3 Lessons All Students Should Seek to Learn in 2017

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3 Lessons All Students Should Seek to Learn in 2017

A new year brings new goals, new challenges, and hopefully new achievements. You won’t accomplish greater achievements this year with the same work ethic that got you your achievements from last year. If you want this year to be your best ever, then you need to level up your knowledge and work ethic.

If you’re a student, you may be seeking to earn a greater GPA. You may be planning on graduating, gaining admittance to your dream school, or earning a scholarship. Some may be planning to jump straight into their career path in a specific trade. Whatever the case may be, all students should seek to learn these three lessons to make the most impact in 2017.

 

Lesson 1: Get Organized

Succeeding in school obviously requires a certain level of organization. This year, challenge yourself to create systems and a routine to keep yourself organized. As you continue in school, you will see more assignments and projects stacked on top of each other. This will especially be the case in college. When you enter the workforce, you will still see assignments and projects demanding your time. My advice? Get a planner. The Nomatic Notebook is my personal favorite, and I have also seen the Panda Planner work very well for students. Finding an organization method that works for you takes time, but it is absolutely worth it.

Lesson 2: Get Educated

Focusing on your classes is the purpose of going to school. Never forget that. Along with gaining the education that is most likely leading you toward your chosen career, you can gain what I call the “other” education. More commonly known as “self-development”, you should spend your time during school focusing on shaping yourself into a better person. Easy ways to do this is to turn your commute to/from school into a learning opportunity. Listen to a Podcast or Audiobook. Read a book or a blog post. Those who seek out the “other” education and apply what they learn will catapult their success for sure.

Lesson 3: Get Focused

Set clear goals of what you want the end of this year to look like. Picture it clearly, one year from now where are you at in life? What have you accomplished? Now work backward to now, noting accomplishments that will be required to get there. What skills or habits will you need to develop? Who can help you get there? Are there any resources you could find and utilize to help you get there? You can use the R.I.S.E. method of achieving goals here. Get laser focused on what needs to happen this year and get after it.

 

Time will pass, and you get the same amount as anyone else in this world. The question then isn’t how much time you have to accomplish your goals. Instead, focus on what you are going to do with the time you have been given to achieve the most. Commit and work. You’ve got this!

 

Which of these three lessons do you feel you need the most? Comment below!

9 Life Hacks for a Better 2016

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Life is hard, and we all know that.  However, there are some small moves and changes you can make today that will significantly improve your life. These life hacks are the key to a better 2016. Here are nine of our favorites…which one will you try?

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1. Digital Wallet and Budget

One of the coolest new tools becoming more and more popular in 2016 is the digital wallet. Instead of carrying around debit, credit, and gift cards, there are phone apps that allow you to pay with your phone. But if your spending is getting out of hand, check out sites like Mint which allow you to create a budget and savings goals. It even sends you notifications when you get close to blowing your cash!

2. Color ­Code Your Studying

Color is a powerful tool, especially with memorization. One of the best things you can do for your mind is to color­code your school work. Start with taking notes in different color pens. Then, color­code your notebooks and texts. Your brain will start to associate the colors with important information and help with retention.

3. Breakfast in a Cup

You can make practically anything with a microwave and a mug. One of the most popular is the egg omlet. Use egg whites, egg substitute, or a few cracked eggs in a mug. Add a dash of milk and then microwave for 15­-20 second intervals until cooked. Add in peppers, cheese, mushrooms, and more for a healthy meal in seconds.

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4. Create an Instant Speaker for Your Phone

You don’t need a fancy or expensive speaker for your smartphone. Instead, blast your music the efficient way by putting it inside a glass bowl. That, or create a more professional speaker using toilet paper rolls, a box, and some tape.

5. Keep Drawers Smelling Fresh

Nothing is worse than a musty old dresser. If your dorm furniture has seen better days, keep it smelling great by adding dryer sheets to the drawer. Replace once a week until it’s smelling better. If you like a more vibrant smell, spray your favorite perfume onto a cotton ball and add to the corners of the drawers.

6. Reheat Tasty Leftovers

Make sure your pizza is as fresh as it was the first day by microwaving it with a cup of water. This trick works with most bread based dishes to keep the dough from going stale or hard.

7. Make a Wall Mount for Your Tablet

No TV? No problem! With wall hooks purchased at most stores, you can create a customizable and secure wall mount for your tablet. Just place them under the bottom of the screen and then a few at the side to secure. Your tablet should be able to slide in and out.

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8. Use an App to Stay on Track

If social media distracts you from studying or working, you’re not alone. Download apps that prevent you from visiting certain websites for a period of time. This is the perfect way to to make sure your work gets down and your mind doesn’t wander.

9. Purchase Your Textbooks Cheaply

One of the worst parts about being a college student is the cost of textbooks. Instead of paying for them new, purchase them through used book stores online where you can get them for practically pennies. You can also host a textbook exchange with students who have taken the course the last semester. But if you really want to save cash on books, check out the text from the library, take pictures of the text and upload it to your phone or computer, or see if there is a free version online.

