Calling All The Unmotivated

Calling All The Unmotivated

We can do it, we can finish strong.
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Motivation is something I've been lacking lately.

It's that time of year again. Where papers are piling up, projects are nearing there end and all I want to do is binge watch Stranger Things on Netflix. The desire to finish strong is there, but the motivation to actually finish the race has vanished.

It happens around this time, each and every year. The leaves fall and the air turns brisk, and all I want to do is hibernate. I can't be the only one, right? There has to be other people struggling to get their work down.

Okay, there are definitely others struggling to finish the race to Christmas break. In fact, one of my roommates is sitting next to me, watching yet another episode of Glee, even though she said she was working on her studio project. So, don't feel bad. I lack motivation, you lack motivation, she lacks motivation, we all lack motivation. We are a crowd of unmotivated people.

But, don't loose heart. You have almost made it. You've turned the corner and it's just a straight away from here. I don't know what else to tell myself, and what to tell others who lack motivation. The only thing I would say is, 'dig down deep, find the strength and finish with your best foot forward.' Don't just phone it in, but rather, do your best always.

If that's not enough, just remember that Christmas break will be here before you know it! Soon you'll be binge watching Christmas movies and sipping hot chocolate, and you can be as unmotivated as your heart desires.

P.S.

[Sorry this article is short, I've really been lacking MOTIVATION lately...]

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10 Things Someone Who Grew Up In A Private School Knows

The 10 things that every private school-goer knows all too well.

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1. Uniforms

Plaid. The one thing that every private school-goer knows all too well. It was made into jumpers, skirts, shorts, scouts, hair ties, basically anything you could imagine, the school plaid was made into. You had many different options on what to wear on a normal day, but you always dreaded dress uniform day because of skirts and ballet flats. But it made waking up late for school a whole lot easier.

2. New people were a big deal

New people weren't a big thing. Maybe one or two a year to a grade, but after freshman year no one new really showed up, making the new kid a big deal.

3. You've been to school with most of your class since Kindergarten


Most of your graduating class has been together since Kindergarten, maybe even preschool, if your school has it. They've become part of your family, and you can honestly say you've grown up with your best friends.

4. You've had the same teachers over and over

Having the same teacher two or three years in a row isn't a real surprise. They know what you are capable of and push you to do your best.

5. Everyone knows everybody. Especially everyone's business.

Your graduating class doesn't exceed 150. You know everyone in your grade and most likely everyone in the high school. Because of this, gossip spreads like wildfire. So everyone knows what's going on 10 minutes after it happens.

6. Your hair color was a big deal

If it's not a natural hair color, then forget about it. No dyeing your hair hot pink or blue or you could expect a phone call to your parents saying you have to get rid of it ASAP.

7. Your school isn't like "Gossip Girl"

There is no eating off campus for lunch or casually using your cell phone in class. Teachers are more strict and you can't skip class or just walk right off of campus.

8. Sports are a big deal

Your school is the best of the best at most sports. The teams normally go to the state championships. The rest of the school that doesn't play sports attends the games to cheer on the teams.

9. Boys had to be clean-shaven, and hair had to be cut

If you came to school and your hair was not cut or your beard was not shaved, you were written up and made to go in the bathroom and shave or have the head of discipline cut your hair. Basically, if you know you're getting written up for hair, it's best just to check out and go get a hair cut.

10. Free dress days were like a fashion show

Wearing a school uniform every day can really drive you mad. That free dress day once a month is what you lived for. It was basically a fashion show for everyone, except for those upperclassmen who were over everything and just wore sweat pants.

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7 College Graduates Give Advice To Seniors Entering The Real World

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There are two types of feelings about graduating––my life is over and I have no clue what's next, or you're excited about making real money and growing up. Graduation can be scary. The future can be scary. College becomes comfortable and the thought of leaving your friends and your comfort zone can be overwhelming. Thinking of what is next may make you panic, but you're not alone. Countless other people graduated and are thriving in the real world. Here are the best pieces of advice seven college graduates have to help you in the real world.

1. "Your best resources are your professors." - Meghan

There are cool, helpful people that are in your career field or know someone who can get you to your dream job––your professors. Whether your path is grad school or a career, networking with them is one of your best options. The amount of wisdom and knowledge they possess is overwhelming. That's why people tell you to get to know your professors they're a great resource for your entire career. Their knowledge goes way past theory and practices––they can give you great advice about your strengths, companies you should apply for and the best graduate schools for you.

2. "Stop planning and start enjoying." - Hannah

You still have time in college left, so stop stressing so much about checking everything off your checklist. It's important to have goals and achieve them, but enjoy your time left in college. Enjoy time with your friends, go sleigh ride down the hill with a trashcan lid and stay up late watching movies with your friends, eat junk food and talk about your lives and explore cool places and just live. You'll never get your time in college back, but you have the rest of your adulthood to worry about your career and checklist. You don't want to look back and realize you wasted this time.

3. "Shake as many hands as you can." - Noah

Did someone speak to your class? Shake their hand and introduce yourself. Introduce yourself to your professors and the people at career fairs. Be kind to your peers and help them when they need it. You never know where it may lead to in the future. People are placed in our lives for a reason––it's up to us to build connections with them.

4. "Your bucket list is important!" - Chava

You'll never have this amount of free time again. You'll never get the chance to study abroad, have a spring break and three months off in the summer. What are the things you desperately want to do? Do you want to travel across Europe, hike the Appalachian Trail, snorkel with dolphins or travel to a cool city? This is your chance. There are all kinds of study abroad and options for you to travel while in college. Don't let these experiences slip through your fingers. Yes, college is important, and I understand having to work, I do too. But realize that this free time you have now is valuable. Don't spend it all working––we have the rest of our lives to do that.

5. "Honestly, adulting is kind of a trap but it's a part of growing up." - Maggie

Adulting is rough. You're faced with the expense of living on your own, working every day from 8-5, upholding several responsibilities and it can be overwhelming. Even if you feel prepared now, you will feel belittled at some point. Even though it's rough, I've learned to embrace it. If we look back for our entire lives, we will never learn to embrace where we are. Enjoy every part of your life. Enjoy being in college and when you've graduated, enjoy adulthood. Did I enjoy college? Yes, absolutely. But I don't wish for it back. Because I know that each phase in our life is beautiful and it's up to us to enjoy it.

6. "Learn to budget now, your future self will thank you later." - Maredith

One of the most important things to do is to determine what you need from what you want. We live in a world that is name brand driven. Not only in clothing but in cleaning products, food, and cars. We tend to look at people that are in later stages of life and say "I wish I had their life" with their fancy clothes, nice cars, and material items. We then start to emulate our lives to be like their's and not taking into account we're not in the same stage of life as them. No newly college graduate will have a career that will allow them to live the same way someone in an established career would. It's not glamorous but that's okay. If you do right now what no one else will do, you'll be doing things in 20 years what no else can imagine. If you save now, you will be set up to live a life so much more comfortable than others.

7. "Find the courage to live authentically as yourself." - Liz

Find the courage to live authentically as yourself. There is nothing more freeing than knowing you are perfectly made by our God. Surround yourself with friends who love you, support you and build you up to believe in the beauty that was inside you all along. Be confident in yourself; college is tough, but the real world is tougher. When you find these friends, you won't worry about what is to come. You will understand that when you have people you love, you have everything you need. We focus what too much on what is to come––but I say embrace it. Embrace it hand-in-hand with those who you can depend on.

"Life is tough, but darling, so are you."

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