UBC fears…

SO! I have established that reading blogs of UBC students has OFFICIALLY freaked me out. Especially those that just finished first year..it feels like they all pretty much say the same stuff. Midterms make you cry, and finals just suck…and study methods need to be changed. First and foremost, I do NOT test well(never really have I been good at them)…I am a horrible exam taker..and I really REEALLLYY need to fix that ASAP. HOW I’m going to fix that…I’m not sure yet..but I better get on it. Well, let me ‘rephrase’ that.. I can do unit tests and stuff…but when it comes to FINAL exams, the ones where you have to retain a bucketload of information..I suck at those. I always tend to doubt myself and change the answers, which end up as a negative point for me..usually I get them right the first time..then when I change it, I get it wrong…and that costs me quite a few percentage off of my overall mark.ย  So I really need to find a good study habit that works for me..so if ANYBODY has ANY suggestions..please inform me.

My past high school study method (well my main one)……..writing notes..and colour coding them..yeah that takes time…and you have to be efficient or else it doesn’t work..like for small tests..it works fine..but for finals, NOT SO MUCH. And when I take notes, I practically REWRITE THE TEXTBOOK(bad habit), ‘cuz I feel like 95% of the stuff is important..but clearly it’s not..I don’t plan on taking a whole semester to figure out what study method(s) work best for me..’cuz I don’t have that much time to waste away! And I know everyone says to expect your marks to drop 10-20% from your high school mark..YIKES!

All in all, I am just scared that I am going to fail miserably and not study the ‘right’ way…and helpful tips would be awesome..just something that’s not too time consuming but EFFICIENT. EFFICIENCY ISย  WHAT I AM ABOUT!

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Provincial exam results?

BC Provincial Exams…definitely something every gr 10-12 student looks forward to..

Grade 10:English 10, Math 10, Science 10 (ALL ARE MANDATORY) ………..oddly enough, I was in a way EXCITED to do these exams back when I was in grade 10..and I actually did QUITE well on them! (English 10 was actually scaled though, DRAMATICALLY scaled, my mark went up about 10-11% ..some of the teachers in my school were provincial markers, so it was nice knowing before results came out what our ‘potential’ marks could be.)

Grade 11: Socials 11 (MANDATORY)….I honestly don’t know WHERE I would use the information I learned in Socials 11..)

Grade 12: English 12(MANDATORY..or Communications 12, depending on which one you’re taking) …The rest are optional..and I took Bio 12 and Math 12.

And ever since they made grade 12 provincials OPTIONAL..they started doing a scholarship for getting 3 A’s on your provincial exams…you would get $1000.

[UPDATE] : Based on some searches, some people had been searching HOW to check exam results: http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/exams/ย ..and then go to ‘Get Exam Results’…and remember you need to enter your PEN(Personal Education Number) as well..so if you don’t know that..then you won’t be able to access your results. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. ๐Ÿ™‚
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Weelll…results have been out as of Monday, July 24th..

And in case you’re wondering how I did? Not as well as I COULD have done (now doesn’t everyone say that? but I truly mean it). But I mean I did decently. But we just didn’t have enough time to properly study for exams..but I realized during exam prep how I SHOULD have studied…and that cramming doesn’t necessarily work unless you’re really super genius-ly smart(that’s cool too).

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MY ADVICE TO YOU: Don’t take provincials (other than Eng 12..obviously, ‘cuz you kinda HAVE to take it) …UNLESS you are absolutely sure that it will raise your mark and/or you are going for the scholarship. WHY? If you are a student going to a BC post-secondary institute, then it’s ‘okay’ if you manage to take the provincials and your mark drops..’cuz BC post-secondary schools don’t look at your provincial mark blended with your school final if it’s lower than your school final…AKA..they just look at the higher mark for admission purposes. BUT… pretty much every school outside of BC(all other Canadian provinces + international) looks at the provincial blended mark/provincial mark alone…so if your mark drops after taking the provincial..then you have the potential to be screwed over. So all in all..be VERY CAREFUL in making your decisions about which exams to take. ๐Ÿ™‚

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And I will make a separate post some time before September..about study tips for final exams and such..and honestly, it’s best to start from the beginning of the year..but you will read that in my later post..so keep that in mind !ย 

Check out my post about Study Habits —> ‘Study!Study!Study!TIPS!’

YouTube favourites!

Have any of you guys heard a song, and then not give it very much care, and then listened to a cover of it (by some youtuber) and just fallen in love with the song? I have a couple of songs that I originally disliked…but then I heard some awesome people covering it on youtube, and I was like WHAA?!?! I LOVE THIS SONG!!

So I’m going to share some of my favourite ‘musical’ youtubers..this isn’t in any particular order(and if you guys go on youtube to listen to music and stuff, some of these will be PRETTY familiar to you). And the MAJORITY of these are mostly POP music.

