I've Actually Learned A Lot Of Life Lessons From My iPhone

I've Actually Learned A Lot Of Life Lessons From My iPhone

Ever go out and look around to find at least half the crowd is scrolling through their smartphones?

My iPhone is great. Just a wonderful device full of exciting features. Being a millennial, I am bound to have some social media accounts here and there. YouTube and Netflix are always a few taps away when I need them. Snapchat filters are amusing to mess around with. And what's not to love about all the memes a girl could ask for, just waiting for me to scroll through? But if I am being honest with myself, none of these things have ever made me truly happy.

Have you ever been to a party where everyone is on their phone and rather than talking to each other, they are scrolling through Instagram? I can tell you right now that at least half those people do not actually want to be on their phone but they are anyway because of peer pressure. And it is hard to believe that the rest actually find their phones more amusing than human interaction. Since when did it become so difficult to have a conversation? Why have phones become so prevalent in our lives?

Well from personal experience, I can say that my iPhone is excellent at convincing me that it is interesting.

I mean just the thought of the entire world wide web being accessible at your fingertips is pretty mind-blowing. Whenever I pick up my phone I think, "there is bound to be something for me to do in this expansive universe of information".

Also, there is the whole social media complex. Social media is entirely dominated by our cellphones. Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook, it's all about building your 'brand'. People love to let others know that their life is going great; we all care how the world perceives us. This makes sense because it is human nature to care.

But, in the wise words of Eleanor Roosevelt, "You wouldn't worry so much how others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.” In a perfect world, social media would be all about keeping in touch and celebrating each other as a community, but the truth is social media is largely distracting and self-promoting.

The instant gratification that a phone can provide is addictive. Notifications on your cell phone are like candy, and it feels nice when there is activity on your phone. But in this age of instance, we have forgotten the importance of patience. Today, one does not even need to leave the comforts of their home to find ‘love’. Just download Tinder and swipe until you find a match.

But in reality, it takes time to build real relationships. Yeah, it might be awkward to put down your phone at a party and talk to people you do not know, but this may be the first step to becoming the social butterfly you aspire to be. No skill, dream, relationship, or improvement will be achieved instantly. Go past the cheap thrills that your phone provides and start making use of what the real world has to offer.

As much as I think phones are a distraction, I am not saying you should completely discard all your devices and live off the grid.

I am just saying that your phone and social media can only offer so much fulfillment. Instead of spending another hour opening people’s Snapchat stories, start learning a new skill like drawing or check out a book from the library.

Do not make taking pictures a chore assigned by social media. Take pictures because you want to preserve memories of your life and enjoy what you are doing in real time. And do not expect life to be as easy as your phone makes it seem. It may not be amazing and perfect all the time but if you are patient and open to yourself, you might find that life has a lot more to offer than a strong Instagram following.

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20 Fun Facts To Use When Introducing Yourself

As we embark on the semester, we are put on the spot in order to share interesting details about ourselves. This article discloses possible fun facts to tell others!

After experiencing my first week of classes, I have learned that every student needs a handy-dandy list of fun facts about themselves to tell other people. Many professors use the first couple of classes to learn about their students, so you may need to think about who you are and how you want to introduce yourself to your professor and classmates. We all have that one go-to interesting fact about ourselves, but sometimes you just have to mix it up!

1. My favorite hobby is...

What do you do in your free time? Personally, I love to stay active! I am a competitive Latin dancer and enjoy teaching and taking Zumba classes, going to the gym, and hiking.

2. I love...

Is there something, someone, or somewhere that you love? What makes your heart ache? What do you miss when it's gone? I can say that I love my friends because I feel my most confident when I'm surrounded by those who love and support me.

3. I look up to...

Is there someone you adore? Who mesmerizes you? Who do you wish to learn from? After watching "A Ballerina's Tale," I discovered Misty Copeland. In 2015 she became the first African American ballet dancer to become the Female Principal Dancer at American Ballet Theatre. Her passion, grace, and strength continuously motivate me to better myself as an athlete and an individual.

4. This art speaks to me because...

Coco Chanel said, "In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different." This encourages me to always follow my heart no matter what. I will never follow society's standards and norms because they do not define me. Chanel's saying definitely influences my character and lifestyle.

5. A funny and/or embarrassing memory of me is...

When you make others laugh they want to spend time and make memories with you! Don't be afraid to embarrass yourself. You will come off as down to earth, easy-going, and loyal.

