Taking The L: Failing A College Class
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Taking The L: Failing A College Class

Sometimes taking a fat L is necessary to whip you into shape.

This is an ode to all the students who need a reminder that failing or withdrawing from one class is not going to ruin your life.

I came to college from an extremely rigorous girls high school, ranked nationally for its academic excellence, theater and arts, and championship-winning athletics. Although senior year was my vision of Dante's seventh ring of hell (with AP classes and college apps, too!), second semester rolled around, I was accepted into colleges and I could finally say my high school work ethic and motivation paid off

I came to college considering myself a fairly good student -- I was well rounded with high-level courses and a plethora of extracurriculars. Then I physically set foot on campus at one of the top universities in the nation and expected it to be the same as high school.

I thought I could cruise on by doing barely any work, procrastinate as I pleased, and join any and all of the extracurriculars I was interested in. Well let me tell you, I was really fucking wrong.

There are some people that can do it all, but as I've learned, I'm not one of those people. I require at least 6.5 hours of sleep per night, I need breaks for mental rest and I need to do somewhat well in my classes so I don't freak out. However, as a first semester freshman, I didn't have this all figured out and I took the L for it.

Hard work equals time, and that time was spread thin amongst my commitments. One class in particular took an especially hard hit. It required much more work than I was used to putting into a singular class, and it was also just so damn hard.

I didn't have the same individualized support from teachers in college as I did in my tiny high school. I was left in the dust feeling anxious, depressed and failing.

I spent countless nights trying desperately to finish the work on time and understand the material, but nothing I did worked. I was near failing the class and had to subsequently make the decision to withdraw.

One of the biggest fears I've maintained my whole life is a fear of failure, so this was a particularly hard hit to cope with. However, the world did not end. I realized that not doing well in one thing is shockingly OK.

I decided that I would pick myself up and not let this be the end of me. Once I talked to my academic dean and withdrew from the class, I moved the fuck on. I am now living my life as a happy human being.

One college class is no longer taking a toll on my mental health, and I can focus my time on things I am actually interested in pursuing with my other academic courses and extracurriculars. I have time to reflect and think about what I want in my future.

Bottom line, sometimes you put up a fight but you end up taking an L. What's important is that you take something away from your failure and learn from it, then pick yourself up and move on. If I lived after facing my biggest fear, so will you.

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Seven Tips For People Who Have No Idea How To Study

The work you put in is the work you'll get out.

There are a number of ways students study for college exams, however what works best for someone else may not work the best for you. I've tried many ways to study for tests that my friends swore by, and they just didn't cut it for me.

Sometimes you have to experiment with a lot of different techniques before you can find one that works best for you. Just be quick about it before you rack up too many C's.

1. Take Notes on Paper
The simplest and most effective way to take notes is the old school way, by hand with a pen or pencil and a sheet of paper. Studies show that writing down material helps you remember it better than if you were to type it out.

Taking notes on paper forces you to pay more attention to what you're writing and what the professor is saying. I promise you you're material retention rate will be far higher this way.

2. Take Notes on the Powerpoint or Word
If the old notes on paper suggestions doesn't work for you, Keynote and Powerpoint are great resources for taking notes if your professor gives you access to the lecture presentation beforehand. Simply download the Powerpoint to your computer prior to class and take notes in the comments box below the slide.

You can type much faster than you can write, and you won't have to try to deal with your horrendous handwriting while studying. You can also take notes on Word if you don't have access to the Powerpoint. Just don't fall into your temptation to type "Facebook" into the search bar.

3. Re-watch Lectures
If you are one of the lucky few who have a class with a professor that records his lectures, you should take advantage. Re-watching lectures can help you listen for important things that you may have missed the first time through. Plus, if you can commit to the time it takes to re-watch or listen, hearing the material again helps engrain it into your brain better.

You can even listen to the lecture while reading or looking over old homework assignments. However, if your college professor sucks, this may not be that worth it.

4. Read the Book
Oh no! Not reading! This one comes with a caution sign. I found myself reading my biology book before my first exam, and the only thing I learned was that I wasted way too much time. The book is supposed to help clear topics up for you.

Do not simply read it. It won't do you any good, I learned the hard way. Find the key points in the book that may be confusing and use the book as a secondary resource to learning tricky material. Use it wisely and it will benefit you.

5. Study Groups
Study groups are perfect exam preparation. Having people in your same situation who can help talk you through tricky material is nothing to take for granted.

Professors have been teaching and studying what they lecture for years, and sometimes they don't realize why we aren't understanding some of the harder concepts. If you and someone else can trade knowledge on things you know especially well, everyone benefits. And if neither of you know anything, you can bond over that and know you're not alone.

