How To Become The Best Version Of Yourself This Semester

How To Become The Best Version Of Yourself This Semester

Be gentle to yourself, kind to others and an overall boss.

A new semester is starting and it's time to become the best version of ourselves. Here are six helpful tips on how to successfully accomplish that.

1. Allocate a place to write down your goals and track your daily progress toward achieving these goals.

Whether you want to start a bullet journal or you would rather utilize the notes section on your phone, writing down goals is critical. The visible reminder of your desires helps hold you accountable and can also become a motivator! Bullet journals can be a great aid with time management and with manifestation and gratitude practices.

2. Make time for enjoyable exercise at least 4-5 days a week.

My tip for those of you who are stressed about finding the time to incorporate a good workout in your day is to focus on finding a workout routine that you take pleasure in doing. If you hate jogging, don’t jog. Maybe don’t skip cardio altogether, though, and opt for the bike or StairMaster instead. I would also recommend including weights in your workout if you want optimal results. Listen to your body and don’t go to the gym when you are sick! Alternate your routine for proper rest days. Drink plenty of water and get your protein. If you go with a friend, wear an outfit that you feel your best in, and plan on making healthy shakes after your workout; I guarantee that it will be easier.

3. Health is wealth. Don't forget to eat your greens!

Take advantage of the salad bar! Dark, leafy greens provide key micronutrients that your body needs. If you are conscious of your plate size and only put food on that you know has certain health benefits, you will most likely leave the dining hall feeling happier, less bloated and more energized. Try balancing your plate with a good portion of vegetables, a source of protein and a smaller sized portion of healthy fats (avocado, nuts, eggs). Fruits actually are nature’s candy; healthy doesn’t have to be boring or bitter.

Extra tip: If you keep chia seeds, walnuts, flax seeds and other small healthy toppings in your room, you can bring them to the dining hall and add them to your salads, yogurt or oatmeal!

4. Make time to make a difference.

I truly believe that those who find the deepest happiness on this earth are those who appreciate the beauty in those around them and make service to those with less resources a priority. For people who are given much, to give back wholeheartedly is a duty. When we give of ourselves with an open heart and make time to discover how we can better the world around us with compassion, we can make great change and find deeper peace within. Ultimately, no matter our creed, color or identity, we are all one in the universe and are equal. To understand the power that we as individuals have to positively affect our world unleashes our highest potential. Research organizations on campus and find a group that resonates with you! Make time to go to meetings and consistently show up. Community partnerships require dedication, patience and most importantly, selfless compassion.

5. Tell the people that you love and care about what they mean to you.

Communicating your love, admiration or care for someone in your life opens the door for more positive energy to enter into your life and can strengthen relationships immensely. You can make another person's day just by taking the time to thank them for their kindness, honesty and presence. It is easy to become distracted with the minutiae of social media, the stress of deadlines and other woes of our egos. If we dedicate moments every single day to recognizing those in our lives who help lift us up and inspire us, we can find happiness and pleasure in the current moment.

6. Read a book of your own choice when you have a moment.

I know that it can be hard to finish required reading for courses, let alone find the time to read a book on your personal list. However, if you can find the space in your day to make a cup of a tea or sit outside with a book that you meant to read for even just 10 minutes, it will be worth it.

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8 Reasons Girls Who Love Tequila Are Better

Because if she can handle tequila, she can handle you too.

There are all kinds of alcohol stereotypes out there but the one associated with tequila is probably the worst: tequila makes you crazy. But if there's one thing we can all agree on, it's that women who drink tequila are one-of-a-kind.

Whether it's loving or fighting, you'll never find anyone who does it better than a girl who just straight up loves tequila, and here are a few reasons why that is.

1. She's independent

A girl who drinks tequila is probably the same girl who has absolutely no problem telling it like it is. She knows what she wants and goes after it.

2. She doesn't care what you or anyone else thinks

Oh, you have a problem with me taking shots and having a good time? Well, get over it! Bartender, a shot with salt and a lime please!

3. Always dancing

Tequila is an 'upper' so instead of sitting at the bar doing nothing, let's dance! Let's get moving!

4. There is never a dull moment

Speaking of dancing, a girl who drinks tequila is always down for a good time. Whether it's going on an adventure or seeing who can take the most shots, a tequila girl is always down to party.

5. While everyone else is starting to get sleepy, she has all the energy

Like I said, tequila is an 'upper' so while the other girls at the bar are starting to feel groggy and sad, she's all over the place having fun and partying on the dancefloor.

6. She's stronger than the girl crying over a vodka cranberry at the bar.

Sad over a breakup? Don't go for the vodka... Tequila will make you feel better in no time! Plus you can challenge the hot guys at the bar to a shot taking contest.

7. Tequila is healthy for you

Tequila is a probiotic, so some tequila a day keeps the doctor away. Yay for shots!

8. She can hold her own when it comes to alcohol

Any girl who can shoot some shots at the bar all day and night can handle alcohol, which means she can handle herself too. You won't have to deal with her constant breakdowns and mood swings because she will be too busy ordering more shots.

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You Should 100 Percent Not Go Out To Eat If You're NOT Going To Tip 18 Percent, Or More

My current summer job is serving at a restaurant and it is the first serving job I have ever had. Here is what I have learned so far, in terms of tipping.


Being a server can be the best job at times and the worst job at times.

Most servers only make between 3 and 3.50 hourly, we rely solely on tips.

There is nothing more disappointing than picking up the check from a table and seeing that they tipped you under 20 percent. I would say a good rule of thumb is to always tip your server 20 percent unless you have a valid reason not to. If their service was truly terrible, then tip them under, but when their service was good and the meal was good too, you have no reason not to tip 20 percent.

I've been serving about 2 weeks now and I have been undertipped or not tipped at all several times.

I'm still learning as I go, but I think I am a good server. I always greet my customers, offer input on the menu, and constantly check on them during the meal. I can confidently say that I think I am worth a 20 percent tip. When I see that someone did not tip me what they should have, it's upsetting. I always wonder what I could have done to earn a better tip but the fact is that some people are just oblivious.

Some people are not aware that you are supposed to tip 18 percent as the bare minimum.

When I don't receive a tip at all, it feels like a waste of time. I put in your orders, brought your food to you, made sure you were enjoying my meal, constantly offered my services, and you don't tip me? Not tipping your server is just plain rude.

There are always some people that tip over 20 percent so, for the most part, it evens out between these people and those who do not tip, but there is no excuse for not tipping your server.

In conclusion, don't eat out if you are not going to leave a decent tip for your server.

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