Tips for high schoolers and graduates

15 Things I Wish I Could Tell my High School Self

Put. Down. The. Eyeliner.

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When you're in college, everything changes. Your style, the way you act, your friend group, the way you study, and everything in between. High school was a simpler time and I took that for granted. I never realized how much I needed an older sibling or friend to give me advice until I look back on things now and laugh at myself. There are just a few things I wish I could tell myself and maybe some of my memories wouldn't be so cringy and embarrassing. Here I am today, 6 years from when I began high school and I am ready to give my old self a bit of a pep talk. I have a feeling a good amount of you will be able to relate.

1. Go ahead and give into the Nike shorts/large t-shirt look.

I know you want to wear those Miss Me jeans and a v-neck from Target desperately but trust me, you're going to be sweaty as hell by 3rd period and your jeans hurt my eyes. Give into the lazy look, literally no one cares except for you.

2. Please put your phone down for 5 minutes.

Nothing is more obnoxious than thinking about how often I was on my phone during class. Classes are less than an hour and that boy you're Snapchatting can wait, okay? Please find your chill.

3. Study for your test ahead of time.

The times of cramming are over in college. There is truly no way to study all night long and genuinely retain that knowledge for longer than 24 hours. So go ahead and make better study habits before you graduated and your college exams won't stress you out as much.

4. Your high school friends aren't forever.

Enjoy your time with all of your friends. People grow as they get older and that's okay, it's a part of life. Always make time for those you love the most and if distance or change becomes a reason to separate, then let it happen. College is a time to get close to those in such a short amount of time, they end up feeling like lifelong friends.

5. Your mom will always be your best friend.

Tell Mom where you are at all times. She only wants to know for your safety. She loves you and she is not lame. You are going to appreciate how close you are now and even more when you're older.

6. Random lazy nights with your girls are the best.

Yes everyone loves a good bonfire or tailgate (#JustTallyThings), but some of the best memories you have involved your closest girls and movie nights. Appreciate the times you get to share secrets, listen to music, and just hang out. When they move away for college, it is what you'll miss the most.

7. It isn't lame to try.

So many times you were too scared to try because you thought you would fail. Well, here I am 6 years later wishing I had put more effort into being more outgoing and risky when I had more opportunities right in front of me.

8. Just because someone shows you attention, doesn't mean their intentions are good.

Some people don't care about your well-being. They care about themselves and what they feel they can get from you. Understand that ahead of time and always trust your instinct. Pro Tip: Your friends and mom can spot fake people before you can.

9. Stop being mean.

Arguing with your dad about dumb stuff and storming up to your room is a waste of time. Take a step back and realize that the only thing he wants for you is happiness and success.

10. Ditching your friends to hang with a boy is a big no-no.

Boys come and go, your girls will be there forever. Always keep them a priority and learn how to balance the two. Sometimes it's difficult but don't lose sight of the fact that they have been there through everything and he just showed up in the picture.

11. New friends aren't necessarily better friends.

Nothing is more exciting than making a new friend. You get to share new memories, new traditions, new life experiences. But your old friends are just as important. You have to make time for both no matter what. Dropping old friends for the new ones is the worst feeling for everyone involved.

12. Stop worrying about what everyone thinks.

You can't please everyone and no one will like you if you're fake. Keeping being your most genuine self and know that some people will love you for that. Those are the ones to keep around.

13. Let loose.

Be goofy and know that lots of things in life are embarrassing. Be carefree and embrace the moments in life that will make your face red and your body laugh harder than ever before.

14. Get into a gym.

College weight gain is going to hit you like a ton of bricks. That's all I have to say about that.

15. Be intentional and kind always.

Smile at everyone, avoid being quick to judge and make the ones in your life happy with every chance. You will never regret being nice to those around you. People will never forget that one time you made their day brighter.

No matter who you were in high school, what you looked like, or what you did, it will always get better. People are constantly changing and evolving in ways that make them seem unrecognizable to those who used to know them. I'm hoping that even though you aren't in high school anymore, you can apply 1 or 2 of these in your daily life. Little changes can make a world of a difference. Today is a new day to be better than yesterday.

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50 Humorous And Insightful Lieutenant Joe Kenda Quotes All #IDAddicts Need In Their Lives

You may ask why I am in love with a 71-year-old retired Colorado Springs homicide detective, but these quotes explain it all.

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A lot of people who like to watch the mystery and thrill of cop/detective shows resort to the well-known programs like "CSI" and "NCIS." Instead of following the mainstream murder mysteries, I have been an Investigation Discovery addict for years now. Among my favorite shows is "Homicide Hunter" featuring Lieutenant Joe Kenda.

Joe Kenda is a man in his 70s who worked for the Colorado Springs Police Department. Originally from near the Pittsburgh area (so he definitely gets bonus points for that), he married his high school sweetheart (some more points right there). He has impressively solved 92% of the cases that came across his desk during his career.

