15 Encouraging Quotes For The Incoming College Freshmen

15 Encouraging Quotes For The Incoming College Freshmen

Always stay true to yourself.

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Transitioning from high school to college is pretty hard. On one hand, you're excited about staring this journey, but on the other, you're terrified. There are days when you'll feel like you're on top of the world and then there are the days when you just want to curl up in the bed and cry.

I want this listicle to help those who are having a hard time transitioning into the college life.

1. "Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it." -Michael Jordan

2. "If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again." -Flavia

3. "Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud." -Maya Angelou

4. "Whenever you find yourself doubting how far you can go, just remember how far you have come." -Author Unknown

5. "No matter the number of times you fail you must be determined to succeed. You must not lose hope. Don't stop in your storm." -Tony Narams

6."In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity." — Albert Einstein

7. ”Fall seven times, stand up eight.” – Japanese Proverb

8. “What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly. “ -Richard Bach

9. “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.“ – Henry Thoreau

10. “Never let the odds keep you from doing what you know in your heart you were meant to do.“ – H. Jackson Brown Jr

11. “When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” -Franklin D Roosevelt

12. “The Way Get Started Is To Quit Talking And Begin Doing.” – Walt Disney

13. “We May Encounter Many Defeats But We Must Not Be Defeated.” – Maya Angelou

14. “It’s Not Whether You Get Knocked Down, It’s Whether You Get Up.” – Vince Lombardi

15. “We Generate Fears While We Sit. We Overcome Them By Action.” – Dr. Henry Link

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Dear Mom and Dad, You Don't Understand What College Is Actually Like In The 21st Century

I can skip class. I can leave early, and I can show up late. But, ya see, I am not doing that.
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College is not what you think it is. I am not sitting in a classroom for six hours listening to a professor speak about Shakespeare and the WW2.

I am not given homework assignments every night and told to hand them in next class.

I do not know my daily grade for each of the five classes I am taking, and I don't know if my professor even knows my name.

College today is a ton different than how it was 20+ years ago.

I go to class for about maybe three hours a day. Most of my time working on "college" is spent outside of the classroom. I am the one responsible for remembering my homework and when my ten-page essay is due.

I can skip class. I can leave early, and I can show up late. But, ya see, I am not doing that. I am a responsible person, even if you do not think I am.

I do get up every morning and drive myself to class. I do care about my assignments, grades, my degree, and my career.

I spend a lot of time on campus having conversations with my friends and relaxing outside.

I am sick of older generations thinking that us millennials are lazy, unmotivated, and ungrateful. While I am sure there are some who take things for granted, most of us paying to get a degree actually do give a s**t about our work ethic.

Dear mom and dad, I do care about my future and I am more than just a millennial looking to just get by.

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This One’s For Africa

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Read through to the end for an amazing Toto reference.

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It's now been a week since I stepped foot on the African continent for the first time in my life. I first visited Johannesburg, where my dad and I spent a day on an 'apartheid tour.'

This tour consisted of visiting Shanty Town, one of the poorest communities in South Africa. The living conditions were indeed different. They had to steal electricity through homemade wires connected to the telephone poles. They had only a few porta potties for ten families to share. They had several spickets to obtain fresh water from. There was no heating in the houses, which were made from pieces of painted aluminum.

Such inconvenient circumstances have come from years of oppression towards black people in South Africa. It was incredibly sad to know that these problems still exist and that apartheid only ended so recently.

On the other hand, the people showed very little anger. Despite their living situations, the people of Shanty Town were so kind and welcoming. Everyone we passed smiled and waved, often even saying hello or asking about our wellbeing.

It brought some serious warmth to our hearts to see their sense of community. Everyone was in it together, and no man was left behind. They created jobs and opportunities for one another. They supported each other.

The next part of the day included a tour of Nelson Mandela's old house. We then made a trip to the Apartheid Museum.

Overall, Johannesburg did not disappoint. The city contains a rich history that human beings as a whole can learn a lot from. Johannesburg is a melting pot that still contains a multitude of issues concerning racism and oppression of certain cultures.

After two days in Johannesburg, my family made our way to Madikwe game reserve, where we stayed at Jaci's Lodge.

The safari experience was absolutely incredible. Quite cold (it's winter in Africa right now), but amazing enough to make up for the shivering. We saw all my favorite animals: giraffes galore, elephants, zebras, impalas, lions, hyenas, wildebeests, rhinos, you name it. While my favorite animal will always be the giraffe, I don't think any sighting could beat when two different herds of elephants passed through a watering hole to fuel up on a drink.

Finally on June 1st, I flew to George to start my program with Africa Media in Mossel Bay. On Sunday, we went on an 'elephant walk.'

The safari was certainly cool, but that makes the elephant walk ice cold. We got to walk alongside two male elephants - one was 25, the other 18. They were so cute!! We got to stroke their skin, trunk, and tusks. They had their own little personalities and were so excited to receive treats (fruits and vegetables) at the end of the journey.

My heart couldn't be more full. Africa, you have become my favorite continent. And it sure is going to take a lot to drag me away from you.

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