10 Cosmic Brain Realizations I Had My Freshman Year Of College

10 Cosmic Brain Realizations I Had My Freshman Year Of College

One year down, three more to go.
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Freshman year of college is swiftly coming to a close and the stress of exam time is upon us all. Amidst the studying, packing, and stress, there's hardly enough time to truly reflect on what this year has given me. The experiences I've had this year have shaped who I am and have helped me grow a tremendous amount while also giving me a bit of a reality check.

Here are ten realizations that freshman year has given me:

1. There's never enough time.

Depending on your schedule, it may feel like the assignments keep piling up on your Canvas to-do list with no end in sight. Twenty four hours never feels like enough time to complete the mountain of tests, quizzes, projects, etc. in addition to finding time to get in three meals and some decent sleep.

2. Your diet either gets better or worse.

The notion of the "freshman fifteen" is well known. It can be difficult to maintain a healthy, balanced diet while getting from class to class but with the constant access to food, it can be a little easier to pick and choose the best options.

3. So does your sleeping schedule.

You're not going to get those assignments done in your sleep. Before you know it, it's 1 am and you're reflecting on your lack of proper time management.

4. You find your niche.

College is a great time to figure out the types of people you want around you on a daily basis. From organizations to campus events to study groups, there are many opportunities to meet people with the same interests and aspirations. You may realize that your high school friends are no longer a circle you wish to be a part of. For me personally, I choose people that motivate me to succeed during my time here, with a few laughs in between.

5. You gain some independence.

Freshman year can be a big adjustment, going from living at home with your family, willing to help with whatever to living on your own with a multitude of responsibilities and some freedom. What I've learned is that some are more equipped to handle this than others.

6. Your perspective changes drastically.

College has the ability to challenge your views and preconceived notions. Being open to the experiences that this year has brought me has allowed me to develop some previous concepts and alter others. Being open to a change in your thinking is the best approach.

7. High school taught you little to nothing about the real world.

I've found myself saying this time and time again. Personally, high school felt like its own little world. I learned a lot, don't get me wrong, but college is nothing like high school. And it's not supposed to be.

8. Professors are not all-knowing.

I think we all have felt the frustration of having a professor who is more unorganized than we are. But it's also an opportunity to realize that they're really no different from us; you can challenge them too.

9. Your chosen major may be affirmed or no longer something you want to pursue.

Many people decide to switch their majors during or right after freshman year. It's a good time to re-evaluate the path you want to take for the future and how much time and work you're willing to put into it.

10. It gets easier.

Everything gets easier with time. Routines develop, habits form, and soon enough you'll be graduating and looking back on how all of this was worth it!

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There's a huge difference between being modest while breastfeeding and just being straight up careless, trashy and disrespectful to those around you. Why don't you try popping out a boob without a baby attached to it and see how long it takes for you to get arrested for public indecency? Strange how that works, right?

So many people talking about it bring up the point of how we shouldn't "sexualize" breastfeeding and seeing a woman's breasts while doing so. Actually, all of these people are missing the point. It's not sexual, it's just purely immodest and disrespectful.

If you see a girl in a shirt cut too low, you call her a slut. If you see a celebrity post a nude photo, you call them immodest and a terrible role model. What makes you think that pulling out a breast in the middle of public is different, regardless of what you're doing with it?

If I'm eating in a restaurant, I would be disgusted if the person at the table next to me had their bare feet out while they were eating. It's just not appropriate. Neither is pulling out your breast for the entire general public to see.

Nobody asked you to put a blanket over your kid's head to feed them. Nobody asked you to go feed them in a dirty bathroom. But you don't need to basically be topless to feed your kid. Growing up, I watched my mom feed my younger siblings in public. She never shied away from it, but the way she did it was always tasteful and never drew attention. She would cover herself up while doing it. She would make sure that nothing inappropriate could be seen. She was lowkey about it.

Mindblowing, right? Wait, you can actually breastfeed in public and not have to show everyone what you're doing? What a revolutionary idea!

There is nothing wrong with feeding your baby. It's something you need to do, it's a part of life. But there is definitely something wrong with thinking it's fine to expose yourself to the entire world while doing it. Nobody wants to see it. Nobody cares if you're feeding your kid. Nobody cares if you're trying to make some sort of weird "feminist" statement by showing them your boobs.

Cover up. Be modest. Be mindful. Be respectful. Don't want to see my boobs? Good, I don't want to see yours either. Hard to believe, I know.

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Success is based on what a person wants to accomplish and the journey they take to accomplishing their goals.

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