Struggling in School (or College)?

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Let’s admit: school (or college) can be hard.

However, it doesn’t have to be.

Are you struggling to pass a class? Did you not do as well as you would have liked on a test? Have you had a hard time writing a paper or essay? Do you feel like your homework is too difficult? Is making friends hard for you?

If you answered yes to any of these questions (or more), remember that you’re not alone.

Here are some things I have tried that have helped me along the way:

1. Ask for help.

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Asking for help may feel scary sometimes, but it works. You’ll find that lots of people want to help – your family, teachers, guidance counselors, friends. They like you, and they want you to do well. If you ask them for help, they’re only going to help you find solutions and solve your problems.

2. Just say “hi”.

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Sometimes, I’ve found that friendships don’t form because conversations just don’t start. If you don’t know how to start the conversation, say “hi”. Often times, people will respond, and the conversations usually start from there. As you start talking and you realize that you don’t know what the person’s name is, ask – they’ll like that you remembered their name the next time you see them.

3. Join a club.

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Schools, especially high schools, colleges, universities, and local communities, tend to have many clubs that students can get involved in. You should be able to find the list of clubs in your school on its website, and from there, you can find contact information for the club’s advisor and/or president and maybe even the meeting time. If not, go into your school the next school day, and ask a staff member of your school. If a club you’re interested in is not listed, find out how to start a club and then get it onto the list of clubs.

4. Don’t start getting upset or mad at yourself when you get a bad grade.

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Getting a bad grade hurts, but don’t let it bring you down. Figure out why you got the grade you did, and how you can do better next time. You have resources, online or physical, that you can use, and they’re everywhere! There are resources waiting to be used, and if you’ve exhausted all the resources you can think of or find, just ask around for help. It’s ok if you have to try again!

5. Take a break and do something that makes you happy.

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While working is really important, sometimes you have to take a break. Whether you realize it or not, your body and mind get tired, and that’s when you should take a break. Take a nap, watch an episode of your favorite TV show, walk around, talk to someone, or just smile. Find something to do that will help you relax before you continue and finish the task you’re working on.

Make going to school or college easier for yourself. We’re all struggling with something, but there are always ways to make whatever it is more bearable. These are just five of many different ways to go from struggling to ready to graduate!

How do you deal with your school struggles? Comment below to share!

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