Student Diary 12 | Self Care and Mental Health (tips for students & non-students)

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Student Diary 12 | Self Care & Mental Health (tips for students & non-students)

Hi there philomaths!

Philomath is a person who loves learning and studying.

I hope you are having an awesome October! I wanted to dedicate this post to self-care and mental health because it can be very difficult to focus on your personal well-being when your schedule is filled with essays, quizzes, exams, study groups, classroom time, reading assignments, group projects, and so forth. If you are not a student, it is still difficult to focus on your personal well-being when struggling financially or in some other way.

Mental health has become an issue within the last year or so and is apparently still continuing. It’s good to be goal-oriented and motivated, but a little TLC is necessary (and even vital). I cover certain aspects related to students; however, I feel that most of these tips can overlap and work for non-students as well.

Down below are some tips on how you can focus on yourself during hectic semester (or work) times. I have separated these tips into two categories—self-care and mental health.

Let’s get started!

(SELF-CARE)

Use Breaks for Self-Care Opportunities

If you are a student, you can’t study (or work) 24 hours a day or even 12 hours a day (straight). You’ll need to break at some point and rest your mind. I have tried continuously studying myself, but I have reached burnout which is going to happen to you as well if this type of studying (or working) continues. You need to give your eyes a rest from the laptop and phone screens, and spend a few moments doing something you love. Some suggestions are below:

  • Listen to music
  • Take a walk (to gain some movement. I’m sure you know sitting down all day is quite unhealthy).
  • Draw (or Paint)
  • Have a homemade “spa” session.
  • Enjoy cooking an elaborate meal
  • Exercise
  • Write a poem
  • Journal
  • Write a blog post
  • Take a Road Trip
  • If you’re near the mountains, hike.
  • If you’re at the beach, spend some time on the beach to relax.
  • Swim
  • Read a book you want to read
  • Read a self-help book
  • Yoga
  • Work a Side Hustle an hour or two every other day or week

Sleep

Sleep is for everyone! This is probably obvious and one of the most mentioned tips for a variety of aspects, but I honestly feel like it goes in one ear and out the other for most because it seems like the light is always green for most people and the only time when yellow or red pops up is when you’re feeling sick or something drastic happens that slows you down. As with most things in life, don’t wait for the “perfect” moment to take care of yourself. Now is the best time to give your well-being attention. I think I mentioned this in a previous post, but I plan on dedicating an entire post (maybe two) on this topic because it is that important. This is a good topic for transitioning into mental health because sleep covers both. (I will elaborate more in the post dedicated to sleep).

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(Mental Health)

Consider Your Mental Health in ALL Aspects of School

  • Degree of Choice/Switch Majors

For the most part, everyone has to take a certain amount of science and math courses. In this case, it’s required so just grab all the tools you need and accept the challenge. You’ll get through it. However, if you are you in a specific degree such as the medical field and you are having trouble with nursing school or biology classes, for example, then I recommend switching majors. Don’t stress yourself out trying to stay on the same path if it’s significantly affecting your mental (and physical) health.

  • Other Alternatives

If you are finding yourself in a tough and stressful situation at school regardless of your degree, then I strongly recommend switching universities/colleges. I’m pretty sure you can do this at any time during your degree, but you will have to check with other university or college options that you are considering to see which courses will transfer and how easy or difficult the process may be for your circumstance.

Another alternative is to drop out all-together. Obviously, I strongly recommend the previous option. But, if school is exponentially stressing you out, then drop out and come back at a later date. College may be hard for you to handle at 18, but you may find it easier at 20. It’s fine to postpone your education. However, I recommend not postponing this forever. Essentially, always keep your mental health (and personal well-being) in mind and keep exercising your mind as well.

Seek Guidance

Don’t let your stress become so overwhelming that it becomes a serious matter, and don’t let pressure from peers or family do the same. Of course, I’m not a “licensed professional,” so I do recommend seeking someone within this realm if you need it. If you’re opposed to this option, another alternative would be to discuss issues you’re having with family, friends, or a mentor you trust.

