There seems to be a correlation between studying in groups/how long I study in groups and my grades. It looks something like this:
I wholeheartedly wish that I was good at studying in groups. I wish that I was one of those people who by explaining things also retain information and thus slam dunk on exams. Unfortunately, I am one of those people who has to study by themselves in a particular environment with little to moderate noise, headphones (optional), a table/desk set up, and good lighting. This also means that I cannot have a studybuddy to watch my things when I frequent the restroom (all that coffee, it goes through you, ya know?). I’m that girl who feels too uncomfortable asking a stranger to watch my things. Although, if they ask me, I will gladly do it. I just don’t know how they can entrust me with their belongings. I’m that girl who leaves her textbooks and cup on the table but takes her backpack. Who steals a textbook with notes? Good luck trying to decipher them, bud.
This semester I have run into accounts when I have been asked to join in study groups/sessions, suggestions by professors to study with groups and to “talk it out”, but I have found that when I do try this- I do not test well at all. There are many accounts where I break down and I do say “yes” and then I regret it soon-after because I don’t get any work done.
To those study partners and groups: It’s not you. It’s me.
If I ever message you to study with me, please help me and reject my request. It’s for the best.
Good luck to everyone studying finals! Find your study groove and stick to it. If it’s not giving you the results you want, change it. (This was told to me by my calculus teacher once upon a time and she’s pretty wise.)
When Lisa (our professor) announced that we would be working in teams of 7 people on a semester-long project, I thought, “Balls.” I didn’t know anyone well in that class, I like to work alone, and for a whole semester? It’s like, can we go on a date before we go into this commitment? So here we are, a semester later, a bunch of misfits, and I adore each of them.
From writing flights to deciding on a target market to reviewing the 27-page book that we looked over 20 times to the stress-relieving-screaming rehearsal-we did it and we did it together. I sound like such a sap but it’s not often you find a group that works so harmoniously. Often you find the total opposite where you feel like you’re doing a lot of the work and everyone else is floating but not my case. (Maybe there is hope in group work after all.) I hope I’m lucky enough to work with a group like this in the future…in the real world (woah). If the real world is anything like this, I’m okay with that. I like pie.
I’m not trying to be dramatic or anything but I was really scared to go to Comm Career Fair…and I thought I might die.
(A Sidenote though: our generation is way dramatic, are we not?)
We were required to go for class and this actually wasn’t my first go-round…and I was still scared. I’m not a resume-pusher, I’m not good at sales-pitching, I tend to story vomit because I’m hoping by showing my potential employer my knowledge- they’ll want to hire me, or something along those lines.
Here is what I can tell you:
– It’s nerve-racking and it’s okay. Who the heck goes into a career fair just beaming with confidence and excitement? (If you are that person, please send me a message right away and tell me your secrets.)
– They took my resumes! They took my resumes! If you ask about what kinds of positions are open relating to your major- the recruiter will ask for your resume. I don’t think I did this last time.
– So ask them about what positions are open. What do they look for in an intern and what advice they can give you when applying. This kind of goes under the big umbrella of “Doing your research.” That’s something they really push on us but it’s true. Don’t just go up to a booth- at the end of the conversation you may hate it resulting in wasted time on both ends.
– I think if you really have interest in what the company is about, they can feel it and they feed off of that. That is spoken from experience yesterday.
– Don’t try and compare yourself to your peers. Waste. of. time.
Now that Career Fair has passed and I have all the information I need, it’s time to apply…barf. Does anyone have tips on applying?
One of my favorite authors. Everyone should read his book “Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?”