Study Tips

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As finals and exams are coming just around the corner, I have found myself spending more and more time studying.  By my last year in high school, I believe I have found some great ways to study that not only work for me, but could apply to any studying situation.

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ONE// Start Studying Early

There’s nothing worse than cramming for a test.  Yes, sometimes desperate times call for desperate measures, however if you let it come to cramming for every test, you are going to end up being more stressed out and frantic.  If you know you have a big test coming up, studying a little bit every night will help more than you realize.

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TWO// Study Harder Not Longer

Sometimes it is worse to study in a distracting setting for three hours than it would have been to just sit down and study hard for half an hour.  It can be amazing how much you are able to learn in just a short period of time when you are completely focused on that one thing you are trying to learn.

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THREE// Stay Organized

Organization can be the biggest help in studying.  If all your notes are organized you know exactly what you need to study.  Also, if you keep your schedule organized you will stay aware of important dates coming up so tests and exams can’t creep up on you.

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FOUR// Take Breaks

You don’t want to fry your brain with four hours straight studying.  I try to set up rewards for myself at different intervals.  For example after every thirty minutes of studying I let myself get up, check my phone, and take a break for the next ten minutes before getting back to studying.  Sometimes those little breaks can help a lot

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FIVE// Move Around

According to research, you are more likely to forget information if you only study it in one location.  So take your notes away from your desk and go outside or try another area of your house or a local coffee shop to get the information to stick better.

Studying can be the hardest and most stressful part of school if you let it.  So take these tips and develop your own study habits to keep your grades up with as little stress as possible!

xo Carolyn

Movie Recommendations

Image-1.jpg.jpegI love movies!  In fact, at one point in my life I wanted to be a movie director!  Since then I have developed different goals, but my love for movies still remains!  I have rounded up a few of my movie recommendations in the hopes that you all can share in my love for them!

Children’s: Frozen

Frozen-blogDisney knocked it out of the park with this movie.  The songs are amazing and so are the characters!! I could watch this movie once a week!

Recent: Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast-Blog.jpgBelle has always been my favorite Disney princess and I absolutely love Emma Watson so you can imagine my excitement in finding out she would be playing my favorite princess!  Plus Josh Gad is in it, the actor who voices Olaf in Frozen, which ties back to my love of Frozen. This movie truly was a win-win!

Romantic Comedy: How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

How to Lose a Guy-Blog.jpgI don’t watch Rom-Coms frequently, however this is one I love!  The movie is absolutely hilarious and no matter how many times I have seen it I still laugh out loud!

Comedy: Dumb and Dumber

Dumb and Dumber-Blog.jpgIf you know me, then you know my love for this movie.  It is probably the most quoted movie in my family and I am not ashamed of that.  In my opinion, this movie never gets old.

Action: Jason Bourne

Jason Bourne.jpgYes, all of these movies tend to follow the same general formula but that doesn’t mean they aren’t good!  All the action and excitement make these movies so fun to watch!!

Mystery: Rear Window

Rear Window-BlogThis classic mystery is a great movie for a rainy day.  The action comes at the end but the whole time you can’t help but get completely engrossed in the mystery of the situation.  I would definitely recommend it!

Most of the time I stick to watching movies I’ve already seen before but I love seeing new movies so please comment some of your favorites!!

xo Carolyn

Lasts

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I have had a busy week.  After sending my deposit into Centre College, it hit me that I was actually going to college.  I know I’m ready to move on, but every time something happens for the last time, a wave of sadness washes over me.

A month ago, I attended my last speech tournament.  Speech has been one of the biggest parts of my life for the past four years and it’s so sad to see it end.  I have been on two different speech teams and have made my mark on both the Kentucky High School Speech League as well as the Ohio High School Speech League.  While I won’t be continuing speech in college, I know that I am a more confident person because of speech.

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Seeing speech end was sad, but what really prompted me to write about “lasts” was because last night I performed for the last time on the Bay High School stage with my amazing friends.  I’ve only lived here two years and have only been a part of the theater department for two years but it feels like I’ve been with these people my whole life.  I have never seen a group of people quite as amazing as them and I know I will never experience anything quite like it.  Yes, I plan on pursuing theatre in college, however I know it won’t be the same.  I am so thankful for these people and the opportunity to have performed with them for two years.

