All I know, is the semester has barely begun and I have already experienced my first mental breakdown. As a person who stresses constantly over the most minute things, being the over involved, extremely anxious, over achiever of a student that I am is probably detrimental to my health. This has been a part of who I am for as long as I can remember. During my senior year of high school, one of my close friends dragged me to a yoga class claiming I had no choice because I was too stressed and needed to relax. I am forever grateful she did. Yoga is just one of the many coping mechanisms for dealing with stress. For those driving a similar struggle bus as myself, hopefully one of these stress problem solvers will help you survive the semester.
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The highlights of your childhood.
The 2000s were a time that many young adults today can look back on, joyfully reminisce and somewhat cringe at the trends and the fads that we all used to love and adore. Here's a list of things from the golden 2000s that will have one feeling nostalgic about all of those times.
One of the best candies that always seemed to catch your eyes at grocery store checkouts, leaving you begging your parents to get one.
2. iPod Nanos
The coolest and most colorful way to download your favorite boy bands and Hannah Montana jams.
This magical shoe that made it fun to run errands with your parents.
4. Dance Dance Revolution.
The game that made the ultimate slumber party.
5. Silly Bandz
The more you had, the cooler you were.
6. "I love boobies" bracelets
The breast cancer bracelets that caused quite the controversy in middle schools.
7. Crimped hair
Because why wouldn't you want your hair to look as stylish as Lizzy McGuire's?
So stupid yet so funny.
9. Club penguin
You had the best pet puffles.
10. Skip Its.
Every garage had one.
11. Bratz Dolls and Polly Pockets.
What's better than oversized eyes and rubber clothing?
12. Baby Bottle Pops
Everyone's favorite cavity-causing candy.
Where you lied about your age to get on and frequently rearranged your "top friends" lists accordingly.
14. Abercrombie models
Pictures like these were hanging in your room or your Razor phone background if you are a girl, and your inspiration if you were a boy.
That creepy animal thing that everyone seemed to love.
16. Nerf guns
17. Game Cube
Where you played Mario Kart, Super Smash Brothers, and more.
18. Slip 'N' Slides
The most fun you've ever had took place on one of these things.
19. Easy Bake Ovens
Where real baking did not take place.
The sugary snack that fit perfectly in your lunch bag.
21. Nintendo DS
The life changing device you probably used to play Nintendogs.
22. Drake & Josh
You strived to be as cool as them.
A parent's worst clean-up nightmare.
24. The Sims 2
A legendary computer game.
25. Razor scooter
There was no cooler way to get around.
You wish you could be #5, but you know you're probably a #6.
There are thousands of universities around the world, and each school boasts its own traditions and slogans. Some schools pride themselves on sports, while others emphasize their research facilities. While there is a myriad of differences among each and every school, there will always these seven types of students in class.
1. The one who sits in the front rowStableDiffusion
2. The one who is always online shoppingGiphy
3. The one who always falls asleepGiphy
4. The one who never pays attentionGiphy
5. The one who never studies (but still aces the class)Giphy
6. The one who is always stressedGiphy
7. The one you've never seen beforeGiphy
God will never leave us nor forsake us
Life is hard. There is no surprise there. It’s confusing and scary and hectic, but there are some amazing qualities, too. Sometimes you feel alone and don’t know what to do. School gets in the way of what you want to do or you’re dropping friends you thought you trusted. Everyone has their moments. Everyone has felt in the lowest place and couldn’t find the strength to get back up. But I want to help with that. Here are 10 Bible verses I hope will brighten your day, or at least make you feel stronger and happier.
“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord. ‘Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you a hope and a future.’”
It is hard to know what will happen in our life and sometimes it’s scary to think about how we lack that knowledge. But God has said He has great plans for us. He knows what will happen and it is our job to trust and obey Him.
“We have this anchor for the soul, firm and secure.”
Faith can be a tricky thing. “Do I really believe in this? I can’t see God. Is He really there?” These thoughts pass through everyone’s minds at least one point in time. Faith is a huge jump. But the outcome is amazing. Faith can move mountains. We just need to challenge it and figure out what we truly believe.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
I think it’s easier to say we all get a little fearful in life. Not everything goes as planned and it shakes us up. But it’s important to remember who we’re living for and why. If we’re too afraid to do what God has commanded us to do, we might not get to this place where He needs us to be. He won’t fail us. He won’t leave us. Instead of focusing on fear, try to focus on trusting Him. I know it’s hard, but trusting Him brings us one step closer to Him and where we need to be. And in the end, it will lead to a remarkable gift.
“The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
God will never leave us nor forsake us. He is there for us in every little moment of every day. He cares for us and loves us and wants us. It’s always difficult to sit still and let God do His work, especially in a really tough time where we think we can handle things. But the truth is, we can’t. Not without Him.
“Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”
This is an amazing reminder to be still and trust in God. He has blessed us and sometimes we take it for granted without realizing it. We need to trust that He will fulfill the promises He has given us. If we take a step back and look at the whole picture, we will realize He has been there for every little thing. He is there and wants us to hear Him. If we believe with all our heart that God will forever and always be there for us, then we will be able to trust Him. What is a better gift there than God? Let go and let God.
“From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”
We all grow weak and weary. We need rest and faith that whatever we are going through, God will guide us. When we’re overwhelmed, it’s easy to shut our emotions off. But instead, we should give it to God. That doesn’t mean give it to Him and forget about it and think it is no longer our problem. Give it to Him and continually pray for it. Ask Him to guide us to that rock and help us defeat this trial.
