Don't Let The Struggles Of Life Bring You Down

Don't Let The Struggles Of Life Bring You Down

We can’t control what happens to us, but we can control how we react to it.

Life’s hard. There’s no denying that. There are highs and lows, ups and downs, but that’s what makes life exciting and worthwhile. In the past month, I’ve experienced both elation and devastation. It’s through this devastation, though, that what makes you appreciate and cherish those moments of elation. You realize that life brings those hard times unexpectedly, which is why you need to live life to the fullest – you never know what tomorrow will bring.

When most people meet me, I try to be happy and positive. But what most people don’t know is that I’ve overcome struggles, experienced hardships, and sadness. Things that have made me realize that the small things, those tiny inconveniences that we so often let ruin our day, are incredibly insignificant. We often tell ourselves that these things don’t matter, that we won’t let the little things get to us, but far too often we fall back into that pattern. However, when you encounter those hardships, it becomes easier and easier to overcome those issues.

When I was just starting middle school, my sister suffered a catastrophic brain injury that left her in the hospital for nearly 100 days. She had to relearn everything, from walking to talking, even eating. She was on a feeding tube for 5 years. My family watched as time and time again she came close to death, and every time she overcame.

More than once my family watched, knowing that the outcome was beyond our control and out of our hands. But now, coming up on 10 years later, we are still a united front. The joy of seeing her improvements and all the struggles she overcame made our family incredibly close and ensured that we appreciate every single moment, never taking a second for granted.

Life throws things at us that sometimes don’t make sense, that seem unfair and confusing. But no matter how hard those things are, life goes on. You have to keep going. Even though it may seem like you can’t go on, you have to try. What I’ve learned through my own experiences is that you have to take every struggle and hardship and use it to motivate you, to make a difference.

What my family experienced was terrible, but we didn’t let it break us. We allowed it to make us closer, to appreciate every day and to try to make a difference in this world. There’s no denying that I didn’t ask time and time again why did this happen. But it did happen. And unfortunately, there’s no way to change that.

It’s hard when at times you see people freak out over minuscule things. But in the grand scheme of things, those tiny things, which at the time may stink, don’t actually matter.

In life, the true things that matter are being happy, being surrounded by the people you love, and leaving a positive impact on the world. That is what is important in this world.

I encourage everyone to try to not sweat the small stuff, to keep positivity in their lives even when their world seems to be falling apart because that’s life. We can’t control what happens to us, but we can control how we react to it. We only have one life, so it’s important to make the most of it.

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20 Fun Facts To Use When Introducing Yourself

As we embark on the semester, we are put on the spot in order to share interesting details about ourselves. This article discloses possible fun facts to tell others!

After experiencing my first week of classes, I have learned that every student needs a handy-dandy list of fun facts about themselves to tell other people. Many professors use the first couple of classes to learn about their students, so you may need to think about who you are and how you want to introduce yourself to your professor and classmates. We all have that one go-to interesting fact about ourselves, but sometimes you just have to mix it up!

1. My favorite hobby is...

What do you do in your free time? Personally, I love to stay active! I am a competitive Latin dancer and enjoy teaching and taking Zumba classes, going to the gym, and hiking.

2. I love...

Is there something, someone, or somewhere that you love? What makes your heart ache? What do you miss when it's gone? I can say that I love my friends because I feel my most confident when I'm surrounded by those who love and support me.

3. I look up to...

Is there someone you adore? Who mesmerizes you? Who do you wish to learn from? After watching "A Ballerina's Tale," I discovered Misty Copeland. In 2015 she became the first African American ballet dancer to become the Female Principal Dancer at American Ballet Theatre. Her passion, grace, and strength continuously motivate me to better myself as an athlete and an individual.

4. This art speaks to me because...

Coco Chanel said, "In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different." This encourages me to always follow my heart no matter what. I will never follow society's standards and norms because they do not define me. Chanel's saying definitely influences my character and lifestyle.

5. A funny and/or embarrassing memory of me is...

When you make others laugh they want to spend time and make memories with you! Don't be afraid to embarrass yourself. You will come off as down to earth, easy-going, and loyal.

