How to stay at ease during the exam period.

Hey boos,

Happy April aka one of the greatest months because 1. Jesus appreciation I mean I appreciate Jesus everyday, he died for our sins so we can all go to heaveeenn. 2. Springtime 3. Warmer weather 4. Summer soon 5. Acceptable splashing of cash.

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However before we get to all that good stuff, some of us, if not most of us have to go through exams.

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During exam season, I find that mental strength is kind of low, we’ve got people panicking, feeling like they’re not going to pass their exams, crying and a lot of self-deprecation. So I just wanted to spread some love, some positivity, some virtual hugs (I am cute, I know) and also some tips for how you can keep your sanity this exam season.

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  1.  Do not sleep late.

There’s this stigma that students who go to sleep late are the students that are working the hardest which isn’t essentially true. Going to sleep early means you can wake up earlier meaning that you can head to the library when everyone is still sleeping and work more efficiently.  Don’t thank me, thank science.

No but seriously, make sure you sleep early so that you can get enough sleep. If your body is relying on minimum amounts of sleep, energy drinks and caffeine, you can bet that you’re going to reach breaking point a lot faster and a lot harder than someone who is sleeping at 10 pm. Also going to sleep late means waking up later in the day and waking up later in the day means spending a lot of daytime you could have used studying to prepare yourself for the day.

2. Eat well.

Eat well and eat good. There’s this whole thing were eating whatever you want at whatever time you want is acceptable because it is exam season. Don’t punish your body please, it has done nothing wrong. Eat unhealthy foods at unacceptable hours will make you a lot more sluggish, a lot more tired and a lot more uncomfortable (because you will be bloated) and after exams, you’ll jump straight into trying to lose weight which isn’t probably what you want to think about around this time. (Trust me, I know what I’m talking about, I have had….a lot…of experience)

3. Take time out to breathe.

When I say take time out to breathe, I don’t mean lying in your bed and using your phone (which..let’s not kid ourselves is probably what’s going to end up happening..again…a lot of experience) I mean going outside and taking a walk or doing some colouring or talking to a friend or family member or praying or just breathing. Taking some recuperating time when you’re feeling mentally drained can be extremely useful (recharging your battery and ting).

4. Find a creative outlet.

(Weyhey what I’m doing right now) Find yourself a creative outlet, whether it be writing or painting or whatever it is, find something for yourself to do that can keep your mind away from the stress of exams.

5. Take showers or baths. (if you have time)

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They are a good stress relief.

Your exams are important because they help you develop study habits, boost your grade and you should study (deep how I boldened it, it means you should study), it’s also important that you take care yourself and don’t let yourself burn out until you’re a twitching, nervous wreck.

Now if you don’t mind, I’m gonna go back to studying.

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Have a blessed day,

Lots of love,

Gedo xx

 

10 things Nigeria taught me

Hey boos,

Okay I know, I know, I may or may not have been M.I.A but I have a reason okay? It’s a pretty good reason.

I am back in the UK and I have started University! (We thank God) I am so glad I am back, even though I was away for only a year I’ve missed everything and I feel so blessed to be back.

Now without further ado, here are 10 things I learn’t whilst I was in Nigeria.

  1. You can trade in newspapers for suya (however don’t expect much though!)

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2. How to be alone.

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3. How to say “no”

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4. Life goes on.

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5. Kids are cute.

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6. I’m not ready for a real relationship.

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7. Everything has an end.

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8. God has a sense of humor.

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9.  God answers prayers.

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10. There’s a wedding going on every Saturday.

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(Image from here)

So those are 10 things I learn’t whilst I was in Nigeria, would I do it again? On my own terms, yeah, probably but in the far, far, far, far future and again completely on my own terms. Was it necessary for my growth and who I will end up being? Yes, definitely.

I am very excited for the new content I will be able create now that I am back and very very excited about life! I have great Uni-related blog posts in the works and so much stuff that I want to do so definitely watch this space.

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Lots of love,

Have a blessed day,

Gedo xx

The truth about Results day

Hey boos,

LOL it has been a very long time, or it feels like it. Happy month of July, I pray the month of July brings a lot of great things for all of you, I have a really good feeling about this month so I am very excited, very exciting things to come so definitely watch this space.

