The Agenda

The agenda. Let’s talk about planning. Using an agenda is seriously the only way my life gets organized. I can guess that many of you are in the same boat as I am: working, going to class, in a relationship, spending time with friends, etc. I organize it all in this niffy little book.

Agenda Cover

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Hiding in my Corner of the World

I don’t know what to write here, but I know I have something to say. I have not been writing blog posts at all lately. My world has been a swirl of chaos, anxiety, and stress lately. I may have mentioned before that I am completing my undergrad, which is harder than I thought. There are financial burdens and assignments, but I am experiencing something that I did not expect.

According to my psychology major friends, it is fourth-year syndrome. Lack of motivation coupled with fear of the unknown beyond graduation and a desire to do well in the final spirit to the finish line. It is really hard to do anything when your motivation seems to be dampened by a soaking cloud of darkness.

I have had fears of not knowing why the heck I ever pursued an undergrad and why the heck I chose this field of study. What does a person do with a philosophy degree? Realistically, a lot can be done with any degree, if not only for self growth. But you see, I have a strong belief that there is a God and that he has a plan for my life. I don’t think that he determines my every choice, but I really do belief that He will use my degree for something meaningful in life. Maybe its because I am a worrier, or as another friend of mine has suggested, that I am a Type A personality, but I have often felt very confused about what steps I should take from here.

This post is kind of turning into a rant, but maybe one of you are experiencing the same thing. It really sucks to not knowing what lays ahead of you. Despite this all, there are something that are really helpful and nice to cling to. Firstly, God loves us even if no one else does. Secondly, I’m sure there are people who love each of us. Thirdly, there is always someone willing to help make your dreams happen.

I’m not sure what else to say except that I was glad I could share this with you all. I find writing so releasing and really hope to do it more. There are so many half-finished posts just waiting to be read by you all! I’ll have to work to finish those.

Until next time,

Katie

Surviving Your First Day of School

Hi Everyone,

I’m not sure how many of you readers are currently in school or have already started school, but I thought that this blog post might be useful to ease any anxieties you might have about starting school. It can be really difficult to start school, especially if it is your first day of university or college. To be honest, I am used to attending university, but I am always nervous before the first day. Don’t feel like you are alone if you too feel nervous!!!

I have learned that there are a few things you can do to calm your anxieties before starting school and ways you can survive your first day.

Before school starts, try your best to do these things:

  1. Go to your orientation/tour.
  2. Find out what materials and supplies you need for your program.
  3. Obtain the materials and supplies you need.
  4. Pick out an outfit.
  5. Try to get a good night’s sleep.

These five things are pretty obvious things, but they really do help. It helps relieve anxiety and pressure if you know you are prepared. By going on a tour or to your orientation, you may meet some new friends as well. Often school’s will pair up people in similar programs so that they have someone to relate to. Use this opportunity!

For the day of, here are some helpful tips:

  1. Go in with a positive attitude.
  2. Go earlier than your first class so that you can find your classes.
  3. Pack a really good meal and snacks for the time you will be at school.
  4. Bring water.
  5. Remember everyone else is in the same boat as you are.
  6. Be attentive in class.
  7. Take some deep breaths before your class if you need to.
  8. Go early to class to pick the seat you find most comfortable.
  9. Be friendly to people.
  10. Enjoy it!

There are probably a lot more things that could be added to this list, but the biggest part about surviving your first day is your mentality about it. Do your best to have a good attitude and even the worst situation will not seem as bad.

I hope these tips help and I wish you luck if you are starting school soon. I begin tomorrow so I will be sure to try out some of these myself!

Happy Studying!

Katie

Add Flames to the Fire: Paper Editing

Writing can be tough. No matter what you are writing, it can be a difficult task to do and to do well (especially if you are being graded on it)! With this being said, each person can run into different problems when they are writing, which can depend on anything from the type of writing you are doing to the environment you are in. I am no expert in this area, but have picked up on a few things from having to write so many of my own papers. At first, I never edited my papers. Luckily, I was able to still get good grades doing this, but quickly realized I could improve a lot more if I spent a bit of time editing. I’ll admit here that I really should spend more time editing these blog posts too, but it is a weakness of mine!

Taking Commentary with a Smile

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Jailhouse Rock

The warden threw a party in the county jail.
The prison band was there and they began to wail.
The band was jumpin’ and the joint began to swing.
You should’ve heard those knocked out jailbirds sing.
Let’s rock, everybody, let’s rock.
Everybody in the whole cell block
was dancin’ to the Jailhouse Rock.

What a great song from Elvis Presley! I love this song, but its funny that now listening to it, a different meaning jumps out at me. Oddly, it reminds me of going back to school and dorm life. Although students aren’t under arrest or trapped in their dorm room cells, it can feel like it sometimes. This song reminded me to make sure we make time to relax and have a good time despite having so many things to do. I think this is something some of us forget to do. However, this doesn’t mean you should do no work! You are paying good money to get your education so don’t waste that opportunity. The important thing to remember is to keep relaxing and work in balance.  Continue reading “Jailhouse Rock”