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Happy Songs

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

When I was in college, it seemed like too many mornings I woke up and was not pumped up for class. Even if my first class of the day wasn’t until noon, it took some serious motivation some days to get my very unmotivated body out of my too-cozy bed. I finally figured out a great way to pump myself up for the day was by creating a “happy” playlist of songs with good beats and inspirational or funny lyrics.

If you dread getting ready to start your day, let me show you my playlist of feel good songs. Couple them with the windows rolled down on your drive to campus, or a warm coffee on your walk, and you’ve just set the day up to be a good one!

1. “Good Day” – Greg Street featuring Nappy Roots

With a bouncy beat and a catchy chorus, you’ll be tapping your toes and wanting to organize a campus flash mob.

2. “Best Day Of My Life” – American Authors

Even if you’re convinced it’ll be the worst day, this song will change your thinking around!

3. “On Top Of The World” – Imagine Dragons

Similar to “Best Day of My Life,” inspirational lyrics will remind you that you are unbeatable.

4. “I Got You (I Feel Good)” – James Brown

Listening to these lyrics will make you feel good. It’s all about positive thinking!

5. “Don’t Worry About A Thing (Three Little Birds)” – Bob Marley

I dare you to try not to sing along to this classic.

6. “New Shoes” – Paolo Nutini
One of my personal favorites, I have played this song to the point where it’s in my Top 25 list on iTunes. Who knew a song about shoes could do that?

7. “Roar” – Katy Perry

This song has been everywhere, obviously because it’s such an upbeat song. Play this to remind you of the “fighter” you are.

8. “Say Hey (I Love You)” – Michael Franti & Spearhead

Again, another great beat that will make you want to have a car dance party or dance along the sidewalk.

9. “Smile” – Vitamin C
One of those songs everyone denies liking even though it’s super good! Bring yourself back to the age of those middle school dances! Vitamin C is good for you after all.

10. “It’s a Beautiful Day” – Michael Bublé

“It’s a beautiful day and I can’t stop myself from smiling.” Words you want to hear first thing in the morning!

Do you have a playlist of go-to feel good songs? Share with us in the comments!

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Battling Post-Grad Depression

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

I graduated from college at the end of last summer, and while I’m excited to be done, there can be a lot of worries that come with being done with classes forever.

Along with combating a little post-grad depression, it is a lot of work hunting for a job that satisfies my personal career goals. While I knew I was taking a gamble majoring in journalism (a rocky field in our current economic state), I didn’t prepare myself for the job of finding a job! No matter what state of mind you’re in, I have a few tips that will help you stay positive post-grad:

1. Keep Busy

My mom helped remind me that staying busy and doing other things around the house or with friends would make me feel productive while I look for a full-time job in my desired field. So even when I feel like I’m doing nothing but using up my computer battery job-hunting, I know I’ve been helpful elsewhere.

Keeping Busy With Chores Housework Job Search

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2. Talk About It

Instead of keeping all my feelings and frustrations to myself, it’s been a nice outlet talking to friends and family about my life and the struggles I’m facing. They usually have great ideas, and even if they can’t suggest something helpful, they know what I’m going through and I have a weight off my chest.

Talking to friends job career post-grad advice

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3. This Is Only Temporary

Nothing lasts forever, including the depression you feel after graduation. Remind yourself every day of this and things won’t seem so hopeless.

Post-Grad College Student Depression Help

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4. You Are Not Alone

You’re not the only one having problems. A lot of students are finding themselves with post-grad issues. Find a website, find fellow grads, and talk to fellow friends. Hook up and discuss what you’re dealing with, then your problems won’t seem so big when you realize you are not alone.

Group Counseling for Post-Grad Depression

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5. Look For Inspiration

Sometimes it can be helpful finding another person who has your dream job and reading about what struggles they faced getting to that position. Follow in their footsteps, get some ideas, and try contacting them for advice. Maybe you could try job shadowing them if possible so you can get a little hands on experience and get a foot in the door!

Career Advice Job Shadowing

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Are you experiencing any post-grad woes?

Share with us in the comments and let us know how you handle them.