Wrap Up

I hope this post resonated with you even if you’re not in school, and I hope you gained something from this post! Any plans or goals for this October? How would you suggest incorporating self-care sessions? Do you have any self-care or mental health suggestions?

With Compassion,

Daphne Heathers

Student Diary 11 | Art, Essays, Exams, and Projects

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Student Diary 11 | Art, Essays, Exams, and Projects

Hi there philomaths!

Philomath is a person who loves learning and studying.

I hope you have big plans for October! This coming week means I am officially halfway finished with school, and I’m really excited! It’s looking good so far; however, I do have some added stress on me with the momentum in each class building more and more, especially in my Spanish course, which I talk about quite frequently on my Instagram. Of course, I suppose every week is stressful in school, but it is SO worth it, in my opinion! If you want to know more about why I advocate the academic path, read my post regarding Why I Garner Debt to Gain an Academic Degree.

Otherwise, let’s get started!

Due to added stress, I have picked up drawing again. I would also paint or do some sort of arts and crafts activity, but I am limited on time and don’t want to buy random items for the sake of relieving my stress when I could simply use a pencil, a pen, colored pencils or crayons, paper, and my imagination. These are items I already own (a money savings hack you probably already know). If you want to see pictures of my art, then visit my Instagram because I have posted almost everything I have drawn thus far.

I have had little time to really work on the quality of content on my posts recently, especially this weekend and upcoming week because I am working on a 6-8 page essay that needs to be finished in less than a week and 2 projects for two different classes in addition to readings for two classes. I just finished a test in Spanish, so this has relieved some stress from the Spanish course as it is very time consuming. However, I need to cram as many chapters as possible so I can stay on track or possibly get ahead of the readings and assignments which will provide more study time.

One project I have due next week is prompting me to create a mini questionnaire for a bigger assignment due in a couple weeks in a required English course. Essentially, this assignment is broken into approximately three parts.  I suppose this could be considered an introduction to doctorate or dissertation writing which will probably help in my later academic career as I do plan on getting a Master’s degree.

I hope you enjoyed this post! I know it’s probably not very informative, but it was hopefully entertaining! What are your goals this month? Are you in school? If so, how are you doing/feeling? If not, do you have any plans this month?

Keep Learning Keep Growing,

Daphne Heathers

Student Diary 10 | De-stressing, Art, Illustrated Children’s Book Published, and Organization

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Student Diary 10 | De-stressing, Art, Illustrated Book Published, and Organization

Hi there philomaths!

Philomath is a person who loves learning and studying.

I hope you are having a fantastic September! It has been a full month for me, and the month is only half way finished! I have had a lot of homework to complete which is mainly consisting of reading, writing papers, and learning Spanish. I recently felt a sense of overwhelm, so I am trying not to hustle so hard and incorporate a little more relaxation and “me” time so I can recharge.

One big way I’m de-stressing these days is art. This is a great, relaxing outlet for me. It allows me to exercise my creativity while giving me a sense of peace. I posted a picture on Instagram recently. So, if you want to see consistent “Day in the Life” photos and updates of my journey, please follow me there. I posted a picture of one of my art creations yesterday.

On another positive note, a children’s book I illustrated was published earlier this month! I’m so happy for the author! It was a long ride, but it was worth it to see this whole journey through including the illustration process and publishing process as mine was different. And, I hope the kids enjoy the illustrations! It’s called The Adventures of Skiddles the Worm. The hardback version is available now on the Barnes and Noble website. It’s a story involving hidden words, forward thinking, basic needs, and teamwork tenets.

Lastly, I am trying to figure out the best organization methods or techniques for me and my schedule so I can juggle personal life, work life, and a full time course load at school. Whenever I find something that works I will be very eager to share it (in a Student Diary post) for you. So, stay tuned for that!

I really wish I had more to say in this post, but there’s not much tea to spill because my life basically consists of the same old part time work, personal chores, and four courses! So, other than a little break for drawing practice or sharing a picture of what I eat, I don’t have much else to share this time around, but I hope to garner more thoughts in future posts… I’m just really inundated with school work at the moment. But, if you want to see a more visual aspect of my everyday life and on a more consistent basis, then you can just follow me on Instagram as I am on this platform the most out of all my social media platforms and blog right now. I hope you enjoyed this post!

