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Succeeding This School Year

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As we begin another school year, I wanted to pass along a few tips to help those students looking for advice on doing better this year. We all have our own college routines that work for us, but sometimes it helps to introduce a new way of doing things.

Here are some things that helped me during college.

1. Do Your Homework As Soon As You Get It

Get as much done as soon as you can while the material is still fresh in your mind and while you are free of distractions. Also, trying to do the homework early will allow yourself time to ask questions and make sure you are doing it correctly before you turn it in.

Female College Student Doing Math Homework In Dorm Room

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2. Make Yourself Known In Your Classes

This does not mean you have to sit in the front row – but try to volunteer answers often, ask plenty of questions, and attend office hours. Before or after class, let your professor know of any concerns you had about the homework or anything in lecture. He or she will remember you as a student who is trying, which could come in handy come finals time. Plus, this will help part of your final grade since most classes require participation.

Male College Student Meeting With Professor At Office Hours To Discuss Reading Homework Assignment

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3. Find Study Buddies

Within the first few days of class, I always introduced myself to a few people sitting around me. We worked on homework together, went to office hours, and studied before any tests. If one of us didn’t understand something, someone else in our group most likely did. Also, being around students who wanted to get a good grade was motivation in itself to stay on track and not be tempted to skip class.

Group Of College Students Studying Together In A Study Buddy Group Outside

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4. Set Up A Reward System

At the end of each week, or every time you get a good grade on a test or assignment, treat yourself. Go to a movie, go out for drinks, buy a new outfit, etc. Having something to look forward to at the end of each long week is a great source of motivation.

College Girl Shopping For Clothes To Reward Herself For Successful Class Grade

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5. Do Not Miss Class

Most of all, try to only miss class if you’re deathly ill. In college, skipping class is awfully tempting, but remember what you are working for (and how much you’re paying for it). It’s hard to catch up with what’s going on when you have missed several lectures. This also is a good reason to find study buddies, because if you do end up missing a class, at least you have someone to get notes from!

College Student Late Running To Class Across Campus

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Just do your best this year and you will be fine.

Remember to have some fun but to also prepare yourself for a successful year.

 

Have a great year!

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Start The Semester Strong

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With school gearing back up, many are in the mindset of how to make this year the best yet. After an enjoyable summer break, spending time with family and friends, exotic vacations, and maybe even a break from classes, it is now time to think about this new semester. There are a few things you need to consider about how to make this fall the best it can be.

1. Classes

After the first day of class, read the syllabus thoroughly, go through and place all important dates for the entire semester into your iCal or planner. Organizing dates in the beginning will allow you time to plan and complete work ahead of time, you also won’t have to rely on your professor to remind you. Want to take it a step further? Organize your classes into individual folders to keep all of your pertinent information and assignments.

College Classroom Full Of Students Learning

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2. Body

You have worked so hard for that summer time body, don’t let it go just because classes start. Don’t fit exercising into your schedule; make it a part of your schedule. We also have to remember to make it a habit of eating right. Now, don’t get me wrong, we all like to indulge in a couple brownies every now and then, just don’t pig out on unhealthy snacks. If you start your body off right, it will become second nature. Spring break will be here before you know it and you won’t even have to worry if you stay healthy!

College students exercising at the gym on treadmills to stay fit

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3. Living

We are college students – it is impossible to keep your room pristine all the time. Just take an hour or so once a week and straighten everything up. Your roommate will love you even more, and you’ll be surprised just how calming and relaxing it is. Your parents might even be surprised at this new habit.

Clean Dorm Bedroom Organization Space

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Fall semester is always interesting. You are reconnected with friends, face the chaos of moving into your dorm or apartment, take new classes, and have new professors. As the semester progresses, you will develop a pattern and everything will become second nature. Be sure to incorporate these habits into your semester routine early to insure that you are in for a great semester.

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Top 5 Summer Reads

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Inexplicably, reading during the summer break seems so much more appealing than reading while classes are in session. Perhaps it’s because it’s not forced homework upon us, or perhaps because it brings us back to our elementary school days when we had a summer reading list. Either way, reading is one of my favorite past times during the Summer and these are my favorite summer reads this year that you should check into:

1. Looking For Alaska by John Green

I read this book a few years back, but I keep coming back to it. It’s a sad book but a great read! It is a young adult fiction about a guy, Miles Halter, who goes to a boarding school where he meets Alaska and how she has a huge impact on his life. Miles is obsessed with the final words of famous people. His last saying was by Francois Rabelais, “I go to seek a great perhaps.” He seeks his own “great perhaps” while attending Culver Creek and meeting Alaska.

Looking For Alaska Book Cover By John Green

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2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

This book is written by the same author as my first recommendation. It seems to be very popular this year. It is narrated by Hazel, a 16 year old cancer patient, who attends a support group and meets and falls in love with 17 year old Augustus. It is also a sad book so prepare to shed a few tears, but it’s a definite must-read that will make you appreciate life more.

