A bit of this and that

Hey y’all! To start things off, I’m going to include a really delicious French dessert that I love. It’s not normally a summer dessert but, I believe that if it tastes good it can be served anytime! Right?

Cherry Clafoutis
A dessert which is super rustic and pretty simple to make. Perfect for a night in, anytime of the time of year.

Ingredients:
Thick (double/heavy) cream 200 ml
Vanilla Bean 1
Milk 100 ml
Eggs 3
Caster Sugar 50 g
Plain (all-purpose) flour 70 g
Kirsch (fruit brandy) 1 tablespoon
Black Cherries 450 g
Icing Sugar for dusting

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 180 C (350 F). Put the cream in a small saucepan. Split the vanilla bean in two, scrape out the seeds and add the scraped seeds and bean to the cream. Heat gently for a few minutes, then remove from the heat, add the milk and cool. Strain the mixture, discarding the vanilla bean.

2. Whisk the eggs with the sugar and flour, then stir into the cream mixture. Add the kirsch and cherries and stir well.

3. Pour into a 23 cm (9 inch) round baking dish and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until golden on top.

4. Dust with icing sugar and serve.

***Make sure you pit the cherries or buy pitted ones already!! Otherwise your friends or you might get a really unpleasant surprise. ***

*even though this recipe is best made with fresh cherries in the summer time when they are truly luscious, I sometimes make it with frozen cherries, still turns out pretty amazing ūüôā *

Moving on!

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I have some tips for any of y’all planning to start anything (exercise, healthy habits, good study habits…etc.).

So, to start of I will start by saying the first thing you must do for anything you are trying to achieve — be it good grades, a fitness goal, or forming a positive habit — is you must set out a specific short term goal. Long term goals are lovely and a great help in keeping your eye on the prize; however, they are not at all useful in day-to-day aspects of achieving that goal. We mostly taper off after the first couple weeks; first week you are super energized and excited about something- you have it all figured out and then it slowly tapers off from there. It isn’t easy to keep on track with a goal so far away (such as wanting a GPA of 4.0 at the end of the semester). It’s misleading and a false sense of realism to think that you can just set your goals so far in advance and actually get to them and not taper off or lose motivation as time goes by. I am well aware that there are people who maybe can easily say “I want to run a marathon” and 6 months later…there they are, running. Those people are rare. Most of us need some sort of constant jolt and push until we get into a rhythm and build a good habit or learn to motivate ourselves without those little nudges. A simple example of this would be for me…I want to get an A in all of my courses this semester. If that is my only aim for the entire semester, heck I doubt I would even make it to half the classes on a crappy day, but it isn’t. I make¬†daily¬†goals for myself. This may seems a little excessive but trust me, when you are working from 3% good study habits…daily min-goals are perfect. Today my tasks were to write a short outline of my essay and email my prof, then finish chapter 2 of my math textbook exercises. I did all of those things and still had time for myself. Planning is a wonderful thing! It also helps keep yourself organized because if you aren’t setting daily milestones then your bigger ambitions will fade out due to distractions and laziness (hey, it’s human nature, no shame there) and consequently never be realized. How can someone jump from nothing to having it all? They can’t. So, in order to keep yourself motivated and your passion for the aim fired up at all times, without flickering out, just give yourself daily pushes. Reward yourself for a job well done with something pleasant. I personally like to reward all my good exams with my favorite fro-yo. It’s not hard, just takes perseverance.

Once you have this all figured out and get into a grove, you’re golden. What happens after you learn to set daily tasks for yourself to check off, you’ll feel accomplished and happy. Next step is to wake up and do it all over again! There is nothing else to ¬†start on the road to successfully accomplishing an aspiration. So, really there are two steps in the beginning process: plan/set short term goals, rinse and repeat. That is all!

Along we move!

What grinds my gears- part 2:

1. When someone called you and you missed their call by a second, you call back and they don’t answer. How!? You JUST called me….what, did you drop the phone and run away once I didn’t pick up? Honestly…annoying!

2. People who park crooked. Can you please explain why you took up 1.5 parking spots with a tiny car?! I understand if someone with a big truck or trailer does this, they simply can’t do it any other way. But if you are driving a Toyota Corolla and end up taking up almost 2 spaces or parking crooked (so that when I park next to you I can’t open my door) I think you are a moron or a jackass. Only two options there.

