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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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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From One Nerd To Another

My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.

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Aside from reading Guy Harrison's guide to eliminating scientific ignorance called, "At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life" and, "The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer" by Charles Graeber, an informative and emotional historical account explaining the potential use of our own immune systems to cure cancer, I read articles and worked on my own writing in order to keep learning while enjoying my winter break back in December. I also took a trip to the Guggenheim Museum.


I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.


I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.


As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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