Back To School

Monday night officially marked the end of my three-month-long summer break.

It is now the beginning of my second year in university and so I may not be able to post as much as I did in the last few months. On the contrary though, I might find a lot of topics to talk about so who knows? I just might show up again before either of us expects me to(!)

Even though I am still just a Sophomore, there are a few things I would like to share with all those starting universities/colleges this year. Here are a few tips that helped me and I hope you guys can benefit from them as well.

1. Being Open-minded

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You are entering a place where everything and everyone is unfamiliar to you; however, that is not necessarily a bad thing. Step out of your comfort zone. Be the first one to strike up a conversation with a student, a professor, the staff – there is so much you can learn just by exchanging a few words with them.

2. Less Procrastination

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Do not put off any assignments till later, even if the submission date is several weeks away. It will only take a few days for you to have a huge messy pile of incomplete tasks if you don’t at least start with it.
3. Stay on a Budget

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Once you make friends and start having study groups for pretty much all your courses, there will be lots of hanging out in different cafes/diners etc. Due to this, your bank account may get a little upset. Fix a reasonable amount that you are comfortable spending on a day-to-day basis. Or set aside an adequate sum which you can use as a weekly (or monthly) allowance, and try not to cross the limit.

4. Be a Team Player

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Some (or most) of your projects will be assigned to a group – rather than on an individual basis. This is the best opportunity for you to learn about responsibilities, to develop social skills, leadership qualities, being organized, and bringing your “A” game to the table. No matter how much your team members might irritate you at times, choosing to rise above it and helping them is what will distinguish you from the rest of your fellow students.
5. Never Give Up

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No matter how many times you fall back down, be sure to get back up. Whether you have failed a course, a relationship, or a friendship – try again. Learn from your mistakes, ask your professors or class fellows for help when needed, and don’t place limits to what you can do or what you can be.

Most importantly though, relish the time you have and try as many new things as you can (legal ones of course!), because at the end of the day it is not your GPA that matters, you do.

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Until next time!

Happy reading 🙂

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Hiking We Will Go

“Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations.”

One of my favourite trails to hike on is located in Bhurban’s Pearl Continental Hotel.

You witness various kinds of species in their natural habitat, breathe in fresh air as you move along, exert yourself to tredge higher, accomplish what you set out to do, and lastly – savour the experience.

Hiking Trail, Bhurban

Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge – August 18, 2017

Five Greats

​”Any time you start feeling sorry for yourself or you go into a rant about how bad life sucks, you immediately have to name five greats.”

This is what Georgia tells Moses, in The Law of Moses

I thought this is a wonderful way of changing my perspective for at least a few moments, in order to remind myself how there are so many other countless blessings that make all the bad parts worthwhile.

So my five greats for today are:

1. Having people I can count on

2. Another month of summer break 

3. Chocolates (because, duh!)

4. Books, of course 

5. Swimming 

Anytime you feel low, try this out 🙂

The Question We All Ask

“Why me?”

 
This is a question we all have asked ourselves at some point in our lives; or at the very least have thought it.

“Why do I have to do the dishes?”

“Why does my work keep getting rejected?”

“Why do have to drive my brother to school?”

“Why am the outcast among my friends?”

“Why do have such unruly hair?”

These are ordinary thoughts that often float in my mind while going about my ordinary day, doing ordinary chores, in my ordinary life. When I read these questions over here, however, I kind of feel ashamed. While the world experiences thousands of tragedies every single day, here I am worrying about the most mundane things.

This in no way implies that one person’s problems are more troubling than another’s and vice versa. It just means that when thoughts like these do come in our mind, it is imperative we realize how blessed we are to be worrying about things like the cake you forgot to take out of the oven. Be grateful for the little things, take out time to be appreciative, and never take anything for granted.

You have to do the dishes? Be grateful you have the sources to use clean utensils every night, that you are physically capable of doing this task.

Your work does not get approved? You are getting an opportunity that most people only dream about. Each time you fail, you are one step closer to getting it right.

Have to drive your brother to school? Your parents are putting their faith in you, trusting you with their child. You get to bond with your sibling, creating a relationship that you may always cherish.

An outcast among your friends? That just means you are unique in your own way. You are a breath of fresh air, cut out differently and those who do take the time to know you are the only ones worthy of your love.

Having another bad-hair-day? Appreciate the fact that you do have hair about which you get to worry. And let’s face it – discussing hair problems is a surefire way to make a fast acquaintance!

I know it’s easier to say (or write) things than to actually act on them, but let’s at least try.

Let’s turn our ‘why me?’ to ‘why not me?’