22 Reasons Why College Students Should Be Proud of Themselves

22 Reasons Why College Students Should Be Proud of Themselves

No matter what your major is the facts don't lie: college is hard af. There are so many reasons to be proud of yourself while we all are on this struggle bus together.

1. If you eat the same cafeteria-style food every. single. day. yet manage to survive

You never think you'll get tired of cheeseburgers and pizza; but, it happens to everyone. Be proud if you survive on the same three meals for 16 weeks.

2. If you have an 8 a.m.

In high school, going to school at 8 AM seems like a breeze. Motivation is at an all-time low for college students in the mornings.

3. If you take tests in lecture halls with 300+ students surrounding you

Because what's worse than taking a test? Taking a test in a huge lecture hall with a bunch of people you don't know, making distracting noises while you are trying to concentrate.

4. If you wake up and go to class without getting a sufficient amount of sleep

When you have a bad case of FOMO and a hard major, instead of skipping studying or fun, you become a sleep-deprived college student.

5. If you got more than 6 hours of sleep last night

Let's be honest: this doesn't actually happen.

6. If you didn't cry today

Mental breakdowns can happen anywhere, anytime on campus.

7. If you didn't walk in front of a car in attempt to avoid class or get free tuition

The sad truth is that we all have those days where we think "If I break a couple bones, I won't have to go to class. I can lay in bed and watch tv without feeling guilty." Congrats if you didn't execute those tempting thoughts.

8. If you attempted to be physically active this week

Trying to keep the weight off in college is a definite challenge. If you try to hit the gym every once in awhile, be proud.

9. If your only physical activity was walking to class

Let's be realistic- going to class with books that weigh more than us on our back is more than enough exercise for a lifetime

10. If you got a 4.0 last semester

Being a straight A student is a huge accomplishment; especially in grades 13-16.

11. If you got a 2.0 last semester

Being a college student is not easy by any means. Be proud of the classes you pass and the classes you attempted to take. Be proud of your GPA that you worked for.

12. If you don't get homesick

Learning to embrace the college life and can be a challenge. Be happy for yourself if you're one of those people who consume the college experience and make it their own.

13. If you had to go home every weekend because you missed your dog too much.

You can only stay away from the love of your life for so long. Getting home sick isn't something to be ashamed of. Be proud of where you come from and the fact that you have a wonderful life back home.

14. If you got an A on a midterm

If you finally ace a midterm that you studied for hours, be proud of yourself. In college, even the "blow off" classes aren't easy.

15. If you failed a midterm

Don't ever give up. It doesn't matter how many times you fall; what matter is how many times you get back up.

16. If you've decided your major and you're sticking to it

Deciding what you want to be when you grow up is a big decision. Be proud if you have your life planned out!

17. If you switched your major or have no clue what you want to be when you grow up

We are young. You do not have to know what you want to do for the rest of your life at 18 years old.

18. If you're barely scraping by but you're making it

College students are broke AF. Congratulations on making it through the stress and the struggle.

19. If you cannot understand a single word out of your lab TA's mouth, but you still haven't given up yet

Try to refrain from asking "aca-scuse me?" too many times.

20. If you watched a whole series of Netflix today

Binge watching Netflix while staying on top of your studies is not easy. Only talented people can achieve these types of propositions.

21. If you're involved in clubs, organizations, Greek life, etc.

If you have branched out to better yourself in an organization, then you should be proud. College isn't just about grades. It's about forming yourself into a better you.

22. If you are attending any college at this moment

College is freaking hard. Be proud through the struggle — this means that you're making an effort. Do not ever give up on your dreams, and never give up on yourself.

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7 Reasons Why Literature Is So Important

"Literature Is One Of The Most Interesting And Significant Expressions Of Humanity." -P. T. Barnum

Today, there are too many people who believe that literature is simply not important or underestimate its abilities to stand the test of time and give us great knowledge. There is a stigma in society that implies one who is more inclined toward science and math will somehow be more successful in life, and that one who is more passionate toward literature and other art forms will be destined to a life of low-paying jobs and unsatisfying careers. Somewhere along the line, the world has come to think that literature is insignificant. To me, however, literature serves as a gateway to learning of the past and expanding my knowledge and understanding of the world. Here are just a few reasons why literature is important.

