I Dislike The Classics, But Anne Of Green Gables Taught Me Valuable Life Lessons

I Dislike The Classics, But Anne Of Green Gables Taught Me Valuable Life Lessons

This fiery redhead opened my eyes to how I can change my life for the better.

Literature teachers and literary buffs have all recommended me a classic at one point in time, but I've always listened through one ear and let it flow out the other. "Pride and Prejudice?" No thanks, not really my style. But during one boring summer, I started "Anne of Green Gables" out of sheer desperation for something to do. Much to my surprise, I enjoyed the book immensely.

I felt a connection with the protagonist, young Anne who committed mistake after mistake until she grew into a responsible young lady. Author Lucy Montgomery did a great job in developing her character and illustrating life as a bumpy road that one must get through in order to move onto greater things.

Anne's mess-ups ranged from accidentally getting her best friend Diana drunk to jumping off a roof and spraining her ankle, but no matter how bad it was, she tried her best to fix it and moved on. Over time, any turmoil she caused was forgotten, the people involved eventually forgave her and she learned enough to refrain from making the mistake again.

What I learned was that stewing on the past won't get you anywhere; you must move on and do things differently in order to end up in a better situation.

Anne had many layers to her (as most people do) that made her a complex, multidimensional character. She had insecurities about her appearance, specifically her red hair. Because of that, she often resented those who made fun of her insecurities, such as her classmate and future husband, Gilbert Blythe. After one mean comment about her hair, Gilbert received the silent treatment for more than five years.

This conflict brought to light the issue revolving around body image and self confidence that teenage girls have growing up and how such problems can impact personal relationships. If Anne had not taken the insult to heart, she could have become friends with Gilbert sooner and avoided any animosity towards her fellow classmates who supported Gilbert.

Therefore, what I took out of this was that no matter what your appearance, accept yourself and have confidence in your abilities (and of course, forgive and forget!)

Close to the end of the book, Anne's adopted mother, Marilla Cuthbert, was too old to tend to the farm so she planned to sell it to provide money for tuition. Anne, refusing to give up her childhood home, rejected her dream job for a much closer one so she could visit more often to run the farm. Her selfless act born out of love for her family made it a win-win situation which, besides being a great conclusion, emphasized the importance of supporting those you love and sticking by your family.

It made me realize all that my family does to assist me and to appreciate their efforts more.

Yes, "Anne of Green Gables" may have the reputation that most classics have: dreary, slow and old. But that does not mean it cannot be an amazing read for those hoping to learn more about themselves through endearing characters.

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11 Things Psychology Majors Hear That Drive Them Crazy

No pun intended.

We've all been there. You're talking to a new acquaintance, or a friend of your parents, or whoever. And then, you get the dreaded question.

"So what are you studying in school?"

Cue the instant regret of picking Psychology as your major, solely for the fact that you are 99.9% likely to receive one of the slightly comical, slightly cliche, slightly annoying phrases listed below. Don't worry though, I've included some responses for you to use next time this comes up in conversation. Because it will.

Quick side note, these are all real-life remarks that I've gotten when I told people I was a psych major.

Here we go.

1. So are you, like, analyzing me right now?

Well, I wasn't. But yeah. Now I am.

2. Ugh so jealous! You picked the easy major.

"Lol" is all I have to say to this one. I'm gonna go write my 15-page paper on cognitive impairment. You have fun with your five college algebra problems, though!

3. So can you tell me what you think is wrong with me? *Shares entire life story*

Don't get me wrong; I love listening and helping people get through hard times. But we can save the story about how one time that one friend said that one slightly rude comment to you for later.

4. Well, s**t, I have to be careful what I say around you.

Relax, pal. I couldn't diagnose and/or institutionalize you even if I wanted to.

5. OMG! I have the perfect first client for you! *Proceeds to vent about ex-boyfriend or girlfriend*

Possible good response: simply nod your head the entire time, while actually secretly thinking about the Ben and Jerry's carton you're going to go home and demolish after this conversation ends.

6. So you must kind of be like, secretly insane or something to be into Psychology.

Option one: try and hide that you're offended. Option two: just go with it, throw a full-blown tantrum, and scare off this individual, thereby ending this painful conversation.

7. Oh. So you want to be a shrink?

First off, please. Stop. Calling. Therapists. Shrinks. Second, that's not a psych major's one and only job option.

8. You know you have to go to grad school if you ever want a job in Psychology.

Not completely true, for the record. But I am fully aware that I may have to spend up to seven more years of my life in school. Thanks for the friendly reminder.

9. So you... want to work with like... psychopaths?

Let's get serious and completely not-sarcastic for a second. First off, I take personal offense to this one. Having a mental illness does not classify you as a psycho, or not normal, or not deserving of being treated just like anyone else on the planet. Please stop using a handful of umbrella terms to label millions of wonderful individuals. It's not cool and not appreciated.

10. So can you, like, read my mind?

It actually might be fun to say yes to this one. Try it out and see what happens. Get back to me.

11. You must be a really emotional person to want to work in Psychology.

Psychology is more than about feeling happy, or sad, or angry. Psychology is about understanding the most complex thing to ever happen to us: our brain. How it works the way it does, why it works the way it does, and how we can better understand and communicate with this incredibly mysterious, incredibly vast organ in our tiny little skull. That's what psychology is.

So keep your head up, psychology majors, and don't let anyone discourage you about choosing, what is in my opinion, the coolest career field out there. The world needs more people like us.

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