How to Balance a Heavyweight Semester

It’s been awhile into this semester and I’m personally feeling the effects of academic stress. So that’s why I’ve decided that it’s time to write a post about how to balance school work and get the most effective grade in the end without burning out.

Step 1: Plan like a warlord

I can’t stress this enough that in order to succeed with a heavyweight semester, you must know the art of planning and organizing your tactics. Use any type of day planning strategies that work for you. For me I prefer bullet journaling.

Step 2: Be Productive at School 

School in general is meant to be a place of work. Like an office type of thing. So try to do most of the work, note taking, assignments, etc. while at school and if you have times in the school day where you don’t have a class use them to your advantage and just complete any necessary assignments. This will guarantee that you freed up the afternoon where there is a more light load to work on or study on so you don’t feel stressed, plus the added benefits of more free time and a social life.

Step 3: Start Early on Assignments/Projects

I can’t stress this enough as it is but you cannot just wait till the very last minute. It’s just not worth it. Once an assignment is set, start to organize your time (with your day planner of course) where you will commit to finishing it. Once it’s out of the way you can reward yourself with other things you like.

Step 4: Reduce Distractions

I know it can be difficult that you have friends, things to do, maybe a club or two but, try to remember that school is your first priority so try to do your other hobbies after school and hang out with your friends later in the day.

Back to School Safety

It’s always best for every child regardless of age to be safe when they’re at school. Whatever the cost may be.

To all parents out there, it must be tough (or easy in a challenging way; whatever comes to mind) when you have to get up early to make breakfast, pack their lunch, get their stuff together, making sure that they’re brushing their teeth, etc. All the while, trying to beat the clock till the school bell rings and dings. Yeah, I bet that this must be an excruciating routine to do everyday but, in the end you’re happy that they’re back to school making their future’s brighter than the sun. Although, after dropping them off or waving goodbye at the school bus stop, do you ever think if it’s final? That maybe you may never see them ever again and that mad circus morning routine was your last moment together? I know that must be a nightmare but, it does happen to people and that it’s your job as the parent to lay some rules or remind them of the common mistakes of back to school danger.
Let's flashback to the good, the bad and the ugly
Last year at the beginning of my sophomore year, a teenage girl in Wrinkler, Manitoba was fatally hit by a speeding vehicle after school near the school grounds of Northlands Parkway Collegiate. If you want to read more about this click here.
After her death, government officials legalized that speed limits must be close to 30 k/h or lower when near the opening and closing time of all schools or academic institutions.
Now what can we learn from this? I know that it sounds rather cliche but, remember that old saying by your folks? The one that goes like this, “always look both ways before crossing the street dear.” I know that it must be annoying to constantly say that to your kids but, at least they’re getting the message! So when the time does come (which is almost everyday for many students who walk to school) they’re always prepared to take safety precautions when crossing the street. And on the side note, teach them the rules of the crosswalk, you know the ones with the patrols, lights, cars, etc. Just to get a refresher. You can never be too safe.
Now focusing on the other side of the pedestrian corridor are the new novice drivers of the road (oh my!). I recently got my driver’s licence and even though that I’m now a young man cursing the road, I still have the responsibility like all other drivers. So maybe try to have an open comment conversation with your teenage daughter or son about your expectations regarding the safety of themselves, their passengers, and other people across the road. Remember to keep in mind the even though they may have passed the test, they’re still young and when you’re young you can still do some idiotic stuff. Just remind them of the consequences of what the role of a good driver is.
Now the final note, don’t do the whole “talk but no walk” act because as the parent you are the role model for your kids, and that their decisions can be influenced by you. Remember this “Children see and children do, so please parents don’t be stupid fool.” Keep it, lock it, and stick it to your pocket, and now you’re done.
Other common precautions to know
  1.  Stranger Danger: “If mom and dad don’t know, don’t go.” These very words were taught to me by a policeman when I was just in first grade. And I still somehow stuck to it even now. I would recommend to show your little youngsters some easy to watch resources concerning this issue. I’ve here one of my top choices to handling this safety pre-caution.
  2. Cyber Safety: Let’s face it, the role is different now compared to a few decades ago. Smartphones, tablet and laptops oh my! Yes, in this generation social media and technology is the most strongest trend for most teens and tweens. I would like to take some time to re-call the suicidal incident of Amanda Todd due to constant cyber-bulling. If you want to know more about this issue click here, if not then continue reading. Due to the convenience of having a mobile device with you, a perpetrator’s harmful intentions will also be in the back of your pocket so, please teach your teens to be techno wise, so in the long run they’re going to handle the situation or even avoid it with ease.
  3. Insurance: You can never be too careful so making sure that your child has insurance for the unexpected is beneficial! If your school offers this service sign up for it! It may save your young one’s life in a give or take moment. There may be schools where this may not be covered so it’s always best to ask questions directly to whom the issue is concerned.
Have a great school year
With safety first as a priority, your child can now enjoy their months of endless learning and fun with care when you have safety as a priority. Just remember, if things do start to get out of hand there are emergency numbers and groups that are willing to help. Have a great school year and don’t forget. Be safe.

 

 

 

 

 

Vote for Education not War: A New Series to Me & You

“A new upcoming series that will impact every everyone who goes to school.”

See that quote up there? That’s what I said after I was on the down low while coming up with ideas that will amplify my blogging skills to the max! Since the past year or so, I kept on watching news article after news article about how the state of education of everyone around the world is a complete anarchy! And I for one kept on saying things like “Oh dear! I can’t believe that’s happening!” or “I hope that would be resolved sooner or later and that people change.” 

What did I come up with?

Since then, I now rewind myself to those outrageous things that I said because, I sounded like a complete dork who was so passionate about education yet, I didn’t do anything to change that. That’s right! I was one of those kids who reacted but didn’t take action until now. And that’s how Vote for Education not War was born.

While I was trying to find something that will drive my activist project, I came up with the idea that now that school is coming faster at the speed of light, it should be a project that affects the younger generation and that I should start using my skills as both a blogger and an activist to make change that will bring attention to those who were once in that state of “reacted but didn’t take action” to react and take action.

 

How is this going to work?

Well I took the initiative to blog/re-blog articles, posts, videos, news articles, and other mediums that will show you how the world would be like if you took the initiative. I was thinking about taking you along my high school journey as a Junior (Grade 11) and walk you along as I get inspiration from the teachers, events and anything in-between to help me.

I was also trying to come up with a systematic plan to help students of all colours and socio-economic backgrounds by blogging about education on the minority groups.  In addition to this, I wanted to blog about how education is affecting genders, particularly on girls, in different countries. These things are going to be a great hit off on this new series on my blog but they’re no the only ones, I’m pretty sure that along the way I’m going to come up with tons and tons of stuff to reveal.

This is actually a great way for everyone to collaborate, but in order for this to happen I need your help. And here’s how you can help. By involving yourself to be the change of education! You know what they say, when everyone joins hands together in one direction, that direction will move everywhere.

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How did all of this started?

On August 24th, I went to Walmart for back to school shopping. As I scurried around while dodging the crowds of youngsters, overbearing parents and towering gorillas, I came to the idea of how everyone is pitching in for his or her kid to get new school supplies to aid them for school, and with school comes opportunities and with opportunities comes a bright well-lit future. So I thought about creating a new hobby, journal writing & activism. I always knew that I was an activist but, I never actually recorded my own feelings down. I didn’t write a journal entry for two years and now I’m beginning to think that I should go back to that. And I was right.

So I picked up a new a journal and labeled it similar to the tagline of my blog: Rant of an AP Student: A boy. A blog. And a Laptop. but instead I label it as: A boy. A journal. And a pen. 

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Now just like my blog, it has the same format. If you analyze my blog’s tagline you first see “A boy.” which represents the person for being a person means that you’re a living person who has the power to generate change. Second you see “A journal.” which is centred meaning that it’s the main thing to be discussed. And lastly, “And a pen.” which shows the special classic tool that will never go away in order to produce my ideas of change.

So after personalizing my journal with that tagline, I then decided to use it as a special tool to help me get through the ten (10) months of grade 11 by writing down my everyday experiences while focusing on the part of connecting it to my blog. So it’s like a two for one deal, I get to record my experiences involving my junior year in high school, while connecting it to my activism project for education for I know that education is important.

So if you haven’t really guessed it this project is going to go on for only about ten moths because that’s how long the school year is from where I live. Although, when it comes to my activism work, I like to divide it into seasons: The summer season and the school season. So after the school season is over, I’ll switch over to the summer season but I’ll gladly come back to the same project if I must.



What can I do to help or contribute?

Like I said before, instead of reacting and not taking action, try to do the opposite by reacting then taking action to spread the word and everyone will jump in! It’s like the domino affect when one falls the others will fall in a systematic way as well. You can easily do this by re-blogging my posts or sharing it on social media websites to get everyone’s attention on the issue so that change can happen. So don’t be shy, spread the word to your friends, family and everyone else in between so that we the people can change education for the greater good!

“Be the change that you want to see in the world.” ~Ghandi