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10 Things to Keep in Mind while Selecting a College after +2
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The benefits of living on campus in a college
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Stressed before your placement interview? Relax and breathe!
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Easy and quick meals to make in college
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What’s in your backpack? College essentials you must always have
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Less time, more revision: Effective study strategies for your college exams
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How to elevate your LinkedIn profile?
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How can students use social media tools to create an online presence
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How to Develop a Self-Care Routine
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How to make the most out of your holidays before the result arrives

10 Things to Keep in Mind while Selecting a College after +2

Selecting the right college is essential to make sure you have a bright future with strong career prospects. The institution is just as essential as the degree you get after graduation. Therefore, students spend months and countless hours researching and short listing the colleges they want to apply to. But here are a few essential points to keep in mind while choosing the right college. Remember, if you are happy, you will learn better. So, choose wisely!

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Choose your course of study

Before choosing a college, choose your course of study. It is easier to shortlist colleges if you know what area interests you because then you will be able to look for colleges that are the best in that field. Discuss with your parents, friends or advisors about what you want to do in the future. Your goal will determine your path which is to get the right type of college degree for the right field.

 

Degrees available

Most students are not aware of this, but colleges offer different types of degrees. It can be a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Sciences or even a Diploma degree. It is important that you first understand what the college is offering and if it suits your needs. B.A. in Biology is not helpful, whereas a B.Sc. in Biology can take you places when it comes to the career opportunities and higher education.

 

College location

The location of the college campus is important. Firstly, it determines how easy it will be for you to go home. Do you want to experience urban life? Or do you prefer a campus that is quiet and away from the city? A college’s proximity to a major city also means better career opportunities since big cities are usually home to big companies. This will help you get better internship and job offers. So take a map and do your research.

 

Faculty excellence

If you have shortlisted a few colleges, you then need to find out how well known and good the faculty is for your course. If you have friends studying there, ask them. If not, join online forums and get in touch with the current students and alumni about the college’s faculty, teaching methods, and other academic resources.

 

Student-teacher ratio

A teacher can do justice to the students only when the faculty to student ratio is low. A class of 100 means no one gets individual attention, whereas a class of 20 means that the teacher will know each student by name and be able to teach them better. This is also necessary so that a teacher can help each student achieve his or her goals.

 

Fee structure and scholarships

The fee structure and scholarship opportunities should be on the top of your list when it comes to gathering information on a college. The fee structure can help you determine if your financial situation is suitable for this college. Is it economically viable to study here? Will you need loans? Can you get a scholarship? These are the important questions you need to answer before deciding on a college.

 

Extracurricular activities

 Going to college is much more than just studying day in and day out. The quality of campus life and type of extracurricular activities offered on the campus are equally important. Does your college offers housing on campus? If not, will you have to go house hunting on your own? Don’t hesitate to pose these questions to the college administration. Do they have regular social events, student-run organizations or opportunities for the students to do something new? Make sure you know how life outside a classroom will be.

 

Campus facilities

The facilities on the campus are just as essential. Most of them offer Wi-Fi on the campus. Library, gym, transportation, banking facilities, grocery shopping, meals, etc., are just some of the important facilities that any good college should provide its students. These days, colleges make it a point to provide all the possible amenities so the students need not go out of the campus for anything at all.

 

College ranking

A good college should rank well among its counterparts at least on the national level. If you are spending an exorbitant amount of money to get a degree, what good is it if no one recognizes it? This is where the college’s reputation comes into play. You want a college that focuses on student development and education in equal measures along with a focus on placements and job opportunities. Colleges with the reputation of being easy and being party schools are not worth the money and efforts.

 

Placement record

In the end, your goal is to graduate with a degree and a job offer. So, it is important that your college has a dedicated placement cell to help the students’ secure internship and job interviews. If your college has good connections with corporate, they will also offer many opportunities to network with professionals and learn more about the corporate culture. Most colleges release their placement data in terms of salary packages, companies that come to the campus frequently, and the percentage of students placed successfully. Do check these before you decide.

Choosing a college is one of the hardest and the most important decisions you will take in your life. Do not treat it lightly. Do your research, visit the colleges if you must and take tours, talk to the current students as well as the alumni and get to know your colleges before you decide to attend it. These three or four years of your life are integral to a bright future, so choose wisely. At the end of the day, what you want to study, where you want to study, and how you want to study will determine what your future looks like. India has so much to offer its students in terms of education, so there is no dearth of good colleges. However, everything that looks good is not good and closer scrutiny is a must.

