4 Motivational Quotes For Spring Semester

4 Motivational Quotes For Spring Semester

Spring break is over; now what?
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Spring break is over, and now, we have to start preparing ourselves for these last weeks of the semester. It is going to be tough, and there will be many late nights in the library, but we all will make it through. For some of us, this is our last semester of college ever. For others, like myself, this semester will mark the halfway point. Wherever you are in your college career, we all could use some motivational quotes to help us through these next few weeks!

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time ~ Thomas Edison

Spring semester is difficult to get through because we are so close to summer. We love to imagine what adventures we will be having, or thinking about the amazing internship or job we will be working this summer. Oftentimes, these thoughts distract us from the bigger picture. We all came to college for a reason, to pursue a career, interest, passion, and to learn. Whenever you find yourself losing motivation and generally feeling down, remember why you came to college. For me, I think about the future students I will have in my classroom someday. Forward thinking is exactly what will motivate you to go that extra step and keep you motivated to finish this semester strong.

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. ~ Dr. Seuss

All humans have insecurities, but it is your choice whether you let them dictate your life, or not. See, you have the potential to be all that you have ever imagined, but you have to take the risks to get there. Even if you have no idea what you want to major in, or have a career in, that is okay. You have time to figure it out, and explore your interests and passions. Do not let the insecurities and worries you have carve your path in this world, let your dreams and imagination do that.

Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out. ~ R. Collier

Humans are creatures of habit, so when you repeatedly go the library and get work done, then it starts to become a routine. This routine may be noticeable or not, but once you have the habit of studying and completing assignments, it starts to show in your academic success. The smallest effort to look over the reading before class the next day could be the catalyst to a new habit, and a good one.

It's a good day to have a good day

Start your day with this thought and see how it plays out. Know that you can accomplish what you put your mind to, and you will make a better tomorrow by doing what you are doing today. That being said, we all need to have days to get away from stress, so take care of yourself. If you need a mental health day, then go ahead and use an absence of a class and focus on you. If you are having a sub par day, then have a sub par day, but take care of yourself, and know that tomorrow will be better. Otherwise, try to have a good day and know that all your small efforts will bring you closer to your bright future.

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6 Places in New York City Every "Friends" Fan Needs to Visit

Grab a cup of coffee at Central Park.
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As a Friends fanatic myself, I often wonder about the places in New York City featured in the various episodes and whether I could actually visit them. Most of them are fictional or no longer exist, but there are a few places you can go to reminisce about your favorite Friends moments. So, here are 6 places in New York City you definitely need to visit as a Friends fan.

1. The Apartment Building, Obviously

The building used for the exterior shot of the apartments in Friends is real, and is located at 90 Bedford Street at the corner of Grove Street in Greenwich Village. It's an obvious must-see.

2. The Pullitzer Fountain

This is the fountain that the friends danced around in for the iconic theme song, and it's located right in Central Park.

3. Bloomingdale's

This is the department where Rachel worked before she moved on to Ralph Lauren, where she met Joshua, and where she started her career in fashion.

4. The Plaza Hotel

This is where Monica and Chandler celebrated their engagement in The One WIth Monica's Thunder, and is actually really gorgeous.

5. The Central Perk Replica

While Central Perk isn't a real coffee shop, a pop-up replica opened up in 2014 on Lafayette Street and it's definitely a must-visit.

6. Chandler's Office

The fictional Chandler works in the real Solow Building, located on West 57th street.

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Dance Marathon Helped Me Understand What It Is That I Stand For

What do you stand for?

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The weekend of March 1, 2019, I stood for over 20 hours for the kids. Yep, I am not lying.

Dance Marathon at FSU is a 40-hour event split into two shifts of 20 hours. My freshman year, I earned sit times throughout the marathon, which I was incredibly thankful for, but this year was something totally different. I was on the internal team this year, which means, I worked behind the scenes of Dance Marathon since September. Since I was on the internal team, I did not get the opportunity to get the set times that I did the year prior. I was worried about this because I was not sure if I would be able to do it.

Spoiler Alert! I did it.

There were many times during the marathon where I thought that I could not stand much longer, but then some thoughts came into my mind. Who was I standing for? I was standing for the kids who had to get their leg amputated because they had osteosarcoma and could no longer stand on both legs. I was standing for the kids who are bound to their hospital beds right at this very moment because they are not strong enough to walk on their own. I was standing for the children who needed me to help them win their fight.

This is what kept me standing. This motivated me so much that I did not complain once because I knew who I was doing it for, and I was not going to let them down.

There were multiple people who kept complaining. Every word out of their mouth was about how their feet hurt, or how they were so tired. A large part of me wanted to turn to them and tell them, "Do you know how tired Grayson was when he had to have his many rounds of chemotherapy when he was just one-year-old?" I did not say that to them because I realized something. I knew what and who I was standing for, but maybe they didn't. My goal this year is to help all of those people understand WHY they are doing it.

20 hours on your feet may seem like a long time, but to watch $2,210,165.21 go up at the end, nothing compares.

Like the musical group Fun. once sang, "What do I stand? What do I stand for?" To that, I say, "I stand for the kids."


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