5 Finals Tips For The Underdogs

I wanted to get this post out quickly before it becomes May 4th and my blog gets even more behind! With studying for finals, I haven’t had much time to brainstorm and really plan out all of my posts for this month just yet. So I’ve had to come up with this on the fly so just stay with me here. I decided that the most appropriate post was one about the main thing on my mind at the moment…finals! So here are 5 quick suggestions and tips that you probably already know but I hope you find them at least a little bit relevant and helpful anyway.

1. Get some sleep!

I know this is like impossible for any college kid to the point where most of us have just gone ahead and embraced the whole no sleep thing. But, I still believe that you can get at least a little bit of sleep. It’s important to do everything you can not to be up all night cramming at the last second. If you want to cram at all, make sure it’s right before you actually take your exam. Sleep is really important, red bull isn’t your friend. Chances are, if you take it, you might end up crashing right when you’re taking your exam and no one wants that. The best way to be fully focuses is with plenty of sleep.

2. Minimize your distractions

Setting aside some time where you just sit down and study all your materials for each exam is the best way to just center yourself on what you’re doing. I realize this is pretty much impossible but try to just stay inside your own little bubble. Don’t bring in any electronics or anything of that nature because you’re bound to get seriously sidetracked.

3. Use some white noise or instrumental/classical music

Music with words can be dangerous while studying because you start to simply focus on that and not what you’re studying. However, there are other types of music that work quietly in the background as you get to work. White noise is a great tool for when you want to buckle down and study. You can also never go wrong with some classical music to get you in the study zone. Modern classical music is good too but some (like the ones that are the instrumental versions of your favorite songs) may be a bit distracting, so watch out for that!

4. Work with others

There are both pros and cons to spending all your time studying for finals for other people, but sometimes it can be a very helpful thing to do. I recommend this one when you share a class with a friend. You both can share your notes and you can get some feedback if they caught something that you didn’t or vice versa. They might also give you some cool study ideas that you’ve never heard of before!

5. Find an organization strategy

Everyone has a different method to studying that works for them. Most students never had any need for them in high school so some of us may still be developing this as we go along in college. That being said, you know what works for you. I just think it’s crucial to at least have something set in place that is your own personal method that you know has worked for you in the past.

May Theme

Wow, I can’t believe that May is already here. Finals are just around the corner (Monday and Tuesday for me) and that’s just crazy to me that I’m already nearly finished with my first year of college. So I’m off to a late start for the month of May and I contemplated not doing a theme at all. But then I realized that sticking to one theme for the whole theme has helped me become a lot more organized and consistent with my blog posts so I might as well continue doing them. So this month I’m going to talk about underdogs: the washed up, those that have all the odds against them, and just those that you can’t help but root for and be inspired by. Some of these underdogs don’t ALWAYS win, but you always want them to due to the fact that they never give up. Some other words to describe them and just general words to think about this month are: outcasts, misfits, freaks, geeks, weirdos, round pegs in square holes, rebels, and dreamers. Basically the best way to sum up this month is this quote from Apple,

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

So this is the quote that helped me come up with this theme because it’s a quote that I come back to fairly often. Underdogs seem to have the whole world against theme but somehow they manage to find something or someone to believe in and they find a way to reach some level of success. Some of the things I’ll be talking about this month include: Broadway musicals, Disney movies, books about the world being against you, movies about finding a way to overcome, and also a few rad playlists, one of which will definitely be for those of you studying for finals. Plus there will be many more things that are going to be a surprise so stay with me this month!

Sidenote: Since I’m a day late getting started, I’ll also put my first post that should have been today sometime later on in the day so I don’t get too behind with my posts.

Advice For The Nonathletic Type

Here is one question that I used to ask myself when I realized that sports wasn’t exactly my thing. What am I supposed to do with my time if I’m not going to play sports? Playing sports gives you the chance to interact with many different types of people and you get the chance to form lifelong friendships. However, there are definitely alternatives for those of you that know that sports just aren’t your thing.

For me, I turned to theatre. Obviously, different things appeal to different people. This was something that I started up in the third grade because many of my friends were taking drama class at my school. So I would also have the chance to interact and spend more time with my friends, I also took the class. Theatre soon became something of a passion to me and so I started taking part in productions in my community. Doing this allowed me to meet friends from all over my community that didn’t attend my school. Out of that experience, I ended up making friends that I still have today.

Sometimes, these types of activities can seem a lot like high school, you have your own little cliques that consist of those that are the stars and those that aren’t the stars. However, it surprised me that there are many people, especially in theatre (I can’t speak on behalf of other activities since I never took part in them) that don’t care about how great they are, they just hangout with everyone regardless of what part you’re playing. I’ve learned to love those moments that happened in theatre because it gave you that indescribable feeling that you truly belonged.

