All The Things I've Learned By Being Bold

All The Things I've Learned By Being Bold

Ride the wave and create your own fortune.

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"Fearless before danger." The dictionary definition of bold.

I've been lucky enough to dodge anything truly dangerous. I've had the occasional drunken stranger get in my car in the McDonald's drive-thru line (he made it home safely — I made sure of it), I've witnessed the Oak Trees at Toomer's Corner set ablaze after an Auburn football game, but when it comes to something truly dangerous — I've been lucky enough to avoid anything that could potentially harm me.

But while my dangers are few, the fears are many.

The fears can be disguised as anxiety, depression, stress and any other mental state that can cause your heart rate to rise. It can be the pressures of social engagements, the stress of classes, the impact of student involvement all tied together with the terrifying concept of my future that make college such a terrifying place.

My best friend and I have taken it as a goal to tackle this year with a different approach: the bold approach. This definition of bold revolves around positivity, never leaving a situation thinking "what if" and just trying to make the present day better than yesterday.

I'm not saying that being bold by my definition will heal any fears you have — but it makes living so much more fun.

Fortune Favors the Bold

In the preview for "Bohemian Rhapsody," there's a quote that says "fortune favor the bold." This particularly stuck with me — we can create our own fortune. When I see the love of my life walk into a room– what's the problem of going up and starting conversation? When I see a network opportunity — what's wrong with taking that chance? Nothing! You never know the connections you can create by putting yourself out there, because you have the power of creating good fortune.

The Beyonce Halftime Show

This one may be a little personal to me — but watch, listen or read something that hypes you up. Be excited about life — it's beautiful, there's so much to be thankful for. Show gratitude for all the areas of your life that bring you joy; whether it be your friendships, your coffee shop or even the fact that your car started this morning. Life is beautiful — live like it.

Ride the Wave 

I've started asking my friends: "How are we going to make today better than yesterday?" We all create scenarios that could make that particular day the best day of our life. Most of those scenarios, while seeming unlikely, make us all tackle the day with a positive mentality. Positivity is contagious, and while that sounds like a cliche, it creates a momentum to ride on: the wave. Ride that positivity, create friendships, create moments.


I've built my personal definition of bold, catering to my personal lifestyle, to make my senior year as memorable as I can. When college is over, I'm not going to remember all of the negatives (well... maybe), but I'll be more inclined to remember the times that my friends and I get out of our comfort zones, created our own fortunes and belly-laughed all night long.

Life is short, life is beautiful, create your own fortune.

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10 Abnormally Normal Things About College

Some stuff just doesn't fly in the real world.
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College is a weird, weird place. For whatever reason, the young adults who are supposed to be cultivating their minds with all of the worldly knowledge available to them, seem to get away with quite a bit using the justification "it's college." Even the best students live abnormally while on the alien planet that is a university. So, while to us college students it may just seem like another day, here are ten things that are only normal in college.

1. Straight up theft.

In the future, if I walk into my forty-something-year-old neighbor's home and see a collection of stolen signs, stuff from the local restaurant, and property from the construction site down the road, I would definitely be concerned about the character of my neighbor. However, in college, people proudly display campus signs, traffic cones, or dining hall napkin dispensers that they have impressively commandeered - it's a cheap decoration and a great conversation starter.

2. All-nighters.

Maybe with the exception of parents of little babies, very few people willingly stay up for close to 24 hours on end. In the real world, if a friend came to you and said that they literally did not sleep the previous night, it's completely logical to be worried. On the other hand, when a friend in college says that he was up all night you laugh a little, give him an understanding pat on the back, and walk with him to the coffee line.

3. Atrocious eating habits.

Sometimes you don't have time to eat. Sometimes you order pizza at 2 in the morning. Sometimes you eat three dinners. Sometimes you diet. All I can say, is thank goodness that our metabolisms are decently high at this age.

