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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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3 Ideas To Help You Through The Dreaded Exams

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Nobody looks forwards to the time of year when you have to sit down and prove that everything you’ve been taught so far has sunk-in. Exams and Finals can suck; instead of late night parties or trips to the movies, you’re more likely to be cramming at midnight and drinking Starbucks at weird times to keep you awake (the joy of it all). There are a few things you can do to help ease the pressure somewhat and get you through your most dreaded part of the semester; anything’s worth a try, right?

Consider Becoming More Active

Okay, so the thought of doing anything other than sitting at your desk and reading, writing, and typing, might seem like a stretch (no pun intended). However, taking 30 minutes to an hour each day to get up, get out, and move your muscles, will have a positive impact on both your physical and mental health. Fresh air will clear your head, and getting your circulation working for you, will help to relieve any cramps, aches, and pains that you’ve gained through hunching over a laptop for hours.

Try walking or jogging (or why not go the whole hog and run) around campus; you’ll have the flexibility to do as much or as little as want, but remember, any exercise at all is better than none. If there’s a yoga or aerobics class; take the time to do it, and you’ll not only be working out, but you’ll make human contact again, which might be a nice break from talking to your cactus. Check out this article: Regular Exercise Changes the Brain, to Improve Memory & Thinking Skills and learn more about why you should get moving more.

Think About what You’re Consuming

You might be craving pizza, candy, and coffee as you study; however, these high-sugar, high-carb foods are going to hit your body with a quick pick-me-up, but you’ll end up crashing hard not so long afterward. Once you’ve come down from a sugar high, it’s difficult to concentrate and retain any information; making these sorts of foods an unwise choice for study snacks. Choose slow energy release foods, that will nourish your body and brain, like wholemeal toast with peanut butter, and any vegetable based meal you can get your hands on. You can celebrate with ice cream after the exams are over.

If you feel like you need a boost when it comes to your energy levels and your brain’s ability to retain information; Nootropics are becoming ever more popular with students and the like. They are said to enhance cognitive skills, which is why people are looking into them more, especially around exam time. If you’ve never heard of the stimulant before, you can take a look at this article: Noopept: In-depth Review of Usage, Effects, Stacks & More to see what they’re all about.

Try To Stay Calm

There’s no use in struggling with mental stress, as it will only take its toll on your body and brain; so try and do all you can to stay cool, calm and collected. You’re obviously going to have pre-exam nerves, but having a stress-free mind will give you clarity and the ability to utilize all those hours you’ve put into revising. Be kind to yourself, try meditation techniques, take a hot shower, or give yourself some time to take your mind off it all, and you’ll be fresh and ready to take on and ace each of your exams. Good luck, you’ve got this!

I hope you enjoyed the post!

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae

June 9, 2017
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Help for Students Outside of the Classroom

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Everybody needs help at some point in their life. Whether it be a child that needs help from their parents. A parent that needs help in raising their child. Somebody of an older generation who needs help attaining the standard of life they still deserve. Or a school or college student who needs help with their studies. Everybody needs help. In regards to the latter, a student needing help, you should know there are more people that offer it than just teachers, tutors and lecturers. No, the assistance extends itself further than just the classroom. Keep on reading to find out more!

 

First of all, if you are a student, you should know that you don’t have to suffer in silence if you think you have been treated unfairly by your educational institution. And you should also know that there are specific people and services out there who are professionally trained to help you. These people are known as education lawyers, and the services they offer cover all the different kinds of education malpractice that you could think of. They focus on representing students fight all sorts of issues relating to their school or college life. They represent students who wish to legally fight against bullying. Those that wish to fight against academic misconduct on the part of their educational institute. Those that wish to contest against issues with transcripts. Those that wish to dispute financial aid. Those that wish to dispute degree classifications. And a whole lot more. So, if you are a student and you feel you have been treated unfairly enough to warrant taking legal action, then take it. And get a professional education lawyer, such as Asselta Law, on your side when you do so. Everybody has the right to contest something when it has treated them unfairly or left them in a bad situation, and students are no different.

But the help extends itself further than just legal aid and cover. It extends itself even further than aspects of student life that can’t be seen, in fact. Yes, it extends itself to mental health. But, just because mental health can’t be seen or isn’t physically detrimental, it doesn’t mean it’s not real. And it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t seek to get help fighting it if you do in fact suffer from it either. There are a whole host of people and services out there that help students to combat mental health problems — such as depression or anxiety — and they should most definitely be taken up on their offers. One such service that has been set up to help students combat mental health problems is Nightline. They are an anonymous service that has been set up by students for any student that is suffering from the plight of mental health. If a student were to be experiencing such a plight, especially if they were to be experiencing it at night time, then they could call up the Nightline branch and chat. They could chat about themselves. They could chat about their feelings. They could open up about themselves and what it is that it is bothering them. They can talk about whatever it is they feel comfortable talking about. And they need not give their name or any other details when they do so.

So, if you’re a student or are a prospective student, just know that help in education is not just to be found in the classroom. Being a student is a way of life, therefore more help is needed for it than just help from a teacher or lecturer. It’s not just about acing classes (although that is recommended). It’s not just about getting everything out of your studies. It’s about getting everything out of student life that you deserve to get out of it. And there is always help out there that will help you do just that.

I hope you enjoyed the post!

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae

May 29, 2017
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Creative Ways To Ace Your College Classes

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College is not easy. If you have yet to start, there are some things that you should know about it first. The decision to stay and live with your parents and go to a local school in your city or go somewhere further away and get a room or an apartment on your own instead is a massive decision. College is not just about what you learn in the lecture halls. It is an immersive experience that gets you ready for life. Depending on what sort of childhood you had, you may be unprepared for all of the little things that come along with leading an independent adult existence. As David Foster Wallace acknowledged in his now famous commencement address to the 2005 graduating class of Kenyon college, you need to live life with compassion and that means in all of the boring, difficult situations that you find yourself in, like at the supermarket after a long day at work, or stuck in traffic. You also have to worry about cooking for yourself every day, doing all your own laundry, paying your bills on time, maintaining a social life and lots of other things besides. You can be forgiven for thinking, especially in your first semester, that there is simply not enough time left to actually do any studying. This is obviously not the case, but being able to manage your time in a way that will be most effective for you is crucial if you are going to succeed. Here are a few tips for making studying easier:

  1. You will hear this a lot from people who have graduated from college, but there is no reason why you cannot start writing your papers when they are assigned to you. If you are in a class and you get a list of questions to choose from for a paper that needs to be submitted in eight weeks time, for instance, you should start researching and drafting an essay right away. Do not wait for a month because you can. Asking for extensions is a bad habit to get into because it only perpetuates the problem. Being proactive is the best course of action. Besides, the more time you allow yourself, you more chance you’ll have to talk to your professor about something you may not understand that well.
  2. There are some concepts that you will come across in college that you just will not get right away. It is normal, and in fact, it is part of the point of going to college. If you were never challenged, they would not be serving their purpose of expanding your mind and making you a compassionate, thoughtful person. There are lots of things that you can do though, such as playing college educational games. Struggling with calculus? No problem. Do not know Manet from Monet? There is a game for that too.
  3. Finally, picking your classes is an art that lots of people learn too late. Some classes may be more challenging than others, but the best thing to do is take the ones that make you want to learn. An intrinsic desire to know more is the greatest motivation for a class. Taking classes because you think they are simple and will allow you to more easily maintain an average is no way to spend the best years of your intellectual life.

I hope you enjoyed the post! What do you do to ensure success in your courses? Let me know 🙂

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae

May 28, 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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