Posts By: Marie Well

Marie Well

I’m Marie Well, as in healthy well. At least, that’s my aim—to get well and make you well. We all have woes, from breakups to cancer to hoarder houses. I’m here to fix those woes—with tips mixed with my own tales.

Why read me? I’ve got a track record of fixin’ stuff. I’ve cured myself of anxiety. For a decade, I had anxiety attacks that struck almost daily. When not stricken, I’d write Voice articles, mostly on how to combat stress.

And then my world changed. One week went by with no attacks. A month. A year. Two years. And counting.

Now, I want to skyrocket our health—and bolster our creativity. After all, nothing soothes better than strokes of paint or tones of music or reps in a gym.

So, let’s get fit, creative, and well with Marie Well.

The Fit Student—Meditate for Better Grades

Do you want to boost your grades simply by unwinding? Not just boost your grades, but make yourself a kinder, more forgiving—and smarter—person? If so, meditate during study breaks.  Reporting on research done at MIT, author Donovan Alexander states that “there was an obvious correlation between mindfulness in schools and better overall academic performance, better… Read more »

The Study Dude—Be Cool; Stay in School

“I quit high school,” a woman said to me, someone I barely knew. “I don’t have the willpower.” Who’s she kidding, I thought.  She was well-spoken, mature, and talented.  I saw her potential more clearly than she did. “If I can get a degree, you certainly can,” I told her. I was partway through an… Read more »

The Fit Student—The Tipping Point for Joy, Love, and Less Stress

Imagine student life filled with joy, filled with love, and void of stress.  Impossible? We all feel bad at times.  We might worry, feel irked, or blame ourselves or others.  Whenever a bad thought arises, we can squelch it.  More accurately, we can crowd it out with positivity.  According to author and self-professed life coach,… Read more »

The Study Dude—Cure Yourself of Exam Anxiety

Perfectionism often leads to anxiety.  And you don’t want anxiety during exams. “I’m going to fail!” I’d burst into tears, wailing those words before every math exam.  I discounted the twenty-four hours each week I studied for that one course.  I discounted my 4.0 in prior math classes, too.  Luckily, my stress morphed into confidence… Read more »

The Study Dude—Reaching A-Potential

I can tell you right now, you have an A-student in you.  You have even a PhD student in you.  Or so says Dr. George Kyei.  “Once in college, you have the ability to make all A’s with a bit of hard work and guidance on how to study more effectively” (12%). Let the past… Read more »

How to be Charming

I know a soul who charms the world.  She’s the alpha female, the one every toe points toward in a chitchat.   She can read your mind, fix your problems, and make you feel like you belong.  Men fall for her nonstop, men half her age, men twice her age, men who show up at her… Read more »

The Study Dude—Your Journey will Lead to Success

I know this much about your journey:  You likely have studied or will be studying at AU.  You have worked or will likely work a career.  And you’ve suffered hardships and heartaches. I write because I pray your journey leads to success.  Author Lana Otoya says “One way to make sure your journey is fulfilling… Read more »

The Fit Student—The Purpose of Mistakes

We are all placed in this world to learn lessons.  And how do we learn our lessons? Through hardships or mistakes.  Wear your scars like badges of honour, says my beloved friend, but sometimes our mistakes have grave consequences.  Like a one punch bar fight that leads to a death. I believe we are not… Read more »

The Study Dude—Cornell and SQ3R Study Methods

Most students scramble to stumble on study techniques.  Some struggle to find a study system their entire student life.  But systems exist to streamline studies—systems such as the Cornell and SQ3R methods. My dear-hearted prof once suggested another system: cue cards for researching and writing papers.  I decided to try it out, as she hinted… Read more »