The benefits of living on campus in a college

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Living on campus is an amazing opportunity. Hostel, dorm or on-campus housing, whatever you call it, offers many advantages as opposed to renting an apartment away from the campus or living at home. Living on campus is an integral part of college life,
especially for undergraduates who are entering such an environment for the first time. So here are the ten fantastic advantages of living on campus. If you need to convince your parents about living on your college campus, this list will definitely be helpful.
Involvement in the student community
Living on campus means you are better involved in the student community. You can take part in student-run events, college events, campus fests and other after-hours activities. Living off campus means you have to reach home by a certain time, find a reliable mode of transport or drive alone at night. Plus, everyone worry if you didn’t get back home on time after a college event.
Independence
Who doesn’t love being independent when in college? Living at home or a relative’s place is preferable to our parents because they worry about us. But, on-campus living gives you independence. It also makes you rely on yourself to get things done instead of asking your parents to do them for you. You might even learn to cook, clean, and fold your clothes!
Cut down on travel time
Traveling back and forth from the college campus can be exhausting, especially if you live in a metro city or if your home is very far. Living on campus means you can just walk back to your hostel and that’s all. You don’t waste any time on the train or the bus and you can get more work done. You may think you can work while on your commute, but it is usually impossible to read or write anything while on the bus or train.
Better study environment
Living on campus in a hostel means you are surrounded by your peers. This is particularly great during exam time when everyone around you is studying; it’s a great motivator to study. Surrounding yourself with hardworking people means you will want to work hard too.
Access to college resources
If you live in a hostel, you have better access to the college resources. This includes the college library, the computer lab or science labs. These resources are an invaluable part of your education and the more you utilize, the more they will help you achieve your goals.
Make new friends
Living on campus is a great way to expand your social circle. It is a great opportunity to make new friends. Of course, you have classmates who are friends, but living on campus means more friends. It also opens you up to new experiences and meeting new people. This will expand your horizons in the long run as you meet people from all over the country and even all over the world. Forging close friendships requires time and effort, and this is only possible if you live in the same place and see those people on every day of your college life.
Save money
Living off campus by renting an apartment can get expensive even if you share it with friends. You have to worry about water, electricity, the cleaning person, the cook, etc. Living on campus includes everything in the money you pay. You save money in the long run since the benefits of living on campus are incredible.
Belonging to a community
The sense of belonging to a community is incredibly satisfying. You might have heard your family members saying that the best time of their life was in college with friends from their hostel. They might even be in touch with those friends today! This is because living together makes you a part of something big. A group of people living together in a hostel eventually learn to understand each other, sympathize with each other, support each other, and look after each other.
Ready amenities
As we said, living off campus means worrying about utilities. So when you live on campus, you don’t have to worry about the water, electricity, food or the cleaning part. Some hostels offer laundry facilities, so you can even stop worrying about that. You can instead focus on your academics and get better grades by putting in more time and energy  into your work. Electricity cuts, water shortage, and other such problems won’t be a part of your schedule. These matters can take away from the time spent studying. So, living in a hostel is a win-win situation.
Security
Living on campus offers a sense of security, especially to the parents. Living off campus means you don’t really know where you are living because you don’t even know your neighbors. Not everyone can rent an apartment or a home in a gated community with round-the-clock security. Hostels on college campuses have multiple security provisions to make students feel safe. Your parents will be more than happy when you point out this particular advantage to them. Plus, it becomes the college’s responsibility to keep you safe when you live in the college housing.
It is advisable to live on campus at least the first two years of your college life. These two years will be sufficient in helping you get the best possible experience in your college. You will be able to enjoy your college life without worrying about anything and immerse yourself in your studies and the college community. The best part is that you will be able to attend every single college fest, college concert, and college event since you only have to take a short walk to go back to your room. So students applying for college, this is your chance to make a decision, whether you want to be a part of your college community or stay on the fringes. So, make the right decision for yourself!

 

Stressed before your placement interview? Relax and breathe!

While appearing for a placement interview, stress is expected. However, a little stress is good because it keeps you alert and on your toes. It becomes a problem when the stress interferes with your thinking, speech, and makes you so nervous that you can’t stop fidgeting. Your interview is important for your career, but it is not the end of the world. So take a deep breath. Now, read our stress management tips below.

