Back To Reality

Back To Reality

Only six more weeks of school!
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Unfortunately spring break has come to an end. Fortunately, the weeks that follow spring break before summer are some of the fastest you'll ever experience.

If you're a senior in high school, you'll be shocked to see how fast your last year of high school went by. Prom will be coming up, and you'll start to say your last goodbye's to people you've virtually spent your whole life with

Similarly, if you're a freshman in college, you won't believe that you graduated high school a year ago already.

Lastly, if you're a senior in college, get ready to be thrown into the real world real soon. The only way you can delay that is if you're leaving college just to go back to continue more school after (yay for higher education @MedStudents @LawStudents).

These weeks for college students will be filled with the middle round of exams, and then final exams. Finals will hit us like a bus as they always do, but at that point you have three months of not thinking about school once, what's better than that?

The weather will start to get warmer (hopefully.... @Syracuse), people will start to hang out more outside, and you can almost taste the freedom. You see the light at the end of the tunnel, if only you could get there sooner.

Once these weeks go by, I will enter my third year of college and no longer be an underclassmen. My big will graduate and it will just be my little and I in our sorority, and will (hopefully) be getting ready to study abroad.

Back to the reality that is school, it sucks that spring break is over. When you first get back, it's going to feel like the days are dragging and you just can't fathom how you're supposed to get through another six weeks of school.

As you get back into the rhythm of things, you see that March blends into April and once you're in April you realize finals exist again, and then next thing you know it it's May, you just finished your last exam, and you're moving out of school.

Another one gone, another year bites the dust.

The time between Spring Break and finals is actually my favorite. You feel the energy of your school go up because you're in the home stretch of finishing up for the year and everyone just seems happier. Even the chronically stressed take a step back and appreciate all the hard work they've done in the year.

Take these weeks with a grain of salt because before you know it it'll be over. Life goes on and time doesn't stop for anyone, so enjoy your time in the places that you are while you can!


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To The Girl Who Isn't Graduating On Time, It Won't Feel Any Less Amazing When You Do

Graduating is something to be proud of no matter how long it takes you.

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To the girl who isn't graduating college "on time,"

I promise, you will get there eventually, and you will walk across that graduation stage with the biggest smile on your face.

You may have a different journey than the people you grew up with, and that is OKAY. You may have some twists and turns along the way, a few too many major changes, a life change, you may have taken most of a semester off to try to figure your life out, and you're doing the best you can.

Your family and your friends don't think less of you or your accomplishments, they are proud of your determination to get your degree.

They are proud of the woman you are becoming. They don't think of you as a failure or as someone any less awesome than you are. You're getting your degree, you're making moves towards your dreams and the life that you have always wanted, so please stop beating yourself up while you see people graduating college on time and getting a job or buying a car.

Your time will come, you just keep doing what you need to do in order to get on that graduation stage.

Your path is set out for you, and you will get there with time but also with patience. The place you're at right now is where you are supposed to be. You are going to thrive and you are going to be the best version of you when you graduate and start looking for a company that you will be proud to work for. Don't look on social media and feel less than, because at least you're still working towards your degree that you are finally passionate about. You will be prepared. You will be ready once the time comes and you cross the stage, move away, and start your journey in whatever field you're going into.

Don't question yourself, and be confident in your abilities.

With love,

A girl who isn't graduating on time

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The 12 Hardest Things To Learn As You Enter Adulthood

Learning as you go is what adulthood is all about.

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After graduating, there were a lot of things I had to figure out on my own because I wasn't fully taught in high school. Learning these things build character. The struggles to find your way in life can create the great person you know you can be. We can learn great things as we develop throughout the journey of adulthood.

Here are 12 of the hardest things to learn as you enter adulthood.

1. All of the options you have after graduation

It's hard to be aware of every opportunity you could potentially have. Trade school? Four-year college? Community college? Military? Workforce? It's all out there for us to decide. We have to figure out what's best for our lives. (Sometimes you don't figure this out right away which is very normal.)

2. How to file taxes

Even the word "taxes" seems a little too "adult-like" to me.

3. How to be smart about your money

Whether this be learning to take out loans, budgeting, making smart financial decisions; there is a lot of room for error if you don't learn early on in adulthood.

4. How to be appealing to a future employer

This means learning to write a professional resume/cover letter and being able to rock an interview,

5. How to participate in politics

It's the American duty to be properly educated on politics and exercising those rights by registering to vote.

6. The basics in having a car 

We should all be informed on the basic upkeep of your vehicle; such as getting regular oil changes

7. Learning about consent

This is something high school sex ed doesn't cover but definitely should.

8. How to properly cope with your emotions

Taking care of yourself is an important role in properly dealing with emotional stress.

9. Making eco-friendly choices to help the environment

Our generation needs to focus on making better choices for our Earth before there's nothing left to save.

10. How to eat healthy 

Despite busy schedules and pesky cravings, learning to eat better is a sign you're growing up. You suddenly understand why your mom always said "no" to McDonald's because there is food at home.

11. How to time manage

Juggling work, schooling, social life, fitness, family-time, etc. forces you to learn to make time for all of the things in your life.

12. How to gain confidence in yourself

When you reach a certain age you stop caring about what others think/say. You gain the confidence in your life choices and rock 'em. You unapologetically live your life the way you want to.

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