I Owe My Life To My Contacts Because They Helped Me Appreciate The Little Things In Life

I Owe My Life To My Contacts Because They Helped Me Appreciate The Little Things In Life

But this is not just an ode to contact lenses, it's about appreciating the small things in life and through that, realizing how beautiful this Earth is and how lucky we are to call it home.


Ever since I was little I loved to observe everything. I paid close attention to cracks in the wall, would point out minuscule details in complex objects. I always made sure to complement the local art on the city's Big Belly trashcans, point out the different colors of city hall, and google what the stickers and posters meant attached to light poles and newspaper stands all over the city.

As I got older, I continued to appreciate things, but my eyesight diminished and with it came fear and sadness. Through middle school, the days would drag on and on until one day I was assigned a seat in the back of the classroom and could no longer see my teacher's loopy handwriting on the board. Shortly after, I got my first pair of glasses and wore them only for school. In my 3rd year of high school, I noticed my eyesight became even worse. I went to the eye doctor and he made the mistake of prescribing me bifocals and a too strong prescription.

For the next two years, I dealt with horrible headaches and dizziness from looking down. I would often put on my glasses when walking through the city to do my usual observing, but after a while, the headache would come on and I would be exhausted.

Finally, this past summer I decided to visit a different optometrist, obtain a new prescription, and try contact lenses. I look back and wonder why I waited so long for something so important as my eyesight.

Today, I no longer hide behind my thick-framed glasses. As I once did as a child, every day I pay close attention to what's around me. I observe the changing colors of my favorite trees, I secretly admire cute outfits of commuters on the subway, I recognize old friends from childhood, and my favorite thing to do is to sit on a bench or at a cafe window and watch the bustle of the city and the lives of the people living in it.

My eyes are consistently lingering too long on people and I often get funny looks back, but I don't care because every day just stepping outside of my house feels like an exciting adventure, and I hope that one day you get to feel the same way too.

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Every Time I See A College Tour Group Walk By I Just Want to Scream 'It's a TRAAAPP!'

The tour guide is good - they're just a liar.

It's officially that time of year - anywhere you walk on campus, there's bound to be a gaggle of parents and befuddled high school students winding their way through building after building. In front of them stands an overenthusiastic tour guide, spouting off statistics about the school so fast they'll make your head spin.

Unfortunately, what the tour guide says doesn't exactly line up with what goes on at the school. Oh, the things we students wish we could shout out to the parents as they pass by.

1. "You'll get sick of the dining!"

It may look like there's something new to eat every single day, but by the end of the semester, you'll be sick of everything except the things closest at home.

2. "I'm only here for the free t-shirts!"


3. "IT'S A TRAP!"

Seriously, part two. You get two of three things: a social life, sleep, or good grades. Whoever said you could have all three is lying.

4. "Welcome to the real world, suckers!"

It's got confrontation, taking care of yourself, and formal emails. (Which, of course, your professor will respond with 'k thnx bai' sent from their iPhone.)

5. "Say goodbye to sleep!"

There are three types of people on campus: tea drinkers, coffee drinkers, and people with energy drinks running through their veins.


Check all of your housing options before you move in. The dorm they're showing you might be the worst housing area on campus.


You're getting squat. Free tuition? Try the tune of $13k a year. Or more. Depending.

8. "The library is NOT the best study place."

Depending on your major, there are several places for you to study that aren't the library.

9. "The health center sucks!"

True fact: word through the grapevine is that someone once got antibiotics for a sprained ankle.You may as well sell that leg on the black market to cover the costs.

10. "Believe the roommate horror stories!"

All random roommates are horrible unless proven otherwise. (But be wary of everyone.)

11. "SI (student instructor) sessions are useless."

You will learn nothing . Chances are you'll end up correcting the instructor.

12. "The freshman fifteen is optional."

Some people don't gain it at all, and some people really gain it. It's up to you.

13. "You'll need a car!!"

If, for some reason you can't pay for the overpriced parking pass, find a friend who can.

14. "Hookup culture is real!"

But it's not for everyone. Just because everyone is doing it doesn't mean you have to.

15. "Campus jobs are a myth!"

Campus job? What's a campus job? Do you have work-study? No? No job for you. Have you tried the local coffee shop?

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