What are your productive goals for the month? Do you have any organization tips or methods that have worked for you?

Raw and Honest,

Daphne Heathers

Student Diary 09 | Stress, Dropping/Adding Course, & Full Time Load

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Student Diary 09 | Stress, Dropping/Adding Course, & Full Time Load

Hi there philomaths!

Philomath is a person who loves learning and studying

I hope you’re enjoying the month of August! If you have read my previous posts (or the title of this post, ha!), then you will know that I have officially started school! So, I will be posting all about my experiences and thoughts to both document my experiences and also in hopes of sharing some helpful information for current and/or future college students.

Let’s get started!

My story begins with looking at the class schedule which is found in the registrar department online. It seemed like maybe I read the schedule incorrectly the first time because I thought school was going to start on a Friday. However, I received an announcement email from one of my professors and was informed via this email that school started the next day (on a Wednesday)! (Yikes!) Note to self: reference the class schedule for start dates.

My official start date was actually a little later than the original class start date due to personal matters. However, I finally made it to class and began this new college journey as a transfer student! There were many obstacles and a long to-do list that I had to piece together after receiving new information with every phone call, but I will go into more detail about this later.

For this semester, I’m taking a full load which is a minimum of 4 courses. This is my first semester taking a full time load with 4 courses. The most courses I have taken in a semester prior to this experience was 3 courses, so this will be quite an interesting experience. If you want to know more about the courses I’m taking and/or see my progress, then follow me on Instagram. I will post real-time studying pictures or videos and other educational related as well as life related content.

I’m just short of a month into my school journey, and I’ve already felt the stress! It seems like I’m racing to the finish line every day! I’m always on the move doing something whether personal related or school related.

The beginning of this adventure was a real whirlwind because I had my first experience with dropping and adding a course. In the past, I have added courses and kept those chosen courses in my schedule because it was too much trouble to drop and there was no urgent or necessary reason at the time to drop any of my courses.

However, I was in a very difficult situation this time and had to drop one of my courses because the professor was not flexible, so he did not work with me on my request. As a result, I had to drop the course and add another one. Otherwise, I would have had to consider the possibility that I would have to delay my school another year which was discouraging and heartbreaking to me.

In addition, I had to search for classes almost every day since most classes were full, so it was definitely a very stressful situation. The only reason I was able to add the new class I did (which allowed me to drop the old one) was someone had dropped this course shortly after school started. So, by diligently searching for a course to replace the one I wanted to drop, I found this course which alleviated a significant amount of my stress!

Although, I was still stressing a little because I had to catch up in this added course. On top of this, I was having some technical difficulties with accessing the etextbook for this course. Eventually, I was able to work everything out.

In hindsight, I’m glad I did have to drop the course I originally added to my schedule because it was not a requirement, and I quickly learned there was a hefty amount of reading involved. I’m talking four articles…four lengthy articles…almost book length! And, I had to finish these readings over the weekend. So, luckily, I dropped this course!

With the load I have on myself for the first semester, I’m happy with the courses I do have because they all interest me, and they all fulfill my specific major requirements. Overall, I can’t wait to see what the next few months teaches me!

I hope you enjoyed this post and found it entertaining, helpful, or both! Have you dropped any courses? What was your experience with this occurrence? And, if you’re a student, what was your first semester experience?

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Keep Learning Keep Growing,

Daphne Heathers

My Most Read Authors

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My Most Read Authors

Hi there philomaths!

Philomath is a person who loves learning and studying

I hope you’re having a fantastic month so far! I’m feeling quite productive this month because I am starting school this month! I am currently an official full time college student, so I’m super excited! I’ll definitely post some updates in my student diary posts so look out for those. What’s going on in your life?

I recently discovered a most read authors string of videos on Youtube. So, I decided it looked fun and wanted to post my own! This is not a tag, but you can consider it one I suppose if you are interested in writing about your most read authors!