3. Stopping in the middle of the speed-up lane entering a highway. OMG. I have been so frickin close to crashing because of those idiots! Just the other week I was driving to the US with my dad and this imbecile stops right smack in the middle and there are 5 cars behind him (including me) going at 80 km/h. NOT a good call, bud. Why in the fuck would you need to do that?! If it’s an emergency pull the F over and don’t cause a 10 car pile-up. Unless you died behind your wheel, you are fully capable of pulling to the side of the road or waiting until you hit a turn off point in order to stop. Frick on a stick, this one really pissed me off.

4. ¬†The use of the word “dear”. It’s fine when it’s in context of an e-mail, or an ancient grandmother says it…but not when it’s someone my age or actually any age that isn’t past 80 who says that to me. I just wanna smack ’em in the face with a glove. Seriously, it sounds so¬†douchey/bitchy. “Can you be a dear and…”/ “No, dear…”. Maybe most people don’t mean to sound like they are talking down to me, but it really does feel like it.

5. Talking loudly about “important” stuff. I hate when people try to look all important and purposely talk loud or just above normal voice levels to seem like a big shot. Especially when they are talking normally then all of a sudden their voice level goes up and you hear “yeah, that meeting really went well. Thank you for bringing me the paperwork, I will look over that guy’s resume….” and then tapers off to normal levels. I can almost hear the second part of that being “yes, boss I will organize it according to alphabetical order…yes of course I will have it done by Monday, thank you.” Haha. Just pathetic.

Well, my lovely readers and loyal followers, that is all for me tonight! Have a good weekend and I will be back sometime next weekend; not quite sure which day since Thursday is my birthday and I am not certain what will be going on during the weekend. So, to be safe, check back on Sunday, a new post should be up!

Sunday Mom Day

Hey y’all! ‘

Happy Mother’s Day to all the amazing moms out there! However the biggest happy Mother’s Day goes to the most wonderful and beautiful one of them all! Thank you for all your unconditional love, care and support, love you mom!

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Today is a good day, I spent it with my extraordinary mom who my dad and I took to dinner (which I just got home from). I am stuffed! Though, I am still going to get some green tea ice cream as a palate pleaser-how can I not? It’s my¬†favorite!

The only crappy part of today was when I had to do English assignments…in fact, last night as well. It was so drab, my poor brain was crying for something stimulating or at least less tedious…but anyways ¬†back to mother’s day!

The things I did to celebrate mother’s day over the years: taking mom to brunch, taking mom to dinner, buying a giant¬†bouquet¬†of flowers and cooking a dinner, buying mom Swarovski¬†crystal¬†earnings. I also tend to bake a lot for Mother’s Day…last year I made a¬†raspberry¬†mousse cheese cake. The cake came about by accident, I didn’t mean to make a mousse but some stuff went a bit wonky and it it turned out pretty delicious, my mom asked me to write down exactly how I did it so I wouldn’t forget and could replicate it haha. The shortage of¬†currency¬†made it difficult to do more creative things this year…which meant no big flower bouquets and no Swarovski…but we still had a lovely dinner and great family time!

Monday is coming up tomorrow…this week is going to be awful weather…all rain and cold. I have a psych exam on Wednesday so tomorrow and the day after will be dedicated to mathematics and psychology. Woop-dee-woop! Speaking of school work, you know where I would really like to go on¬†vacation? Hawaii!! It has been my dream destination for a get-away for years, and I went everywhere else but there! For some reason things just worked out that way haha, I am hoping my next trip will be Hawaii…the coconut mojitos, sitting with my ass in the sand sipping a cool drink and soaking up the sunshine, then going for a swim in the glistening warm water. Sigh…I might never want to leave.

To leave on a yummy note, here is a recipe for a satisfying and super scrumptious Monday breakfast idea:

Ingredients:

2 large eggs
Cheese of your choice (I like feta)
Hash brown potatoes
Pimento peppers (finely chopped)
Italian sausage (diced into small pieces)
Olives
Caramelized onions
3 tablespoons of unsalted butter
Salt and pepper
Sundried tomatoes

Directions:

1. Melt butter and brush the inside of the baking dishes (or dish, if you are making one).

2. Layer the ingredients with sausage and hash browns at the bottom: reserving the eggs and cheese for the top -the rest of the order doesn’t matter. crack the eggs onto the ingredients already in the dish and sprinkle with cheese.

3. Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for about 40 minutes. Time varies depending on the oven…but in mine, once the oven is preheated it takes about 40 minutes to cook.

I wish you all a fantastic week filled with good times and pleasant experiences. See y’all next Thursday/Friday!

