It's a Jog, Not a Sprint

It's a Jog, Not a Sprint

It is okay if you had to take a semester off or if you had to change your major or even been put behind in college.

You may have just graduated high school. You may be in your third year, fourth year, or whichever year of college. You may have already graduated with the degree you wanted. Whatever the case may be, I am going to say this: college is a jog, not a sprint. I am a senior here at Southern Miss and I have just changed my major completely. I know right?! Of course it was my senior year when I changed it. I am glad I did it now instead of graduating later with a degree in something I was not happy with.

I feel like when we start to head to college, we get excited.....duh, but I mean the excited where you start to look a little too hard into what your future is going to look like according to your expectations. You crave the life after college just as much as you do the life in college. You think you know what you are going to do. Hell, sometimes people do finish through with what they originally set their mind on doing. Good for them. No one is better or worse.

I started off with the idea that I was going to become a nurse and not just a nurse, but a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. Once I got to college however, I began to change as a person. I would not say in a bad way because everyone at this age is still learning and developing personality wise. You are still learning what you truly love, like, and dislike. Once I got wait listed for the nursing program, I spent that semester minoring in Psychology. If any of you guys have read any previous articles from me, you will know the situation about my father and so forth. As I was going through my psych classes, I began to envision a different future for me after college. I could see myself performing experiments on different mental disorders and their associations with certain aspects in life. I immediately began to get nervous. This is not what I am majoring in, I am majoring in Nursing and that is that. As the semester flew by, I got my acceptance letter for the spring nursing program and I still had that vision. As I began to go through the program I was not happy. This is not what I wanted to do for the rest of my life at all. I had no passion and no desire to become a nurse. I wanted to have a life. I wanted to be passionate about my career and be passionate about my life at the same time. I could not see myself doing that with nursing.

I have always told myself that when I get older, I want to look back on my life and know I was happy.

I called my mom and began to tell her I was going to change my major to Psychology. I wanted to do research in psychology specifically and do experiments and to publish articles on mental disorders and their interactions with music, TV, video games, colors, etc. I told her this is what can make me happy. She supported me. Now I have a semester off and then 12 hours left to graduate with the Bachelors.

I think my whole point in sharing my story with you is that college isn't a race. No one looks better or worse based on how long you spent your years in college or how many times you changed your major. You have to take college day by day and really learn to do what makes you happy and to be confident in that decision.

When you walk across that stage, you will be excited for what your future holds and I know that I can't wait!

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25 Things About Me

On My 25th Birthday

Since my birthday is on Sunday, I decided to write an article all about me!

1. I love to cook for my husband. Actually, I like to cook period. I even have my on cooking blog titled "If You Want To Eat You Have To Cook". My favorite thing to make is anything with noodles because I love Asian food.

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2. I have a degree in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations.

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3. My favorite food to eat while I am out and about is sushi.


4. Cats are my favorite animal.


5. My favorite thing to drink is a margarita.


6. My favorite season is summer.

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7. I love making treats for my husband, such as cakes and love notes.

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8. My favorite artist is Lady Gaga.


9. My favorite movie genre is a crime drama, such as Lifetime Movies.

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10. I love wrapping presents for other people.


11. My favorite outfit is a long summer dress.


12. My favorite color is pink.


13. My most prized possession are my engagement and wedding rings.


14. I love taking black and white pictures.


15. My favorite dessert is coconut or red velvet cake.

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16. I love my parents and husband.


17. One of my guilty pleasures is binge watching the Bachelor and Bachelorette.


18. My favorite show on TV right now is Nashville.


19. I love to watch Disney movies.

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20. I love cooking with my husband.

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21. My favorite meal is steaks and gnocchi.


22. I love bingewatching TV shows on Netflix.

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23. I love taking road trips on the weekend with my husband.


24. I love getting things done early, and hate procrastination.


25. I love myself and I love being me.

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6 Signs You're Experiencing The Infamous Sophomore Slump

Stress goes up, excitement goes down.

As the end of my sophomore year in college is now in sight, I've begun to take a look back on this year and how utterly strange it has been. I've recently found a term that perfectly describes everything I've felt from this year in just two words: Sophomore Slump. This term has been coined to describe a,

"Period of developmental confusion where students may face difficulties in academic, social, and personal development. In addition, after the novelties of college social life have worn off, nothing seems quite as special."

I've definitely experienced this feeling this year, and although I find myself still enjoying college, the stresses have seemed to increase while the excitement has simultaneously worn off. If you're suffering through the Sophomore Slump as well, you might be able to relate to these tell-tale signs.

1. You went from going out every weekend to adopting a sleep schedule similar to your grandparents.

Freshman year, every weekend was full of constant opportunities for parties. You waited your whole life for the true college experience, and last year you went a little too hard. Now, you're making up for it by spending your weekends reading, sleeping and most importantly, binging the latest Netflix original special.

2. Frat parties are yesterday’s news.

I still remember the excitement leading up to frat parties during my freshman year, especially for tailgates. Now, if I ever even do go out, I prefer a house party with people I actually enjoy being around.

3. You begin questioning whether your major is right for you…and is it too late now?

Is my major the right one for me? I'm already too far in! I can't back out now! Sophomore year is basically a giant ball of stress and quarter-life crises.

4. You enjoy feeling more like an adult, but you miss the innocence of being a freshman.

As a freshman, you were still naive to adult life, and while that had its own problems, sometimes you miss being the new kid on campus with a whole world of opportunities ahead of you.

5. Somehow, if it’s even possible, your procrastination has gotten even worse.

If you thought last year was bad...

6. And you still find yourself in a constant state of denial.

It's fine, I'm fine, everything's fine.

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