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Preparing For College

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If you are looking to start college this year, then this is the time to take those preparations to the next level. But even if you still have another year or two on your side, it’s never too early to make yourself aware of the journey ahead. Aside from making the process less scary when it arrives, it should provide huge motivation in the meantime.

The first challenge is to find a course that will prepare you for a long and successful career in your desired field. Moreover, you need to know what’s required. Researching what’s needed to admit to civil engineering courses will tell you whether it’s a realistic option. Moreover, it’ll allow you to start tailoring your plans accordingly. If it gives you a better chance of impressing the admissions teams, you should grab this opportunity with both hands.

Alongside the course itself, you need to think about where you are going to study. If you are capable of getting into an Ivy League school, that’s great. However, it’s still only worthwhile when the course is suitable. Meanwhile, there are plenty of other great schools out there, including international places. Whatever choice you make, it has to be right for you. Do not fall into the trap of choosing one due to friendships or relationships.

Getting a degree should always be the main priority. Organizing your things at the earliest stage possible is essential, as you cannot afford to fall behind in those early stages. From finding student accommodation to buying textbooks on the cheap, preparations are vital. If you feel in control on day one, it’ll provide the strongest foundations going forward.

Establishing strong connections in the classroom is important. There are times where you could be absent through illness. Knowing that another student has your back can pay dividends. Nowadays, it’s possible to make those bonds before you’ve even started. Online communities are your friend and help you put a face to names. Meanwhile, you should use the college website to familiarize yourself with tutors.

Success in lecture rooms is only one part of the job, though. You should also be prepared for problems outside of the classroom. Otherwise, their negative influence could disrupt your studies badly.

Before you reach that stage, though, you need to get accepted onto the course. Of course, passing your school exams with flying colors is key. Not only does it boost your chances of acceptance, but it also gives you the best foundations of knowledge before starting.

The application process is one of the scariest you’ll ever face. The decision of the college could potentially make or break your future – or at least put things on hold for a year. Use the above-mentioned research to aid the personal statement. Seriously, a strong application can make all the difference. And when it comes to those interviews, make sure that you are dressed smartly.

Preparing for college can be immensely stressful and terrifying. But when you finish those final exams and step out into the world of business with a degree under your belt, everything will suddenly make sense.

I hope you enjoyed the post!

Thanks for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae

 

June 14, 2017
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What Life After College Is Really Like?

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If you’re reading this then we can only presume you are gearing up to graduate. You’ve ordered your gown and you’re only days away from throwing your cap in the air (read: staging an Instagram snap of you throwing your cap in the air). It’s an epic feeling. You have graduated college. You’re buzzing with pride, glee and, quite possibly amazement.

However, you can also sense another emotion bubbling away under the surface, one that you don’t recognise, and that is anxiety. Yup. You’re about to enter the big bad world of adulthood. But in order to give you a padded landing, we have come up with some truths about what real world is really like.

Ignore What Grumpy People Say

Look, we’re not going to pretend that the real world is all strawberry milkshakes and unicorn rides on the beach. It isn’t. However, it can be fun if you make it fun. Invariably you are going to meet grumpy people who despise their life and that their job and believe they work five days a week just to enjoy the next two. Ignore these people. Your job can be fun, it can be meaningful and your weekdays can matter. It is an attitude decision you make.

The Paperwork Side Of It Sucks

You really have to stay on top of it, though, trust us. There will be things like taxes, 401K enrollments, dealing with private student loans that will help you consolidate your college debt, healthcare forms, paying rent on a tiny apartment, Netflix emails about how the monthly fee has gone up again and just about everything else you never knew existed. Well, it exists. So get on top of it early so that it becomes manageable.

Don’t Make Comparisons

Everyone that graduates college will have that one friend who moves to New York or Chicago or LA and lands the best job ever, making the whole job search seem a doddle. You will pretend you are mega proud of them – while actually hating them a bit – because within a month they have started making more money than both of your parents combined and you are forced to watch this through the stained glass of social media. Don’t. Don’t make comparisons. Just live your life as best as possible.

You Will Be Labelled Unfairly

You are part of the Millennial Generation, being labelled unfairly is part of it. You don’t have to put up with it, though. Those that label you in this way invariably need you. These people are just a little scared and intimidated, that’s all. They haven’t heard of the latest tech trends like Yammer and they admire your desire to give your life meaning. So be humble, ask lots of questions, be willing to learn and be willing to help. You don’t know everything, so don’t act like you do; it will sting you.

Your Major Will Not Matter

This is a realisation that shocks most recent graduates who end up getting a job that has absolutely nothing to do with their college degree and that life skills are far more important. Try not to worry about this too much, though. You are going to be in employment for around 40 years. That means you will have plenty of time to cement your career and degree in holy matrimony, or indeed find out you actually quite like the divorce and that your degree was almost entirely pointless.

I hope you enjoyed the post!

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae

May 25, 2017
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Struggling With Studying? Not Anymore!

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Do you ever feel like you’re just not cut out for studying? Perhaps you have a low attention span. You can only stay still, reading a book for five minutes before something distracts you. Before you know it, you’ve spent a good hour staring at a bird sitting outside your window. Or, maybe no matter how long you study for nothing seems to go in. It’s possible too that you pick up all the information when you’re outside the exam. You can recite it, explain it, but as soon as you sit down in that hall…poof! It’s gone.

If you have problems like this, it’s time to look at some different methods for studying and the techniques that could help you ace that next paper.

Not Everyone Learns The Same Way

It’s important to understand this because it will hardly ever be mentioned in school or even college. We don’t all learn in exactly the same way. You’ve probably been told that to study you should read information and then answer questions on that information. However, some people are just better off reading the same information around ten times until it sinks in. Others will find it more useful to learn it like a speech, reciting it back. You might even find that the best way for you to learn is to put the information on a recording and listen to it while you’re asleep. You may not realize it, but subconsciously, you can pick up a lot of information while you’re fast asleep.