Week 1: Complete

Hey y’all!

So, week one of my semester has come to an end! I have to say, it’s much less painful than expected! Now, don’t get me wrong here…I am loaded with homework and¬†responsibilities¬†(one of my classes has 6 exams during the semester), however, it’s great!

I have 3 classes this semester and all of my professors are pretty good…except there is one professor in particular who is amazing; I think he is such a great person and a phenomenal teacher-he really wants to see you succeed, in fact, I would say he is my favorite professor since I started college. His daughter is in medical school, actually, and he gave me some pointers and tips on getting accepted as well as some good insight on what to expect. I have a lot of work to do and my grades have to be¬†impeccable,¬†but the reward is totally worth the effort!

Now, I started a schedule and so far have been good at keeping to it! I have modified it a bit to adjust to some days and times to better fit my needs and learning pace. I realized I like to do the homework after each class (as soon as possible on the day it was¬†assigned)¬†because that way I really cement the new material in my head; it works with your long-term memory (it also lessens the chance of you forgetting to do the assignment) because if you only cram for exams while doing minimal work during your semester that works with your short-term memory…then you forget everything you crammed for 2 days after the exam, you also will probably do poorly on the exams and future courses since you won’t remember much. So…basically: review notes after each class and do homework/study the day it was assigned to do better in your course & retain the knowledge for future related classes.

My classmates are decent, I haven’t met any cute guys yet though haha! Joking, my main focus is the work, not the guys. In fact, my first exam is on next Wednesday (the 15th) and my first (short) paper is due on Tuesday, several pages of math to do and a good amount of reading. It’s also mother’s day this Sunday and I promised to spend Saturday, so it’ll be quite the busy weekend!

All in all this week has been good, I can kind of see how the courses are, I can see the teaching style of my professors and I can also tell how heavy the work load is. Time to buckle down and work hard!

To perk up my mood after school I dig into green tea ice cream (moderate amounts, though sometimes I get carried away hehe) ! My best friend was kind and generous enough to give me a carton of it!

If y’all need a pick-me-up, here’s a recipe for a little somethin’ somethin’! This recipe is also perfect for mother’s day!

Strawberries and Cream Angel Food Cake: 

Ingredients:
1 cup cake flour (spooned and leveled)
1/4 teaspoon salt
12 large egg whites, room temperature
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Strawberries and fresh whipped cream, for serving
Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place flour and salt in a sieve set over a bowl; sift into bowl and set aside. With a mixer, beat egg whites on medium-high until foamy, about 1 minute. Add cream of tartar; beat until soft peaks form. Continue to beat, gradually adding sugar; beat until stiff peaks form, about 2 minutes. Add vanilla; beat to combine.

Gently transfer egg-white mixture to a large, wide bowl. In four batches, using the sieve again, sift flour mixture over egg-white mixture. While turning the bowl, use a rubber spatula to fold in the mixture by cutting down the center and coming up the sides. Gently spoon batter into an ungreased bundt cake pan; smooth top. Gently tap the pan on your counter to release air bubbles.

Bake until cake is golden and springs back when lightly pressed, 35 to 40 minutes. Invert pan; let cool in pan, 1 hour. Run a knife around the inside of the pan and around the tube to release cake. Use knife to release cake from bottom of pan, and remove  onto a serving plate.

Slice and top each slice with whipped cream and a few sliced strawberries. Simple, delicious, and oh so satisfying.

*Recipe taken from Martha Stewart 

Enjoy the weekend y’all! I’m off to hang out with my family and have some tea! I’ll be back during the weekend with another post, so check back soon!

Clothing Rant

Hey y’all!

Schools beginning in 4 days (not counting today) and frankly I am psyched! However…I went by the school just to check things out before I head there on Monday and the problem I saw was ….people wearing heels and miniskirts to class…what the F?! Full make-up too!? Holy¬†inappropriateness!! I¬†come in sweats and a T-shirt with some sneakers or yoga pants and a sweater with runners. How do these women have the time and will to do all that in the mornings. I get that most people meet their other half in college/university but…dressing like an escort won’t land you any¬†eligible¬†men. Although…there are guys at school that dress like they rolled out of bed and pulled on their dad’s pants and little brother’s shirt. Tight shirts and baggy jeans…what is that!? Or my favorite, pants that look like you stole them from your little sister. Honestly do any of the guys who show their boxers know where that tradition of showing your boxers came from!? It came from prisons!! Ya, that’s right. And no, it does not mean you are a tough guy…it means you are ready to¬†receive¬†it up your butt. Yep. That’s why they show their ass half out in boxers…or nude..whatever. But honestly, that is where the baggy/low pants “style” came from, so all of you wearing that crap…haha congratulations. Just don’t walk into a prison.

