4 Things To Remember When You Go To Your First Class

4 Things To Remember When You Go To Your First Class

You are not your anxiety.

I promise you are not the only one."

By that I mean you are not the only one who's hands are sweating as you are walking into your first class. You are not the only one who feels like your chest is going to cave in. You are not the only one who thinks your outfit is too fancy for the first day (or in most of our cases, too lazy for the first day of class).

But boy howdy you are okay. Having anxiety about little things like this is normal. You are in a new place with literally thousands more people than you are used to. You went to a high school with your best friend to always hangout with, she was your go to person. You had the same schedule all year long, and you sat at the same lunch table. Now all of a sudden you have to put yourself out of your comfort zone (something we haven't done in a while) to make ourselves seem like awesome people and that everyone needs to be our friend (even though you are those things, maybe you could use some of these tips I have learned).

But here are some tips on how to try and overcome these things

1.) Breathe. I don't know about you, but sometimes when I get really nervous or anxious I forget that I need oxygen to live and hold my breath for a while.

2.) That girl sitting next to you with the perfect skin, perfect hair, expensive boots, that is planning out the rest of her life-- she doesn't have it all together either, I promise. But also give her a chance because she could be a really good asset later on when you need a friend or someone to vent about how the both of you are falling apart and everything around you is on fire.

3.) After the first few days, and you have gotten your feet wet, or maybe you're drowning which is totally normal, you will start to get the hang of things. Someone will be there to help pull you back to the surface, and maybe it's that cute boy in your biology class or it's the kid that never talks but turns out to be your biggest asset in the class.

4.) I can promise you that everyone in that class is as nervous as you are. You are not the only one.

College is literally one of the most amazing times in your life, but it also is the most stressed you will EVER be. You just have to learn to balance, which believe me, is easier said than done. Like right now as I am typing this I remembered I have a paper due tomorrow and a huge test as well. Crap. Listen, good luck, and you totally got this, and it isn't as scary as it seems to you seniors in high school reading this. It will be/is so much fun. Don't forget to call your mom and dad either. Like seriously.

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I'd Rather Be Single Than Settle – Here Is Why Being Picky Is Okay

They're on their best behavior when you're dating.

Dating nowadays described in one word: annoying.

What's even more annoying? when people tell you that you're being too "picky" when it comes to dating. Yes, from an outside perspective sometimes that's exactly what it looks like; however, when looking at it from my perspective it all makes sense.

I've heard it all:

"He was cute, why didn't you like him?"

"You didn't even give him a chance!"

"You pay too much attention to the little things!"

What people don't understand is that it's OKAY to be picky when it comes to guys. For some reason, girls in college freak out and think they're supposed to have a boyfriend by now, be engaged by the time they graduate, etc. It's all a little ridiculous.

However, I refuse to put myself on a time table such as this due to the fact that these girls who feel this way are left with no choice but to overlook the things in guys that they shouldn't be overlooking, they're settling and this is something that I refuse to do.

So this leaves the big question: What am I waiting for?

Well, I'm waiting for a guy who...

1. Wants to know my friends.

Blessed doesn't even begin to describe how lucky I am to have the friends that I do.

I want a guy who can hang out with my friends. If a guy makes an effort to impress your friends then that says a lot about him and how he feels about you. This not only shows that he cares about you but he cares about the people in your life as well.

Someone should be happy to see you happy and your friends contribute to that happiness, therefore, they should be nothing more than supportive and caring towards you and your friendships.

2. Actually, cares to get to know me.

Although this is a very broad statement, this is the most important one. A guy should want to know all about you. He should want to know your favorite movie, favorite ice cream flavor, favorite Netflix series, etc. Often, (the guys I get stuck on dates with) love to talk about themselves: they would rather tell you about what workout they did yesterday, what their job is, and what they like to do rather than get to know you.

This is something easy to spot on the first date, so although they may be "cute," you should probably drop them if you leave your date and can recite everything about their life since the day they were born, yet they didn't catch what your last name was.

3. How they talk about other women.

It does not matter who they're talking about, if they call their ex-girlfriend crazy we all know she probably isn't and if she is it's probably their fault.

If they talk bad about their mom, let's be honest, if they're disrespecting their mother they're not going to respect you either. If they mention a girl's physical appearances when describing them. For example, "yeah, I think our waitress is that blonde chick with the big boobs"

Well if that doesn't hint they're a complete f* boy then I don't know what else to tell you. And most importantly calling other women "bitches" that's just disrespectful.

Needless to say, if his conversations are similar to ones you'd hear in a frat house, ditch him.

4. Phone etiquette.

If he can't put his phone down long enough to take you to dinner then he doesn't deserve for you to be sitting across from him.

If a guy is serious about you he's going to give you his undivided attention and he's going to do whatever it takes to impress you and checking Snapchat on a date is not impressive. Also, notice if his phone is facedown, then there's most likely a reason for it.

He doesn't trust who or what could pop up on there and he clearly doesn't want you seeing. Although I'm not particularly interested in what's popping up on their phones, putting them face down says more about the guy than you think it does.

To reiterate, it's okay to be picky ladies, you're young, there's no rush.

Remember these tips next time you're on a date or seeing someone, and keep in mind: they're on their best behavior when you're dating. Then ask yourself, what will they be like when they're comfortable? Years down the road? Is this what I really want? If you ask yourself these questions you might be down the same road I have stumbled upon, being too picky.. and that's better than settling.

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They raise little girls to be insecure

Little girls grow to be big girls

People always ask big girls why they're so insecure

Big girls aren't quite sure

Day after day the big girl can't keep up

She's exhausted

Her soul feels worn

The big girl learns to grow hard

In a way, she's a bit stronger

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What is that?

How can she let that affect her

It's simply the only way to be her

She mourns that little girl

Hoping that one day

She'll be strong

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