"Reading" Into Good Grades

"Reading" Into Good Grades

Having to go through dreaded 'reading' time actually paid off.

In the past recent years, I've made the small observation that the focus in academic curriculums preceding college have gradually shifted towards the sciences and maths. This is not to say that other subjects such as literature and history have been ignored, but for the most part, they have taken the back seat with my experience with education. Could it be because they appear less challenging? Or has our society simply just shifted its gears to scientific thinking, which demand less expertise in the arts and more on technical knowledge?

Either way, importance ignored, I believe that the chance for a successful education is increased by the student's experience with reading during their childhood. The more passionate they are with reading, the better their study habits and consequently, grades will become. Don't believe me - shaking your head?

Feel free to disagree, but as a child who grew up hating reading to yearning for the time to grab and finish a new book. I can tell you that I am proof that without books, I wouldn't be the student I am today.

As a child, I despised reading time. I preferred going outdoors, playing with my friends - just moving, in general. Getting me to sit still was a tough chore. It was like a game of hide-n-seek and catch me if you can. My energy was interminable and my focus always wavering. So you can see why reading time was the bane of my young existence.

However, I was blessed, (or maybe cursed), with a headstrong mother. She demanded that I always read a book every day. She was persistent and gradually, my childhood routine revolved around trying to escape reading time - only to be caught by mother, every. Single. Time.

I loathed it, but with the help of my mother, I endured it. Then once I endured it, I got to being tolerant with it until my eyes were opened to libraries and new worlds. Gradually, I got more freedom on choosing what books to read and soon, I developed my taste for books and zeroed in on my favorite genres.

Are you going to get to the point?

Yes - of course I am, but as we all know, every written piece requires an exposition. Fortunately for you, that exposition is done.

So reading. How did it save my grades? It saved it through many ways. By developing a passion for exploring books and developing a tolerance for boorish segments, I was able to build up on my analytical skills, time management prowess, concentration, memory retention - the list goes on! However, the skills I mentioned were the primary ones that saw development and improved as I continued to read.

These skills were very indispensable as I grew up. As school got academically more challenging and demanding, I found myself grateful for my background in literacy. By previously learning how to find time to read, I was, and still am now, able to schedule the periods for studying, working, and of course - leisure. By perusing countless novels, I am now adept at being able to concentrate on research pieces and assignments. My memorization and memory, in general, is notably quite better than others because of reading. (If you're planning on taking up any kind of major in college, or even AP classes in high school too, you're going to want to be good at memorizing. Trust me - AP History was a tough one.)

In conclusion, do yourself a favor. Or if you're claiming it's too late, do your children, or any kids you know a favor. Get them into books. Get them to love reading. The results are worth the effort.

Cheers to good grades! (Hopefully.)

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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I Took the MCAT and This is What Happened

The MCAT is one of the hardest things I have ever completed in my life, and I still do not know if I passed.


I started studying for the MCAT during winter break, December 2018, and then I sat for my test on April 13, 2019. Going into my test, I was very nervous. I was scared that I would be late for my test, so I showed up an hour before the doors even opened. I was worried that I would get too hungry during the 8 hour exam, so I brought my whole fridge along with me. Basically, a lot of worrying was going on. However, I began to calm down as all the positive messages from friends and family starting rolling in before I walked into my testing site. Their positive vibes soothed my anxieties, and actually gave me some confidence as I walked into the exam…Then the first section began. The first section one tackles on the MCAT is chemistry and physics (C/P). Though this section had never been my strong suit, I have been able to do okay due to my strengths in chemistry (not so much in physics). Then, the MCAT royally screwed me over by making this section basically all Physics. It wasn't enough that physics passages give me the worse anxiety, but they were so calculation filled that I wasted so much valuable time trying to do math. It got to the point where I just guessed on most of the math questions to get to questions I had a better chance of answer.

I took my ten minute break and felt more exhausted than I ever have in any of the previous practice full lengths I've taken. Thankfully, the next section is CARS, critical analysis and reasoning is my favorite section – and I blew through this with no problems. It was kind of a nice break after the roller-coaster that was the C/P section.

By the end of CARS I was starving and so very thankful for the thirty minute break, but for some reason (because I was scared of running out of time) I went back to start the next section, biology and biochem (B/B), after only 15 minutes. Thankfully! It wasn't the worse decision because the B/B section was not off standard from what I was used to. I actually found many questions to be very straightforward and easy, which is kind of scary.

Finally, my 8 hour exam day was almost over. I just had one more section, and it was the one I was least worried about, Psychology and Sociology (P/S). As a psychology major, I've had to do the least studying for this section, but the MCAT threw things at me that I don't even know how to process. I would read some questions and immediately think of an answer, only for the answer to not be any of the answer choices. I'm really nervous to see how my results turn out for this section next month.

In the end, I put a lot of hard work studying for the MCAT. It is definitely an intimidating task, but it is very much achievable with organization, determination, and large amounts of caffeine. Now starts the dreaded one month wait till I get my results!

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