Meet Gianna, a student at Princeton University studying Engineering & Applied Science.

Name: Gianna
Age: 18
School/University: Princeton University
Area of Study: Engineering & Applied Science
Non-Academic Interests: Organization, Rocketry, Robotics

What's your top study tip?

The best way to stay engaged is to make your work interesting to you. Sometimes you have to go off track a little and learn about things in a different context to truly understand what you're learning.

What advice would you give to yourself before you began college?

I would tell myself that there are many routes to achieve your goals. My high school didn't have many conventional opportunities that I thought were essential to a successful college application. At the time, I didn't realize that I would gain a unique and diverse perspective by following a different path. This perspective has been essential to my success in high school and as a college applicant.

What’s your superpower?

My superpower is finding and recognizing opportunities in unexpected places. For example, one of my greatest achievements in high school came to my attention in the form of a Facebook ad. When you are actively looking for opportunities, you will be surprised to find that they can come from unconventional places.

What gets you up in the morning?

A fresh cup of coffee and a good night of sleep!

How do you use your planner and what are your best tips for using your planner?

I plan my week on Sunday and sit down nightly to write more specific goals and a daily schedule, allowing me to feel prepared for the next day.

Do you have any self-care tips?

I don't think self-care has to be a vast undertaking that only takes place once a week. The little things that you do every day are the things that have the power to make your life considerably better. For example, I try to find a few minutes every morning to put my phone away and write down my goals for the day, and list things that I am worried or anxious about. This practice has helped me to stay in the moment and have a clear mind throughout the day.

Follow Gianna on Instagram and be sure to check out her guest blog posts: How Inquiry Based Learning Can Revolutionize Your Education and A Three Step Plan to Becoming a Student Leader.