10 Important Life Lessons You Learned In Kindergarten

10 Important Life Lessons You Learned In Kindergarten

Because, what else do we really need to know?

Your Kindergarten teacher placed such importance on things that as kids seemed so useless and unnecessary, but all that reiteration wasn't for nothing, because a lot of these lessons can still help us out as adults, with a little tweaking.

1. Sharing is caring.

Sure, as adults, it's a little deeper than letting that mean boy use your blue crayon when you are done with it, but the fundamental idea is still there. If you share, whether it be your experiences, your knowledge, your love, there's a good chance someone is going to return the favor and give it back to you. So how different is it, really?

2. Clean up your mess.

Again, this now applies to more than re-stacking the bricks or putting the Tonka trucks back in the right bin, but your life will be less dirty, stressful, and hectic if you remember to clean up as you go and after yourself, like your Kindergarten teacher told you over and over and over again.

3. Hold someone's hand.

This have been slightly more literal back then, for when you crossed the street or walked in the halls, but no matter how old you are, nobody likes to go through things alone. Whether you are happy, sad, stressed, or just bored, life is so much more fulfilling when you have someone next to you. Whether this is a parent, sibling, friend, or spouse, it really can be anyone as long as they are always there for you.

4. Color inside the lines.

I don't know how many adults pull out a coloring book very often (it is supposedly a good stress reliever, so maybe we should), but the "lines" of a picture are similar to the rules of life, trying to keep you constrained to what everyone else thinks you should do. However, how will you ever know what the picture could have looked like with color outside the lines if you never try it? Sometimes Kindergartener's pictures get a little messy, but who is to say that isn't the beauty of it? Don't forget to step outside of the lines of life sometimes; you never know what is out there.

5. Treat others how you want to be treated.

Chances are that this was on a poster on the wall at some point during you schooling and for good reason because this will be always be pertinent. No matter how old you get or where you go or what you do in life, it doesn't matter, everyone wants to be treated well. Make sure you take time in your life to think about that shiny, most likely tacky poster that you once stared at on the wall because what was on it is extremely important!

6. Use your imagination.

Most likely you heard your teachers say this, whether it was in art class or during story time, referring to being creative. However, don't forget every now and then to be creative and think about things from another perspective that you wouldn't normally see. It can open your eyes to whole new things in many facets of life.

7. Listen.

Whomever it may be that is speaking, they are talking to you for a reason. Whether it be someone attempting to help you, a friend who needs a shoulder to cry on, a lecture in class, or anything else, open your ears and tune into whatever is going on around you.

8. Nap.

This may not necessarily be as frequent as they were back in the day, but getting rest, both sleeping in the night and sometimes a mid-day nap are important. Ample sleep enables you to better make use of the time during the day, so make sure you catch enough Zs to keep your life on track.

9. Balance is key.

Your Kindergarten teacher was the master of switching the class from playing to reading back to playing then focusing on math or science and so much more, and I think we can all learn lesson from our teachers. Everyone needs a little variety in their life, not just in school but in all aspects. It's always good to switch it up and spread your time out.

10. Be happy.

If you walk into a Kindergarten classroom, the only sadness is caused when they can't get their favorite toy or they can't play with their favorite friend, and I think we can all learn a lesson from that. Live a life of happiness and without sadness. Who doesn't want to be more like a kindergartener?

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College As Told By Junie B. Jones

A tribute to the beloved author Barbara Parks.

The Junie B. Jones series was a big part of my childhood. They were the first chapter books I ever read. On car trips, my mother would entertain my sister and me by purchasing a new Junie B. Jones book and reading it to us. My favorite part about the books then, and still, are how funny they are. Junie B. takes things very literally, and her (mis)adventures are hilarious. A lot of children's authors tend to write for children and parents in their books to keep the attention of both parties. Barbara Park, the author of the Junie B. Jones series, did just that. This is why many things Junie B. said in Kindergarten could be applied to her experiences in college, as shown here.

When Junie B. introduces herself hundreds of times during orientation week:

“My name is Junie B. Jones. The B stands for Beatrice. Except I don't like Beatrice. I just like B and that's all." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 1)

When she goes to her first college career fair:

"Yeah, only guess what? I never even heard of that dumb word careers before. And so I won't know what the heck we're talking about." (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 2)

When she thinks people in class are gossiping about her:

“They whispered to each other for a real long time. Also, they kept looking at me. And they wouldn't even stop." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When someone asks her about the library:

“It's where the books are. And guess what? Books are my very favorite things in the whole world!" (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 27)

When she doesn't know what she's eating at the caf:

“I peeked inside the bread. I stared and stared for a real long time. 'Cause I didn't actually recognize the meat, that's why. Finally, I ate it anyway. It was tasty...whatever it was." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When she gets bored during class:

“I drew a sausage patty on my arm. Only that wasn't even an assignment." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 18)

When she considers dropping out:

“Maybe someday I will just be the Boss of Cookies instead!" (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 76)

When her friends invite her to the lake for Labor Day:

“GOOD NEWS! I CAN COME TO THE LAKE WITH YOU, I BELIEVE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 17)

When her professor never enters grades on time:

“I rolled my eyes way up to the sky." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 38)

When her friends won't stop poking her on Facebook:

“Do not poke me one more time, and I mean it." (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 7)

When she finds out she got a bad test grade:

“Then my eyes got a little bit wet. I wasn't crying, though." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 17)

When she isn't allowed to have a pet on campus but really wants one:


When she has to walk across campus in the dark:

“There's no such thing as monsters. There's no such thing as monsters." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 12)

When her boyfriend breaks her heart:

“I am a bachelorette. A bachelorette is when your boyfriend named Ricardo dumps you at recess. Only I wasn't actually expecting that terrible trouble." (Junie B. Jones Is (almost) a Flower Girl, p. 1)

When she paints her first canvas:

"And painting is the funnest thing I love!" (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 61)

When her sorority takes stacked pictures:

“The biggie kids stand in the back. And the shortie kids stand in the front. I am a shortie kid. Only that is nothing to be ashamed of." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 7)

When she's had enough of the caf's food:

“Want to bake a lemon pie? A lemon pie would be fun, don't you think?" (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed p. 34)

When she forgets about an exam:

“Speechless is when your mouth can't speech." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 54)

When she finds out she has enough credits to graduate:

“A DIPLOMA! A DIPLOMA! I WILL LOVE A DIPLOMA!" (Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl p. 6)

When she gets home from college:

"IT'S ME! IT'S JUNIE B. JONES! I'M HOME FROM MY SCHOOL!" (Junie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peaky Spying p. 20)

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The One Thing Everyone Should Do Before They Graduate

Why I wish everyone could have shared in my end of school adventure.


The end of freshman year was filled with the abundant stress of final exams, teary-eyed goodbyes, and last looks at my dorm room on South Campus. The academic year was overwhelmingly busy, and I tried my best to soak in every single moment as a first-year college student. But as I'm sure many of you can understand, it's not always possible to make time for the adventures we so desperately desire. I found myself saying "I want to do that!" all year long, and here it was the last week of the year and my bucket list had barely been touched. All those Philadelphia excursions, dreamy coffee shop dates, and campus explorations that I looked forward to never ended up panning out…

… until last Thursday night.

With about half the freshman class moved out of South Campus, everything felt a little strange. There was barely a dinner rush at all in Donahue Dining Hall, and my room looked so empty it almost made me sad. Naturally, I called up a couple of friends. Within minutes, we met in the lounge, and we were off for our adventure.

Every single day on the way to labs in Mendel Hall, I walked past the beloved Falvey Fountain. It had become such a consistent part of my routine that walking past it felt like it was a necessary daily occurrence. But this time, we didn't walk past. In fact, we stopped dead in our tracks and admired its color changing beauty for a brief moment.

And then we dove in!

Yes, we jumped right into the fountain. First the daring adventurer of the group, then his sidekick, then the skeptic, and finally myself. This was definitely not allowed, but no one was around, and more importantly, no one cared. Being knee deep was freezing, but the adrenaline rush was too much to suppress. So we submerged further, dunking each other and splashing the icy water literally everywhere. My wet hair made way for the most epic hair flip of all time, and we all laughed joyously.

All the stress of looming final grades and the completion of projects, the bittersweet goodbyes to our newfound families, and the hassles of packing up for the year were washed away in that fountain, drowned in the euphoria of the moment. We were officially baptized in summer as it dubbed us the kings and queens of adventure.

Afterward, we wrung out our soaking clothes and snapped a quick pic of our drenched selves. Trying to escape the scene hastily, I dropped my bag of M&M;'s. They spilled everywhere, leaving streams of melty chocolate and food coloring running through the aftermath of our fountain dive. The scene looked like a bit of Willy Wonka's chocolate factory had exploded from the fountain and into the night.

I am far from kidding when I say that adventure is a must for everyone, at any stage of life. Whether it's fountain diving at Nova, or sky diving in New Mexico, something about us as human beings needs the unusual, exciting, and even hazardous experiences. This one was particularly cleansing and absolutely unforgettable.

So I implore you: go forth this summer and be adventurous! Explore hidden places, try new eats, shuffle a stranger's playlist, introduce yourself to someone on a whim, or just get in the car and drive with no destination in mind. This summer is for the bold; this summer's for you.

Happy adventuring!


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