 

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5 Tips For the New Year

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I’m the type of person who finds solace in reflecting back on a year’s worth of memories.
They say that you shouldn’t spend too much time thinking about the past, but I find it just as worthy to look back at old mistakes in order to learn from them. If anything, struggles and difficult people I’ve encountered in the past have made me stronger as a person. Though I do admit that I’m guilty of wanting to change the past, I still keep my focus set on the present, in order to achieve what I want in the future.

Whether it’s academic achievements, meeting new friends, spending time with family or traveling, it’s always interesting to look back and see how far you’ve come. This helps me understand where I strayed off the path and how to do better and be better the next time around.

Instead of sharing my New Year’s resolutions, I thought I would compile a list of 5 tips to keep in mind as we head into 2016.

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Tip #1: Change your perspective and attitude.

Though I don’t particularly believe in the “new year, new me” slogan, because someone cannot “change” from one day to the next, I do believe that you can change your perspective and attitude towards certain people and things. Over the years, I’ve grown to understand that even when you think nobody’s watching, someone always is. Be mindful of your surroundings and be able to handle your attitude about something that doesn’t go your way.

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Tip #2: Invest in people who invest in you.

I mentioned before that I have encountered many difficult people in my life. Most of the time, I wish that I had never met them and wonder what would have happened if I had chosen to walk away. Instead of trying to fix the past, try learning from your mistakes. Take time to notice who cares enough to stay in your life and be the type of person you’re striving to meet. I do think we meet the wrong people in order to find the right ones.

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Tip #3: Understand that hard work never goes unnoticed.

The hardest part is being patient. I’m especially reminding myself of this because I am quite possibly the most impatient person you’ll ever meet. However, I’ve learned to control that and not let it show. Better yet, I’ve learned to change my perspective in the situation. This tip is also mindful for all you bloggers out there who are working hard to take your blog to the next level, or students striving to get into the college of your dreams, or anyone wanting to attain a goal that seems nearly impossible. Don’t. Give. Up. Success doesn’t come easy. You have to work for it.

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Tip #4: Stop comparing yourself to everyone else.

#guilty. We all do it. Comparison is the thief of joy, and all it does is tear you down. Let’s be real. Instead of beating yourself up over someone else’s success, let this be a challenge for you. Challenge yourself / push yourself to be the better version of you. Instead of focusing on what everyone else is doing, let yourself be your competition.

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Tip #5: Smile and laugh more.

I think we underestimate the power of smiling. Laughter is the best medicine, is it not? I think we worry too much on life’s little problems and it gets the best of us. Instead, try learning to breathesmile, and enjoy life. When you’re going through a stressful situation, try pausing the moment and remind yourself that life is about the journey, not the destination.

Even if these are tips you already use, it’s always good to have a reminder from time to time.

Thanks for reading!
Feel free to follow along on Pinterest for more inspiration, and be sure to head over to my blog Gracefullee Made!

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How to Prepare for a Successful School Year in College

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Prepping for a new school year is necessary no matter if you’re in college, high school, or middle school. If you think about it, our parents have been preparing us for a new school year, year after year, even before that. There is nothing worse than starting off a new year feeling overwhelmed and stressed. So what really is the best way to get yourself ready for a new school year?

Reset your sleep schedule
Sometimes summer has a way of making our sleep patterns nonexistent. We stay up until the crack of dawn for Fourth of July fireworks, late night camp fires, movie premiers, etc. You won’t be able to just magically wake up for that 8 am class feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day in August. A week or so before classes resume, go to bed early. See how early you’ll need to go to bed to get a full night’s rest. Maybe you’ll discover you’re the type of person who needs 8 hours of sleep… maybe only 7.

Plan ahead
Immediately after I get my planner, I check online to find my university’s schedule, and I write down all of my breaks for that year. Then, when my professors post the syllabuses online before school starts, I pencil in every single assignment I have listed for that school year before I even get to class. There’s no doubt that I have a pretty full planner before I even get to class. I like writing out my schedule ahead of time so that when my assignments actually start rolling in, I’m not wasting time trying to write down my schedule as well. It can be a time consuming process!

Color code
Color coding your planner can help you declutter the pages. I do this myself. Orange is for everyday life – doctors appointments, lunches with friends, etc. Pink is for blog deadlines and my post schedule. Blue is for class assignments and school related obligations. Green is for sorority events. This helps prevent notes from running together and you reduce your risk of possibly overlooking something in the process.

Print out your syllabus
Do this before your first class. It will be helpful to jot notes down in the margins while your professor is going over it the first day. You’ll also be a lot more organized than if you were jotting down notes for all of your classes on loose leaf. The hardest part about this step is making sure you actually keep these syllabi in a safe place so your notes are of use to you! Put them in your binder or individual folder for each class.

Do it the night before
This is a great piece of advice for life in general. Whenever possible, prep your bag and clothes the night before. Go over tomorrow’s schedule and outline your responsibilities. In the morning, you can sleep in a few extra minutes, and you’ll be rejuvenated and ready to go!

Did I miss anything? How do you prepare for a successful school year? Let me know below in the comments!