It is finished!

Hey followers!

Just wanted to let you know: the reason I have created this Blog was for an American Literature Project about “The Power of Language”… (more in “About this Page…”) And now that the project has come to an end, so has my posts! Unfortunately…

(FYI, I received a full score on this Blog! SO happy!  ;) )

Thank you all for the follows and hope you enjoyed it!  :)

Don’t unfollow me right away though. If you really liked my writing and want to read more; I might decide to open a new, personal blog (personal, as in not for school) and I will post a link to it on this one. So keep an eye out!  :)

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“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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TIP #1!!! Think BIG, Start small…

Here it is! Tip #1!!!

Thinking big and starting small is the key to… Well, basically… everything!  :)

Don’t let your dreams, plans, goals and so on have a limit! Many people might come and say: “Yeah, whatever. Dream on,” but hey! If your Passion and heart are in it, I don’t think nothing can stop you. And sure; If you have an enormous goal then the process of reaching it will be enormous. But if it’s what you want in life, why should you not pursue it?

I mean, I went from wanting to be a Journalist to wanting to study Film and Acting. Trust me… Many people say: “Chaise, are you sure? Is that really you? Because I don’t think it is.” And you know what I say/think? Uhm, are you me? Do you really know what drives me? Do you really know my deepest desires? I’m guessing the answer is… No.

Don’t let people get you down. Dr. Seuss once said: “Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.”

Be true to yourself. Be true to your dreams.

Think big but start small. I tell myself almost every day: “Get through High School as good as you can. And we’ll see from there.”

The future is coming, but it’s still in the future!

Today is Today! Make the best of it!  ;)

 

Well, that was the last of my 5 Tips for Holding your future. Hope they helped you.  :)

 

Yours, Chaise

 

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Just saying… :)

Just saying... :)

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“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt

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Audrey Hepburn Quote

Audrey Hepburn Quote

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TIP #2: Make High School Count!

I am going to try to keep this Tip short; since it’s already pretty self-explanatory…  :)  But I do want to write about how school influences your life.

You see, when I lived in Germany, I attended German schools until the first semester of sophmore year in High School. In Germany the school-system is waaay different than the American one. In Germany, once you reach 5th grade, your teachers and parents have a conference and discuss in what level of schooling you will continue. There is a low level, middle and high level. Low is called Hauptschule, Middle is called Realschule and the High is Gymnasium.

Kids that continue in Hauptschule, later on, have VERY limited access to jobs. Usually these people become e.i Painters, Landscapers or Construction Workers. They have no access to high paid jobs. In Realschule you have more possibilities. You can do a 3-year job training, specified on one particular job such as Hairdressing, Social work, Office administrator/Clerk etc. And then, with Gymnasium you can study, go to University and have basically every job open to you.  And let me just tell you… To succeed in Gymnasium you have to give your ALL to even get a C or B in your test… In other words, it’s very hard.

Why am I telling this to you? Well, because I often see students in the U.S that take their schooling for granted. They sit in class falling asleep and couldn’t care less of what is being taught. And you see, I wasn’t brought up like that. I was brought up in a way that the teacher counts every time you raise your hand in class, and depending on that you get a good grade. There the “oral” grade counts 60% and the written grade 40%, making your final grade.

It saddens me that in the U.S, where the system is there to help you and help you succeed, it is not appreciated and/or seen as a priviledge.

My point I’m trying to make here, is that you ARE priviledged and you should see school, not as something you HAVE to do but something you are ABLE to do.

So, make your school-experience count. Try your best to get good grades. Choose courses that will benefit you and your future goal.

I know school can be a “pain-in-the-butt”, but don’t give up on it! One day it will pay off!  ;)

 

Well, that’s the end of TIP#2!!! Tip#1 is on it’s way!!!  :D

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TIP #3: Research, Research, Research

I believe, that Research is VERY important when it comes to informing yourself and making your plans.

Don’t rely on what others say alone. Get some unbiased informal advice and Info! People can tell you all they want, but the real facts are (and always will be) the best.

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So, now that you have considered your Passions, Talents and Career Options; it’s time to consider College, University, Work-and-Travel, further job training, Internships, Mission work etc.
You might say: “All of that… Right now!?” “How should I make up my mind, right at this moment?” Don’t get me wrong! I am not trying to force you to make up your mind and stick to the plan… Mark Twain states in the last Picture/Quote I posted: “Explore. Dream. Discover.” And that’s all I am encouraging you to do. Discover and Explore different ways of achieving the goal you have set for your life!

Let’s say you live like I do in two countries; In what country would you want to study? Even if you don’t live in two or more countries… You still could study somewhere else, like let’s say Europe!? The answer? Research! Research the requirements, the prerequisites, the living conditions and so on…

Or let’s say you want to study Psychology or similar; What Colleges and/or Universities offer the better program? What and where is that College? Student Loans? Scholarships? The answer?? Research! Do research on the individual University website and just inform yourself. As I have mentioned… I am not wanting to cause you anxiety or stress. I am just supporting the idea of getting the “big picture”.  :)

Another experience from my life: When I was keen on the Idea of studying Journalism, I did research on the two main Uni’s in Arizona; ASU and UofA… I looked at everything there was on the Website and used the Estimated Tuition Cost Calculator one too many times. I literally burned myself out. Due to the fact that I am an over-thinker and over-planner, this was normal to me. But it shouldn’t be; and that’s when I realized I had to let go. So I did. And it was hard. BUT (in my case) it’s not worth stressing out and making yourself sick.

And little did I know… My perspective on things changed once I let it all go. From the thought: “I HAVE to have things planned out, tuition fees calculated, scholarship applications printed out” to “It really doesn’t matter right now. What happens, happens. Let’s first make Highschool count.”

And that will be my next Tip: Making Highschool count.

There’s this one bible verse that has always stuck with me from Colossians 3:23…. : “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart.”

 

No matter how much research, planning and organizing you do, make sure you do it with your heart involved. Don’t forget it, ’cause you can easily fall into something that sounded good at the time, but later on “smacks you in the face”, leaving nothing but regret.

Sounds good? It gets better!  :) Follow my blog and watch out for the last 2 Tips, leading to the #1 Tip of Holding your future!

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Mark Twain Quote

Mark Twain Quote

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