I consulted with my Goodreads account and discovered which authors I had read the most! I correctly guessed a couple authors that I had read the most but was not sure how many authors I had read the most in total and how many books by each author I had read as well. The authors are listed down below:

Sara Shepard

I have read 12 books from this author and counting because I still haven’t finished the Pretty Little Liars series (which is crazy)! I enjoy her storytelling and want to read more of her writing. The 12 books I read from Sara is the first 12 books of the Pretty Little Liars series. I have not delved into her other books yet.

Richelle Mead

This makes sense because she and Sara Shepard are my top favorite authors which is reflected in the amount of books I have read by both. Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy was the first book that hooked me back into reading, and I have stayed with this obsession ever since this wonderful book find! Currently, I have read 12 books by Richelle. I also enjoy her storytelling skills and want to read all of her series. I have finished the Vampire Academy series and the Bloodlines series by this author (for a total of 12 books).

Julie Kagawa

I have read 8 books by this author including the novels and novellas for her Iron Fey series. I still want to read more of her writings to see how well I will enjoy other stories written by her. I did enjoy her descriptive writing and am anticipating reading more by her.

Dr. Seuss

I have read 8 books by this author as well. These may not have been gargantuan books, but there are some deep lessons in each one. I am still reminded of some even today such as “Life is a great balancing act.” I’m sure there are few I still have not read, but I do want to read every single book he published!

Carolyn Keene

According to Goodreads, I have 4 books by this author. Carolyn Keene is actually a pseudonym for all authors involved in writing The Nancy Drew series and the Dana Girls series. I have only read The Nancy Drew books and have read several even though this is not reflected in my Goodreads account. I’ll probably re-read them anyway!

So, those are my most read authors so far! I would love to know yours! What are you most read authors and which ones are your faves?

Happy Reading,

Daphne Heathers

Student Diary 08 | My Orientation Experience & the Pros and Cons of Orientation

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Student Diary 08 | My Orientation Experience & the Pros and Cons of Orientation

Hi there philomaths!

Philomath is a person who loves learning and studying.

I hope you’re having a wonderful August! If you frequent my blog (or read my most recent Update post), then you may have noticed I’ve been absent. This is because I have been working on various projects…including transferring to a school so I can finish my Bachelor’s degree! I’m so excited. I’m a little nervous because I’m not sure what to expect. And, I’ve also been a little frustrated and overwhelmed with this transfer process. I will explain more about my experience and the process I went through (and the school I am attending) in a much later post.

For now, I wanted to share something about my experience because I’ve been ready to get this process started and have been anticipating these posts! I am officially bringing back the Student Diary posts. For the first Student Diary post, I thought it would be helpful (and fun) to share my orientation experience!

I suppose some universities are conducting an in-person orientation while others opted for a virtual orientation. The university I am attending chose the latter. This was my first college orientation experience as I did not have one at the previous college I attended, so I have no way of comparing this experience. My purpose in sharing my process is so you get an idea of the orientation’s purpose. And, at the end, I will list what I thought were the pros and cons of the orientation. I hope you enjoy!

Let’s get started!

Orientations may last a few hours or be as long as an 8 hour work day. Alas, my orientation lasted for 9 hours! It started at 9:00am and officially ended at 6:00pm. Yeah, it was a long day. Due to Covid, the orientation was in an online format which provided its own pros and cons in this regard. It was nice not having to show up on campus since I am commuting. On the other hand, I would have enjoyed typing my in-person experience as this is what most other students experienced, but the orientation was virtual during this abnormal time. Hopefully, this won’t last much longer.

Anyway, I actually “arrived” at orientation about thirty to forty-five minutes late! I figured showing up later than 9:00am would be fine because the first hour was mostly browsing through links.

The next interval of time was an introduction by a woman whose title is unknown to me at the moment. After her thirty minute session, she introduced a professor from the university. The professor gave some insightful informational I found helpful, mainly due to student’s questions in the chat box.

