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February 17th, 2010

09:12 pm - Studying

Its just something you have to do.  If you're lucky then you are the type of person who was able to esttablish study habits during high school.  However, this is not the case for most of us (Myself included).  It can be frustrating.  The urge to procrastinate will never actually go away.  Its times like that when you just have to push through and make yourself study.  Here are some options on how to do this.

1.  Seclude yourself.  If you need peace in quite find a place where you can be alone.  But  get out of your room!!  There are too many things that could distract you.  The best place is your schools library.  Its quite and will usually have study areas

2.  Reward yourself Set a goal and when you achieve it.  reward yourself.  Its a good way to encourage productivity and build self-esteem.  They only problem is that you have to hold yourself accountable and actually accomplish your goal and not almost finish it before you get your reward.  (This is my biggest problem.  I'll be close to my goal and then decide I deserve mmy reward early)

3.  Study groups  If your like me then studying alone is not your best option.  Study groups can be very beneficial if the people you include are serious about studying.  So ask people in your classes and set up weekly study sessions.  They don't have to be long.  This ensures that you are at least studying that subject once a week.  Problem:  You have to actually study.  Don't chat and joke around. 

Hope this can help!


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January 30th, 2010

03:26 pm - Text Books

I think it is safe to assume that buying text books is the bane of most college students existence.  Often times it is frustrating and highly expensive.  This often times creates added stress.  However, there are a few options you can use reduce your expenses.

1.  Buy used books.  Often times you can fine used books that are in great condition and will serve the purpose you need them for.  You can usually find copies in your college's bookstore. 

2. Buy them online.  If you still don't want to pay that much buy them online.  But you need to make sure that you do this early enough to have them shipped to your home of school mailbox in time for classes.  I would recomend using cheapesttextbooks.com.  This gives you links to other sites such as amazon.  Its kind of like a one stop shopping experience and it saves you time.

3.  Rent you textbooks.    What happens if you are taking a course just because and you don't really want to buy that $100 dollar textbook because you know you'll never use it after that course.  You RENT IT OF COURSE!   This has become a more and more popular way of oobtaining textbooks.  My suggestion is using Chegg.com.  This allows you to rent and return textbooks for relatively cheap prices.  Fo exapmle I usually save about $200 whenever I use this site.

Hope this was helpful!


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January 17th, 2010

06:31 pm - Stress

I would be completely lying if I said that I was not stressed.  At times it feels like college and stress are synonymous for each other.  Talking from personal experience, it can all be so overwhelming.  Many of my friends, myself included, often feel a lot of anxiety/ panic attacks when we think about the future.  I can honestly say that college would be even more difficult without the new friends that I have made.  So here are my pointers on how to manage stress in college.

1.  Make friends.  Yes, this can be a scary concept, especially if you are shy.  Good ways to do this are join clubs.  This people clearly will have at least one common interest which gives you something to talk about.  Another way is to join a sorority or fraternity.  I understand greek life is not for everyone but at least go through the rush process.  Its a good way to meet people too.  When in the caf you can always ask to sit at someones table.  Introduce yourself and ask question of the others.  You can use the standard, what year are you? whats your major? etc.

2. Excerise.  Working out or even just running on the treadmill for 30 minutes will help you feel refreshed and invigorated, not to mention its good for your healthy both mentally and physically.

3. Do silly things.  My friends and I have established what we call "activity tuesdays."  This is where we select a different activity every week and watch Disney channel while acting like total five year olds.  For example, we had a coloring book night, where we just sat around and colored in childrens coloring books.  This is my personal favorite stress reliever. 

4.  Talk to someone.  College is difficult.  Everyone understands that so most likely your friends will feel the same way.  have an honest conversation about your worries.  You'll probably find that someone is feeling the same way as you are and often times just having a friend going through a situation with you can help quelch any anxiety you might feel.

I hope these tips have been helpful.  Til next time.


P.s.  Sorry for any misspelled words.  I'm a college student not a genius. Ha ha.

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January 16th, 2010

10:08 pm - Welcome!


I've just recently discovered this site.  I have decided to use this as a chance to blog about my own personal experiences and journey in my life.  In a way, I'm hoping this will help other students/ young adults who are probably experiencing many of the same issues I am.  I hope that by reading about my experiences and how I handled them, it will serve as a guide on what one should and shouldn't do.  Anyway, thanks for reading! 


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