Academic strategies, and what you actually learn by designing your own systems

*Most traits that can be condensed to “who you are” aren’t for fixing, but accomdating
*You need to pick your battles
*Sometimes, you will create short term strategies to accomplish goals that expire naturally with those goals. Not all good strategies are meant to be kept, not necessarily because they aren’t useful, but because sometimes, you find better.
*How you organize is basically how you engineer your thinking to suit a tool. It’s reciprocal with what you want to accomplish.
*You don’t have to understand how something works 100 percent to find an effective way to work with/around it.
*If you focus exclusively on any broad definitions of success in learning (GPA, test grades, being able to learn the exact philosophy of your trachers for regurgitation’s sake, being a better student in relation to your class, or specifically on what you want to learn and nothing else), you distract from God’s place in your life. However you want to splice it, that is bad news bears and will result in not doing your best solely because your priorities are off. Remember who you are working for, and you’re golden. Forget, and you’ve got even more lessons to learn.
*You can realize and learn from a teaching or lesson various times without it ever being able to stick. Paradoxically, only once you make yourself humble and become transparent in ignorance do you begin to learn those elusive life lessons that take brokenness to be able to recognize. It really just boils down to whether you accept help when it comes.
*Most of the time, people’s issues or limitations have absolutely nothing to do with you, even if they blame you or try to convince you they do. In those moments, benefit of the doubt is a make it or break it effect to whether or not you will still be able to show grace to those people, and love them anyway. You don’t need to know why to love people. Love doesnt work that way.
*If you can learn to see failure as the beginning instead of the end, you free up a lot of brain space to focus on God.


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I am a second-grade teacher and pastor-to-be who loves people. I spend my weekends with friends or wandering the museums of DC alone and with a journal, trying to put words on the places of the soul that still feel wordless. I spent most of my days at school trying to learn patience through my students and running on sheer nerdy passion. I follow Jesus Christ, and savor that as my most important identity--that I am a child of God, as are infinite others, regardless of their other identities. Christ is my one thing.

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