5 things I Learned Getting my associate's Degree

5 things I Learned Getting my associate's Degree

Besides what I learned in the classroom.

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Last month, I completed my associate's degree at the age of 22. My experience was full of highs and lows, and of course plenty of lessons. Here are ten of them that I thought were the most important to share:

1. Everyone has their own timeline in life.

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You might feel like you're older than the other people in your class, especially if your school has the Running Start program and most of your classmates are still in high school. There's no need to be ashamed of going back to school at an older age, or taking longer to complete a degree than the rest of your high school classmates. As much as my mother loves to bring up that it took me five years to finish a two-year degree, I know that if I would have finished it in two years, I would have missed out on so many experiences that made me who I am today. Don't let anyone make you feel ashamed if you don't get out in two years.

2. Get the harder classes out of the way first.

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You're going to be tempted to take the easy classes first, because they're fun and you can keep your GPA nice and high. However, nobody wants to be taking four boring and difficult classes in one quarter, knowing if you don't pass one of them you aren't going to graduate and you're going to have to pay for another quarter/delay your plans for after grad. And be sure to take your placement tests as soon as possible so that you can adequately plan your coursework, knowing for sure which classes you're going to need. Don't bet on only taking one math class and then take the placement test right before your last quarter, because you might end up taking an extra quarter for just that one class.

3. Take summer classes.

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I know, I know you don't want to take summer classes. But you'll get out so much sooner if you just take one class during the summer quarter. Maybe only take one that's 2-3 credits. Take an online class so that you can still travel. Just do something during the summer so that you can stay on top of your credit game. It'll also help you transition back into taking a fuller load in the fall.

4. It's okay to withdraw from a course.

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If you bit off more credits than you can chew, if you know you have no hope of passing this class, or if you realized in your bed at 8:45 a.m. that you made a mistake signing up for a 9 a.m. class, there's no shame in dropping. Even if you miss the deadline to drop without a "W", it's better to get a "W" than to have a D or an F screwing up your GPA forever. You might have to make up the credits during another quarter, but if you can maintain a good GPA then it'll be worth it. You don't want the D or the F following you around if you can help it.

5. Class is better with friends.

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Make friends in your classes. If it's a good class, then you'll have that much more fun! If not, then at least you have people to vent to who can share your frustrations. You might not see each other much outside of class, or hang out after the quarter is over, but having friends in a class can make or break it for you. That, and it's basically a built-in study group!

So there you go. If you're working toward an associate's degree of your own, hopefully these tips will help you.

Happy studying!

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15 One-Liners College Girls Say To Each Other When Out Partying

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Girls are all the same when it comes to going out and partying.

So when the weekend rolls around and all the girls get together to go out it's always the same routine. Many times it can feel like you're having deja vu when out because we always say the same stuff to each other, every damn time.

Here are 15 things us girls say to each other every time we go out:

1. "Can you come to the bathroom with me?"

2. "Is my hair a mess?"

3. "Omg, it's Chad from sigma Apple pi."

4. "I'm literally sweating."

5. "Omg, our song is on!"

6. "Can we get pizza after this?"

7. "Help me get this creep away."

8. "Do I look bad?"

9. "Is Chad talking to another girl!?"

10. "I will fight this girl if she pushes me again."

11. "Can you come with me to get another drink? "(Clearly, we can't do anything alone)

12. "Let's take a Snap"

13. *finds random girl in the bathroom* "Omg, you're like so pretty!"

14. "Did you bring *insert makeup item*?"

15. "Omg, Chad texted me. What should I say?"

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8 Of My Favorite Self-Care Practices

It is important to remember to take time for yourself and do things that make you feel good, especially when life is getting you down.

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At the start of every semester I always get incredibly overwhelmed trying to adjust to my classes, but when I remember to take time for myself my stress lessens. As students, a lot of times we forget that taking care of ourselves is just as important as getting good grades and making time for our friends. Practicing self-care is one way we can make sure we keep a balanced lifestyle.



1. Fake Tanning

I feel so much better and much more myself when I am tan. When the fall semester starts and it starts to get colder, it is hard to keep your summer glow. In order to stay my preferred color year round, I try to fake tan. I swear by Fake Bake Flawless Darker for a natural golden brown tan. This video talks about a plethora of other fake tans, some which are more of a red and some that are more of a yellow, so if you want to find a color that is best for you, I recommend watching this video.

Not only does fake tanning make me feel good, but I also find the process of fake tanning very relaxing. It all starts by exfoliating in the shower. Having soft smooth skin is so nice and it leaves you with a great base to tan.

Whenever I am feeling bad about myself or I am stressed out over school, self-tanning always has a way of making me feel like a new happier, healthier, and prettier person.

2. Crafting

When I was in high school, I used to draw all the time to de-stress. While I still love to draw, I have found that creating other crafts brings me the same kind of relaxation. This is a plaque I made for my Big last semester. Making it was so much fun and took my mind off of all the stress I had pilling up from assignments and other commitments. Sometimes it is good to put your energy into crafting because it is an excellent emotional outlet.

3. Working Out

Whenever I have any negative energy I really love working out because afterwards everything bad you were feeling before is replaced by endorphins. It is almost like pressing a reset button on your mood. Please enjoy this photo of my dog licking the sweat off my face mid workout.

4. Eating a Pint of Ben & Jerry's

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This is 100 percent my roommate and I's favorite thing to do whenever anything bad happens in our lives. Whether we bomb a test, get into a fight with our friends, or are just feeling sad, we always break out a pint of ice cream and eat away our feelings. My go-to flavor is the Tonight Dough.

5. Online Shopping (but not buying anything)

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Nothing relaxes me more than putting hundreds of dollars worth of clothing into a shopping cart and then closing the tab.

6. Putting on Makeup

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Look good, feel good am I right? While not everyone likes wearing makeup, I find the process of putting on makeup very relaxing. 9/10 I will put makeup on to go out and just stay in instead, but my makeup will look so good I will feel on top of the world. There is nothing that a good foundation and fake eyelashes can't cure.

7. Listening to Music in the Shower

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I will literally spend an hour in the shower jamming out to my shower playlist. Showers are relaxing, music is relaxing, and combining the two just makes everything all better.

8. Binge Watching TV

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Sometimes it is nice to escape into a different world for a little while.

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