To All Of The Stressed High School Seniors Out There

To All Of The Stressed High School Seniors Out There

I know I'm not your guidance counselor, but here are some pieces of advice.

Congrats! You’re approximately halfway done with your senior year. I know the past four months probably went by painfully slowly, between college applications, the September ACT, school work, and sports.

I think you’re done with the harder part of the school year because now you just have to wait and wait and wait to hear from colleges. And this is tedious. I get it. But, here are five pieces of advice for you, from me, someone who was "in your boat" exactly a year ago.

1. Focus on your acceptances, not your friends' or classmates' acceptances

Some schools’ acceptances come out earlier than others, but don’t let that “scare” you. Your friends may commit to college before you, which is OK. Just wait it out. You'll feel like your whole grade knows where they're going by February. Trust me, it's not true.

2. Do not ask your classmates about specific college acceptances

As soon as you ask, you may regret it. I've done it and it only took one time. "Hey, did you hear from X University? I saw on Facebook that people heard today!" You may get a look or "I didn't get in." You’ll feel like a jerk if they say they didn't get into a school that you did. Just focus on yourself and this problem can easily be avoided.

3. Stay on top of your school work and grades

I know senioritis is a real thing, but you still have about five months left of school! If you’re deferred or waitlisted to a school they’re going to ask for your transcript. They really do. The time to slack off a little is once you’ve committed to a school…not before.

4. If you have the opportunity to stay at a college you’re interested in, with someone who goes there, take it

Going on a college tour with your parents compared to staying in a dorm room are two very different experiences. See what it's really like, without the "sales pitch."

5. Although it may feel like there is only one school in the entire world for you, it's not true

Be proud of yourself and know that you'll be happy at more than one school. Most college freshmen are happy where they land. Be open-minded. There really are pros and cons of every school.

Good luck and remember…you’re so close to the finish line. Happy second semester of senior year!

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Finals Week As Told By Schmidt

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Finals week is finally upon us. The time every college student has dreaded all semester and there is no avoiding it. Let the stress, tears, and sleepless nights commence. Here's Finals Week as Told by Schmidt.

1. When you walk into the library and see that there are no more spots available because every freshman decided to start using the library now.

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2. You run into someone from your class and they ask you how prepared you are for the final.

3. Your first meltdown begins...

4. And then you get a call from your parents asking you why you've been so on edge lately

5. When you're three coffees deep at 2AM and believe everything will be okay even though you still haven't studied.

6. The day has arrived and it's time to take your first final so you give yourself a quick pep talk.

7. When you are the first one to finish the final early because you didn't study.

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8. Trying to pack while studying.

9. And then you start wishing you didn't wait until the last minute to pack because now there is no way your stuff will fit into your car.

10. When you get your first grade back.

11. And you have to tell your parents how you did in the class.

12. When all of your roommates are done with their finals and you still have one left.

13. But then your time has finally come and you have finished your last final as well.

14. And you realize you have survived yet another hell week.

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3 Ways To Study Smarter

Quizlet is the way to go!

Studying can get really boring after a while. It can also get less and less effective if you've been studying the same way for hours on end. Here are 3 helpful ways to study that I find to be the most effective!

1. Rewrite your notes

Rewriting your notes sounds very tedious but it works wonders. Rewriting your notes allows you to weed through the unimportant information and focus on the key points. It also lets you organize the influx of information your professor most likely sped through in a class period. If you're like me then you spend the majority of the class writing down notes as fast you can which makes it hard to retain what you're writing down. Rewriting your notes allows you to go at your own pace and focus on the information at hand.

2. Download the Quizlet app

Making a Quizlet is not only a form of studying in itself but having the app on your phone allows you to study anywhere. Take a 10-minute break from scrolling through Instagram and instead open up your Quizlet app to study a few flash-cards. I tend to lay in bed as long as I can before my next class and quickly flipping through my Quizlet beforehand is a big help. You can flip through it while eating at the dining hall or even walking to class. I would go as far as saying it's the epitome of technological innovation.

3. Make practice tests

Thankfully Quizlet also has a feature for making your own practice tests. But I do recommend taking a quick few minutes to open up a word document and making a pretend test. This allows you to go over the material you are struggling with and prepare you for taking the real test. This can also help with test anxiety. By making a practice test you're studying by making it and also studying by taking it. Plus you are more likely to not get nervous taking the real test if you've seen similar information in a similar format in your own words.

Studying is something that is hard to get yourself to do but it helps if you study in less traditional and more interactive ways. Make a Quizlet and have your friends quiz you or rewrite your notes in fun colors and add stickers next to the most important parts. Try to make it as less stressful as you can!

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