Back To School Thoughts

Back To School Thoughts

"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 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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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

You go, girl.

We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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Sociology Was Not For Me — But It Did Lead Me To Anthropology

As I like to call it: people watching.


We have all been in an ice breaker situation, especially in college. You will introduce yourself and talk about where you are from and why you chose that specific school in that specific town. And, in the midst of all this, you were probably asked what your major is. In my case, people are usually confused about what my major is a lot. Anthropology is not exactly a household term. This is my story about why and how I became an Anthropology major.

I'm from Chicago, a bustling city full of people. I spent my time at home or at school. It was how I was raised, not that I liked it at all. No wonder there was this strong curiosity to learn more about other people. My senior year, my homeroom teacher told me about Sociology, the study of human society. She said it seemed to fit me. I was someone who would sit back and ask questions. I still participated: raising my hand, talking to people, hanging with friends. And yet, I would still question everything. I decided to make sociology my major with the hopes of learning more about human society. I know I sound like an alien, but that's how I felt a lot of the time.

Over the summer, I started going out more than I did in high school. That summer I realized I like to just watch society be sometimes. For example, when I commute on the train, I would listen to my music and stay on my phone and people watch. I notice the person who's late for work because they're in a suit, bouncing their leg, and constantly looking back up at the train map. Or maybe it's an interview? It might sound like profiling from a crime show, but it's all related to studying human society.

Originally, I applied to Illinois State University as a Theater major. The thing is, I misread my acceptance email and thought I wasn't accepted yet. This gave me some time to rethink my plans. Instead, after my summer of people watching, I reapplied with my major in Sociology and was accepted. When I began school, I had my first Sociology class and knew I was pursuing the right major. Wrong! Not that it wasn't still a great major, I realized there was something even better for me.

As I'm getting ready to go into my major after my sophomore year, I decided to look at my major requirements. I noticed that the department was titled Sociology and Anthropology. "What's Anthropology," my brain asked, full of curious energy. I go to look and see it's not too much different than Sociology, but it did seem to delve more into different cultures and ethnic studies. It is at this time that I have to tell you about my love for culture.

It started with Greek plays, mythology, different religions, and historical fiction books. After watching Japanese anime (yes, anime), I wanted to study Japanese as a language and culture. Russian, German, Spanish, and French were added later. One thing would always lead to another interest. Different kinds of dancing, musicals, plays, and books. Representation in media and television of these various cultures and people. Subverting stereotypes and myths through historical and realistic fiction. These are just some of my interests. Anthropology just seemed to suit me better.

Anthropology is an amazing major and I love it. I have yet to meet other people in my major on my campus, but I hope to meet them and have so much to talk about.

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