Back To School Thoughts

Back To School Thoughts

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"The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet."
- Aristotle


As winter break comes to an end, students everywhere are preparing for another treacherous semester. Whether you're nervous, excited, or ready for it to be over already, most of us are thinking the same things.


I'm going to bed early every night and will avoid pulling all-nighters.

While your intentions may be good, you should also think realistically. If you are just like every college student I know, you talk a big game but rarely follow through with commitments like these. It is impractical to say that you'll go to bed early every night and that you won't pull any all-nighters this semester. Instead, think rationally and set a reasonable bedtime for one night a week. Guaranteed, you'll be friends with your alarm clock in the morning.


Will I like my professors?

You can do everything in your power to prepare for the semester: start taking notes before the first day of class, place an apple on their desk before they enter the room, or even stalk their RateMyProfessors.com page. Unfortunately, your relationship with your professor relies solely on your experience with them. Just be yourself, do your work, and leave the butt-kissing for the end of the semester.


But more importantly... I'm so excited to see my friends!

And I promise they are just as excited to see you. It has been a long six weeks of being at home and not having anyone to talk to, so go out, grab a burrito and catch up on all the drama that took place over break! (Who are you kidding!? You watched 11 seasons of Grey's Anatomy and all 125 episodes of Parks and Recreation. Twice.)


I can't wait to wear my new Skechers.

We all know what you're thinking, because we're all thinking the same thing! Do I really have to get dressed? If so, then I'm secretly excited to show off all of the new stuff I got over break. So even if it only lasts a week, you rock that perfect outfit, that laptop or that backpack for the first day of class. Then you can go back to sweatpants. (We promise, we won't judge you!)


How many more days until spring break?

This should not be your biggest concern! (But if you really wanted to know, it's 48! And 109 til the end of the semester!) You should be more focused on what you plan to accomplish this semester. Set some goals for yourself and attempt to accomplish them by spring break.


So before you start thinking "How am I going to balance classes, work and sleep?" and "I don't even know what I want to do with my life," just take a step back and relax. This will be your year. Remember, back-to-school resolutions trump New Year's Eve resolutions. You can do it.

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How To Not Be A Terrible Roomie, An 18-Step Guide

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Incoming Freshmen, this one is for you,

1. If your roomie is asleep – be quiet.

Don't play music out loud (use headphones), don't make phone calls and if you have to go out into the hallway or common area to make it!

2. Be polite about working late at night.

Make sure the light isn't shining near their bed so it won't be in their faces while they are trying to sleep.

3. Ask before you turn off the light.

There's a reason you have your own personal lamp.

4. Make sure you clean your side of the room.

Don't leave your clothes everywhere, empty your garbage, make your bed, and clean up your desk sometimes

5. If your roomie is studying for a hard test, don't bring friends into your room.

It's just ten times more distracting.

6. Turn your phone on Do Not Disturb at night.

This will help with the vibration noises/ringers from your phones. (I attached an example just in case you don't know how to do it).

7. Throw food out in the trash room.

You don't want the odor of old food in your room!

8. Do your laundry.

Don't let your basket overflow onto the floor.

9. If your roomie's parents are coming to visit, CLEAN YOUR SIDE.

Make a good impression!

10. Tell your roomie if you are having someone stay over - don't make it a surprise.

(I made this mistake... it's really awkward).

11. Don't take things without asking.

Even if it is as simple as food.. don't take without asking! IT'S NOT YOURS!

12. Don't talk about your roomie's personal life to other people.

You will hear things when they are talking to their parents, don't repeat it, it's rude.

13. Don't tell people who came over the night before.

This applies ties into rule number 12.

14. Share the room.

If your roomie wants to have a night with someone special, let them. They'll return the favor in the future (don't forget that).

15. Don't bring people they don't like into the room.

It's awkward.

16. If you're pre-gaming with friends, you're responsible for YOU and YOUR FRIENDS mess.

Don't leave bottles laying around - clean up!

17. Talk before changing the room around.

Don't move anything before you talk to the other person.

18. Set some rules when you first move in.

It will make everything a lot easier.

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The Secret To Changing The World

What's small to you may be huge to someone else.

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There are 7.6 billion people on our planet. 7.6 billion. Let that sink in.

It is estimated that a human has an average number of 50,000 thoughts per day.

Do the math. Carry lots of zeros.

Approximately three hundred eighty trillion thoughts are made each day. One of those thoughts can change the world. And that thought could be yours.


It's intimidating to think that we are a mere speck on this Earth. It's hard to fill the shoes of famous minds such as Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerberg who single handedly changed the way we live our lives. However, just as anything else in life, it's all about perspective.


You can sit back feeling apathetic about the fact that it is nearly impossible to affect the lives of all 7.6 billion beings on this planet. Or you can strive to change the world for one person. At the end of the day, influencing one person is better than influencing none, and it all adds up.


The second you take a risk and change someone's life for the better, you inspire them to do the same thing for someone else. Changing the world for someone is easy, even though it sounds absolutely terrifying. Again, it's all about perspective.


Let's say you see someone out in public in a coffee shop. They seem down and like their day isn't going as planned. They are nervously searching through their wallet searching for loose change to pay for their order. You generously decide to pay.



Just like that, you just potentially changed the world.



What if that person has been struggling to find work for a few months now and they are down to their last dollars? They have a job interview that day and they really need coffee to be awake for their meeting. You were the pivotal factor that allowed them to succeed that day. To you, your kind thought and action seemed small. To them, you influenced their life for the rest of their days.



I know what you're thinking.



Sophie, you just completely made up that scenario. it's so unlikely to happen.



Alas! You are correct. However, there are 7.6 billion people on this planet. Therefore, there is a pretty high chance that someone out there in the world is living that exact situation. You just don't know it.



That's the secret to changing the world. You won't know when you did it.



It might be upsetting to think that we won't be famous like Zuckerberg or Jobs. It is difficult to grasp the thought that our altruistic thoughts and actions won't make us live a life of luxury. But at the end of the day, if you keep the idea of how influential your thoughts can be to one person salient in your mind, you will always be motivated to be kind to others.



If you don't know the meaning of "paying it forward," it's the idea that you should respond to a kind act by being kind towards someone else. I believe that nothing in life is truly altruistic, because it always feels good to help someone else. That being said, use that as encouragement to strive to change the world for someone.



As one person, it's hard to feel influential in this world. Every day we are reminded about how small we really are on this planet and it can be discouraging. I encourage you to look at the world from a new perspective. Realize that small things can make big changes.



You can make big changes. You can change the world.
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