10 Struggles Every Left-Handed Student Understands

10 Struggles Every Left-Handed Student Understands

Two words: Ink smudges.

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Most of the time, being left-handed is fun. It's a mostly benign characteristic that sets you apart from the crowd. But sometimes it's harder, and it's never harder than as a student.

1. Desks

Left-handed desks are few and far between. I've walked into a lecture hall of 200 seats before, where there wasn't one lefty desk. I asked an older student if there were any, and she just looked confused and suggested I sit at the table set up at the very back of the lecture hall. I had to choose between having to squint to see anything on the teacher's PowerPoint or sitting in a horribly uncomfortable angle.

2. Sitting next to people 

Sometimes the setup of a classroom requires close quarters. Few things are more annoying than having to constantly bump elbows with the righty sitting next to you.

3. Three-ring binders

Lefties are limited in their school supply choices. I can't abide constantly bumping into the rings on three-ring binders, so those are out of the picture. Oh, and don't get me started on the countless cute spiral notebooks I've had to pass up.

4. Ballpoint pens

Ballpoint pens rarely work for lefties, since you're pushing the pen instead of pulling it.

5. The comments

Am I left-handed? Yeah, what tipped you off?

6. Ink smudges

Being left-handed means dragging your hand across your writing, which means...endless ink smudges. They're far too tiresome to wash off, so just consider smudges a lefty accessory.

7. Pencil smudges

Even worse than ink smudges are pencil smudges, which accumulate even faster and rub off onto everything you brush.

8. Test-taking

Taking tests is hard enough, but lefties have even more to worry about. Is my hand smudging my writing too much? Is my teacher going to take points off for decreased legibility?

9. People seem to forget that lefties exist...

Lefties make up about ten percent of the population. Sure, it's a minority, but we're not unicorns.

10. ...but at least you have instant kinship with other lefties 

It's an easy conversation starter: "Hey, you're left-handed too!" Bam. Instant connection. Even if you never talk to each other again, through every ink smudge, three-ring binder, or righty's ridiculous comment, you know you stand together in lefty solidarity.

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Surround Yourself With Matching Energies

The people you surround yourself with can make or break you.

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My whole life I've naturally been an analyzer. Due to the whole empath thing, I can read people's energies. The older I get, the easier it becomes and the more noticeable. I can tell when something irritates you or makes you angry, or if something makes you happy or sad. Naturally, that means I can tell how you respond to certain things I say or how certain words, thoughts, or phrases trigger you.

For example, if I come up to you and begin discussing how I'm an empath and you think I'm crazy, I can tell you think I'm crazy. I don't need to be looking at your face to know it hit you a weird way. I can just feel it.

This also means I naturally absorb energies and feel them as if they were my own. If I'm talking to you about something and I can tell you're disinterested or distracted, I become distracted and have to overcompensate for the both of us and find a way to force myself to focus, sometimes making me come across as overly forward or talkative. If you're tired, I become tired and tend to avoid eye contact. With a lifetime of practice, it's become easy to switch back and forth, but it's exhausting.

Imagine not only constantly dealing with your own emotions and energy but attempting to balance your own while being able to feel the energy of everyone around you. Due to this, I'm very particular about the type of people I can surround myself with because if their energies don't match my own or I feel as if we're on "different wavelengths," friendships can become more exhausting than fun.

Often, this means I keep my distance from people, which in all honesty, kind of stinks sometimes, but if I'm around people too often, I'm emotionally and physically drained, and struggle to focus on my own life because I'm constantly analyzing everyone else's.

Empath or not, why does this matter? Even if you can't feel the energies of the people you surround yourself with or notice their emotions, pay attention to who you choose to spend your time with. Whether or not you can tell those energies exist, they do exist, and sometimes you could be hanging out with someone who is more of a detriment to you than a benefit.

If you walk away from a night out with friends, exhausted, not because of the activity or because of a lack of sleep, but because you just feel emotionally drained from being out with them, take a step back and ask yourself why.

Relationships do require work, but they shouldn't be a chore. Surround yourself with people who leave you feeling, as Meredith Grey once said, bright and shiny. Or find yourself your Christina Yang if you want someone to match your dark and twisty. Whoever it is, just make sure they're your energy equals, otherwise, your friendships could leave you feeling friendless.

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Top 10 Mythical Creatures To Have A One-Night-Stand With

This article was inspired by a conversation I had with my dear housemates, xoxo Shel, Miranda, Max.

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Once upon a time, in a land far far away, lived a moderately-sized co-op's slightly-dirty living room with 4 individuals who collaborated on this article. Let's be honest, we've all had these conversations; I'm just bringing them to light. Let's start.

1. Bigfoot

You know what they say about big feet.

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Bigfoot is number 10, because while he is rumored to be well-endowed, he is hard to get in contact with and might ghost you. He also probably has mommy Earth issues, and I'm not about to play therapist for another man, let alone a mythical one.

2. Medusa

Medusa rhymes with Sedusa, which she will do after a night of awkwardly avoiding contact at a frat party. However, she does come with a lot of tongues, and emotional baggage, so you may want to steer clear of anything besides a one-night-stand. Just imagine the snakes tho.

3. Werewolves

This is a contentious one, because I personally am not attracted to werewolves. However, the silent ghostwriters of this article are.

"Their power, their agility, their grace, shall I go on? Their hair. Very hairy. I love that. Imagine running your fingers through their hair." -- Quote from my roommate.

4. Mermaids/Sirens

You are a liar if you don't want to seduce a mermaid, or rather, be seduced by a siren's loving call. These queens of the oceans are all probably tops, and that's a rarity in the world of sapphic bottoms. However, they'll probably kill you, so keep that in mind.

5. Unicorn (But Not the Horse, I Mean A Bisexual Femme)

There are a lot of boring, unattractive straight couples on Tinder looking for a "third" to spice things up. Sadly for them, human beings are not objects and don't exist to fulfill your sexual wishes because your boyfriend doesn't know what a clit is. Please get off Tinder, for the love of God.

6. Elves, Specifically The Keebler Elf

"Why, specifically the Keebler elf, my friend?"
"Look at those cheeks. He has some very plump cheeks. Both up top, and bottom." -- Unnamed housemate

7. Centaur

Centaurs are number four on the list for several reasons. 1. That gallop. 2. That long, beautiful mane. 3. You can probably guess.

I think my biggest issue with centaurs is they seem a little pretentious. They'd seem like mansplain Joy Division to me at a house show. They just have that look.

8. Kraken

I would take him home to my mother. He's just misunderstood, and a little bit slippery. Very anime, I know.

9. Ghosts

I feel like the ectoplasm would be an interesting experience. If it weren't for number one on this list, I would immediately take home a ghost and let them possess me.

10. An Unproblematic White Man

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Despite my many attempts, I have only been disappointed by the myth of a man who didn't have some sort of fucked up political beliefs. Regardless, I'm still going to keep falling for the idea of one.

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