How To Survive Another School Year

How To Survive Another School Year

It's August and that means it's time for the back to school craze, but don't worry, here are a few tips to keep you on top!

It's August which means kids, teens, college students, and parents are all dreading the same thing; school. Although, school doesn't have to be something to dread, summer may be ending, or already ended for some, but with a good mindset and these helpful tips school might just be enjoyable.

If school has taught me anything, it's that you can never know what's going to happen, which is why I gathered a few items to aid in any situation. The first is something I know almost every kid in my school uses and the second is something that never disappoints me: portable phone chargers and extra cash. Keeping a portable charger in your locker, backpack, or bag can mean easy access when you're far from an outlet. Keeping one near by can also be a huge lifesaver for when you forget to charge that night or morning. As for the cash, it's been there for me during all those forgotten bake sales and last minute ticket sales. This makes having some extra money one of my most used tips!

Hand sanitizer, hair bands, band aids, chapstick, gum, and a tide stick. I keep all of these in my backpack at all times, and at one point or another, I've been extremely thankful for each item. I can't tell you how many times the bathroom has run out of soap, I have forgotten a hair band for gym, my breath spelled bad, or I spilled something on my clothes, but these small, inexpensive items can be amazing for you or a friend.

The above objects are great for social emergencies, but that's only part of surviving school. The more daunting is just about everything else, and while our tests and homework take up most of our time, keeping organized can make a huge difference in study habits, grades, and time.

As far as organization goes, I recommend an assignment notebook, post-it notes, locker shelves if you use lockers, and binder dividers if you prefer binders, but overall, color coating.

The assignment notebook is something I used to skip, thinking I could remember it all. Then I started forgetting page numbers, dates, and full assignments. Taking an extra minute to write things down goes a long way and can reduce stress from trying to remember everything.

Post-it notes, or something of the like, are also a great way to remember important messages and can be fun as well with their colors and designs. Locker shelves and binder dividers can also help you keep subjects straight as well as divide what's important. Lastly, keeping everything color coated is a surefire way to make grabbing what you need quick and easy.

But lets face it, for most of us school isn't fun. Well now that the social emergencies and ways to stay organized are covered, we can move on to the fun category, items to brighten your day!

You can start improving your day as soon as you get up by creating a morning routine that makes you happy and works with your schedule, but don't forget to leave time to pick out an outfit. Feeling good in your clothing choice can improve your mood more than you think and give you a major confidence boost.

Another way to boost your mood can be as simple as a playlist. Music is one of my favorite ways to gain energy and get excited about the day to come. Books, paper to doodle with, or other methods of entertainment can also create a sudden happiness you wished you had earlier.

Other school supplies like colorful or patterned folders, binders, notebooks and your favorite pens and pencils can put a smile on your face as you get to pull them out!

There are a lot of simple ways to improve your boring school days, so the best thing to do is be prepared and do what works best for you.

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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.

Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 A.M. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest,

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old doom room is now filled with two freshman trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.

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6 Characteristics A Good Baking Mentor Should Possess

Make sure that your teacher is an open-minded person who is ready to listen to your grievances and queries

Baking is an art but teaching it requires a lot of patience and positivity. You might be a skilled baker but that doesn’t mean that you can be a great teacher as well. This is why it is important that you choose a good mentor for yourself when you are learning how to bake else you would end up bad baking results.

How do you select the right teacher for yourself? What characteristics or qualifications should you look out for?

Don’t worry, we have listed down a few characteristics that you should look out for when choosing the perfect teacher for yourself.

1. Great organizational skills

One of the most important qualities of a good baking teacher is how to lead the students and carry out their baking class. A good teacher will have the whole baking class outlined which will include specific timing for theory and hands-on session to train the students properly. They would also account any issues that might arise during the class and how to deal with them efficiently.

2. Patient and motivating

New bakers in training often make mistakes or are to slow to understand the instruction which is why a good teacher will need to be patient with them. If you choose a highly-qualified teacher who is impatient and always criticising then you are likely to give up the baking class and maybe never get back into it as a career too. This is why it is extremely important that you find a teacher who will be patient and motivating and will explain to you things gently without getting frustrated easily.

3. Highly-trained and qualified

Of course, a teacher needs to be properly qualified in order to teach you the subject so make sure that you choose a teacher who has the necessary baking qualifications and certifications. While you can choose a teacher without the diploma or certifications in baking and cake decoration courses, it is likely that you would get a more thorough training if you do. So, check out their educational background before you start taking classes with them.

4. Good communicator

Another important quality of a good teacher is to be able to communicate their thoughts clearly to the students, so that it's easy for them to understand. If a teacher is not able to communicate the recipe properly or isn’t able to share the baking tips with you then the complete class would turn out to be an utter waste of your time. So, make sure that you choose a teacher who has good speaking skills and is able to efficiently get their point across to the students.

5. Creative and inspiring

No one feels inspired by a boring, monotonous class with the teacher droning on or following the same class schedule every day. This holds particularly true for bakers as they need some inspiration to bake new and innovative things. If your teacher lacks the creativity and always follows the course rules then you are less likely to enjoy their class. On the other hand, if your teacher is always bringing something new to the table and motivates the students to use their own imagination then you are more likely to feel inspired to bake.

6. Ready to listen

Finally, make sure that your teacher is an open-minded person who is ready to listen to your grievances and queries. You don’t want to learn from a teacher who won’t listen to your ideas or answer your queries as this will be counter-productive to your learning. Make sure you choose a teacher who will be supportive and helpful and will always clear your doubts so that you can be properly trained.

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