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How to Have a Successful School Year

No matter what grade you’re in, school is stressful. In high school you are trying to figure out what you want to do and where you want to go to college or even if college is right for you. Then in college you are still trying to figure out what you want to do and what the future holds. There are a few things that you can start doing to help make sure that you have another successful school year.

Be Present

Whether it’s showing up to class or even just putting all distractions away to do some schoolwork, being present and focused will help ensure that you’re in the right headspace to get your work done.

Ask for Help

Teachers don’t know when you’re struggling. Asking for help is key to having a successful year. Don’t wait until you do poorly on a test to reach out.

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Self-Care Tips

Whether it’s work or school, everyone always has something on their mind. It’s important to take a step back once in a while, to regain focus and stay strong mentally and physically. Here are some of my best self-care tips.

Watch Some Movies/TV

Taking some time to just watch hilarious movies and shows can help clear the mind. I know after a long day my favorite thing to do is to get comfy and watch some Netflix shows. If you need some recommendations on what to watch, I’ve got you covered: Schitt’s Creek, Gilmore Girls, Gossip Girl, New Girl, Stranger Things, The Office (but who hasn’t watched this yet), Parks and Recreation (another classic), and Sherlock.

Read a Book

I know some people aren’t the biggest fans of reading, and think that they only need to read for school-related activities. But for me, reading is one of the best ways …

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How to survive your first month of classes

Ah, the month of August. The air is getting cooler, the corn is growing tall, the humidity is disappearing…and it’s time to go back to school. As you make the transition from swimming pools and sunbathing to lecture halls and homework, you may be in need of a couple tips to help you survive that first month back.

Show up to class
It’s always extremely tempting to blow off the first few weeks of class, but once you finally decide to show up, you’ll realize you’ve already dug yourself into a hole. Those classes in the beginning will provide you with an overview of the course and the expectations you’ll need to meet if you want to succeed. If you aren’t there for those first few days, you’ll miss that information. Plus, college is expensive! You don’t want to pay for something that you aren’t even utilizing.

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Back to School Prep

August is the busy month of back to school! So far, your summer has been pretty great. You’ve been relaxing in the sun, hanging out with friends and generally enjoying your free time. Until you read this blog and realized classes start soon… Is the stress sinking in? Check out these helpful tips for how to prepare for the semester.

Make sure you’re registered for the correct classes

There’s nothing scarier than realizing you can’t graduate on time because you took the wrong course. Contact your career development office to confirm you’re on the right track to receiving all the required credits. If you’re on a waiting list, be sure to keep checking its status.

 

Plan your route

The first week of the semester is always a busy time. Determine where your classes are on campus and where you should park. Some colleges …

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Volunteering at Catch the Stars Foundation

Yesterday, Allison, Karissa, and I volunteered with the Catch the Stars Foundation, to help them get ready for their 12th annual Back to School Celebration!

The Catch the Stars Foundation was founded in 2004 by Tamika Catchings and her sister, Tauja Catchings, who serves as the Director of Operations. The Foundation coordinates multiple programs to support local youth “with a specific emphasis on supporting and assisting under-served and low to moderate income communities throughout the city,” according to their website.

One of their efforts, the Back to School Celebration, is a community event to motivate students and get them excited for the school year. This event will be held on Sunday, July 23, at the Washington Park Family Center. One thousand pre-registered students (grades K-12) will receive a free backpack stuffed with school supplies. The celebration is open to the community, there will be free food, entertainment, prizes …

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