Family, Friends, Food, What More Could An Overworked And Underpaid College Student Want

Family, Friends, Food, What More Could An Overworked And Underpaid College Student Want

I'll bring the sweatpants. You bring the pie.


Let's not kid ourselves. We are that point in the semester where the papers are piling up, professors have lost all regard for our sanity and need for sleep, and life has become this big, scrunched up ball of stress. So, what do we need?

All of the food.

The stuff that your average college student deals with on a regular basis is actually laughable. A lot of us have part-time or full-time jobs and those jobs. For the most part, are in retail where the bosses firmly believe you don't have a life outside of your job and because you are a college student, you're replaceable so you have to plaster a super fake smile on your face, and just take the ridiculously small paychecks, rude encounters with customers, and the unneeded stress that comes with the job.

When you think about it, Thanksgiving is actually perfectly timed. It's towards the end of the semester and right before the stress of the holidays. Right before finals, college students get to indulge in huge vats of mac and cheese and all of the carbs. Granted, you do have to brave the awkward family questions about the direction of your life and whether or not you're seeing someone. Think about the stuffing and the mashed potatoes to get you through it. It'll make it worth it.

Thanksgiving is like the timeout where we, college students, gather strength through carb-loading and much-needed sleep to power through the end of the semester. Don't get us wrong. Seeing our family again and our friends is amazing. We just got distracted by the food and the comfy bed.

The past three months have been filled with ridiculous assignments, numerous deadlines, and for a lot of us, a job on top of all of this. We push through the long weeks caffeinated and determined. We are complete bosses at juggling our social life and workload. Well, for the most part. This is a pep talk so bear with me.

We handle all of this stress and tension and you know what the perfect reward is? Gravy. Lots and lots of gravy.

So, college students. Enjoy your Thanksgiving feast because babe, you one hundred percent deserve it. And to all of our lovely family members, if you see our eyes start to get that vacant sheen or any sign of emotional turmoil, pass the biscuits and the mac and cheese. We love in advance for it.

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From The Girl Who Skipped The Party Stage

Sorry, I am really not sorry that I'm skipping the party.

What's so wrong with skipping the party stage?

I can't count how many times I've been told I am missing out on the "best years of my life" because I'm not participating in stereotypical college party-girl behavior. I have even been told that I'll have a mid-life crisis because I am skipping this apparently crucial stage of life. Really? A freaking mid-life crisis? Because I'm skipping out on hooking up with strangers and being belligerently drunk every weekend?

Naturally, as a 19-year-old college student, my favorite pastime should be getting intoxicated. For some odd reason, though, I find it hard to believe that the best years of my life are supposed to be filled with moments that I won't remember.

Because my priorities lay in a different place than the stereotypical college kid doesn't by any means indicate that I am uptight, boring or a prude. Believe it or not, I get high on life just as much as you do on booze and weed.

Spending my time reading a good book with my morning coffee definitely tops a nasty hangover. Cuddling with my boyfriend of two years undoubtedly makes me happier than any one-night-stand ever could.

A successful girls' night for me is filled with hours of "Grey's Anatomy," ridiculous singing to Taylor Swift, and one-too-many slices of pizza — not dancing with girls that I barely know at a frat party.

Sorry, but if you're looking for someone to black out with and compliment your dress that is just too tight, I am not your girl. Want to have an actual discussion? Want to go to dinner, maybe even take a road trip? I am totes down for that.

When I look back on the best years of my life, I want my mind to be filled with memories that will bring a smile to my face — not a cringe.

Sorry, I am really not sorry that I'm skipping the party.

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College Can Be Difficult, But Trust Yourself, Girl

Life can throw you curveballs sometimes, and times can get tough, but it is SO important to pick yourself up and trust that you can do anything.


I'll be honest, this school year was one of the hardest years of my life. There were lots of moments throughout the year that I just wanted to go home and get away from it all. I had to be reminded that I have been raised to try as hard as you possibly can, and I was doing that. It took some determination and time, but I didn't give up.

No matter how bad I felt, I stayed and persevered.

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Through all the tears and change all around me, I decided to proceed to the finish line because I am NOT a quitter.

I decided that it was time for me to allow myself to fully, undeniably be me. I wanted to start doing the little things I enjoy again like working out, taking pictures, and simply just going out to do anything. I started forcing myself to take any opportunity that came my way, and it helped. One of the things that brought me so much joy was kickboxing – talk about therapeutic, people! Kickboxing at least three times a week helped my mood shift so much, and it was a start to seeing me again. I am so blessed with friends who would come over at, literally, any time of the day. Spending time with them helped me more than they could ever know. We did anything from just hanging out in my living room to splurging on a fun dinner. Through everything that I was doing daily, I was learning how to rely on myself. Looking back now, I have never really had to know what it felt like to rely mainly on myself. I did get so much help from my family and friends, but what good could their help do if I didn't want to help myself first?

Even though I felt like this was one of the worst years of my life, it taught me so much more than I ever expected. Looking back now, I grew so, so much. I learned how to smile when times get tough. I learned that it really is okay to not be okay sometimes, and it will be okay eventually. I learned that it's okay to ask for help because we weren't made to do life alone. Most importantly, I learned how to trust myself. My hope for anyone reading this, you will learn from my experience that the worst seasons get better. I am in such a good place right now because I never gave up, and I will continue to never give up. In a short amount of time, I am seeing how far I have come and how much I grew.

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