Finishing my First Semester of University | Blogmas Day 9

Hey everyone!

I am officially done my first semester of university! That’s actually so crazy, I can’t believe it. All in all this semester has been fantastic – obviously there’s been ups and downs (slaying my courses and feeling like I fit in, as well as bad veggie options and stressful study nights)  but would it really be worth it without them?

I love university, it’s absolutely where I am meant to be right now; I couldn’t be happier about it. I have worked so hard this semester because I love what I’m doing! It’s such a beautiful combination! Falling in love with the subjects I was taking was a huge part of my success this semester – and was a huge reason I wasn’t as successful as I feel I could have been in high school .

But that’s totally okay. I’ve realized that if I hadn’t struggled in high school with a lot of my classes, I wouldn’t have known what I wanted to do when I went on to uni. So I’m grateful for that.

I’m also grateful for all the support that my new uni friends have given me. As I’ve heard from most other university students, the friends that you meet here are game changers. They have made this semester so much fun, pushing me outside of my comfort zone in the best ways possible.

So, I still have a long way to go in terms of finding myself, figuring out what I want to do with my life, and all that hard life stuff – yet right in this moment it doesn’t matter.

Right in this moment I am so pleased with where I am

Right in this moment I am proud of what I have accomplished

Right now, in this moment, I am happy.

 

Happy Blogmas babes and cheers for 1 semester down and 7 more to go,

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Dealing with Exam Stress | Blogmas day 4

Hey everyone!

Since I’m in the middle of my first set of university exams I thought I’d share with you some of the ways that I’ve come up with to help me tackle them.

Keep your room tidy

This definitely doesn’t seem like something super important, but it doesn’t matter if you’re trying to study or get ready before an exam, having a messy room is bound to stress you out. Taking 20 minutes out of your studying (or procrastinating – no judgement 🙂 ) isn’t going to kill you, and it’s going to help you out in the long run.

Have a calendar 

Make sure you have a calendar with all of your exams and their times on it! Missing an exam would be the worst thing so make sure you check the times and room numbers twice, maybe even three times.

Sleep 

This is a super obvious one but make sure you’re getting enough sleep. A really important thing to remember is that getting a consistent amount of sleep is going to ensure that you don’t feel exhausted when you wake up.

Take breaks

Okay, it’s so important to take breaks from studying. Take a break, get a get some food, breathe a little bit, and get ready to get back into the studying zone (just make sure it’s a break, not a full day).

Happy Blogmas babes,

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Dealing with Disappointing Yourself

Okay so, I just came out of one of my exams. An exam that I have been preparing for weeks and was completely prepared for. I had been getting nearly perfect in this class yet as I was working through my MS Access query for my mail merge I just couldn’t get part of it to work.

And I was sitting in that exam the worst thing for me was that I was disappointing myself. I knew how to do all of the material and I had very high expectations for myself. Honestly, disappointing yourself is one of the hardest things to come to terms with…

But I realized that not getting perfect didn’t matter. In university the A+ range is 90-100. That’s a huge… there is a ton of room to not get 100% and that’s a good thing.

Real life isn’t about 100%, seriously, no one gets everything right all the time

So I guess I just wanted to tell you guys that it’s very okay to not get 100%. It’s more than okay.

 

IT’S TOTALLY NORMAL

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Why is the bar way up there ^ instead of here where the normal people are.

Why do we set the bar higher for ourselves than we should?

Sometimes we all need to step back, reevaluate, and know that as long as we’re trying our best that’s all we can do.

 

All in all, I hope you guys don’t have to come to this conclusion during the middle of your exams (because it took like 7 minutes out of my exam time so like learn it now hun) – please please try to learn from my lesson?

 

Natasha

 

 

“what they don’t tell you about moving away to college”

I was scrolling through Facebook the other day and found this article by the Odyssey about what people don’t tell you about moving away to college. And you know what? I couldn’t disagree with it more.

Yes, I agree that moving away is one of the best things that has happened to me and that I’ve grown more as a person in the last 3 months than I did in grade 12. I absolutely love university and all the friends I’ve made in residence and my classes. It’s the best experience I’ve had in my entire life actually.

BUT the article is based around being homesick and crying yourself to sleep and begging your mum to come get you. Why is being homesick what makes university better for this poor person?

Yeah, I kinda miss being at home but I was also so ready to start my own life. Maybe missing home so much you cry yourself to sleep that you become your own person is a good thing..?  But scaring someone who knows that they’re ready for this into thinking they’re going to feel horrific for the first month and a half is just mean! Also, none of my friends went through this, I haven’t even seen anyone going through this.

Kudos to you if you can get through a month and a half of being miserable and continue to do well in school. Just know that this doesn’t happen to everyone – it’s okay if it does yet it’s also okay if it doesn’t. It’s totally normal to not miss your family that much when you move away for school; you’re not cold, you don’t hate your family, and you’re going to grow just as much as those other people – maybe even more.

Having your own first semester away experience is very normal so whatever you do, try to enjoy it!

 

Natasha

Life at Uni: Month 1

Wow.

14285158_1044327342347456_1753738708_oI can’t believe I’ve been here for over a month. University is such a huge rollercoaster.

So far most things have been great! My love for my floor is incomprehensible; these girls are people that I can genuinely see myself being friends with for a long time. The thing about uni is that you’re not forced to see the same group of people every single day, six hours a day, five days a week, like high school friends. (Now, I’m not saying that all high school friendships aren’t going to last, but I also experienced what reevaluating friendships after high school finishes felt like. Trust me – you realize that some people were friends out of convenience, and that isn’t a bad thing! It just is what it is, you know?) But yeah, the people that I have CHOSEN to spend my time with have proven, already, to be better friends than most of my high school friends were. I think part of that was the decision to choose an all girls floor in my residence. Being on an all girls floor mad me feel a lot less stressed in September when I first started trying to scope out potential friendships!

So, friends are great in 14315593_1044375255675998_109845402_ouni. Classes are also great. They are stressful (like microeconomics my gosh I want to cry a little bit sometimes but I’m working on it). High school teachers like to threaten you with the ominous ‘professor’ looming in your near future because they will be meaner, harder markers, etc. I have found this to be completely untrue. Yes, the class sizes are bigger so that does mean that your prof won’t always recognize who you are – but if you put in the effort to go to their office hours, or ask questions after class they are ALWAYS willing to help you! Profs want you to succeed and I have no idea where high school teachers get the notion that they don’t. Don’t get me wrong though – the workload is intense. (but I 300% think that IB had me overprepared for uni – I’ll rant about that in a separate post though). Honestly managing the workload is jut understanding how to prioritize your time and effort so that you don’t overwork yourself or leave everything and get super overwhelmed by everything.

Speaking of being overwhelmed! Everyone is. During this first month and a half, I have been overwhelmed on several occasions and it’s still a work in progress. I definitely still have a lot of work to do in the stress management category, but I being here gives me a lot of motivation to do so – I’m paying for this, the majority of people here are actually interested in learning, I chose all of the classes I’m in because I wanted to not because of high school requirements. All of these things are a reminder that not only do I need to get my shit together but that I also need to step back sometimes. Knowing your limits [and playing within it] is a HUGE THING. People tell you that small things like taking breaks or missing a class or even big things like switching majors are THE WORST THING IN THE WORLD TO DO. But seriously, I’ve only been here for a month and I already know that making decisions based on what is best for me is so important.

Anyways, I can feel myself starting to ramble so I’m going to wrap up this update with a six-word summary:

Uni offers great opportunities – take them 

 

Bye for now,

Natasha