 

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Relax

When you are relaxed, you are much more comfortable in the current situation. If you are waiting for your turn, read a magazine or listen to some music that will relax you. Thinking constantly about the interview might cause your brain to go into overdrive. And that is not how you want to enterthe interview room.

 

 

Drink Water

Drink water. Take small sips of water slowly. This will help you relax. If you are sweating too much, the water will keep you hydrated. But you still have the interview; so don’t gulp down the water because you might need to visit the bathroom. It is always a goods practice to keep a water bottle with you, no matter where you go.

 

Practice your responses

Before a big presentation, we usually spend time practicing the whole presentation. Similarly, before a big interview, you should practice your answers. There are quite a few questions that you can anticipate that might be asked during the interview. Your skills, your knowledge, relevant experience in your field, your strengths, weaknesses, etc. are some of the commonly asked questions. So make sure you practice in order to communicate your answers effectively.

 

Adding information

So you’re in the middle of the interview, and you realize you might have forgotten to mention a crucial point. Firstly, do not panic. Instead, say that you would like to add some relevant information to your answer that you missed mentioning in your initial response. Your interviewers will definitely not mind at all.

 

Pause and breathe

When faced with a particularly difficult question, or a unique question, you don’t have to answer right away. Say that you would like a few seconds to think about it, pause, collect your thoughts, and then answer your question. Most interviewers appreciate the fact that you take the time to think about your response before saying it out loud.

 

Two-way street

Most interviewees think that the job interview is a one-sided process where they will be grilled. However, that is not true. You are interviewing the company too. A job interview is a two-way street. Both you and the company must be the right fit for each other to work together. Do not be afraid to ask questions about the company’s mission, vision, culture or their ongoing projects.

Above all, make sure you communicate your thoughts and ideas clearly and effectively. Good communication skills help make your first impression a great impression. So go ahead and give it your best shot.

 

Easy and quick meals to make in college

Meals in college don’t always have to be unhealthy. There are options other than ordering delivery or eating out. Take a look at our quick recipes which you can whip up within a few minutes when you’re hungry in college!

 

Maggi

Maggi is the staple of every single Indian student. It takes less time to make as compared to the other meals and is easily available in the market. However, to make it a little healthier, you can cut veggies and add them to

your meal. Most people end up adding carrots, peas, French beans, onions, and potatoes.

 

 Healthy sandwich

A healthy sandwich is a good sandwich. Add spinach, thinly sliced beet, cucumber, tomato, and onions. Buy wheat bread instead of white bread and add your favorite dressing. You can even take this along to your classes as an option for lunch.

 

Veggie stir-fry

Sounds complicated, right? Contrary to what you think, the stir-fry is extremely simple. First, pick up your veggies. You can choose from red, yellow and green peppers, broccoli, mushrooms, French beans, onions, zucchini, carrots, etc. Heat up the pan, add a little olive oil, and then add your veggies. A little seasoning with salt, pepper, chilli flakes, and oregano will give your stir-fry the perfect taste.

 

Quick pulao

The pulao takes a little extra time, but the end result is worth it, especially if you love rice! First, soak the rice in water. Dice your veggies into small cubes to make sure they cook quickly. Then, sauté the veggies and add your spices including turmeric, chilli powder, salt, and garam masala. Once the veggies are cooked, add the rice and cook until the rice is soft. Voila, your pulao is ready!

 

Egg-cellent egg dish

Who doesn’t love a good omelette or fried eggs? For cooking a healthy and filling omelette, you need onions, tomatoes, and chillies. For fried eggs, all you need is some butter and a good non-stick pan. Make sure to check the freshness of the eggs when you go grocery shopping. Fresh eggs last for almost a week.

 

Salad with sprouts

These days, most grocery stores sell sprouted lentils. So, half your work is already done! You can go for brown chana, mung, and even corn in your salad. Dice tomatoes, onions, and cucumber and add it to your sprouts. Some salt, lemon juice, chilli powder (if you like spicy food) and something crispy like baked poha gives you the perfect salad. The crispy part of the salad is optional and depends on you. You can also add toasted bread crumbs, not fried!

 

So now that you have a list of these fantastic recipes in hand, it is time to whip up your own healthy breakfast, lunch or dinner. Cooking your own meals will also save money since eating out is more expensive in the long run. Happy cooking!

