25 Things Millennials Needed To Learn In 2017

25 Things Millennials Needed To Learn In 2017

Never underestimate the power of a simple smile.

A common practice as the year is coming to an end is to reflect on all that has happened over the last 11.5 months.

A lot happened in 2017 that were learning moments — both good and bad. One of the things that I have noticed most this year is how much I have learned and have changed from what I have learned from other people.

I decided to reach out to 25 different people to create a list of things that they learned. Hopefully it will help you reflect on what you've learned in 2017, too.

1. People come and go. Keep those who you really love close to you and you'll have good friends forever.

2. We have to try our hardest to live in the moment and appreciate what we have all the time because we never know when it's going to change or be taken away.

3. Guidance counselors can be your best friend when applying to college.

4. Do what works best for you and don't care what others are expecting of you. Staying clear of their thoughts only makes you happier in the long-run and keeps you focused on the things that you want to accomplish in your life.

5. I’ve learned how important smiles and saying "hello" are.

6. Sometimes it’s OK to be a little “selfish” and to take care of yourself before you help and take care of others. Oftentimes, I have a problem with donating a lot of my time to helping others, which I love to do, but I forget to take care of myself. I’ve learned that it’s OK to make yourself a priority sometimes and be a little “selfish” by saying no to tutoring a friend so that you can have lunch that day. It’s like on an airplane, you have to help yourself before you can really help others and make a difference.

7. You have to be gentle with yourself. It's easy to get caught up with "I could've done this better" or "I should have done that", but at the end of the day, you're doing the best that you can and you should be proud of yourself for that.

8. Everyone in college is looking to make friends and are just as nervous as you are. As dumb as it sounds, if you be yourself, you’ll find others that will appreciate who you are.

9. If you feel like you are biting off more than you can chew, you probably are. Don't overwhelm yourself/overextend yourself. Find one or two clubs that you like and join them. You will be busy with your schoolwork.

10. I like the saying, “It seems impossible until it’s done.” I’ve learned that many things in college, especially nursing school, seem impossible to complete and accomplish, but somehow you just push through, work hard and get it done. Then you look back and think, “Remember when I thought I couldn’t do that?” You did do it, though. Believe in yourself and you can accomplish anything.

11. It is important to stand up for what you believe in.

12. Constantly push yourself to try new things and break your boundaries. You may find new interests, meet new people and make some of the best memories possible.

13. Surround yourself with good friends that will always be there for you no matter what.

14. The importance of focusing more on myself and taking some "me" time. It's important to step back from our crazy schedules to watch Netflix for a half hour or take a nap. It really relaxes you and keeps you focused to continue with homework.

15. Forgiveness

16. Relying on, and opening up, to other people feels good and makes life better.

17. I learned not only about myself, but also about other people. We are all more alike than we think and we all deserve to feel loved and appreciated.

18. Putting yourself first sometimes is not a selfish thing to do.

19. Being different is not a bad thing, so it’s best to follow your heart in everything that you do.

20. It’s important to make connections; with a person you’ve seen in passing at Happy Hour, with a professor who said something that peaked your interest in office hours or with a staff member who makes really good banana bread in the dining hall. I’ve learned to take advantage of the time to learn the stories of as many people as I can. Through their stories, I learn more about myself.

21. The most important thing that I learned was to be yourself. Coming into college, I was really nervous about making friends and thought that I couldn't do certain things that I liked doing in high school (like Campus Ministry). However, because I did them and was myself, I met the nicest people and friends that I know I'll have for the rest of my life.

22. I learned how to be more independent and to be open to meeting a lot of people.

23. The past year has taught me that it’s OK when life doesn’t go according to the plan that you may have for yourself. Looking back over the past year, the lesson was a consistent theme. My first job (that I was NOT excited about) led me to my current job, which is a dream. My living situation will change in a matter of months because I had a great friend recently move to my city. Also, grad school? I’m about to graduate in May! So everything does happen for a reason. It’s OK when the plan doesn’t go accordingly.

24. Take advantages of the classes at the RecPlex.

25. Everything happens for a reason. As much as that reason might stink, more often than not, there is something that we can learn from it and use to grow and to better understand ourselves.

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15 Thoughts Every Girl Has In A Tanning Bed

"Haha, imagine if I got stuck."

If you have ever been in a tanning bed, you know it is easily the most boring 10 minutes of your life, and some beds are even longer than that! Unless you have a really good playlist of songs or you can take a quick nap, you usually just lay there, staring at the lights while the bed whirs and colors your skin. Here's just a few thoughts every girl has while in a tanning bed:

1) I hope I put enough lotion on... maybe I should get out and put on more...

No matter how much you think you used, you should always use more. Somehow it's better and you get more tan.

2) Maybe if I keep the fan on I'll sweat more and burn more calories….Okay nope can't do it with the fan on.

It gets way too hot in these beds to have that fan off, no matter how many calories you could burn.

3) Maybe if I put the towel under my head, I can make a little pillow!

And when there are no towels? Well, that is just a disaster and you have to make do with your hair or shirt.

4) Haha, imagine if I got stuck.

