Juniors reflect on what they would say to their freshman selves Saturday, Apr 25 2020 

By Aaliyah Bryant —

It is that time of the year where the semester is close to ending. Of course, we did not expect to wrap up the semester off campus with online classes due to the coronavirus.

However, students and staff are staying strong and persevering. Although we have our concerns, quarantine is giving students a chance to slow down and reflect.

One of the things for juniors and seniors to think about is advice to their freshman selves. University of Louisville juniors, Biology major Alex Mindrup and English major Becca Smith, decided to share their advice.

Mindrup said, most importantly, don’t be afraid to ask for help. He said, “Even if you are a fantastic student, we all need help from time to time.” He said to use the tutoring and student services that U of L has to offer, said that this will help make you a more confident student and relieve stress.

Secondly, it is ok to go home and leave campus regularly.

He said, “Don’t feel pressured to stay on campus all the time. College is a marathon, not a sprint and we all need time to rest and charge.”

Last but not least, get to know your professors. “Whether it is shaking their hand on the first day of class or emailing them after the semester is over, they are dedicated to helping us,” he said. 

As Mindrup continues his studies this fall, he will take his advice and wisdom with him.

Smith took a more emotional approach on her advice.

She would tell her freshman self, “Your failures are not the sum of who you are, but they are a part of who you will become and the choices you’re going to make.”

Smith said that she wishes that she would have known that sooner, but she would not have become the person she is today because of it. 

This advice could apply to everyone whether they are about to start their freshman year.

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Keeping up with the resolutions Tuesday, Jan 7 2020 

By Zoe Watkins —

Every year, thousands of people make resolutions for the upcoming year; however, few stay committed to what they hope to do in the first few months while barely anyone even accomplishes these resolutions. Here are some simple tricks to stay on track.

Stick to set limits and be realistic. If it becomes more reachable, then the likelihood of achieving the goal increases. So instead of a goal of reading 50 books, try reading around 15 or 20.

Planning and outlining always works for the best. Coming up with a goal on the spot won’t work out for the near future as the thought process behind it was just for that day. Spend some time on the goal and put more thought and effort into it. Also plan in advance for days when the temptation gets too much and come up with ways to avoid it.

Tell people about it. Telling others the goal will allow them to be more supportive. Also talking to a friend always works to stay on track.  Maybe someone has the same goal, or there’s a group out there where everyone supports each other to reach that one resolution everyone shares.

Keeping track of all the progress that has been made. Using a planner to show the progress that has been made over the months will help keep you motivated. Each small step or achievement towards the greater picture will help with focus. So, every minute of walking and then running will help in the long run when it’s time to run that 5k.

Have a cheat day once in a while. Having some time to celebrate any recent achievements is perfect for motivation and inspiration to keep ongoing. So have that large sundae or go on that shopping trip to Mall St. Matthews. Just don’t overdue it and have the celebration go against the resolution.

Even if it’s hard to stick to the plan and a few mistakes are made along the way, it’s nothing to worry about. It just happens sometimes and all that can be done is to keep moving forward. As well as taking a little break, that’s okay. Start back up when the time is right and go from there.

Also, maybe over time, the resolution will turn into a habit. It takes about two months for anything to become a daily habit. So though it will take time, keep striving towards that goal, and over time, it will seem like it is just part of daily life.

Graphic by Shayla Kerr // The Louisville Cardinal

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