Rule This Semester, Don't Let It Rule You: Five Tips To Stay Ahead

Rule This Semester, Don't Let It Rule You: Five Tips To Stay Ahead

You can, and will, kill this semester.

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You heard it here first, this queen of procrastinating and putting things off, is retiring. Instead, this semester will be focused on getting ahead of the game, not putting things off until the last minute or overworking myself, and optimizing my study time. This semester is going to be my best one yet. I can guarantee it with these tips.

1. Work a week ahead

It is very easy to put things off until the last possible moment. If you are working a week ahead, you are already ahead of the game. This way you can have a little break because you won't constantly be playing catch up. By working a week ahead (and staying ahead) you give yourself more time to focus on the small details, study and, at the end of the semester, focus on your finals, not the final assignment you have been putting off all semester (even though you knew about it from day one). It is possible to kick that procrastinator right out of you.

2. Give yourself time to be 20-something

School can be so consuming, especially if you also work on top of that. It can cause serious FOMO, which often means you are sacrificing school for doing those 20-something activities that everyone else seems to get to do. Well if you set aside time for that, like one weekend night a week, you can actually go have fun with your friends, and both work and school aren't going to take the brunt of it. Scheduling time for you is just as important at scheduling time for homework. It will pay off in the long run and it will guarantee you have time for some fun.

3. Put your quality foot first

I am quite guilty at taking too many credits which means I am not giving those classes my best work. It's time to stop. Try and limit yourself from taking too many credits; the fewer credits you take means the more quality work you can provide for that class. It ultimately means you can give more of your time to less classes, raising that GPA. It is not the number of credits that matters, it is the amount of work you put in. You should be focused on putting more quality work into fewer classes then less quality work into more classes, it will pay off in the end.

4. Prepare for finals as you go

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I always think of outlining my readings at the end of the semester because it is helpful for studying, but it's also SOOO time-consuming when you save it for the end of the year. If you keep up on it, not only will you be learning the readings as you go, you will also be saving yourself a headache when it comes to studying for your finals. Thinking long term and how you can start preparing for finals now, is going to change your dead week life.

If you think ahead and make notecards, rewrite your notes, and keep up on readings and outlines, you aren't going to be flustered to do that at the end of the semester. That way when it comes to dead week all you have to do is study. You don't have to worry about spending long hours in the library trying to make the study material to study.

5. Get a game plan from the start

I am so good at using my planner. It's my life saver. One tip that helps you to stay ahead is having a game plan for the semester. If you write out paper, assignment, and test dates at the start, you already know when it is due. Use your planner to stay ahead that way you can plan for the upcoming months in advance and that test doesn't come as a surprise when the professor mentions it the week before. This way you know what your semester will look like. You also will be able to plan around weeks with a lighter load, so you can go do something fun, or grind out even more.

Remember, if you can stay on top of this semester, you will be ruling it instead of it ruling you.

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21 Lies College Students Tell Their Parents

I can almost guarantee that you have used at least five of these.

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Let's be honest. College is the best time of your life for a lot of reasons, and maybe you should not tell your mom all of them when she calls. I can almost guarantee that you have used at least five of these, and the others — maybe you should try next time!

1. "I can't talk now, I'm in the library."

Typically used when the student is too hungover to talk.

2. "Gotta go now, I'm walking into class."

Then hit play on Netflix.

3. "I think it might be food poisoning."

Was it the food, or all of that alcohol? Your symptoms sound more like a hangover to me.

4. "No, I didn't just wake up."

It is 4 p.m. and, yes, you did.

5. "I need more money for laundry and food."

Meaning, "I need more money for things I don't think you will give me money for."

6. "I never skip class!"

When we use this one, it usually does not refer to anything before 11 a.m.

7. "I studied all night for that test!"

If by "studied all night" you mean you watched TV shows in the library, then, yes, all night.

8. "Everyone failed that test."

And by everyone, I mean me and my friend who did not go to sleep until 3 a.m.

9. "I'm walking home from breakfast with my friends."

Yeah, OK. You are just lucky she cannot see last night's outfit and the high heels you are carrying. We know where you have been.

10. "Potbelly's is a restaurant."

I mean, they may sell tacos, but I'm not sure I would call it a restaurant.

11. "I go to Cantina's for the Nachos."