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
It is easy to worry and focus on the things going wrong rather than the things going right. When we worry, we are draining ourselves, leaving us tired and weary. And that is exactly what the devil wants. He whispers in our ears all the negative aspects of a day, which can easily lead to anxiety and worry. Be strong and try to focus on the positive things. It’s better to focus on at least one positive thought amongst a thousand negative ones instead of focusing wholly on the negative.
2 Corinthians 5:7
“For we walk by faith, not by sight.”
Faith is built on trust and love, even if we can’t see anything. In some cases, we might not think God is there simply because we can’t see Him. But He is there. We just need help looking at the bigger picture. Having faith isn’t something we say to try and convince ourselves that God is real and alive. It means we are taking a leap into this world, His world, even if we don’t know all the information. It’s okay to doubt sometimes, just as long as it doesn’t keep you from believing in our Savior. Faith is a heart thing. Why say we have a faith when deep down we know we don’t? We need to take that leap and remember that God will be there to catch us. He always has and always will.
"How'd You Sleep?" "Great, I got a full 40 minutes."
Finals, the time we all dread. Amidst trying to juggle a social life, lack of sleep, exams, essays, and classes, it can be more than overwhelming to juggle this crazy season of life. Thankfully, Elf gets it. Here's 15 feels of finals week before winter break, as told by Buddy the Elf:
When someone asks, "How'd you sleep?"
Anything greater than zero is a good night.
Checking your grades online.
Honestly a lot like being hit by a taxi.
Apologizing to your parents in advance for your GPA.
The perfect apology for any injustice, really.
When your professor assigns another assignment on top of your finals schedule and suddenly you're trying to manage 100 responsibilities.
IT'S FINE I'M FINE EVERYTHING'S FINE.
Stress Eating Everything In Sight.
PopTarts, Spaghetti, Marshmallows, Candy Corn….and Syrup.
Kissing up to the professor for the sake of your grade.
Works like a charm.
When someone tells you that finals aren’t that bad.
When your professor gets mad at your class for not turning something in on time
A very angry elf.
Realizing you forgot to do an assignment.
Sheer, paralyzing panic.
Having your sixth cup of coffee for the day.
*Pours in a bottle of syrup for the extra sugar boost.*
Nearing the end and making plans with your friends for when you get home:
Only the essentials.
Crushing the final you thought you'd fail.
Failing the final you thought you'd crush.
*Faceplant, broken limb, sadness.*
Finally being finished.
Self-assuring yourself in the aftermath of finals, verbally and physically.
Now go take a nap and stress-eat some Christmas Cookies. You’ve earned it.
Navigating the Season's Upsides and Downsides
Personally, Autumn is one of my favorite seasons. The air is crisp but not too cold, there is so much to do, and you're not collapsing from the heat. I asked some friends and family what their favorite and least favorite parts of Fall. Below is the list I put together:
1. Pro: Leaves change color
The scenery changes from green leaves to orange, red, and yellow. The atmosphere brightens from the color change but dulls from the fog. It is a peaceful medium.
2. Pro: Clothes get cozier
Sweaters and long sleeves are starting to be worn without dying from the heat. However, shorts are still wearable without your legs freezing. Throw on shorts and a long sleeve shirt and you’ll feel comfortable in what you're wearing all day.
3. Pro: Football!
Football is one of the best sports in the Fall. The tailgates create a closer community and the games bring students together while they cheer on their favorite teams. All in all, they create a lot of memories for everyone.
4. Pro: Peaceful walks
The air gets so cool, the wind is crisp all making long walks bearable. If you walk at night, you’ve probably seen a harvest moon - it is the best looking moon ever. The sky is clear and the moon is orange as if a pumpkin was sitting in the sky.
5. Pro: Fun fall activities
Apple Picking is one of the most fun activities to do with a group of friends, your family, or even on a date. Another great fall activity is carving pumpkins. I remember when my brothers and I would sit at our kitchen table and carve pumpkins the day before Halloween. It was always so much fun.
6. Pro: Start of holidays
When fall rolls around so do the holidays that follow: Halloween is right around the corner and then Thanksgiving is next, the day where you can eat as much as you want without being judged. However, always remember the meaning behind this holiday. While you shove food in your face, remember to be thankful.
7. Con: Allergies and colds
As the cool weather begins, the colds and allergies follow in its track. No one likes being sick especially in such a great season. Allergies are definitely a con.
8. Con: Inconsistent weather
During Fall, there is nice crisp weather in the morning then as the day goes on it gets hotter and hotter. At night, it is very cold compared to earlier that day. The weather fluctuates too much which makes choosing an outfit pretty difficult.
9. Con: Raking leaves
This is a chore that is not fun for anyone. Once you have all of the leaves picked up, you want to jump in the pile, spreading out the leaves again just so you can jump back in. It is torturous cycle.
10. Con: Summer is over and winter is coming
Winter is without a doubt my least favorite season. I get cold very fast and I don’t like it. During fall I can bear the cold weather because it is not completely freezing, it’s cool– there’s a difference.
1. Brittany Morgan, National Writer's Society
2. Radhi, SUNY Stony Brook
3. Kristen Haddox, Penn State University
4. Jennifer Kustanovich, SUNY Stony Brook
5. Clare Regelbrugge, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign