10 Little Things: Go-Getter Edition

10 Little Things: Go-Getter Edition

"We tend to forget that baby steps still move you forward."

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Sometimes the hardest thing in the world is to get started. When it comes to setting goals, it can be pretty overwhelming to look at where you are and where you want to be. It is so much easier to give up when it seems like that distance is too long or too wide to conquer. I have found that compartmentalizing can be the greatest gift I give myself. That's why I'm starting a new series: 10 Little Things. Every important milestone, achievement, self-improvement, whatever you want to call it, has to begin somewhere.

This week? Becoming a Go-Getter. There's this weird tendency in young adult culture--particularly on college campuses--to assume that people who are super motivated and organized have always been that way. Sure, they may have been a good student or hard worker from a young age. But somewhere along they chose to stick with it. It is totally doable to become that way yourself--you just have to be committed to it. Here is a list of 10 Little Things to get you started.

1. Two words: Google. Calendar.

This is my personal lifesaver! I find a major part of my stress comes from last minute schedule changes or busy days that I don't see coming. A good way to avoid this is keeping a google calendar! By keeping a running copy of your entire schedule--as in classes, appointments, social commitments, family events, even planned studying,--not only can you see your week laid out ahead of time, but you can also schedule things so much easier!

2. Start your day thankful.

If you are currently in college right now, you are luckier than you realize. That's already a huge accomplishment! You have so much to be grateful for. Kick off your day on the right foot by thinking about at least three things you are lucky to have. Positivity does more than you can possibly imagine!

3. Make professional development a priority.

Your GPA might be important, but it won't get you anywhere without an effort to develop professional skills. Colleges offer SO MANY opportunities to network or meet with professionals in your intended field. Stay updated on what's happening and pick what sounds interesting. Carve out time in your schedule to attend! They're there to help you.

4. Moderation, moderation, moderation.

In everything. Set time limits on studying, on socializing, even on exercise: get your body and mind on a schedule. You don't have to deny yourself the fun stuff: but it should be more of a reward than anything.

5. LinkedIn? Yeah, that's necessary.

SO MANY of my friends have found internships or contacts through online networks! I'm not saying there aren't other ways to apply, but keeping an updated, clean online presence can be super beneficial. Employers love people that make an effort to brand themselves.

6. Stay informed!

Business major? Read the Wall Street Journal. Science? Read those research journals. Staying updated on current events--particularly in your field--is vital. This comes in handy in networking, in interviews, and even in discovering what you find truly interesting. Ignorance is not an option.

7. Sleep. For real.

I realize that getting your full eight hours in each night isn't always possible, but it doesn't hurt to try. Sleep should be a priority. It's when your body repairs itself for the night and your mind gets the break it so desperately needs. Being well-rested and alert will always serve you well.

8. Stay neat and tidy.

This is applicable in a few ways. First of all, a cluttered space is a cluttered mind. It doesn't have to be perfect, but try to keep your living space relatively tidy and you'll find it's much easier to get stuff done there. Second of all, maintaining a tidy appearance can do WONDERS for your sense of personal-togetherness. Plus, you never know when you'll meet a potential professional contact!

9. USE. YOUR. RESOURCES.

There are so many people on campus who want to help you! Guidance counselors, career centers, upperclassmen, peer advisors, major advisors...they're all there for you. Take advantage of it! They know their stuff, trust me.

10. Be honest with yourself.

You know if you're working to the best of your ability. Making excuses for yourself or justifying your shortcomings is never going to get you anywhere. Recognizing your mistakes is step one to rectifying them.

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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.
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Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.


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Cancel Culture Is Toxic And Ugly

Stop deciding for me who I can and cannot like.

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I was really hoping that canceled culture died in 2018, but unfortunately here we are in 2019 still "canceling" whoever we personally deem "problematic." Whether it's tweeting from six years ago or falsely made allegations, waves of people will grab on to anything they can to bring down whatever celebrity or influencer seems to be doing well at the moment.

Of course, it is important to bring light to horrible things such as racism, misogyny, domestic abuse, etc., but remember these horrible things are still happening TODAY. We need to focus our energy on combating the horrible things people are currently doing and saying; it is truly such a waste of time to bring up the problematic words and actions that someone in the limelight did almost a decade ago.

Let me be clear, there is no one person I am trying to defend here. I honestly don't care much to personally defend anyone who is being canceled by angry twitter-users who found something just bad enough to hold against them for eternity. I truly just find the idea of it annoying and ugly.

The idea that any person is a completely static, flat character is so inconceivable and unlikely that I truly have a hard time understanding why we cannot accept an apology from a matured person.

If we have no evidence that a person has made any recent damaging remarks, then how can we prove they haven't changed since they tweeted something wrong in 2013?

Of course, there are people who have recently or continuously proven they are indecent people who are not deserving of any sort of public exposure, but if they are truly so horrible, people will drop them without you having to tell them to do so. You don't have to condemn those who still remain loyal; they are probably not the kind of people you need to waste your time on anyway.

If the people canceling others were constantly watched like the people they have damned, I am absolutely sure there is something we could find from their past to cancel them as well.

Sometimes it is hard to remember that famous people are still human beings just like us. Anyone is prone to make mistakes, and those mistakes can absolutely be rectified over time.

Nowadays, people love jumping on the bandwagon of finding a new person to hate and don't even stop to think about the damage it could do to that person's life and reputation.

Give people a chance to prove that they are decent human beings before deciding whether "we" as a whole should love or hate them based on such a small amount of evidence.

I am not saying you have to love every celebrity. If you don't like what someone has said or done you absolutely do not have to give them your attention or devotion, but you should not tell me whether I can like them or not.

In 2019 we should put an end to canceled culture, and, instead, learn to take people at their word and accept their apologies for their past wrongdoings.

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