What Students Should Remember Now That School Is Back

What Students Should Remember Now That School Is Back

Education is the most powerful weapon, which you can use to change the world

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School's officially back in session! Some students are happy to be back, whereas others not so much. I hope everyone enjoyed their summer. It's always sad when summer ends, especially since it never seems to last very long. I hope everyone has an amazing school year! Cherish every moment of it because you won the in school forever, but also you're blessed to be able to attend school. Sadly there are some people that are unable to do so. Be proud you get the wonderful opportunity to go!

Constantly stay on top of your classes, that way you'll always be prepared and ready to succeed. When your teacher gives specific pages or chapters to read, a lot of students think they don't have to do it. Make sure you do the assigned readings! Reading helps me understand the content a little more, so I know it will benefit you as well!

Write everything down, you never know when you'll have to refer back to it. Copy everything the teacher writes, because there's a good chance you'll be tested on it. Everyone should use a planner, they are such a game changer! They are super helpful, useful, and will make you stay organized. You get to write down everything and it helps you keep track of dates, appointments, events. My planner is my best friend, and I don't go anywhere without it!

Sometimes we have no control over this but, refrain from missing school. If you're in college and you have a class that only meets once a week, it's in your best interest to make sure you're at every class. Missing a class with only put you at a disadvantage. Of course if you're severely sick or have an emergency it's acceptable to miss class, but just don't make it a habit. Make sure you get the notes from someone in class with you.

Even though you're busy with school please don't forget to have fun and enjoy it! A day will come where you won't be in school anymore, and you definitely will miss it. Make a lot of memories because we will always remember these days for the rest of our lives. Here's to another school year!

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4 Things I'm Looking Forward to This Semester

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After three months of a blissful summer vacation, it’s time to start the new academic year. Here’s what I’m looking forward to most this semester!

1. Productivity

I’m someone who really benefits from having things to do. I go crazy if I’m just sitting at home. I know for a fact that I will regret saying this, but I am really looking forward to being productive again and feeling like I’m actually getting things done. School, work, club meetings, studying, etc. All these things can get overwhelming and stressful at times, but at least I feel good knowing I have actual obligations other than binge watching another TV series. I’ve been on summer vacation for three months, and I’m dying to dive back into the routine of going to class, getting work done and learning. That’s what college is for, after all.

2. Freedom

Being back home with my family for the summer was great, but I definitely don’t have as much freedom as I do in college. This is a blessing and a curse. A blessing because there’s always someone telling me that maybe I shouldn’t eat ice cream for dinner, or maybe I should stay in tonight instead of going out. It’s nice to have someone looking out for you, even if it means you have less freedom. But freedom is great. You can make your own decisions, even if they’re bad decisions. I feel like I grow so much more as a person when I have freedom.

3. Being reunited with friends

It’s tough to all of a sudden go from seeing your friends every day to being separated for three months. In high school, you make friends with people who all live in your town. So when you all go on summer break, the greatest distance between you is maybe one of your friends lives on the other side of town. In college, you meet people from all over the country and all over the world. It’s a lot harder to organize sushi dates and late night Dairy Queen runs. So while some of the Snap Streaks I have with my college friends are getting quite impressive, I’m really looking forward to seeing all of them again!

4. Making This Year Better Than Last Year

To any first years reading this, don’t expect your first year of college to be perfect. Your first year of college is very much a transition phase. You’re testing the waters, figuring out how things work in college, how to manage your time, how to find friends, etc. Going into my second year, I am by no means an expert at any of these things, but at least I’ve gotten a feel for what it’s like. Like most people, my first year was filled with a lot of ups and downs. But now I have a better sense of what college actually is and because of that, I know that this year will be heaps better than last year!

What are you looking forward to this semester?

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13 Ways To Beat The 'Sunday Scaries'

They may not have to be as scary as you think.

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It's been proven that 76% of people in the US experience "really bad" stress on Sundays, this stress known as the "Sunday Scaries" or "Sunday Blues." I have experienced the "Sunday Scaries" pretty much every Sunday since I started high school. Then, I remembered an episode of "Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide," in which Ned tried to figure out a way to not dread Mondays. He eventually convinced his teacher to play a movie on Mondays, which got me to thinking of how to not dread Sunday nights leading into Mondays. The following are 13 ways to turn your Scary Sunday into Sunday Funday.

1. Exercise

Whether it is going to the gym, taking an exercise class, going for a run, or simply taking a walk, do it. Exercise increases endorphins in your brain and benefits your physical health immensely. You will feel more productive and energized.

2. Eat well

Skip the junk food on Sundays. Junk food is loaded with sugars which can increase levels of stress and depression, and often leave you feeling hungry so you eat more. Eat a healthy dinner early in the night so that you go to bed full and satisfied.

3. Drink a lot of water

Drinking water not only throughout the day but also at night will help you to wake up more refreshed in the morning.

4. Go to bed early

I'm not saying you need 10+ hours, but get however many hours you need for a good night's sleep.

5. Write a list of what's on your mind

Writing out a list of everything running around in your head can help it feel less messy. When all of the to-dos are disorganized in your head, they can be overwhelming. By writing a list you are able to see everything that you need to do, and then it doesn't look as bad.

6. Watch your favorite show

Grey's Anatomy, Friends, The Office, Sunday Night Football, etc. Watching whatever makes you feel content and relaxed (although those SNF games can get pretty intense) is a key ingredient to relaxing for the upcoming week. Reading a good book is also a great idea!

7. Get your work done in the morning/early afternoon

Get whatever you need to get done in the morning and/or early afternoon. This way, you have the night to relax, you are not staying up late Sunday night to do last minute work, and you are able to get better sleep.

8. Plan something to look forward to on Monday morning

Plan to wake up early and make your favorite breakfast, listen to your favorite playlist, pick out an outfit you feel good in, go to your favorite coffee shop, watch your favorite show, or whatever gets you in a good mood. By having something to look forward to Monday, you are more likely to go to bed happy and excited to wake up in the morning, instead of dreading it.

9. Call your parents or friends

Call your parents, your family, your friends, etc. just to catch up. I'm sure they'd love to hear from you.

10. Listen to new music

This way you pay more attention to the music, the lyrics, the feel of it. You aren't able to push the music to your subconscious and think about all the stresses coming up in the week.

11. Write out your week in a planner 

Cry? Watch Netflix? Attempt homework? Check. Check. Maybe Check.

12. Set a goal to complete by the end of the week. 

Setting a goal allows you something to focus on that you want, not something that you need to do for others. This goal leaves room for "me time." Whether it be finding the time to watch a movie, setting up a fun night with friends, or cleaning the house throughout the week so that you don't have to do it last minute on Sunday.

13. Make stress your friend. 

In Kelly McGonigal's TED Talk, "How to Make Stress Your Friend," she explains how seeing stress as helpful can lead you to live a healthier life in two ways. The first way is that when you see stress as positive, although your heart still races, your blood cells do not constrict as they would if you thought of your stress as negative. This helps you maintain a healthier heart and decrease your risk of an early heart attack. The second way is that stress releases oxytocin, which makes you more social.

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