7 Ways To Start The Spring Semester Off Right

7 Ways To Start The Spring Semester Off Right

How to find who you are as a person and also as a student.
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So you've made it past your first semester. You know now that it's not cool to wear your lanyard around your neck and that you should take advantage of your meal swipes. You feel like you fit in with the upper class men who have the, "I'm so done with this place and can't wait to graduate" look on their faces. Now is the perfect time to get the feel of who you are as an individual and as a student.

Here are seven things you should do now that you are in the spring semester.

1. Go to the gym

Not only have you discovered that the freshman 15 is a real thing, the holidays added at least another five pounds to that. Taking advantage of the free gym equipment and facilities is a great way to start the spring semester. If you're too afraid of the macho man that can bench press you times two; take a friend with you. It can be both fun and rewarding if you stick to it.

2. Join a club, greek life, or a team

Now that you know what it takes to make good grades, its time to involve yourself on campus. Joining a club or being a part of greek life takes the stress of school away and lets you make new friends. It allows you to feel a sense of community and to make those needed connections with upperclassmen and alumni for advice.

3. Adventure out into the town

There is more to your town than campus, I'm sure of it. Whether it's going to the local clubs to get your dance on or going hiking on the trails on the outskirts of town; you should try to branch out into your college town's community. Since you will be living there for a minimum of four years, you should take in all everything that your town has to offer. While finding the local Walmart and super market are important; finding your favorite new restaurant will lead you to memories that will stay with you even after you leave.

4. Try a new hobby

This is a fun part about college, you can become whoever you want to be and enjoy whatever you want. Trying new things is an important part in finding out who you are as a person. So go to the yoga classes that are offered at the rec, try writing in a journal, or even tryout or the local theatre auditions. You never know what might become your new passion.

5. Set a schedule

Now that you've had your first semester frantics, the time of not being sure how to schedule time for fun and studying, you can place an accurate schedule that let's you have time to focus on developing who you are. Setting a new schedule for the beginning of the new semester is a vital way to stay organized and allow for extra fun. So break out that planner, write on that whiteboard, and do whatever it takes to stay on task... while also having some fun.

6. Start looking for off-campus housing

This is a big one. Sometimes your campus doesn't allow off-campus housing and you have to stay in the dorms, which is perfectly fine. However, a lot of times students have the freedom to live in cheaper places and experience some freedom. You will want to start looking all over town, comparing prices and amenities. It may take some time and research, but i'm sure you will find a place that you love.

7. Live a little

This is the wrap it all up point. Now that the stresses of getting used to college are thrown out of the window, you can now focus on you. You aren't under your parents constant wing anymore and you have the freedom to fly, enjoy it. Adventure towards the unknown, try new things, learn a new skill, and develop who you want to become as you grow into adulthood.

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Lately, I have seen so many people going off on social media about how people shouldn't be upset with mothers breastfeeding in public. You know what? I disagree.

There's a huge difference between being modest while breastfeeding and just being straight up careless, trashy and disrespectful to those around you. Why don't you try popping out a boob without a baby attached to it and see how long it takes for you to get arrested for public indecency? Strange how that works, right?

So many people talking about it bring up the point of how we shouldn't "sexualize" breastfeeding and seeing a woman's breasts while doing so. Actually, all of these people are missing the point. It's not sexual, it's just purely immodest and disrespectful.

If you see a girl in a shirt cut too low, you call her a slut. If you see a celebrity post a nude photo, you call them immodest and a terrible role model. What makes you think that pulling out a breast in the middle of public is different, regardless of what you're doing with it?

If I'm eating in a restaurant, I would be disgusted if the person at the table next to me had their bare feet out while they were eating. It's just not appropriate. Neither is pulling out your breast for the entire general public to see.

Nobody asked you to put a blanket over your kid's head to feed them. Nobody asked you to go feed them in a dirty bathroom. But you don't need to basically be topless to feed your kid. Growing up, I watched my mom feed my younger siblings in public. She never shied away from it, but the way she did it was always tasteful and never drew attention. She would cover herself up while doing it. She would make sure that nothing inappropriate could be seen. She was lowkey about it.

Mindblowing, right? Wait, you can actually breastfeed in public and not have to show everyone what you're doing? What a revolutionary idea!

There is nothing wrong with feeding your baby. It's something you need to do, it's a part of life. But there is definitely something wrong with thinking it's fine to expose yourself to the entire world while doing it. Nobody wants to see it. Nobody cares if you're feeding your kid. Nobody cares if you're trying to make some sort of weird "feminist" statement by showing them your boobs.

Cover up. Be modest. Be mindful. Be respectful. Don't want to see my boobs? Good, I don't want to see yours either. Hard to believe, I know.

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Success is based on what a person wants to accomplish and the journey they take to accomplishing their goals.

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I know some people that are still trying to find their passion in their early twenties and there is nothing wrong with that. Some people are having kids or getting married, while others are achieving some goals or getting into trouble. The point is everyone is in a different place and have a different journey as they attempt to find out their passion. An important quote to me comes from Walt Payton. Payton was a running back for the Chicago Bears in the 1970s and his quote was "If you're good at something you'll tell everyone, but if you're great at something they'll tell you." This quote is important because usually if an individual is great at something and people tell you, then a person will likely fall in love with that activity. People love to be complimented and hear positive comments about themselves to boost their self-confidence. People perform their best at the subjects that they care about and have a passion for, but they also need the praise and support from the people around them to push them to be their very best. This is how I found my passion, but some people will stumble on it themselves. I started writing papers for English classes and computer classes in high school and my first year of college. I enjoyed having the freedom to write about what I wanted and being recognized for that made me feel confident so I decided to major to become a journalist. I never imagined that I would become a journalist, but that turned out to be something I loved doing and I continue working hard to improve my writing skills.

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