After the professor’s speech, I think there was a short five minute break then the first small group came together through zoom. This group discussion lasted approximately 45 minutes, maybe more depending on the amount of questions and the brief presentation that transpired throughout the allotted time.

Next, we had another break. However, during this break, it was suggested to watch a few videos and answer quizzes after viewing the video. This wasn’t necessary as these “quizzes” were due a couple days later, but I decided to complete them in advance.

Information sessions succeeded the break. This gave students the opportunity to ask questions within certain fields. If the specific field was not available for zoom, then general advising was an option to learn more. Since I did not have any questions and kept in touch with an adviser, I had no reason to participate in this activity so I skipped this portion.

Since I am a transfer student, the next speech was all about transferring which covered the differences between experiences. The difficulty level was the main aspect that was emphasized. I did garner some useful information from the zoom session. Essentially, the lesson I gained from this entire chat was to gain a full college experience, focus on your work (which I already do), and the most important was to take breathers. It’s good to take some self-care time during a stressful semester.

A short break was next and then campus safety was discussed via zoom, of course. I feel this session was helpful in safety measures, but I also feel this was unnecessary. I mean, why should we spend 30 minutes talking about safety? If safety is a concern, then something is wrong. I highly doubt campus safety was discussed in this much detail 50 years ago.

After the safety measures lecture, there was a second small group meet-up. This one was a lot shorter due to a lack of questions so not much to say about this experience.

Lastly, there were a few more zoom meetings left in regards to scholars, military students, off-campus housing and transportation, and student billing. And, after these chats, Youtube videos were available for viewing to finish out the orientation (or these could be viewed later in during the year). I skipped all of this as I did not feel it was needed. Essentially, my brain was fried, and I was done!

So, what are my overall thoughts? I think this was a good experience, but I would have preferred this orientation be split into 2 days because the length of this orientation being squeezed in one day was a bit much, and it was a lot of information to absorb. According to one of the faculty members, the students are not expected to know everything that was discussed throughout orientation, but there is more possibility of this if orientation is segmented into short intervals over a period of time, not all at once (study tip!).

While I think some of the zoom chats were helpful, I think some were unnecessary such as the campus safety. Granted, some college students do make poor decisions, especially with alcohol, and theft can occur on some campuses from what I hear, but the university should limit this a lesser degree somehow.

Another issue, or con, I would say about the orientation is I had to pay for it. And, I don’t think a student should have to pay for orientation. Students are already on a budget, especially those who are on a lower class rank financially.Lastly, I think an orientation is helpful in giving information, but I also think it’s a motivational speech type of meeting. It’s made to really make you excited about being a college student at xyz university.

A quick glance of the pros and cons:

Pros: Experience, reassurance, some useful information in one place, gaining resources, and getting know people (would be more profound in person).

Cons: paid for orientation, some information (and chats) were a waste of time, and orientation was too long.

I hope you found this entertaining and helpful! Keep in mind, this is the virtual version of orientation due to the current circumstances, so some of this may vary in the future due to the format changing back to in-person. Have you experienced orientation?

Keep Learning Keep Growing,

Daphne Heathers

Why Do I Garner Debt to Gain an Academic Degree?

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Why I Garner Debt to Gain an Academic Degree

Hi there philomaths!

Philomath is a person who loves learning and studying.

When it comes to getting an education (in America), many people opt out for several reasons but mainly due to high costs and potential long term debt. So, why would someone want to obtain such a thing? I can’t speak for everyone, but I can share why I, personally, am willing to go into debt for education, specifically an academic degree.

Let’s get started!

Create More Opportunity

I’ve heard some varying opinions about school and opportunity. Personally, I think it does create more opportunity and provides more options. For example, someone who has a high school education will not be qualified nor hired to be a tutor for an online tutoring company because most (or all) require at least a Bachelor’s degree. A few might hire someone while in school trying to obtain a Bachelor’s but this is rare.

So, degrees open several more options, especially for online work. If you have a degree, this shows proof of your knowledge. Otherwise, a hiring manager would have to be willing to take a chance on your knowledge without knowing what you really know prior to hiring.

