17 Things Happening In Our Last Year At Elms

17 Things Happening In Our Last Year At Elms

And the count down to the rest of our lives begins
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Here we go y'all. About to start our last first week of classes. I don't think I could be anymore excited yet so nervous all at the same time. We have so much to look forward to during our last year here on campus (at least for our undergrad studies). So grab the tissues and get ready for the water works to begin.

1. Last Move-in day...

Some of us will be getting our room keys, carrying plastic bins to our rooms, and decorating our dorms for the last time. You'll probably be looking at the freshmen thinking that they're so lucky that this is their first time experiencing move-in day. Or maybe you're thinking thank goodness this is the last time I'll have to do this. Or maybe you're a commuter, and won't have to worry about the tears that the last move-in day comes with.

2. Our last Elms Night...

It's the last time we're all going out together before classes start. I know it's a sad thing to think about, but don't let that stop you from getting all dolled up and ready to celebrate.

3. Opening Convocation...

Remember going to this with your freshmen seminar class? Now we get to go to it again, but this time we'll be in our caps and gowns welcoming the new freshmen to Elms College. It's going to be so exciting having a class looking up to us this time around.

4. Applying for graduation...

When I first saw this, I thought it was a silly concept but I totally get it now. You need to make sure that all your credits are completed and ready for graduation.

5. Our last time registering for classes...

After this, there's no more meeting with our advisors to pick the classes we need to finish our degree. We're registering for the last few classes that we need.

6. Applying for grad school...

Who's going to graduate school right after this? Why not go right away, while you're still in the swing of things?

7. Our last Winter on Campus...

Campus looks better with some snow, at least to me it does. Even though campus is pretty, as a commuter I will not miss having to park on campus in the winter. Or miss the dirty and wet shoes from walking through the salt and melting snow.

8. Starting the hunt for your post degree career...

Unless you've already found it and landed the job. For those of that have, Congrats! To those who are on the search, good luck with your endeavours and I hope you find your dream job.

9. Our last Spring Semester...

Here's to the last time that we're going to see the trees bloom. Or sitting by the fireplace as the sun peeks out from behind the clouds warmer up our faces after the long, snowy, and cold winters.

10. Student teaching, Nursing practicums, and internships, oh my!

Time to start getting a taste of what our futures are going to look like. Whether we're doing our student teaching, nursing practicums, or an internship, we're going to be dabbling a little into what we're most passionate about. I don't know about y'all but it sounds like it's going to be one of the most rewarding experiences during our undergrad years.

11. 100 days...

And the countdown begins! Only 100 days till we graduate. And of course we can't forget to celebrate with all of our Elms traditions.

12. Our last Spring Break...

Oh, decisions decisions. Sh ould we spend the money to go somewhere fun for spring break or save the money for those pesky loans we'll have to start paying off soon. I say live it up one last time.

13. 50 days...

The countdown continues as we're getting closer and closer to the end. That's something I think that we can all drink to. See y'all at the seat!

14. Our last days as student athletes...

I'm personally not an athlete this year. But I could only imagine how emotional this year is going to be for all of you athletes. I'm wishing y'all the best of luck at every game. Make the class of 2017 and Elms look good out there on the field, court, or mat.

15. Baccalaureate...

What would commencement at a Catholic college be without this. Don't think I've ever been to one, but I feel like it's like their blessing our new degrees and lives before we enter the workforce.

16. Commencement...

Commencement, sounds a little bit nicer than graduation. Sounds more professional and mature, which is the life that we're about to go into. Finishing college is a little different than finishing high school. We've found the career fields that we want to work in and we're about to pursue our dreams and the rest of our lives.

17. The Last Summer...

...before the rest of our lives. So live it up. Travel. Stargaze. Daydream. Do it all now before you start that new career or graduate school.

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.

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To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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To The High School Senior Nearing The End Of This Chapter, Feel Free To Look Back

Trust me, you're going to want to.

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Right now you can't wait to leave. You can't wait for that fresh start, new friends, independence… the list is never-ending. But coming from someone two years removed from high school, please take it all in. Take in those last goofy times in class. All those fun car rides in the middle of the night with your friends where you laugh so hard you cry. Spending all day long with the friends you've known your whole life… remember how it feels in your heart. Enjoy graduation and take lots of pictures. Remember to always remain in the moment during all of these events. Don't let anything ruin it for you. That carefree feeling you have right now and will continue to have this summer will pass whether you believe it or not. Adulthood crawls in quicker than you think…

You will be left with the memories of what was, never to see or speak to so many people you once genuinely had so much fun with. High school is such a unique experience and I believe many of us take it granted because it is a necessity. We look at it as a chore because of mundane things like it being boring and having to wake up so early. In the moment we fail to see how fun it actually was. It is often only afterward that we realize just what we really had in those 4 years. Admittedly, I never thought I missed much of anything about high school, and I especially never thought I would. But here I am, two years later and I'm just realizing how easy I had it. High school was hard, but when I say the real world is harder, please take my words to heart. I am a firm believer that high school, in general, is a massive bubble.

Not to say that the bubble is bad. But the bubble will break, and it's more jarring to some than others. So don't let it impact you in a negative way, be prepared for its impact and conquer it! My point is, know that high school is not supposed to be the best four years of your life, but it is a time of your life where most people have the least worries, and that is something you can't get back. Worries and stress are subjective, so of course, we all thought our lives were over multiple times in high school, but we shortly realized that was not the case.

Your last teenage years should be taken in stride. Don't wish them away for older age, enjoy them. You'll never get them back, so you might as well stay in the moment.

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