1. Expanding horizons

First and foremost, literature opens our eyes and makes us see more than just what the front door shows. It helps us realize the wide world outside, surrounding us. With this, we begin to learn, ask questions, and build our intuitions and instincts. We expand our minds.

2. Building critical thinking skills

Many of us learn what critical thinking is in our language arts classes. When we read, we learn to look between the lines. We are taught to find symbols, make connections, find themes, learn about characters. Reading expands these skills, and we begin to look at a sentence with a larger sense of detail and depth and realize the importance of hidden meanings so that we may come to a conclusion.

3. A leap into the past

History and literature are entwined with each other. History is not just about power struggles, wars, names, and dates. It is about people who are products of their time, with their own lives. Today the world is nothing like it was in the 15th century; people have changed largely. Without literature, we would not know about our past, our families, the people who came before and walked on the same ground as us.

4. Appreciation for other cultures and beliefs

Reading about history, anthropology, or religious studies provides a method of learning about cultures and beliefs other than our own. It allows you to understand and experience these other systems of living and other worlds. We get a view of the inside looking out, a personal view and insight into the minds and reasoning of someone else. We can learn, understand, and appreciate it.

5. Better writing skills

When you open a book, when your eyes read the words and you take in its contents, do you ask yourself: How did this person imagine and write this? Well, many of those authors, poets, or playwrights used literature to expand their writing.

6. Addressing humanity

All literature, whether it be poems, essays, novels, or short stories, helps us address human nature and conditions which affect all people. These may be the need for growth, doubts and fears of success and failure, the need for friends and family, the goodness of compassion and empathy, trust, or the realization of imperfection. We learn that imperfection is not always bad and that normal can be boring. We learn that life must be lived to the fullest. We need literature in order to connect with our own humanity.

Literature is important and necessary. It provides growth, strengthens our minds and gives us the ability to think outside the box.

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I Made Emma Chamberlain's Mediocre Vegan Cookies, And They're Pretty Incredible

Emma and her vegan cookies have made their way into my heart, and are here to stay.


One day, I went down the black hole that is 'YouTube at 3 am' and discovered my favorite social media influencer of all time: Emma Chamberlain. I started binge watching her videos every night for about a week, where I came across her "Cooking With Emma" series. I decided that I wanted to give her vegan antics a go for myself.

I've never cooked or baked anything with the intention of it being vegan, so not only is that new territory for me, but I've never even eaten a vegan cookie. The only reason I'm doing this is because Emma did, and she is aesthetic goals.

To start the journey of vegan baking, I took to Pinterest, just like Emma, and found this recipe to use. Although the video that inspired all of this used a gluten free recipe, I opted for only vegan, because I'm allergic to most of the ingredients that make things gluten-free.

In true Emma style, I used a whisk to combine the wet ingredients together, making sure to use her special technique.

Then, I did the same thing with the dry ingredients.

After that, I dumped everything together and combined all of the ingredients.

Once they were combined, I chopped up a vegan chocolate bar, because Emma and I like chocolate chunk cookies, not chocolate chip, there's a difference.

Now that everything is combined, I made balls of dough and stuck it on a pan, and baked them while I binged more Emma, because what else would I be doing in my spare time?

The recipe said to make the balls a lot smaller, but we aren't perfect, so I made them gigantic. In my head, I thought the worst thing that could happen was it turn into one big cookie, but that's a whole other video you need to watch.

I took them out of the oven, and they were brown on the top, but still a little doughy. At this point I was tired of waiting and eager to eat them, so I disappointingly set them aside to cool, which only lasted a minute or so before I snagged one up to try.

The taste was definitely one I've never associated with cookies, and came to the conclusion that if I decided to go vegan, it would be doable with these cookies and Emma Chamberlain by my side.

Emma inspired me to get out of my comfort zone, which is a reoccurring theme throughout her channel, and I'm happy to be apart of it. She taught me that even if mediocre cookies is all you have, eat them with pride because you made them yourself.

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