How to be Smarter: Just show up to class. It is not that hard, and, most of the time, you don't actually have anything more important to to do. Show up, ask a few questions, try to look interested. Once a week stay after class and chit chat with the teacher. This alone--and none of the things I mentioned have anything to do with studying more--can bring your grade up a lot. How to be Prettier: Precious fall work dress. I would wear with textured tights and patent black heels.
How to be (less) Awkward: I always respect labels--in expensive clothes and in romantic pairings. But I also know that not every dress needs to have a designer label to be your favorite piece, and not every great love needs the boyfriend label to be your favorite relationship.