Embracing October

Embracing October

the best month of the year

Hello October.

The month that opens up to the best time of the year. Cooler weather, fire pits, s'mores, apple cider, snow, sweaters, coffee, fuzzy socks, Christmas movies, sugar cookies, cardigans, Christmas lights, pumpkins, breaks from school, Christmas trees, leaves changing colors...I mean the list can just keep going.

October means that the year is 3/4 of the way over. WHAT? That's right even if it sounds a little crazy. To me, October means that the semester is almost over. It is the last FULL month of the school year before I am able to throw all my papers in the air and return my rented books.

October also means that the weather will finally start cooling down (well it is suppose to). I can finally break out the fluffy cardigans and worn out flannels. I can transition from the Nike shorts to sweats and trade in my chaos for my tennis shoes.

October means that the coffee shops will break out the pumpkin spice flavoring, Bath & Body will introduce their fall scented candles and you can turn in your summer scentsy smell in for an Autumn Sunrise or Pumpkin Marshmallow aroma.

October means that Andy's will bring back their Pumpkin Pie Concrete and Target will constantly be filling the "Dollar" section with new fall/holiday related items. It means Hobby Lobby will be flooding your debit transactions and your house will be covered in hues of red, orange, yellow and brown.

October means fire pits and cozy blankets to snuggle up with. It means bundling up on the couch and leaving the window open so you can hear the leaves rustle. It means cuddling up next to your favorite person and not sweating to death. It means projecting "Hocus Pocus" on the side of your house ad making caramel apples to eat.

October means long nights with friends, driving around with the heat on and talking about life. Talking about the hopes are for the last three months of the current year and what you hope the next year will bring.

October means going to twelve different pumpkin patches and buying two pumpkins are everyone one because you just can't help yourself. It means painting those pumpkins you picked with your closest friends because they truly will not judge you for how they turn out. It means finding every haunted house within a 50 mile radius and screaming your heart out at every one. It means late nights and endless laughs.

October means sitting in a random coffee shops for hours pouring over homework, visiting with friends and always consuming coffee. It means going to the same coffee shop and spending $25 a week because you just cannot wait to try a few flavor. It means the workers know your name and you have a certain "spot" you are always at.

October means raking up leaves and making the biggest leaf pile ever imagined, then jumping into it with your closest family/friends. It means taking the perfect (senior, single, family, couple) pictures; with the leaves all changing colors and the temperature not too hot but not too cold.

October means Thanksgiving is just around the corner, reminding us all that soon we will get to spend a few days with our family. It means that you can finally eat some of grandmas pumpkin pie or eat some of grandpas famous turkey. It means board games with your family after you've all ate too much.

October means adventure. It means grabbing your friends or your partner, dropping everything you're doing and going. Make new memories. You've got three months left in the year-what alllllllll can you squeeze into them?

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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"!

Check them out: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvUCbnwzySKgbKiB_...

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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When Enough Is Enough

You can't change someone who doesn't want to change themselves


When my ex-best friend decided to compromise our friendship because of a guy, I understood and wished her the best even though she trashed talked me heavily. When my boyfriend of six months decided to break up with me because I was too emotional after my knee surgery, I blamed myself for being too unstable. When no one was there for me at my lowest of times last semester, I thought it was because I didn't deserve comfort. All my life my parents have taught me to be there for others regardless of who they are or where they come from. I have embodied that deeply, but I used to fail to know when my compassion was being abused or not reciprocated back.

I have a hard time saying no to those who need me at their time of distress because I want to make things easier for anyone regardless of how big or little I can help. A few things I learned as I got older was that you can't change someone who doesn't want to change themselves. This was a hard pill to swallow because I have stood by people who never wanted to change themselves, but I was with them regardless. In the end, they were still the same and I came out emotionally drained.

Now I'm not saying that if your friend is doing something you disagree with that you leave them, but they should be appreciative or willing to work with you. If not, it's just a one-way road that leads nowhere and can sometimes be emotionally toxic. Another thing I learned was that you are not everyone's mother. Mistakes are prone to happen, but if its a continual cycle then it's just a usual habit. You could have some influence over them, but some people enjoy this negative attention and fake sympathy.

This year, I have encountered a lot of this and as much as I wanted to be a helping hand, I realized that it would only drag me down. Knowing where I stand in a situation has helped me to realize what control I have over the problem and myself.

For a while, I just thought I was a fool or stupid for being taken advantage of, but I wasn't. I was who I was and I should not penalize myself for that. Just because others are too caught up with themselves or who they can pry attention from, doesn't mean I should shut myself away from helping others who do need and value my help.

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