We all miss Grumpy Prof and him
I've been interviewing some of my favorite teachers for the last few weeks and asking them about advice. I'm asking for advice
My question is: What kind of consultation would you give students how to make the best of their school experience?
I've narrowed down the countless answers I've gotten to the top five. And I want you to try to use at least one of these tips when you're in school
"Curiosity in curiosity."
This is one of the most important lessons I've learned. My psychology teacher, Alan Hongsell, encourages her students to ask questions, not jump to conclusions. For example, if someone cut you off while driving, maybe they had a hard day and didn' t even notice you! It's so easy for us to jump to conclusions about people. But in the end, if everyone took the time to keep the open mind, maybe we will have a better understanding of each other. So, the next time you judge someone for their actions or appearance, stop for a second
"Surround yourself with unique people."
When you enter the room, who are you sitting with? Your friends are most likely. We all have comfort zones, and few are willing to go beyond that. But it goes beyond "your comfort zone, where magic happens."It's quite easy to tie to the same group of people, " says James Francsen, a social research teacher. However, when you are out of this group, you will be surprised! "You don't have to be best friends with everyone," but by surround yourself with unique people, you will experience yourself and maybe learn something new
No, scratch that, you
"Check your attitude to the door."
Of course, some days might be tough, Alan Hongell agrees. Maybe you didn' t have enough sleep, or you were working late, but only because you're tired doesn't mean that your day is gonna be a write-off. Take a moment and stop before you go to school. Breath, smile, and face the day
Be you. This may sound like a cliche, but ultimately, it's such a real piece of advice. "You exist as much as you do," says Hongsell. No one is perfect, which means nobody has the right to criticize you. Not everyone loves you so much, and you won't like it all. So learn to accept and understand who you are
"It's your experience."
No matter what friends you have, what classes you take, or what kind of teachers you have, it is your journey, said Cyril Augustin. We are all inclined to justify ourselves and complain about how others did something to make our day shit, but in fact, everything depends on you
We all heard that phrase
"We even knew about it!"
-But ... I've been studying all night!
There's no excuse (good, maybe a couple). We tend to blame others. So, find out that you, and only you, are really responsible for your school experience. If you need a better test, ask your teacher for help! Don't waste your time studying things you don't understand. If you want to be more involved in school activities, take charge of the charge, ask the club leader or create your own! Whatever it is, doesn't rely on someone to change for you. They can, of course, help, but you have to take the initiative. Do it
"The door never closed."
The final advice came from one of the most inspirational teachers I've ever had: Graham Johnson
At school, students have a huge amount of energy in their grades, worried that they may not be good enough for their parents or university. To be honest, I was terrified to get B, just because a lot of my friends were doing it all the time. I was told that the universities would look at my grades 10 to 12, and if they're not good enough, I'm not going to go to
Now that I'm at "Grad 12," I see things a little differently. Of course, the grades are important. I'm not saying that's not true. But I think we all need to take a step back and realize that they are not the most important (
Maybe you didn' t get it
But if everything else fails, go through the window
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Lindsay Botterill is not so typical of 12 students. I dream of being a novelist and a photographer and perhaps a world traveler. She loves a good coffee shop filled with friends and intriguing conversation