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A Teen Story - College Student

Le 3 décembre 2013, 07:38 dans Humeurs 0

This is a teen-written article from our friends at Youth Communication, a nonprofit organization that helps marginalized youth develop their full potential through reading and writing.

By Shameka Vincent

It was mid-October of my senior year, and it was the first time I’d been called into my guidance counselor’s office.

“Do you plan on going to college?” he asked.

“Of course!” I answered excitedly.

“Have you applied yet?” I was shocked that he thought I’d done it on my own. I replied “no,” hoping he’d get the message that I needed help.

“Well, what are you waiting for? Applications are due around December.”

“What…where do I go for this?” I asked.

“Just pick a school and go to their website and apply. If you need help, the college adviser’s always available.”

And that was it. The conversation I’d been waiting for since the first day of high school, over in five minutes.

“Just sign this before you go,” he said, handing me a pink sheet. It was a letter of confirmation stating that he’d done his job and talked to me about college. Before I even left the room his face was buried in a pile of papers. I felt as if I was just another name on the list he could now cross out. He didn’t even notice that I never signed on my way out.

I think that was when I started to give up on the college application process. Everyone I needed to help me was too busy. No one was serious about my future, and I thought that meant I didn’t have to be, either.

Not Serious About the Future

For years, I had dreamed of attending an Ivy League university. I wanted to believe I was capable of so much, but I thought no one else felt the same. I was afraid of failure, of seeming vulnerable or weak. I was afraid of rejection.

So I threw the Columbia University application to the side (Columbia was my top choice school). Then, just a week before it was due, I started to panic and decided to fill it out after all.

When I finally looked closely at the application, I had to hold back the tears. Although my grades were decent, I had responses for less than half the things the application asked for. My school hadn’t prepared me for this.

I was shocked to see that the application was so big on community service, asking for letters of recommendation from people other than high school teachers, and questioning the applicants about world events. Had I known, I would have gotten way more involved in community and school organizations, interned during high school for real businesses, and at least once in a while picked up the newspaper or watched the news for reasons other than my horoscope or the weather forecast.

I couldn’t complete the application, so I felt that as far as college and my future were concerned, I was screwed.

It Was All Over

Although most of the application was blank, I still took it to my college adviser. Once she saw what school I was trying to apply to, she immediately turned me away. I was upset at the time, but now I understand why. Columbia is a school for students who are prepared and serious about their education and future. How serious could I have been, coming to her a week before the deadline with a half-empty application?

My dream of attending an Ivy League college was what motivated me to work so hard in school, even when things were falling apart at home. Being accepted would show the world that I had made it in spite of all the obstacles. Now it was all over.

I was upset, and I had to blame someone. I chose to blame my high school. What was the point of having guidance counselors and college advisers? The adults in my school had taught me very little about college and absolutely nothing about the application process.

Before the meeting with my counselor, the only information coming from my school about college was provided during a few boring lectures from a handful of teachers and a once-in-a-blue-moon college assembly given by the college adviser. They didn’t really think that was going to cut it, did they?

I needed to know exactly what colleges would be asking for and how to pace myself and stay on track so that I could provide them with what they wanted. No one ever broke all of that down for me.

Health and Wellness Tips for College Students

Le 2 décembre 2013, 05:15 dans Humeurs 0

Between examinations, documents and maintaining an effective social interaction, many scholars experience they can't really spare plenty of a chance to keep up on their personal wellness and health and fitness until an sickness grabs hold and prevents them in their paths. With most universities providing medical care and endless exercises for learners, staying healthy and balanced in higher education is about as simple as it will ever get. Here are a few guidelines to help learners create the most of the sources at their convenience and to make sure they keep in excellent wellness and sickness 100 % free throughout their education.


