Fact: I have never been good for studying. I’ve been a HUGE procrastinator. “The worse son of a b**ch,” as my mom would put it if she knew how bad my studying habits truly were 1 year ago.
She probably wouldn’t say that, but the point is, my studying habits weren’t the best (and still aren’t), but I’m working on it.
So, I post here some things that might help you if you are lazy, stupid, or simply a procrastinator.
This guy (Stever Robbins) from both MIT and Harvard has this website with tips of different kinds called Quick and Dirty Tips.
The things I recommend to you are:
Sometimes it is hard to put it into action (last semester I didn’t 100% apply these tips to my studying habits), but it is simply a matter of commitment.
Hope it helps some of you.
This morning, I got in the subway holding a box containing my sculpture project. I was on my way to college and I was tired since I had only slept 3 hours that night. I was standing, holding myself to a pole with one hand, and holding the box with the other. I looked behind me and met the eyes of an old woman who looked kind of homeless. Two stations later, somebody next to her got up and out, so I went to sit next to the woman. “Good thing you sat down, holding that box standing up in the metro is not obvious,” she said. I looked at her and acknowledged her claim with a slight smile and a simple ‘yeah’. Then she said to me, in a joyful way, “stay the way you are.” I was quite confused and surprised, so I looked at her and my first reaction was to say “what?” as if I hadn’t heard what she had said. She then told me, “actually, I was observing you and I noticed something, so I wanted to tell you to stay the way you are. Never let anyone influence your being.” The woman was smiling and seemed very happy and proud to be telling me this. She had a missing tooth, a blue coat, and an elated glance. I smiled back and thanked her for the kind words. I didn’t know her, she didn’t know me, she had made my day, she had changed my day, and as everything seemed the same and went down the same, deep inside it wasn’t.
Good thing I didn’t skip my class that morning.
I was reading this essay by Jonathan Kozol the other day for my English course and at some point during my reading it kind of hit me. The essay is called “The Human Cost of an Illiterate Society”, it is worth reading. I never really had taken the time to think about the struggles illiterate people go through up until I read this essay. Below I provide you with an extract, more specifically, the part that moved me the most. Enjoy.
“I stood at the bottom of the ramp. My car had broke down on the freeway. There was a phone. I asked for the police. They was nice. They said to tell them where I was. I looked up at the signs. There was one that I had seen before. I read it to them: ONE WAY STREET. They thought it was a joke. I told them I couldn’t read. There was other signs above the ramp. They told me to try. I looked around for somebody to help. All the cars was going by real fast. I couldn’t make them understand that I was lost. The cop was nice. He told me: ‘Try once more.’ I did my best. I couldn’t read. I only knew the sign above my head. The cop was trying to be nice. He knew that I was trapped, ‘I can’t send out a car to you if you can’t tell me where you are.’ I felt afraid. I nearly cried. I’m forty-eight years old. I only said: ‘I’m on a one-way street…’ “
For the curious little minds, I read this essay from THE SEAGULL READER: ESSAYS, Second edition.
“Enjoy the little things”
This image comes from the movie Zombieland and it is quite inspirational I find. I love the quote simply because it is true, although in the movie this image comes up referring to “twinkies” which are this man’s (the man in the picture) favorite pastries, it is simple things like these that make us happy for an instant.
So whenever you come across something you enjoy and makes you happy, no matter how small it is, appreciate it because these little things come only once in a while.
Sometimes, while surfing the web, I like to keep awesome pictures of places I would like to go to someday. Usually when I spot these pictures they don’t have the name of the location so I actually have to look for it, but google image search makes it easy, so it’s cool.
Anyhow, the following picture is the Chittorgarh Fort in India. It actually looks really nice.