Anyway though, so yesterday, July 6th was a very big moment for a group of people (a people that I have come to relate to), yesterday was IB results day.

For those that don’t know, the IB stands for international Baccalaureate (I spent 2 years doing it and I still dont know how to spell it)  and according to the website, it is is a non-profit educational foundation offering four highly respected programmes of international education that develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills needed to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world (IB). Every student knows that anything defined in less than 2 lines is going to be a problem so brace yourself.  

There are 4 main parts of the IB programme;

Courses: You have to take 6 2 year courses, atleast 3 of them must be at higher level and with each course you must write an internal assessment, which is like a research paper except your language courses (Spanish, German, English, Yoruba etc) where you write a WA (written assessment). Your WAs get marked by teachers picked by the IB programme whilst your IAs get marked by your actual teachers (which is why they are called Internal Assessments)

TOK: TOK is a 1 year course, it stands for Theory of knowledge (tbh I don’t even know how to explain this subject, let’s just say you talk a lot about a lot of deep stuff that you don’t even care to know unless you care to know) at the end of this course, you have to write your TOK essay

As if you didn’t have enough on your plate there’s still

CAS: Creative, active and Service hours. You have to complete 50 hours of supervised activities under those three categories (not as easy as it sounds), at the end of each activity you have to write a report about it, including what you learn’t from it (and if you didn’t learn anything, you better know how to create something out of nothing, but that’s okay, it’s a skill you’ll learn after the 2 years)

EE: Your extended essay is a 4000 word essay you have to write under a course (any of the 6 courses you’re taking, during my time, it had to be out of your Higher levels but they’ve changed it now)

Ofcourse, there are also tests, quizzes, essays and all that basic stuff you do in class, we had to do that and then these 4 parts so the IB definitely was not for the faint-hearted.

Whilst I was doing the IB, the best part of my day was going to bed because that was the only time I wasn’t worrying about anything.  I really didn’t enjoy it, I didn’t hate my school, I didn’t hate my teachers (I actually loved them), I didn’t hate my peers (they were tolerable, lol jk love you guys) but I really disliked doing the IB programme.

Do I regret doing it? I don’t think so, but that’s because I had a great support system (I am  blessed to have a family that didn’t add any extra pressure to the pressure I was already putting on myself), I had great friends and understanding teachers so I don’t regret it but if you took away all of that then I think I would have regretted doing it.

Would I recommend it? Depending on the person, if you are a strong person or someone that enjoys challenges or you have a great support system or blessed intellectually  then I think definitely go for it but if you are none of the above then don’t do it, it’s a lot of work and a lot of pressure.

Results day was probably one of the worst days of my life, I was so stressed and worried, I couldn’t sleep, my stomach was hurting and I kept using the bathroom every 5 minutes.

When I saw my results, I was shaking, I was so disappointed and maybe heartbroken, my parents had guests that day so when I saw my grades, I went and showed them then I went back into my room literally screaming and crying that I wasn’t going to University, I cried the entire day (thinking back at it now, I roll my eyes, I know I am dramatic but come on Gedo) I got a 29 by the way, I was predicted a 31, so I was 2 points lower than my predictions, although for a lot of them I was 1 point lower from crossing the grade boundary so if I got them remarked and gotten those points I could have gotten a 32 (which isnt a 45 but LOL) 

I was so disappointed in my results, I couldn’t even tell people because I felt so ashamed of myself. After calls and preparing myself for clearing, I actually got into Uni with those results, and I ended up not going into clearing.

A year later, with my 29 and a lot of help from God, I have been accepted to schools in Germany, Canada and the UK (I tried again).

Basically what I am trying to say is, at the end of the day, your result is your result, a reflection of how you did at that point in your life not a reflection of yourself. Yes, you got grades you didn’t expect or want but honey it’s not the end of the world, life still goes on and you will go on with it.

I am happy I pushed through and did the IB, I am happy that I have a diploma with my name on it and I am overjoyed it is over.

So no worries my g, you got this.

