StuDYING For Midterms: Part Three

StuDYING For Midterms: Part Three

As you know, I don't review. I road trip.

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"College update round two: midterms are upon us yet again, and I thought I understood what to expect. It is safe to say that, in comparison to last quarter, I am enrolled in significantly more challenging classes than I had been two months ago. Not only have I found myself consumed with hours of homework, but I have also found that my levels of stress have reached an all-time high."

This passage was written on February 7, 2018 as part of the series discussing my never-ending struggle with midterms. I remember sitting down to write this piece earlier in the year, as I had just returned from a trip to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where I spent the entire weekend visiting with friends instead of studying for my upcoming rigorous tests.

Looking back on it I often laugh, realizing I had another trip to the same location planned for the following weekend. I had noticed that, during my first round of midterms, I had planned a weekend road trip to visit friends at the University of Iowa. A wave of concern rose over me after contemplating why, at this point in every quarter, do I feel the need to take a road trip and avoid all responsibilities. I told myself that it was likely not a major deal - that it was just an odd coincidence. That is, until I ended up at U of I this past weekend, also known as the weekend I should have been studying for fall quarter midterms.

There is nothing that I love more than visiting my friends who are studying at different colleges than I am. Yet, my timing continuously seems to be off in this regard. This is not to say that I do not pay for it, though. After driving home on Sunday afternoon, I mustered up the courage to log on to D2L and dive into my midterm reviews. Being the procrastinator that I am, I told myself that there was nothing to be overwhelmed about, and that I could easily hit the books for a few short hours and excel on these tests. What I opened my laptop to that Sunday afternoon I will never forget. I found discussions upon articles upon papers with deadlines rapidly approaching. I stared solemnly at the screen and found myself riddled with anxiety. But, did I regret my road trip? Not in the slightest.

I tell myself that next quarter will be different, but in actuality, I am more excited to see where I will travel to next.

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To The Teacher Who Was So Much More

Thank you for everything
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I think it's fair to say that most people remember at least one teacher who had a lasting impact on them. I have been incredibly lucky to have several teachers who I will never forget, but one individual takes the cake. So here's to you: thank you for all you have done.

Thank you for teaching me lessons not just in the textbook.

Although you taught a great lecture, class was never just limited to the contents of the course. Debates and somewhat heated conversations would arise between classmates over politics and course material, and you always encouraged open discussion. You embraced the idea of always having an opinion, and always making it be heard, because why waste your voice? You taught me to fight for things I believed in, and to hold my ground in an argument. You taught me to always think of others before doing and speaking. You showed me the power of kindness. Thank you for all the important lessons that may not have been included in the curriculum.

Thank you for believing in me.

Especially in my senior year, you believed in me when other teachers didn't. You showed me just what I could accomplish with a positive and strong attitude. Your unwavering support kept me going, especially when I melted into a puddle of tears weekly in your office. You listened to my stupid complaints, understood my overwhelming stress-induced breakdowns, and told me it was going to be okay. Thank you for always being there for me.

Thank you for inspiring me.

You are the epitome of a role model. Not only are you intelligent and respected, but you have a heart of gold and emit beautiful light where ever you go. You showed me that service to others should not be looked at as a chore, but something to enjoy and find yourself in. And I have found myself in giving back to people, thanks to your spark. Thank you for showing me, and so many students, just how incredible one person can be.

Thank you for changing my life.

Without you, I truly would not be where I am today. As cliche as it sounds, you had such a remarkable impact on me and my outlook on life. Just about a year has passed since my graduation, and I'm grateful to still keep in touch. I hope you understand the impact you have made on me, and on so many other students. You are amazing, and I thank you for all you have done.

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Five Tips to Get on Top of Your 2019: Tech Editions

Yeah, there's an app for that.

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Technology is the course of the future, why not use it to get on top of your new year? Make 2019 the year you stop sleeping on these great productivity apps and get grinding! Best part, all the apps I've included here are free.

Google Calendar.

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I LOVE Google Calendar! Not only is it a great tool to map out your week, it comes with cool features. You can color code tasks and events, get text reminders and so much more. You can even sync your calendar with other people's (this is very helpful for roommates or study buddies).

Google Doc File Folders

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Sick of that long list of documents in your Google Docs? You can make file folders to organize all of your docs!

Momentum Chrome Extension

This is by far my favorite productivity app. It's a Chrome extension that acts as a home page whenever you open a new window or tab. It comes complete with the weather, a motivational quote and a to-do list! The best feature is their "main focus for the day". It keeps you grounded for sure- especially when it pops up with every tab and forces you to think about all you need to accomplish.

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