4. Breaking and entering.

In high school, you hopefully knew everyone who entered your home. After college, hopefully, that's still the case. However, when you live in the middle of thousands of bored college students, people knock at your door, walk into parties, cut through your yard, and stop by without invitation or hesitation. It keeps life fun, but still not normal.

5. Calling mom when stuff goes down.

I really doubt a time will ever come that I don't need to call my mom for guidance on how to do something. But, hopefully the frequency of those calls with go down a little bit post-graduation. Maybe after four years of doing it on my own, I'll know how to fill out government forms, cook real dinners, and get stains out. But for now, I'm going to keep calling while I still can without seeming totally pathetic.

6. Being intoxicated at weird times.

Drunk at noon on a Friday is the quintessence of an alcoholic at any time - unless it's college. Not that this is necessarily a good thing, and it certainly doesn't apply to everyone, but there aren't many other places where people would instantly assume someone is intoxicated if they're acting even a little weird. I've even seen people drink in the library....

7. The messed up dating scene.



There are people who meet the love of their life at college and live happily ever after. They are people who meet the supposed love of their life at college and never talk to them again after Sunday. There are people who use Tinder. Hormones are high, freedom is bountiful, and football players are cute - what else needs to be said?

8. A warped sense of time.

The career I'm pursuing will require me to be at work by 7 am, five days a week. I am fully aware of this. Now, will I enroll in an 8 am next semester? Absolutely not - I'm not a demon. In college, nights often start at 10 p.m., dinners are eaten at 4, and mornings can begin anywhere from 8 to 2. We don't get that whole 9-5 idea.

9. Costumes... for no apparent reason.

High schoolers have a dress code. Adults have dignity. College students have fun. Here, people will wear a corn costume to get on ESPN, a fanny pack to get into a fraternity, or a tutu to match a theme party. Is it actually a weird thing, though? No one even blinks an eye.

10. Insanely close friends.

Name another point in your life when you live with your friends, study with your friends, drive with your friends, eat with your friends, go out with your friends, and even grocery shop with your friends. I'll wait. At college, it's easy for friends to seem like family because you're with them constantly. Love it or hate it, it's weird about college.

So, enjoy this weirdness while you can - it won't last forever!


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Why I Love Having Haters

Who doesn't love a hater?

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With a colorful past of controversies, running my mouth, and criticism, I know haters better than most people. Haters gonna hate, right?

Well, some people take what haters say close to heart. Words hurt, especially when people are talking about you in a negative way, in person or through the internet. As much as I've hated haters as the next guy, there is one thing I have had to teach myself along the way. Love that you have haters. You might think I sound crazy, and I know I do. BUT just think, how does someone get haters? BY BREAKING THE STATUS QUO AND ATTEMPTING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

I'm a pretty outspoken individual in case you haven't noticed already. From some articles that I have written, or words spoken on a podcast I formerly hosted. However, I will hold myself accountable because there were times I did cross the line in what was being said. But on the other hand, when I wasn't going too far, some of the haters were just hysterical.

A while back there was an Odyssey article I wrote titled "I am A Millennial and I Am Embarrassed of My Generation". When posted, I had a thread of about 300 comments saying that I am wrong, privileged and that I should go die. (Yes, my haters have gone as far as saying they are going to kill me for what I was saying.) While reading the threads, I couldn't help myself but laugh. I took these comments as a win because what I have done was making a difference in how people think. A lot of people agreed, and a lot of people disagreed. Someone even wrote a counter article against me telling me that I am a literal "piece of sh*t". Ha! That one might be my personal favorite.

From that article and so on I just kept writing about what I wanted to write about and creating what I wanted to create. I wasn't going to let some nobody tell me that I am "garbage". From working for what I have, standing up for myself, and not taking any more crap has accumulated some hateful followers. And in all honesty, I love it.

Don't go out of your way to get haters. Do what you have to do to better yourself and be successful. The haters will come, and that is just because they are jealous of you making a difference. Do your thing, love yourself, and let the haters hate.

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