Lots of love,

Gedo xx

6 tips for finding your perfect prom dress

 

Hey boos,

How has your week been? Mine has been pretty decent, I’ve just been working.

However on some exciting news we are in the month of May, fast approaching the month of June which means prom and graduation season!

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All my babies are growing up.

Some people literally dream about this moment, they live for the whole celebration and everything whilst some people absolutely hate it, they think it’s too much fuss but there is something that both groups can agree on and that is, searching for the perfect dress can be stressful, even when you do know what you’re looking for. Never fear though, Gedo your fairy godmother is here to give you a few tips to help you get that Cinderella moment.

  1. Colour

To make your journey easier, I would think decide on your colour palette before you get there. Decide on the colours you want or the get an idea of what colour you want your dress to be so that when it is time to look for your dress, you can focus on the colours you have picked, this way it makes the dress picking process less overwhelming and it slims down your options.

2. Avoid going online

Do not shop for your dress online, this is because shopping online can be so unnerving because you can’t be sure if it’s going to get to you on time, or if it will fit you the way it looks in the pictures or if it will even look the way it looks like in the pictures. Don’t get me wrong, online shopping is really great but it’s not great when it’s for something like a prom dress.

3.  Go thrift shopping

Alright, hear me out first. 

There is this myth about your prom dress having to be expensive, like it’s only good if it’s expensive which is completely wrong. You can find such beautiful, unique dresses at thrift stores for such wonderful prizes.  Some of the dresses sold there haven’t ever been worn, or have been worn once. Just going into a thrift store, you’ll know you’re going to get something unique.

4. Design your own dress

Partner with a local tailor and design your own dress.  I did this last year and I am so glad that I did. Designing your own dress gives you the freedom to pretty much do what you want (depending on how good your tailor is), not only that, the dress becomes more special to you making prom even more special for you because you’ll remember it as that prom you designed your own dress AND whenever you see the dress, you’ll be filled with pride because you designed it yourself.

5. Purchase your dress in a different town

This might seem a bit extra but this is for the people who are really scared that they might end up in the same dress as someone else. Basically every one will probably be looking in the same shops as you are because they are in the same town as you but by buying your dress in a different town you’d be opening yourself to different shops. Try not to go to the same shops as the ones you have in your town though because  they will most likely have the same stock in their different outlets.

6. Your dream dress doesn’t have to be a dress

Another myth is that you have to wear a dress to prom, which again is wrong. There are no rules to prom dressing, if you want to wear a suit, a skirt, girl you better work.

 

Wear what makes you look good and what makes you feel comfortable.

I hope these tips help you find your dream dress and I also hope you have the best time at prom, and remember girl you do NOT need a prom date to have a lit time.

Don’t do anything Jesus won’t like 😉

Have a blessed week,

Lots of love,

Gedo xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

HELP! How do I make friends

Hey boos,

So I understand that as many people are returning back to school or going to new schools, one of the things a lot of people worry about is making new friends and being social. Now I’m not saying I’m the most social person at the party but I think I’ve come a long way since back in the day and here are some tips that helped me, hopefully they can help you too.

Tip #1: Smile, always smile. 

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Especially if you’re like me where if you’re not smiling you look like you don’t want to be there or you want to kill somebody. I’ve just gotten used to smiling, even when I don’t want to. However the tricky thing about this is, you have to make the smile real (or atleast look real) because if the person you are talking to notices a fake smile, they will immediately think you don’t like them and will not want to continue conversation with you.

Tip #2: ask Questions

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If you don’t know what to say and you can feel the conversation slipping, ask questions. I tend to always go to questions about music or where they used to live and if they liked it there, questions that can keep them talking so they aren’t bored. Make sure you show them you’re listening, nodding your head is always a good way and saying your necessary “mhmnns” and “right” and “wow, I can only imagine”

You can also use questions to start a conversation with someone, even a simple “hey, do you know what time it is?” or “do you know where our next class is?” can lead to a conversation.