What’s in your backpack? College essentials you must always have

Off to college with your backpack? If it’s too heavy, you may have packed too much stuff. If it’s too light, you might not have all the essentials. So allow us to show the essential college backpack checklist. This includes everything you might need to survive every single day in the college. Read on to see what you’re missing in your backpack.

What’s in your backpack? College essentials you must always have

A water bottle

When running around from one class to another and from the canteen to the library, you probably forget to drink enough water. Now, you don’t want to die from exhaustion. So the filled water bottle is a constant reminder to hydrate!

 

Healthy snacks

Whether you are on a diet or not, snacks are essential for you all day. Sometimes you don’t even get those ten precious minutes to eat lunch. So, a small bag of dry fruits or energy bars or a pack of biscuits can help drive away the hunger pangs.

 

Hand sanitizer

A hand sanitizer is one tool to protect you from infections. Your college has an incredible number of students. And only one infected student can bring down the collective immune system of the entire college. So, be sure to sanitize your hands before and after you eat. A missed day of classes at the college is more stressful than a missed day at school.

 

A notebook

Are you a note-taking kind of a person or do you prefer to keep it all in your head? Regardless, having a notebook in your backpack is a lifesaver. You might need to jot down the important test dates or details about the syllabus or a book you need to buy. You definitely won’t find avid note takers without a notebook.

 

Pens and pencils

If you have a notebook in your hand, but don’t have the pens or pencils, how will you take notes? Pens and pencils seem like a normal thing, but students often forget to restock these stationery essentials in their bag. For those who love taking notes, you can have an array of coloured pens to keep your notes interesting.

 

Hand tissues

Not only during a bout of cold, hand tissues are helpful in wiping stains, spilled water, coffee or your hands after eating. You might not get time to go to the bathroom, so these little things save time when you rush from one place to another.

 

Study materials

College is very different from school because you don’t necessarily need textbooks all the time. Each professor teaches differently and therefore, has a different set of requirements for their students.  Don’t forget the essential thing when you go to the class, the study materials prescribed by your teacher.

 

Laptop

A laptop is not always allowed in a class. However, the need for a laptop also depends on the course you are pursuing. For the students of Design, the laptop might be essential, but not so much for the Engineering students. If you do most of your work on the laptop, keep it charged the night before so you can spend a productive day working on it.

Less time, more revision: Effective study strategies for your college exams

College students probably have less time to study before exams as compared to the school students. This is probably because the structure of college education is a little different and more rigorous. Also, the social lives of college students are a little busier than a school student. Therefore, college exams call for a different strategy to utilize your study time more effectively. Here is what you need to know to study efficiently, but in a shorter amount of time:

Find your study spot

Find a comfortable spot where you can study without distractions and disturbances. This could be in your room, library or anywhere on the college campus. You should have a comfortable place to sit and a proper space to write, type, and read. Uncomfortable seats can hamper your ability to concentrate on the material in your front. And it is always great to have a comfy spot where you can sit, relax, and read your favorite book.

 

Less time, more revision: Effective study strategies for your college exams

 

An organized study space

A disorganized desk means a disorganized mind. And disorganization is the worst way to study. If you spend 3 hours studying, but get distracted often, then you won’t get anything done. But, if you sit at an organized place and study, you might be more productive in your studies and revision. It’s all about being more efficient in less time. If there is nothing on the table, there is more space for you to read and write!

 

Use colorful stationery

Do not underestimate the power of colorful highlighters and sticky notes. Highlight important points and make notes with sticky notes. Investing in colorful stationery, including a colorful notepad can help you remember the points better by associating them with the colors you use to write/highlight them.

 

Make a study list

Before you study for an exam, sit down and figure out what you need to study; make a list. This list is like a to-do list, you can tick off the topics you study or review. Ticking things off the list will give you a sense of accomplishment as you check things off one-by-one. The study list is great for keeping a track of assignments, exams, and other activities.

 

Create study blocks

Studying for the exam at the last minute can be stressful. In a state of panic, you might sit down straight for six hours without a break, trying to absorb as much material as you can. But, sitting down and studying for such long hours is not really helpful. Instead, you should divide your study time into blocks of 30 or 60 minutes. This helps you relax in between study blocks so that you don’t get burnt out. You can take a walk or do your favorite activity in between study blocks to refresh yourself.