My point is, everyone has a place where they belong. For some of us, we are comfortable while playing sports. For the nonathletic types like myself, we have to find a different place, which isn’t too hard to discover. Sometimes you just have to look around for a little bit until you find it.

Why I Love The Fierce Five

When the Olympics was happening a few years ago, I was the same age as the gymnasts on USA’s team. I was blown away by the talent level of girls that are my age. Basically, the whole time the Olympics was going on, I was watching the gymnastics coverage every chance I got. Looking back on it now, I wonder what drew me to this sport that I don’t typically have much interest in.

My answer is that during this time period, I just found it suddenly fun to watch. I’ve always been interested in watching swimming during the Olympics, largely due to the attractive swimmers. But I never found the gymnasts all that relatable. These five girls were definitely girls I could relate to. For the most part, they were just normal girls, giddy to be in London. They were starstruck over some of the star athletes, and definitely over the big celebrities who tweeted about them. They all had big and awesome personalities that seemed really down to earth.

At the end of the day, I think the Fierce Five really changed my perspective on gymnasts in general. I always knew that they worked hard to get where they are, but watching them made me realize all that the girls had to give up to get on the Olympic team. Gabby had to move away from her family in order to train with a more serious and professional coach. None of the other girls had easy rides to the team either, they all had to work their way up the ladder in an extremely short amount of time.

The world of gymnastics is a competitive and cruel one. It’s really a sport that takes a toll on your body and wears you down. Why else would only those between the ages of 16-19 (sometimes about 20) be able to compete? Now I’m just rambling, but my point is, these girls really showed my generation that we can all make something of ourselves. Your age isn’t something that defines you, you’re never too young to do anything so go after your dreams no matter what!

Spring Break Update!

Here is a quick update involving Spring break. I’ve talked about this break endlessly throughout the month so far. Now it is actually time for the break. At least it is for me, I’m not sure if that’s earlier than everyone else or not. The break is a whole week off school. The question now that’s left to answer is: What are you going to do all break? Here are some fairly general ideas of what to do. This is just my first list, I’ll follow up with more specific lists according to what you should read/listen to/watch throughout the week.

  • Sleep in

This is the most obvious yet one of the most important of all. It’s also the one I look forward to the most.

  • Hangout with people you don’t normally

Do your best to interact with people you normally aren’t able to during the school year. Take advantage of the time you have to do what you want with some old and important friends.

  • Spring cleaning

This sounds really boring and not a great way to spend your time off. However, it can be nice to be productive. Getting things done can feel pretty good.

  • Organizing stuff

This goes hand in hand with cleaning. The difference is this one is more moving stuff around instead of just cleaning things up around your house. Providing some organization and moving around your furniture is a good idea to prepare for the upcoming season.

  • Get out of the house at least once a day

Staying inside your house all day is a waste of your break. You need to take advantage of being able to get out and not being stuck in classrooms for the majority of your day. Even if the weather turns out to be too cold, at least go to a movie or the mall. Go with relatives if you have to, just get out there and enjoy being able to do whatever you want for the week. You won’t regret it.

Tips For Fitting In At College Parties

As Spring break draws near, here are some tips for fitting in at college parties. This is an article that I originally wrote for The Prospect. The Prospect is a really great resource for college study tips and just general advice that helps student survive college. I’m not just saying that because I write for them, I’m a big fan of how the blog is ran in general! It’s filled with helpful articles to help you through anything you might face throughout your academic career and I highly recommend checking it out!

Other Forms of Love

So today, I’m going to quickly breakdown the types of love that are out there.

Self-love, romantic, friendship, parent-child, and much more.

Sometimes, we might confuse love with some other emotion. When it comes down to it, we know deep down what’s love and what it isn’t. It’s some kind of human instinct that people have. Basically, we all know what this is so you don’t need me to tell you.

Self-love is the one that I talked about just the other day. It’s an important thing but also a rare thing. We don’t love ourselves as much as we should. I’m not going to get into the whole thing because it’ll start to just sound straight up preachy. So I’m just going to say that this is something we need and hopefully continue to get better about as we go through life.

Friendship is a really strong form of love. It’s something that you count on. We always love and depend upon our friends whenever we need them the most. It’s just nice to know that someone has our backs and that’s why friendship is so incredible.

The parent-child love is another form of love that is a bond that isn’t easily broken. I know that there are exceptions that I don’t want to get into, but I’ve always heard that there’s just something about having your own child. You become so attached to the little baby that you helped make. And most people have that natural instinct to protect them, love, and care for them. I’m thankful to have those kind of parents that provide unconditional love and support for me.

There’s other type of loves: the romantic one is really obvious. It’s the one that’s probably subject to change the most. Obviously, that differs from person to person but that’s what I’ve found from personal experience. Romantic love is a whirlwind and it can be nice to feel wanted by that person for however long it happens to last.

Whatever love it just so happens to be, my advice is to just hang on to it and be grateful for it. Don’t take any second for granted.