In the show, Kenda refused to work from a script and has, thus, expressed some of the best one-liners, zingers, and quotes that you'll hear on TV (I may or may not have just written down quotes as completely binged every episode).

You may still be wondering what is so great about a 71-year-old retired Colorado Springs homicide detective, but these 50 humorous, insightful, and high-quality quotes explain it all:

1. “Crime scenes tell you what happened. It doesn’t tell you who made it happen.”

2. “You have a sad formula: Take a gun, add a sad, egotistical attitude, mix it all thoroughly with alcohol, put this on a low simmer, and you wind up with one dead tattoo artist.”

3. “I don’t trust anybody. I don’t trust my mother… and she’s been dead eleven years.”

4. “Oh, please. So, your tragically dead ex-wife is in fact responsible for the drugs. You forgot to say the elephant stepped on your homework. You forgot that part.”

5. “The movies and television cannot and do not portray violent death. They all think they do and viewers all think that that is what it looks like… and it ain’t."

6. “Addiction took his mind and took his soul and drove all of his behavior. He couldn’t stop. So, what’s the answer? Don’t start. Don’t start. And you’ll never be faced with the question ‘how do I stop?’”

7. “As to why it [the gun of a victim] hasn’t been fired, I don’t have any idea. You have a reasonable assumption to believe that our man here got himself into a gun fight that he’s obviously the loser. He never got a round off, so he’s not very good at gun fights. Who knows?”

8. “Dark secrets are extremely destructive.”

9. “If I didn’t have to eat, I wouldn’t. It just doesn’t mean anything to me. Whatever it is, order me a number one. There’s always a number one. So whatever shows up is what I would eat.”

10. “Fine. Good-bye. Go to prison. Have a nice life.”

11. “Does it make any sense? No. But murder never does.”

12. “It’s 2:05 in the morning and I run out of cigarettes. And at that time, when I smoked, I no longer do, but when I smoked then, that was not acceptable, so I stopped at the neighborhood convenience store to buy a pack of cigarettes.”

13. “They say love is a many splendored thing. It is, but it can include hate. Things of relationships can turn into nightmare scenarios very quickly.”

14. "[My son] is seven years old, and he’s looking at me like I’m a Nazi war criminal.”

15. “Not only are you the worst liar I’ve ever seen… you also have the I.Q. of a turnip.”

16. “Oh, sure you’re street smart. Sesame Street smart."

17. “My wife on occasion will get very annoyed with me and my cars since I love cars. My response was always the same: It could be women and whiskey, but it’s cars.”

18. “People are capable of anything. People don’t carry a sign that says ‘look at me, I had this dream about butchering your family’ so there is no kind of person. It is a person. A human. The most dangerous animal on this planet.”

19. “Casings eject from semi-automatic pistols, but they don’t fly a city block.”

20. “A shooting like this… in the dark at 80 yards, if you were Annie Oakley, you couldn’t make that shot directly. We have 19 bullets that go down this street at 1200 feet per second, like a nest of angry bees.”

21. “It is a five-shot capacity and you find four expended 38 caliber casings. One shot fired in this apartment, we have a dead guy in the street who has three other ones. Three plus one equals four. There is no way that this is not involved in my murder.”

22. “Everybody is wound up like a $2 watch to see what’s happening.”

23. “Crazy boyfriend did you say? Oh, I like crazy boyfriends.”

24. “I always assess people’s body language. They slump their shoulders. They look at the floor. They have the distinct look of a guilty person.”

25. “I signed up to pull guns on people and kick doors down, and that’s what I do.”

26. “I want you to remember something. Maybe you should even write this down: I don’t forgive, and I don’t forget.”

27. “It causes the human blood trace to fluoresce in ultraviolet light, so it literally glows yellow. I’m expecting this room to light up enough for me to read a newspaper in it.”

28. “How powerful can jealousy be? More powerful than a thermonuclear explosion.”

29. “You’re looking for sympathy? Look it up in the dictionary. It’s between shit and syphilis.”

30. “It adds up to one word: suspect. And that, my man, would be you.”

31. “Something I learned a long time ago: Don’t ever judge people based on their appearance or their physical size. Humans are all capable of enormous levels of violence given the proper motivation.”

32. “And now Earl is pedaling as fast as he can on his lie bike.”

33. “He thinks by calling himself Playboy he can attract girls. Well alright then. How’s that working out for you?”

34. “When I leave here, I’m gonna have somebody’s ass in my briefcase. And maybe it’s gonna be yours.”

35. “Being an asshole is not against the law. If I were, we’d have to erect a fence around the state of Colorado and inform everyone they are in custody.”

36. “Never mind the bullet with your name on it. Beware of the bullet that says, 'to whom it may concern.’”

37. “If you’re going to be a liar, you should at least have the decency to be good at it.”

38. “You lying little bastard. You didn’t tell me the truth for a second. Well, let me tell you something, Kelvin. We are going to have another conversation… and you are not going to like the next one.”

38. “If I find out that you tried to lie to a police officer, try to bribe one again, I’m going to hold a press conference and let this whole town know what a lying, cheating douchebag you are.”

