I've been in contact with Ella for a while after finding her blog during one of the #bloggersdoitbetter chats (which I hosted a couple of Monday's back, it was rather exciting!) and as the majority of our readers are either partaking in the lovely thing we call education, we thought it would be fab to collaborate on a high school and university essentials post. Ella blogs at Ella Was Here and is studying Journalism at university in her home country of Belgium, whereas I'm from the UK studying for my A Levels. If you have a spare couple of minutes please give Ella a follow as her posts will make your day! Here's our high school and university essensials, as written by two girls who have experience of it now. Hope you enjoy!
Ahh... high school. Love it or loathe it, it's something we all have to do whether you live in America or Albania, and sadly it's something we need to be prepared for, even if your plan is to doss around and do nothing for a year.
First of all, you need to think positively. Without smiling and thinking about the good things about education, you can get upset and down in the dumps while munching on Cheetos and bagels all day. If you think that you can do it, there's a high chance you'll persevere and get the grades you want while staying sane in the process.
Try and join in during lessons you despise. I hated PE, I loathed the people, the over enthusiastic competitors, and the feeling of worthlessness (I was the idiot who couldn't hit the tennis ball properly to save my life.) But as soon as I actually joined in and took the mickey out of my lack of skills, the lesson became better and felt shorter, because you were actually doing something. You never know, you might approach a sport which makes you feel good about yourself and that you're talented at... I decided that rounders and dodgeball weren't too bad after all and that dodging things wasn't that difficult (yay!)
Stop believing that being 'popular' is the best thing ever. To put it bluntly, it isn't. Stop putting the girls who have decided that their gobbier than everybody else on a pedestal, stop believing that you're inferior because you don't own 10 MAC lipsticks and a horse. The girls who believe they are the best thing since sliced bread are not worth your time, even if they are nice to you when you're talking one on one. This just shows how two faced (or fifty faced) they are because you're not 'cool' enough to be spoken to when there's lots of people around. You're probably going to lead a better life than them anyway. Look at the big picture. These bitchy girls might be like the plastics from Mean Girls, but they're currently a big fish in a small pond. Wait until they get into the real world, then you can laugh at them.
Keep organised. Whether you're studying for your GCSE's, A Levels or just getting through years 7,8 and 9, you'll need something to make sure you hand every piece of work in on time. Get into a habit of doing work the night it is set, so there's no last minute rushes, and organise your job around school and your social life, not the other way round. Buy post stick notes, diaries and posh paper clips. You'll thank yourself for it in exam season!
Now on to the university essentials. I (Ella) have recently finished my third year in university. And, believe it or not, I did learn a few things about university!
First of all, and probably the most important tip I can give you is, be prepared! You can easily get behind in university and It will be incredibly difficult to learn a whole course 2 days before the exam. So start to get organised now.
Make a timetable and hang it somewhere you will have no choice to look at it. You won’t have a fixed schedule anymore so make sure you don’t forget to go to your classes (yes, that happens). I always have a notebook, pen and a small organizer in my handbag. They’ll come in handy for sure! If you get organized at the beginning of the year, you won’t stress so much when it is time to study for exams.
A good laptop (and a laptop bag) is also important when you’re going to university. It does not have to be expensive but you’ll need something you can easily bring to classes and for taking notes. Most university classes allow laptops now, so bring it! A USB-stick will be helpful as well. Always make sure you store your notes not just on your laptop. Nowadays, most people use some sort of online storage but you won’t always have internet connection so make sure you have an USB-stick too.
That said, my final tip is to just have fun while being a student! Enjoy meeting new people and go out once and a while. Studying journalism was pretty stressful so I did not go out as much as I would have like to and I regret it a bit. Life is not just centred around studies or work. Make time to enjoy it too!
Thank you Ella! Hope you enjoyed this post, there will be a follow up post over on Ella's blog in the next couple of weeks so keep your eyes peeled! #overandout