“Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery-celebrate what Jean-Luc Godard said: ‘It’s not where you take things from-it’s where you take them to.’”—Jim Jarmusch (via imfantasyparade)
Facing Stress is very common in school especially near exam time or due dates of assignments. Learning ways to cope with stress can minimize the negative impact stress has on your mental health leading to maximize academic performance. Here are 5 ways that I come up while in school that I think might be helpful to new college students.
1. Have a support network - They are the academic resource center, the professors or teaching assistance, your friends, your family or school counselors. By having a reliable network of support, you allow yourself to reach out to people who can help you. Furthermore, it makes you feel less isolated and helpless knowing that there is something you can do about your problems. So for instance, if you fail an exam and you don’t know how to ace the next one, you can talk to your teaching assistance or professors for studying advice. You can tell them how you have been studying, go over your exams, and they can help determine where improvements are needed.
“And I mean that—everything is fiction. When you tell yourself the story of your life, the story of your day, you edit and rewrite and weave a narrative out of a collection of random experiences and events. Your conversations are fiction. Your friends and loved ones—they are characters you have created. And your arguments with them are like meetings with an editor—please, they beseech you, you beseech them, rewrite me. You have a perception of the way things are, and you impose it on your memory, and in this way you think, in the same way that I think, that you are living something that is describable. When of course, what we actually live, what we actually experience—with our senses and our nerves—is a vast, absurd, beautiful, ridiculous chaos.”—Everything in Writing and Life is Fiction (via crashtesting)