I wish men dressed like the¬†1950’s/1960’s. Or better yet the 1920’s…so dapper and charming! And women like the 1950’s/1960’s…such lady-like clothing. Ah well..that’s not at all possible haha…but you know at least clean up your look a little! I walk down the street and any man I see wearing normal clothing i.e. clothing that fits them well and looks well put together, I automatically find them more¬†appealing. Same goes to women, dressing like a club girl to everyday occasions is so awful. If you think that makes you more¬†desirable…then that’s a¬†misconception..well, kind of. Women who dress like that are desirable for a night or two of fun but not for anything that is meaningful…so hey, if that’s your goal to be a disposable sex doll then by all means keep that style going. But from¬†research (not mine) men usually prefer women who show enough skin to¬†intrigue¬†them but also cover up enough to make them not look easy. For example, in the summer when it’s hot out I could wear cow-boy boots and “short” shorts (not so short that you can see my ass) because it’s comfortable and keeps me cool but up-top I wear a plain white shirt or a¬†tank top. Which sure, to some that might mean I “slut it up” in the hot months but then again how can I avoid over heating?! I consider that¬†okay;¬†what I don’t find okay is when girls do then when it’s clearly too cold outside for such clothing…or wear that to school where you are supposed to be focused on your grades and future-how can you achieve anything if your main concern is looking like a floozy. I guess what tickles my pickle is when people dress a certain way because it’s considered “in fashion” or “everyone is doing it”. What are you in elementary school? Fuck, just be original, show some¬†creativity! Think about your figure and what looks good on you. Taking inspiration from people is good, but run with it, damn it, don’t just wear what you hear rappers rap about (or what they themselves wear)! Or if you can’t fucking generate an outfit that isn’t worthy of incinerating then take¬†inspiration¬†from someone like Emma Watson or Emma Stone or Kate Middleton…those ladies dress really elegantly; granted¬†Kate is more conservative but the two Emmas manage to look fabulous without dressing like trash bags…men adore both of them! Why not take good¬†examples instead of bad ones. And men…look at guys who dress well and are still¬†among¬†the most desirable men, to name a few: Josphen-Gordon-Levitt,¬†Ryan¬†Gosling, James Franco. Take those names,¬†Google¬†them, and use them as inspiration if you can’t figure out what well dressed men wear.

Anyways, that’s my little rant for today haha! Main point being…just…use your own¬†digression¬†and if yours is malfunctioning…¬†Google¬†the names I told you and check out those people’s styles.

It’s ¬†cold and windy outside. ūüė¶

Pens and Needles

Hello y’all!

What an awful sleep I got last night, gosh darn it. Second night in a row. Fist it was a car alarm then it was a bad dream. I think the dream stressed me out more so than the car alarm because it was to do with my future studies…I am nervous/anxious enough as it is having to go into the pre-medical studies program knowing that if I get lower than 80% average for any semester my application for Medical School will be chucked in the recycling bin. This dream only added to my fears of going through so much hard work only to fail at the very end. Good job brain!

On another note, I found a way to have a really healthy breakfast that requires almost no time to make and gives you enough energy to last well into the day. I think this will be my go-to breakfast this semester! This breakfast consists of 2 raw medium carrots -grated (on the fine side of the grater) and sprinkled with sugar, 1 cup of Greek¬†honey yogurt, bowl of instant oatmeal, cup of tea/juice/coffee. You may think that eating carrots and sugar together is well beyond weird, but trust me if you try it you’ll like it…it’s such a refreshing and pleasant feel on the¬†pallet¬†and loaded with vitamin A. Granted, instant oatmeal isn’t the best but if you are a student rushing to class or simply short on time this is a perfect solution to get some¬†fiber¬†in your diet. The¬†Greek¬†yogurt is great for your digestive tract due to being full of probiotic bacteria. Honestly, after eating this for breakfast I realized I lasted almost until 2 pm without being hungry; I ate the¬†breakfast¬†at 9…so that’s pretty great! If you want even more of a boost added to your breakfast you can include a fruit smoothie made of fruits such as bananas for potassium and¬†berries¬†like ¬†blue berries for antioxidants. Or, if you are short on time just toss the fruit/berries in your Greek yogurt for a quicker way to grab more nutrients.

