I've Turned My Academic Self Around In The Past Two Years

I've Turned My Academic Self Around In The Past Two Years

Procrastination who?

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Two years ago, I was academically suspended with a GPA of 0.8. Due to a lot of procrastination, mental health issues, and physical health issues, I left my schoolwork in the rearview mirror.

I felt like a failure and I didn't realize the hole I had dug for myself was getting so deep I couldn't climb out of it. For six months, I wasn't allowed to return to school. During that time, I worked full time and began to learn my lesson.

There are some things you can't give up on, and for me it was school. I couldn't let myself go down the same path that would have driven me to academic dismissal (out of school for an academic year).

After finding the right advisor (who is absolutely amazing), I finally got to where I am now. I have brought my GPA up to a 2.4 and I have above 91% in all of my classes this semester. I have had no problem keeping my A-average throughout the entire semester.

I'm looking forward to my last few semesters because I know I can accomplish what I set my mind to.

I'm currently in good academic standing and once my GPA reaches 3.0 I'll feel even more accomplished than I do now. This has all taught me a very important lesson. Do not procrastinate and try your best to succeed your own goals, not just meet them.

This is honestly the proudest I've ever been of myself. This is also one of the first times that I've gone this above and beyond in school. I have always been an overachiever, but it hasn't always worked out for me in the past. Now that I've experienced something like this, I can appreciate my academics more and do what I can to be able to graduate.

If you're having trouble in school and you feel like you don't have options, don't worry. You can always find resources to help you on campus. The Center for Academic Achievement is always there when you need it the most. Make an appointment and allow them to guide you to academic success. If you feel like your advisor isn't helping you the way you'd hoped, try someone new. And if it ever feels like you're mental health is drowning you and your academics start falling behind, make an appointment to speak to one of the CAA's counselors. They're always there to listen to you and help you out through any and all mental health issues you may be facing.

I hope you all know how important you are to your academic success. Don't ever think you can't fix your own mistakes because you feel you're in too deep. You have the ability to change the outcome of your life.

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50 Things to Do When You're Bored and Completely Alone

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For people like me, spring break is a time where you come home and have absolutely nothing to do. You're parents work all day and you're either sibling-less or your siblings have already moved out. Most of your friends are on the semester system, so your breaks don't line up. You're bored and completely alone.

Although while being alone sounds boring, sometimes it's nice to just hang out with yourself. There is a plethora of unique and creative things you can do. Netflix marathon? That's overdone. Doing something productive or worthwhile? You do enough of that in school anyway. Whatever the reason is for you being alone, I have assembled a list of unique things to do to cure your boredom.

SEE ALSO: 50 Things To Do Instead of Finishing Your Homework

  1. Have a solo dance party.
  2. Teach yourself how to do an Australian accent (or any accent for that matter).
  3. Learn how to play harmonica (or any instrument for that matter).
  4. Buy an at home workout DVD.
  5. Bake a cake (and eat the whole thing for yourself).
  6. Take a rollaway chair and ride it down the driveway.
  7. Paint a self-portrait.
  8. Plant some flowers in your backyard.
  9. Become a master at air-guitar.
  10. Perform a concert (just for yourself).
  11. Write a novel.
  12. Become an expert on quantum mechanics.
  13. Give yourself a new hairdo.
  14. Knit a sweater (if you don't know how, learn).
  15. Make a bunch of origami paper cranes and decorate your house with them.
  16. Make homemade popsicles.
  17. Reorganize your entire closet.
  18. Put together a funky new outfit.
  19. Make a short film.
  20. Try to hold a handstand for as long as possible.
  21. Memorize the lyrics to all of your favorite songs.
  22. Create a website.
  23. Go on Club Penguin and troll a bunch of children.
  24. Become your favorite fictional character.
  25. Become your favorite animal.
  26. Practice your autograph for when you become famous.
  27. Create a magical potion.
  28. Learn a few spells.
  29. Learn how to become a Jedi.
  30. Put the TV on mute and overdub it with your own voice.
  31. Make paper hats with old newspapers.
  32. Become a master at jump roping tricks.
  33. Create music playlists based on random things, like colors.
  34. Find a chunk of wood and carve something out of it.
  35. Find something that doesn't have a Wikipedia page and create one for it.
  36. Create a full course meal based on whatever's in your kitchen.
  37. Teach your pet a new trick.
  38. Take a bunch of artsy photographs.
  39. Make a scrapbook.
  40. Learn a bunch of new words and incorporate them into your speech.
  41. Try to draw the most perfect circle without using a compass.
  42. Make your own board game.
  43. Memorize some poetry well enough so you can recite it.
  44. Build a fleet of sailboats and float them in your bathtub/pool.
  45. Write a song.
  46. Practice picking locks.
  47. Make a drum kit out of random household items and play it.
  48. Draw a tattoo on yourself.
  49. Give yourself a new piercing.
  50. Figure out the meaning of life.
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High School Seniors Should Be Excited For College, Not Scared

Even though it seems stressful and it is a big new place, it will be some of the best memories you will have for life.

Cassidy
Cassidy
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Going into the summer after my high school graduation, all I could think about was college, and how I was going to prepare to go to a new school and move away from home. Just know, it is not as stressful as you prepare yourself for it to be. You don't need to worry about not having any friends or not knowing how to get to all the different buildings because you have to remember everyone else on campus has been in the exact same position you are in, and there are tons of people on campus to help you.

One of the things I was most worried about was classes and how to know which classes to take. My advice is to go to counseling and plan out your classes before you register. Planning out classes will drastically help you stay on track and the counselors will help you make a balanced schedule that you can actually handle.

Another piece of advice would be to not bring as much stuff for your dorm as you think you will need. By all means, bring the essential things that you will need, but remember a dorm room is very small and you share it with another person. You won't have a ton of space for extra stuff and you want to have space to move around and actually live in your dorm.

Finally, if you are concerned about meeting people and making friends, just try and be as outgoing and open as possible. Everyone else in the dorms is just as nervous as you are too meet people, it really helps to try to branch out. Joining clubs or greek life also helps you meet people around campus with common interests as you.

College is not something to be scared of. Even though it seems stressful and it is a big new place, it will be some of the best memories you will have for life.

Cassidy
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