My Definition Of Success Is Nothing Like Yours

My Definition Of Success Is Nothing Like Yours

Societal standards unjustly set "equal" expectations for everybody, and that can lead to damaging consequences.


My definition of success is different because it should be. No two individuals should share the exact same standards of personal success.

The general meaning of success, an accomplishment of a goal or purpose, can generally be agreed upon. What those accomplishments entail, though, is unique for each individual. The issue is that sometimes this can be easy to forget.

Societal standards unjustly set "equal" expectations for everybody, and that can lead to damaging consequences. Everyone forges their own path in life, yet society has constructed the idea that some are better than others. Let's start with an example that everyone has had to encounter at one point or another: education. Grades are not the most important aspect of school, yet they are often used as the sole factor in determining educational success. After high school, many push the idea that college is the next step needed to have a successful career. Society even judges students based on the colleges they attend.

It is so important to remember that everyone has their own background and future. We are not on a level playing field, either. The societal judgment constantly occurring can make it difficult to remember that your own goals and standards are important and valued. They are not lesser than those of others. On the same note, they are not greater, either.

If you accomplish your goal of getting a B+ on a test, you are not necessarily less successful than someone who received an A. If attending a community college is the right fit for you, you are not less successful than someone at an Ivy league. It is YOU who determines what success means. Comparison to others is not the answer.

The existing problems with standards for success extend far beyond the realm of education. They can dictate the way people feel expected to live their lives.

The next time you feel lesser than someone else about your accomplishments or ambitions, push those thoughts away. You can admire their success, but remember to admire yours, too.

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14 Fraternity Guy Gifts Ideas, Since He Already Has Enough Beer

Frat boys are a species of their own and here are some exciting gifts they will be ecstatic to receive!


What more do frat boys love than alcohol, partying, and just acting stupid? Here are some gifts that help fulfill all of those needs for the frat boy in your life!

1. Beer holster belt

Whats better than one beer? Six beers! This fashionable camouflage accessory can be used for tailgates, beach days, formals and everything in between.

Price: $8.49

2. Phone juul holder 

You know those cardholders everyone sticks on the back of their phones? Well, now a Juul holder for your phone is on the market! This will save your favorite frat boy from ever again losing his Juul!

Price: $10.98

3. Animal house poster 

This Animal House poster is a classic staple for any frat boy. This poster will compliment any frat house decor or lack thereof.

Price: $1.95

4. The American Fraternity book

Does the frat boy in your life need a good read for Thanksgiving or winter break? Look no farther, this will certainly keep his attention and give him a history lesson on American fraternity heritage and tradition.

Price: $28.46

5. Beer pong socks 

These snazzy socks featuring beer pong will be loved by any frat boy. As for the way to any frat boy's heart may, in fact, be beer pong.

Price: $12.00

6. Condom case

This condom carrying case will not only protect condoms from damage but also make frat boys more inclined to practice safe sex, which is a win-win situation!

Price: $9.99

7. Frat house candle

Ahhh yes, who does not like the smell of stale beer in a dark, musty frat house basement? Frat boys can make their apartment or bedroom back home smell like their favorite place with the help of this candle.

Price: $16.99

8. "Frat" sticker

Frat boys always need to make sure everyone around them knows just how "fratty" they are. This versatile stick can go on a laptop, car, water bottle, or practically anywhere their little hearts desire.

Price: $6.50

9. Natty Light t-shirt 

Even I will admit that this shirt is pretty cool. The frat boy in your life will wear this shirt at every possible moment, it is just that cool!

Price: $38.76-$41.11

10. Natty light fanny pack 

This fanny pack can absolutely be rocked by any frat boy. The built-in koozie adds a nice touch.

Price: $21.85

11. Bud Light Neon Beer Sign 

A neon beer sign will be the perfect addition to any frat boys bedroom.

Price: $79.99

12. Beer Opener

Although most frat boys' go to beers come in cans, this bottle opener will be useful for those special occasions when they buy nicer bottled beers.

Price: $7.99

13. Frat House Dr. Sign

Price: $13.99

Forget stealing random street signs, with this gift frat boys no longer have to do so.

14. Beer Lights 

Lights are an essential for any party and these will surely light up even the lamest parties.

Price: $17.19

Please note that prices are accurate and items in stock as of the time of publication. As an Amazon Associate, Odyssey may earn a portion of qualifying sales.

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Get Through The End Of The Semester By Staying On Top Of Your Work And Not Procastinating

As finals lurk in the distance, students can be easily overwhelmed.


When the semester of my freshman year started, I felt invincible. I was away from home and the assignments from my classes were hardly difficult. Doing homework felt like a breeze and I felt proud knowing that I was able to handle college life. After midterms though, I felt as if my classes suddenly shifted into the fast lane without using their blinkers. Suddenly, I had more assignments and readings due each day. I felt as if I was slowly sinking under the enormous pile of work that had seemingly come out of nowhere.

I finally realized that I needed to face my troubles head-on. Rather than allowing myself to fall victim to my classes, I decided to do my best to succeed. This of course started with actually doing all of my work on time. Rather than procrastinate my homework, I discovered that it's always best to just get it out of the way so that I wouldn't have to stress about it later in the night. By starting my work early, I could use the time after to relax and see friends.

As finals approach, I've found that staying on top of my work is even more important. I've started to take some time out of my day to review my previous notes so that when finals do come around, I won't have to struggle as I have been. While I sometimes find it hard to stick to my own rules, I also realized that it's okay to take breaks. Mental health is very important, especially for a college student. I always ensure that I'm in a good mindset when doing my work that way I never struggle too much. I know now that taking a nap when I'm tired will be better for me in the long run, rather than forcing myself to stay awake and do work.

While dealing with the end of the semester may seem tough, by taking care of yourself and committing to your classes, it can be a breeze.


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