Tyler Wardย  – http://www.youtube.com/user/TylerWardMusic?feature=chclkย ย  –This is probably my FAVOURITE one, just because of the amazing variety and talent on his channel with so many talented singers making appearances. And Tyler himself is a SUPER down to earth guy and just AWESOME. He doesn’t let the ‘fame’ get to him, if you look back at his first videos, he is pretty much the same, just gets amazing-er each time. I found his channel about a year and a half ago and have loved him ever since!!! Listening to his covers makes me LOVE LOVE LOVE the song. So if you haven’t heard of him..be sure to check his youtube out, ASAP. And since there are sooo many youtube singers on his channel, I won’t be giving individual shout outs to them, but you will find them on his page..and I love them all!

Alex Goot – http://www.youtube.com/user/gootmusicย  – He is another amazingly talented musician. He plays sooo many instruments and all his tracks are produced by himself. His videos are so interesting and full of TALENT! I discovered him through Tyler Ward’s channel, they did a cover of Firework by Katy Perry…definitely an awesome cover, you should check it out!

Tiffany Alvord – http://www.youtube.com/user/tiffanyalvord?blend=1&ob=4She is soo cute! She has light, but strong vocals. Her voice is incredibly pure, and I love all the songs she covers. I found her about almost 3 years ago, around the time she first started, and she’s incredible and has improved soo much!

Luke Conard – http://www.youtube.com/user/lukeconard I just recently found him through someone’s channel..and he has a very ‘different’ style of music..and he is in a band..and yeah, interesting music.

BoyceAvenue -http://www.youtube.com/user/boyceavenueA band from the southern United States..great band. enough said.

Megan and Liz -http://www.youtube.com/user/MeganandLiz – Twin teen sisters that have been singing and playing music for the past few years. Megan plays guitar, and Megan and Liz both sing. I have been watching their videos for just over a year, and now they’ve been getting more ‘famous’ and had great opportunities come up for them.

Variety of artists + Sam Tsui – http://www.youtube.com/user/KurtHugoSchneiderTHIS GUY IS AMAZING AT MAKING VIDEOS!!! He is incredibly talented and so many youtube singers(including some of the ones I’ve listed) have had the chance to make music videos with this guy, and you HAVE to check them out!

Megan Nicole – http://www.youtube.com/user/megannicolesiteShe is another person that I came across through Tyler Ward… ‘Love the Way You Lie’ cover by TylerWardMusic. She has such a sweet soft voice, and you’d just fall in love with it!

 

IF I HAVE FORGOTTEN ANY: I WILL MAKE SURE TO UPDATE THIS LIST!! THERE ARE JUST SOOOOO MANY!!

 

 

a little feeling of nostalgia..

So a couple weeks ago I was cleaning my room, it was honestly a huge mess! May and June were just super busy months for me, especially with grad approaching and stuff, and then mid june- the end of june I had final exams, so I was really focusing on those, and not so much my surroundings at home. My room and computer room looked like school had just puked all over it! It was SUCH a mess, binders, folders, notes(sooo many loose papers with notes!!),notebooks, old tests, and the whole bunch. Finally when mid july came, I cleaned up my room and this closet that I used to store some things. I was pretty much forced to clean up all that stuff by my mom, I’m much more of a procrastinator..but I DID have intentions of cleaning everything (obviously).

So as I was cleaning out stuff, I got rid of a bunch of clothes, just random ones that don’t fit me and stuff, and then my mom would be like ‘Oh, you could wear that sweater to university next year, ‘cuz it’s going to be cold!’ ..and I was like “WOWOWOWOWOWOWOW! I’M GOING TO UNIVERSITY!!! :O “.. But that’s not it..it was pretty much the biggest clean out EVER! (for my room anyways) ..I even found old binders from grade 7 in my closet..and I was looking through them and I had a feeling of nostalgia come over me..Like back then, I didn’t even THINK I’d be going to UBC(I barely thought about my future, post secondary future.)..and I just remembered all the memories from back then. And then as I continued to clean..I found a whole stash of notes(so old-fashioned) my friends and I would pass back and forth, these were from about grade 8-9. I quite enjoyed reading them, and they definitely made me laugh, like WHO WAS I back in those days. ๐Ÿ˜› I kept finding so many old things, old birthday cards from friends, old jewelry, old school stuff, old photos, and reality really hit me that I’m really moving on now, and those things are so in the past, and now I have a whole future ahead of me, and it’s just all SO CRAZY!! My innocent little kid days are all overr..honestly, that depresses me. Haha. Everything just brought back memories of the past and they were all good memories too!

So yes, I just had to share that on here. ๐Ÿ™‚

status update overload

Hey all, if you feel the need to update your Facebook status every two minutes…please go get twitter..and do that on there instead of filling up my News Feed with around the clock updates about your life.

Anyone else have friends that do that? Usually it’s the younger people that do that..you know the 11/12/13 year-old girls that are extremely heartbroken about their ‘relationships’ that last about 3 WHOLE days(now THAT is something that should be addressed in another post for another day..so be waiting for that, cuz I have quite a bit to say). Or the younger teenage girls that have very minimal security/privacy settings and feel the need to tell the whole Facebook world that they are home alone and blasting music and singing at the top of their lungs..cuz that doesn’t attract the attention of the wrong crowd of people or anything.ย  Ohhh kids these days..When I was that young, I was extremely paranoid and made sure my privacy settings were SUPER HIGH..well actually, at that age I didn’t even HAVE Facebook…or any social networking site..all we had was email/msn(I made sure to never add anybody that I did not know..I knew my internet safety ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) But still to this day I make sure my privacy settings are SUPER high. I make it sound like I’m some super old person, but I AM NOT! Just your ‘average’ 17 year old here.