Some fields require a degree because informal knowledge is simply not enough. For instance, if you obtained an architect degree, this would expand your financial growth and allow you several options within the home building and real estate career field. I highly doubt someone with informal architect knowledge would be hired as this may not be safe. I don’t know this field extensively, but it seems likely that a formal degree is definitely needed.

Broaden Knowledge

This aspect of school is sadly overlooked most of the time. Money seems to be the main focus, but knowledge is worth more than money, in my opinion, for several reasons. A college education gives you an array of knowledge from History to Science and from Math to Painting. Obtaining such a wide scope of knowledge opens many doors to include finding your passion and finding a career that sparks that passion inside of you.

It also allows you more financial opportunity during your personal financial struggles or possibly an economic crisis. For instance, if you love painting and obtained a degree in this field with a minor in technology, your minor would give you some knowledge to be qualified for a position with Best Buy or maybe Google or Apple depending on many factors.

Even if you took one class in a particular subject or field this would give you extra knowledge you would not have otherwise.

Make More Money

I’ve also heard varying opinions on this as well. Some think you make more money and, surprisingly, some think you make less money. I suppose this view is due to accrued debt. But, there is tremendous financial abundance after obtaining at least one degree. If you get one Bachelor’s degree and stop here, then the type of degree and school might limit your financial growth depending on what careers you seek.

Pick a school that is accredited, and choose a degree that resonates with you and will be a financial gain both now and in the future. If you choose a non-accredited school, this will limit you as far as qualifications and transfer of credits. This may also prevent you from obtaining certain jobs such as an adjunct instructor position.

If you choose a degree with a very narrow niche, this will also limit you. Another thing to consider is your degree level. If you have a Bachelor’s degree in Communication, this may not give that competitive edge you need to stand out from the crowd of 50 or 100 other applicants who also obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Communication. Having a unique minor might set you apart, but having a Master’s degree would definitely help you to grab the job with certainty. Of course, there are many other factors that go into hiring someone, but this would definitely help.

Clout

If you’re like me and don’t feel people take you seriously, especially in person, then you may want to achieve a degree to give yourself more recognition. This might give you more clout and, with this, it may also open more doors and opportunities.

A Treatment for Poverty

I suppose others have varying opinions about this thought as well, but I truly think academics is for those who have less because those who have money receive more tutoring and other helpful resources. However, those who fall lower on the social class ranking are not taught the same and do not have access to the same resources and knowledge.

Now, I’m not saying school is a cure for poverty, but I do believe it is a treatment for poverty and can hinder some of it, especially if the knowledge is applied to one’s life and not just learned. The knowledge has to be used as well.

Overall, I think it can help bridge the gap between rich and poor through education as academics propose new thoughts and can educate through multiple faucets such as financial literacy, study skills, and a basic foundation in multiple subjects.

I really hope you found this insightful and informative! And, I hope this inspires you to start (or go back to) school! Personally, I grew up in a lower social class and believed the same as my environment—school is a waste of time—and I thought I needed to put my time into making money and getting rich rather than educating myself. Now I know that this is not the path to take. Getting educated is one of the most important aspects of life. Even though I started school later rather than sooner, I’m glad I started. And, I hope and encourage you to do the same!

Want to know more? Follow or subscribe to my blog. Why do you attend school? Are you working on a degree or auditing courses?

Know More than You Did Before,

Daphne Heathers

DIY Education | 3 Tactics that Cell Phone Companies Use to Market to You

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DIY Education | 3 Tactics that Cell Phone Companies Use to Market to You

Hi there philomaths!

Philomath is a person who loves learning and studying.

I hope you are having a productive month! For me, July has been quite an experience (full of frustration), especially with businesses. This post is going to stray a little bit from my normal content, but I guess this could be considered DIY education. Either way I hope you find this useful. I also want to point out that having a good education and honing those critical thinking skills can help you in your everyday life such as realizing manipulative tactics that cell phone companies use to market to you.

Let’s get started!

