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Believe: The Source of Trust

As the finals week draw near for college students we slowly lose the motivation we had in the beginning of the semester and forget our most valuable asset, ourselves.

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If you're a college student with the final exams just weeks away from today, chances are you are stressed and attempting to procrastinate right now. Your grades in your class probably don't so well and honestly if you flunk your final exam it's hard to say if you would even pass the class. By now you're anxious and scared of the looming exams that you think you're probably going to fail and how to retake the class over again and completely destroy your GPA. You've lost all confidence in yourself to succeed because there's just so much on your hands right now with schoolwork, studying, and social life that it's impossible to organize them so that one doesn't conflict with the other. Maybe you even feel that there's no point in struggling because there's no hope left anyways and the person that was full of confidence and encouragement at the beginning of the semester was long gone. Yet when you repeatedly ask yourself if you're ready to give up a small part of you still suggests that there's still hope, that the passion that once drove you to take these classes still exists.

What is a belief? As Google defines it is trust, faith, or confidence in someone or something. When we think about belief we would resort to thinking about people's belief in religion or some sort of idea. However as there's much more to belief than just religion. Believing means that you think that something is true even though there aren't facts pointing towards it or away from it. Believing means that you are willing to put money on it and that the thing you believe in has your trust. Believing means even if everything is lost you will still have hope in that thing you believe. We often times think that we could only believe in entities other than ourselves, that what we believe in must be some other object or person, but in reality the most important thing to believe in is ourselves.

When we start to lose belief in ourselves, we begin to distrust our actions, our thoughts, and our plans; Everything we do will be meaningless to us because we don't believe it will be any help to us or make any progress. Some people choose to dedicate their entire life into believing in something else and that's why there's terrorism and extremists that are willing to sacrifice themselves to support the thing they believe in. They don't trust in anything else other than the people who also believe in the same thing they do and everything that's not part of their belief are all expendables in the face of belief. When we lose belief in ourselves, we are literally being orientated by our own mind. We begin distrust everything we do like how we would distrust a stranger's action. We make ourselves become foreign to our own mind and in return our mind devalues everything we do. When a person believes in a cause or a person, they are willing to give up anything for it. A person without belief is like a person without a brain because they would have no purpose to continue to live. Everyone in this world continues to strive for that belief and once that belief is broken and they have nothing to fight for they fall off and die.

This is why so many college students have depression. They could no longer find the belief they once had before starting college and they were so confident that they could endure anything before all the college pressure hit them like a truck. Now with the final exams coming forward the final blow is coming towards our way and it's time to fire up the initiate belief and trust we had in ourselves. The more time we spend on doubting whether we could pass the exams the less time we will spending to study. We're so focused on distrusting ourselves and our capabilities that we become paralyzed. You won't realize how strong and powerful you are when you don't believe in yourself, so now is the time to stand up and ignite that confidence you had when you started this semester. Remember what your goal was and what you wanted to be in the future? Remember the burning passion you had before the start of college? Remember how you would do anything to become that person you envisioned yourself to be in the future? So now is the time to believe in yourself, to trust in your capabilities, and to be able to get that bread. You just have to believe.

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8 Lyrics From T. Swift's New Song 'You Need To Calm Down' That Will Give Your Instagram The Strong Female Empowerment It Needs

Let this girl-power ballad spark your insta-piration for your next post.

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If you've ever experienced cyber-bullying, or if you ever feel caught up in our over-critical society, Tay Swift's new song "You Need To Come Down" is the song for you. While we live in a world with free speech, and especially as a journalist I am all for that, sometimes its best to think before you speak - or tweet. We should all try to be understanding and kind no matter what the circumstance, even if it means not clicking send on some Twitter rants. These lyrics are a friendly reminder to stay calm and focus on what's important.

1. "Say it in the street, that's a knock-out. But you say it in a tweet, that's a cop out."

If this isn't the call-out message of the year on cyber-bullying (in song, at least), I don't know what is.

