10 Times I Was So College This Week

10 Times I Was So College This Week

When you have 3 papers to write, start a new Netflix show.
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This past week, the amount of academic work, events and extracurriculars was so great that I was extremely stressed. We are all guilty of those times when you have three tests, but decide to binge-watch your favorite Netflix show. Or you are so busy you forget to eat lunch and suddenly candy is considered your healthy alternative. Also, skipping one class to prepare for another class. Anyways, this week was very much a struggle, and so many things happened I do not even know how I made it to Friday. Here is a list of the times I felt "so college" this past week.

1. When 10 p.m. is an acceptable time to eat dinner

On Mondays, I have class from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and chapter at 7 p.m. until 8 p.m. and I have zero time to get dinner let alone make it. Although I do carry snacks around with me for this very reason, I get so hungry waiting to finally sit down and eat a meal. Even then, this past week felt like I did not have time to sit down and eat. After chapter and a few other meetings this Monday, I ended up at Dave's eating chicken tenders at 10 p.m. like your stereotypical college student.

2. When you zone out in class and realize you've missed an entire concept

This week, I had so much homework on top of tests and essays that I slept very poorly. A few times, the caffeine I inhaled before class would wear off and I would find myself zoning out. Then, the next minute the professor is saying how this will be on the test, or applauds a student for her point in the class discussion that I clearly missed. I feel so overwhelmed I go to my professor only for it to turn out to be nothing, when I was worried I had missed a super important topic.

3. Using caffeine as a substitute for real food

As I said, this week was so packed that it felt like I literally had every hour planned so caffeine was necessary to keep me awake and alert. I usually do not drink much coffee, and I hate that I already do drink so much of it, but I needed to stay awake. Trust me, I tried to use exercise instead to keep me awake and it worked for a while, but I had to keep my brain awake. This week in particular, I either did not have time to eat lunch, or completely forgot about it and drank coffee in its place.

4. Absolutely forgetting what day of the week it is

I am not sure it was the lack of sleep or the intense amount of things I had to do this week, but on Tuesday, I was convinced it was Thursday for at least an hour. I even did my homework and showed up for my evening class only to find out it was Tuesday.

5. Waking up from a nap thinking it is the next day

In the middle of my constant go-go this week, I did manage to squeeze in a much needed nap! But, when I woke up from said nap, I thought I had slept through to the next morning and started getting ready to eat breakfast. It was the lack of sleep that lead me to this conclusion.

6. When you make mac & cheese and feel like an iron chef

As healthy as mac & cheese is as a meal, I made it for myself this week and absolutely felt like a real chef. Baking is my strong suit; cooking... not so much. In my dorm, the strainer was dirty, so I was innovative and used a plastic bowl that I punched holes into. I mean, if that does not qualify me for the Food Network, then clearly they are not ready for my sophisticated skill set. I added just the right amount of cheese, and it was so good.

7. When you order from the kid's menu because you want to

Oftentimes, I order a kid's meal because the portion sizes are smaller and the food is usually pretty basic. By that, I mean sometimes I just really want a classic grilled cheese with no embellishments whatsoever. So, when I spontaneously went to Panera on Thursday for lunch, I ordered a child's PB&J sandwich because I really wanted it. Yes, I am 21 years old, and yes, I happily ate this sandwich in public.

8. When you wake up early to do homework and realize it's a lost cause

I often wake up early on Mondays and Wednesdays to finish my French homework because it is so hard to get it all done in one sitting. This week, I woke up on Wednesday and realized the obscene amount of work I still had to do even though I spent a large chunk of time the night before doing this homework. I still had 10 pages to read in a book, a verb conjugation sheet and a section of my journal reflection assignment. I did not get all the homework done but luckily we had a guest speaker, so that took up most of the class.

9. When you are exhausted after one class but made it through seven hours of classes in high school

In high school, we all had about six to seven hours of classes one right after the other, and now we have maybe one class for 50 minutes three times a week, and that seems difficult to manage. Classes are more difficult in college, but they are also much longer, and my ability to concentrate for that long is limited. Yes, the thinking and concentration for college classes are much more profound than for high school, but how is it that after one hour-and-a-half class, I am already so tired? I will sit in my hour-and-a-half classes doing my best to pay attention, but sometimes I zone out. How did I manage to concentrate for six hours of classes in high school?

10. When children's Frozen chicken nuggets qualify as a "healthy meal"

This Friday, I was babysitting and the kids had Frozen-themed chicken nuggets. I made plenty for all three of us, but they only ate a few in addition to their fruit and vegetables. On the other hand, I ate about ten because I was hungry and they were so delicious! I'm pretty sure I consumed more than one serving of chicken nuggets, but hey, it's been a rough week, so it's totally cool, right?

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An Open Letter To Every Girl With A Big Heart, Except When It Comes To Herself

Because it's so much easier to love everyone around you before yourself.
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They say the key is that you have to "love yourself before you can love anyone else," or before "anyone can love you."

For those who deal with mass amounts of anxiety, or have many insecurities, that can be an extremely hard task. It seems much easier to tell your friend who is doubting herself that she looks great in that top than to look in the mirror and feel the same about yourself. It is much easier to tell your significant other that everything is going to be OK than to believe it will be when something goes wrong in your life. It becomes easier to create excuses for the ones around you than for yourself, and this is because you have such a big heart. You want those that you love to be happy and worry-free, yet you spend nights thinking about everything you have on your plate, about what you did wrong that day, fearing if someone in your life is mad at you, believing that you will never be good enough yet convincing everyone else that they are.

You are the girl with the biggest heart, yet you can't love yourself the way you care for everyone else in your life. There are many reasons that you should love yourself, though, and that's something that everyone around you is willing to tell you.

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Before doing anything, you always consider how it is going to affect those around you. You don't want to do anything that could hurt someone, or something that could make someone mad at you. It does not take much to make you happy, just seeing others happy does the job, and it is that simple. Because of this, you remember the little things. Meaningful dates, small details, and asking someone how their day was is important to you, and it makes those around you feel important too. You simply just want the people that you care about to be happy, and that is an amazing trait.

You're appreciative.

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You have a lot of love in your heart.

Every "I love you" has meant something, just as you remember the smallest moments that have meant the most to you. You remember the look in your significant other's eyes when they told you that for the first time. You remember the smile on your best friend's face when you told them that everything was going to be OK and that you would always be there. You remember the swell of happiness your parents felt when you decided to surprise them with a trip home one day, and you thrive off of all of that love.

You don't give up on the people you love, even if they have given you a reason to.

It is a foreign idea to just drop someone from your life, even if they betrayed you. You try to look at their mistake from every stance, not wanting to provide an excuse for them, but to give them another chance. Not everyone deserves it, and that is something that you learn along the way, but you feel good in the sense that you gave them a chance even if no one else would.

It's OK to not love yourself all the time. It's normal, and natural to stand in the mirror and think about everything wrong. And it's OK to love other people, even when you can't feel the same about yourself. But your big heart is why you should love yourself. There are so many reasons that you are a beautiful person, and the people that you spend all your time caring about feel that you have so much more to offer the world, and yourself.

So, next time you think about what you don't like about yourself, remember what makes you special –– the size of your heart and all of the love in it, and then share that love with yourself.

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With the Powerball Jackpot growing higher and higher after each drawing, lottery madness has struck just about everyone.

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Would I be concerned about the repairs bill when getting my 2006 car inspected? No.

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