by Rutgers University Muslim Students Association


Midweek Motivational

A column dedicated to motivational/inspirational pieces that are sure to keep you going ’til Friday. There might also be the occasional post dedicated solely to cats, seeing as I’m one of the founding members of the FCLA (Future Cat Ladies of America).

Exams Are Coming! Exams Are Coming! — Three Motivational Quotes You Need To Hear

Salaam! Salaam! Salaam!  Welcome to the Midweek Motivational where I (awesome person writing this post) try and get you through the week when you’re already halfway there.

My last post was about motivational videos that’ll get you back up when you’re down, and if you have no idea what I’m talking about, click on this link right here that will lead you to the awesomeness that is that post.  This week I decided to share with you some quotes that are personally inspiring to me and get me through things like hey I don’t know…finals week.

At a glance, quotes are just sentences—dialogue another person has emitted. However, unlike quotes you gather from a school book or Mom’s lecture on cleaning the house, motivational quotes are different. They leave you feeling inspired.  They leave you feeling happy. They leave you feeling UNSTOPPABLE. So here are three quotes I feel will inspire you just as much as they inspired me:

“It always seems impossible, until it’s done.” —Nelson Mandela

Now, those exams and that paper you’re currently delaying by reading this post may seem impossible right now, but once this week is over you’ll realize it really wasn’t. You got this.

“I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot… and I missed. I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that’s precisely why I succeed.” —Michael Jordan

I couldn’t have said it better myself. Some of you may be thinking, “Noura! There is no way I’m going to get an A in this class, or even pass for that matter. I AM GOING TO FAIL.” Fear not dear reader, for my simple response to that is: so what? Seriously. So what? We all fail. Sure, most of us are afraid to admit failure, but that’s the problem isn’t it? Why are we so scared? Life shan’t end if you fail that class, do what you gotta do and learn from your mistakes. Then and only then, will you succeed.

“If at first you don’t succeed, you’re like everyone else who went on to greatness.” —Patrick Combs

You’re not going to get what you want on the first try. I guarantee it. Whether it’s understanding a difficult concept for a test, or attaining an internship, it might take a while. Sure you might be lucky enough to have it happen for you on the first go, but that is not by any means the experience most successful people have. You need to keep trying. If you have a vision for yourself and your future, don’t lose sight of it. And if you fail, do it gracefully, pick yourself up, and move on.

…And that dear reader is all I have to say on the matter. Now excuse me, while I study for my finals. I wish you the best with your exams, and I’ll see you in the spring, Insha’Allah! Keep your head up, because I know you got this! :)

4 Videos to Get You Back Up When You’re Down

Salaam! Salaam! Salaam!  Welcome to the Midweek Motivational where I (awesome person writing this post) try and get you through the week when you’re already halfway there.

So it’s the third week of school you’re probably back on that school grind (if not, click on this link right here), and that should help you a bit), and your load is probably starting to really pile up. Because let’s face it, in three weeks a lot can happen. You can fail a quiz, get into an argument, fall behind on classwork/extracurriculars, get RU Screwed, get a parking ticket, doubt yourself and your future career path, or all of the above.  However when life pushes you down, you get back up. And the best way to do so is via YouTube.

You’re probably like: Noura what are you talking about? That’s how people procrastinate! Sweetheart,  just hear me out.

Although YouTube can be a great method of procrastination, it can also be a great form of motivation. Seriously. It gives you access to millions of people you probably won’t get a chance to meet in real life, and sometimes those people have awesome things to say. That being said, here are 4 videos that I GUARANTEE YOU (that’s a Nouran guarantee right there) will get you back up when you’re feeling down. (Ed’s note: There are some funky beats in a couple videos, so if you’re not totally into the music scene, videos 2 and 4 are just as uplifting when muted.)

1. Kid President’s Speech

This video is probably the greatest pep talk ever given to you by someone who probably should be considered the coolest kid on the planet.  What should you take away from it? Keep dancin’ and be awesome—the world needs more Space Jam.

2. Famous Failures

Sometimes when we’re down we feel like we’re the only failures out there and everyone else is doing just dandy while we’re just failing at life. But in reality everybody fails…even the world’s most iconic figures.

