To Anyone Going Through Big Changes, Everything Is Going To Be Ok

To Anyone Going Through Big Changes, Everything Is Going To Be Ok

Don't let the stress of change blind you from the excitement of the future.


Change is one of the hardest things in life. We're creatures of habit, so change can often be really uncomfortable. I personally hate change, but I never had to deal with its fiery wrath until my family began the process of moving about a year and a half ago.

Things were rough for me when the topic of moving came up. I was finishing high school and already had the stress of finding a college and picking a major on my back. My family wasn't just planning on moving a town over, we were planning a move multiple states away to the south. By the time we put our house up, I was in college. I was both excited about a new beginning in a new state with new people, but also dreaded the idea of actually moving.

The stress weighed on me like crazy and only got worse when we had buyers. The time between selling our old house and buying a new one feels like a blur to me. There was a constant anxiety about not feeling settled. Beyond that, I had to transfer to both a job and a college in our new state. The stress of money was absolutely crippling. The first month or so after I moved felt so hard because there were a million things to do.

By now I've almost been here a year, and it's been so much better. I'm settled in a job with great coworkers, I go to a school I really enjoy, and I live in a more exciting place with opportunities to grow. I don't think I would have as many opportunities in my old town.

Comparing myself to last year makes me kind of laugh. I couldn't even imagine being so relaxed and settled like I am now. The change I went through was so rough and scary because there was so much left in the unknown. I know so many young people are going through big changes right now, and I really want it to be known that the pain and stress and confusion is worth the end result.

Take the stress of change one day at a time. Remember to look ahead and get excited about the future. Don't let the stress from change take over. Take time for yourself and make sure to express your feelings of fear and anxiety to others. You're going to be okay, everything is going to work out the way it's supposed to.

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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.


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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