Using Dropbox for More than Storage Purposes

There is little doubt that you have heard of the cloud-storage app Dropbox, unless of course, this is your first time on the Internet. If this is the case, you should take a look at the features page on the website. There’s no use telling you how awesome Dropbox is, because at the end of the day, you will either be passionately loyal to it, or prefer a different app for cloud-based storage, like Box.Net, SkyDrive, or Apple’s soon to be released, iCloud. What’s important is not what you use, but how you use it.

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I’m back…again

It’s been a while again. I’m sorry about that. However, I’m serious this time, because I’ve realised how helpful it’s been for me, and as long as it’s helping one person, I have a duty to keep going. Not to mention, I’ve averaged around 12 views per day since I last posted. For a blog that was averaging 14 at its peak, and was inactive, I was pretty amazed. Hopefully, with some fresh content, that will increase in the next few months. In what seems to have become a tradition, I’ve updated the theme, and rewritten the about page. Also new this time, a Facebook page. So for those of you who aren’t particularly Twitter people, you can get in touch there. All right then, I hope to see you around sometime. Don’t forget to drop us a line through the Contact page, Twitter, Facebook, or the comments section, I’d be glad to help.

Choosing the Right Extra Curriculas

I’m not going to rant and rave about how you need extra curricular activities, because we all know they’re important, and why. But because a lot of people just talk about their extra curricular activities, they do either two things: 1) try to fit in as many as they can, and become floaters in the group, or 2) they are so concerned about finding the right pick, they end up without any at all. Neither are ideal, so it’s important you understand what you need to look for in an extra curricular, and what sort of variety you should have.

I tend to split the extra-curricular activities in the following ways:

  • Academic
  • Community
  • Recreational / Creative
  • Leadership

With each item as important as the next.

Academic

You don’t have to be a top student to be involved in academic activities. For those that are, there are probably things like Science, Mathematics, Technology, and Gifted clubs that you could be involved in, or competitions that you can enter. By the way, just because competitions are a one-off thing, they are still extra curriculars, and if you do well, they can look great on college applications. If you don’t want to spend your lunchtimes learning more things, you could join a homework group, or study group, which shows you have the initiative to seek help when necessary, and can even give you a boost to that B or A grade you’ve been looking for.

Community

Giving back to the community serves to purposes: it makes you feel great, and colleges love it. You might want to focus on your school, your local area, your state, your country, or, if you’re feeling really ambitious, the world. Some examples are volunteering for a charity, raising awareness and funds for an issue the area is facing, helping the disadvantaged or just organising a fundraiser every so often. You’d be surprised at how addicting helping others can be.

Recreational / Creative

Some people are sports people. Some people are creative. If you’re neither, now’s a great time to try. Having a little down time in your life is great, and recreational activities are the way to go. You might say that playing a game of soccer isn’t relaxing, but it sure is a great stress reliever. And who knows, you might be an undiscovered superstar! Being able to step back from school, while not the most obvious choice for impressing people, shows that you are willing to try new things, particularly if you’re extra curriculars list is plastered with Science awards and charity hours.

Leadership

The great thing about this is that you can probably combine it with one of your groups. Leadership doesn’t always mean having the title of President or Captain. Often, it’s the unnoticed leadership that is the most important. However, if you’re a great leader, you’ll be elected anyway. You could try taking a more active role in your charity, or taking on the leadership of a younger group of students in an area you’re interested in, or becoming your school’s newspaper editor.

There you have it. I hope this will help you when you’re signing up to extra curriculars. Just bear in mind two things. Don’t do stuff you know you’re going to hate, but at the same time, keep trying new stuff. How does meditation sound? Or pottery?

My Thoughts on Success

Success. It’s supposed to be a big thing, isn’t it? But is it really? I mean, how many people are successful in a lot of people’s eyes? And I mean, a lot. A handful. Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Barack Obama, Rupert Murdoch, Nelson Mandela. You might have heard about them. But does that mean that no one else is successful? The immigrant who now owns a small-business, do a lot of people know about him? Does that mean he isn’t successful?

So if you think you’re successful, you are? But, in this sense, what does that really mean? Is it doing something you love, is it being able to survive when no one said you would, is it having money, or is it something else entirely. For starters, it’s intangible. You can’t grab hold of success with two hands. I think being successful is achieving something, anything, that pushes you to the limits. It doesn’t matter what it is, as long as you truly work hard for it.

Of course, to be truly successful, you shouldn’t worry about being successful. In fact, most successes of really successful people are a surprise to them. You can’t tell me that Nelson Mandela doesn’t think everyday, wow, what have I done? To be successful at something, you shouldn’t need to have the reward of being labelled a success. Success comes from within.

If being successful means not worrying about success, then success shouldn’t hamper your efforts. Those five people I mentioned, they’re all successful, sure, but have they stopped? Have they said, this is enough for me? No! Then why should you? Push yourself, challenge yourself, and success is just around the corner.

And sometimes, success doesn’t come at the end of something, in fact, it’s just the beginning. I have an example, for a change. I play soccer, a lot, and recently, I was invited to attend some trials, conducted by NSR which were looking for players to represent. Their agency promotes players from around the world in a number of sports to USA College coaches.

My hard work at the trials, and in the years leading up to the trials that I had been playing soccer led me to be selected for the next part of the process: an interview. Because, shockingly enough, colleges don’t just want athletes, they wanted to know more about me, and my grades. So, my commitment to school over the last however-many years meant that I was chosen to be part of the program.

When I was training, doing homework, and studying, not once did I think, I’m going to get a college scholarship out of this. But I did think many times, I’m going to be in a representative team because of this effort. And that didn’t happen. So stop worrying about goals that you might have, and start enjoying the things that you do, because you’ll be successful, without even knowing it. And who needs a big ego, anyway?

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return aside

Yeah, it’s been a while again. Sorry about that. But it’s a return to normal again. I promise.