How To Write Gooder: Writing the Essay

Would you look at that, I’m back at it again with some tips to help you write an amazing essay. I’m not going to lie – this entire “how to write gooder” series (name stolen from one of my fave profs) is entirely self-serving. I haven’t had to write an essay yet this year and I’m trying to re-teach myself how to write one now that I have a few assigned.

They’re good tips if I do say so myself. I’ve included some quotes from essays I’ve written just to demonstrate the point I’m trying to get across. You don’t have to know what’s going on in them.

Hopefully you find these tips helpful, although I will say I’ve never had a chance to apply to them something that isn’t a critical analytic essay so I can’t promise anything (you didn’t pay for this so I can’t give you a money back guarantee).


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How To Write Gooder: Planning a Killer Essay

I’m going to take a wild guess and say you’ve had to write an essay at least once in your academic career. Maybe I’ll even go crazy and suggest that you’ve probably struggled to write an essay before. Trust me, we’ve all been there. My first year I had to hand in an essay every two weeks. After that I’d consider myself a bit of an expert on essay panic.

Writing’s one of those frustrating things where the only way to get good at it is practice. You have to keep writing and you’ll probably never get perfect. Especially when different profs like different writing styles. Unfortunately for us, that means having to constantly work at it.

For me, setting myself up for success before I even start writing is so important. It’s the reason I’m not crying (too much) when I realize I’ve put off essay writing until the night before. How do you expect to write an A essay if you haven’t prepared for it? You can’t (and if you can, please teach me your ways).

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A Talk About Handling Stress

Basically, stress sucks. Learning to manage stress is one of the essential parts of being a productive human being. It’s challenging to get any work done if the stress of life is weighing down so hard on you that it’s difficult to breathe or focus on any one subject. When I feel particularly stressed, I recognize all the privilege I have, but I also recognize that it’s hard to be me.

It’s hard to be anyone.

Can I be honest with you? This week has been the week from hell for no particular reason. There is nothing different about this week, and yet, my brain seems to want to single this week out as special. Instead of accepting how the week’s going, it’s finding ways to increase my stress and I’m definitely using more self-deprecating language.

What I hope you can get out of this post is a recognition that you aren’t alone and some coping strategies for when stress is so overwhelming you just can’t.


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How To Take Some Killer Notes in Class

As you might have noticed, taking good notes can make or break your semester. I’m not saying this to stress you out. I’ll telling you this because last year I completely ignored how important good notes were to my ability to study them later. This made finals week hard. With September having just come to an end, you still have time to get your study schedule back on track if you’ve lost your way. 

Below I’ve got some killer tips to help you write amazing notes during your lectures.


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How to: Handle a New Semester

Let’s face it: starting a new semester is hard. What makes it even harder is having a four month break in-between. I always find that by March I’ve found this great rhythm in terms of balancing classes, social life, and sorority commitments; but by September I’ve completely lost it.

Self-care gets completely pushed to the side and I become this massive ball of unproductive panic. It’s awful.

So this year I’ve taken the last few days to analyze my approach to the new school year and talk to some friends about how they handle starting a new semester.

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How To Be A Full-Time Student With A Part-Time Job

I adore back-to-school season. It’s hands down, my favourite time of year. By the time September rolls around, I’m more than happy to abandon my summer vibes and get back to warm drinks and crazy study hours. What I’m less excited about is finding ways to balance school and work during the academic year.

For me, and a lot of other students out there (I know you’re out there), there’s no way I’d be able to afford school without working part-time during the year. The ability to earn even a few extra dollars that I can spend on coffee when I’m cramming for an exam is so important to me.

If you’re debating whether or not you can balance a part-time job with university, debate no more! As long as you have the smallest shred of time management skills and some motivation, you can do anything. But here are a few tips to help you out along the way!


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The Sex Talk : Consent

Today’s post is part of a larger series called “The Sex Talk”. Often we think of The Sex Talk as an awkward conversation we have with our parents where the phrase “when a Mommy and Daddy love each other very much…” because that’s what’s been normalized.

There’s something wrong with that sex talk.

It (normally) only mentions the idea of sex for reproductive purposes and doesn’t mention topics that fall under the sex and gender category. We often don’t talk about how some people are LGBTQ+ with kids, while others identify as cisgendered straight folk. Or that sex happens between consenting parties.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I get it’s hard to explain this all to a kid (I barely understand all of it), but sex talks shouldn’t happen just once. The Sex Talk should be a dialogue that everyone participates in at every stage of life and it should surround more than just how babies are made.

Today’s topic is consent. Below the photo, I’ll be talking about what consent is and how to get consent. While a lot of what I say might seem like it’s obvious, for a lot of people it isn’t.

DISCLAIMER: While I don’t have any explicit content, topics such as this can be triggering. Please check in with yourself and make sure you make the best decision for you to feel safe at the moment.

I’m not claiming to know everything here. I’m just a student who is interested in furthering her own understanding of the crazy world she lives in. If you need further explanation on any claims I make, or think I’m wrong about something, please let me know in a polite way. I’m happy to edit this post until it’s perfect.

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TV Shows to Stream With Your New Roommate

Congrats on moving into your new home for the school year! Whether it’s a shared dorm style room or your very own apartment, chances are you have at least one roommate. If you’re just getting to know your roommate (or if you want something to do with your best friend) and don’t have anything in common, finding a show to watch together gives you something until you know more.

Netflix has made it super easy to stream basically anything with your friends and always everyone has a subscription (or uses their parents).

My biggest recommendation is to find something neither of you have seen before, but have an interest in. If it’s new to both of you then you get to experience it for the first time together!

Looking for some TV show recommendations? I’ve got you covered!

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What To Do On Your Study Break To Make The Most Of It

Whether you’re studying for a big exam or working on an assignment, taking study breaks is a must. Your brain is like any other muscle, it can’t run a marathon without pacing itself. Even though it may seem counter-intuitive to stop working, forcing yourself to take a ten minute break might actually make you more productive.

I will admit that there are times when I’ve just found my groove and my alarm goes off, letting me know it’s time for a study break. When that happens, the last thing I want to do is take a break but it really is important. Even if the only break you take it standing up and going for a short walk around the library before sitting back down, you need that break.

Finish your sentence or finish your thought, then put the pen down and walk away.

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How To: Set Goals for the Academic Year (and beyond!)

As a list junkie, I love setting goals. Writing down what I hope to accomplish so that I’m able to organize the craziness in my brain brings me a lot of joy. For whatever reason, when it comes to writing down my goals I can never remember what I wanted to do.

Part of this is my goals are always super vague. I want to do things like ‘work on my blog more’ or ‘hang out with my friends more’. While those are totally things I can try to accomplish, what do they really mean?

Maybe I’m just a terrible goal setter, and that’s okay, but I have to work hard to figure out goals and to-do lists. So hard in fact, I’ve created a system. A simple one (because I’m lazy) but a system all the same.

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