Tip #3: Talk about your night before 

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If you don’t want to go down the question route, just say “I’m so tired”, most of the time, the person will reply with “I’m so tired too” and from here you can either ask them what they were doing last night or proceed to tell them what you were doing the night before. If there’s a funny story to tell, by all means tell them!

Tip #4: Laugh at their funny stories

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Some people like to tell little stories to the people they meet, sometimes about something that happened to them or to their pet or even to their siblings. If it’s a funny story, try to laugh! Laughing will make the person feel good about their story which will make them feel more comfortable with you. However just like with the smiling, the laugh must be real or seem real otherwise the person you are talking to will notice and will not want to continue the conversation

Tip #5: Count to 3 and then Go

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This is a great tip especially if you feel like you don’t have the self confidence to just go up to people. What I tend to do is count to 3 and then blank out my mind and go for it. Immediately  I count “3”, I do it so that my mind has no time to give me reasons not to do it and 9 times out of 10, it works out and I have really good conversations with people. So just count to 3 and the moment you hit 3, just go, don’t think about it, just go.

Of-course you must remember that sometimes it wont work out but that does not mean you should spend the rest of the day thinking about it, instead just congratulate yourself for being confident enough to initiate conversation and move on to the next person. The more you practice approaching new people and talking to new people, the more confident you find yourself being and your social skills will improve.

Hopefully you found these tips helpful and will use them the next time you find yourself around new people. When was the last time you approached someone new? How did it go? Let me know in the comments below.

Lots of love,

Gedo xx

 

 

Storytime: My teacher chased me to my locker

Yess boo, you read that right, my teacher chased my booty down the hallway and this is how it happened.

First of all, I am not a trouble maker, I have never been a trouble maker and I will never be a trouble maker. Yeah, I always claim I’d be Blair Waldorf in Gossip Girl but  truthfully I don’t have time for that kind of tea, speaking of tea, I really want some, I’m gonna go make some brb.

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If you thought I was joking I really wasn’t, I made the tea. Twining’s English breakfast, milk, brown sugar, in my mom’s boss mug, it’s lit. Anyway to this story I’m trying to tell, let’s start.

SO, It was last period History and we had a substitute teacher. This was close to the exams so everyone was just kind of fretting, crying that they didn’t have enough time to study but then would go home and go on their phones for like 10000 hours (oops).

But anyway this sub, we’ll name him Lesley, he’d been our sub for history for quite a while now so we were already used to him. In class, he gave us the material we were supposed to do during the class, but you know, it was the end of the day and I was sitting next to my best friend, obviously no work was going to be done. But we tried our best, we really did. Our brains were fried probably because we had just listened to a presentation about a topic we were supposed to know for the exam but we didn’t know it and mcdonalds was seeming less and less like plan Z if you know what I’m saying.

So end of class comes and everyone’s feeling good and all, all happy that they finally get to go home. I mean, yeah, we were all going to go home and cry because we had exams, I dont know about you, but I’d rather cry in the comforts of my own home than  at school. Anyway, so I packed up my bag, swung my backpack all cool like and then I catwalked out of that classroom. So tell me why, about five steps into leaving, man runs out and is like “Wait, there’s homework”

Sir, what do you mean there’s homework? I have 2 english essays to write, a math IA to complete, a biology IA to start and a history IA to edit, I have math homework, oh and did I forget to mention that my final exams are in 3 weeks? I’m not about that life. So my legs were like “we got you Gedo, you dont want this homework? it’s chill” and I literally started racing like gotta blast, gotta go, gotta zoot, gotta scram,  gotta Zayn.  I was gone and I was feeling pretty good about the fact that I was running, like wow Gedo, look at you, talk about excercise, I was feeling like Mo Farah whatchumean. But tell me why, I turn around and literally the man is chasing me. No hunny, you read that right. The man was C H A S I N G me. I genuinely screamed and was like what kind of nightmare is this, what have I gotten myself into, what is happening. I ran so fast, I actually sonic the hedgehog-ged out of there to my locker.

So that’s the story of how my substitute teacher chased me, yes I did end up getting the homework and yeah I did go back to apologise to which he just laughed and said it was all good fun. Shoutout to Lesley for being the greatest sub.

Have a good week,

Gedo xx