Dress well, test well




“Look good, feel good” is my daily mantra. When it comes to rugby season, I alter this mantra to “look good, play good.” My teammates dig at me for putting on makeup just hours before game time, but I don’t care. It’s a state of mind. So during midterms, I’d like to try out a new mantra: “Dress well, test well.”

With three tests and two papers due this week, my mind is already lacking much-needed motivation. I can’t help but notice others are feeling the exact same way as plans of South Padre, home or overseas trips captivate the thoughts of many. If you are like me, you have already mentally traded in your sweaters and sweats and have began packing swimsuits and sunhats. Yet, three tests and two papers still stand in the way of such fun.

That being said, I have decided to get up early and get ready each morning with the hope that I will make the most of my day, bringing me that much closer to break and success on my tests.

Augustana sophomore Meagan O’Connell is already a firm believer in this routine and claims it boosts her classroom confidence.

“I totally believe in dress well to test well,” O’Connell said. “I try to look presentable on a daily basis because when I dress nice, I feel nice. I dress fairly similar on normal days versus test days, but I definitely give a little extra effort when I have tests.

“Confidence in my appearance makes me confident in my answers.”

As ladies like O’Connell put on their everyday finest and strut their stuff to test day, there are many others that believe the dress well, test well philosophy isn’t what it’s cracked up to be.

One example is Augustana sophomore Hannah Loefke who claims not to be a fan. Instead Loefke has come up with her own philosophy.

“I like to go for a mix that says ‘hey, I’m not homeless,’ but I don’t need to look good to feel good,” she said. “I don’t think dressing well makes me test well, but when I have a presentation I do like to dress up. I think yoga pants beat sweatpants every day, and they are just as easy.”

Like most things in life, it all comes down to personal preference. What is important to you? Would you rather wake up early to study or to take the time to look good? Maybe the extra thirty minutes are needed for sleep or a good breakfast. Different strokes for different folks.

But due to my impeccable procrastination ability and overload of schoolwork, I will take all the help I can get.

Dress well, test well it is.

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