The Fault In Our Stars Book Cover John Green

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3. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

Yet another very sad book, but the best books are those that bring out emotions in you! Anna helps her older sister, Kate, deal with leukemia through her countless surgeries, shots, and transfusions, but is it morally correct to do whatever it takes to save a child’s life, even if that means infringing upon the rights of another? There has been a movie made based on this book, but the ending is completely different in the book than the movie and as usual the book is much better than the movie version!

My Sister's Keeper Book Cover Jodi Picoult

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4. Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time by Keith Ferrazzi

This is sort of a self-help book on how to be successful and network. The secret to success is by reaching out to other people. It’s a perfect book for a college student because it is filled with helpful tips on how to reach your goals and keeping important relationships alive.

Never Eat Alone Book Cover Keith Ferrazzi

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5. My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands by Chelsea Handler

If you think Chelsea Handler is hilarious on her late-night show, you’ll love her books even more! This is one of my faves from her. It’s a book of stories about Chelsea’s one-night stands; it’s sharp, funny and light.

My Horizontal Life A Collection of One-Night Stands Book Cover Chelsea Handler

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What are your favorite books? Tell us below!

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Summer School

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I have done summer school every semester since I began college. Over the years I have found a few ways to not only keep myself motivated, but I’ve also found how I can still have an amazing summer in the midst of classes. These are just a few tips that work for me that some of my friends have tried recently too.

1. Choose Classes Wisely

I typically don’t like early morning classes because I hate waking up. However, during the summer you have to make a decision, would you rather wake up and be done with class earlier? Or, would you rather sleep in and go to class later in the day? Every person will answer that differently, but you have to remember that this isn’t a normal semester, so your plans should be based off of your summer schedule.

Girl sitting outside on bench with laptop and books studying for summer and online courses

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2. Pick A Flexible Job

Don’t pick up a summer job and make that your number one priority before summer school. Yes, money is something we all need, and it’s also really great to work during the summer – but don’t forget you are spending money to take these classes, so make it worth it! Try to pick a job that is going to allow you to have the time you need to focus on school. The semester is shorter, but with just as much work with less time to do it, so you have to make sure you’re able to keep up.

Guy Lifeguard On Duty Summer Job By The Pool

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3. Keep Motivated

If you take a class you are good at and enjoy, it is easier to stay motivated. I have noticed that when I used to take summer classes in a subject that I struggle with (like math or science), I had a much harder time staying focused. Classes for my major and general education, I didn’t have as much of an issue with and I ended up getting much better grades. Don’t pick your toughest classes just because the semester is shorter, that absolutely does not mean the class will be easier!

Summer Class Reading On The Beach

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Taking summer courses is not for everyone, but it has definitely been something that I am glad I’ve done. Whether you want the afternoon for fun, or you want to sleep until noon, figure out what works best for your summer schedule and make it happen!

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Post-Grad Options

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

“If you can’t jump over life’s hurdles, limbo under them.”

This is exactly how I am approaching life after graduation. There have been many articles addressing the struggles the graduating class of 2013 will be facing in finding a job so soon after a recession. Discouraging is not the only word that comes to mind when we think about the task at hand. And don’t even talk to us about what we say when family ask us what our next steps are.

I have been feeling nervous about life post-grad. I’ve been applying for jobs since March and there hasn’t been a single call of interest. I eventually grew sick of feeling helpless and finally channeled that frustration into not only finding other options, but into actually pursuing them.

Here are some post-grad options for you to consider:

1. Peace Corps

Last week I had my first interview with the Peace Corps and I’m already moving on to the next stage. I can’t begin to say how much of a relief it’s been knowing I have this as an option. A two year commitment abroad, rewarding life experiences, and $7,500 at the end? Sign me up!

Peace Corps Africa Volunteer

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2. Au Pair Abroad

I know what you’re thinking. A nanny? However, it’s not as unappealing as it sounds. The website I’ve been going through, Au Pair World, allows both au pairs and families to seek each other out for a mutually beneficial arrangement. As an au pair, you become part of the family, not an employee. You interview with different families from around the world, choose one, and off you go for as little as three months to as long as 24 months. My interviews are next week!

Au Pair Family Girls

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3. Teach Abroad

To be specific, for me it’s the Middle East. When I told my family about my decision to try to teach there, they freaked out. “What is the crime rate?” “what if there’s no running water?” and “what if a war breaks out?” are only some of the questions they have asked.

Teach Students Abroad

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These are my top three options for now. Keep up with my blogs to find out more about these options and where I end up! College grads, look into your own options. It’s not a guarantee that you will have a job when you want it, but it’s a great feeling knowing you have fall backs.

Good luck!

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