 

Make notes

This is one tip that applies to every student studying for an exam, no matter what the exam is. The habit of taking notes is more useful than most students realize. You can take notes during the class, then fill-in the information you remember after the class. While reviewing and studying for an exam, you can make notes again to help you remember all the information.

 

Organize your revision notes

So, you are one of those students who like making notes. That is awesome. You’re a step closer to efficient studying. Now, make sure to organize your notes in a way that you can get to any topic at any time. You can use colored tabs, bookmarks, etc., to keep track of the chapter numbers or topics. You can also use a binder to file all your notes.

 

Teach someone else

The best way to revise your material is to teach someone else. Not always the best technique if your exam is on the next day, it is quite effective if you plan a little in advance. There will always be a friend who needs a little help. Teach them and this will help you clear your concepts while helping them learn for the exam. There is no loser in this situation, and this tried and texted technique always works.

 

Silence your phone

We all have smartphones and get glued to them every free second we find. When you are studying, silence your phone, put it in a locker, under your pillow or give it to a friend. The amount of time you spend looking at your phone is the precious time you are taking away from studying. Without a phone, you might finish studying one chapter in 30 minutes. With a phone beside you, it might take you 2 or even 3 hours. The phone can be a distraction in other tasks as well.

 

Stop looking at GIFs

We really, really recommend not to use your laptop and look at funny memes and GIFs. It is highly detrimental to your study schedule. If you can avoid studying on the laptop, there’s nothing like it. If you are studying with your laptop, do not open extra tabs or turn off the Wi-Fi. You can choose to use productivity apps that block your access to certain sites for a period of time chosen by you. The moral of the story is: The cute cat and dog GIFs can wait until your exams are over.

College exams are important because they affect your overall score. They also affect the way potential employers look at you. Although academics is not the only criteria for employers, it certainly forms an important aspect of their analysis. Study well and study smart. Hard work is awesome, but smart work is best. These college exam study tips will surely help you get a better grade without having to spend hours and hours in your studies and revision.

How to elevate your LinkedIn profile?

 

How to elevate your LinkedIn profile?

LinkedIn is an all-important tool for the students these days. It is a medium to look for jobs and opportunities and create a public resume. Therefore, just creating a LinkedIn profile with basic information is not enough. How do you make your profile stand out? How do you make it different so it catches the attention of recruiters and other professionals?

Find your answers right here. Here is how a few tweaks and additions can help you elevate your LinkedIn profile.

Professional headshot

A picture speaks a thousand words. A picture in formal attire will make a great first impression on anyone who looks at your LinkedIn profile. Invest in this one picture and you see it was worth it.

Ask for recommendations

Ask for recommendations from your co-workers, managers, and teachers. Recommendations are a way to showcase your skills from an external and objective source. A high number of recommendations mean many people vouch for you professionally, which is great. In this way, people who visit your profile can see how good you are at your skills.

Add a summary

Always add a short summary to convey what you are looking for, what skills you have and why you’re good at what you do. You might need a few drafts to get the perfect summary.

Highlight skills with endorsements

Endorsements from your LinkedIn collections are a great way to showcase your skills. Put the skills relevant to your profession on the top. Endorsements for generic skills such as Microsoft Office, Photoshop, etc. hold little weight.

Use a custom URL

Students are not aware that they can create a custom URL for their LinkedIn profile. This URL makes it easy for people to find you. Make sure your custom URL is professional and uses your names, and not nicknames.

Highlight your projects

For students, thesis projects, industrial projects, research projects and other projects are an important part of the curriculum. It is a great idea to add your projects in this section. You can add information, documents, images, and even other team members.

Mention special awards and certifications

Did you do a special course on coding? Did you give a specific exam in your field? Mention all your awards and certifications even if they are non-academic. This section is a good way to show your extracurricular activities, academic activities, and other interests.

Follow relevant groups

Lastly, follow relevant groups and personalities from your industry. This will show visitors what you are interested in. LinkedIn groups are a good source of information about the trends in your industry and new employment opportunities. Don’t be afraid to interact with other members of the group.

LinkedIn is a powerful tool if harnessed properly. It is essential for you, as a student, to make the most of it. It can be an incredibly helpful medium to learn new things and find a job you love.

