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Trying to Stay Positive

A RealWorld Student writes:

I HAVE THIS TEST TO TAKE IN ABOUT 51 DAYS, I HAVE BEEN PREPARING FOR THIS EXAM FOR ABOUT 9 MONTHS AND I HAVE TO ACE IT , SOMETIMES I HAVE SELF DOUBTS ABOUT MY CAPABILITIES WHICH I ALWAYS TRY TO SAY MYSELF THAT IT IS BY BEING SUCCESSFULL IN THE PRESENT THAT YOU CAN EXPECT A POSITIVE FUTURE. I JUST WANTED TO KNOW HOW AM I SUPPOSE TO BE POSITIVELY MOTIVATED AND ACTIVE IN MOST OF MY PREPARATION.

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More Things College Students Should Know

The first day of classes, I found myself in the same situation that thousand of college students face each semester. Being the first person in my family to attend college, I had no idea what to expect. Making the decision not to leave home and to attend school in my hometown helped to make the transition easier, but it was still intimidating.

If I had someone to clue me in on what to expect, things might have been easier and I could have concentrated more on my classes instead of fumbling through everything. Tips on the best parking lots, when to use the computer lab, and which professors to avoid, would have been the best things that anyone could have told me about. Unfortunately, nobody did, and I have racked up several parking tickets, waited impatiently for a chance in the computer lab, and have had my share of longwinded professors. The following are a few more things that I had no idea about.
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Facing Your Fears

Some have said that the letters of the word “fear” also defines what it is: “False Evidence Appearing Real.” How appropriate, because that’s exactly what it is. Most of the time, fear is just a manifestation of our imagination running out of control.

Fear, especially for college students, comes disguised in many forms.

There’s the typical fear of the unknown (i.e., outlook on employment after graduation, having to speak in front of your peers, uncertainty about meeting your financial needs, etc.).

Then there’s the fear of failure or rejection (i.e., failing your final exam, not graduating, not getting the job you want, etc.).

There’s also the uncommon fear of success. That right; believe it or not, some people are actually afraid to succeed (i.e., increased expectations, increased responsibility, feelings of guilt for having more than others, etc.).

All of these examples don’t even take into account the fear we have in our relationships, families, and personal lives.

Whichever your fear, neither one of the three previous types is healthy for you. Each fear has its own unique debilitating characteristics that can steal your dreams and sabotage your future. Your job is to identify which and how each fear is attacking you and learn how to conquer it effectively.

Now I don’t pretend to be an expert on the topic, but I have endured my own share of fear attacks. In fact, when I was a teenager growing up in the ghetto, sometimes it felt as if “fear” was the only friend I had. Over the years, I’ve achieved some “success” largely due to my ability to courageously face my fears. During those battles, I learned the following lessons:
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Balancing School AND Work

“Some Have to Earn to Learn”

Work and school seem to be two inseparable evils to most college students. To the fortunate few who have the “financial” ability to “choose” one without the other, we hate you (just kidding).

Unfortunately, most college students have to “earn” in order to “learn.” Personally speaking, I held so many jobs in college that my friends called me the “Job Man.” During any given semester, I worked at least two jobs, sometimes three, for a total of 50 – 60 hours a week! No joke. Matter of fact, after graduation, the “real world” seemed a lot easier than college. My mother was very poor and my father didn’t offer me any financial support. I know this sounds like a story from your parents, but I’m still in my late twenties.
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Motivating Reasons to Exercise

Reasons to Exercise Your Student Body
by Lee LeBlanc

If you still need a reason to stay physically fit, here’s some additional motivation to live, feel and eat healthier:
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Improving Your Grades

Here is an excerpt from my book “Tricks of the Grade,” which talks about one of the ten guaranteed ways you can raise your GPA by “out smarting” the competition. Use it today!

As a professor, there is one thing that concerns me more than anything else about students, it’s the fact that most students treat college like a vacation (i.e., a social club) rather than a vocation (i.e., a job). This is not to say that you shouldn’t have fun in college. That’s like saying you shouldn’t have fun at work. Not only is that ridiculous, it’s stressful. On the contrary, I mean that you need to accept college for what it is… a business.

Look at it from an employee’s (your) standpoint. In college, aren’t you held accountable by someone in an authority position? Do these authority figures sometimes get on your nerves? If you do not perform up to par or do not demonstrate the basic competencies to perform, will you get promoted (i.e., pass the class)? Don’t you sometimes feel like you’re being overworked? I don’t know about you, but this sounds like a job to me.
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