Unlimited Data

You’ve probably noticed that most cell phone companies have a plan where they offer unlimited data. However, if you’ve noticed the fine print, this little lie is not true! You are in fact capped at either 22 GB or 35 GB depending on the service provider. Google Fi, for instance, caps you at 22 GB (which includes your phone data and hotspot data). So, you are offered “Unlimited data,” yet you are capped… How is this possible? Whether post-paid or pre-paid, check the fine print.

Hotspot

Some phone services offer a service known as hotspot. For those who are not familiar with this term, hotspot is an internet service you can access from your phone. Ideally, this concept is great but beware of limitations that big print and marketing will not reveal. For instance, Google Fi will limit your phone data to 22 GB…and these 22 GB will also encompass your hotspot. So, make sure your phone data and your hotspot (data) are separate if hotspot is a feature that attracts you.

Upgrade

The meaning of “upgrade” differs between companies. With post-paid Verizon, you supposedly get a discount. I say “supposedly” because Verizon probably hikes the “original” price way to high and then says it’s discounted (probably at the price they truly wanted for the phone).

For Cricket, you are charged a $25 fee for this luxury (upgrade). However, I do believe they give descent discounts on the phones. And, of course, this “upgrade” has to be in store. Though, I’m sure you could purchase a new or used phone from a third party such as another company or an individual.

Metro by T Mobile, however, has their own “upgrade” system. Many Metro reps and store personnel will say something like, “It looks like you’re eligible for an upgrade.” But, what does an upgrade with Metro mean? Essentially, the current meaning of upgrading within this company is…well…meaningless. You get no discount and no other incentive. You just get a new phone that you pay for at regular price. How about that “upgrade?”

Want to know more? Follow or subscribe to my blog. I hope you found this helpful, especially if you are shopping for a new phone or phone service! What do you look for in a phone or phone service?

With Enlightenment,

Daphne Heathers

Life Updates & Blog Content

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Life Updates & Blog Content

Hi there philomaths!

Philomath is a person who loves learning and studying.

I hope you are having a wonderful and prosperous July! Update posts are not my favorite posts because they don’t provide much educational content. But, I want to explain what’s going on in my life sometimes and with my blog, especially when the quantity of my content is lessening or my content is changing.

Even though this post is not my usual educational content, I hope you still enjoy! Obviously, if you want to skip this type of post, I have a ton of other educationally related posts so feel free to browse the blog!

I will start with the blog content. I’m still staying with the same theme of education, but I am going back to school in August and will be bringing back Student Diaries. Since I am going full time this term, I will probably be doing mostly Student Diaries because my time will be limited. So, if you see a ton of Student Diaries, you’ll know why!

I feel like I have mentioned this in a previous post, but life has been getting more hectic! I have been working on several projects and am currently working on more projects. I am trying to set up a Youtube channel, so I can post content there as well, but I am determining the set up I want for videos. I’m also trying to keep up with two blogs now. I have this one and the Free Spirit Fun Lifestyle blog I started recently. I discuss more about the separation in this post. And, I am working on another poem book as well as other projects.

I am working diligently this year because last year was a bust for me. I had about four accomplishments I wanted to achieve in 2020 and I completed zero out of four! So, I’m trying to make up for lost time I suppose. I also don’t want to live with any regrets. As a result, I’m constantly working on my goals now rather than procrastinating (along with trying to balance other life happenings and finishing new student paperwork)!

As for some accomplishments I’ve made thus far, I have published a poem book called CHECK: A Collection of Poems. And, I’m sure you already know this if you’ve been following my blog for at least a few months now. I’m also excited to see a children’s book published because I drew the illustrations. This children’s book should be officially published soon. These are the only two achievements thus far.

I also recently posted a video on Youtube. Since I’m just getting started, I am putting together some simple videos and will hopefully do more variety in the future. This has been a goal of mine for a while, but I was not sure what to post, especially since I feel self-conscious in front of a camera.

As you can see, I feel my accomplishments are lacking but hopefully they will grow in time. I hope to complete more goals in the future, and I hope this inspired you to start and complete your own goals.

