Six Tips For My Spring Semester Self

Six Tips For My Spring Semester Self

Just a little helpful advice for your next semester.

Dear Spring Semester Self,

It's me, your fall semester self, and I think it's time that we have a talk before you find yourself in the same position next finals week. Finals week seems to always creep up on us when we least expect it. That exam that was fifteen weeks away is now one or two cram sessions away. So, I thought I would give you advice to make next semester just a tad bit easier for you.

Eat healthier. This is simple. Force yourself to eat healthy. When you have the choice between buffalo wings or a salad, it's simple. PICK THE SALAD.

Study more efficiently and sooner. You study a lot, but you study what's due next. You don't study ahead of time for exams. You don't do your assignments ahead of time. You don't do anything ahead of time. You procrastinate. Stop doing that and start studying sooner. Also, you don't study very effectively apparently. Your test scores reflect that. Start studying more effectively.

Go to the gym. Your apartment complex has a gym. There's a gym across from your favorite donut shop. There's a gym at the rec center. There's a gym across from where you shadow at the hospital. You drive by these places every single day. Start going!

Have fun more often. You study so much. You don't go out with your roommates or spend a day treating yourself. Yeah, the whole point of college is your education, but you don't need to just study or stay in.

Spend less money. Girl, how did you spend $150 on über rides and $300 on fast food this month? Why can you not seem to spend less time browsing online or in Ulta? Save money. You have rent to pay, you have a car payment, you have bills, and tuition!

Take chances. You don't take chances. You play it safe. If you don't take chances, you'll regret it when you look back! Make new friends. Do new things. Join new clubs. Just take those chances!

Good luck,

Your Fall Semester Self

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1. Uniforms

Plaid. The one thing that every private school-goer knows all too well. It was made into jumpers, skirts, shorts, scouts, hair ties, basically anything you could imagine, the school plaid was made into. You had many different options on what to wear on a normal day, but you always dreaded dress uniform day because of skirts and ballet flats. But it made waking up late for school a whole lot easier.

2. New people were a big deal

New people weren't a big thing. Maybe one or two a year to a grade, but after freshman year no one new really showed up, making the new kid a big deal.

3. You've been to school with most of your class since Kindergarten

Most of your graduating class has been together since Kindergarten, maybe even preschool, if your school has it. They've become part of your family, and you can honestly say you've grown up with your best friends.

4. You've had the same teachers over and over

Having the same teacher two or three years in a row isn't a real surprise. They know what you are capable of and push you to do your best.

5. Everyone knows everybody. Especially everyone's business.

Your graduating class doesn't exceed 150. You know everyone in your grade and most likely everyone in the high school. Because of this, gossip spreads like wildfire. So everyone knows what's going on 10 minutes after it happens.

6. Your hair color was a big deal

If it's not a natural hair color, then forget about it. No dyeing your hair hot pink or blue or you could expect a phone call to your parents saying you have to get rid of it ASAP.

7. Your school isn't like "Gossip Girl"

There is no eating off campus for lunch or casually using your cell phone in class. Teachers are more strict and you can't skip class or just walk right off of campus.

8. Sports are a big deal

Your school is the best of the best at most sports. The teams normally go to the state championships. The rest of the school that doesn't play sports attends the games to cheer on the teams.

9. Boys had to be clean-shaven, and hair had to be cut

If you came to school and your hair was not cut or your beard was not shaved, you were written up and made to go in the bathroom and shave or have the head of discipline cut your hair. Basically, if you know you're getting written up for hair, it's best just to check out and go get a hair cut.

10. Free dress days were like a fashion show

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At NC State, most of the Cru Bible Studies merge by area of campus. They merge into one women's study and one men's study for senior year because the upperclassmen who lead the lowerclassmen studies have graduated. This was the case for West (my area of campus) for my senior year.

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I asked God to give me direction in how I was to be involved with Cru for my senior year. I truly did not know if I should be involved until I attended the Leaders' Retreat. It was there that I found out who would be leading the senior study and I did not know what to expect or what would come of this weekly time but I decided that I would commit to going, as well as any other Cru activities.

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Most importantly Jesus shows up when we meet and I get to experience Him and His love through this mismatched group of friends, and that has been more than I could have asked for. It is a very unique experience, a group being formed out of several other groups right at a transition time, but what a great experience and answered prayer it has been for me.

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