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At A Crossroads | Life Update

I first got into the blogger scene because I loved reading about and learning about other peoples lives. (I’m super nosy that way) But in all seriousness, it was like getting a chance to meet a Taylor Swift song in person. You felt like you were seeing yourself in the people you were following, and you connected with them in the same way you connect with the lyrics in a T-Swift song after a heartbreak. The personal feel to a blog is something I feel like blogging has lost touch with. Up until now, ArcticSabrina has been pretty bleak on th personal front, apart from a few very sparsely uploaded personal posts, you guys don’t really get to know me. Maybe it’s super vain that I think you might like to, but whatever. At the very least these posts can be little check points in the story of me. My life right now is at a huge crossroads, it’s something I’ve been spending a lot of time working through, thinking about, and talking about, so I thought it would be the perfect time to let you guys in.

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Tips for Last Minute Studying

As I write this I have a paper I should be researching and writing so I’m going to make it brief! For a very long time I never studied. I was the classic case of ‘who cares I can just bullshit it’ and it’s true, I could have, but I got to a point in my studies where it wouldn’t reflect my best work and where I just didn’t want to anymore. I’m waaaaay to interested in what I’m writing about to not take the time to research it, I feel like I’ve let myself down when I do that. SO tip #1 is to do study something you care about, because it makes it so much easier to motivate yourself when you’ve got some passion driving you. …

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Lifestyle | How To Stay Motivated for School

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Hi friends! As you’ll soon see, this past week was my fall “reading week” for university, which means I had an entire week off before midterm exams start next week. The idea is that you spend this week “reading” (aka studying) and then you’re well prepared for exams. Obviously, I, like most others, did not do this. Reading weeks are a godsend right in the middle of term that give you a much deserved break, but like any break it’s so hard to get back into school mode. Even worse, you’re thrown right back into exams. SO! Partly to help move myself back into school mode, and partly to inspire those of you who have lost your school mojo, I’ve decided to compile a list of things to do to help keep you motivated for school!

1. Organization not Procrastination. I’m sure that every single one of you reading this knows that organization and time management are key to success at school so I’m not going to lecture you on it. Instead, I’m going to talk about what to do when you (like me) inevitably fall behind on your organization and time management. A friend of mine has a chart with all the assignments from all of her classes listed chronologically,so she knows what to prioritize. (A great idea, except I never made one). I tend to spend my time procrastinating by trying to organize my school life, by putting all my classes and work schedule and assignment schedules into my phone and day planner. In reality, I really don’t use them all that often, I’m just trying to procrastinate on my actual work while still feeling like I’m doing something productive. DON’T DO THIS! Yes, organization is important, but as long as you make sure you know your due dates, don’t use it as an excuse to procrastinate. Just do your damn work Sabrina.

2. Work Together. This is probably the one thing that helps me most when I’m trying to learn something particularly difficult or write an essay I just can’t seem to finish.  It helps so much to have other people from your class, or just other friends who are working on their own stuff, around when you’re trying to get stuff done. You have someone there to give you advice when you get a little lost and someone to give you a little break from studying when you need one. There are definitely times when I need to go to the library alone, if I’m really cramming or just need to focus. For the most part it’s nice to plan out study nights with friends so that you actually make yourself go in and get work done ahead of those last minute cram sessions. It also makes school a lot more fun, and obviously then keeps you motivated to keep going.

3. Stay in School. All I mean for this one is that you force yourself to go to all your classes, and when you’re at school, you stay longer than just those required classes. After class, go to the library or a coffee shop and get a little studying done, or start/finish some of the work you need to do for that class. This just makes your time at school a bit more valuable, I always get tired of school once I get home and take the time off of school and end up doing none of the school work that I have. It also helps your brain adjust to school mode and stay focused on that goal!

4. Bring a Snack! Personally, whenever I’m going to spend a long time at the library and attempt to get some studying done, it motivates me a lot to bring some things along that make me want to be there. For me, it’s snacks. I generally don’t eat junk food or special treats unless I’m cramming in.a last minute assignment or study sesh. It helps to bring tea or coffee and snacks because a. you won’t use that as an excuse to leave, and b. you will feel way more comfortable and settled in at the library. Also, don’t forget headphones. I always listen to classical music, or I just put headphones in with no music just to drown out the background noise of other people.

There you have it! My top 4 go-to tips for those of you who are starting to struggle with school, or are heading back after a break! Let me know in the comments below how you stay motivated for school throughout the year. Thanks for reading!

x Sabrina

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Lifestyle | What's in My Kanken?

In honour of back to school I thought I would (finally) make a video about my Kanken backpack! I’ve already done a review video (which you can watch here), and since then I’ve gotten tons of questions about it, especially about what can fit and what can’t fit in a Kanken backpack. SO! I’ve done a “what’s in my school bag?” and I’ve done a little bit to show you what you could fit in it if you’re still in high school! If you’re new to this and don’t know what a Kanken is, or you’re just curious as to what’s in my bag (you nosey one you), watch the video below!

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xx Sabrina

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Lifestyle | Another School Year Down!

Friends! Just wanted to check in with you all and see how it’s going?! I officially finished my exams last Wednesday and I’m still in recovery mode. I’m already a bit sad to be done but everyone needs a good break now and again! And let’s be real I need the time off to save up enough money to go back to school next year😂

I did try to vlog this week but as you can see from the lack of new video on my channel it just didn’t turn out how I wanted it to. 🙁 I think I’m going to do a proper adventure vlog tomorrow instead 😊

ANYWAYS! I wanted to explain my recent blog absence and wanted to say congrats if you’ve finished another year, or wish you good luck if you’re heading into exams soon! Love you all, I’ll be back to my regular weekly postings now, thanks for sticking by 😊

xx Sabrina

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Lifestyle | Surviving Exam Season

Hi friends! It’s getting to be that time of the year when those of us in college and uni are stuffed under piles of work in preparation for exams. BOO 🙁

But! I have been spending the last little while preparing myself for all the stress by investing and researching de-stressers! Over the last week I’ve been waiting for some blood test results to get back which is also stressful so I may have already used some of my new products….

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