25 Ways Seniors And The Grinch Are The Same

25 Ways Seniors And The Grinch Are The Same

"Am I just eating because I'm bored?"

The Grinch is quickly becoming one of the internet's favorite Christmas characters. He has always had a special place in my heart, but it wasn't until the last time I watched the live-action movie that I realized how much I relate to him. So here are 25 ways seniors and the Grinch are the exact same.

1. This is your reaction when people come into the room while you're studying

Seriously though, don't you know I'm trying to graduate??

2. And this is exactly what commuting looks like

Don't even @ me.

3. What you want to say when the teacher's pet asks about an assignment that was due today

Shut up, Karen! Don't you know you're the only one who did it??

4. You see freshmen like Cindy Lou

They are so excited for all the adventures ahead.

5. Can't relate to them

You'd think that 4 years wouldn't make such a difference!

6. And their complaints about stress

7. But hanging out with them results in you having a little more life

8. When friends bring up the fact you won't be around next year

You can't help but feel all the feels.

9. So you send everyone encouraging notes through the mailroom

10. And go to ALL the events.

Concerts, parties, movie nights, bowling? Sure, I'll be there!

11. You have eaten because you're bored... or stressed... or both.

12. Sometimes you forget to interact with people

13. And finding the perfect outfit to go out is a struggle

But you slay once you find one.

14. Looking at all of your homework like

Why. Is. Everything. Due. All. At. Once.

15. Being completely overwhelmed by the sheer amount of all you have to get done

You might even schedule it.

16. Telling yourself you'll work out more this year

17. When you actually avoid procrastinating finishing your homework

18. And your definition of cleaning looks something like this

We've all done it.

19. How you feel about your friends

20. Being proud of the dinner you made them

21. Because it usually looks like this

22. Chilling at home on a Saturday

23. As soon as you see any drama you're out

24. Looking back at the last semester like

When you totally lost your cool.

25. You'll be SO happy when graduation finally arrives


Do you relate? Let me know in the comments below :)

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Working With People Who Are Dying Teaches You So Much About How To Live

Spending time with hospice patients taught me about the art of dying.


Death is a difficult subject.

It is addressed differently across cultures, lifestyles, and religions, and it can be difficult to find the right words to say when in the company of someone who is dying. I have spent a lot of time working with hospice patients, and I bore witness to the varying degrees of memory loss and cognitive decline that accompany aging and disease.

The patients I worked with had diverse stories and interests, and although we might have had some trouble understanding each other, we found ways to communicate that transcended any typical conversation.

I especially learned a lot from patients severely affected by dementia.

They spoke in riddles, but their emotions were clearly communicated through their facial expressions and general demeanor, which told a story all on their own.

We would connect through smiles and short phrases, yes or no questions, but more often than not, their minds were in another place. Some patients would repeat the details of the same event, over and over, with varying levels of detail each time.

Others would revert to a child-like state, wondering about their parents, about school, and about family and friends they hadn't seen in a long time.

I often wondered why their minds chose to wander to a certain event or time period and leave them stranded there before the end of their life. Was an emotionally salient event reinforcing itself in their memories?

Was their subconscious trying to reconnect with people from their past? All I could do was agree and follow their lead because the last thing I wanted to do was break their pleasant memory.

I felt honored to be able to spend time with them, but I couldn't shake the feeling that I was intruding on their final moments, moments that might be better spent with family and loved ones. I didn't know them in their life, so I wondered how they benefited from my presence in their death.

However, after learning that several of the patients I visited didn't have anyone to come to see them, I began to cherish every moment spent, whether it was in laughter or in tears. Several of the patients never remembered me. Each week, I was a new person, and each week they had a different variation of the same story that they needed to tell me.

In a way, it might have made it easier to start fresh every week rather than to grow attached to a person they would soon leave.

Usually, the stories were light-hearted.

They were reliving a memory or experiencing life again as if it were the first time, but as the end draws nearer, a drastic shift in mood and demeanor is evident.

A patient who was once friendly and jolly can quickly become quiet, reflective, and despondent. I've seen patients break down and cry, not because of their current situation, but because they were mourning old ones. These times taught me a lot about how to be just what that person needs towards the end of their life.

I didn't need to understand why they were upset or what they wanted to say.

The somber tone and tired eyes let me know that what they had to say was important and worth hearing. What mattered most is that someone who cared was there to hear it.

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To The High School Senior Nearing The End Of This Chapter, Feel Free To Look Back

Trust me, you're going to want to.


Right now you can't wait to leave. You can't wait for that fresh start, new friends, independence… the list is never-ending. But coming from someone two years removed from high school, please take it all in. Take in those last goofy times in class. All those fun car rides in the middle of the night with your friends where you laugh so hard you cry. Spending all day long with the friends you've known your whole life… remember how it feels in your heart. Enjoy graduation and take lots of pictures. Remember to always remain in the moment during all of these events. Don't let anything ruin it for you. That carefree feeling you have right now and will continue to have this summer will pass whether you believe it or not. Adulthood crawls in quicker than you think…

You will be left with the memories of what was, never to see or speak to so many people you once genuinely had so much fun with. High school is such a unique experience and I believe many of us take it granted because it is a necessity. We look at it as a chore because of mundane things like it being boring and having to wake up so early. In the moment we fail to see how fun it actually was. It is often only afterward that we realize just what we really had in those 4 years. Admittedly, I never thought I missed much of anything about high school, and I especially never thought I would. But here I am, two years later and I'm just realizing how easy I had it. High school was hard, but when I say the real world is harder, please take my words to heart. I am a firm believer that high school, in general, is a massive bubble.

Not to say that the bubble is bad. But the bubble will break, and it's more jarring to some than others. So don't let it impact you in a negative way, be prepared for its impact and conquer it! My point is, know that high school is not supposed to be the best four years of your life, but it is a time of your life where most people have the least worries, and that is something you can't get back. Worries and stress are subjective, so of course, we all thought our lives were over multiple times in high school, but we shortly realized that was not the case.

Your last teenage years should be taken in stride. Don't wish them away for older age, enjoy them. You'll never get them back, so you might as well stay in the moment.

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