We’ve decided to publish a new style article this month to see what you think of it.
Once a month we’re going to be making a roundup of articles about college, school, and studying that I think you should read. Then I’ll give my thoughts.
Please let me know what you think!
Without further ado:
Smart Student Secrets is a study blog but what attracted me to it was how much it broke the traditional mold. People will tell you that skipping or putting off college is the end of the world. “You’ll never go back,” they’ll tell you but as Aaron put it:
“If you don’t go back to college then you probably shouldn’t have gone to college in the first place.” College isn’t the only path through life. It’s just the convenient box people try to put you in. No one will get in trouble recommending you go to college.
Imagine a college counselor recommending a student go into the military. Now imagine a parent’s response. That’s just a risky move for a counselor to make.
Imagine a college counselor recommending a student skip college. Again, imagine a parent’s response.
The world forgives counselors for blindly recommending college. The counselor barely has a choice.
In this article, Morgan tells her story and reminds you what’s really important in life.
In this article, Samantha goes over the finals prep essentials students need to keep in mind.
Finals can get overwhelming. It’s important to keep yourself focused on a system that will make sure it’s impossible for you to screw it up. This article lays out the basics of any good plan. (In my case, the coffee is absolutely essential.)
Okay… I know this might not seem like the most fun article in the world but I promise you, it’s worth it.
College is one of the biggest expenses of your life! The costs matter.
I know why most people don’t dig in too deep with the financials. (I’ll admit it. I didn’t dig in when I first went to college either.)
It’s all so confusing! It’s almost like they’re trying to make you throw your money at them blindly regardless of results hoping you won’t ask too many questions… 😛 Almost… I’m not quite the cynical (yet.)
Learn this stuff. This is a great article that can help you make the best decision for you.
This article brought me back to freshman year. It’s a great read for anyone getting ready for their first year in college.
There are going to be rough times in college but they get better. You’re surrounded by other people but you’ll still find yourself lonely and longing for the familiar. I totally agree about the missing mom when you’re sick thing.
Fortunately, it doesn’t always stay that way and a little bit of waiting will get you farther than all that doubt and fear.
One of the toughest parts of the transition to college is learning to share a dorm room with someone you’ve never met before. You don’t know what to expect. It’s impossible to prepare for.
What if your roommate is mean?
What if your roommate is loud?
Oh no… what if your roommate smells funny!?
Don’t freak out too much. I understand why you would. Let the smooth sounds of Thomas’ podcast relax you a little. You’ll learn a lot and you’ll feel better for it.
Well… unless your roommate smells…
Every college student understands the pain of late nights and early morning. I certainly doaibbbfs,/.nhfkjdsil
Oh sorry… I just fell asleep at the keyboard for a minute.
Anyway… in this article Caitlyn goes over a few important lessons that make sleep deprivation a little more manageable. This is absolutely essential when you’re trying to squeeze as much as you can into every day.
What did you think of this weeks roundup? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Maybe She Won’t Notice
D’s eyes were watering at the score on the screen.
He was thinking, “Is this what I am now?”
The score was low. Lower than he liked to think about – and way lower than he used to get.
He was just hoping that his mother wouldn’t ask. He always hated telling her and it killed him worse to lie about it. It’s his mother… she wants what’s best for him and he knew he was screwing it up.
Staring at the score it hit him…
This has to change. On the next test, coming up in 3 weeks, he was going to make up for it. He was going to score high.
So… he studied. He studied for hours that night. He studied until his eyes were closing involuntarily.
The next day… he studied for hours.
And the day after that… he did it again.
But the day after that – his best friend was going through a bit of a crisis. So… he took the day off studying. I mean, no one needs to study hundreds of hours for a test, and he was doing well so far.
But the next day… he was exhausted. And, you know, exhausted studying doesn’t work. So he missed that day to.
The day after, he squeezed in some studying.
And… I think you know how this story goes…
The night before the test, he’s staring down at his study guide and cursing to himself.
It happened… again…
That night he buckled down and studied almost all night. (Until he virtually crashed at 3 am.) Every time he started dozing off earlier he’d get a snack or drink and keep on plugging. He worked. And he worked hard.
He even had moments where it felt like he was running better than ever. He felt like he was going to pull it off.
The test was the next afternoon.
And I’d like to say he knocked it out of the park and D saved himself with his last ditch effort to save his grade but…
I can’t say that.
Sure… D didn’t bomb completely.
But when he was staring down at his score… he was tearing up again. And he still was hoping that his mother wouldn’t ask him about it…
It’s not a number on a piece of paper.
I know… it can help reduce your stress to think that way, and there is a place for that.
But your future, your position in the world, is partially decided by these numbers on these papers. We all know it.
We all want to put ourselves in the best position possible – and these scores can do that for us.
And D knew it.
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