To The Girl Who Is Struggling

To The Girl Who Is Struggling

Happiness is the key to success. Be fearless. Be brave. Be happy.

You see all your friends from high school posting about how this is their last few weeks of college and it makes you feel bad. Why? Because you are a year behind, maybe even two. You watch them and feel jealousy rise because you tried so hard to "do things right." Several things could have gotten in your way: mental illness, family issues, health issues, or maybe you just weren't ready for school like your classmates were when fall rolled around the year you graduated high school.

There is nothing to be ashamed of. I got into my dream school and started the Fall of 2013, mere months after I graduated. I felt so ready, even if there were issues at home and my anxiety was getting worse. Even if I kept a mask on by saying how much I loved school and how well I was doing. If when I walked into class I was terrified because I had no idea what was going on. Or even if I was all alone. I struggled. I wasn't ready for college and it was showing, despite my efforts to hide it. I had no idea what to do.

For those who felt or are feeling this way I have some advice for you: Breathe. It's okay. You're okay.

I felt ashamed that I dropped out of college. I felt that I had to be stupid because everyone else was doing perfectly fine...or so I thought. I realized there was nothing wrong with the fact that I couldn't handle school. I need a break, it was perfectly okay. I took a few months to figure my life out and went back to college. I haven't left and have been on the dean's list every semester. Sometimes people need breaks, maybe you need a break. That's okay, whether you are just graduating high school or a junior in college. College is about learning new things but also, it's learning new things about yourself.

It's hard that I'm a year behind my fellow graduating class and it's normal that I am envious but I did what I had to do for me. I protected myself. I'm also happy for my friends and wish them well as the venture out and hope they know I won't be too far behind. So take those green eyes filled with envy off your friends and keep working towards your goal. I may not have graduated on time or conventionally but I am graduating and I will succeed because I learned one of the most important lessons in life early: Take care of yourself, above all else.

Happiness is the key to success. Remember you have the heart of a lion. Be fearless. Be brave. Be happy.

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Everyone knows that alcohol can often be associated with college life in a social aspect. But the question is, how does alcohol relate to the educational aspect of college. Biased or not this is how I see each major as an alcoholic drink or rearrange them as you see fit.

1. Engineering Majors - Moonshine

To those who excel in the engineering department, you show that you can handle tough times. Therefore, I'm sure a shot of moonshine would not phase those who are brave enough to study the subject.

2. Marketing Majors - Hard Cider

Due to the fact that marketing sort of goes along with business, hard cider is the way to go for you.

3. Business Majors - Beer

Just as thousands of others have chosen to do, you chose to be the basic student and study business. So you're stuck with the basic choice of drink, beer.

4. Communication Majors - Piña Colada

What's more fun and creative than a frozen or on the rocks drink with a cute little umbrella? Only a comm. student.

5. Education Majors - Wine

Let's be honest after a day spent with hundreds of kids, you need a smooth drink, but also something that'll help take the edge off.

6. Nursing Majors - Vodka

You're around sterilizing alcohol all day long, and honestly, there is such a small difference between that and vodka itself.

7. History Majors - Whiskey

Aged just like your major, whiskey and history never get old, and it'll never go out of style.

8. English Majors - Margaritas

Although the subject may not sound enticing, the thought of a margarita does. With the hiding taste of tequila, it doesn't hit you until the end, just as a well-written book.

9. Accounting - Martinis

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10. Chemistry/Biology/Pre Med Majors - Rum

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8 Things That All English Majors Known To Be True

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I am an English major, and I feel like an endangered species. Everyone that I come across here on Baylor's campus is some form of a biology major, whether they are going down the pre-med track or another pre-health objective. The few English majors that I come across bond together, because we alone understand the suffering that we go through.

While English majors are sometimes viewed as pursuing an easy major, being an English major is difficult. Here are 8 things that all English majors know to be true.

1. We always have reading to do.

While other majors have daily assignments to turn in, we English majors have readings. Lots and lots of readings. Sometimes to the point of having 200+ readings per night.

2. We are always writing essays.

While other majors have tests, we have essays. And just like readings, we have lots of them. Sometimes we have an essay per week per class.

3. We are glued to our computers.

With essays comes lots of time spent on our computers. Doing edits, typing for all hours during the day, and researching literature keeps our eyes glued to our computer all day. Every day.

4. We know all the features of Microsoft Word.

Sometimes we feel like computer programmers with our abilities to format Word documents. We can make them look like they were designed by professionals.

5. We've read all the classics.

"The Great Gatsby." "A Tale of Two Cities." "The Catcher in the Rye." "Pride and Prejudice." "Jane Eyre."

You name it, and we've probably read it (or been required to read it).

6. A trip to the bookstore is like a trip to heaven.

If you want to make an English major happy, take them to the bookstore. That is all.

7. We get excited when new books are released.

Every Tuesday brings new stories to the shelves. It also brings a lot of pain to our wallets.

8. We could spend all day reading.

No explanation needed here.

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