There's No Use Crying Over A Dropped Highlighter

There's No Use Crying Over A Dropped Highlighter

Life is hard, college is hard, sometimes it's hard to remember that

Just a few days ago, my white MAC compact took a nose-dive off of my counter and landed on the floor. Needless to say, cream-colored sparkle powder covered my bathroom floor and my compact was left empty. The recent passing of my very favorite highlighter made me sad! That was my favorite highlighter, it was a gift and it was from a special holiday collection so I can’t just buy another one.

My highlighter taking a plunge was the cherry on top of this already stressful semester. I am struggling in some of my classes, a professor and I don’t see eye-to-eye on some things and some of my school activities are becoming overbearing. This is all on top of personal issues that have been making it near impossible to stay focused on what I really need to focus on.

Some of my friends are going through difficult times as well, and I tend to make their problems my problems in an attempt for them to not feel alone when going through difficult times. Long story short, I feel like I am drowning in problems and very rarely do the problems seem to lift.

I try to escape my problems by going to previously relaxing activities like listening to music or playing Grand Theft Auto V, but those don’t even seem to help me escape all of the problems this semester has presented. I often feel down or helpless like I give my all to climb to the top, but the top just keeps getting farther away.

Except the other day, I realized something when I dropped my highlighter, there’s nothing I can do about it. For the better or for the worse, I can do absolutely nothing about my highlighter being busted into tiny bits and pieces so there is no use crying over it. School has been difficult, and I have done my share of work, however, I know the outcome of one of my classes already and there’s nothing I can do about it.

College is hard; don’t let anyone tell you any different. Every major at every school has very challenging parts. Some classes may get you down, but you can’t put your life on hold. You can’t put your life on hold for any problem, really. Some issues may require a lot more steps to resolve, but at the end of the day, what’s done is done. Remember to keep your head high and just move forward.

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Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.


When I was younger I resented you, I hated every ounce of you, and I used to question why God would give me a parent like you. Not now. Now I see the beauty and the blessings behind having an addict for a parent. If you're reading this, it isn't meant to hurt you, but rather to thank you.

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Thank you for showing me how to love.

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Thank you for making me strong.

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The Ultimate Disney College Program Bucket List

*Quits college for a semester to work for Walt Disney*


Less than two months and I'll officially be a Walt Disney World Cast Member!! I'm so excited but super nervous to live alone on the other side of the country. So to keep my mind off of everything I'm going to be missing at home, I came up with a short and to-able Disney College Program bucket list. It's everything I want to do during my program, but it's things that regular people can do on their Disney trip too, so I'm sharing it.

1. Four parks in one day.

Challenge accepted.

2. Take a picture with the Mickey Balloons.

3. Meet as many characters as you can.


4. Get as many autographs as you can.


5. Stay in the parks from open to close.


6. Visit the parks alone.


As scary as it may seem, I'm going to try to enjoy the parks alone.

7. Obviously get a picture in front of the castle.


8. See as many shows/parades as possible.


Okay so maybe you aren't going to Paris but Disney World in Florida has this too lol.



10. Character breakfast.


What better way to start your day than with the most important meal with your favorite characters. But obviously look happier than this little girl.

11. Eat around the world.


Maybe you'll have a Lady and the Tramp moment.

12. Eat at every restaurant.

Dinner and a show anyone? But maybe not every restaurant, considering Be Our Guest is just one that has like a 4+ month reservation.

13. Ride every ride, no matter what.


14. Take a picture on Main Street when it's empty.


15. Find as many hidden mickeys as you can.

16. Take a picture with all the cool walls as backgrounds.

Basic but necessary.

17. Resort hopping!


Bonus: Find/meet as many celebrities as you can.

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