First Day Of Classes Ponderings As Told By 'The Office'

First Day Of Classes Ponderings As Told By 'The Office'

The Office perfectly describes many situations, including the first day of college classes.

Today was the first day of fall classes, and over all it was a super chill, successful first day. Everything was a breeze (I mean, the first day is syllabus day after all, so how difficult could it be?), and I had a lot of thoughts run through my head on how to make it a really good first day, and how to avoid the things that would make it not-so-great. And I came to realize,

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"The Office" can perfectly describe the thoughts I, and probably many other students, had on the first day.

*Alarm goes off* Is it worth skipping the first day of classes?

I mean, it is syllabus day after all, so that doesn't really count as class. I may as well keep sleeping...

Please let there be parking...oh, what do you know, there's not.

There's nothing like circling the parking lot for twenty minutes, hoping someone leaves at the perfect time you can pull in, that is until you give up all hope and stalk a student to their car so you can take that space.

Oh hey friend!!

Seeing a friend on the first day, especially when you go to a large school, is a blessing.

Oh no...not you, please don't make eye contact with me.

But then again, sometimes you see that person you really do not want to see and you may take a sudden turn or quickly pull out your phone and look down to avoid them.

Why are there so many people??

Walking around campus, especially at a big school, can get crazy, especially between classes or trying to find a decent spot at the library. Even the food lines are crazy long. I just want to get through my day without people stepping on my toes, k?

Dang, that person is super attractive. I hope we have a class together.

We all have those crushes on people at college that we see around campus, but never have a class together and will probably never speak to one another, so it's a lost cause, but on the first day, we get to scope out any cuties there could, maybe, probably not be a chance for.

I'm so ready for this class, bring it on.

I always feel super confident the first day for classes that I know a little of what it's about or if it sounded interesting. I have everything I need, I'm smart, let's do this.

I already know this class is going to suck.

Oh god, why did I sign up for this. Why is this required. I am going to die. Maybe I should just drop out.

That's it, I'm dropping out.

When you're at your first day of classes, and question once more why you're even in college.

Finally, a class that's probably going to be super chill.

Whether the professor is super lax, the material seems easy, the class seems fun, or the classmates seem tolerable, hopefully we all have at least one class we're looking forward to after the first day.

Attendance isn't mandatory? You're the real MVP, prof.

This is a rarity that occurs in college, but if the teacher says attendance isn't mandatory on the first day (or that he/she doesn't really count off for not coming to class), you can bet you won't see me for even half the semester.

Wait, am I even in the right place/class?

I always have a nightmare that I'll show up at the wrong class or wrong time or even the wrong day (so far this hasn't happened), so I usually triple check the room number and may even ask a classmate. Being late or in the wrong class the first day? NOT okay.

Are you kidding me? The professor is already assigning things for class??

It's the first day, and you expect it to be a chill syllabus day, but NO, the professor has already decided to jump into material...

My bank account is about to weep after I buy these textbooks and materials.

Why on earth are books so expensive? And other class materials? I'm already struggling financially being a college student, so why hurt me and my bank account further?

Finally, the first day is over.

I have survived, and now I just have to survive the rest of the semester...

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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.


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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Sometimes "Out With The Old In With The New" Isn't the Best thing

We can't lose touch of the simpler things in life


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All in all, as we continue to develop, I will continue to advocate for the simpler moments and the simpler times. I don't think my kids will need iPhones right out of elementary school, I'll continue to visit the same hometown shops and give them as much business as possible, I'll always ask if he kids want coloring sheets at the dinner table. Although these small things might not matter in our everyday new world, they matter to me. I will always try to have so much fun that I forget to document things with my phone. The laughter and memories without the technology present. Those are the moments worth remembering.

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