School starts back in a week and a half and I can’t wait!
Last semester was SUCH a learning curve for me! While I learned a few really big lessons, I also learned just a ton of little lessons. And those little lessons are what I’m going to share with you today!
First and foremost, drink coffee. It’s life changing and you just need it. It will do you a great service. Also, there’s no shame in having more than one cup of coffee. . . or more than two. . . you just drink as much as you need! Point made? Okay, next one then 🙂
The second little lesson I learned is a tiny bit more important that the first. Do not procrastinate! I can’t stress this enough. I’m not a procrastinator by nature, as some of you may be. However, there were times this semester where I would wait until the last minute to study for a quiz (anatomy quizzes usually) and the outcome was not good. I did horrible–I mean horrible–on the quizzes I put off studying until the last minute or even the night before. It’s always better to be prepared, folks! It’s always better!
Going along with the previous point, I learned that college tests are hard (really hard!) and if you want to do well on them, you must study. I don’t know about other fields, but the field I’m going into is super competitive and the grade requirements are extremely strict. Honestly, studying isn’t that hard and it’s totally worth the time. The hard part is having the determination and discipline to sit down and spend an hour on homework or studying notes and powerpoints. But it’s so worth it! Here’s a personal testimony to prove my point. In Anatomy and Physiology Lab, you have two tests for the entire semester, both of which are worth 100 points. Well, I did really bad on the first exam. That left my entire grade for lab riding on my final exam. So I asked the Lord how much time I should spend studying for the second exam. He told me three hours a day, and honestly, I cringed a little. But I was determined to make a good grade and Jesus always knows best, so I obeyed. I buckled down and studied the muscles and ligaments and eyes and ears for three hours every day for two weeks. Sometimes it really sucked. But I put my mind to it and disciplined myself so that I would study. And guess what? I made an A on that darn test!!! My lab grade was totally redeemed and that, in turn, added to my lecture grade, allowing me to pass with the needed requirement. And all because I studied! So go study y’all! It’s worth it, I promise!
Another thing that really got me this semester was math. Y’all, I am bad at math. . . like really bad. The only reason I passed the class is because I had a really great tutor! It took me a minute to realize that just because I had a tutor didn’t mean I wasn’t smart. I am really smart! I just wasn’t very smart in the area of math and I needed help. Sometimes the world makes it seem like asking for help is a bad thing. I kind of had the mindset that because I needed so much help that I had to hire a tutor, I just wasn’t that smart. But I am smart! And having a tutor actually shows that I’m smart. It shows that I take initiative to do well and work hard to achieve the grades I want. It’s a good thing! I want to encourage you that it’s okay to ask for help. It’s okay to ask for help over and over and over again until you understand. It’s humbling, yet also rewarding.
Finally, my favorite tip to give to people who struggle with stress! Who all knows the feeling of looking at all the work you have to do in a certain amount of time and it just gets really overwhelming? Sometimes I’ll spend more time worrying about what I have to do when I could just be doing it! I’ve had to learn to change my thinking. I’ve changed my thinking from “I’m so stressed out” to “I can do this!” And how I got there is simple. When I’m feeling overwhelmed and stressed, I ask myself this question: “What can I do right now to make a good grade?” What can I do RIGHT NOW? Well, I have the entire body’s worth of muscles to learn. I obviously can’t do all that today, so what can I do right now that will help me get a good grade? Oh, I can learn the facial muscles. So I learn those and when I’m done, I start over. What can I do right now to get a good grade? Well, I can learn the neck muscles. Then the chest and back. Then the arms and hands. Pretty soon, I have all the muscles memorized! It’s like magic! Simply breaking the stress down into smaller, more manageable chunks of work takes the load off me almost immediately! Asking myself that question was a LIFE SAVER toward the end of finals! I highly encourage you to take minute next time you feel overwhelmed by your workload and just ask yourself what you can do right now, in the moment, to get a really great grade!
There you have it, friends! My top tips and lessons learned from last semester! Take them, use them, and kick this semester in the butt!
I hope you all are as excited to start school as I am! If not, get excited! This semester will be a great one! It’s amazing how expecting great things will make your semester great! It’s all in the attitude 🙂
I love y’all!