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1. Have one main source of income but, at the same time, keep working on ways of developing additional sources of income. Over time, this will allow you move away from spending all your time on your “regular” job, so you can generate money more passively.
2. Read widely. This doesn’t have to be heavy or serious books. In fact, reading blogs and magazines can generate ideas - and turn you into someone who knows a little about lots of things – so this can make you seem more interesting.
3. Have a few close friends plus a lot of other contacts. That provides you with support – which we all need at times – plus people who can help us, and open doors for us.
4. Have specialist knowledge in a couple of areas, and also know a little about lots of things. This helps you understand the developing trends so you can use your knowledge more effectively.
5. Be willing to experiment. It’s good to know what tends to work for you – but you need to branch out and experiment, too. That will help you avoid boredom or being stuck in a rut.
6. Introduce new experiences into your life as it keeps you adaptable, flexible, open to new thinking, vibrant and alive.
If you’re a college student like me, you’re probably short on funds and hate spending your money on textbooks. Your school bookstore is NOT the way to go — I learned the hard way my freshman year when I overpaid by about $500. Now I use Slugbooks every semester.
Before the 11th grade, there is a lot of work that needs to be done. So grab on to your seats, smart phone and tablets, ‘cuz we’re in for a ride!
Let’s get you organized
Whether you are in 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grade, we need to get your stuff in order. So, to get started you will need: a binder and an agenda. You will need a bunch of other things, but these two suffice for now.
You can probably get an old binder from your school or from old class notes if you don’t want to spend your dough on a new one. Decorate it. Make it purrr-ty. Let it be a binder that you want to look at. Cover it with images that get you pumped up about college: beautiful campus picture, a high stadium filled with college students, a dorm room decorated floor to ceiling in pink, etc.
Inside your binder you will keep: test scores, transcript copies, to do lists, essay and resume drafts, college correspondence, study plants, etc. The binder should be your go-to-place for anything college related. In addition, create 1 folder on your computer named: College (or whatever fun name you want to give it!). Create subfolders titled: Essays, Resume, Research, etc. You will thank me later when you don’t have to search files like a mad man, “Ohhh, I had that essay draft somewhere? Where did I save it? Ughh. What was the file name? Essay, where areeee YOU!!!” No need for this if you get organized right now.
Although I know all of you have a calendar on your phones, most of you don’t use them as often as you should. I always tell my students to start with a paper agenda. After 6 months of keeping everything organized in a paper calendar, then transition into your phone calendar (but consider sticking with paper). I know, I know. This sounds completely “un-green” but I promise I’ll make it up.
Exercise:: Take your time
Get a binder and an agenda. Add it to your tasks for the week. Have fun decorating the binder. It should be a private place where you store all your college documents but that should get you excited every time you open it. What about college excites you? Dorm life, making new friends, the cool classes you’ll take, sports? Use this as your inspiration for your binder and calendar. Make them items that get you excited and remind you why you are doing all of this.
Sometimes we get stuck with teachers that simply cannot teach, and other times we are forced to attend boring classes. How are you supposed to know what to study for the test if no one really teach…
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A few of you asked us about study habits and tips… so here it goes!
It’s definitely important to study at a place where there would be no distractions. Phones should be turned off, (as hard as that is), tumblr should go away, and yeah. A good program to get if you just don’t…
lol ap lyfe I love it
because it’s so accurate though:
I didn’t choose the ap life the ap life chose me
1. The first month is the honey moon period, you might be acing some relevantly easy quizzes, or making new friends, or just super happy to be this newly minted individual with the campus at your oster.
2. The honey moon ends pretty soon.
3. The first half of the semester is smile and social networking. So many people will give you their number or you will offer yours… all at the hope that you might gain a friend, you might be able to feel at home.
4. No one really call… Texting and facebook, and perhaps email dominate communication.
5. Check your email everyday.
6. Guest speakers are awesome. Be challenged, introduce yourself to the speaker after every event and find time to reflect or take notes during the presentation, there is almost always a great catchy quote
7. Blame it on the technology… I found a tad shallowness within myself and peers. Students are looks driven (be still friendly, polite, and will give you their full attention but…) mistake lust for attraction.
8. Studying is weird. It is varied, technique change depending on class or assignment.
9. Call your family everyday. No matter what. It may seem crazy, but you will probably not get homesick
10. Office hours are amazing. It doesn’t always have to concern academics, I like hearing the stories and life lessons of my professors. For they too, were students once and they have much wisdom to pass along.
11. Birthdays are the best, your college friends/ and dorm neighbors become your little family
12. Listen carefully. In class and outside class.
13. Grades. I will make a post about this:) but grading is very different from high school. There are curves, and thresholds the goal is not the get every question correct, it is to get more correct than your peers. Being competitive and creative will get you far academically.
14. Rarely ever will you get a “what” question, many questions are why, or opinion driven. Many the sciences/maths seem to be take this concept from chapter whatever, and here is this odd problem, solve this problem, apply what you have learned. Do a handstand on your textbook. This is not high school
15. Diversity is not black and white. Being a person of color, I meet three types of students:
- Those that accept your race/culture and do not make offensive, micro agressions
- Those that reject your race/culture believes race doesn’t exsist, hates affirmative action, and makes micro agressions that futher contradict themselves.
-Those that “try to hard”….. to be something they are not.
16. Student will compliment you quite frequently.
17. Hook up cultures at most schools , dominate. Dating for girls can be tough.* (Depending on the college, but most of college friends say the same thing)
18.The run& hug, the “OMGGGGGGG”, the bro high five, and memorable “stop everything you are doing” are common among the college student species.
19. You changed. I will make a post about this. But now, I eat toast & pesto, I exercise more, I write much stronger, and found myself questioning things that I once readily accepted. And if that is not an education. I don’t know what is.
When you enter college you are given a lot of choices. The clubs you’ll join. The dorms you’ll live in. The meal plan you’ll waste money on.
But there is one major choice that many don’t think about until too late: Class choices.
When you’re in high school you generally get to choose the rigor of your classes, but not the topic.
College changes this. Instead of a mandatory “History” class you can take “American History Through Jazz” or “Middle Eastern Cuisine and Religious Influence” or “History of Sports.”
While you have a laundry list of major and school requirements, you’re largely left to your own devices to choose. So when you’re planning to register the first time, here are some things to keep in mind.
1. Watch the Rigor
When you’re looking in a course catalog you might see that there are general classes, and then more specific, more interesting classes. While the specific topics catch your fancy, be very careful. Oftentimes those classes are going to be higher level. I would highly recommend that you stick to 100 and 200 level classes your first semester. 300 classes will often require background information you don’t have (even if you took the 100 level AP equivalent) and a writing strength I can promise you don’t yet have. Stick to intro classes for your first semester, then work your way up.
2. Timing is everything
In high school you just listed your classes and a magical machine made it work. This is not the case in college. Make sure you know when the classes meet, because overlaps are impossible to work out. Also pay close attention to the timing. 8am classes are brutal in college. You might be able to avoid Friday classes if you’re very careful. Also watch your “passing periods” if you’re taking classes immediately after one another. I can get from the two furthest points on campus in 10 minutes I’d have between classes, but there are other schools where that could take an hour.