January 29, Jussie Smollett made a call to the Chicago Police Department and reported that he had been the victim of a hate crime by two men wearing MAGA hats, shouting slurs at him and that "This is MAGA country", throwing bleach on him, and performing a mock lynching on him. The police found him in his apartment with a noose tied around his neck.

However, after much investigating on the part of the Chicago Police Department, it has been revealed that Jussie Smollett hired two brothers to perform the attack on him.

He organized the attack, as well as mailing himself hate letters because he was "dissatisfied with his salary" on the television show "Empire" and trying to boost his publicity. Smollett turned himself over to the Chicago Police Department on Thursday morning.

Smollett's actions are very unusual and disrespectful, to say the least. It's very strange that he would willingly subject himself to the acts which he claims to hate. When you take a step back and look at the situation through an objective lens, this is too extreme to handle a disagreement over a lower salary. Committing felonies is not the way to get a point across. Smollett hurt not only himself but also the two people he hired to perform the hate crime. He caused more damage than he probably intended to cause for everyone involved.

In addition to all that, he greatly disrespected the Chicago Police Department.

Chicago has a higher crime rate than the average rate in the US, which puts a huge strain on their police department. The superintendent of the Chicago Police Department said in a press conference Thursday morning that he was saddened that this took away attention from the real gun crimes which are affecting innocent families in Chicago. The police essentially focused all their attention on an act which could have been prevented if Smollett had simply been willing to communicate with people with whom he works on "Empire". They really and truly should have focused on innocent people who were victims of very real crimes.

Staging a hate crime is no way to advance a person's career. It simply desensitizes people to the reality that hate crimes do indeed happen.

The world is an imperfect place, so things like that, unfortunately, still happen. However, organizing a fake one only causes people to be skeptical whenever one occurs.

When people hear about a hate crime happening on the news, now there's a chance that they will wonder, "Was this staged? Or did it really happen?" This could lead to people disregarding hate crime claims in the future, thus potentially causing people who suffered through them to not get the help they need.

There are so many other ways to make a name for yourself, ways that don't involve violence. You don't need to commit felonies and pull other people into these actions in order to make a point. I genuinely wish Jussie Smollett had thought his actions through more and decided to not jump to extremes to get what he wanted. He could have gained much more positive publicity that way.

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10 Empowering Disney Quotes That Should Make Your Day A Little More Magical

Disney is inspirational!

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I absolutely love Disney! I like to have weekly quotes for motivation. Most of my favorite quotes come from Disney movies. If you need some inspiration in your life I would suggest reading these quotes. However, write them down as well. Put one on your refrigerator to remind you how amazing you are while cooking dinner.

Put a quote in your car to remind you how powerful you are while driving to work or school. Put a quote in the bathroom to remind you of how beautiful you are while you brush your hair. Use these quotes to put a smile on your face throughout the day.

1. A quote from Hercules

2. A quote from Cinderella

3. A quote from The Lion King

4. A quote from Ratatouille

5. A quote from Winnie the Pooh

6. A quote from Tangled

7. A quote from The Incredibles

8. A quotes from Mary Poppins

9. A quote from Pocahontas

10. A quote from Peter Pan

I hope these quotes make your day a little brighter!

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