2. "But I've learned a lesson that stressin' and obsessin' about somebody else is no fun."

We all need to remember at times that getting mixed up in drama isn't fruitful for our lives or growth.

3. "Like can you not step on my gown? You need to calm down."

Don't let the haters control you or stop you from living, just tell those voices to calm down.

4. "Why are you mad when you could be glad?"

Focusing on hate or being critical can be exhausting, and it's better to focus on the good things.

5. "Sunshine on the street at the parade, but you would rather be in the dark ages."

Show people that going into the light is so much easier than they realize when they are stuck in a drama-cloud.

6. "You just need to take several seats and then try to restore the peace."

Instead of trying to have the last word in every fight, try to be the peace-maker instead.

7. "Control your urges to scream about all the people that you hate."

Hate never made the world go 'round. Hate was never what Jesus spoke about. And some things just aren't worth using energy to yell at.

8. "But we all know now we all got crowns."

Don't be afraid to show that you are a princess and no one can take your crown.

This song is not just a collection of Insta-quotes, but also a call-out for all of us to live better lives, to remain a positive and uplifting human in this cancel culture world. By no means should we remain silent on important issues or let people get away with bad things, but we can choose to not get mixed up in petty drama that won't matter in a week. Let's agree to be kind to one another.

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You Know You're From Trumbull, CT When...

The best memories are made in this boring, little, Connecticut town.

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1. The majority of places you will consider to eat at are in Fairfield or Westport... Colony, Shake Shack, Country Cow, Playa Bowls, BarTaco

2. But if you find yourself too lazy to get on 95 for food, Panchero's is the go-to... never Chipotle. If it is past midnight, the choice always comes down to the McDonalds in Monroe, where you are almost guaranteed to see a group of people you know, or Merritt Canteen.

3. Once you got your license, your Friday night plans consisted of picking up friends, driving up and down Main Street, and, somehow, always finding yourself at the THS parking lot seeing who's car is there because there is nothing better to do.

4. In the Fall, you couldn't wait for Friday so that after school you and half of your grade could walk to Plasko's Farm for ice cream and apple cider donuts... and hope you could get them before the owners would yell at you to leave. (This one only applies to Hillcrest Middle School kids, AKA the inferior middle school in town).

5. You couldn't wait to be a senior so you could officially lead the BLACK HOLE at football games... if you were even willing to go in the cold.

6. You looked forward to the annual Senior Scav, the last week of summer before your senior year where a list of tasks is passed down by the recently graduated class... the official kickoff to senior year.

7. You pass by Country Club Rd. and get flashbacks from the worst Cross Country practices ever. Driving up Daniels Farm Rd. in the Fall and Spring, you are conditioned to yell "hi" out the window to your friends at practice.

8. You knew someone who worked at Gene's gas station... and found yourself spending more time there on the weekends than you would like to admit.

9. You are convinced Melon-heads are real after frequenting Velvet St. to see the abandoned insane asylum with your friends, IF you didn't want to drive all the way up to Fairfield Hills in Newtown.

10. You have had/have been to at least one middle school birthday party at the Trumbull Marriott.

11. You know that the 25mph speed limit on Whitney Ave. is way too slow... and can't help but hit a little air going down the huge hill at the top.

12. The guy at Towne likely knows your name.

13. You never find yourself turning right out of THS... that side of town is irrelevant for those who do not live there.

14. You know to avoid the Merrit Parkway from 4:00-7:00pm at all costs.

15. You know more than you would like to about people you aren't even friends with... in a town so small, things get around very quick.

16. Going shopping really means going to Target, or any store in the mall, for the millionth time that week.

17. The marching band was the best in the state and you would see them practicing, literally, every time you drove by THS.

19. Depending on the side of town you lived, you spent a lot of time at Five Pennies Park or Indian Ledge Park.

20. You would say you couldn't wait to leave, but when you got to college, you find yourself excited to come back to your hometown so you can reminisce on old traditions and make new memories.

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