8 Things Every College Student Is Thankful For This Thanksgiving

8 Things Every College Student Is Thankful For This Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

Alright, here're the facts my fellow college pals. It's been a *very* fast but also *very* tough semester (but aren't they all). We've cried, whined entirely too much, had a few (or 36.5) emotional breakdowns, stressed a LOT, failed a few exams, forgotten a few assignments and probably slept around 7 hours and 23.5 minutes the entire semester... Okay, maybe I'm exaggerating a little.

Nonetheless, here we are. It's Thanksgiving. We have *almost* made it through another semester. How did that even happen?

We're finally home, in our big cozy beds, with our beloved pups, oh and those crazies we share DNA with are around, too.

If you're anything like me, you're highly anticipating the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Thanksgiving Dinner, maybe a little football, a good post-feast snooze (duh) oh, and maybe even a little shopping late into the night (if you're into fighting for $2.50 towels and BOGO Bath and Body Works hand soaps).

Whatever your plans may be today, I can guarantee that you will find yourself on the spot at one point or another. You know what I'm talking about. That dreaded moment when everyone's eyeballs are on you. When they are (impatiently) waiting for you to spit out something you're thankful for out, so they can finally dig into the plate of turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce and buttery rolls, sitting before them.

I'm here to make that *very* stressful moment easier for you. Yup, you are welcome! Here are 8 things every college student is thankful for this beautiful Thanksgiving Day!

Don't worry, I don't mind if you steal (one) or all of them

1) You are still alive

I'm so proud of you. *long round of applause*

2) Home.

Dorothy knows. There is nothing like being back in your hometown and with the people you love most.

3) Parents.

Whether they're forking out the big bucks to pay your tuition and/or pushing you through one encouraging word and prayer at a time... They are the best and it seems the older you get the more you appreciate those guys.

4) Your University

It might be your least favorite place. They might be taking all your money (for years to come). And they might have even blown their chance to play in the playoffs (ahem, Western...). But deep down (maybe real deep down) you love your school and you're very thankful for it today (or at least thankful to be away from it). GO CATS!

5) A huge home-cooked meal (feast)

And all the college students who have survived on cafeteria dinners, ramen noodles and pop tarts for the past three months, said AMEN!

6) Christmas is among us


7) Three. More. Weeks. Of. The. Semester.

You're so close... But should any person to speak of the *f* word before Thanksgiving break is over...Well, we won't even go there.

8) And most importantly, for the wonderful, gracious, and very patient God in Heaven

He's heard every single prayer, been right beside you during every exam and loved you just a little harder when all you've wanted is to give up and go home. That Guy, He's the real MVP.

It's a day dedicated to thankfulness alone, my fellow college students. So whatever kind of semester you have had, whether it be good or bad, find a reason to be thankful. Appreciate every little blessing and be sure to love your family and friends really hard.

Happiest of Thanksgivings to You!
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Success Is Great, But Failure Is Better

Fail and fail often.

Don’t let success get to your head, but don’t let failure get to your heart. Know that things don’t always work out as planned, and that is OK!

For many millennials, it’s easiest to just give up when something doesn’t go your way. But take heart. Success is great, but failure is better. The reality is, you’re going to fail... a lot.

Failure does not mean your idea was not good or that your dream isn’t valid.

Failure means you have more to learn.

Failure is GOOD.

It shows you that you did something wrong and that you need to take a redirection. It’s an opportunity to come back stronger with a better attack plan. It’s a second chance.

Having failed many times in my life, there’s one thing for sure: failing sucks. It sucks being disappointed. It sucks not succeeding on the first try. However, you can learn to become a good failure.

Failing is inevitable, which is why it is important to learn from our mistakes. You’ll learn more from a single failure than a lifetime of success. Here’s what you can do when you mess up: accept what you can’t change, keep an open mind, maintain a positive attitude, and know that nothing will be perfect.

When I was a sophomore in high school, I was on an engineering team at my school. I was extremely confident in our abilities as a team, so when we didn’t advance to the world finals, I was devastated. The next year, however, my team placed second at the national competition, and we advanced to the world finals. If I had allowed that initial failure to consume me, I wouldn’t have been successful the next year.

It was not easy to advance to the world finals, but because I took my previous failure as a learning opportunity, my team succeeded. I knew I couldn’t change the past, so I didn’t focus on it. I kept an open mind about the competition and did not allow my bitterness to harden me, thus maintaining a positive attitude. My team wasn’t perfect, and I knew that. But I knew if we worked hard, we would succeed. We did.

Every failure is feedback on how to improve. Nothing works unless you do, and nothing works exactly the way you want it to. Failure is life’s greatest teacher; it’s nothing to be scared of. If we are so focused on not failing, we will never succeed.

So fail, and fail often.

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7 Things English Majors Go Through

Yes, I'm an English major. No, I'm not throwing away my education.

I love being an English major.

And no -- I'm not lying.

While I do advocate for womxn in tech and the rise of STEM majors, my heart belongs to the humanities and more importantly: English Literature.

Here are some of the things as an English Major that I have experienced:

1. So... Do you wanna be a teacher?

As an English Major, my sole purpose of getting my degree is not to just become a teacher. I also want to be a writer. Get it right. I also want to be a teacher, though, so...

2. Writer's Block

Writer's block = hell unleashed. My brain is my most valued. My heart, too, but my brain is what helps me actually write my essays and poems. When my brain isn't working, I'm not working, and with those two not working -- I'm not getting anything done.

3. Having Friends Ask You To Edit Their Papers

My mood 24/7 when people ask me to edit their papers. I'm working on my own, leave me alone. Seriously though, I know I'm an English major, but there's a reason why office hours were created -- but if you REALLY need my editing/revising, pay up.

4. Reading "Whatever" Literature

There are some great works that I love reading (Frankenstein, Great Expectations, Dr. J & Mr. H, etc). But if I'm forced to read another book that EVERYONE has "read" and ends with the classic patriarchal ending -- I'd rather not. Give me some more Mary Shelley, please.

5. Reading AMAZING Literature

OK BUT WHEN THE CLASS READS SOMETHING LIKE MRS. DALLOWAY -- I AM SO HAPPY (I love you, V.W). But, honestly, I love most literature (especially classics). It's only with very few works that I'm upset with reading. (50 Shades of Grey? Blegh.)

6. Getting Trash-Talked About Your Major

OkAy, SuSaN, I get that you're happy with being in the business school, but frankly I don't care, so don't worry about me or my major. We, English majors, get trash-talked about our majors. Back in the day, our major was considered noble and great -- and now it's considered as "throwing away our education".

7. Knowing that We Chose the Right Major

In my experience in college so far, I've met very few -- actually no one who has changed their major from English Lit/CRTWRT. (Disclaimer: I'm sure there are some?) But those of us who stayed with this major know that we chose the right path for ourselves. While our friends in STEM, Business, etc. are "having fun" with their path, we get to read our favorite works, write, and appreciate the arts. So... who's the real winner? ;)

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