13 Times Leslie Knope Embodied What It Means To Be A College Student

13 Times Leslie Knope Embodied What It Means To Be A College Student

"I am super chill all the time!"

College is a crazy time, and it can be hard to explain a lot of what goes on to someone who isn't in it right there with you.

From your non-existent sleep schedule all the way to your busy social life, there's a lot that makes the time you spend in college so unique. Luckily, Leslie Knope is always there to not only make us laugh, but also provide a comforting presence when we need someone around who embodies all of our feelings about college life.

Here are my picks for the moments that Leslie best exemplified the ins and outs of this stage of life.

1. When she finally got a relatively good night's sleep

2. When she was hella prepared to present the project she'd been working on forever

3. When she perfectly exemplified how we all feel in math class

3. When she put everyone's relationship struggles into words

4. When she told Joe Biden exactly what we all want to tell our most attractive professor

5. When she exemplified how you feel to hang out with your friends after a long week of classes

6. When she understood your feelings about all the tests that are coming up next week

7. All the times she showed her love for her best friend without whom she could never get through the day

8. When she put into words what finals week is like

9. All the times she showed her love for breakfast food

10. Really just food in general

11. Except for, you know, healthy food

12. When she was super stressed out

13. But, somehow, never lost hope that everything was going to be okay

It's nice to know that, on hard days, we can always find comfort in the wisdom of Leslie Knope.
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22 New Things That I Want To Try Now That I'm 22

A bucket list for my 22nd year.


"I don't know about you but I'm feelin' 22," I have waited 6 long years to sing that and actually be 22! Now 22 doesn't seem like a big deal to people because you can't do anything that you couldn't do before and you're still super young. But I'm determined to make my 22nd year a year filled with new adventures and new experiences. So here's to 22.

1. Go sky diving.

What's crazier than jumping out of a plane? (Although I'll probably try indoor skydiving first.)

2. Go cliff jumping/diving.

I must be the only Rhode Islander who hasn't gone to Jamestown and jumped off a cliff.

3. Ride in a hot air balloon.

Up, up and away.

4. Try out skiing.

Cash me in the next Olympics, how bout dat.

5. Try out snow boarding.

Shawn White, I'm coming for you.

6. Go bungee jumping.

Because at least this time I'll be attached to something.

7. Go to Portugal.

I mean I'm Portuguese so I have to go at some point, right?

8. Go to Cape Verde.

Once again, I'm Cape Verdean so I have to go.

9. Vist one of the seven wonders of the world.

I mean hey, Egypt's on, my bucket list.

10. Try out surfing.

It's only natural that somebody from the Ocean State knows how to surf.

11. Learn a new langauge.

Because my little bit of Portuguese, Spanish and Latin isn't cutting it anymore.

12. Travel to a state that I've never been to before.

Fun fact: I've only been to 17 of the 50 states.

13. Go paddle boarding.

Pretty boring but I've never done it.

14. Go scuba diving.

I'm from the Ocean State so I guess I should see the ocean up close and personal.

15. Learn how to line dance.

There's actually a barn in my state that does line dancing, so this one will definitely get crossed off.

16. Go kayaking.

All this water around me and I haven't done a lot of the water activites.

17. Stay the night in a haunted hotel room.

I bet if I got my friends to come with me, it would be like the Suite Life of Zach and Cody episode, minus the ghost coming out of the wall but you never know.

18. Get my palms read.

Because who doesn't want to know their future.

19. Go to a medium.

Like a medium that can communicate with people that have died.

20. Take a helicopter ride.

Air plane: check Helicopter:....

21. Sleep under the stars.

Because sleeping in a tent is more like glamping than camping

22. Just to try new things in my everyday life.

Whether it's trying a new restaurant, getting something different at my usual restaurants, changing my usual style, going on the scary rides at amusement parks, and bringing things I used to do back into my life now.

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There is nothing wrong with enjoying a life from the comfort of your own home

Living simply is okay, too.


Now, more than ever, it seems like my Facebook and Instagram feed are filled with pictures of people studying abroad. A normal day for a college student studying abroad is filled with strolling down the streets of Italy or marveling at the lit up Eiffel Tower. For me, I am perfectly content not studying abroad, and studying in the place that I call home: Charleston, South Carolina.

I am a homebody and I love being close to friends and family and enjoying my simple life without having to fly thousands of miles across the country. I am in no way looking down on anyone that has studied abroad, but for me, staying home is the path I chose to take. It is a path of simplicity and comfortability — one in which I have found my true self.

I have learned in the past few years, I love living quite simply. A day spent outside reading or a night spent grilling out beats a night spent at a bar or club downtown. Of course, I like to spend these simple days with my closest friends and family. Spending my days with the people I love is what makes my life so special. I do not need to have a million dollar view or a trip across the country to realize that my life is filled with the things that I love. It is the simple things that matter to me in life because in the end no amount of money or material things will matter. Yes, I love hearing stories and seeing pictures of the adventures many people take, but to me, nothing beats a night at home living simply with the people I love.

Life is not about the places we visit or the money we spend, rather it is about the memories we make doing the stuff that we love. If you love traveling the world, power to you! Go out and enjoy your adventure. For me, I will enjoy this life I was given making memories at my home with the people I love.

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