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Author: Nicolaus Jannasch

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Posted Feb. 1, 2016, 9 a.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments
FOMO? Use Our 3 Tools to Fight Peer Pressure

Learning how to deal with peer pressure is an important part of growing up. It’s a skill that is vital to living a comfortable life as an adult where you have to stand up to colleagues, friends, even politicians. That’s why it’s important that you learn how to deal with peer pressure now. Here are a few tips that have helped me overcome a lot of the difficulties around it. 1. Realize that giving into peer pressure is uncool. Only do something if you personally think it’s a good idea. Sometimes it’s OK to be influenced by friends if you ...

Posted Jan. 18, 2016, 10:39 a.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments
how to deal with college rejection

It can be a painful day when you get rejected from one of your top college choices. When you open the email or envelope and confirm that you weren’t accepted, it can be crushing. I applied to a whopping 16 schools, and I certainly got a lot of rejection letters. The most painful came from Brown, where my dad had gone to school. It hurt. While it’s never fun to get a rejection, it’s not the end of the world either. Here’s what you should do when you get this bad news. 1. Don’t freak out or get depressed. Feeling ...

Posted Jan. 13, 2016, 9 a.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments

When I was in high school I got pretty good grades. In general I was an A student. Then, one semester, I got a B- in Spanish. Guess what? My parents got really worried about it! They asked me a ton of questions and seemed to think I was going off the deep end. It was just one mediocre grade (not even terrible!) but it caused a lot of stress for my mom and dad. I’m sure not all families react the same way, but I had to talk about the grade with my parents for about a week before ...

Posted Jan. 5, 2016, 9:24 a.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments
3 New Year's Resolutions For Teenagers

It’s that time of year again. Every Jan. 1st we all make big promises and then break them within the next two weeks. Woohoo! Bring on 2016! I don’t think I set many New Year's resolutions when I was a teenager. My time to set resolutions was typically around mid-November when my teachers called me in to discuss my grades. That said, when I look back at my time in high school there’s a lot of things I would have tried to change if I knew better. I’m no longer a teenager, but here are three New Year's resolutions I ...

Posted Dec. 9, 2015, 9 a.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments
Three Reasons to Embrace Being a Nerd

Some kids think that being labeled a nerd is the worst thing it the world. They assume it goes with being awkward and unable to talk comfortably with others. They think that nerds have no friends. The truth is, being a nerd isn’t bad. You can be proud of your interests, and just because you’re not on the football team doesn’t mean you aren’t “cool” in your own way. Whether you’re proud of being a little nerdy or not, here are three reasons you should be! 1. You’re probably learning some high-paying skills Unless the school football star is getting ...

Posted Dec. 2, 2015, 9 a.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments
Four Ways to Relax During Finals

Finals week can be a stressful time, even if you’re doing well in school. With such a high percentage of your grade on the line, it can feel like all of the work you’ve done up to this point isn’t as important as the test that you’re about to take. Simply put, feeling stressed will not make you do any better on your finals. It puts your brain into “fight or flight” mode, and this can actually stop the critical thinking parts of your brain from functioning well. If you feel yourself getting nervous as finals approach, you’re not alone. ...

Posted Nov. 30, 2015, 9:29 a.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments
Here’s How To Avoid Falling Asleep In Class

We’ve all been there. You’re sitting in class and a wave of exhaustion crashes over you. Your eyelids start to drop, and even though you’ll need these notes tomorrow, you can’t seem to keep watching the board. Suddenly. your eyes snap open! The teacher is standing right in front of your desk and has politely tapped you on the shoulder. Classmates are giggling and the whole room is looking at you. It’s so embarrassing … but five minutes later your eyes begin closing again and you’re back to fighting to stay awake. Unfortunately falling asleep in class is all too ...

Posted Nov. 25, 2015, 9 a.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments
How to Avoid the Holiday “College Conversation”

The holidays are usually a time when your extended family begins showing up around the house. They don’t always bring gifts, but they’ll always have questions. They know you’re nearing the end of high school, and they’ll all be curious to hear how your college search is going. Unfortunately for you, this can mean answering the same questions again and again to each interested in-law, uncle, and grandparent! Sure, you want to keep everyone informed about what you’re up to, but that’s more talking than you were prepared for this year! Here’s how to enjoy your Christmas break in peace. ...

Posted Nov. 13, 2015, 9 a.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments
Three Good Kinds Of Risks to Take In High School

When you’re young, there are lots of risks you want to avoid making: driving recklessly, drinking alcohol, pushing the boundaries on sex, and choosing to ignore school assignments until the day before they are due. With these big topics out of the way, however, there are some risks that are actually good to make as a teenager. You’re learning about the world and exploration, even if it doesn’t lead exactly where you wanted it to go, the possibility of being wrong is worth it. Here are a few examples of risks you shouldn’t regret taking if things don’t turn out ...

Posted Nov. 2, 2015, 8 a.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments
Three Books to Read in High School That Aren't What You Think

Luckily for you, I’m not going to tell you to read “The Catcher in the Rye,” “To Kill a Mockingbird,” or “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” You’ve probably had these titles (and many others) waved in your face by your English teacher more than you’d like. The books you read for class may be important for your grades but they aren’t always exciting and may be lacking what you think is real-world applicability. When I was in high school, I didn’t do too much reading outside of what was required. When I got to college, however, and started reading books ...

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