6. Quizlets
These are a gift from the gods when studying on the go. You can use practice exam questions that other people have made or you can make your own personalized flashcards and quizzes.

They are exceptionally easy to use and can seriously help with memorization. It provides all of the benefits of asking a friend to quiz you without having to ask a friend to quiz you.

7. Go to Your Review Sessions
Review sessions are hands down the best way for you to study. It's just like a class so you feel as though you are relearning everything. If your professor offers reviews from student teachers, go to them and sit in the first few rows.

You are bound to pay attention and learn a few things. They have all taken the class from that professor, so they have some insight on what will be on the test and are generally more relaxed than the professor themselves.

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Thoughts Everyone Has Going to an 8 a.m.

It's always too early for this shit

1. *Alarm goes off normally*


3. Is that what it sounds like when you enter hell? Lmk.

4. I'm about to fuck up this alarm if it doesn't stop assaulting my ears.

5. Omg it feels like I went to bed five minutes ago.

6. I should keep a crowbar near the bed to help get my eyelids open.

7. Jesus I am dramatic in the morning.

8. Whoever said the early bird gets the worm can actually go play in traffic.

9. Fuck it I'm going to sleep for 10 more minutes.

10. I deserve this.

11. *Sleeps for 30 mins*

12. Great job self now you only have five minutes to get ready.

13. Do I want to look cute today or nah.

14. *Looks in mirror*

15. Well I don't think even Beyonc?'s glam squad could even make me a human rn so that's a hard pass.

16. Leggings and baggy tees till I die.

17. The real question is why my hair looks like it was massaged by a hawk's talons.

18. I only have time to get coffee or do my makeup, which do I sacrifice?

19. LOL is that even a question?

20. Au naturel baby.

21. *Steps outside into sunlight*.

22. Why do I NEVER remember my sunglasses?

23. And so begins the trek across campus.

24. Bout to jack that bitch's hoverboard bc my legs aren't awake yet.

25. Oh my god am I walking to Canada or nah?

26. Great, seeing everyone I know while looking homeless is really how to start this morning right.

27. I am taking my sweet time walking to class idgaf.

28. These overachievers need to hop off my heels I am not a morning person don't fuck with me.

29. Aaaaand i just dropped my coffee.

30. Are you kidding @universe.

31. Guess this is what I get for being an asshole.

32. Why do I do this to myself I didn't have to take an 8 am.

33. Every semester my dumbass thinks that I can handle it.

34. Guess what?

35. You were wrong.

36. Why do I keep going to bed at an ungodly hour? I don't have to be this tired.

37. These birds need to shut the fuck up with their happy songs this is not a happy time.

38. Thank the lord it only took LIGHT YEARS to reach my building.

39. *walks into class*

40. Yep I hate you all.

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The Definitive Guide to Skipping Class

Every day can't be a mental health day.

While I definitely don't condone skipping class, there's a guide to doing so wisely when it's necessary. We all need a mental health day every once in awhile, so here are some things to consider before you press snooze on your alarm.

Do you have an exam/quiz?
This should be a given, but if you have an exam or assignment due then you for sure need to get yourself to class. Most schools won't let you make up missed assessments without an excused absence, and unfortunately, Netflix does not count as a dire emergency.

How are your grades?
If this class is the easiest intro you've ever taken and you could do this material in your sleep, then odd are you're good to go for a free skip. However, if you're struggling to maintain a C average, you probably need to make more effort to show up.

Do you have a way to get the notes?
Do you have someone in the class you can text to get the notes? Are the powerpoints online? If you're a completely loner in this class and there's absolutely no way to get the notes, then forget taking the day off.

Is your grade attendance based?
Some professors start to deduct points from your final grade if you miss a certain number of classes. Did you already use your two free skips last month when you got the flu? If your grade will drop, you're better off showing up.

Are you over the top stressed?
Mental health is seriously important. Take a moment to assess your stress level. Could skipping this class allow you to catch up on much needed material? Will this free time be put to positive use? If you're completely freaking out about life, taking a period off can help you get back to a safe, healthy mindset. But be honest with yourself. A mental health day doesn't mean you go to the movie with your friends, it means taking a much needed rest from stress.

What's the material?
Is your class starting a new chapter, or is this the third week going over the same information. If you already feel like you have a solid grip on the material, you might not miss much by taking a day off. On the other hand, if this is the first time you've ever seen this material, you've gotta be in class.

