20 Life Lessons 'New Girl' Taught Me

20 Life Lessons 'New Girl' Taught Me

This show is good for much more than laughs.
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If you're looking for one of those shows that makes you laugh hysterically while you're in a room by yourself, "New Girl" is what you need in your life. Not only do Nick, Winston, Jess, Schmidt, and Cece make you laugh until your mascara is running down your face, but they also bring some impressive insights to life and the curveballs it tends to throw at you. Here are 20 life lessons that will help you get through the toughest of situations.


1. Everyone has their weird quirks, and deep, dark secrets.

That's what keeps people interesting. If you're embarrassed about something that you've done, I guarantee someone around the world has done something much more mortifying. And if you think that you're some kind of weirdo, you probably are, but there are people out there much weirder than you, like me!


2. If you've always felt like a grandparent trapped in a 20 year-old's body, you're not alone.

The good news is that you will grow into your "mental age..." eventually.


3. What can I say, Cece knows best.

Well, I guess there are a few things that're less sexy than that.....


4. It's all about baby steps.

If you're trying to work towards a goal, it's all about the smaller steps that lead to the big ones! Don't be discouraged when you're not seeing progress right off the bat. I mean, Rome wasn't built in a day.... Am I right, or am I right?


5. Take it upon yourself to learn something new every day.

We live in a society where we can access almost anything at the touch of button, so take advantage of that. Read a new book, watch a documentary, or talk to a stranger while you're waiting in the Starbucks line.


6. Face your problems.

You might think that you can avoid whatever problem you're dealing with, but sooner or later that will have a consequence, and that consequence will be 100 times worse than the initial problem. Getting it taken care of right away will save you so much inner turmoil and stress!


7. Don't underestimate yourself.

You know yourself better than anyone, and you're capable of much more than you think you are.


8. Happy Hour was invented for a reason.


9. You have the ability to change your situation.

If you don't like the way something is in your life, change it. If you don't like your job, or you're having trouble with school, or you're unsure of your career path, change it. Yes, change requires some work and venturing into new territory, but you don't want to go through life with the big "what if?"


10. It's all about perspective.


11. You're not the only one who can't tell the dessert fork from the salad fork.

From left to right it goes: salad fork, dinner fork, and dessert fork. You're welcome!


12. It's OK to take time for yourself.


If you need a day of solitude, don't let anyone take that away from you. Everyone needs a day or so to recharge their batteries, so don't feel guilty about not wanting to go out to lunch with your best friend today.


13. I couldn't have said it better myself.

Schmidt has such a way with words...


14. Don't let anyone make you feel like you have to hide your crazy.


15. Don't underestimate the power of proper grammar.

Do I really need to get into to proper uses of "your," "you're," "there," and "their?"


16. People will hurt you...

You just have to decide if you're going to put up with it, or show them the door.


17. Don't even try to tell me that you don't blurt out Adele's new song on your way to class like you're the new Mariah Carey.


18. Just because you haven't found the right person now doesn't mean that you won't ever find them.


19. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion.

You don't have to accept their opinion, but you do have to acknowledge it. Just remember, your perspective is not the only perspective.


20. No you won't, I promise.

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What Your Hogwarts House Says About You

Get yourself sorted and find out where you belong in the world of witchcraft and wizardry.
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Sorting at Hogwarts is a big deal. Being sorted into a house is essentially being placed into a family while you are away from home learning about witchcraft and wizardry. Your house is made up of the people you will live with, go to classes with, play Quidditch with and everything in between. You basically spend 24/7 with them. Your Hogwarts house is your home away from home.

When you get sorted into a house, it is based on your personality traits. The people in your house are typically like-minded people who display the same characteristics as you.

When you’re a first year at Hogwarts, the minute you set foot in the castle you are swept into the Great Hall to have the ancient Sorting Hat placed on your head. This Sorting Hat decides which “family” you’ll be spending your seven years with.

For some, it is very obvious which house they will be in, due to certain personality traits they possess. For others, they may exemplify traits that fit a multitude of houses and are uncertain where they may end up.

To find out where you belong, you can take the official "Harry Potter" Sorting Hat quiz at Pottermore.com. For all you muggles out there, these are the characteristics that the houses possess and what your house says about you:

Gryffindor: The house of the brave, loyal, courageous, adventurous, daring and chivalrous. Those who stand up for others are typically Gryffindors. Brave-hearted is the most well-known Gryffindor characteristic, and Gryffindors are also known for having a lot of nerve.

Gryffindors are people who hold a multitude of qualities alongside the ones listed, making them a very well-rounded house. People who are Gryffindors are often people who could fit nicely into another house but choose to tell the sorting hat they want Gryffindor (there's that bravery). "Do what is right" is the motto Gryffindors go by.

Being a Gryffindor means that you're probably the adventurous and courageous friend, and you are usually known for doing what is right.

Ravenclaw: The house is known for their wisdom, intelligence, creativity, cleverness and knowledge. Those who value brains over brawn can be found here. Ravenclaws often tend to be quite quirky as well. "Do what is wise" is the motto they strive to follow.

Though Ravenclaws can be know-it-alls sometimes, they most likely do know what the wisest decision is.

If you are known for being the quirky friend, the smartest in the group or just great at making wise decisions, you're definitely a Ravenclaw.

Hufflepuff: This house values hard work, dedication, fair play, patience, and loyalty. Hufflepuff’s are known for being just and true. "Do what is nice" is their motto.

Hufflepuff is known as the “nice house” and believes strongly in sparing peoples feelings and being kind. This is not to say that Hufflepuffs aren't smart or courageous. Hufflepuffs just enjoy making others happy and tend to be more patient towards people.

If you ever find that you are too nice for your own good and cannot bear to hurt someone’s feelings, congratulations, you are a Hufflepuff.

Slytherin: This is the house of the cunning, prideful, resourceful, ambitious, intelligent, and determined. Slytherin's love to be in charge and crave leadership. "Do what is necessary" is the motto of this house.

Slytherin is a fairly well-rounded house, similar to the other houses. They are loyal to those that are loyal to them just as Gryffindors are and are intelligent as Ravenclaws.

Slytherin house as a whole is not evil, despite how many dark wizards come out of this house. That is merely based on the choices of those wizards (so if your friend is a Slytherin, don’t judge, it doesn’t mean they are mean people). Slytherins do, however, have a tendency to be arrogant or prideful. This is most likely due to the fact that everyone in Slytherin is exceedingly proud to be there.

What Hogwarts house you’re in says a lot about the person you are, the traits you possess and how you may act in some situations. But in the end, your house is really just your home that is always there for you. Always.


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How Art Can Help You Take Care Of Yourself

It's time to go on a date with yourself.

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Art is a quintessential part of the human experience: it has something that has been present in human culture beginning from prehistoric times, from when human consciousness first entered the world. It is also something that transcends definition and intertwines with our play of life and the meaning of humanity. Art is an expression of feeling in its most ethereal meaning and "for fun" at its most basic.

Personally, as an Art History minor, art has been a dimension of life for me that I have explored deeply and holds a lot of meaning. Painting is a huge outlet and way to deal with stress for me, and appreciating fine art teaches me about the aspect of history and how all of history is tied together throughout paintings, sculptures, and photographs. It helps me center myself and remind me of the place I hold in this world and the curious aspect personal experience of history. However, art doesn't need to be the stereotypical idea of art: it can be expressed through dance, the learning of a new language, or the coloring of mandalas to ease stress.

The exploration of art and the artistic side of human nature is something that everyone has in them: it's written in our psychology. We have an entire side of our brain that is inclined toward feeling and abstract interpretation, so it's natural to assume that emotion and expression of art are intrinsically intertwined. Thus, experiencing art is a way to personally develop yourself, and can be an unfound way of finding out things about yourself.

Different ways to explore your artistic side can be very easy: as easy as 3rd-grade coloring books, coloring mandalas, or finger-painting. Recently, I participated in a lantern festival and being able to paint a small lantern was an amazing outlet from a stress-filled week and allowed me to express myself through something besides just communication. Writing is also another good way to express emotion and create art: many books are just art pieces, and can be another way to further develop yourself. Additionally, other small fun things like carving pumpkins (spooky season!) or even curating the perfect Instagram profile can be another way to express yourself.

Appreciating the small things in your life as art and self-expression help put you more in touch with yourself, which is easy to lose throughout the mundane cycles of college, work, and life in general. Keeping yourself in harmony and balance might seem like an earthy-crunchy concept, but self-care and self-love are vital in keeping the rest of your life ordered. Being mindful of yourself and your goals is something that I have always have had difficulty with, but working toward learning more about yourself is taking the first step.

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