How can students use social media tools to create an online presence

In the age of technology and social media, a student’s online presence is incredibly important for universities and potential employers. Whether you are applying for your first job or sending an application to a university abroad for higher education, your online persona matters. Admission officers and employers often Google potential candidates to learn more about their opinions, interests and hobbies. Therefore, here are a few tips to make sure your online presence is on point.

Using social media to create your personal brand

Create an online brand

The primary thing to remember is that you are your own brand ambassador. You have to brand “YOU” because that is how potential employers will know who you are. Curate your social media accounts in a way that if someone searches for you online, the first result will be professional and dignified. If you are one of those people who would prefer to maintain a personal account as well, make sure the two are entirely separate.

 

Showcase your interests

LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter are great mediums to showcase your interests. From following people who inspire you to industry leaders, to sharing articles you find interesting, everything adds up to show your interests to potential employers. Staying updated with news and happenings in your field sends a message to your employer that you are well read.

 

Professionalism

Gone are the days when you could have a weird or funny handle or username on social media platforms. It is extremely important to have a username that is professional. This might be the first impression you are making on somebody, so you want it to exude professionalism. A proper email address, not the one you made in high school, is important for electronic communication.

 

Profile pictures

For social media platforms that you intend to use professionally, such as LinkedIn and Twitter, make sure your profile picture is professional. A professional headshot, in formal attire, is the ideal choice. Try to avoid group pictures or pictures from a party.

 

It is ok to untag/unfollow

For those who do not want the hassle of maintaining separate personal and professional account, your friends and professional contacts will always overlap. No matter how hard you try to control your social media presence, someone somewhere will tag you in a picture you’d rather not show to your employer or university. Therefore, it is ok to untag yourself. If they do ask you why be polite and let them know the reason.

 

The question to ask is this: What would come up if a potential employer or admissions officer looked you up on Google? It is essential for the modern student and modern employee to have an online presence that is an asset to whatever company or institution they are joining. People have been fired for something as small as an inappropriate picture. With these tips, you can turn your online presence into something that will impress your potential employer or school. Today, social media is so much more than just a tool to stay in touch with friends.

 

How to Develop a Self-Care Routine

While taking care of our responsibilities and commitments, we often forget to take care of ourselves. So what exactly is self-care? Self-care is when you take care of your own emotional, mental, physical and spiritual needs.  A proper self-care routine can help you stay fit physically, mentally and emotionally. For students who might be dealing with the stress of admissions, board exams, entrance exams and peer pressure, here are a few tips to take care of yourself.  You can follow either one or all of them.

How to Develop a Self-Care Routine

Quiet Time

Never underestimate the power of some quiet time. Whether it is five minutes or 10 minutes use this window to just sit with your own thoughts. You will be surprised at what you learn about yourself during that time. It is lovely to be surrounded by people you love all the time. But sometimes, your focus should only be you. This time is for yourself, and for you to acquaint yourself with the thoughts in your head.

 

Find a Hobby

Do not sit idle, especially during vacation time. Find a hobby you love. It could be drawing or it could be teaching underprivileged children. But do what makes you feel better from inside. Some people prefer keeping a written journal; some prefer keeping an art journal. And there are some who prefer to organize their books or clean their room.

 

Exercise Daily

Exercising is beneficial in more than one way. Apart from physical fitness, exercising regularly releases endorphins in your body. These hormones are responsible for making you feel happy. Find a gym buddy or exercise on your own with your favorite music. Even 30 minutes of exercise can have a profound impact on your body and mind. So don’t be lazy and get up from the sofa.

 

Find A Way To Release Your Thoughts

It’s the constantly circling thoughts in your head that might do you more harm than good. Find a way to get rid of these thoughts. You can talk to a therapist (there’s no shame in that) or you can talk to a close friend or family member. Sometimes, we need some sort of external help to make sense of and organize our thoughts.

 

Meditate Daily

Students are at an age where meditation seems boring. But this is another way to calm your mind. Even if you only sit down for a few minutes each day, meditation can help you focus better. Meditation can be a good way to clear your head before an exam or important interview.

 

Talk To People You Love

When we are worried, instead of talking to people we love, we shut them out. That is the worst thing you can do to yourself. Whenever you need to, pick up the phone and call a close friend. Do you study away from home? Call your parents or siblings and talk to them regularly. It is a guaranteed stress buster. The best thing to do is just call up your mom. She will always be willing to listen to everything you have to say.

