15 Ways To Get Those A's This Semester

15 Ways To Get Those A's This Semester

Welcome to Spring semester.

Congratulations! You made it through fall semester, including fall finals. One more semester to go until glorious summer break. Spring tends to be the lull with no football happening, but there is also nicer weather- more reasons to get distracted. With the new semester falling at the start of the new year, make some of those resolutions school related. Here are some of resolutions to make about school to help you get through the spring semester- and pass.

1. Go to class!

2. Actually buy your textbooks.

3. Not only buy your textbooks but read them.

4. Don't schedule 8 am classes- you know you aren't going to go to them.

5. Don't go out in the middle of the week.

6. Take notes in class instead of playing games on your phone- I promise it makes the class go by faster.

7. Go talk to your instructor or TA if you don't understand. They won't bite, I promise.

8. Find a study partner in every class.

9. Don't wait until the last minute to do your assignments.

10. Go to tutoring if you need it. No shame, those accounting classes are hard.

11. Try to keep a consistent sleep pattern.

12. Eat healthy- it'll help keep your mind sharp.

13. Be involved in campus activities.

14. Set aside time every week to study so you don't have to cram later.

15. Be productive but have fun!

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5 Alternative Uses For Your Textbooks That Don't Include Studying

That is one expensive coaster, but hey, it works.

With the midterm season in full swing, what better time is there to pull our textbooks out from wherever they have sat collecting dust? I mean, how else could a college student make use of the bound reminders of the struggles we literally pay to put ourselves through? The books we have all regrettably spent hundreds of dollars on could not possibly have any other use. Then again, maybe the following ideas aren’t so bad. If anything, giving them a try is a great way to procrastinate!

1. A coaster or TV tray

How often do you find yourself sitting in front of your TV or computer with a snack in hand and nowhere to set it down? Problem solved! Grab a textbook! It is sure to be at least slightly more stable than your sanity in the middle of midterms.

2. A rather lame pillow

All college students know how critical getting enough sleep can be. If you find yourself needing to make up some hours with the Sandman just position your textbook in front of you and lay down to rest. Admittedly, the hard surface isn’t ideal, so if that doesn’t work, try opening it up and reading a chapter. You’ll be asleep in no time!

3. A step stool

All my fellow short people know what I am talking about. Sometimes a boost is necessary, and textbooks can be stacked up as high as you need them. Could it be more perfect?

4. A form of defense

Picture this: You’re walking down the street and someone hostile approaches you. Who needs pepper spray when you can just flash the cover of your linear algebra textbook at them. If that type of math doesn’t scare them away, hitting them with the two-ton book is also an option.

5. Weights

Who needs to build brain power when you can just build muscle power? Walking around campus with textbooks weighing you down is almost as difficult as actually learning something from them. However, if you’re really looking for something fun try making an exercise routine only using your books. (Arguably) good books = good looks.

Midterm season is a scary time only made worse by the daunting realization that you have not read a single word out of your textbooks. Have no fear, though, that pattern of gross irresponsibly can be continued. Who needs to read them when there are so many other thrilling ways to use the expensive “required” materials.

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It’s Okay To Not Know What You Want To Do With Your Life

Trust me, I have no clue what I want my future to look like.

It starts happening senior year of high school, and it just gets worse as time goes on. Family, friends, teachers, and even workers in Trader Joe’s all start asking: “What’s your major? What do you want to do with that? What are your future career goals?”

For those of you out there who have answers to all these questions, you deserve a genuine round of applause for following your passion and knowing exactly what you want with your life. However, all of you are also the people who make me feel bad about myself as you list off your impressive double-major and minor with an oddly specific concentration, explain how you expect to apply everything you’ve learned in school to your future life, and even give exact companies that you hope to work for one day.

For the rest of you who answer those questions with a shrug and a somewhat mumbled “I’m just trying to keep my options open:” do not worry. You are not alone. You and I, and so many others are all in the same boat here.

I entered college with the famous “undecided” major, saying that I didn’t want to choose a major until I was sure it was what I wanted to spend the rest of my life doing. Although that was true, it was mostly just a nicer way of saying that I have no clue what I want to do with my life. I just recently declared my major as Communication, with a minor in Human Rights, and I was hoping that with my major finally decided, people would stop asking me what my future plans are. They didn’t.

Now more than ever people are asking me what I want to do with my major. And honestly, as I’m nearing the end of sophomore year in college, I wish I had an answer. But the truth is that my future is a big open slate, and I have no idea what I want it to look like.

And that’s okay.

There is nothing wrong with being 18-, 19-, or even 45-years-old and not knowing what you want to do with your life. Life is unpredictable and there are so many aspects of life that are waiting to be explored.

So, if you’re just like me and you’re not really sure what you want in life, take a deep breath and realize how lucky you are to have so many options ahead of you. Take life one step at a time. At first, I was focusing on just finding classes and subjects that interested me. Now, I’m focusing on finding ways that I can apply my passions in the real world.

But until I figure out what path I want to take, I’m just enjoying the chance to discover myself and the world around me. I'm coming to terms with the fact that life can change at any moment, and sometimes it’s okay to not have a plan.

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