Are You Getting a College Degree for the Right Reason?

Are You Getting a College Degree for the Right Reason?

Degrees are worthless unless you put the work and passion in it.

A couple of semesters ago my introductory German class, I sat next to a quirky girl I made small talk with every day. She almost always wore her work uniform and dashed from class to her job at a local convenience store. Fast forward to the day of the final. She stormed into the room and shouted, “I hate school, I hate the students, I hate the professors, I hate this, I hate this, I hate this!”

She plopped down in her desk and pouted. I tried not to roll my eyes. Throughout the semester I heard her complain about how she couldn’t afford anything and how she needed more work hours to afford her apartment, never having time to do her schoolwork. I reassured her it would be fine once she completed her degree it would be fine. I asked her what motivated her to go into political science in hopes of reviving those aspirations.

“To get a degree,” she told me.

I repressed a sigh. It’s one thing to keep paying for classes you need for a degree or career aspirations you’re passionate about. But if you’re just aimlessly paying thousands of dollars for tuition and don’t have the faintest idea why, then put it on hiatus for a bit of time until you do figure it out. Work full time for a while, shadow at a few jobs you might be interested in, make sure you actually like what you’re getting a degree for in the first place. More than likely, you’ll have more money than your peers Going to college to just get a degree is a complete waste of time. I’m not saying have everything figured out, because your early twenties are rarely the time that you have your life together. But you have to have some sort of game plan. Jumping into a random degree program you don’t really have that much interest in is a colossal waste of time (and don’t get me started on money).

Here's a little more advice: ask yourself if you’re willing to put in the work to for the career you want. As an English major, I have to ask myself this daily. It's a tough market out there. Frankly, any major needs to ask themselves if the career they're looking for is what they want, because every career choice has it's perks and not so great parts. No matter what you’re doing, make connections, show genuine interest in organizations and do some volunteer work. Most importantly, don’t give up if you get rejected or are passed over for an opportunity. I've had to apply to various opportunities two or three times before anything happened. You may not end up where you thought you would, but you’ll get where you need to go.

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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.


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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Summer And Jobs

Working summers doesn't have to be tedious.


Like many other college students, I was ready for summer but was kinda bummed that I had to work. Its not that I didn't like where I was working, I actually was really lucky to be working in a hospital environment but I just hated being alone all summer from 9-5. I've had this job for a few years now and a few other paid interns came and went but I never really connected with any of them. This year is different though.

I got really lucky to have another intern work with me that was very similar to me. The tasks we got were always simple but they were made to be more fun because I got to do them while talking with someone else. Now I actually enjoy and look forward to going to work.

The key to finding a good job is finding one that you enjoy doing and one that will help you gain knowledge that will help you out with future career plans. Working with friends also make tasks enjoyable! I would be careful with working with your friend however because if your job needs you to be serious and focused, being around your best friends may distract you from that.

Another thing that definitely makes summer jobs more enjoyable are taking breaks! It is your summer vacation after all! I'm not saying don't take a day off just to sit around, but if you make plans with family and friends, take a Friday off and enjoy the warm weather and good company! Employers understand that us college students and on break and have lives, they are usually very lenient with days off!

If you have to do a summer job to make money to live off of or pay for college, the best thing to do is look at the big picture. If you don't enjoy your job but can't afford to quit, remember that the money if going to help you out a lot. Also, this job is probably only for the summer right? So it's not permanent my friend! Get through these annoying few weeks and you will be back at college, taking steps for a bigger and brighter future.

Summer jobs are tough, I know, but make the most of it! And don't forget to enjoy it whenever you can!!!


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