 

Healthy Diet

Fries, burgers, shakes, and soda, sounds tempting right? As we all know, junk food is terrible for the body. But did you know that it is terrible for your soul as well? You see —all this makes you sluggish while slowing you down. Add veggies, fruits, pulses and other healthy food to your diet. In a couple of weeks, you will definitely see a change in yourself.

 

Release Your Anger

Don’t let your anger fester. Either talk to the person you are angry at or find a way to let go of it. Some people do not prefer confrontations. In that case, you can take up an activity that helps you get rid of these feelings. Boxing or running are good options. And maybe there is a place in your city where you can break stuff and release your anger, for a price of course.

 

Sleep Routine

A fixed time to go to sleep and a fixed time for waking up: sounds boring right? Students get very less sleep because they are either studying or on their gadgets late into the night. These late night excursions result in less sleep, which in turn has a negative effect on your entire day the next morning. Fixing the number of hours you sleep ensures that your body is well rested, which is important. If you are physically tired due to lack of sleep, it will affect everything activity you do that day.

 

Take A Vacation

You will realize this, as you grow a little older, that vacations are important. Even if you’re in school or college, take mini trips on the weekends with your parents or friends. This is the time you will get the opportunity to recharge and rejuvenate your mind. And if taking a vacation is not an option at the moment, there are other ways mentioned in this article to help you relax.

 

Write one Positive thing a day

Focus on the good things in your life. Take a few minutes each day to write one positive thing that happens that day. Keep all these little notes in a jar. Maybe a month or two later, when you are feeling particularly low, you can open up the jar and remind yourself of all the good things in your life. This is a good reminder of how lucky you are to be where you are right now. Don’t underestimate the power of positive actions in your life.

 

These self-care tips might sound simple. But once you start practicing them, they will have a large impact on your life. At times, it becomes important to look inwards and ask yourself, am I ok? And if you are not, it might be time to develop a self-care routine that works for you. Remember, it is ok to ask for help. It is ok to not be strong all the time, and it is perfectly fine when you need to take some time out for yourself.

How to make the most out of your holidays before the result arrives

The best ever holidays are the ones which are right after the exam. One can now relax and spend some quality time doing what they always wanted. I am sure most of us wish to hang around with friends, watch movies, relax, however one must realise that these holidays are the best time to build on many important skills which would come handy in life especially when you kick start your job search.

Following are some of the skills which you can acquire during your holiday before the result is out

Top 5 ways to utilize vacation time

  • Communication skills-When we talk about communication we refer to both writing as well as verbal communication. It has been seen that the youth of today are great at spoken English but when it comes to writing, they often commit spelling mistakes and punctuation errors. Now a days, written communication such as writing emails, drafting formal letters etc, plays a very important role, therefore it is vital to practise on developing good communication skills. There are several online courses available free of cost, which can help you improve your grammar and writing skills.
  • Extra-curricular activities-With an advancement in technology more and more people are seen glued on to their computers or tablets, but little do they realise that stating an extracurricular activity on their resume can make a huge impact. If you have an interest such as singing, dancing, art and craft etc. or a hobby these holidays can be the right time to nurture it.
  • Foreign language-Ever since India has got liberalised, there is a greater interaction with the rest of the world. India has great ties with European countries and it’s always a plus to known one of the foreign languages. There are many institutes which offer foreign language courses. There is no harm in trying to get a grasp of one of these languages in your spare time. Even basic knowledge of any of the foreign language is a big plus.
  • IT courses-There are a number of IT courses available which can not only help you build a career in IT but also help you in number of ways. There are a lot of refresher courses which help you kick start your career, it’s very vital to know basics of computers as, it’s impossible to operate without emails, typing etc.
  • Interpersonal skills-As mentioned in the first point communication skills help a great deal in building your career, apart from that interpersonal skills, such as body language, etiquettes etc. also goes hand in hand with communication skills. Apart from knowing your job, it is very important to known how to dress up, how to greet people and how to socialise with people in different situation. There are many personality building classes and courses which you can join. It would not only help you gain confidence but are also very interesting.
  • Apart from all of the above there are several other things which you can try your hands on such as joining an NGO, volunteering, maintaining cleanliness ,educating the less affluent class people which may not prove to be monetarily effective but definitely is very rewarding.

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