advice, college, life, lifestyle How Do Students Get Ahead in College? August 22, 2018

It’s not easy being in college. You’re still growing as a person, trying to find your way in the world, and all the time, you’re trying to keep up with your studies. While there are many different factors to college life, the truth is that it’s not the friends or social times that are the most important: it’s making sure you come away with a good degree. But have you ever wondered how some students seem to get good grade after good grade, and others struggle to keep up? We take a look at some useful tips for getting the best marks possible below.

They Choose Their Classes Well

You’re going to have to do well in whatever classes you’re taking…so make sure that you choose well! But of course, it’s not easy deciding what to study. It’s best to start by looking at the subjects you’ll enjoy, and then make a couple of hard decisions: will I be pushing myself if select this class? Will this take me to where I want to go? Also: if you’re choosing a class because you want to look impressive, or, even worse, because you want to please someone else (say, parents), then you’ll only have yourself to blame if you’re not in love with the class and struggle to keep up.

And Their Professors

Some subjects are inherently interesting. But others need to be brought to life. If you’re going to be engaged with a subject, then you need to be taught by people you like, trust, and respect. There are some classes out there that could be interesting, but they’re presented in such a boring way that you can’t help but fall asleep. Sometimes, it’s best to choose a professor over a specific subject. You’ll learn more if you’re not daydreaming through the professor’s lecture!

Showing Up

“Missing class” is something of a running joke in college. It’s being so normalized that people don’t even think twice about it; if they’re a little under the weather or, in many cases, just tired, they’ll choose to stay in bed. But the people who get the most out of college power through the temptation to stay in bed, and get themselves to class. While there will be times when you’re not able to make it, try not to go too easy on yourself. You’ll learn something if you go, you won’t if you don’t. But more than that, you’ll also be setting standards for yourself. You’re here to work!

Limiting the Partying

OK, who’s going to suggest that you don’t party in college? Not me. It’s a big part of it, and so long as you’re staying safe, it’s highly recommended. But it’s important that you don’t party too much, even if you’re not going overboard. Those late nights will catch up on you, and you’ll soon find that you’re more inclined to skip class. Keep your socializing to the weekends, and focus on your studies during the week. You’re not missing out on much if you don’t go to those Tuesday parties.

Extracurricular Activities

One of the best things about college is that there are so many things to do! From sports to arts and beyond, you’ll find there’s no shortage of extracurricular clubs and classes to get involved in. While you might prefer to binge-watch Netflix, it’s worthwhile joining these clubs, because in so doing you’ll be throwing yourself into all aspects of college life. When you’re life IS college, you’ll naturally want to succeed!

Going the Extra Mile

You’re not in high school anymore. You’re not in college because you have to be there. You’re there by choice. If you’re going to get the most out of the experience, then it’s not enough just to do the bare minimum. Go above and beyond, and it’ll be reflected in your grades. You can attend the many optional talks that’ll be taking place on campus, or buy dissertations to see what first-class work looks like. The result of going the extra mile will be that you raise your standards. Soon, you’ll find yourself towards the top of your class!

Finding What Works

It’s all pretty easy in high school. You’re told what to do, and do it. In college, you’re left to your own devices, by and large. Alas, many students struggle with this freedom, and end up spending way more time than they should be procrastinating from their studies. As such, one of the best gifts you can give yourself is to find out what works best for you. If you know that you work best in the mornings, then get up and do work; you’ll have the afternoons free (see? Plenty of benefits!).

A Happy Home Life

When you’re trying to achieve anything, it’s best if all the important aspects of your life are in sync. In college, this will mean your “public” life (college), and your “private” life (where you’re living). As such, you’ll be well served by taking the time to make sure you live with people you know, like, and trust. College life can be difficult, but it’ll be all the more straightforward if you have a safe, happy space to retreat to.

No Hesitation

We know that being away from home, in a new environment, in a stressful situation (studying) can be tough. But if you’re going to go to college – and get all the benefits that it brings – then that’s what you’ve signed up for. People do a lot better in any scenario where they’re completely absorbed. If you’re forever wondering if you made the right choice by selecting your college rather than another one, then you’ll struggle to find focus. While you’re there, throw yourself into all that college brings. You only get out what you put in, after all!

Final Thoughts

There are no guarantees when it comes to college success, but there are things you can do to get yourself ahead, as we’ve soon above. Beyond that, it’s all about enjoying yourself!

I hope you enjoyed the post and that your semester goes well!

