I'm Halfway Through College, Here Are The 10 Things I've Learned So Far

I'm Halfway Through College, Here Are The 10 Things I've Learned So Far

It goes by in the blink of an eye.
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College has been a whirlwind of experiences so far, and I have learned so much. A lot of things have changed in my life, but they've mostly changed for the better. It's hard to believe college is half over for me, but there are some things I've learned that I will never forget.

1. You'll lose some friends, but that's okay.

Once college begins, you'll fall out of touch with a lot of people. It sucks, but that's okay. You'll stay in touch with the people that matter to you most.

2. You'll miss your family more than you expected.

Once you graduate high school, you can't wait to get away from home and experience life on your own. However, homesickness is inevitable, and sometimes all you need is a relaxing weekend at home to catch up with your family. Never take them for granted!

3. Cooking is so much harder than you thought.

I thought having a kitchen would be a step-up from cafeteria food, and it is in many ways, but it's also a lot more work than expected. So much effort! So much time! So many dishes to wash!

4. Naps are a necessity.

Sleep basically takes the back seat on your priority list in college. Fitting in some time for a quick nap throughout your day is an important factor in keeping yourself functioning.

5. Coffee becomes your new BFF.

I was never an avid coffee drinker, but going to college made coffee a necessity. It's the only thing that gets you through those 8 A.M.s you got stuck with taking.

6. Your college friends know you better than anyone else.

You may think that your high school BFFs know you inside and out, but the truth is, they don't even know half of what your college friends know. You see your college friends 24/7, and when the year is over, the separation anxiety is oh so painful. They become your family.

7. Sometimes you have to take the L.

You win some, you lose some. No matter how hard you study, sometimes the information just won't stick in your brain. Grades aren't everything, and it's okay if you don't do as great as you expected to.

8. Going out on the weekends is your motivation for getting through the week.

After a long week of homework and countless hours in the library, all you need is a night out with all of your friends.

9. You'll question if your liver can handle one more beer.

Don't worry, it can. You got this. Drinking becomes the norm in college, but remember to drink responsibly!

10. Time flies and there's no way of slowing it down, so you have to enjoy every moment.

College is easily the best four years of your life, and it's hard to believe I'm halfway done already. Make sure to enjoy each and every moment, and have as much fun as possible. It goes by way too quickly.

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10 Things Someone Who Grew Up In A Private School Knows

The 10 things that every private school-goer knows all too well.

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1. Uniforms

Plaid. The one thing that every private school-goer knows all too well. It was made into jumpers, skirts, shorts, scouts, hair ties, basically anything you could imagine, the school plaid was made into. You had many different options on what to wear on a normal day, but you always dreaded dress uniform day because of skirts and ballet flats. But it made waking up late for school a whole lot easier.

2. New people were a big deal

New people weren't a big thing. Maybe one or two a year to a grade, but after freshman year no one new really showed up, making the new kid a big deal.

3. You've been to school with most of your class since Kindergarten


Most of your graduating class has been together since Kindergarten, maybe even preschool, if your school has it. They've become part of your family, and you can honestly say you've grown up with your best friends.

4. You've had the same teachers over and over

Having the same teacher two or three years in a row isn't a real surprise. They know what you are capable of and push you to do your best.

5. Everyone knows everybody. Especially everyone's business.

Your graduating class doesn't exceed 150. You know everyone in your grade and most likely everyone in the high school. Because of this, gossip spreads like wildfire. So everyone knows what's going on 10 minutes after it happens.

6. Your hair color was a big deal

If it's not a natural hair color, then forget about it. No dyeing your hair hot pink or blue or you could expect a phone call to your parents saying you have to get rid of it ASAP.

7. Your school isn't like "Gossip Girl"

There is no eating off campus for lunch or casually using your cell phone in class. Teachers are more strict and you can't skip class or just walk right off of campus.

8. Sports are a big deal

Your school is the best of the best at most sports. The teams normally go to the state championships. The rest of the school that doesn't play sports attends the games to cheer on the teams.

9. Boys had to be clean-shaven, and hair had to be cut

If you came to school and your hair was not cut or your beard was not shaved, you were written up and made to go in the bathroom and shave or have the head of discipline cut your hair. Basically, if you know you're getting written up for hair, it's best just to check out and go get a hair cut.

10. Free dress days were like a fashion show

Wearing a school uniform every day can really drive you mad. That free dress day once a month is what you lived for. It was basically a fashion show for everyone, except for those upperclassmen who were over everything and just wore sweat pants.

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Dear Millennials, Don't Spend Your Life With Only One Future In Mind

Break the mold of a generation with an idealistic view and blinders that limit potential

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In the past few months, I've found myself in some pretty enlightening conversations with my close friends about plans, the future, and how our path defines who we are. Often in these conversations, I find myself coming to one very similar conclusion: You can't spend the entirety of the time you're becoming an adult only seeing one possible future.

When it comes to the millennial generation, I feel like a major flaw we have is a lack of flexibility. We want to live in the ideal neighborhood, have the super cool creative jobs and eat all the most Instagrammable foods. The only problem with that scenario is that life just doesn't work that way. No matter how hard we search, there isn't just one clear path or one perfect life.

Maybe we can blame it on the movies or technology and how it's allowed us to have whatever we desire with a few simple clicks, or maybe it's because we've really convinced ourselves that we're that fucking good.

Most of our parents are from a generation where when they turned 18, their parents basically said: "No more free food and easy living, go do something with your life." So, in turn, our parents spoiled us rotten and told us we could play Nintendo in their basements until we "got on our feet," whatever the hell that means.

The result? A generation that nails themselves to one idealistic career, effectively equipping blinders that keep all other potential career paths far out of sight.

So how do you break the mold? It's easy, think outside of the box you forced yourself into!

Instead of applying to every job on the market in one specialty, apply to lots of different jobs that meet your qualifications. You'd likely be surprised how many job descriptions for totally different roles can match up to be quite similar when it boils down to qualifications.

When someone asks you what you do for a living, tell them not only your current career but mention you also happen to be interested in exploring something beyond that. If someone asks me what my job is I almost always reply: "I'm currently a writer but I'm really interested in pursuing a career in video game publishing." Sure, most times they'll just comment on how nice that is, but maybe one day that type of introduction will lead to something more finite.

All I'm saying here is that you if you get married to one idea for how your future should be, you'll never be prepared for the things that pop up along the way and divert that plan. I'm not advising you to steer clear of goal-setting and achieving, but I am strongly recommending you broaden your horizons when it comes to how many goals you can achieve.

Life is short, careers can pivot and you can accomplish anything you set your mind to, so don't tie yourself down!

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