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What I Learned About Structure

In Self Help on December 19, 2011 at 9:55 pm

I recently made a timetable for my college year and realised that structure, and a set and strict timetable are really important when it comes to success in life. You cannot be successful unless you have a structure in place which you follow towards your success. Structure is important because you are planning your actions. Planning, prepares you for success and reduces your chances of failure. That is why there is the saying ‘to fail to prepare, is preparing to fail.’ That immediately means structure and planning makes you more successful than the other individual that doesn’t prepare or structure correctly.

I took structure and planning for granted through out my whole life till I realised that my grades in school weren’t adding up. My English grade was below my expected. If you looked at my writing, you would assume the curriculum got my papers wrong with someone else’s. I am good at English and have potential, but my structure for work is wrong, not my knowledge or understanding of the concepts. I need to plan my work and plan it well so that my success is satisfying my interpretation of what success means to me. (If you are wondering, the letter A is what I call success). I did well in some subjects and did not so good in others this term in school. My structure for learning is a total fail, period. My latest post on TheLookoutDiary, ‘Am I The Only One That Hates Multitasking In School?’ is about not wanting to multi-task but what I have learned, is that multi-tasking only works when your structure is well thought out, and implemented according to your plan.

My mother and grandfather pushed and pushed and pushed me until I made a structured timetable for my life. Since I started going by my timetable, I have practically forgotten about prioritising school subjects and giving each subject, the same amount of time and attention. I NOW FEEL MY BEST.

Do you ever wonder why you can do different subjects in school one after the other, and not feel like you are missing out on one subject compared to the other? The reason you feel so at ease when you are at school, is because a structure has been put in place to help you go through school with ease. That is what you have to do for yourself, when you are at home. If you are ever faced with so many things to do in your life, make a plan, make a structure that works for you, and stick by it and if you do, you will be successful. It doesn’t have to be work or at work by the way. It could just  be your life as a whole.

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Just Keep Going!

In Self Help on October 4, 2011 at 3:43 pm

You know when you were young and you had big dreams. You had dreams like becoming really rich, actor or music star like Beyonce or Kanye West. Then you learned about education and then dreams shifted to you wanting to go to Harvard, Oxford, Cambridge or LSE, while still wanting to be a music star or actor or TV presenter. Well, you can still live up to the dreams regardless of what your life has turned out to be.

I didn’t get the best GCSE grades but I still got accepted into sixth form. People think that if they don’t get high standards then their life is over but in actual fact, you can still get back up, dust yourself off and try again.

I believe that grades shouldn’t be the only thing that allows you to pursue your dream and gain success. I am not against education, I just feel that a lot can be learned from being practical in the world. If you look at the world at the moment, people are creating things in their spare time while educating themselves in something completely different. I am a blogger by night but by day, I am a college student studying Philosophy, Sociology, Business and English Literature. The only subject in that list that relates to me blogging is English. If you take time to develop something you enjoy, you will eventually become better and reap the rewards. It is always going to be hard at first but as time goes on, it will become easier and second nature.

What you have to understand about life, education, principles and socialising is that everyone is a human being. We all make mistakes and we are not perfect. That means that people are going to have to accept 98% achievement instead of 100% because again, no one is perfect. That also means that we can still come back to be closer to perfect if we learn from our mistakes. Everyone is different and that’s what makes us unique human beings. If people were perfect, life would be shit!

My advice to anyone reading this is to continue to fight to be the best at what you do but never give up because when you do, then you feel like something is empty inside of you!

 

 

How To Survive College #1

In Uncategorized on October 2, 2011 at 4:11 pm

N.B. College in UK is the last 2 years before college education in the USA.

If you have read my latest posts you would have known that I have recently started college. I have made friends and now I have enormous amounts of work that has deadlines and a life that is almost jam packed with education. I have recently come up with a few tips for the typical student that is trying to survive college to the best of their ability and hopefully get far in life.

1) Always do work on time and preferably on the day you get it.

2) Make friends with people that actually want to succeed in life.

3) Do a sport out of school or a club that isn’t related to work eg. computer club, football club, basketball club. It allows you to make friends without the fear of embarrassing yourself.

4) Make time to go to the library. I don’t like it but that is where you find people who want to succeed and want to go to university.

5) After 2 months of school, ask someone to be your study partner. Work can get boring so a partner can make it slightly more interesting. I call it ‘not suffering alone, but together.’ Suffering together, makes it fun.

6) Always try to enjoy yourself regardless of the stress college gives you.

College is a place to network with people in an educational enviroment. Take advantage of social networking but don’t abuse it and flop your exams.

Good Luck to every student trying to get further in life. Belief in yourself, will get you far.

 

COLLEGE! WHY? EASY? HELL NO!

In Uncategorized on September 23, 2011 at 5:00 pm

I can’t believe it has already been 2 weeks at college and the stresses are catching up on me. I am just wanting a break, even though it has just been my personal introduction to advanced level education. I would rather lounge at home, watch the Matrix Trilogy or write all day and hang out with friends. Education is needed though. It gives you opportunity and that gives you success in whatever you want to do in life.

I am the social type of person. If I go to college and we were told that we couldn’t talk to anyone, I wouldn’t even survive a day, yet alone a week. I need socialisation in college as it gives me an advantage in connecting with people. With that in mind, education is very important right now, and all I have been doing is learning how adapt to my new routine of ‘off key’ lesson times and a bunch of new people who I have been suprisingly confident to talk to.

If you are in college and it’s going pretty slowly and you are starting to realise that it is not what you imagined, just look at it as a challenge that if you pass your exams, you will get what you want after. It may be university or employment. Just keep going and be dedicated through out!