Hello, readers of OM ✨ A couple of days back, I was reflecting on the path my university career has taken, and something dawned on me. After conquering four years of brutal classes, endless presentations, and countless finals and exams, I realized that there was one major factor that contributed to my performance each and every day:
Look good, feel good, do good.
Every time I have a final or an exam, I set it in my routine to always wake up an hour before my alarm, sloth away in bed and relax, and then spend at least 30 minutes that morning getting ready. Along with my hour-long commute to school, this often means that I have to wake up at 5AM but let me tell you…it is worth it. While it might seem like a complete waste of time, I see it as an investment to myself.
My reasoning goes as follows: I had already invested countless hours preparing and studying for whatever assessment is ahead of me and often sacrificed “me time” in the hopes of understanding material better or finishing up a problem set. It just makes sense that on the morning of my assessment that I would also spend some time increasing my confidence. Making myself look cute would be the equivalent of giving myself a small pat on the back. I’ve already invested so much time in preparing myself content-wise, that it just makes sense to do the same for how I visually present myself.
You know that feeling of happiness when you find *the* outfit? When you put effort into doing your makeup and think to yourself “Damn, I look good today. I hope I run into people I know so they can see how good I look?” That slight boost of confidence and energy can definitely play a small (but crucial) factor in the way I present myself and perceive different solutions to problems in my life.
When you look good, you feel good. And when you feel good about yourself, you have that extra boost of confidence that’ll make you perceive that you’re performing better.
So now I’m turning it to you! Send us your favourite fits that make you feel confident through filling out the submission form on our website or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to share them as inspo for our audience on our Instagram story <3
Overachiever Magazine was started by Rehana Paul in October of 2018 to give a platform to all Asian women, non-binary people, and other gender minorities.
Our name is poking fun at the stereotype that all Asians are overachievers, especially Asian women, non-binary people, and other gender minorities. It’s also in recognition of all of us who have had no choice but to be overachievers: managing societal expectations, family obligations, and educational opportunities, all while fighting the patriarchy.
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