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.
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These are some of my own education tips that I will highlight from time to time on my blog. This first one is going to be about studying.
1. Write down questions
When you’re reading a textbook, don’t just go highlight crazy. Interact with the text and ask questions within the margins or on a separate piece of paper. I’m sure you’ve been told these tips before but I’ve found that it can really work.
2. Make sure you have no electronics near you
It’s important to study with no distractions. Having electronics near you during that set study time is a major distraction. Make sure to put them in a different room or in a place where you refrain from touching them for an hour or so while you take time to study.
3. A quiet study spot
Having a quiet place to study is definitely one of the big keys to having an opportunity to actually get things done. Having a place where you can just completely focus on what you’re doing and not worry about any noise or interruptions is really important.
4. Color code your notes
Sometimes when you take notes during class, they can get a little bit sloppy. You just try to write down as much as what the professor says as possible so your notes may not end up to be all that organized. Once your on your own and studying in your quiet space, make sure you go back and organize what you can. Use whatever works for you but I think it’s a good idea to dedicate one section such as key terms will be highlighted blue, important statistics and facts in green, and anything else you need to know in pink.
5. Have a schedule
Scheduling it out is extremely significant. If you schedule it, you will be more likely to stick to it. If you just sometimes take an hour or two here and there, it becomes scattered and not set. Once that happens, you don’t have a consistent routine. Just make it much easier on yourself by taking out your calender and marking what times you have free and take it week by week.
Here are five tips that I hope you find kind of useful. You may know most of these, but hopefully this helps you see the importance of it all!
These are some of my favorite guys from young adult books. These aren’t exactly the best characters or the most complex. They are more based on my personal opinion about which guys would make the best boyfriends.
Park from Eleanor and Park
Let’s get real here, Park would make an amazing boyfriend for a number of reasons. He loves The Cure, The Smiths, and a ton of other cool punk rock bands which he introduces to Eleanor. He even lets her borrow his walkman which is like the best thing a guy could possibly do. He also reads really awesome comic books. In addition, he basically crushes every single Asian stereotype that’s ever existed which you gotta love him for. He says the most swoon worthy things to Eleanor which makes him great boyfriend material.
Augustus Waters from The Fault in Our Stars
I know, this is a super predictable one. It’s also rather far fetched since no teenage boys are like Augustus Waters. He’s quirky, witty, hilarious, charming, and just an all around amazing guy that oozes charm. He’s one of those popular guys but he so doesn’t come across as one. The way he speaks is so different from how normal teenage boys talk but you can’t help but love his maturity. You also can’t help but love how sure he is about the way he feels about Hazel.
Michael Moscovitz from The Princess Diaries
Michael was a total stud in the movie. In the book, he was super cool from what Mia described. Michael was always my favorite because he was totally weird but he was also in a band. He was also extremely smart and helped Mia out with math when she was close to failing. He’s also got that whole “best friend’s older brother” thing going for him which makes him that much more appealing to Mia since he’s technically off limits to her. I just love the way Mia describes him like he’s the most amazing guy of all time – it’s equally hilarious and endearing.
Charlie from Perks of Being a Wallflower
Charlie is so observant, sensitive, and caring. The way he feels about Sam is how every girl wants a boy to feel about them. He’s smart, funny, and honest. He just seems like the kind of person you want to sit down and have a conversation with. He’s so nice to everyone- even Mary Elizabeth despite the fact it was a hot mess since he really wanted to be with Sam but he tried to show her the same kind of kindness and affection. He would make the perfect boyfriend.
As I discussed in my last post, February is going to be centered around love. I hope to not just say things that everyone ALWAYS talks about when they talk about love: the mushy side of it, the cliché, and just the downright repetitiveness of it all. Instead, I want to try to bring things up that dig deeper into it all. This month, I’m going to discuss my favorite things, what I love, what I hate, and analyze that love isn’t just between two people. Love is also the tangible things that we love in our lives. It’s like my love for pop culture, it may not be a real person but it’s still a type of love that I have in my life.
I hope that I don’t just rant and rave about love. There might be a little bit of that, especially close to Valentine’s Day. But I just want to think about more than just that holiday, I want to think outside of the box and come up with some creative topics. Like I mentioned in my last post, I feel like I was getting extremely repetitive towards the end of January. I pretty much said the exact same thing I’d already said every other day. So this month I hope to have more creative and new things to say.