I hope that is not the only reason but, hey, you do you.

12. "The $40 charge on the card from last Saturday? That was for school supplies!"

Yeah, right. It was for a new dress.

13. "Nobody goes out on weeknights, especially not me."

We all know grades come first, right?

14. "I can't remember the last time I went out!"

Literally.

15. "I make my bed regularly"

About as often as I clean the bathroom.

16. "I did not say 'Margarita Monday,' I said I went to 'Margaret's on Monday'!"

Following the use of this lie, do not post any pictures on social media of you with a margarita.

17. "I use my meal plan, and eat in the dining hall all the time."

As you scarf down Chick-fil-A.

18. "I eat healthy!"

For those without a meal plan who have to grocery shop on their own, we all know you spend $2 on a 12-pack of Ramen noodles and the rest on a different kind of 12-pack.

19. "No, I don't have a fake ID."

OK, "John Smith," and where exactly in Wyoming are you from?

20. "I'm doing great in all of my classes."

We use this one because you cannot see our grades online, anymore.

21. "I did not wait until the last minute to start on this."

We all know that if you start a paper before 10 p.m. the night before it is due, you are doing something wrong.

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Somehow, I Ended Up With The Best Roommate Known To Man

I've truly been blessed.

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College can be a very stressful experience to prepare for. From orientation to selecting your classes for the semester, your responsibilities quickly pile up. On top of all that, you also have to find somebody who you will be sharing a room with for your first year of college.

After not sharing a room with my sister for several years, I was worried about going back to splitting a living space with someone else. Immediately after I finished submitting my application to finalize my commitment to Temple, the stress of finding a roommate sunk in. Rooms in the residential hall I wanted were filling up quickly, and I still didn't have a roommate.

I was trying to find a roommate, but everybody seemed to already have their living situation figured out. However, one day, I received a message from a girl named Tori. Little did I know, she would become my best friend. I saw her profile prior to on RoomSync, an app for finding roommates, so I was really excited when she messaged me.

We didn't meet until move-in day, which made me a little bit anxious, but right from the start, everything clicked. We have lots of similar interests and living standards. Even though our majors are totally different, hers being biology and mine is English, that didn't stop us from being friends and enjoy spending time with one another.

In just the first weekend, Tori discovered that I hadn't seen a lot of movies that I should have seen growing up. From that point on, she created a list of various movies, and every weekend we watched at least one movie together. I don't think she has shown me a movie that I haven't liked yet, and I'm so glad that we started this tradition.

On top of movies, Tori has also expanded my music taste, which is a very hard thing to do. I couldn't be happier that she introduced me to Dean Lewis and Noah Kahan and then persuaded me to go to their concert in October with her. In general, she has got me more into music and is increasing my knowledge about music overall.

As well as going to a concert together, we also recently went to see my favorite Youtubers when they came to Philly. When we found out that Cody Ko and Noel Miller were going on a comedy tour and coming to our city, we immediately planned to buy tickets. It was a night full of laughs, and I'm so happy I got to spend it with her.

Tori Ploesch

Having a random roommate who is also your best friend is rare. I've heard a lot of horror stories about random roommates, but I honestly can't picture not being friends with Tori. Along with being an amazing roommate, she is incredibly selfless and caring. Her focus is always on helping people, and I admire her for all the hard work she puts into everything she does.

Being surrounded by people in the College of Science and Technology, I know it isn't easy. Because I have a strong dislike of science, I give major props to Tori and her friends in CST. I'm so happy she is studying something she's truly passionate about and will love doing in her future career. Whenever I meet people that want to pursue a career in science or the medical field, I immediately give them immense credit. It's extremely difficult to take that career path, and I'm already excited for Tori and her ultimate success.

College is a time for making new friends that will last even after you stop going to school together. Even though I'm only in my second semester, I know I can trust Tori with anything, and she'll be there for me when I need her. I also know that she'll be 100% honest with me when I need guidance or advice.

I cannot even begin to express my gratitude to Tori for messaging me to room with her. My college experience has been incredibly positive thus far because she has been with me through it all. I'm extremely grateful for the way things worked out because I couldn't have asked for a kinder roomie.

Thank you, Tori, for not just being an incredible person and roommate, but my best friend as well.

P.S. I can't wait to bake with you in our apartment together next semester!

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