Like is it necessary to update your status every few minutes and at the end of each one say ‘iloveyousomuchbabe xox’ย  …ON EVERY SINGLE ONE..you’d think we’d get the point after about 2 of those? But I mean, if it makes them happy…then whatever! Thankfully Facebook has the whole ‘Hide’ button so if it gets too much, you can just hide it. ๐Ÿ™‚

Facebook + me two-three years ago..what a joke. :P

Hey.What’s up? ๐Ÿ˜› Sooooo I got Facebook almost 4 years ago..around fall 2007, so I was in grade 9(freshman) at the time. Facebook was a lot different back then, but that’s not what I’m trying to get at. Most of you who have Facebook will know what I’m talking about. There’s an ‘app’ on Facebook called Notes, I think it’s just one that everyone has when they get Facebook…but I could be wrong, maybe you have to actually ‘install’ it or whatever. But anyways, it’s pretty much where you write whatever you want and post it, and then people can read it.

So when I was in about grade 10..I saw that a bunch of my friends had been doing questionnaire type of notes, they were just a bunch of random questions, and you’d answer to them ‘honestly’. There were seriously HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS of these things. And the questions are so random..some start with ‘Will you be 100% honest when answering these questions?” ..and others included “What was the last song you listened to” …”Last beverage you had?” …”Last person you rode in a car with?“…”How’s your heart?” …and etc. Most of the time I answered sarcastically..but pretty honestly (that’s contradicting.). And I was bored, so I decided to pretty much creep my own Facebook..I know,ย  I am extremely cool. I was 15 when I wrote the majority of them, in some I was 16, but they all honestly make me laugh, and I don’t even regret making those notes, I can really tell I’ve changed. Back in grade 10 I had the biggest crush on this one guy for almost the whole year, and a lot of the responses on the questions of these notes totally reflected that. You know how you’re young, and then you like a guy, and then you don’t want it to seem obvious that you like him(but everyone knows that you like him), but then you want him to know that you like him without actually telling him? Yeah, I was like that. Teenage girls, we make a lot of sense(intense sarcasm)..I can understand why people think we’re confusing! Anyone else that cool? ๐Ÿ˜‰

jealous?

Jealousy..interesting concept. Where does it take you? Hmm..absolutely nowhere and beyond! Pretty sure almost all of us have been there and back at some point in our lives..Perhaps some of us didn’t even know we were going down Jealousy Lane..until that big green monster engulfed us.

I almost always say that I am not the jealous type, but in reality..I sometimes can be, and it is so incredibly STUPID. And when I do feel that way, I don’t like admitting it..I know, I’m not perfect, then again who really is? In some ways it is such a ‘joke’..say I have some jealous ‘tendencies’…a few weeks later I’m almost embarrassed about how I acted..like really? did you really think like that?

Pretty much jealousy brings on self hate and unnecessary ‘hate’ towards others involved in said situation. There are different types of jealous..there’s ‘good’ jealousy(lack of a better term)..that’s just when you’re joking around with friends and whatever and if your friend gets to go to say some concert and you don’t, you’ll be like “Oh, I am so jealous of you!” –that’s not even REAL jealousy, so that’s alright, ‘cuz most of the time we don’t really mean any harm on anyone in those situations. But then there are other times, for example…(once again talking from a girl’s perspective..but it’s applicable from a guy’s point of view as well).

Girl A likes Guy 1. Guy 1 talks to Girl B.Girl A gets a bit concerned.Guy 1 continues to talk to Girl B.. A LOT…Girl A then starts to assume that Guy 1 likes Girl B more than he likes Girl A….Girl A has the green monster creeping up inside of her.ย  Then Guy 1 talks to Girl A about Girl B..and about how awesome she is.. Girl A’s heart breaks in 10 pieces. Girl A pretends that she’s totally fine with the guy that she likes talking about Girl B…and tries to be supportive..but then inside, Girl A starts to not like Girl B very much…and she gets upset/mad with Guy 1 but tries not to show it……….and then it just gets all screwed up: THE END. (I am not even kidding you, this really does happen in real life.)

Jealousy really wrecks friendships and even lowers your own confidence. Sometimes it makes you downgrade yourself, and think that you’re nothing inside, especially when it’s in the above situation. But just think to yourself, some time in the future, after you get over it, you will feel kind of like “oh my goodness, WHY ON EARTH DID I ACT LIKE THAT?! WHAT WAS WRONG WITH ME?!”. Jealousy is a wasted emotion and just bad for your health and well being in general. Like do you really want to fret over something and bring on such a thing when you don’t even know if it’s actually even TRUE!? You have better things to do than feel jealous about something, especially if it is based on a misperceived thought. Usually if it’s from a misperceived thought, it is based on insecurities. And if you ever feel like jealousy is creeping up on you, do whatever you can to prevent it, don’t feed the feeling.