Science Can Help

Did you know that there are actually supplements that can help improve cognitive performance? It’s true, and these are called nootropics. Finding the best nootropic stacks and trying them out could lead to immense improvements in your test performance. Taking a substance to improve exam performance isn’t a new idea. We’ve all heard of the people who chugged back litres of Red Bull to stay awake and study for longer. However, unlike Red Bull, nootropics don’t have any nasty side effects and really could improve your learning ability.

Stress Induced Failure

You know you studied, you know you knew the information, and you are quite sure you understood it. Why then, does your mind go blank once you take the actual exam? This is stress induced, and it’s a lot more common than people realize. To the teacher or professor, it will seem like the student hasn’t studied. Actually, they could have studied more than anyone else in the class and still not been able to put down the right answers. To fix this issue, you need to make sure you feel relaxed as you enter the exam. Beta blockers can help here but if you don’t want to use medicine, try breathing exercises. Regulate your breathing, and your brain will receive more oxygen. This will allow you think clearer as you are about to start the exam.

I hope you enjoyed the post and that it helps you out!

But always remember, a grade on a piece of paper will never define who you are, nor what you can be.

Thanks for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae

 

May 23, 2017
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Figuring Out Your Future

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When you’re in that strange place between childhood and adulthood, it can feel like the future is this huge weight that’s constantly pressing down on you. Everyone around you seems to be constantly telling you that you should be thinking about what you want to do with your life, as though now is the only time that you can make that kind of decision. It can often feel completely and utterly overwhelming to the point that it’s almost impossible to actually make any decisions. The best thing to try and combat that feeling is to break things down so that it doesn’t seem quite so all-encompassing and scary. Here are a few things to remember when you’re trying to figure out what to do next.

Follow what you’re passionate about

 

If you want to figure out what to do with your life, then one of the very best places to start is with your passions. What do you really love to do? Think about your hobbies and interests. While parents and teachers might try to tell you that they are a distraction from more important things like school or college, your hobbies can actually tell you a lot about the kinds of careers that might make you happy. Do you spend every weekend playing sports with your friends and know everything there is no know about your favorite sport? Well, then there’s a good chance that you’d enjoy something in that direction. Even if you’re not playing professionally, there are hundreds of careers available for people with a knowledge and passion for sports of any sort.

Think about stepping stones

One of the biggest mistakes that a lot of kids make is that they assume that whatever decision they make now is going to have to be the thing that they stick with forever. This is far from the truth. Plenty of things that you do can be stepping stones towards what you really want. You might not be in a position to start the career that you really want because you don’t have the right amount of experience, but things like volunteering and internships can give you that experience so that you can go into that career further down the road. Thinking of things in terms of where they are taking you in life, rather than as destinations in and of themselves, is a great way to avoid letting the future seem so big and intimidating.

It’s okay not to know

 

Here’s the big secret that a lot of people won’t tell you: no one really knows what they want to be when they grow up. Even so-called “grown-ups.” If your teachers and parents were really honest, they’d probably tell you that they are just a filled with uncertainty and confusion as you are. There is nothing wrong with feeling like you don’t have a clear direction to follow. Sometimes you have to try a bunch of things and see what sticks. Life is long, so there’s no reason why you shouldn’t take your time and figure out what you want to do at your own pace.

I hope you enjoyed the post! Do you think about your future a lot? Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae

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May 22, 2017
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Are You Getting The Most Out Of Your Studies?

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Whether you are at college, university or any other educational institution, you probably have times when you wonder if you will make it through. All students have experienced this feeling of not being entirely confident in their abilities, and if you suffer this it is worth remembering that others have been there before. Of course, there are many things you can do to ensure that you get as much out of your time in education as possible, and it’s a good idea to learn what those are. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the ways you can get the most out of your studies.

Find A Balance

If you are a good student, you will probably spend a lot of your time thinking about your studies. This is often a good sign, as it means that you are taking it seriously. But you should also remember that studying is not everything – there are many other aspects of life which are just as important, and it’s healthy and helpful to focus on those as well. Of course, you don’t want to focus on them so strongly that it is to the detriment of your studies – and that is where the notion of finding a good balance comes into it. Work hard to get to a place of harmony with your schoolwork – that way, you will be able to enjoy your studying, and the rest of what life has to offer, much more.

Use All The Help You Can Get

When you do feel a little stressed or overwhelmed by it all, it can be useful to remind yourself that there is always plenty of help to be had. This help actually comes in so many forms that we often completely forget about it. But if you stop and think about it, you will realise that there is help all around you. You can consider asking your friends for assistance, especially those who are taking the same course as you. Your family will often be a good kind of support as well. Let’s not forget the Internet, too – online you can find thousand of useful studying apps such as https://gradebuddy.com/, and these can make a huge difference to your studies. Make the most of whatever help is available, and remember that there is no shame in asking for help if you really need it. You might find resources like http://www.testtakingtips.com/study/ are also useful for this purpose.

Be Honest About Your Interests

There’s nothing worse than waking up one day and realising that you are taking the wrong course – that, actually, you’re not all that interested in your subject, but would rather do something else instead. But if this does happen, respect the change that is happening within you. It is much better to go with the flow than to doggedly finish a course you don’t really care for anymore. Make sure you are honest with yourself about what you really find interesting and what you really want, and you will be able to have a much better time of it on the whole.

I hope you enjoyed the post! <3

Thanks so much for reading, as always.

Xoxo, Rae

May 12, 2017
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