Third Times A Charm

Third Times A Charm

I'll get there one day.

It's only the third week of school and I'm already trying to decide if I want to be stripper, a drug dealer, or where I want to set up my nice cardboard box.I'm literally swimming in quizzes, essays, projects and whatever else you can think of and they're all due within the next two seconds. The crazy part about all this is that I'm currently in what my teacher likes to call a "success" class. Basically, I meet with her and other students that are failing at life once a week and we discuss different ways to manage time and juggle everything we have going on in life. Sounds like a great tool to help an incoming freshman right? Wrong!

One thing you should know is that I'm a junior. The second thing that you should know is that this woman has given me just as much work as any other teacher, which defeats the purpose of helping manage work. Now if you are in high school or a freshman and you're reading this, you might think that I'm sad and pathetic for being in college for three years and still don’t know how to manage my time and work. Well when you complete your first semester, read this article again and I promise you are going to feel every word in your soul. (Or at least that first sentence.)

Adjusting to college is more than just trying to get used to eating Ramen noodles on a daily basis and figuring out what a "syllabus" is. For every person it's different. Depending on what it is, what resources you have, and just what kind of person you are determines just how long it'll take you to adjust. So that you understand why I'm still struggling, I'm going to take you guys back to a couple weeks before starting my freshman year. My world turned upside down and forever changed when I found out my mom had breast cancer. Right then and there, my world just stopped and I was not ready to press start any time soon. When I found this out, I didn’t want to go off to college anymore, I wanted to stay home and go to a local college so I could take care of her.

My mom forced me (almost kicking and screaming) to go where I had originally planned to go. Now that I look back on it, I'm glad she did. Had she not, I wouldn’t have met my best friend, Titiana, my great friend Ada or any of the other many great people I have in my life now. My first year, I spent every weekend driving home to be with my mom. Of course, you can imagine between packing, driving, running errands, having mental breakdowns and then driving back to school all within two days, I didn’t get much homework done. At school, I constantly walked around thinking about my mom and if she was alright. In turn, that meant I wasn’t focusing at all. I see this as nobody's fault, just a factor in my life that affected me tremendously. Quite frankly, I didn’t know how to deal with it, and I'm not going to lie, I still don't.

My sophomore year was a little better, but not much. My mom was doing better but then I discovered the wonderful world of apartments. I know what you're thinking. No more cramped dorm rooms, no more RA's, goodbye Ramen noodles and hello private bathroom. This was all true. My apartment was one of the best things that could've ever happened to me except for one thing, it turned me into a hermit crab. I literally went to class and came back to my apartment. The exception, going to work, was just another obstacle in adjusting. I did nothing on campus, I barely saw my friends, and I went nowhere.

Not having to deal with people was such a big relief that Ijust stayed in my room unless I was going to work. The problem with staying in your room is that nine times out of ten you're in the bed and you’re not getting anything accomplished. If you are it's not very much, even when you think it is. Also being at work until 10:30 or 11:00 at night five times a week doesn’t help. To sum it all up, I wasn’t going to the library, I wasn’t involved with anything on campus and I wasn’t focused (again).

Now, we've reached my junior year. My mom is doing pretty well, I only work on the weekends. To be honest, this professor that teaches my success class has actually given me some pretty good tips on how to manage my time. I actually bought a planner, so I guess I'll use it and I make myself go to the library when I have free time. (Of course, I would rather be sleeping.) It's only the third week and things are still a little crazy. I haven't had a lot of time to apply the other new tips and get used to my rearranged life. However, I think that this year might be my year. Put this thought in your head and ask yourself, is third times a charm actually true?

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The Stages Of Becoming An Official Adult

College was all fun and games, now it's time to actually grow up.

With my graduation approaching, the idea of being an "official adult" is becoming more of a reality. I know what you're thinking, Anna, you're 22 years old, you're already an adult. When I say "official adult", I mean a self-sufficient, employed, thriving person that's in a position to make major life decisions. So, yes, I'm an adult, but I'm just now becoming an "official adult."

1. Choosing your city.

2. Finding a job.

Yes, I'm employed right now, but I'm talking about that first job after graduation where you are doing something related to the degree you graduated with. Luckily, I've already made it through this phase, but I know for many, this is the most terrifying part of the whole "adulting" process.

3. Apartment/Home Search

Okay, you know your city. You've got your job. Now you've gotta find somewhere to live. This is also a bit scary, but it is super fun! I recently signed my lease for my new apartment and I can't wait to move in! My tips for you are make a list of your must-haves, wants, and "it'd be nice ifs" and take it with you to tours. Tour every complex you think looks like it might fit your preferences! I toured 15 apartments in 1 day, and the one I chose wasn't even on my list to visit! I just popped in and fell in love with it! Make sure you consider proximity to work, grocery shopping/food nearby, laundry situation, security, etc. And have fun!

4. Budget Time!

This was kind of fun for me, actually. I like structure and organization, so knowing EXACTLY how much I had to spend on what, and then seeing how much I had leftover because of my "adult job", made this a super fun and not too stressful part of the process.

5. Move-In!

Graduation is either already here or quickly approaching and it's time to start packing up and moving. This is SO FUN! Try to stay organized for your own sanity, but seriously just have fun and enjoy the process. Life is about to get crazy, so just enjoy getting to start fresh in a new city and new apartment with a new job!

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What I Learned From Writing On Odyssey

There was a lot to learn!

Before writing on Odyssey, I have only read a few articles on their website. They would show up on my Facebook feed every now and again, and every so often, I would click on them. I never really gave much thought to who wrote the articles or why they wrote them.

During my junior year of college, I made a decision to write on Odyssey.

I knew a few people who wrote on Odyssey and asked them if they recommended it. Most of their responses were overwhelming yes. I decided I was willing to try it out for myself and I applied to be a weekly contributor.

As a Writing Arts major, I knew just how important it was to put my writing and myself out there. The only writing I have done before that point was for class. This included writing for blogs and creative writing. Even though I enjoyed writing enough for me to choose it as my major, I always felt that I did not do enough of it.

I did not have a lot of experience with writing for something weekly and writing for something that would potentially be read by a large audience. I did have a few classes that required me to create a website and run it like a blog, but I did not have any experience with me trying to run my own blog.

Something that I learned from writing on Odyssey is the best way to improve your writing skills is to write frequently.

Writing on Odyssey has pushed me outside of my comfort zone and forced me to put out new content every week.

Even though it can be difficult sometimes judging, writing on Odyssey, and all of my other obligations, I have come to thoroughly enjoy my experiences with writing for the website.

I have learned a lot of about what it means to be a content creator as well as how to publish and market your content online.

I also really enjoy how the contents of my articles are not constrained by any single type of genre. I get to write about things that are interesting to me at the time. It really gives me an opportunity to get my work out there.

I have also learned a lot about writing from reading other content creators on Odyssey. I have learned a lot about what kinds of content is interesting to different audiences.

It has also forced me to be more creative on a weekly scale. One of the biggest problems I had with writing was that I constantly waited for the "right" moment to get started when, realistically, there was no right moment.

Overall, I do recommend writing on Odyssey on your campus!

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