10 Struggles Everyone With Neat Handwriting Deals With

10 Struggles Everyone With Neat Handwriting Deals With

For the last time, I don't know how I write like that. I just do!
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Growing up I was consistently praised for my neat and pleasing handwriting -- both print and cursive. The seemingly impulsive compliments still ring out in college every time I hand in a handwritten assignment, sign my name or take notes during a lecture. While those of us with 'flawless' penmanship can easily dodge the accusation that our writing resembles 'chicken scratch,' it isn't completely perfect on our side of the margins. Here are a few struggles we go through:

1. We don't always see it.

Because we've pretty much been able to write well since being taught in preschool how to properly hold a pencil, we just kind of assume everyone can. Most times I'm shocked by my classmates' handwriting when peer reviewing papers.

2. No, we don't judge you.

With that said, I honestly don't care what your handwriting looks like. As long as I can read it, you're all set! Honestly, there's no elite club you're excluded from because you didn't cross your t's or dot your i's.

3. "Are you kidding? This is my sloppy writing!"

It's nothing short of frustrating when someone comments on how beautiful your writing is right after you've quickly scribbled something down. No, wait! I promise my writing looks better than this!

4. Rewriting the same word 10 times.

Having neat handwriting definitely adds to a person's perfectionist tendencies. I clearly remember the moment when I was in an English final and almost ran out of time because no matter how many times I wrote it, the word 'persuasive' didn't look quite right.

5. Being asked to be your secretary.

Yes, I understand my handwriting is pretty. And yes, I know you have 50 'Thank You' cards to pen by tomorrow. And..? Friends, please don't be that guy.

6. "Are you sure you didn't type that?"

The last bullet goes hand-in-hand with the next question I always receive, usually around the time I write midterm or final review sheets. Trust me, if I could pick a font to write in, then it wouldn't be my handwriting. Times New Roman would be lovely. Courier New, perhaps?

7. "Doesn't that make your hand hurt?"

I don't understand why friends and professors assume that because I write neatly, my hand must constantly be cramping from the effort. Maybe it's because it's not as smooth and loopy as others', but I promise my hand is just fine, thanks.

8. Professors remember you by your handwriting.

I could never write anything anonymously because my handwriting style sticks out like an inked thumb. Once I even went as far to doctor my lettering on a course evaluation. But it looked so messy, I never attempted it again. Now I simply don't write anything I wouldn't want my name attached to.

9. People assume you're an elementary school teacher.

This may be specific to education majors, but I'm always asked if I'll be teaching elementary grades based off of my printing and cursive penmanship.

10. Being picky about your writing utensils.

This may be only me, but since I'm so persnickety about my writing being perfect I must have the correct tools to create the perfect loops and lines. Tip: Papermate is beautiful in black ink.

Everyone has their quirks -- the little things that make a person who they are. My handwriting just happens to be mine!

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.
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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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Body Image Lessons That I Didn't Learn From A Professor

What I realized about body image my freshman year of college

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Girls usually struggle with self image in general. But the game changes when it's time to go to college. When you are constantly surrounded by your peers, you begin to compare all of the little things they do to you. You compare their bodies to yours. You try to figure out what they are doing that you're not. Or vice versa, why they don't have to do anything to look the way they do. But by the end of my first year, I realized that I would never be happy with myself if I kept thinking this way. So I recorded some realizations I had throughout the year that helped me to improve my body image.

My body is, and never will be the same as any other girl... and that's okay

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It can be so easy in college to compare your body to the girls that surround you. Like the one's live with and you see on a daily basis. There is no point in comparing apples to oranges, so why would you compare your body to a girl who was made completely different? So what you can't fit into her party pants, you can rock another pair just as well.

What works for her, might not work for me

Daily Planner

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With different body types, comes different food and exercise needs. Some girls don't need to work out or eat healthy to keep a slim frame. Some girls are naturally muscular. Your routine needs to be catered to you, and there is no need to analyze what someone else eats or does to try to attain their stature. You have to do what feels right for YOUR body to have a good self image.

Don't spend too much time on istagram

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Obviously social media effects our body image because of how easily and frequently photos are edited and then presented for the most likes. So if there is a certain account that always makes you feel bad when you see their content, unfollow, and take that aspect out of your life. However, because social media is unavoidable you can't completely escape all the provoking images. So when scrolling, think positively about those who's pictures you see, don't compare, and be aware of the previous lessons.

It's okay for your body to fluctuate

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The weight and look of your body can easily fluctuate, It's just natural. And in the same way your life fluctuates, your body may follow along and thats not a big deal! In exam season, there might not be enough time to go to the gym everyday. Or during the holidays there might be an increase of indulgence in treats. But its all okay as long as your getting things done or enjoying life. The only time it becomes an issue if the fluctuations turn unhealthy.

Cut out the negativity

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If a friend is constantly complaining to you about their body, it can trigger distress in you, and set you back. So if someone else's body image issues are interfering with you mentally, you need to call them out on their B.S. or stop allowing them say those things in front of you.

Wear clothes that you feel comfortable in

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If you wear things that you feel comfortable in, then you wont constantly be thinking about how your stomach, legs, or arms look throughout the day. Wear something that you are confident in, even if it means wearing leggings every day of the week!

I'm not a little kid anymore, therefore my body is not going to look like one

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Curves and changes that come after high school can take anyone by surprise, but it's supposed to happen. You can't really be mad at biology...you can only find the beauty in it.

Everyone has their own insecurities

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Even if someone has your ideal body, odds are they still despise theirs. I have met friends in college that are stick skinny, yet are self conscious about it. I know curvy girls that are very insecure. And even an "average" body type has a thousand things that they nit-pick about themselves. No one has their dream body and never will, which is why I had to learn to love the little things about mine.

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