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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Getting Straight A's In College Is Not Worth Failing Your Mental Health

A's are nice, but you are more than a letter.

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The idea of getting an A on every paper, every exam, every assignment, seems great. It can be known as a reassurance of our hard work and dedication to our 4+ classes we attend every single day.

Losing sleep, skipping meals, forgetting to drink water, skipping out on time with friends and family; these are the things that can occur when your letter of an A is what you are living for.

You are worth more than the grade letter, or the GPA number on your transcript.

Listen, don't get me wrong, getting A's and B's definitely is something to feel accomplished for. It is the approval that you did it, you completed your class, and your hard work paid off.

But honey, get some sleep.

Don't lose yourself, don't forget who you are. Grades are important, but the true measurement of self-worth and accomplishment is that you tried your best.

Trying your best, and working hard for your goals is something that is A-worthy.

Reserve time for yourself, for your sanity, your health, your mental health.

At the end of the day, grades might look nice on a piece of paper, but who you are and how you represent yourself can be even more honorable.

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Martha McSally Could Still End Up In The Senate

Yep, you read that right. Martha McSally, who lost the senate race a month ago, could still end up in the U.S. Senate next to her former opponent, Kyrsten Sinema.

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Martha McSally was the Republican nominee for Senate during the 2018 midterms in Arizona. She lost to Democrat Kyrsten Sinema by roughly 55,900 votes. But many are speculating that McSally could still end up representing Arizona in the U.S. Senate. Jon Kyl, who was tapped to replace former Senator John McCain after his death said he will not stay in the Senate after this session ends. McCain's term doesn't end until 2022, but Kyl has remained adamant that he will not serve past this year. This leads to the question of who will replace him next year. Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has the power to appoint Kyl's replacement if he decides to leave at the end of this session. Several think McSally will be the name he chooses. McSally would have a tough road ahead. It could be easier for her to win elections because she would be considered the incumbent.

State law requires that the Governor appoint someone of the same political party as the late senator. That would mean a Republican would have to be appointed, causing speculation that McSally would be that person. If appointed, she would have a tough road ahead of her. There would be a special election in 2020 to fill McCain's term, and then another election in 2022 to start a new term. All of this comes just weeks after Sinema defeated her in the Senate election. Most think that McSally is the front-runner for the seat.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is lobbying hard to get her in the Senate. Other possible situations could arise such as Governor Ducey appointing himself to fill the seat. This one seems unlikely, however, considering if he does appoint himself, the next person to take the governorship would be Secretary of State-elect, Katie Hobbs, who is a Democrat. McSally is the strong front-runner for the seat and could end up next to her former opponent. We'll have to see how it plays out in the end, and we will certainly know who will or will not be filling this seat within the next few weeks.

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