Friday Findings: My 10 School Essentials

 

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Happy happy Friday, friends, and what a glorious day it’s been! Today I had a chance to stop over at my old school and see some of my favorite former students as they prepare for their first day of school this coming Tuesday. So many bright faces and so much energy filled the halls as they set up their lockers. I kind of miss those days, or at least the idea of a locker space–a place to call your own and store your belongings so you’re not lugging your entire life around with you wherever you go. Cherish it, people! I imagine the closest thing to that would be having an office, but what about those college and graduate students who don’t have such a luxury? I suppose we have no choice but to bring our essentials, and today, I’m sharing my own! What are yours? Comment below!

 

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Thoughtful Thursday: 6 Tips for a Great School Year

IMG_0519Happy Thursday, friends! It’s hard to believe it’s been five years since I’ve been a student, and since graduating from graduate school (the first time around), I’ve now spent those five years in between on the other side as a teacher. With every new school year there comes a similar level of anxiety and excitement about what it will bring, and in those moments, I can’t help but ask myself: Will I get through the curriculum? Will my students enjoy themselves and learn the material? Will I finally strike that work-life balance? And while I’m just a few short weeks away from returning to the classroom as a student, I find myself asking similar questions: Will I learn a lot? What kind of learner am I? Will I form meaningful relationships with my professors and peers? Do I remember how to study? Will I finally conquer procrastination and complete my assignments to the best of my ability? It’s so easy to get bogged down with feelings of doubt, fear, and anxiety. After all, change is never easy. Luckily, there are things we can do to help ease the transition. Here are a few tips I’ve shared with students in the past as a teacher and will now be reminding myself of as a student. Hopefully, they’ll help you, too!

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Motivational Monday: Power Through, not Down

 

 

Happy Motivational Monday, friends! Can you believe we’re just 22 days away from the end of Spring quarter and a much-needed Spring Break? We’re so close to the finish line, I can see it in the not too far out distance. The thing about finish lines, however, is the closer they seem, the harder we have to push ourselves to get there. Now this doesn’t apply to every single moment, but I often feel like the closer I get to Winter Break, Summer Break, or any break for that matter, I’m less than enthusiastic about doing any work and find myself procrastinating more and more, wasting hours binge-watching a new show (The Fosters, anyone?), scrolling through Instagram (#studyblr), or doing a bit of online shopping (JCrew, take my money!). I keep putting off my responsibilities until they pile up so high, it all becomes too overwhelming. And just when the deadlines loom, I’m forced to buckle down and complete my tasks with anxiety and stress at an all-time high. Does this sound familiar? I thought so. If you’re ready to break this cycle, here are a few tips on how to power through when you’re ready to power down:
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Kermit Says: Get (Back) Into the Swing of Things

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Just two weeks ago, I was lounging on a sunny, sandy, white beach in Florida with my sisters blasting music, people watching, sunbathing—we were pretty much living the life, and I imagine your Spring Break was pretty similar. Whether you were traipsing around Rome, binge-watching your favorite Netflix shows, or perfecting the fine art of doing absolutely nothing, I hope you had a fantastically relaxing and rejuvenating break. Unfortunately, as the old adage goes, good things must come to an end, and so it has. School is back in session, and I can hear the moans and groans from here to Australia. Students have already begun to complain about the number of assignments they’ve received, and seniors have cried in frustration and deflation over the number of rejection letters. We’re in a difficult space where students (and adults) are yearning to play outside in the warm air rather than sit passively in a classroom. Where ice cream truck tunes are drowned out by teachers’ lectures. Where sounds of beach waves are overshadowed by the tap, tap, tapping of fingers against a keyboard. We are physically in school, but mentally–and perhaps emotionally–still lounging and daydreaming on our own sandy beach. For a fairly smooth transition from spring break to spring semester, here are some tips to help you get (back) into the swing of things!

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