Whenever this thought crosses my mind, I have to lift the bed a little bit to make sure it'll still open and will let me out.

5) Do you think I'm tan yet?

No, 10 minutes is not enough time to become a new shade.

6) Do you think they cleaned this bed? They have to, right?

Although it is on their list of things they have to do, you always wipe it down right before you get in anyway. Just to be sure...

7) Let me put this in my Snapchat story! Cute little emoji... perfect!

Every girl has done this picture at least once.

8) Do you think they can hear me singing? Oh well...

The employees will be getting their own personal rock show today!

9) Is it illegal to tan twice in one day?

Yes, yes it is,...though it doesn't stop you from thinking you can get away with it though.

10) If I don't move, I can't get weird tan lines.

I speak from experience that this is not a true fact though it doesn't stop me from testing it out.

11) I hope my goggles don't give me a raccoon tan.

One can only pray...

12) I've only been in here for five minutes, are you serious?

Beauty and perfection take time!

13) $80 lotion are they serious? Oh my gosh, it smells like pina coladas! Okay, yes, I'm buying a bottle.

Lotions are ridiculously overpriced, but that will not stop you from having the nicest smelling one, like Snooki's brand... because of Snooki.

14) Am I even getting tan? Is this doing anything?

Despite popular belief, it is doing something.

15) Ugh, finally I'm done. And I burnt my butt….

Always. Never fails.

A special thanks to my friend Liza who helped me think of these!

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15 Steamy Summer Date Ideas That Won't Burn Through Your Bank

Don't let date night get repetitive this summer...


With a new season, comes new opportunities for super fun date ideas to keep your love life fresh and fun. I'm sure your favorite brunch place is great, but why not take advantage of the beautiful weather and try out some new things with your significant other this summer?

1. Go to the farmers market.

There is something so refreshing about walking through a farmers market. How could you not be happy when surrounded by fresh fruit, coffee stands, and live music? This is such an easy way to get some sunshine and grab some AMAZING food. My farmers market used to have everything from freshly pressed lemonade to waffle sandwiches. If you want to take the date a step further, find a recipe before you go, and buy fresh ingredients to cook a yummy dinner together later that night.

2. Tie-dye matching T-shirts.

Tie-dye is messy, so take advantage of the beautiful weather and head outside where things can get as messy as you want! What a cute little date souvenir too!

3. Late night ice cream run.

Ice cream is cool and everything, but something about ice cream in the middle of the night seems way more adventurous than a mid-day scoop. And the only time of the year that its going to be warm enough out to get ice cream late at night is, of course, summer!

4. Draw with chalk.

Honestly, your possibilities with this are pretty endless. Drawing contests, hop-scotch, make a masterpiece together, whatever your heart desires. Bring a speaker and maybe some bubbles too while you're at it, sometimes embracing our inner child is a necessary, grounding experience.

5. Throw a barbecue.

Who says spending time together is limited to only the two of you? Cooking together for your friends can be great bonding time too. Invite the crew and spend the afternoon outside at a park or in a backyard. Bring some music and maybe some activities like frisbee or kickball and enjoy some beautiful social time.

6. Take partner dance lessons.

Salsa, tango, swing, rumba, foxtrot, your opportunities are endless. Nobody is saying you have to be good, but how fun will it be to have some new moves to show off next time you and your friends go out dancing or to a concert?

7. Float down a river.

Go with just the two of you or bring some friends, either way, this is a perfect way to spend a few hours out in the sun while staying cool in the water!

8. Take your dogs to the dog park.

Parks are already fun, but when they're full of dogs they're about a million times better! Also, who doesn't love watching their significant other play with puppies?!? It doesn't get cuter than that.

9. Go cliff jumping.

In a safe spot, of course! You know what they say, you should do something that scares you every day...

10. Go on a road trip

A road trip is perfect because it's not as huge of a commitment as going on a real vacation together, but it's still a good little getaway where you are sure to bond a ton. You will have the whole car ride to talk and jam out to each other's favorite songs, how could that not be a grand time?

11. Get artsy and do a photoshoot.

Even if you're not a photographer, its kind of fun to get creative with a camera! Pick a spot somewhere nearby with cool scenery (try golden hour for extra gorgeous photos) and be each other's models. It will be a nice simple date, plus you will get some good Insta content!

12. Go to a sports game.

Plan ahead and get some tickets to go see a sports game in your town or one nearby! Sports games have such a fun upbeat atmosphere, plus fun food, and they're a good excuse to get decked out in fun fan gear!

13. Go mini golfing.

SUCH a cute and fun date idea. Mini-golfing dates never fail to bring out peoples silly sides. Why not make it a competition? Loser buys ice cream for the two of you when you're finished.

14. Go rollerblading.

OK, this one scares me personally, but for anyone with the athletic ability to attempt this, I fully encourage (and envy) you! What cuter sight to see than the two of you holding hands gliding down the city walk together? Just please wear your pads!

15. Have a car wash.

I don't mean go to the car wash together! I mean break out the speaker, the buckets, the sponges, the hose, and get soapy and silly together in the sun. Who knew cleaning could be so much fun?!

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