20 Things To Remember You Have To Look Forward To, When It Feels Like There's Nothing

20 Things To Remember You Have To Look Forward To, When It Feels Like There's Nothing

Think about it- you're currently one day closer to your next plate of nachos.

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Towards the middle of the semester, it's easy to get overwhelmed and anxious.

Assignments begin to pile up, it seems like there are non-stop tests, and professor assign longer and longer essays. The workload exponentially multiplies week by week. Plain and simple, it's stressful. You sleep less, begin to survive off of instant ramen and cheap coffee, and spend all your free time studying. Worries can pile up, and often, you end up feeling like there's no light at the end of the tunnel. However, no matter how bad things may seem, there's always something good somewhere in the future. That is to say, you always have something to look forward to.

Here are some examples:

1. Your next plate (or platter) of nachos (or fries, or mozzarella sticks, or onion rings...).

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2. The next dog you'll get to pet.

3. Or the next cat

4. Your next fun night out with friends.

5. Your next vacation.

6. The next perfect grade you get on a test, essay, or project.

7. Your next ice cream sundae or other sweet treat.

8. The next beautiful sunset you'll get to see.

9. Or the next beautiful sunrise.

10. The next holiday you'll celebrate with loved ones.

11. Seeing and spending time with your pets when you come home.

12. Your next birthday and birthday party.

13. The next amazing concert you'll experience.

14. The next time you'll hang out with your best friend.

15. The next time you'll get to eat your favorite food.

16. The next amazing date you'll go on.

17. The next joke you'll hear that will make you laugh so hard you cry.

18. The next time you'll re-read your favorite book.

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19. The next time you'll get to sleep in.

20. How eventually, you'll feel stress-free and 100% happy.

So don't worry. Take a deep breath, grab some coffee, tea, or water, and start tackling your assignments. I promise, eventually you'll get through all your work and things will feel less hectic and overwhelming. While life can definitely get stressful at times, difficult times won't last forever. Life isn't always all smooth sailing and sunny skies, but the good times often outweigh the bad. No matter how stressful midterms get, remember: you got this, and things will begin to get better soon. Life is full of ups and downs, and with every low point, a high point is somewhere around the corner. No matter how bad things seem now, better times are sure to come.

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A Letter To My Freshman Dorm Room As I Pack Up My Things

Somehow a 15' x 12' room became a home.

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Dear Geary 411,

With your creaky beds, concrete walls, and mismatched tile floors, you are easily overlooked as just another room we were randomly assigned to— but you were different. Inside your old walls, I have made some of the best memories of my life that I will hold on to forever.

Thank you for welcoming my neighbors in with open arms who quickly became friends who didn't knock and walked in like you were their own.

I feel like an apology is needed.

We're sorry for blaring the music so loud while getting ready and acting like we can actually sing when, in reality, we know we can't. Sorry for the dance parties that got a bit out of control and ended with us standing on the desks. Sorry for the cases of the late-night giggles that came out of nowhere and just would not go away. Sorry for the homesick cries and the "I failed my test" cries and the "I'm dropping out" cries. We're sorry for hating you at first. All we saw was a tiny and insanely hot room, we had no idea what you would bring to us.

Thank you for providing me with memories of my first college friends and college experiences.

As I stand at the door looking at the bare room that I first walked into nine months ago I see so much more than just a room. I see lots and lots of dinners being eaten at the desks filled with stories of our days. I see three girls sitting on the floor laughing at God knows what. I see late night ice cream runs and dance battles. I see long nights of homework and much-needed naps. Most importantly, I look at the bed and see a girl who sat and watched her parents leave in August and was absolutely terrified, and as I lock you up for the last time today, I am so proud of who that terrified girl is now and how much she has grown.

Thank you for being a space where I could grow, where I was tested physically, mentally and emotionally and for being my home for a year.

Sincerely,

A girl who is sad to go

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What I Wish I Knew About Life After High School Before I Had To Live It

Life after high school isn't always what you expected it to be.

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So you're about to graduate high school and you think you have it all figured out. You and your best friends are going to stay close throughout college and you're going to take those long road trips in college to see each other. Think again.

Life after high school isn't always what you want it to be. You think you'll miss high school, you'll always be close with your high school besties, and you'll have all this free time in college. That's just not entirely true. I personally do not miss high school. I don't really talk to anyone I went to high school with on a regular basis, and I'm totally OK with that. I have friends in college that I believe will be my lifelong friends whereas my friends in high school didn't make an effort to keep in contact with me after high school.

I haven't had all the free time I've dreamed of in college, because I'm busy with school and meetings. When I'm not doing homework, I'm making sure the rest of my life is in order and all my stuff for school is in line. I'm not the crazy party girl that people think I am because of where I go to school. I'd rather sit in bed and watch Netflix than go out with my friends. I'm not a 4.0 student, but I work so hard in my classes just to make sure that I'm passing. I study a week before tests and still don't always make A's. And that's OK. It's not what I expected during my college years, but it's what's happening, and most of my friends are the same way.

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Just know that life in college isn't all easy, breezy, and beautiful like Covergirl. It's hard and you will struggle whether it be in school or with your friends. College isn't always complete freedom. You'll be tied down with school and life and you won't have the free time that you always imagined. You won't always be best friends with your high school friends. You won't be taking those road trips because you won't be able to afford them, and if you're like me, your parents won't let you.

College won't be exactly what you dreamed it'll be, but it'll be some of the best years of your life.

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