10 Reminders Every College Student Needs To Hear

10 Reminders Every College Student Needs To Hear

You are worth so much more than your grade in that class.

We are the generation that loves being in the whirlwind of life. We love being busy. We love being in one place yet being restless to go to the next. Making the most of what we have is never a bad thing—until it is. When we’re not careful (because, really, who is in college), this outlook can inevitably take a toll on us, both mentally and physically.

So amidst all of the internships and interviews, here are ten reminders you should carry with you everywhere. Slip it between the pages of your planner, tuck it in the back pocket of your jeans, pin it up to your wall. Just hold it close to you. Because in case no one has told you lately, you are so much more than what you do.

1. Everyone moves through life at their own pace. Where they are may not be where you are. This is okay.

2. Sometimes, you'll wear your major like a name tag. The decisions you make now might feel like the be-all and end-all, but you have so much time ahead of you, you do.

3. Live. Get the tattoo you've always wanted. Shotgun the disgusting Natty Light. Tell the person you like that you like them. Do the crazy thing.

4. ...But if you've had the worst week of your entire life, and you're worn-down, and you're weary, don't be afraid to turn your plans in exchange for a sheet mask and a marathon of Scandal. The FOMO will be real but trust me, your friends will not forget about your existence.

5. If you want to start that new book or TV show, do it. Art can mend you.

6. Tell the people in your life that you appreciate them. Tell your professors how much you enjoyed the lecture, tell your friends you’re thankful for them, tell your parents you love them. Remind people of how much they matter to you.

7. If you miss someone, reach out to them. It is never a bad thing to be the one who cares too much.

8. Hold the door open for people. Say “thank you.” Smile. Be kinder than you feel. The only thing that will matter when you leave school is how you left it, how much you loved.

9. If it’s 2 AM and you’ve been studying all night and your hands are starting to shake from the amount of caffeine you’ve consumed, drink some water and go to bed. Pay attention to what your body is telling you. Whatever happens the next day, you’ll be able to handle better with a little bit of sleep.

10. You are doing the best that you can. And that is enough.

So the next time you feel like it’s a little too hard to breathe, just remember: The grades and the opportunities and the big vision that you see of yourself in ten years are important. But so are you.

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Back To Reality

Only six more weeks of school!

Unfortunately spring break has come to an end. Fortunately, the weeks that follow spring break before summer are some of the fastest you'll ever experience.

If you're a senior in high school, you'll be shocked to see how fast your last year of high school went by. Prom will be coming up, and you'll start to say your last goodbye's to people you've virtually spent your whole life with

Similarly, if you're a freshman in college, you won't believe that you graduated high school a year ago already.

Lastly, if you're a senior in college, get ready to be thrown into the real world real soon. The only way you can delay that is if you're leaving college just to go back to continue more school after (yay for higher education @MedStudents @LawStudents).

These weeks for college students will be filled with the middle round of exams, and then final exams. Finals will hit us like a bus as they always do, but at that point you have three months of not thinking about school once, what's better than that?

The weather will start to get warmer (hopefully.... @Syracuse), people will start to hang out more outside, and you can almost taste the freedom. You see the light at the end of the tunnel, if only you could get there sooner.

Once these weeks go by, I will enter my third year of college and no longer be an underclassmen. My big will graduate and it will just be my little and I in our sorority, and will (hopefully) be getting ready to study abroad.

Back to the reality that is school, it sucks that spring break is over. When you first get back, it's going to feel like the days are dragging and you just can't fathom how you're supposed to get through another six weeks of school.

As you get back into the rhythm of things, you see that March blends into April and once you're in April you realize finals exist again, and then next thing you know it it's May, you just finished your last exam, and you're moving out of school.

Another one gone, another year bites the dust.

The time between Spring Break and finals is actually my favorite. You feel the energy of your school go up because you're in the home stretch of finishing up for the year and everyone just seems happier. Even the chronically stressed take a step back and appreciate all the hard work they've done in the year.

Take these weeks with a grain of salt because before you know it it'll be over. Life goes on and time doesn't stop for anyone, so enjoy your time in the places that you are while you can!

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5 Times "Sex and the City" Got It Spot On

Carrie Bradshaw's advice to you all

It's that time of the semester when everything starts to get dreary.

You're sick of the winter weather, the midterms and papers, the waiting for the summer, and actually being sick. I caught the flu last week, along with my entire campus, and was bed ridden for a couple of days. I found this frustrating as I like to keep busy, but Amazon Prime Video kept me well entertained with the first 6 seasons of Sex and the City.

I may be a cliche, but I had forgotten how relatable this show was, how every shoe-shopping experience, every argument, every relationship, is one which I have seen or had before. I collected some quotations here: five times that Sex and the City was spot on about my life.

1. 'Sexy is what I try to get them to see me as after I win them over with my personality.'

I look about fifteen, and while people say that I will be grateful when I am thirty, right now it is a real bummer to be labeled "cute" and "sweet" instead of sexy. However, after spending time with someone, I can show them that I am not actually the youthful girl my face presents. Instead, I am a strong 21-year-old, with a passion for travel, law, politics, and winning the bread for any future family I may have. Ambition is sexy, drive is sexy, mystery is sexy.

2. 'He doesn't even know me, the least he could do is get to know me before he rejects me.'

College teaches you that you are not going to be liked by everyone, but Miranda states something heartbreaking in her pursuit of a man. Men and women alike will often reject a person before getting to know them - something which I have experienced first-hand. As aforementioned, personality is the key to attraction, and appearances should be an afterthought. If you don't like someone post-coffee, then fine, but nobody deserves to be rejected off-the-bat.

3. 'Being single used to mean that nobody wanted you. Now it means you’re pretty sexy and you’re taking your time deciding how you want your life to be and who you want to spend it with.'

Carrie Bradshaw has become somewhat of an icon, even her biggest mistakes doused with strength, creativity, glamour, and beauty. At the start of the show, at already 30 years old, she demonstrates how not being in a relationship/married is not detrimental to your character. Furthermore, in a world which is becoming so much more accepting of women in positions of power - in the office, politics etc - it is obvious that "taking your time" with your relationships gives more time for you to work on yourself and your career.

4. 'It’s tempting to wish for the perfect boss, the perfect parent, or the perfect outfit. But maybe the best any of us can do is not to quit, play the hand we’ve been dealt, and accessorize what we’ve got.'

I don't believe in quitting, especially when the excuse is circumstances. When I hear stories of men such as Aron Ralston and Bethany Hamilton, I cannot bring myself to use my personal problems as excuses to quit. Sure, it's okay to give yourself a break now and again, and to pat yourself on the back for overcoming an obstacle, but without a push to "just keep swimming", how can you ever hope to achieve greatness or to be the best you can be?

5. 'The most exciting, challenging and significant relationship of all is the one you have with yourself. And if you find someone to love the you you love, well, that's just fabulous.'

I leave you with a self explanatory self-love quotation. While on your search for friendship and companionship, learn to talk to yourself (maybe not in the literal sense), learn about yourself and your strengths and weaknesses, because only then will you find someone to accept you for the good, the bad, and the ugly.

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