Things I Learned In My Freshman Year Of College

Things I Learned In My Freshman Year Of College

The Crazy Roller Coaster Ride

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2018- A life-changing, eye-opening year that inspired mental and spiritual growth for me. I graduated high school and flew 5893320 miles away from home…. To a new home.

Freshman Year of College

August 2018-May 2019

Aka

The Craziest Roller Coaster Ride, ever!

The super-fast one with super scary drops and crazy loops ( and also makes you feel super dizzy and nauseous) but the "I -wanna- go- again!!" kind of roller coaster.

Here's a list of things I learned in the Freshman year of college

It is okay to take time for yourself.

You don't have to be happy all the time. We all have our down days, you will be okay. It's normal.

You do You. There's a lot of people in this world doing things because everyone else is doing it. Don't be one of them.

Learn how to not spend ALL of your money on food.

Interact with people who aren't like you. You don't have to best friends with them… just talk! Get to know them! Listen to them! You'll be surprised how much you learn.

It's never "only about grades". Yea, sure they are important but learning new things and growing as an individual is. You don't want to graduate college with a 4.0 GPA but 0 hobbies/interests/extra-curricular.

You have to be productive 24/7. Get rid of the "productivity guilt" you have. Take a chill pill.

If you aren't comfortable with who you are, you will compare yourself to every single person you meet- that will DESTROY you. Don't do that. You're fine just the way you are. Your interests/choices and opinions are completely valid. You are your own person!! Be THAT.

Learn to Listen!! Don't make it just about replying. Pay attention to what people say, you will learn a lot.

Get your priorities straight or else you'll get left behind.

Step out of your comfort zone. Say "yes" more often when it comes to trying new things. ( opportunities/experiences NOT harmful substances!).

Wake up early!

Coffee is awesome but it's not a meal.

Drink water- stay hydrated, always it just makes things 785 times better.

Don't stay in your dorm all the time- don't spend TOO MUCH time alone.

Stay in touch with people from back home- it will keep you grounded.

DON'T COMPARE YOUR REAL LIFE TO EVERYONE ELSE'S INSTAGRAM LIFE! People talk only about the good stuff, you don't know what's going on behind the scenes!!

Reduce social media usage- it's such a waste of time!!

Freshman wasn't the easiest. It was one of the hardest in fact.

But if you take each day as it comes, live in the moment, learn from the experiences and make the most of it, you will be so so so proud of yourself!

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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.

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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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Knowing

A wake-up call.

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"How they make you feel says a lot about them, and nothing about you.

Trust me when I say, someone who makes you question if you are worthy of being loved is not worthy of being loved by you."

- Bianca Sparacino

I saw the above quote in an Instagram post, and it really spoke volumes to me.

The importance of "knowing your worth" is something I always stress to people, but I've often found that I wasn't quite heeding my own advice. It often took a wake-up call for me to realize that. And that wake-up call would often lead to guilt. It would lead to staying up at an ungodly hour thinking things over, and about what I could have done differently. It would lead to constantly asking myself how I allowed things to continue the way I had. It would lead to self-blame, and I'd often start asking myself why I wasn't worth it.

But I am worth it.

And so are you.

And if that isn't being recognized, then it's time to pack up. Because you deserve better - whether that's increased effort, improved communication, whatever else you may (and damn well should) expect. And asking for any of that is not asking too much.

But this article isn't only about knowing your worth. It's about "knowing" in general. It's about anything in your life that needs to be figured out. There are going to be times in your life that you're stuck between two (or more) options, and you don't know which is the best one. Sometimes, weighing out the pros and the cons just doesn't cut it.

So, you may not know which way to go right now. And that's okay. You're not going to be 100% certain on everything right away. The important things take time. It's all in how you act once you figure things out for yourself. This goes for "knowing" anything. Knowing whether or not something should be pursued. Knowing when it's best to walk away. You name it.

But in figuring it out, don't make excuses for yourself and/or others. You don't know how anyone other than yourself is going to act/react in any scenario - nor will you ever. Assuming that you know everything about anyone/everyone involved is unfair and just overall wrong. So definitely keep that in mind before/while thinking out any potential outcomes.

If you're trying to reach a decision, do NOT simply choose the easy way out. How many times have you heard something along the lines of "the right choice isn't always the easy one?" News flash - it's not just a cheesy mantra. Almost nothing that's truly worth it is easy. If "I don't know" is looking to be a "no," that's okay. That's just how it is sometimes. But if that decision is being made purely because going the "yes" route would be more difficult, reevaluate.

And when you DO finally figure things out:

If you "know," do not proceed to act as if you don't. Don't let others continue to believe that you haven't reached a decision, especially those who are relevant to whatever you just figured out. And if you're asked about it, don't lie and say that you're still unsure. That could potentially be damaging to everyone involved, including yourself. Dishonesty is outright disrespectful, and it's unfair to you and those you are dishonest to. Think: how much do you really care if you're willing to lie? Did you ever really care at all?

When you figure out whatever you've been thinking over, be honest with yourself and all who are involved. Even if it's bad news. Yes, it will suck at first - but the truth always comes out one way or another, so it's best to acknowledge it early on. Especially if it's not an issue pertaining only to you. Dragging things out is the worst thing you could possibly do. You may be choosing to do so because you're worried about how the truth will impact him/her/them... well, I can guarantee you, based off personal experience, that every day you put it off will make your truth hurt a hundred times more. Please, give those who are involved in your particular situation the decency of honesty.

I don't know about you, but I hate uncertainty more than almost anything. It's scary, and often very frustrating. I avoid uncertainty at almost all costs, simply because I hate it so much. But I've put myself in situations of uncertainty if I truly saw potential. Has that come back to bite me in the ass? At times, absolutely. But each time, I learn a little more about myself. And I guess that's the point.

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