In Omnia Paratus: What I Learned From "Gilmore Girls"

In Omnia Paratus: What I Learned From "Gilmore Girls"

I'm about to brie real cheesy.

Most people spend their summers on the beach or decide to travel abroad. I, however, decided to spend my summer vacation binge-watching "Gilmore Girls," as I have the greatest combination of attributes: a Netflix account and no life. It was truly one of the greatest decisions of my young-adult life, right up there with that time I did laundry before I ran out of clothes and that one time I ate a salad instead of pizza... never again. Anyway, like most people with a beating heart, I completely love the show! I truly owe my addiction to my roommate, Katie, whose obsession with the show rubbed off on me quite a bit (as is the case with most things Katie does.)

I learned a lot from "Gilmore Girls," but one particular episode truly stuck with me. I did not realize how much this episode resonated with me until one of my friends gave me the greatest Christmas present ever:

Not only did this super cool poster remind me of my summer obsession with the show, but it also gave me great advice during a difficult time in my life. For all you "Gilmore" guys and gals out there, you probably know which episode I’m talking about, just from this image. For everyone who hasn’t seen the show, I’ll give you the short and sweet recap...

Basically, Rory, one of the quintessential characters of the show (she is one of the Gilmore girls), attends the events of an elite club called the “Life and Death Brigade,” in order to get a story for the Yale Daily News. The motto of the society is “in omnia paratus,” which is Latin for “ready for all things.”

Last year was absolutely crazy, in both good ways and bad... mostly pretty bad, unfortunately. A lot of events transpired, and I admit that still today, there are times I find myself still dealing with the aftermath of the craziness. However, in the midst of it all, this motto inspired me. Being an English major (and a cheesy one at that!), I am really obsessed with quotes. I like this slogan because it makes me feel less weak. I am trying to handle the downsides of life gracefully, and for those of you that know me well, you already know that I am not the most suave person. Like my roommate, Torie, I can sometimes be “as smooth as chunky peanut butter,” which is fine by me because I love peanut butter!

I hung this poster above my desk, and it reminds me that I am strong enough to handle the unexpected. There is such importance in being ready for anything because that is what life is all about. There is no possible way of anticipating what will happen in the next five or ten years; I mean, I don’t even know what I’m doing this Saturday (but in all honesty, I’ll probably be chilling with my cats.) When it all comes down to life, I just know that I have to be ready to embrace whatever gets thrown at me next. The poster reminds me that in being “ready for all things,” not all things are bad and that I have an amazing group of friends to help me through the rough patches. With hard work, focus, great friends, and pizza, I know that I can conquer almost anything adequately, and be half-Rory Gilmore, and in omnia, freaking, paratus.
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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.

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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All good things must come to an end.


It might just be the beginning of 2019 but there are many TV series wrapping up already. There are many breathtaking and original pilots around along with several reboots coming. This might be one of the greatest year for TV.

However, all good things must come to an end. Some series have been planned out and are going to be finished while others have been cut short. Sadly, here's a list of TV series to say goodbye to this year.

1. The Big Bang Theory (CBS)

Final Date: May

12 Seasons//279 episodes

2. Orange is the New Black (Netflix)

Final Date: End of 2019

7 seasons//91 episodes

3. Jane the Virgin (CW)

Final Date: Mid-late 2019

5 seasons//100 episodes

4. Games of Thrones (HBO)


Final Date: Summer

8 Seasons//73 episodes

5. Broad City (Comedy Central)

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Final Date: March

5 seasons//50 episodes



Final Date: Spring

7 seasons//67 episodes

7. Homeland (Showtime)


Final date: Summer

8 seasons//96 episodes

8. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)

Final date: January 25

4 seasons//52 episodes

9. The Affair (Showtime)


Final Date: End of 2019

5 seasons//42 episodes

10. Friends From College (Netflix)

Final Date: End of 2019

2 seasons//16 episodes

11. Crashing (HBO)


Final Date: End of 2019

3 seasons//24 episodes

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