Want to know more? Follow or subscribe to my blog. I hope you enjoyed this post and found it at least somewhat helpful! Do you have any goals you’re trying to achieve this month of this year?

Only Shooting Stars Break the Mold,

Daphne Heathers

Finding Your Purpose During a Quarter Life Crisis

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Finding Your Purpose During a Quarter Life Crisis

Hi there philomaths!

Philomath is a person who loves learning and studying.

I hope you have planned a memorable month for July! I have encountered a couple of videos regarding a “quarter life crisis” and thought it would be helpful to share some tips and guidance on how to get out of this rut.

Imagine this: You live in Austin, Texas (or your home city, state), and you are packing for a trip. You decided early on that you wanted to trek from Austin, Texas to Nashville, Tennessee (or your personal destination/preference). Before or when you arrive, you decide that this path did not provide the results you were seeking. And now, you feel you must change direction, but where do you go? And, what do you do with your life currently to stay afloat (i.e. bills, housing, and so on)? Life is kind of like this when deciding your “niche.” Your cruising through life and find yourself lost.

Some of you might be thinking: “What the heck is a quarter life crisis?” A “quarter life crisis” can occur when times are tough, when you realize you are in a different phase or level within society, and when age markers no longer exist. For instance, when you transition into sixth grade, you are in “middle school.” When you are entering ninth grade, you are now considered to be in “high school.” After high school graduation, college is most likely next. And, of course college graduation. For some, Master’s degree is the next step. And, for others, the “job world” is next. During this point, you create your own “markers.” And, it is at this point where some have changed directions and end up lost or confused as to which path to take next.

Some questions to consider and my thoughts for each question are down below:

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GOALS

The most important aspect of life is goals. Goals help you mentally stay on track because thoughts can spiral downward and lead to non-productivity, which is very unhealthy in many ways. Goals also help give you a sense of purpose (which I may have mentioned in a previous post). If you have no goals in life, you can easily stray off your path and end up lost with no destination. Some goals to obtain and aspects to consider are down below.

Career?

Do not base your career on other people’s perceptions. Choose something you truly enjoy spending all your time doing. This has been said many times, but I think it has to be mentioned quite often because it easy to get sidetracked and chase after money rather than your passion, or purpose. If you choose a career based on someone else’s choice, or decision, you may not enjoy your career long term because you did not choose your path. You let someone else choose it for you.

Do not choose a career based on money only. You will most likely end up very unhappy and possibly quit your job and, ultimately, feel discouraged because you will feel the rushed need to pick your next career…the one you are going to want to stay with for the rest of your life. (However, I covered how this is unrealistic in another post. Click here.)

Which type of career do you prefer? Traditional corporate, 9 to 5 job? A 12 hour job such as a car salesman or nurse? Or, would you prefer making money on your own terms as an entrepreneur? Do you enjoy working for someone within the realm of your passion? Do you prefer working solo or do you enjoy working with people and experiencing that social interaction? What kind of life do you want to create for yourself?

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School?

To attend school or to not attend school. That is the question. I guess for some it is a definite yes and for others it’s an absolute no. Personally, I love school. You learn so much, and it sets up goals for you. Can you finish this course with a good grade? (…next semester). Can you finish your degree early? Are you awaiting that diploma or dissertation acceptance? In my opinion, school is similar to goals. It does SO much, but generally it helps keep our minds off of anything too serious and gives us a break from the monotonous aspects or routines of life, and it provides several goals within two or four years (or longer depending on the type of degree you are seeking).

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Personal Goals?

What is something that you want to do or complete for a sense of achievement? Do you want to hike in California? Do you want to zip line for the first time? Do you want to take dance lessons? Do you want to enter a marathon run? Do you want to read 100 books in a year? What do you want to do for you? What do you want to accomplish for you? Create a list of personal goals. This will help break up the monotony of mandatory tasks in life. (I recommend making a list of safe activities. Stay away from anything risky or dangerous).

Want to know more? Follow or subscribe to my blog. I hope you enjoyed this post and found it at least somewhat helpful! What are your career, school, and personal goals?

Here’s to a New You,

Daphne Heathers