To skip or not to skip?
Now that you've considered your grades, the material, and your sanity, you can decide whether it's worth skipping class or not. Certainly you can use skips to your advantage if it means taking a much needed rest or catching up on homework. However, be careful not to get caught up in the thrill of skipping or your grade will suffer!

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10 Classes That are Good for Your Health

Why not get in shape and get credits?

College is basically a four-year-long decline of your health, whether it's gaining the Freshman 15, sleeping few and obscure hours, or stressing about fitting it all into your hectic schedule. I get it, you don't have time to go to the gym or cook healthy food or just take some time to yourself. But what if you get credit to do so?

Yes, it's summer, but you may need to fill out a class in your schedule for the fall. Incorporating being healthy into your courses forces you to be healthy, and these 10 classes do it best:

1. Yoga: It's the class that will simultaneously nurture your physical and mental health, stretching and working your core while also helping you breathe and relax.

2. Psychology: Feelings and mental health are complicated, but knowing a little about why they happen and how normal (or not) your life crises are can help.

3. Art: Yes, even if you're really really bad at it. Self expression is important to maintaining positive mental health; and art is a much better way to do that than lashing out at your roommate. So try an introductory class, even if art isn't typically your thing.

4. Public Speaking: Okay, maybe not at first. Maybe at first you'll be stressed for days before each speech. By the end, though, you'll have faced a challenge and you'll be a pro. You won't have to worry about public speaking anymore, and if you're already good at it, you'll get even better.

5. Weight Lifting: There's little that can get me out of bed and off to the gym, but keeping my GPA up is one of those things.

6. Dance: Dancing is one of those life skills you're never taught but you just have to know, which is a struggle when you're really bad at dancing. Getting fit, learning how to dance, and getting credit is a pretty good combination.

7. Cooking: Your diet is going to have to consist of more than ramen when you adult in the real world, and getting some basics down can go a long way.

8. Communication: So, group projects aren't your thing, and they suck, but being able to get through them is important now and in the real world, and that requires some strong communication skills. Knowing how to talk to others, especially directly, can make a huge difference in building better relationships at home, school, and work.

9. Organization: Organization is associated with less stress, healthier eating, better exercise habits, stronger relationships, and increased happiness. Maybe these professed results are a stretch for cleaning your workspace and maintaining a more organized schedule, but it still makes a huge difference.

10. Cardio: Did I mention my motivation to work out is approximately zero? Getting credit has a major positive effect on that.

Getting healthy is one of those goals everyone has but few people actually work toward, and breaking your goal down into something you can achieve in a class can help you take a step forward and stick to it. Whether it's working out, cooking healthy meals, or managing your time, there's a lot to learn about a healthy lifestyle, and your typical physical education class isn't the only way to do it.

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How To Ace This Semester

You can do it!

For whatever reason, going back into the spring semester can be hard. It might be because we only have a month off versus a few months or it might be the winter blues kicking our butts, either way, there are ways to get motivated and do our best for school again. Here's how:

1. Think happy thoughts.
Surely there is one thing going on this semester that you are remotely excited about. Is it a class you're taking with a friend? Are you not working as many hours this semester?

Whatever happy thoughts you can think of, hold on to them and don't let go. At least not until the end of the semester. Optimism is a powerful tool if used correctly, and I can certainly say no one has ever had a panic attack from happiness.

2. Eliminate as much stress as you can.
Considering that this seems to be the idc semester, this one shouldn't be too hard. However, if you have any hopes of getting motivated into getting any work done, you need to get rid of any baggage that will slow you down.

For example, having a tiff with a friend? Try to get that resolved before the semester starts, otherwise you will sabotage your motivation because you will feel depressed/pissed.

3. Identify your weak spots.
Do you tend to shake off math homework for Netflix? Then you may want to think about either not subscribing for a few months or limiting yourself on screen time.

It's an adult world we're going into, so we need to make adult decisions. It's tough, I know, but your grades will most likely thank you later for seeing what your weak points are and planning accordingly for this next semester.

4. Set goals.
Cheesy, yes. Effective? Also yes. If you set a goal for what grades you would like to get in your classes or how much time you are going to study a week, this gives you an idea of what sort of effort you are going to put into this semester.

Even if you're goal is a get a B in a subject where you normally get a C, this is a wonderful goal to think about adopting. Any goal is better than no goal.

5. Remember, you are capable.
One thing that can instantly kill your chances of success is lack of confidence. Remember that you have done well enough to get into college, if you can't think of any other achievements in your life (of which I'm sure there are many)!

Look a hard class in the eye and tell it what's up. You can handle any class college gives to you; you just need to remind yourself (maybe on a daily basis) that you mean business and you will do well.