How to get through CORE: My Advice to Myself.

So, remember how I was talking about how I really need to make school my first priority, well, it's true! Sometimes it takes something, or a thought of how drastic your life can change, to make you more serious about something. I simply have to fall in love with school all over again.

My middle and high school years were spent with the satisfaction of knowing that I could barely make a B+, and still be popular! Well, in college, that isn't the case. I got the popularity and amazing opportunities, just like high school, except now, my teachers have turned into professors, and my GPA has become a marketing tool! So, where do I go from here? Where is the silver-lining? Well, I'm determined to find it. I'm going back to my freshman year, and I'm going to develop some tips for myself, and anyone else who needs them, to be able to get through their CORE Classes.

1. Develop A Great Relationship With Faculty and Professors: I feel like this is one of the most important things you can do as a college student. I have started to develop great relationships with my professors. I'm a social person, so it's not hard for me to go introduce myself to someone new, however, it has been a struggle for me to really ask someone else for help. My pride gets in the way sometimes, and I don't know how to ask for help, before time runs out. Professors have office hours, in which they are in their office to help students and answer their questions. I have started to utilize those office hours, even to just talk with them, so we can establish a relationship beyond the classroom, because one day I might need them for a letter of recommendation, or a reference!

2. Find A Tutor: This Semester, I'm taking US History, English II and Accounting I, and I am so happy that two of my classes have tutors. The Hull College of Business offers Accounting Tutoring in the CAP Center, so when I have questions about Accounting, I know where to go! Georgia Regents is very special, because they have a full writing center with tutors who specialize in helping with any paper we need. I have gone sometimes 3 times a week, just so that I can have everything I need. Getting a tutor doesn't mean you're stupid (I have to learn that myself) if anything, a tutor enhances your chances of getting the results that you want.

3. Talk to your advisor: Melissa, who I talked about in the last Intern Files, is my advisor, boss and biggest motivator. Since I have a relationship with her and talk with her often, she knows how I learn and how to help me succeed. She has immense faith and knows that I can do whatever it is I want, but she expects me to be able to get serious about everything that I am doing. If you do not have a good relationship with your advisor, please, please, PLEASE start one. It's never a bad thing to do. I'm only a sophomore, and Melissa has helped me already beyond my wildest dreams!

4. Study: This one is obvious to everyone, except me... I don't know why, but studying just isn't my thing. I've never liked it, and it's something that I can't really do by myself. When I was younger, studying was fun, because my dad used to make up songs to help me study, and I would always make good grades, because I would sing the songs while I was taking the tests, maybe I should try that now... Anyway, at school, they say that you should study 1 hour for every hour that you are in class, and quite frankly, I'm not sure if I can handle that, when I study, I feel like I can't be myself, and I have to sit in a confined room, and try to reteach myself information that I don't feel is necessary... Maybe I'm just not taking the right approach, maybe I should start actively studying, and having fun while doing it, so that I don't fall asleep, or get distracted doing other things... I have a lot to think about.

So, I hope these tips help you, I'm going to try and take my own advice, so that they can help me too!
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