I'll Always Love Baylor, But I Can't Wait To Leave Waco, TX

I'll Always Love Baylor, But I Can't Wait To Leave Waco, TX

Baylor friends, you know what I am talking about.


I need to get something off my chest and speak from the heart. I absolutely love going to school at Baylor University, but I can't stand living in Waco, Texas, where Baylor is located.

There. I said it.

To be very honest, Baylor was never my dream school. I was waitlisted to what I thought was my dream school only to found out they didn't have my program of choice. It turned out for the better because I could not imagine attending that school and becoming just a number. I have loved my time here at Baylor so far, and I can't wait to learn and accomplish more here over the next two years.

But Waco, Texas, is the actual bane of my existence.

For those of you who don't live here, Waco is a small town with about 135,000 people. Every person in the United States seems to know about Waco because of Chip and Joanna Gaines and their iconic Magnolia Silos. Any time I mention that I go to school in Waco, people ask me if I know them, and I'm tired of it.

Coming from a suburb of Dallas, Waco is nothing like where I grew up. Every week back home, there is some new restaurant or new shop to go to, as construction is a gift despite its inconvenience. I am the kind the person that thrives off city vibes, so the slow and small-town feel of Waco is bringing me down constantly.

In Waco, there is a limited amount of things to do until you have done everything there is to do. Yes, Cameron Park has endless trails and the downtown area has a few gems like the Waco Hippodrome, an old local theater revived into a dine-in movie, and Cafe Cappucino, a small brunch joint that has pancakes bigger than your face.

But now as a sophomore, I feel like I have done everything that Waco has to offer.

Especially as a journalism major, Waco lacks a certain energy that I thrive off of. The hometown feel may be great for some, but I need inspiration from an action-filled, energetic, and hectic city. I am the kind of person that does well under pressure, against a deadline, and in a rush. Time in Waco seems to stand still and move slow, and that doesn't do anything for me. There is a lack of opportunity for me here, and every time I think about what internships I can get here in Waco I cringe and focus on ones in Dallas or ones where I can intern remotely.

Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to go to class in the middle of a big city like New York, taking the subway to class, eating a quick lunch on the side of the street and interviewing at big name companies. Sometimes I regret not applying to schools in big cities or a well-known name to boost my resume.

But then I think about all the friends I have made and all the memories I have here at Baylor. I wouldn't trade it for a second, because Baylor is my first step to my career, and I am so thankful that I go to school here.

Waco, I love you, but you are bringing me down. I will be back for Homecoming once in a while after graduation, but you won't be able to find me until then.

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Getting Straight A's In College Is Not Worth Failing Your Mental Health

A's are nice, but you are more than a letter.


The idea of getting an A on every paper, every exam, every assignment, seems great. It can be known as a reassurance of our hard work and dedication to our 4+ classes we attend every single day.

Losing sleep, skipping meals, forgetting to drink water, skipping out on time with friends and family; these are the things that can occur when your letter of an A is what you are living for.

You are worth more than the grade letter, or the GPA number on your transcript.

Listen, don't get me wrong, getting A's and B's definitely is something to feel accomplished for. It is the approval that you did it, you completed your class, and your hard work paid off.

But honey, get some sleep.

Don't lose yourself, don't forget who you are. Grades are important, but the true measurement of self-worth and accomplishment is that you tried your best.

Trying your best, and working hard for your goals is something that is A-worthy.

Reserve time for yourself, for your sanity, your health, your mental health.

At the end of the day, grades might look nice on a piece of paper, but who you are and how you represent yourself can be even more honorable.


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10 Of The Best Places To Cry... Uh, I Mean, 'Study' On MTSU's Campus

Happy end of classes!


Studying in your room can get really boring and tiring. Research shows that when you study in your bed it can keep you from sleeping because you now associate your bed with studying or like in my case the opposite where your body just wants to take a nap during homework since you associate it with sleep.

I am one of those people that obsesses more about where I study and what color pens I use than the actual studying, therefore I have put a lot of thought into the best places on campus to get shit done.

1. The Library (had to get this one out of the way first).

Obviously the library is a great place to study with countless computer labs, reservable study rooms with computers and whiteboards, group tables, cubicles, couches and many more options for any type of study location you can think of.

2. The Student Union. 

Specifically upstairs on the second and third floors, there are comfy chairs for studying. It is super calm up there and a great place to focus in on your work.

3. The New Science Building.

In the hallways of The New Science Building, there are cubes where the walls are whiteboards, and it's a cozy place to brainstorm for a group project or write notes.

4. Wiser-Patten Science Building.

When you walk into the side entrance that leads to the Wiser-Patten side of the old science building there is a cute little study area. It is always super quiet in there and there is booth seating table seating and bar top seating. It's kinda like a restaurant but the only food is from a vending machine.

5. Peck Hall study rooms.

Ok, I didn't know this existed until like last week but even though Peck Hall is kind of like a prison there are little quiet study rooms on each floor that seem like a cozy quiet place to study.

6. The Bragg.

Home sweet home, the Bragg is a great place to study. On the first floor, there are tables for group studying. On the second floor, there are couches in front of big beautiful windows so you can study with some natural light.

7. The College of Education. 

The COE has that one spot with booth seating that is cozy for a good study. The building is fairly new so it is updated and cute. It is also a good place to meet up for a group study session.

8. The KUC.

If you can study with a lot of noise then the KUC is a good place. you can eat food, settle down in a booth or hang in the couch area. It is an especially good place outside of meal hours.

9. The BAS computer lab. 

This is supposed to only be for business students, buttt it's a great place to work especially if you don't have your own computer.

10. Dorm study rooms.

If you live on campus, in some buildings each floor has a study room, and if not every complex has a computer lab. Sometimes they're shitty, but it's a quiet place to work on a computer or print something out.

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