Back to the first point I am feeling pins and needles all over just thinking about the excitement and the worries. On one hand I look around and see these pre-med students plowing through their work load and straining their brain to get the grade they need and I automatically think…shit,¬†do I¬†really want it bad enough to push myself into this kind of state? Then, I picture myself doing something else, going to school for something less intimidating and working at a different job; which leads to the conclusion that…yes, I do want it bad enough.¬†So at the end of the day, no matter how hard it is going to get and how much I am going to cuss myself out for starting this road while I am stuck at home with a textbook almost every night, at the end of it I know I will be incredibly proud of myself for sticking to my calling and following through with my dream.¬†Regardless¬†of how much time it takes, how much stress I go through and, no matter how intense my life will be for the next little while…at the end, I’ll be who I always felt I was meant to be. That’s what matters. I know I have the best family and friends I could ever wish for. I cherish my parents, they are amazing beyond words and with¬†their¬†support and my good friends I know I will be able to get through anything.

Okay, enough rambling sappy life lectures and epiphany babble from me haha!

Back to the yee-haws and sweet tea!

Speaking of sweet tea, I know some people might be curious what the traditional way to make it is. I’ve been asked before and it’s super simple!

Sweet Tea:

3 cups water
8-10 regular-size tea bags  (I use earl grey because I like that flavor best, but any black tea is fine)
1 cup sugar
3 cups cold water
Ice cubes

Method:

1. Add sugar to 3 cups of water and bring to a boil; remove from heat, give a quick stir. Add tea bags and let them steep for about 20-30 minutes and then toss the tea bags out.

2. In a large pitcher, combine the steeped tea with cold/room temp. water and stir to mix it well. First pour the tea syrup in then follow with the water.

3.  To Serve: use a glass (I prefer tall glasses) Рif you want to add some subtle flavor to your tea toss in a slice of lemon and/or a sprig of mint.

*In order to not make murky tea: use room temperature filtered water (bottled works fine too) & add the ice the glass and pour the tea over the ice instead of the other way around.

4. Lay in your backyard with a magazine or a good book, sunglasses and your glass of cool sweet tea.

Prep for My Semester

Hey y’all!

Summer semester is right around the corner and I am¬†beginning my my prep! There’s a little somethin’ scary about entering into a program where you can’t screw up (not even a B-), but if it get’s me where I’m heading then I will put in my all and hope it all turns up¬†honky¬†dory.

I have already done 3 years of a psychology program when I decided to enter into a pre-medical program. Great, right? Well…yes, it is-except I have to start from scratch, upgrading everything and taking new subjects along with that. Whoo-ee! This will be one crazy summer! I still got to get my bonfires and summer night drives in there too!

Now, I know there are a lot of people out there who like to live day by day and take things as they come-if that works for you then I applaud you because it really isn’t an easy thing to do. For me, personally, I like to plan a head. I like structure and a rigid regime that keeps me organized and on track, otherwise I’ll be sippin’ my tea and reading books in the park all day long soaking up the sunshine. That’s not to say that I¬†don’t like to have a good time, because I honestly am someone who does love spontaneous ideas…just not while I am trying to get into med school. Breaks….on the other hand are a different story!

Okay, getting on with it! This is how I prep for difficult semesters and large course loads:

The first and most crucial is your self-organization:

  • Sit down and think about the semester. Look at your class schedule and identify your weakest subjects (if you don’t already know them). When you’ve done so, write them out on a piece of paper, starting with your weakest class. Under each class write out¬†why you struggle with it, this may take some time to figure out so, do it throughout the first week before classes begin. Why this step is super helpful is because once you understand why you don’t like a class or aren’t very good with the subject, you will know how to approach it. And no, “I’m just not good at it” or “I don’t like it because it sucks” is not a reason.
  • Create a schedule. I know this seems really odd because it’s so far in advance but trust me on this! Invest in a calendar/agenda/use your cellphone….frankly anything that has a calendar which can be pulled out and checked on the spot when needed. Start by writing in your class times and blocking out the duration of the class, follow by adding in your ideal sleep schedule (I suggest an early to bed early to rise routine, no matter if you have classes in the morning or not. It’s just a simple way to keep yourself on a stable sleeping pattern). Then, as silly as this may seem, block out times for everything…and that includes meal times, showers, & work-out routines; after you’ve done that, add in times you will dedicate each day to studying. Lastly do not forget to schedule in free time daily-even just an hour, everyone needs a breather. A¬†rule of thumb to ease your studying and make it more¬†efficient is to study in 50 minute intervals, take a 10 minute break every 50 minutes (or when you begin to notice your thoughts drifting off) during your sessions to help things stick and to manage stress, but absolutely no cellphones or social media of any kind during class/study hours, that is the cause of all evil when it comes to school. ¬†*Just a note: these times will change throughout the semester for the first couple week until you get into a groove and that’s okay, adjust the schedule to fit you and then stick to it. It should become auto-pilot in a few weeks*.
  • Start following the sleep pattern that you scheduled into your semester schedule. This will make it a million times easier when the semester starts, otherwise you will lay around wide-eyed like a hoot owl till wee hours and then end up sleeping only 3-4 hours a night which will cause you¬†unneeded¬†stress and sleep deprivation.

