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Duplicating Rory Gilmore’s Mindset

Emily Cypher
(Above) Lineage is a very popular local coffee shop, located in Downtown Orlando. With room to study, sip on a delicious seasonal drink, and nibble on a warm pastry that melts in the mouth; studying can be something to look forward to rather than dread.

Rory Gilmore is an iconic character in pop culture, featured on the TV show Gilmore Girls,  played by Alexis Bledel. Rory has transcended both the TV show and the actress as a role model to many young adults because of how she promotes productive ways of being a student in high school. Yet she still remains as she struggles with high school, relationships,  and everything in between. By giving a realistic outlook on a student workload and how to manage it, Rory’s successes and lessons learned encourage students to be more productive and work towards their goals in school. Therefore, here are the best of Rory’s tips and tricks. After all, Rory’s right when she says, “Who cares if I’m pretty, if I fail my finals.”

First, students can motivate themselves to work productively by romanticizing the school year. They should take advantage of places such as coffee shops and other public settings which can help elevate a student’s enjoyment when studying. Just like Rory, who is often seen studying at Luke’s Diner or at her school library, the setting is very important when it comes to studying. Depending on each student or the work, a quiet place might be beneficial. While everyone doesn’t have Luke’s Diner, they do have access to a library.

After finding the perfect study location at either a local bookstore or library, the actual study technique is what challenges most students. There are many methods that students should look into including the Feynman Technique, Blurting, and the Pomodoro Technique, as well as more mundane study techniques like flashcards. The Pomodoro Technique, which helps students with how to study a large amount of material, includes studying in sets of three that last 15 minutes with three-minute breaks in between and then repeating that cycle. This can seem overwhelming to students, but Rory Gilmore offers a great way of combating that. In an episode of Gilmore Girls, Rory is caught saying, “And when that gets too depressing, it’s right over to calculus,” meaning sometimes it’s better to switch things up to keep the brain more focused.

No matter how many libraries or cafes students visit, motivation is what gets students through the year. Looking at school with a positive attitude, and as an opportunity for the future to achieve goals rather than something mandatory, makes all the difference. Starting an assignment the night it’s assigned, writing in a planner, and being on top of assignments are what set students apart from others and set them up for success. Rory is a role model, but she is simply a character, whereas today’s students are people and are the future.

(Above) Time management is one of the most important skills when it comes to success in school. Using a planner will help each student be successful. Not only that, checking off an assignment gives some gratification to help motivate students further. (Emily Cypher)
(Above) With many popular drinks to select Lineage has an amazing selection of seasonal drinks. With specially crafted syrups curated for each seasonal drink. The coffee shop works rapidly, to prepare for each season’s round of drinks with an exciting selection for everyone to enjoy. (Emily Cypher)
(Above) Taking advantage of writing notes is a way to romanticize a school day. With a variety of supplies, notes can become a fun project instead of endlessly writing out notes. Thinking of ways to enhance the school experience is all the motivation a student will need. (Emily Cypher)
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Emily Cypher
Emily Cypher, Copy Editor
Emily Cypher, grade 10, is the Copy Editor of Lake Highland Preparatory School’s, Upper School newspaper, the Twice-Told Tale. She found her passion for Newspaper from the iconic show Gilmore Girls, which aired in the 2000s. After reading more books than anyone could count, her passion for writing grew even bigger, as she is currently exploring creative writing as well. The staff and the opportunities that come with being part of the paper are what she enjoys most about being a member of the Twice-Told Tale staff. Emily continues exploring new passions with writing and beyond. Outside of school, she plays volleyball at Game Point Volleyball Club as a libero. Her commitment to the sport helps her time management skills grow along with her ability to be flexible. Emily loves to travel and visits New York as much as she can, and she is excited to push herself to learn new things.

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