Academics

The 3 Year Plan.

I have goals.  My goals are very concrete, and I know what I need to do to achieve them.  I’m lucky that I’ve found something that I’m so passionate about, Law, and that I have the opportunity to pursue my interests.

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In my psychology class we just briefly learned about the idea of having a well defined versus an ill defined goal, and that it’s more likely to achieve a well defined goal.  And I completely agree with that.  I think it’s extremely important to not only know what you want, but how you’re going to get there.  For example, I want to go into law.  With that, I know I need to get into law school, which means I need pretty good grades to be accepted.  And that’s my motivation for working hard in school.  I know that I need to have a 3.8CGPA to even be considered, and so I bust my ass trying to get my GPA up.

Knowing that this is what I want, and knowing how to get there, it’s easy for me to think ahead.  It’s easy for me to think of how much my actions will influence my future, and to plan out the things I need to do in order to get where I want.  And with all of that, I laid out my 3-year plan.  I know exactly what I need to do, and when to do it, to get into law school.

It’s an exiting feeling, and I totally encourage you making steps for your goals!

 

xoxo
Kayla

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Getting Ahead. (finals!)

Week six of classes.  Know what that means?  Term papers, and assignments, and term papers, oh my!  This is the first semester that I’ve had so many important deadlines so close together, and I’m trying my hardest not to freak out.   (Seriously, 2 term papers, 4 midterms, 1 assignment and another paper??  University, that just isn’t very nice.

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My biggest goals when it comes to not being swamped with absolutely everything?  Keep on top of things, and get ahead.  Read your syllabus and plan everything out.  Make sure you always know what’s coming up within the next two immediate weeks, and then have a good idea of what’s coming up after that.  And on top of all of that, start studying and planning in advance!  I can’t count how many times I’ve waited until the last minute to do something and ended up kicking myself in the but.  Seriously, I’m not a fan of the last minute grind and I definitely do not recommend it.

Make checklists, get out your coloured pens, and good luck!

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Kayla

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Having a Productive (working) weekend!

This is the first semester in over a year that I’ve had the weekends free.  I made sure I don’t take any shifts on the weekend (with the exceptions here and there), and I don’t have class on weekends either.  It’s amazing.  I didn’t realize how much I was missing out on by not having a Monday – Friday week.  Man it’s nice to say TGIF and mean it. But with that having been said, I still need to work on the weekends.  A lot.  I treat myself to sleeping in as late as I need (usually around 12 hours), and then I wake up, spend about an hour on Social Media, and then get down to work with a cup of coffee.

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We’re about 1/3 of the way through the semester, which means term paper deadlines are coming up, and presentations are piling up too.  The work load is consistent and I need to start really putting my all into my weekends, so naturally I’ve put together a list of things that help me do my best work!

1) Clear off your desk. I seriously can’t work in a messy environment, so I always think that it’s worth it too clear off my desk before I jump into my work so I’m not distracted later on!

2) Make a list of all the things you need to do, in prioritized order. To do lists are pretty much the most amazing things ever, and since nothing is more satisfying that crossing something off, by having a list right there, it totally motivates me to get shit done.

3) Put on some music (that you can work to). Currently I’m loving Ariana Grande and Ed Sheerans albums, so I keep those on and work!  I can’t listen to new music when I’m working because I get distracted, and whenever I’m really in a pinch, the Good Wife soundtrack (season 5) is pretty much amazing for getting pumped up and concentrated.

4) Full screen your browser and turn on ‘SelfControl’.  If you’re on a Mac and don’t have Self Control downloaded, what are you doing?  It’s an app that will block your browser from connecting to a website for a certain amount of time.  You set up your ‘blacklist’ of websites, decide how long you want to be blocker out, and hit start.  I block myself from facebook, twitter, tumblr and youtube!  I should probably block myself from bloglovin’ too while I’m at it, though! 

5) Take breaks. Weekends are long, and they’re still weekends even if you’re drowning in readings.  If I don’t take regular breaks then I burn out.  Simple as that!

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Kayla

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Academic Motivation

I truly believe that the only way to succeed in something is to commit entirely and to know why you’re doing it.  Over the past summer, I have completely redefined my life and made it very clear to myself why I’m in school.  I always kind of knew I was in it because I wanted a future, and I knew the general direction I wanted to go, but now I basically have a 7 year  plan all sorted out, and here are the things that have motivated me towards beating the average and landing my name on the deans list.66a66902dd32fc13fbac2c0260dcf420

1. Law school
Law school is my dream, and this is one of the biggest motivators I have.  I want so desperately to have my grades high enough to be accepted into the programs of my choice. I’m in school to study law, and I know the GPA I need, so I’m going to get it.

2. To be ‘that girl’
I was never the smart girl in high school.  I was never the hard worker who had her life together. I never applied to be a part of a million extracurricular activities, or won any awards for anything I’ve done. But I want that to change. I want my rep to be so pristine and stellar that it’s impossible to ignore me.

3. Because life starts now.
There’s no ‘I’ll work harder tomorrow’ because it’s already tomorrow.  I’m not in high school anymore, and I’m not in some in between of school and ‘real life’. This is real life now. My GPA follows me, and so does my reputation.  Everything I do, or neglect to do, speaks to my character.  My actions define who I am, or who I’m becoming, and that doesn’t start ‘tomorrow’.

4. ‘Free’ tuition
My school has a fairly good financial aid program, and if I’m to bring up my GPA and apply for some scholarships, they’ll provide me with quite the financial aid.  It’s a way to reward students for their academic achievements, and let’s be real, any financial aid is a lot of motivation.

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Kayla

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