So today I want to have a nice little conclusion and recap of sorts of January. The theme was Change, as I stated in pretty much every post. I don’t know how effective my posts were as a whole but I hope it wasn’t too repetitive. Hopefully, the next month will have more options as to what the month revolves around so I can come up with fresh ideas basically every day. It’s hard having a monthly theme, especially when it’s a personal blog that you’re running by yourself. But I think it worked out smoothly because I love the organization that it brings and how I can brainstorm for ideas and not get too all over the place. The ideas work together and revolve around simply one main idea which I find extremely organized and I like to think it works.
With all that being out in the open, I’d like to introduce February. The month’s theme will be love. I’ll go into it in more detail in the official post to kick off the month. I wanted to bring it up because the month will be packed with ideas. It’s a broad word and leaves much room for interpretation. I’d love to hear your own personal meaning of love or anything you have for me that I might find useful. Although I have a lot of the month planned out, I’d love to do some additional posts if you have anything to add. Who says I have to post only once a day? I’d love posting more than that so be sure to contact me! I wrote this a day early just in case you’d like to send some ideas in now and I can add them in tomorrow’s post when I talk about the month’s plans. Maybe I’m getting a little too desperate for contributors so I’ll stop here but be sure to contact me if you have ANY ideas at all! They don’t even have to related to the theme, I’d just love to hear them.
This concludes the month of January! I hope you enjoyed this month and I hope you like reading my blog! Thank you for checking it out and listening to my rambles.
1. There’s only one you
No one else in the world has your exact looks (well unless your a twin) or your personality. Your thoughts and beliefs aren’t exactly like everyone else’s, you have a combination of different beliefs that make you unique.
2. Changing for someone else isn’t worth it
How many times have you heard someone say something along the lines of, “Never change who you are just because someone else has a problem with it,” that quote is still a relevant one. We can still learn a lesson or two from it.
3. Accept yourself
Accepting yourself is really the key to everything. You’re the one who’s stuck with yourself all the time so you have to do what you know makes you happy and a better person.
4. Your beliefs are your own
Only change them because you’re growing as a person, not due to the pressure of another person.
5. Don’t do it just because you want to fit in
Fitting in isn’t worth it, do what makes you happy. I can’t stress that enough.
I’ve spent a lot of time this month focusing on accepting yourself and not pleasing other people. The reason why I stress that so frequently is because it’s something I’ve personally dealt with many times, as I’ve kind of talked about in several other posts. I’ve learned that changing myself doesn’t make me any better, it just makes me feel worse about myself. So choose your actions wisely.
No one has it easy in life. Even these extremely successful people faced their fair share of setbacks. Being rejected and having negative things happen to them is partly what allowed them to succeed.
1. JK Rowling
Rowling faced hardship after hardship in her life. She was a single mother living in London, just scraping by to make ends meet to provide for herself and her daughter. Rowling ended up writing the first Harry Potter novel in Starbucks. After being rejected by publisher after publisher, a small London publishing company finally accepted it after his young daughter begged him to. It’s a good thing that he did considering the tremendous success Harry Potter has over the years.
2. Steve Jobs
The co-founder of Apple was fired from the company he helped create. Besides that, he was also a college dropout. The cool that happened after he dropped out was that he started taking calligraphy classes he wouldn’t have otherwise taken. What he learned from those classes came to play when he designed the calligraphy on the Macintosh computers. During him time off from Apple, he founded next which made Toy Story and later became Pixar. He then got his job back at Apple and became CEO until his death.
3. Joan Rivers
This female comedian was constantly questioned due to the fact she was a woman. She also faced serious loss after her husband committed suicide unexpectedly. Rivers was then left a single mom forced to provide for herself and her daughter. She then became one of the most innovative comedians who paved the way for other women in the comedy word.
4. Stephen King
The famous horror writer was working as a high school janitor when he was inspired to write Carrie. He then faced repeated rejection and threw the manuscript away. His wife fished it out of the trash and encouraged him not to quit.
5. Maya Angelou
Angelou had a rough childhood filled with unimaginable circumstances and was raped by her mom’s boyfriend. Writing about her childhood and where she came from benefited her work. She’s most known for the successful story of her life, “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings.”