COL­LEGE PREP

Find­ing Mid-School Year Mo­ti­va­tion By Lau­ren Cham­b­liss Her­nan­dez

DREAM TEEN Magazine - - Contents -

The hol­i­day gifts have been opened and some re­turned; cake and cook­ies are far gone; fam­ily and friends are fin­ished cel­e­brat­ing and made their way home, the prom­ise of a healthy, happy and pros­per­ous New Year has been shared by all and now mid-year back to school time is smil­ing at you and you are not smil­ing back. Well my friend, it is time for a DREAM TEEN DOSE of MIDYEAR MO­TI­VA­TION! Be­low are some tips to help you stay mo­ti­vated and be the best stu­dent you can be through the sec­ond half of the school year.

1. Stay Pos­i­tive: Your mind, body, spirit and soul re­acts to and loves pos­i­tiv­ity. If you find your­self be­ing neg­a­tive, an­a­lyze the si­t­u­a­tion, look for the good in it or a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to grow and move for­ward! Re­mem­ber the glass is half full?

2. Get A Good Night’s Sleep: A bet­ter rested you, makes a hap­pier and health­ier you!

3. Seek Help: When you need help, get it! Don’t wait un­til the day be­fore the test to get help..., that’s too late. Stay on top of your stud­ies and seek sup­port from friends, par­ents, tu­tors, older sib­lings and teach­ers.

4 Cel­e­brate You: When ob­sta­cles come your way, and they will, think about how you han­dled chal­lenges be­fore. Be­lieve in your­self and give your­self credit for how far you’ve come. Be proud of your ac­com­plish­ments..., both big and small.

5. Set Goals: Goals are a good way to stretch your­self and mea­sure your progress. Set SMART (Spe­cific, Mea­sur­ale, At­tain­able, Re­al­is­tic and Time Bound) Goals!

6. Have Fun With Fam­ily & Friends: Go out and have fun! Hikes, bike rides, movies, bowl­ing, dances, ex­tracur­ric­u­lar clubs, con­certs, plays, ex­er­cise classes, art classes, sport­ing events and more are there for you to en­joy and help you to be well-rounded. Be a mo­ti­vated stu­dent, do your school work, but don’t leave out the fun!

7. Clean Up & Re-Or­ga­nize: A neat locker, bed­room, desk, work space, etc will help to un­clut­ter your mind, make it eaiser to find what you need and pro­vide a pos­i­tive work en­vi­ron­ment.

8. Vol­un­teer: One of the best ways to feel good is to vol­un­teer. Seek ways to en­gage in shar­ing your time and tal­ent! Spread pos­i­tiv­ity. You will ge glad you did!

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