6. My siblings or lack thereof influenced me by...

I can go on and on about my brother, who is 10 years older than I. We have opposite personalities and despite the age gap, we're quite close.

7. My pet(s) are my life because...

Only sad people don't like hearing about furry creatures, even if your pets are slimy and slithering creatures all human beings enjoy hearing pet tales!

8. I'm afraid of...

Your personality can be revealed by your likes and dislikes, including the things that you fear. I am terrified of change and the unknown, hence, the future is an anxiety-inducing topic to discuss for me.

9. I am the way I am because...

What have you gone through in life that has shaped you into who you are today? Remember to be open minded and allow yourself to open up to your peers. You may be surprised by how others respond and/or what others have endured as well.

10. The most unusual item that can be found in your dorm...

This is a fun fact about yourself that can easily liven up an awkward conversation. Think about your quirks and differences! One item I have in my dorm is my teddy bear, Peter, whom I like to joke is my boyfriend.

11. My dream job is...

In college, "What's your major?" is a widespread question. Nonetheless, skip the boring statement of "I'm majoring in..." and go in depth on what your dream job is (hopefully your major factors in to this dream of yours).

12. My hidden talents are...

Angelina Jolie is a knife thrower. Kendall Jenner can produce bird noises. Amanda Seyfried can crochet and knit. Is there anything special you can do? Some people have rare and unique talents, maybe you can think of some hidden talents of your own!

13. My guilty pleasure is...

I will say it a million times: don't be shy when introducing yourself to new people! I'll start by divulging my guilty pleasure: Youtube's family vlogging channel, "OKBaby"!

Check them out: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvUCbnwzySKgbKiB_...

14. Some activities on my bucket list are...

This is an easy way to grab people's attention and find others with similar desires as you. Be an adventurer! Go out of your comfort zone!

15. Talk about your best friend...

How would your best friend describe you? What do you love to do with your best friend?

16. Talk about an accomplishment of yours...

You are incredible and have achieved so much! Reveal something that you are proud of — show off a little!

17. This one time at my job...

Bosses breathing down your neck. Curious coworkers asking personal questions. Cursing customers who never leave you alone. Your job can be filled with tons of hilarious situations that can easily entertain a crowd.

18. During the summer...

Any scars with stories? Any summer flings? Any lessons learned from the tanning too long? Now that summer is over, disclose memories that can leave positive impressions on others.

19. I volunteer at...

Do you do any community service? Share a funny moment while you were volunteering. What did you learn while there? Would you continue?

20. [blank] is meaningful to me because...

What do you appreciate in life? What brightens your day? What makes you fall in love? What does someone have to do to make you smile?

Finally, remember to be outgoing! Reveal that three-mile smile and open your arms to learning about others. Spread smiles, love, and happiness.

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How To Know That You're In A New York State Of Mind

"New York is the city that other cities can only dream of being."


A New York State of Mind does not mean you reside in the city, it is a way of life that you live, in which only some people can handle. Here's how to know if you are in a New York State of Mind.

You've got goals, baby.

Setting your mind on your goals, knowing that you'll achieve them is the number one step. You'll do anything to pursue your goals, which is what any good New Yorker would do.

You're not afraid to be alone.

New York is one of the largest cities in the world, which might make it one of the most lonely. Being okay with being alone is a trait only some can hold.

You keep life moving at a fast pace.

You want to do things, and you want them now. Like the queen Ariana Grande says, "I want it, I got it."

You are accepting of all people.

People are people, and everyone deserves the same love as one another, and if you're in a New York State of Mind, you know that.

You know that failure is not an option.

If you fail at something, you don't just quit and give up, you simply find a new, and better way to do that task.

You stay authentic to yourself.

You know who you are, you don't need to prove yourself to anyone. If they appreciate you and want you in their corner, they should make that clear to you.

You have a plan for everything.

You are prepared for whatever is it that is coming at you.

You know the sky isn't the limit, because you're reaching for the stars.

People will think you're crazy, or your dreams are too big. If you're in the right state of mind, you simply ignore them. There's no point in dwelling on other people's thoughts, when you know what you want.

Possessing these personality traits, shows that you are in fact in a New York State of Mind. If you are, you're a bad ass who knows who you are and what you want, and you'll get it, no matter what obstacles life throws your way.

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