Without consideration to your daily eating plan, you could end up putting on the beginner 15 and more. Try this advice to help keep your daily eating plan healthy and balanced and beneficial. Learn appropriate portion dimension. To do not eat too much of even the best foods, keep a record of how much you're consuming. For most people, meat meals should be about the dimension a pack of cards and other meals differ by the type of foods. Vary your foods. When the cafeteria has your preferred foods daily it can be simple to return to those old most favorite every day. Changing up your daily eating plan from day to day is an integral part of excellent nourishment so take benefits of the variety of choices available to you. Eat breakfast. Begin your day off right with a excellent food when you get up. Whether you're rolling out of bed at mid-day or up at the daybreak for category, create sure you begin your day with a balanced, healthy and balanced food. Keep healthy and balanced treats around. It's simple to eat healthy and balanced if you keep the Cheetos at bay and inventory your dormitory space with fruits and fresh vegetables and other healthy and balanced treats. You'll be more likely to achieve for these than unhealthy foods if you keep them nearby or in your rucksack. Drink somewhat. While scholars are known for their having a party, you can still have a fun time without consuming all the calorie consumption that come along with binge on beer, plus you'll prevent the hangovers and other side effects. Consume in control and you can have a fun time without harming your wellness. Don't fight pressure by consuming. It can be attractive to achieve for a bag of chips or some biscuits when you're pressured out about an upcoming examination. Eating won't help your pressure go away, so prevent filling up on treats. Try operating out or getting a break instead. Drink h2o. Drinking enough h2o can help boost your focus as well as keep you from unnecessary eating. Make sure to keep moisturized as you go through your day by bringing h2o with you. Limit sweet and coffee. Beverages may not fill you up, but they sure can help fatten you up and have a damaging effect on your overall wellness. You don't have to completely quit soda and coffee, but you should cut back in order to keep yourself in tip top form. Try to eat vegetables and fruit. Even if vegetables and fruit don't consist of some of your preferred foods, try to integrate at least a few of them into your daily eating plan each day. Limit unhealthy foods. Trash foods is quick and simple and many learners end up consuming a lot of it while they're on the run to category or to perform. While a little junk foods now and again won't really harm you, create sure it doesn't become a habit. Make it convenient to eat right. Don't create it hard for yourself to eat right. Buy healthy and balanced foods and inventory your refrigerator and space with them to make sure they're the first things at hand when you get starving. Don't miss foods. With so much to do, it's simple to abandon consuming to run off to category or the collection. Don't miss foods. Set up foods you can eat on the run so you'll have the energy to keep going. Indulge every once in some time. A little treat now and then is a fantastic way to compensate yourself for consuming eating plan plans. Purchase and engage in a foods you love but can't eat all time. Take natural vitamins. If you experience like you aren't getting the nourishment you need from your daily eating plan, don't think twice to supplement it with some multi-vitamins to keep in excellent wellness and sickness 100 % free. Get help for consuming conditions. While many groups focus on helping learners shed weight, there are those who need help fighting consuming conditions as well. If you are worried you have an consuming conditions and want help, don't be afraid to achieve out to university sources for help.


Fitting perform out into a hectic schedule isn't always the easiest thing, but take inventory of some of these guidelines to help you get on monitor to health and fitness. Stretch first. Help yourself prevent injuries by extending everytime you perform out. Simple extends before and after you perform out or engage in exercising can help keep you effective and comfortable. Ride your bike. Instead of getting the bus or driving to category, try bike riding instead. It provides you with a few minutes of perform out between your programs. Play an activity. One way to get yourself inspired to perform out is to create it a game by enjoying an activity. Join an intramural team or perform recreational sports through your school to get effective and have fun simultaneously. Use protection devices. No matter what game you're enjoying, create sure to always use the appropriate protection devices. It will keep you from getting harm which will allow you to remain effective more often. Head to the gym. Most schools provide learners with gym features they can take benefits of for 100 % free. Go to the gym between sessions or when you get up in the morning to press in a exercise. Take benefits of health and fitness programs. Along with gym features most learners will have access to health and fitness sessions they can take. Since you're already paying for these through your college tuition you may as well take benefits and get a exercise that will help keep you in form and encourage you. Walk to category. While getting public transit might be quicker, walking provides you with a chance to expand your legs, burn some calorie consumption and relax before your next category. Incorporate different kinds of perform out in your schedule. When you perform out, don't just stick to one kind of exercise. Incorporate body building, cardio and extends into your schedule to create it well curved. Make it fun. You're probably not going to perform out if you are bored with your schedule or discover going to the gym pain. Choose a way to create it fun for yourself and you'll be much more likely to keep it up. Bring a buddy. With someone else depending on you showing up, you'll be much more likely to try to perform out. Plus, operating out with a buddy can be an excellent way to create operating out more fun. Take benefits of open areas. Most universities are equipped with large grassy quadriceps or arboretums with paths you can stroll on. Take benefits of these areas to take increases, perform disc throwing or just stroll around.