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Being a senior in high school is amazing.  But it does come with some hard, ending moments.  However, with ever last moment, I know there will be an amazing new first experience in college.  These bittersweet moments are going to continue all through the rest of the school year and summer and that’s okay.  All it means is I will have so many exciting moments in the years to come.

xo Carolyn

My Bucket List

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I love goals and having something to work towards and while bucket lists can seem a little morbid, I think they are a great way to think about how you want to spend your time and what you want to have done or experienced in life!  I made a bucket list in 2014 and have since been able to check a few things off!!  So here goes my list of things to do before the day I die…

  1. Have my writing published

  2. Visit all 7 continents

  3. Be part of a TV audience

  4. Go to the Kentucky Derby  2015

  5. Visit New York City

  6. Travel first class

  7. Go to a midnight premiere

  8. Go on a road trip with friends

  9. Participate in a flash mob

  10. Run a marathon

  11. Own an apartment

  12. Own a house

  13. Float on the dead sea

  14. Start a blog 2016

I know I’m going to keep adding to this list as well as cross some things off as life happens but for now here are the 14 things that as of 2014 I want to do before I die.

xo Carolyn

Morning Routine

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Morning can be the best time of day for me, or the worst time.  It all depends on what I am able to accomplish.  Most of the time I would consider myself a morning person.  I try not to stay up too late doing homework and instead wake up earlier to get things done.  Most of my mornings go a little something like this…

Wake-up…I normally wake up between 6 and 6:30am.  Generally speaking, the earlier I wake-up, the better my hair ends up looking.

Devotional…I’ve been going through “The One Year New Testament” study which is a great way to start my day.  I always read an encouraging message and am able to start my day with God.

Hair…My hair can be a pain in the butt.  I always shower at night so the hair I wake up with in the morning can be a lost cause.  I have thick, wavy hair that is currently at a length where I can’t leave it down naturally otherwise no matter how much I brush it, it still looks like I left without brushing or doing anything to it.  Most of the time I end up straightening my hair which only takes about 10 minutes.

Makeup…Generally speaking, I go for the natural look.  I’m a firm believer in the power of mascara and lip gloss and leaving the rest up to nature.  I choose to put more work into my hair than my makeup which, until I start waking up earlier, I will have to continue doing.

Get Dressed…I try to pick out my clothes the night before, or at least be thinking about clothes so it isn’t a struggle to pick something out.  Of course I have days where I change my outfit three times and still leave for school not happy with the way I’m dressed, but that’s a topic for another time.

Eat Breakfast…Yes I am one of those people who would say breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  I do however have a distaste for breakfast foods so eating in the morning can be a struggle.  However it’s hard to go wrong with either a bagel or an english muffin or just a good fruit smoothie.

Leave…I try to be out of the house by 7:15 to beat the traffic getting into school.  I’m fortunate that it’s only about a six minute drive to school.

Mornings can either be the best time of day, or the worst.  There will surely be days when I roll out of bed five minutes before I have to be at my destination but hopefully those days don’t happen as frequently as productive ones.

xo Carolyn

 

Beating Boredom

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As many people would tell you, one of my favorite things to say is, “I’m bored”.  I don’t like sitting around doing nothing, so I always have to be doing something.  A while ago, I compiled a list of things to do when I feel like saying “I’m bored”so I thought it only fitting to share some of those things with others.

1. Bake

I love to make cookies, cupcakes, cakes, and more!  I think baking is one of the best ways to beat boredom because not only are you doing something in the present, but you get to reap the rewards later!  The cookies shown are peanut butter blossom cookies.  You can find the recipe I used here.

2. Read a Book

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Sometimes just sitting down with a fuzzy blanket and warm drink with a great book is enough to beat at least an hour of boredom.  For me, books are always a good go-to when I get bored.

3. Write

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I may be alone in my love of writing but sometimes it pays off to just jot down thoughts or ideas in a real notebook with a real pen or pencil.  I’ve been sporadically keeping a journal for two years as well as other notebooks devoted to things such as lists, poems, stories, etc.  It can also be fun to look back on things you’ve written in the past to see how much your situation and you have changed.

4. Create Something

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I am not the most creative person in the world, but since I started hand lettering and watercolor calligraphy I have discovered the addicting forces they have on a person.  Whether you decide to pick up a paintbrush or crack open an adult coloring book, you are spending time engaging your mind and creating something wonderful.

It is so easy to just turn on Netflix and sit for two hours binge-watching when you feel bored, but it can be much more rewarding to actually make something or do something you will be able to look back on and smile, thinking of the good times that came with actually creating instead of just watching a screen.

xo Carolyn