I Am Only A Student

I Am Only A Student

I am a watcher, a learner, and a listener, but I am also a war mongol, a city destroyer, a harbinger of pain and turmoil to countries that I have never been to.

I am a student. I am a watcher, a learner, and a listener, but I am also a war mongol, a city destroyer, a harbinger of pain and turmoil to countries that I have never been to. I am a peace bringer to nations that I have no business with, and a litigator between different opinions. I will know a war that most should not see, and, inevitably, will carry a generation on my shoulders with problems created by the people I call teachers. I will be forced to solve the problems created by my parents, passed onto my generation, and, unfortunately will continue unless we do something about it. I will live in a world neglected by the people I thought I could trust with my future.

My future... Saying that brings uncertainty to me because as a student, I should not have to worry about whether global warming will affect my hometown; I should not have to worry about whether my kids will have a planet to live on or not; I should not have to worry whether I will fear for the safety of my child because of the mistakes people refused to fix. My future... my future... does it even exist? And who do I have to blame for that? Who do I have to blame for screwing me over? Who do I have to blame for causing me, a child, to worry about this?

But do not listen to me. I am a student. I am only a child, what do I know about this? How can I care so much about this when I don't even know who I am? The truth is, if I do not care about this, if I do not say something about this, who will? Who will bring up the issues I must bring up? Who will fight for what I must? If no one says something at all, will there be anything to save when you decide that I am old enough to think for myself? Will there be anything to save when you stop being so self-centered and actually start listening to someone who cares? Will there be anything left for me to care about when those who are too stern headed to actually listen and see that this is not their planet anymore. When they get it through their thick skulls that it is not their planet to care for anymore, maybe then, just maybe then is when it will change.

It is not their planet anymore. This is my planet. It has been my planet since you decided to give birth to my generation. It is my planet to protect, my planet to save, and my planet to make better for my children. It will belong to my generation until I give it to my children, and while you may continue to be selfishly living your life with the thought that you need to save this planet for yourself, I have come to realize that is no longer an option, at least for me. Now the only option left is for me to make you realize that you need to make it better for me, so in turn, I can make it better for the next generation.

Think about it like this, who will be there when the next generation has taken charge? Not me, for I will have passed away. I will have left what I did in my life at the door step of the next generation, expecting them to deal with the good, and the bad of what I could not fix. I will be expecting my children to make up for the mistakes I made. Do I really want that for my children? The answer is clear. The answer is no.

I am a student... And I can see this. You are a parent, a chancellor of evil, a doctor of harm, but not to yourselves. No, you are what my generation fears, all because you are so focused on the question "how can I make this better for myself?" Only when you start listening to what I have to say is when you will be asking "how can I make sure that my children do not have to go through this? How can I make sure that my children will never have to deal with my problems?" These are the questions you need to start asking so that I may live peacefully; so that I do not have to fix your problems.

But do not listen to me... I do not know what I am saying. I am not old enough to think for myself. I do not know how things work for I am only a student.

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"What would I do without you guys???"

1. "Can I wear your shirt out tonight?"

2. "Does my hair look greasy?"

3. "We should probably clean tomorrow..."

4. "What should I caption this??"

5. "Is it bad if I text ____ first??"

6. "Should we order pizza?"

7. *Roommate tells an entire story* "Wait, what?"

8. "How is it already 3 AM?"

9. "I need a drink."

10. "McDonalds? McDonalds."


12. "Okay like, for real, I need to study."

13. "Why is there so much hair on our floor?"

14. "I think I'm broke."

15. "What do I respond to this?"

16. "Let's have a movie night."

17. "Why are we so weird?"

18. "Do you think people will notice if I wear this 2 days in a row?"

19. "That guy is so stupid."

20. "Do I look fat in this?"

21. "Can I borrow your phone charger?

22. "Wanna go to the lib tonight?"

23. "OK, we really need to go to the gym soon."

24. "I kinda want some taco bell."

25. "Let's go out tonight."

26. "I wonder what other people on this floor think of us."

