New (School) Year’s Resolutions

School has started again, and I know that for many, it’s a chance to reinvent or better themselves. As a senior in her third week of high school, I’ve had some time to reflect on improvements that I’d like to make to try to achieve self betterment. Many of these have to do with school itself, but others are more general.

So here we go, my new (school) year’s resolutions:

Fight Senioritis

So far, this has proven to be easier said than done, but I’m hoping that giving myself some free time after school before getting to work will make it less tempting to never do my work.

Stop Worrying about What Others Think

In school, I feel like we’re constantly judged. Part of this stems from the fact that I am also a judgey person. Since I know this is inevitable and just a part of high school, I’m trying my best to not let it concern me. I think the reason that this urge is weaker is because I know that I won’t see many of these people again, and that I’ll be with a whole new group of students coming next fall.

Stand Taller and with My Head Held High

The first is just a random issue; I slouch a lot. I never really noticed it before, but I have truly horrific posture. Secondly, all throughout high school, I’ve always walked with my head down. Now this isn’t to be taken literally, but if I’m walking down the hallway by myself, I’ll pretend to use my phone so that I don’t have to face others passing by. To be honest, I don’t know why I do this. I just feel extremely awkward walking down a hallway by myself; I think I’m paranoid that people are looking at and judging me. This problem isn’t completely fixed, I turn my head to the side instead of looking down, but hopefully, with time, it will no longer be an issue.

Stop Judging Others

Because I know first hand how hard school already is without constantly worrying about how others perceive you, I want to do my best to remove any extra, unnecessary  stress. Plus, it’s just a really nasty habit that I’ll be better off without.

Divide My Time

This means that I’ll try to get better at designating time for homework, college apps, my blog, my personal life, and tv. I haven’t really made a schedule or anything, but I’m hoping that I’ll be able to dedicate 30 minutes to blogging everyday.

Live a Healthier Life

This includes eating better, exercising more, and sleeping more. So far, the only one I’ve worked on enough is eating better. I make my own lunches now, so I’m able to choose what snacks I want to put in it, or how much mayo I want on a sandwich. As for exercising, I try to follow the Blogilates calendar, but I’m just so lazy. I’m also trying to get better at going to sleep on time, since during school it’s very rare that I get 8 hours of sleep a night.

So this was just a quick update and a little more about me. I know that this isn’t a beauty post, but I’m hoping to get one out this weekend!

♡ Melissa

The Twilight Saga Ellipse: A Guide to Conics

Lol! I thought I was really clever in coming up with that title. I’m so lame and wish I could be ashamed, but I’m not.

When I wrote my school organization post, I said that I might create a post to help people with the conics section on Stuff You Must Know Cold, or SYMKC. I’m not sure if this is something everyone has or if it’s just at my school. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, SYMKC is just a list of things from Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2, and Precal that you’re expected to know of the top of your head. It consists of powers, formulas, and equations. Because there is so much stuff to remember, I often have to create acronyms or stories to help me out.

When I was in Algebra 2, and we started conics, I created a little story to help me remember the formulas for ellipsis. I’ve told some of my friends and they don’t think it’s helpful at all. They either think it’s stupid or that it’s confusing, but I like it. So, if you need help with remembering your conics and you’re a twilight fan, hopefully this helps.

So these are the formulas for both ellipsis:

ellipsis

To help me remember the difference between the two, I always start with V and in my head, it stands for Vampire. Then I think, as a vampire, Edward, puts Bella before everything else, so that makes b^2 the first value. Obviously, that means that a^2 is the second value that goes under (y-k)^2.

Then for horizontal, I just think that H stands for Human, and that Edward didn’t know Bella yet, and that she was in the second part of this life, making b^2 the second value.

Once you have that story memorized, you can also memorize the equations for hyperbolas.

hyperbolas
So, the way I remember these formulas, I just remember that the horizontal ellipse equation and the horizontal hyperbola equation are the same except that for the hyperbola, there is a sign. Then, since for ellipsis, the bottoms/denominators can switch depending on the which type of ellipse it is, I just remember that for hyperbolas, the tops/numerators can switch. Since you know this, you could remember that the vertical equation is exactly as the horizontal one except that (y-k)^2 is the numerator for a^2 and that (x-h)^2 is the numerator for b^2.