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Park two:

  • Go to your school and check out the campus (if you are new-if not then just check where your classes will be held). Meet the staff, talk to the professors, scope out the library…get¬†acquainted¬†with school-life and different groups you can join, if you want. Get your¬†book list¬†and buy the books while you are on campus.¬†
  • Open up each textbook and flip through it, is it as scary as you expected? Probably not! Look at the list of classes you struggle with or don’t like and check out the text book related to the class, read it and try to gain an understanding of what the class is about and what topics will be covered. You can even try a few problems by following the text book instructions if you want, it can either boost your confidence or simply give you an idea of what you’ll be learning.
  • Keep that sleep schedule going!
  • Eat well, get out in the fresh air, exercise. Having a healthy body is really important when it comes to school and I am not just saying that to get you to eat some carrots, I am serious. Eating well helps your body function and the more nutrients it gets, giving your brain the juice it needs to keep up with your coursework (and I don’t mean start a diet, I mean that you should eat home-cooked food that’s made from fresh ingredients). Fresh air is good, taking a walk daily relaxes you, eases your mind and invigorates your body as well as your brain. Exercise is a personal choice, but I recommend¬†doing some form of exercise at least 2 days a week throughout your semester, it will act as stress relief and as an added bonus you will be feeling a lot more energized.
  • Take out your semester schedule and add a Sunday routine to it. This little addition is an incredible thing! You will feel in control, well organized and calm. So what you should do on every Sunday before your week (besides servin’ up some fried chicken for¬†dinner) is adopt the habit of having big hearty brunch (gaining a few extra hours of snoozing), preferably by yourself because while you munch you should check out current events or read a book you’ve started…anything that will get your brain working yet isn’t too overwhelming. After you munch your way through the news, take out your schedule and check out what’s happening in the week ahead. Do you have due-dates coming up? Things that have been set aside and need to be caught up on? Find time in your schedule that you can use to give some attention to the subjects you have fallen behind on, assign different things to each day of the week that need to be studied/worked on. Next,¬†conjure up all possible willpower and head to a library/other quiet place, select a subject that has been neglected a little bit or a class which has an up-coming test/due-date and start to study it, if everything is in check then pick something which is not too overwhelming. Today should only be 3 hours of study time or so, to make sure you don’t strain your week-end brain. After you have¬†successfully completed your studying, grab some food and go for a walk in the park while listening to music, hit the gym, go swimming…anything that will¬†essentially de-clutter¬†your brain for the week ahead-all of this should be done alone to ensure complete brain¬†rejuvenation.¬†For the last of the school related stuff, write out a plan for your up-coming week with a to-do list in priority order. Now you can go and do as you wish until bed time, preferably something social to unwind.
  • Organize your room/home study area. Nothing is worse than a cluttered work space! If you think it’s organized chaos, it’s not. You need a clean space with lots of air circulation, as well as everything you need for your studies available without digging for 10 minutes through every desk compartment and book shelf. It’s important for your stress levels that you are always in control of everything when it comes to your studies; be it writing a paper and needing a¬†reference¬†book or practicing math and needing desk space to lay out your books as well as a bunch of utensils it should all be quick to attain.

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So that is it y’all! My prep before classes begin. This may seem like a load of hooey to some of you and that’s fine. If you have a system that works for you then that’s great, good job. However this system works like a well oiled machine when you perfect it, keeps you balanced and in control and it makes your studies¬†tame-able. Good grades and strong study habits are difficult to achieve when you don’t have the right start or practice in buckling down…but with this prep I am sure your entire semester will go by much better and less painfully than expected. So good luck to y’all and until next time!