Honestly, Just A Relatable Odyssey Ramble

Honestly, Just A Relatable Odyssey Ramble

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Every week, you get to write about anything you want. Anything. Think of all the random thoughts the pop into your head in the middle of the day and you're like, wow, I could write a novel on that. Or you see something amazing or amazingly awful in the news and you just have to share your reaction. You see those perfectly relatable articles and think, I could write one of those too, no problem. Or even on the rare occasion you feel a little sentimental or even emotional, and you just need some space to share - this is the space.

Yet, even with all of these sources and ideas and feelings, I find myself - and I'm sure you do too - drawing a blank. A real, serious blank. Listicles? Beat that to death. Articles based on Friends gifs? I think I've used every single one of them. Literally, every single one of them. Reactions to political news? Yeah, I think we have thoroughly covered that topic to carry us into the new year. And relatable finals struggles posts? Definitely funny and definitely relatable but also, definitely beaten to death.

Thursday night comes...and goes, and then it's Friday night and articles are due and I'm still left picking my brain for ideas, scrolling through Facebook hoping to spark a wild idea and even asking my roommate what I should write about. Anyone else feel me on this?

Being able to write about anything you want is truly great, but sometimes the topic of anything is just a smudge too broad. I mean that empty white screen that just seems to stare at you, with the word count displaying a big fat zero. Yes, I know, I haven't even started and I'm already out of words.

Honestly, out of all the relatable articles out there, we need a relatable article for ourselves. Those of us who pick and pick at our brains week after week, developing some of the most touching, funny and of course 'wow so relatable' content for everyone out there. And just when you have written the 500 words you want to share for that week, you need to stretch your creativity to thinking of a catchy Facebook share, getting all of the Meta tags, and oh, how about finding the perfect header photo? You finally fall in love with that one picture that encompasses your whole article and then you see that it's 200*300. Really Google? Help a girl out.

And as you can see, I am fighting a serious writer's block of my own, seeing as though I wrote my article on not knowing what to write...

So I hope that you found this funny, and of course, relatable. Now, with this very next word, I will have reached my 500 word goal. Success. I hope that the struggle of the blank page and the endless possibility of ideas affects more people than just me. Not because I want to see you struggle too, but because I want to know that its not just me who hits a wall every now and then. And, as an added treat, here's a picture of a puppy, because, well, we need it.

(Now stay tuned for my article on puppies next week.)


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10 Things I Threw Out AFTER Freshman Year Of College

Guess half the stuff on your packing list doesn't really matter
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I spent the entire summer before my freshman year of college so WORRIED.

I also spent most of my money that summer on miscellaneous dorm stuff. I packed the car when the time finally came to move in, and spent the drive up excited and confused about what the heck was actually going on.

Freshman year came and went, and as I get ready to go back to school in just a few short weeks (!!), I'm starting to realize there's just a whole bunch of crap I just don't need.

After freshman year, I threw out:

1. Half my wardrobe.

I don't really know what I was thinking of owning 13 sweaters and 25 T-shirts in the first place. I wear the same five T-shirts until I magically find a new one that I probably got for free, and I put on jeans maybe four times. One pair is enough.

2. Half my makeup.

Following in the theme of #1, if I put on makeup, it's the same eyeliner-mascara combination as always. Sometimes I spice it up and add lipstick or eyeshadow.

3. My vacuum.

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One, I basically never did it. Two, if I REALLY needed to vacuum, dorms rent out cleaning supplies.

4. Most of my photos from high school.

I didn't throw them ALL away, but most of them won't be making a return to college. Things change, people change, your friends change. And that's okay.

5. Excess school supplies.

Binders are heavy and I am lazy. I surprisingly didn't lose that many pens, so I don't need the fifty pack anymore. I could probably do without the crayons.

6. Cups/Plates/Bowls/Silverware.

Again, I am lazy. I cannot be bothered to wash dishes that often. I'll stick to water bottles and maybe one coffee cup. Paper plates/bowls can always be bought, and plastic silverware can always be stolen from different places on campus.

7. Books.

I love to read, but I really don't understand why I thought I'd have the time to actually do it. I think I read one book all year, and that's just a maybe.

8. A sewing kit.

I don't even know how to sew.

9. Excessive decorations.

It's nice to make your space feel a little more cozy, but not every inch of the wall needs to be covered.

10. Throw pillows.

At night, these cute little pillows just got tossed to the floor, and they'd sit there for days if I didn't make my bed.

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What It's Like Being An Introverted Leader

Different people lead differently.

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When you think of the qualities a leader or someone in a leadership position should have, being out-going is often mentioned. However, I don't think that always has to be the case. I've been a part of many different leadership opportunities and programs, yet I'm still the same socially awkward hermit I've always been. Being out-going and extroverted doesn't qualify someone to be a good leader, just like being shy and introverted makes you a bad one, it's about your skills.

When I went to a leadership program at a summer camp, I often heard that I didn't talk very much or I was too quiet and shy for a summer camp entertaining kids, I should have been more talkative. I'd also get a few counselors coming up to be that when they were in the same program I was in, they were also the same things I was and not to worry about it. Even now, I'm still quite and relatively shy person, but that doesn't discredit my ability to be a good leader, or anyone else's.

In my high school ASB (Associated Student Body) class, we took a fun personality test to find out what kind of leaders we were; someone who likes to be in charge, be in the spotlight, more organized, or stay in the background. I got someone who likes to be in the spotlight, which was a surprise to me too, but thinking about it, it makes sense. I'm not overly out-going, but given the right motivation, I don't mind going up to people and striking up a conversation.

I can also say that at some point I have possessed all four of these personalities or traits over the course of my different leadership roles. The reason I'm even bringing this personality test up is that it definitely shows that there are different types of leaders out there, and not all of them have to be extraverted. I tried to find the one I took but couldn't find the exact one, but if you're interested there are a ton of different ones out there.

Over time, I've learned and worked on many valuable skills, like conflict resolution, time management, actually listening to what others have to say, and more. I keep myself up to date with my surroundings and what's going on in the world, and I still meet and hang out with people, when I have time. People grow and learn on their own pace, we should let them without overly critiquing them.

In the end, whether someone is out-going or not shouldn't determine the ability they have to be a good leader, sure in some cases it's better to more extraverted, but it's not a make or break trait. So long as they have their mind in the right place and know how to handle different tasks and situations, it doesn't matter.

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