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The Home-Stretch of Spring Semester

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We are in the home stretch! School is almost out! At first it seems like a cinch and we think it will fly by. But then, the temperature outside hits 70 degrees and all of a sudden those last couple of weeks seem like eternity. This is the time when most of us find it really difficult to make it to class and really easy to go out and enjoy the long-awaited sunshine. Resist these temptations!

Students Outside Playing Frisbee In The Spring Sunshine

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These last two months are still important! Think about all the projects you have due at the end of the semester and the finals coming up in May that have a huge impact on your final grade. Unfortunately, almost half of your grade for most classes is from the last month. This is no time to start slacking off!

Female Student Outside Reading A Book In The Spring

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The important thing to keep in mind is that it will be over before you know it. So buckle down and remember classes are still in session. To keep your head in the game, take a walk with some friends in between classes, bring your books outside and study there, or eat your lunch on a bench outdoors. This way, you still get to enjoy the nice weather and soak up your Vitamin D without cutting class and slacking off in your studies. Also, enjoy your time off. If you have fun in your free time, then you won’t feel so motivated to blow off classes to have some fun.

Male Student Outside Studying In The Grass

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There will be many distractions in the next two months but you just have to push through it and summer will be here before you know it!  Keep motivated!

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The Senior Slump

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Angelina Bossone Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

It’s almost April, so this school year is almost at a close. Especially for us seniors, these last couple of months can leave us feeling unmotivated and excited (and also nervous) to graduate. It’s hard to focus on college when we have been focusing on school for so long and when we know the working world is around the corner. It is easy to fall into the “Senior Slump.”

As hard as it is to remain focused, remember that you want to go out with a bang and slacking off can really have an impact on your overall grade. I am even having a hard time with this issue myself. Here are some suggestions to avoid falling into this trap.

1. Awareness

Simply being aware of this issue and whether or not you are currently at risk, can help enough for you to help resist the urge to procrastinate or become disengaged. If you are being influenced by Senioritis, then the sooner you realize it, the sooner you can fight it.

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2. Remember Your Goal

Remind yourself of what your goal is. It is easy to forget when you get stuck in routine. Most of us go to college to earn a degree in a field we want to pursue a career in. Keep your goal in mind and remember it is not too far off. This will help give you the motivation you need to succeed. You are in the home-stretch and if you work hard now, it will pay off later.

College Graduation Diploma Certificate

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3. Attitude

It’s all about perspective. No one likes homework, studying, or exams – but what we will like is earning a degree, getting a job, and making money. If you change how you look at the situation, you will feel differently about school. Your current student life style may not be ideal, but make the best of the situation and remember to enjoy what you are doing and you will start to feel better automatically.

Happy College Student Studying Outside on a Park Bench Reading A Book

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Are you feeling the wrath of Senioritis?

How do you combat it? Tell us in a comment below!

 

Don’t let Senioritis get you!

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Sticking To It!

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Megan Lehman Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

I hope you all are enjoying what 2013 has brought to you so far. I do not know if any of you actually make a list of resolutions, but I try to make a habit out of writing one every year that is full of goals and hopes that I am determined to accomplish during the year. Life is busy enough as a college student and resolutions are not always easy to abide by. Like 80% of the world, I fall short on all or most of these goals every year. So I have compiled a list of advice for all of us who are determined to complete this year’s resolutions.

1. Reminders

Look at yourself now. Then think of what you will feel like when you accomplish your goal.  You will feel pretty great, right? Hold on to that feeling and remind yourself of it every time that little voice tells you it is not worth it.

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2. Plan

Sit down with a calendar, one that you put every important date on and that you will see every day. Make a timeline using this calendar to make check points and accomplishment dates for your goals. Your resolutions will go nowhere if you do not see a way to cross the finish line.

Marked Calendar

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3. Motivational Notes

As corny as you may find this, put sticky notes all over your house, car, or anywhere to remind you that you can do it. It is important to maintain encouraged. We have to find encouragement within ourselves, and not just from those around us.

Do It Motivation Note

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These pieces of advice have helped me out so far with my resolutions and I am confident they will help you too.

Do you have a good piece of advice? Want to share a success story? Leave a comment below! Your own advice and stories may be just the encouragement someone else needs.

 

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