40. “There are people in this world who will go to any length to solve a personal problem. Trust your fellow man? I don’t. I wouldn’t recommend that you do either.”

41. ““Anna opens the door in this low-cut jumpsuit affair and, obviously, is a woman who is very taken by her own appearance.”

42. “He was a typical 23-year-old. Everything he has worn in the last three years is laying on the floor.”

43. “Guilty people love to talk. Who am I to stop them?”

44. “You gotta be the dumbest guy on the planet. Maybe on three or four planets.”

45. “In murder cases, it’s not about speed. Speed doesn’t help. A murder case is a spinning top on a table. It’s perfectly balanced, and it’s spinning beautifully. Put pressure on the wrong place, it goes off the table, and you never get it back.”

46. “What makes humans so dangerous are their emotions. It allows them to kill for what anyone would believe is no reason. Once you kill once, after that, it’s just numbers.”

47. “Prison is gladiator school. You learn how to sharpen your skills as a bad guy.”

48. “Being stupid is not against the law. Believing your wife is also not a criminal act, even when her story is not believable.”

49. “When a kid says ‘I’m going to kill you,’ it would be in your best interest to believe them.”

50. “The only thing that Craig is sure of is that he’s reasonably certain this is North America.”

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16 Struggles That Give All Retail Workers Nightmares, Even After They've Worked Their Last Shift

Let's just hope my boss doesn't see this.

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If you haven't worked in retail, count your blessings. This summer will mark my third official retail job, and let's just say I am less than excited to return to the dreaded retail employee lifestyle. There are so many cons that we have to put up with on the daily, is it even worth the minimum wage salary?

1. Waking up every weekday morning before your shift and contemplating whether the money is worth it

"Is dragging myself out of bed worth my cheque of $500 before taxes?"

2. And if you're lucky enough, being blessed with the task of opening

Two words: kill me.

3. Having to fake a smile for the entirety of your shift.

And if that isn't bad enough, having your amazing customers remind you to "smile" while you're internally just trying not to lose your shit.

4. Being stuck with the lazy coworkers on your shift

I don't have time to do my job and also teach you how to do yours. Next.

5. And the worst one of all, dealing with the most absurd questions from your customers

No, I won't give you something for free because you have been shopping here for years. I can give you a store credit card, though.

6. Even worse? Having to listen to the weirdest stories from your customers

I once had a customer narrate her entire infidelity and divorce story to me, and I awkwardly had to sympathize while just trying to print her papers. At one point she reached over the register and tried hugging me. Not a fun time.

7. Being yelled at during rush times when you're trying your best

Yes, lady, I understand the line is long. But you're going to have to wait on it just like everyone else. I'm not going to roll out a special expedited red carpet for you.

8. Explaining something to a customer and receiving the "Can I talk to your manager?" bit every time

Everything I am telling you was taught to me by my, surprise, manager! But I guess the arguing is worth it when we laugh about the whole thing in the break room later.

9. Constantly having to clean up mysterious messes

Maybe it's because my parents raised me better, but whenever I go shopping I try to refrain from making a mess. Customers I have encountered, however, seem to enjoy messing up everything they come in contact with.

10.  I'm sorry that your coupon is expired

I really am. But I guarantee you, no matter how many times I scan your coupon, it will not work.

11.  Customers assuming that you know every damn thing

I once had a customer ask me if I knew who the CEO of my employer was, and when I said no, he told me I needed to do "my research." Yes, thank you, I'll be researching all right — on how to get the heck out of this place.

12.  Not being informed of how much math goes into the job

All the math I have learned, all the way up to Calculus 2, magically disappears from my mind when I'm at the register and need it more than I have ever needed it in my life. Suddenly I don't know how many nickels go in to a dollar.

13.  When customers try getting in despite the very large "CLOSED" sign and locked doors

I promise you, no matter how many times you yank at the door and yell at me to open it, I'm not. It's kind of entertaining watching you go at it, though.

P.S. We are required to log off all cash registers immediately after the set closing time, so there is no point of even trying to get in. You can't buy anything.

14.  Having to stay over your designated shift

Once I was forced to do a 12-hour shift without being informed of prior because one of my coworkers decided to call out "sick." She also ended up getting fired the following week, but I'mma sip my tea.

15.  Talking crap about your workplace with your favorite coworkers

You'll be surprised as to how quickly people can bond over annoying customers and shitty bathrooms. Having great coworkers honestly makes working a billion times more tolerable.

16.  The time we dream about all day and look forward to impatiently: when your shift is finally over

Once I clock out and my uniform is off, I am also mentally clocked the fuck out. Whatever chaos is happening is not my problem. Good luck to those clocking in, though.

If you work in retail, kudos to you, because honestly we're really forced to deal with the worst shit on a daily basis, there is no escape. And if you haven't worked in retail, perhaps this helps you gain insight on our nightmarish lives — so if you're mean to your cashiers, cut it out.

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