6. My siblings or lack thereof influenced me by...

I can go on and on about my brother, who is 10 years older than I. We have opposite personalities and despite the age gap, we're quite close.

7. My pet(s) are my life because...

Only sad people don't like hearing about furry creatures, even if your pets are slimy and slithering creatures all human beings enjoy hearing pet tales!

8. I'm afraid of...

Your personality can be revealed by your likes and dislikes, including the things that you fear. I am terrified of change and the unknown, hence, the future is an anxiety-inducing topic to discuss for me.

9. I am the way I am because...

What have you gone through in life that has shaped you into who you are today? Remember to be open minded and allow yourself to open up to your peers. You may be surprised by how others respond and/or what others have endured as well.

10. The most unusual item that can be found in your dorm...

This is a fun fact about yourself that can easily liven up an awkward conversation. Think about your quirks and differences! One item I have in my dorm is my teddy bear, Peter, whom I like to joke is my boyfriend.

11. My dream job is...

In college, "What's your major?" is a widespread question. Nonetheless, skip the boring statement of "I'm majoring in..." and go in depth on what your dream job is (hopefully your major factors in to this dream of yours).

12. My hidden talents are...

Angelina Jolie is a knife thrower. Kendall Jenner can produce bird noises. Amanda Seyfried can crochet and knit. Is there anything special you can do? Some people have rare and unique talents, maybe you can think of some hidden talents of your own!

13. My guilty pleasure is...

I will say it a million times: don't be shy when introducing yourself to new people! I'll start by divulging my guilty pleasure: Youtube's family vlogging channel, "OKBaby"!

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14. Some activities on my bucket list are...

This is an easy way to grab people's attention and find others with similar desires as you. Be an adventurer! Go out of your comfort zone!

15. Talk about your best friend...

How would your best friend describe you? What do you love to do with your best friend?

16. Talk about an accomplishment of yours...

You are incredible and have achieved so much! Reveal something that you are proud of — show off a little!

17. This one time at my job...

Bosses breathing down your neck. Curious coworkers asking personal questions. Cursing customers who never leave you alone. Your job can be filled with tons of hilarious situations that can easily entertain a crowd.

18. During the summer...

Any scars with stories? Any summer flings? Any lessons learned from the tanning too long? Now that summer is over, disclose memories that can leave positive impressions on others.

19. I volunteer at...

Do you do any community service? Share a funny moment while you were volunteering. What did you learn while there? Would you continue?

20. [blank] is meaningful to me because...

What do you appreciate in life? What brightens your day? What makes you fall in love? What does someone have to do to make you smile?

Finally, remember to be outgoing! Reveal that three-mile smile and open your arms to learning about others. Spread smiles, love, and happiness.

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Stop Doing These 6 Things In College

College is not about sleeping ten hours and partying every night, it is learning and hard work.


I want to start by saying that you are allowed to have fun in college. It's your time to realize who you are, who you're not. However, that should not be an excuse to be careless and waste thousands and thousands of dollars based on poor decisions.

If you or someone else you know is having trouble figuring out where you're going wrong in college, here are just some things you should stop doing to hopefully better your college experience academically.

​Skipping class.​​

Point blank. Period. Every class you skip is hundreds of dollars going down the drain. It is so disrespectful to professors and most importantly, you're hurting your chance to get a good education.

Eating fast food every day.

1. It's unhealthy, and 2. it is crazy expensive! I mean if you have the money and work out a lot, go for it I guess. Go crazy and try to cook something different every once in a while!

Going out to drink every day of the week.

You have better things to do than to go out every night and drink and party. Every night or every other night is kind of excessive? Just be safe, choose your time wisely, take care of yourself.

Not doing your homework.

Where do you think that will get you?

Procrastinating all day every day.

I am guilty of this sometimes myself. But make time to get your stuff done! You'll thank me later.

Giving up.

Use your resources, get help with a tutor or visit your professors. Do not give up!

And always remember: No excuses.

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