27. "Let's go to the mall."

28. "Can I use your straightener?"

29. "I need coffee."

30. "I'm bored, come back to the room."

31. "Should we go home this weekend?"

32. "We should probably do laundry soon."

33. "Can you see through these pants?"

34. "Sometimes I feel like our room is a frat house..."

35. "Guys I swear I don't like him anymore."

36."Can I borrow a pencil?"

37. "I need to get my life together...."

38. "So who's buying the Uber tonight?"

39. "Let's walk to class together."

40. "Are we really pulling an all-nighter tonight?"

41. "Who's taking out the trash?"

42. "What happened last night?"

43. "Can you help me do my hair?"

44. "What should I wear tonight?"

45. "You're not allowed to talk to him tonight."

46. "OMG, my phone is at 1 percent."

47. "Should we skip class?"

48. "What should we be for Halloween?"

49. "I love our room."

50. "What would I do without you guys???"

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Today Is Going To Suck, But You Should Get Out Of Bed Anyway

As sung by The Secret Sisters, "tomorrow will be kinder."


It's that very first thought of the day that gets you. The one that hits before you even move a single muscle. Today is going to suck.

The only reason you drag yourself out of bed is that you fear the consequences of avoiding your responsibilities more than the effort it will take to complete them. The simplest of tasks seem so much harder than they are because of how much you have to move. It's only fitting to spill your coffee, not feel confident in your appearance for the day, and be running late when you feel like this. It's just one thing after another, right?

You do what you need to do for the day, but you end up mad at yourself for putting out what felt like the bare minimum. You turn to your phone for some mindless scrolling for a while, but you're greeted with an abundance of messages and emails to reply to. The amount is overwhelming, so you choose to let them sit unread even though the notification bubbles drive you crazy.

You try not to stare at the clock because you know it will make time feel like it's going even slower than it already is, but you can't help it because all you want to do is be at home in your bed. Your body feels heavy and it's so difficult to hold everything upright, yet you still dream of all the productive things you'll do when you get home. The hope has to count for something, right?

The end of the day has arrived and it's finally time to head home. You relax on your bed telling yourself that it's only for ten minutes of rest before you wrap things up. You know you should eat a proper dinner, but you can't even fathom what to make and you're not that hungry anyways. Minutes turn to hours and still nothing is complete; before you know it, your eyes have drifted shut.

It's three in the morning when you wake up. In a panic, you bolt upright to put the finishing touches (or paragraphs or pages) on that essay due at 9:00 am and stumble into the shower hoping that you're not waking up anyone else just because you have bad habits you still haven't fixed. Why can't you just get it together? When you finally turn off all the lights and flop into bed exhausted, you only get average two more hours of sleep before you have to wake up and do it all over again.

It's the very first thought that gets you. The one that hits before you even move a single muscle. Today is going to suck again.

You drag yourself out of bed again and go through the motions of getting yourself ready for the world. Maybe you're still feeling a bit cruddy, but you find yourself appreciating how your coffee tastes today. The outfit you have on isn't your favorite, but you still feel good in it. You're bopping along to some music and even busting a few dance moves as you head out the door with just enough time to get to your destination without rushing.

Life sucks; no one is ever going to deny that. Some days are going to be a hell of a lot harder than others, but you have to keep forging ahead. You never know if tomorrow will turn out better and what great things the future has in store for you.

Don't believe me? Think back to a time where you laughed so hard that your sides hurt. A time where you felt so happy that you felt all warm inside and couldn't contain your gleeful smile. A time where you were so relaxed that you thought to yourself "I don't want to be anywhere else but here."

Personally, I can't wait to have more of those moments and I would be heartbroken to miss out on them. School is stressful, but I'm studying what I love. Sometimes I feel lonely, but I know I'll be spending more time with my family and friends before I know it. Sometimes I'm down in the dumps and having a hard time getting out, but I know my life has more in store for me and I'm going to thrive again.

It's the very first thought that gets to you. The one that hits before you even move a single muscle. Today will be better.

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