I hope that is actually helpful to you guys that are still in school and that you don’t find it too silly. I know that this has nothing to do with beauty/fashion, but I thought it would be helpful for those that math just doesn’t come naturally to. I know that I wish there were websites or posts, that kinda take all the logic out of the math and just make it easy to memorize. I know that math should be thought about logically and that it’s better to understand something than to just memorize it, but sometimes it’s just easier this way.

Did you find this helpful? Do you have any tricks that make it easier for you to memorize things in school? If you do, leave them in the comments, I would love to read them!

~Melissa

Just Organize It: School Work

Today, I’m coming to you guys with a non beauty/shopping post. I’ve had this post in mind for a while, and hoped I could post it just before I started school again, but that didn’t happen. This post is going to be about organizing your things for school. (Sorry for the cheesy title, I was trying to be clever >.<) I’ll be the first to admit that I often throw papers together and spend precious time looking for them instead of doing something productive. This year, instead of doing that, I’m trying to stay more organized. Before, I would carry 3 binders, 2-3 notebooks, and a folder to school. All of that, on top of my lunch, makes for a very heavy backpack.

 

The things I used to carry to school almost everyday.

The things I used to carry to school almost everyday.

This semester, I normally only carry a binder, a folder, and 1-2 notebooks. This has obviously lightened by load tremendously.

The things I now carry to school everyday.

The things I now carry to school everyday.

The reason I am able to carry so much less is because of this baby:

The lifesaver that changed it all. My friend said she got this from Office Depot, but I can't find it online.

The lifesaver that changed it all. My friend said she got this from Office Depot, but I can’t find it online.

I first came across something similar to this in my AP English class. My friend had a folder that had 4 pockets instead of the standard two. I’m a huge school supplies buff, so when I saw that, I thought it was the coolest thing ever. I literally talked about it for 5 minutes. After jokingly saying that I wanted one for Christmas, I ended up getting one, but mine was even better, which I didn’t think was possible.

My folder has 8 pockets, so I would have space for each class plus an extra, but since I have a free period, I actually have 2 pockets left over. I’ve organized my folder like so:

  1. Loose leaf paper/important papers (ie. report cards and calendars)
  2. 1st Period
  3. 2nd Period
  4. 3rd Period
  5. 4th Period
  6. 5th Period
  7. 7th Periods
  8. Random papers/Sticky notes

The reason I keep sticky notes is because instead of lugging around a notebook/agenda, I just place a sticky note on the 2nd pocket and write all my assignments on there. I find that this is easier because if I do my homework everyday, I’ll be forced to see the sticky notes each day, which ensures that I see all the things that I have due. Before, I wouldn’t really care about my agenda, and I wouldn’t check it everyday, so it was kinda worthless. This way, I see it everyday, and it’s one less thing I have to carry.

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Pocket 1: Calendars and Important Papers
Pocket 2: 1st Period papers w/ Agenda

My agenda!

My agenda!

When the front is filled, I just fold the sticky note over and write on the back.

When the front is filled, I just fold the sticky note over and write on the back.

The last pocket, which is where I keep a formula chart from Geometry and my sticky notes of various sizes.

The last pocket, which is where I keep a formula chart from Geometry and my sticky notes of various sizes.

 

Even though I have  this bad ass folder to help keep things more organized, I still often put papers in the wrong folder if I’m in a rush, or if I still have things out when the bell rings. Because of this, I try to make sure I go through my folder each night. I try to remove graded papers and put them in the binders that I previously carried to school. I also make sure that I focus on some of the pockets with more papers, so that I can prevent breaking along the bottom.

So that’s it for my first organizational post! I hope you enjoyed it and that you found my “tips” helpful. If you want more posts like this, comment below. If ya’ll find this useful, my next post will be another school related one. It will (hopefully) help with certain math formulas/ things on SYKMC (I’m not sure if everyone has this, but it stands for Stuff You Must Know Cold, which is just a list of things that you are expected to know on the spot).

~ Melissa