Life of a WWU Student

dejacakeess16 asked: I love your blog!! It's so relatable! I'm a biology major and I was wondering if you had any tips for getting a high GPA (I know studying and scheduling time is what needs to happen) but what did you do personally?

Thanks!! I love it when people appreciate my blog, haha! I spend way too much time finding the perfect gifs lol.

Anyways, I majored in chemistry over at WWU and to be honest I didn’t graduate with that great of a GPA. It wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t spectacular. I always knew that I was a smart guy despite all that though. I would study 3 days before an exam and pull out a “B,” but could never get that “A.” This was because I partied too much, I didn’t care about going to class, and my priorities were all somewhere else.  

Last summer (quarter before my graduation), I really thought long and hard about what I wanted to do in life. I always wanted to be a dentist and I knew my grades weren’t going to get me in anywhere. So that summer I decided to take the DAT (Dental Admission Test). I knew I had to change something if I wanted to do well on this exam so I really changed my study habits and got my priorities straight. After 2 months of strict studying I ended up doing really well on it! I was so proud of myself. I took those some values I learned over the summer about how to manage my time and I applied it to my last quarter at WWU. I graduated with the highest GPA I ever attained during my 4 years there!

I’m now at the University of Washington applying these same principles I learned and am pursuing a second degree in biology to help boost my GPA. I’ve been taking all upper division bio courses and I currently have a 3.6 GPA here because I finally got my priorities straight. The reason I told you all this is because I wanted to show you that it takes discipline to succeed. There are no short cuts. You gotta put the work in.

What worked for me was (1) Going to class and paying attention (2) Telling myself the night before I go to bed how I plan on utilizing my time the next morning (3) Forming study groups for exams and (4) Making sure I don’t give up. You don’t have to throw away your social life to get good grades btw! You just gotta learn how to manage your time and make the most out of it! Most importantly you gotta set a goal and tell yourself you are going to do whatever it takes to accomplish it! I know you can do it! Just believe in yourself! If I can do it, then so can you! Message me if you want more tips!