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

advice, anti-haul, college, life, lifestyle It’s Never Too Early To Start Taking Care Of Your Financial Health August 19, 2018

Have you ever thought about how you’re taking care of your financial health and whether you’re taking steps that are in its best interests? Most young people don’t. They think they have plenty of time, and would rather spend money on things that bring short term pleasure. That’s totally normal – nobody is perfect! However, it’s never too early to start taking care of your financial health and getting into good habits for your later years. You don’t have to scrimp, save, and stop buying things that you like, but becoming more mindful and easing yourself into becoming better with your money is pretty much always a good idea. To get you started, here are a few suggestions:

Get A Better Idea of Where Your Money Goes

First, you need to have a good idea of where your money is going. If you don’t, then you can hardly use it in a more sensible way. Banks are now giving customers a better idea of how they are spending their money by showing pie charts and graphs. You can also download apps that will allow you to see. You might be shocked to see that you’re spending more money on something than you initially realized! I love using an Excel sheet to track my spending! 

Come Up With A Budget

Now it’s time to come up with a budget. You must live below your means if you’re going to stay financially healthy. This doesn’t mean scrimping, saving, and living a low quality of life just to have an extra bit of money in the bank. It means coming up with a smart budget where you split your finances up, and allowing yourself some pocket money to use how you like so you don’t go nuts.

Be Smart With Your Spare Money

When you have spare money, be smart with it. The sooner you start looking at investments, the better. You can find suggestions here, but which will you choose? Make sure you also invest in your self development, as it’s investing in your future. These are definitely ways of spending money that can be considered investing.  

Wait Before Purchasing

We’ve all had the uncontrollable urge to buy something at one time or another, only to buy it and realize we didn’t really want or need it. If you can control yourself before buying something, you’ll usually find that within a few weeks the urge wears off!

Build Up Your Credit

Build up your credit by paying your bills on time, taking out small loans (sensibly!), and looking at other techniques are creating a healthy credit score. Just don’t be tempted to take out loans you’re unsure about.

Save An Emergency Fund

An emergency fund will cover you for unexpected occurrences and give you peace of mind. Put a portion of your earnings into an emergency fund each month and forget about it.

If you think about it, taking care of your financial health can be considered self care. Your future self will love you for doing these things now, and if you don’t, you’ll wish you had. You don’t have to be perfect, just consistent.

I hope you enjoyed the post and learned something from it! Budgeting while on a college budget is really important.

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

advice, clothing, life, lifestyle 3 Of The Most High-Paying Jobs In The World August 16, 2018

The most high-paying jobs in the world are sometimes motivators in themselves. While you should never focus on only the salary alone (it’s healthy to be at least a little enthused with your job,) it can’t hurt when it comes to choosing your direction in life. If nothing else learning exactly what jobs are the most highly paid can serve as an interesting exercise, perhaps helping you specialize in a certain direction if you’re in a position to make that choice. After all, developing skills with inspiration is never a waste of time.

Computer Science

Computer science or engineering is one of the most well paid jobs to be found today, thanks to its practicality of uses and the uniformity of digital systems and structures in our daily lives. Computer science is an intensely mathematical and scientific pursuit, and so it takes those with a very high abstract reasoning ability and calculative understanding – not to mention long-form reasoning. These fields are perhaps the most available to specialize of all, as digital systems are so frequently found in so many different fields and niches that often the mere ability to qualify yourself with a Master computer engineering degree validates you for many, many jobs. You may work for a Fortune 500 tech conglomerate, a high level military computer adviser, or perhaps formulate your own digital constructions. Computer engineers often make around $110,000 on average as of May 2018.

Engineering

Of course, engineering goes hand in hand in terms of salary pricing as computer science engineering, but has a wider array of practical uses with physical designs. From building bridges to full public service utilities among a whole host of other incredible items, engineering is truly the final form of the childhood lego obsessed. Engineering is such a pragmatic, highly specialized and desired skill that it’s not uncommon for chief designers to make upwards of $200,000 a year, before bonuses. This is an intensely relevant field and will always be, requiring qualifications from top universities to be considered for the best roles.

Business Administration

Business administration is absolutely something that is required by absolutely every form. Unlike the previously two recommended skillsets, business administration can often be utilized by any corporate structure of size. In case you hadn’t realized, there are plenty of these out there. A business administrator manages to combine the tasks of managing management, overseeing financial obligations and duties, ensuring all teams synergize and that the overall vision of the company is on the correct route.

In more specialized circumstances they can be utilized to oversee and report on the success of a project, managing a team perhaps in that R&D level of secrecy. These individuals are often highly qualified and intensely familiar with the entire business hierarchy, and can provide their own visions as to how best to achieve the mission statement of the firm. It’s not uncommon for an excellent business administrator to make over £120,000 a year excluding bonuses.

If you have an interest in becoming the best of the business or design world, why not consider these careers? You’ll certainly enjoy a high standard of living if you’re willing to submit to bettering yourself.