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Academic Contracts August 25, 2013

Filed under: School Tips, Tricks, and Memorization Aide — heycollegesreadthis @ 8:47 pm
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After having such a rough summer thanks to ulcers last year, I decided to write up a list of “statutes” I’d follow during the school year to prevent future stress related health problems. Placed on the back of my bedroom door along with two posters from Wise Like Us, skimming over the list was one of the first things I did every morning to remind myself of my personal work ethic. I still got sick due to stress, but nothing bad enough I missed school over and I was as dedicated to achieving extreme perseverance as I had hoped. With this in mind, I rewrote my Academic Contract for Senior Year and have included both contracts in case anyone wanted to follow a similar suit.

Most of the ones from Junior Year are from things I read on various places online in terms of study tips while Senior Year I cleaned it up; removing the things from Junior Year that didn’t work out too great(study groups, caffeine intake, etc), while adding easier to follow and more reasonable statues.. The main trick however is to make it look as formal and as serious as possible while placing it in an extremely visible place. This maximizes viewing and reminds yourself how important your new academic guidelines are.

Hope this helps and good luck to all embarking on their upcoming school year 🙂

academic contract senior year

academic contract junior year


Back to School Apps and Supplies August 24, 2013

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Tis the season for going back to school and back to school shopping!

With 3 years of high school and 12 years total of public school education under my belt, you could assume I’m a bit of a pro when it comes to figuring out what I need to stock up on during the school year and methods to combat the year. Last year I actually wrote a post on some tips to help you stay organized and ahead in your academic endeavors. Although the post contains tips I still use, I’ve advanced and neglected to mention ways I attempt to stay prepared and sane.



A look back on: my summer Coursera classes August 18, 2013

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Since discovering Coursera while it was in beta testing, I’ve been determined to take at least one class through it—but school always got in the way. So as finals were coming to a close in June, I decided to enroll in two classes: Food Sustainability- A Global Perspective and Introduction to Public Speaking.

If you’re unfamiliar with Coursera and other MOOCs(Massive Open Online Classes), such websites provide free classes in practically every subject imaginable taught through a college university. (more…)


How to Read Literature Like A Professor Condensed Notes (For AP Lit) & Summer Vocab August 14, 2013

How To Read Literature Like A Professor Condensed

Chapter-by-Chapter TLDR

AP Lit Summer Vocab


Hello Common App and Hello internet! August 1, 2013

Filed under: Editorial — heycollegesreadthis @ 11:48 am
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Hello internet and welcome to the world Common App 2013-2014!

I’d just like to apologize for my sudden burst of absence from blogging because in the words of one of my favorite College Wise articles, I’ve been busy being busy. Since my last post, A LOT has happened and I’ve been loving what I can of it.

I’m officially employed for the first time in my life…still in training, but living that fast food worker life.

My two Coursera classes are in full swing. One of which, I’m highly considering dedicating the rest of my life to because the field is that interesting to me. The other class is Introduction to Public Speaking taught by the fabulous Matt McGarrity at University of Washington. While my other class is thrilling to me, Intro to Public Speaking is helping me overcome social anxiety and speech preparation in general. In the near future, I plan on implementing what I learned from both classes into blog posts.

My laptop broke. My beautiful HP that I treasure dearly has been unusable for about two weeks now and I’m typing this post from a crappy family laptop. Once I get a new laptop(hopefully this weekend), I plan on posting much more often between then and the start of school. I’ve actually had 3-4 posts outlined since returning home from Florida a month ago that I need to get around to making into reality.

Rereading Omnivore’s Dilemma for APES and couldn’t be happier with my choice 🙂

I joined a gym and have almost stopped running completely.

Pat McCrory signed SB 353 *rage*

And in lieu of Common App entering my life: