11 Mistakes You Could Easily Avoid, But Never Do Because You're In College

11 Mistakes You Could Easily Avoid, But Never Do Because You're In College

We're all the worst at some point.

From being a bad person to spending all my money, I’ve made questionable decisions in college and I’m sure you have too. It’s a rough sometimes, but honestly, I wouldn’t want it any other way.

1. Eating ice cream late at night.

Who doesn’t enjoy a good bowl of ice cream? Until your jeans don’t fit anymore.

2. Ghosting people.

I mean you can’t lie about this one — we’ve all awkwardly run into someone we used to talk to on campus.

3. Eating out when you have food at home

"Wanna get Chipotle?" I mean how can I say no.

4. Hating your roommate and not confronting them.

I just can’t stand when people are messy and don’t even realize how much of a mess their space is.

5. Going out on and getting too wild on Thursdays.

Cheers to the freakin’ Thurs, but don’t you have class tomorrow? I mean it's almost the weekend anyway.

6. Buying coffee every day instead of making it at home.

Paying $5 for coffee every other day can get expensive, but it’s so much better when someone else makes me.

7. Waiting until the night before to study.

Meant to start studying a week ago, but the time just got away from me.

8. Sleeping through your 8 a.m. class. Every week.

But honestly, I’m never taking a class before nine ever again.

9. Planning to go to the gym but never going.

The gym is calling but I'll just clean my room when I think about going to the gym.

10. Getting in trouble for something you know you shouldn't have done.

Whether it’s something big or small, I messed up and I just have to admit it.

11. Spending all your money on stuff you don't need.

I’m the worst at budgeting sometimes, but it’s a learning process.

We’re all the worst at some point in our lives and I’m definitely guilty of all of these things. College is the time for figuring it all out and boy, am I figuring some sh*t out.

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This Is How Your Same-Sex Marriage Affects Me As A Catholic Woman

I hear you over there, Bible Bob.

It won't.

Wait, what?

I promise you did read that right. Not what you were expecting me to say, right? Who another person decides to marry will never in any way affect my own marriage whatsoever. Unless they try to marry the person that I want to, then we might have a few problems.

As a kid, I was raised, baptized, and confirmed into an old school Irish Catholic church in the middle of a small, midwestern town.

Not exactly a place that most people would consider to be very liberal or open-minded. Despite this I was taught to love and accept others as a child, to not cast judgment because the only person fit to judge was God. I learned this from my Grandpa, a man whose love of others was only rivaled by his love of sweets and spoiling his grandkids.

While I learned this at an early age, not everyone else in my hometown — or even within my own church — seemed to get the memo. When same-sex marriage was finally legalized country-wide, I cried tears of joy for some of my closest friends who happen to be members of the LGBTQ community.

I was happy while others I knew were disgusted and even enraged.

"That's not what it says in the bible! Marriage is between a man and a woman!"

"God made Adam and Eve for a reason! Man shall not lie with another man as he would a woman!"

"Homosexuality is a sin! It's bad enough that they're all going to hell, now we're letting them marry?"

Alright, Bible Bob, we get it, you don't agree with same-sex relationships. Honestly, that's not the issue. One of our civil liberties as United States citizens is the freedom of religion. If you believe your religion doesn't support homosexuality that's OK.

What isn't OK is thinking that your religious beliefs should dictate others lives.

What isn't OK is using your religion or your beliefs to take away rights from those who chose to live their life differently than you.

Some members of my church are still convinced that their marriage now means less because people are free to marry whoever they want to. Honestly, I wish I was kidding. Tell me again, Brenda how exactly do Steve and Jason's marriage affect yours and Tom's?

It doesn't. Really, it doesn't affect you at all.

Unless Tom suddenly starts having an affair with Steve their marriage has zero effect on you. You never know Brenda, you and Jason might become best friends by the end of the divorce. (And in that case, Brenda and Tom both need to go to church considering the bible also teaches against adultery and divorce.)

I'll say it one more time for the people in the back: same-sex marriage does not affect you even if you or your religion does not support it. If you don't agree with same-sex marriage then do not marry someone of the same sex. Really, it's a simple concept.

It amazes me that I still actually have to discuss this with some people in 2017. And it amazes me that people use God as a reason to hinder the lives of others.

As a proud young Catholic woman, I wholeheartedly support the LGBTQ community with my entire being.

My God taught me to not hold hate so close to my heart. He told me not to judge and to accept others with open arms. My God taught me to love and I hope yours teaches you the same.

Disclaimer - This article in no way is meant to be an insult to the Bible or religion or the LGBTQ community.

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Listen Before You Speak, You Might Be Surprised By What You Hear

You learn more with your ears than your mouth.
“People don’t listen, they just wait their turn to talk.”

I came across this quote and thought about how true it really was. More often than not, people are so caught up in what they want to say and their own opinions and thoughts that they are not actually listening to anything the other person is saying. Everything goes “in one ear and out the other.” They do not take time to really understand what the other person is saying or feeling.

“Listen with curiosity. Speak with honesty. Act with integrity. The greatest problem with communication is we don’t listen to understand. We listen to reply. When we listen with curiosity, we don’t listen with the intent to reply. We listen for what’s behind the words.” — Roy T. Bennett

I think it is important to pay attention when others are speaking — giving them our undivided attention. This lets them know that we care and are being empathetic. Sometimes we have to set aside our own feelings and opinions and really connect with others. These people we are supposed to be listening to are talking to us for a reason and deserve to be treated with respect as they confide in us. You might even be surprised by the stories behind each person.

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