3. TedxTalks

TedxTalks make me happy.  And I know for a fact they’ll make you happy as well. And although the actual talks are held sometime in April, people all over the world have access to them on YouTube. They have access to an arsenal of inspirational people that believe in ideas worth spreading and leave you in awe at the end of their talk 99.9% of the time.  When I’m down, watching inspirational people speak about doing awesome things makes me want to do awesome things as well.

4. And Lastly…Cat Videos

Last, but definitely not least, cat videos are an undervalued source of happiness. A lot of the time people seen watching cat videos are viewed as procrastinators or bums with nothing else to do, but really cat videos are your window to happiness. Their cuteness feeds your soul. You tell me how one can remain sad after watching a kitty run on a treadmill or try and catch a laser light? The answer is you can’t. You simply cannot remain mad, sad, or frustrated. You just have to forget all your troubles for three minutes, and let the kitties work their magic.

And that is all I have for today folks. Hopefully, these videos put a smile on your face just as they have with mine, and if you have any motivational videos you believe people would benefit from link them in the comments below!

Getting on that Back to School Grind

Salaam! Salaam! Salaam! Welcome to the Midweek Motivational where I (awesome person writing this post) try and get you through the week when you’re already halfway there. However, I feel obligated to say you and I both know THIS week is a little special.

Special in a sense that it’s the first official week of school.

Unlike any other week, the first official week of school is always significantly harder than the rest (midterm and finals week being a close second). Why? Well, simply because you’ve probably spent three months somewhere else besides school. (Unless you’re one of those overachievers in which case this article probably doesn’t apply to you). But for the majority of us ‘cool’ college kids, we were either shopping, chilling, spending every second with our friends , playing video games, traveling, partying (the halaal way of course) or just taking a well-deserved break from all the work we’ve done the past two semesters.

So whether you enjoyed your summer or not, I’ve constructed three tips that might just help you cope with this bittersweet week:

1. Give Yourself The Talk

Some of us are still in shock  this summer is gone, and in order for us to start getting back into ‘school mode,’ it’s necessary we give ourselves The Talk.  Yes, The Talk.  Sit yourself down, and talk to yourself about how it’s the second day of school, how you’re not in a dream and you do in fact have class in the next 30 minutes, and the fact that summer is OVER. It’s done. Finito. Gone with the wind.

Note: This may take a while if you’ve had an abnormal amount of fun this summer, but take as long as you need seeing as this is vital to your academic, social, and mental stability. Last, always remember if you don’t heed my advice, you’ll be in denial forever, possibly drop out, and then be forced to open a mediocre falafel stand in the middle of nowhere—so give yourself The Talk, and don’t be that guy/girl.

2. Get Organized

This is also pretty important, because whatever your definition of ‘organized’ is, you need to embrace it like 110% this week. Only because now is the best time to do so, since I’m sure you as well as many others would like to start off this semester like an absolute bauss.  At least, I hope that’s the way you want to start it off.

Personally, I recommend you make the most of this week by utilizing the ever-so-popular checklist. Make a checklist of things that you need to get done so you don’t fall behind (i.e., buying your books for those of you still adding/dropping classes, getting other school supplies  you may need, finalizing your schedule, getting your life together, etc., etc.).

3. Enjoy Yourself

So while you’re taking in the fact summer is gone and organizing yourself,  take the rest of this week as a chance to catch up with friends, get some bubble tea/froyo, and maybe even go to a fondue event like I don’t know…the MSA Meet & Greet that’s on Sept. 12th from 7:30 P.M. (shameless plug). Take this week as a chance to make new friends, meet awesome people, and cover things in chocolate. But of course, there are many other awesome events to attend and things to do here at RU, so while you’re getting yourself situated with the new semester, give yourself some time to enjoy yourself! Because if you don’t take a break every now and then, you’ll go crazy, then eventually drop out of school, and open up that falafel stand in the middle of nowhere I mentioned earlier.

If you have any other suggestions for our awesome MSAers on getting back into school mode definitely post them in the comments below!

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