217 Words About What 2017 Has Taught Me

217 Words About What 2017 Has Taught Me

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It’s become more and more apparent to me the effects of each year. When I was little the years used to just fly by. Of course, there were exciting parts about each such as the holidays, birthdays, graduations, etc., but as I have grown up I have started to notice more rewarding parts about each new year.

With every 365 days comes a new lesson. Looking back on this past year there have been many lessons I have learned whether the hard or easy way, but I am grateful for them all. I take my mistakes as opportunities to grow and my successes as humbling experiences to keep me motivated. All the ins and outs of this past year have made me a better human.

One of the biggest lessons I have learned this past year is that it is entirely okay to be on your own. I don't mean isolating yourself in a cold black room. I mean its okay to not be in a relationship, to not be surrounded by people 24/7, to not desire constant human attention. In fact, it can make you learn more about yourself and become a more independent individual. You will be able to survive if you are left alone for a few hours. You don't need a significant other to assure you that you are loved and worth something in this world. You don't need your friends to be constantly granting you social acceptance. You are enough.

I also learned that people change. The people around you, the people closest to you, and yourself. It is part of human nature to be constantly changing, to survive, and to adapt. All of which happens many times throughout a person’s life. You may have been into the Snooki poof in 8th grade but now you enjoy more tousled curls. You may have agreed with someone about politics before this election, but you no longer speak now. You may have outgrown people you used to place on a pedestal. No matter who or what changes around you, it is part of a greater plan and will be used to better you in a way unknown to you.

Speaking of plans, I’ve learned this past year that God has a much larger one than we may create for ourselves. It’s hard to trust that the trials and tribulations you experience are supposed to be a part of your journey, but with time you will learn that our lives aren’t ours. We live in accordance to a being who has a lot more in store for us than we could ever even dream of.

Thank you 2017 for schooling me in life. I can genuinely say you will be missed, but I am excited to see what 2018 has in store for me.

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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.
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Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.


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15 Ideas For A Spring Break 'Staycation' In Your Hometown

For those not headed to Myrtle Beach, here are plenty of things for you to do.

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Spring break always comes at a much-needed point in the spring semester. Midterms are happening and everyone is just ready to cool down for a few before finishing out the year. If you're like me and never end up going anywhere for spring break, then sometimes it can get kind of boring without much to do. Fear not, this year I have plenty of plans for your staycation in your hometown. You'll have too much to do and not enough time to do it.

1. Hang out with your old friends

If you're lucky enough that your spring break lines up with your old friends' spring breaks, then definitely hit them up! Even if you aren't as close as you used to be, it can still be fun to catch up and see how everyone's life is going.

2. Check off some books from your to-read list

If you're like me, you have a to-read list that's miles longer than the time in your schedule. Take this break and check off one or two of them.

3. Or check movies and shows off of your to-watch list

Again, it always seems like there are so many interesting movies out there, but never enough time to watch them. Gather your friends or family and have a movie night.

4. Go see a musical or a play

Local theatre can sometimes be the best theatre. Look up shows in your area and hopefully, you get lucky with a good one.

5. Go for a picnic

Grab a friend and take your lunch outside. This can be a fun idea to do at a park, a beach, or just anywhere outside your house. Picnics are extremely underrated. Let's bring them back.

6. Go stargazing/starspinning

Take a trip outside on a clear night and check out the constellations. If you don't get sick easily as well, try starspinning. I learned it at camp back in the day. Spin in several circles and then look up at the stars and it appears the sky is moving. It's cool to do a few times.

7. Go to the movies

I almost never have time to go to the movies during the semester, but as soon as I have a break, it's the first place I want to go. It's so fun to see the new movies that everyone is talking about and to enjoy some delicious movie theater popcorn while I'm at it.

8. Go out for brunch

Brunch is vastly under-appreciated. It's the perfect time of day and there are plenty of great brunch deals that restaurants offer. Hit the town and find them.

9. Check out a coffee house

I love coffee shops, but I still find them hidden in corners nearby that I've never seen before. Find some of these hidden gems and enjoy what they have to offer. You could find your new favorite place.

10. Go to an aquarium

The Toledo Zoo has a killer aquarium that's worth checking out at any time of the year. There are so many cool things to see and do inside.

11. Go bowling

I haven't been bowling in years, but it's always a good time to go after you haven't for a while. Grab a ball and some atrocious shoes and knock those pins out of your way.

12. Dave and Buster's

This is a bit on the pricier side of things to do, but I've never NOT had fun at Dave and Buster's. They have good food, fun games, and a cool atmosphere.

13. Take a day trip to a big city near you

For me, this would be Detroit. Go be a tourist at a nearby city. There's plenty to do in places like Detroit and so many different things to see.

14. Take a trip to Costco on the weekends

There is no better place to get free samples than Costco. They have literally given out full slices of pizza and wings while I've been there. Take a lap or two around Costco and you have a fun lunch trip.

15. Get bubble tea

Bubble tea is probably the greatest invention of our generation. Find a local bubble tea place and enjoy the time of your life.

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