Making The Most Out Of The "Least" This Summer

Making The Most Out Of The "Least" This Summer

Even when we feel like there isn't anything to accomplish during our summer break, there is always opportunity to grow.


The end of spring semester while in college brings about a lot of different feelings for different people. For some, the end of spring semester means that it is time for summer break. For these individuals, this is a time to sleep in late, go on vacation, and spend time with friends. The "break" in "summer break," in other words, means a time to kick back and let all the stress from spring semester wash away. However, the end of spring semester doesn't always mean a break. For others, it is just the start of another season of classes. Summer classes, in-person and online, are always an option for those looking to do something productive during the summer break.

However, that word means a lot of different things: productive. After all, productivity is found in many different sizes and forms. We see it in our schooling, our personal projects, and in spending time with others. Productivity is a subjective term and it is often associated with an individual who has a particular goal in mind. Well, like it or not, summer break/time is the time of year best associated with productivity on a personal level due to its ample amount of time one can be away from college or college campus.

After all, when you are in school, opportunity and areas to grow exist, but often exist within the constraints of classes and other obligations. Therefore, summer is the time for opportunity. We get several glorious months off of school and have time to grow as individuals and people. On the main scene, we see people who highlight the necessity of travel. There are those who go off across the country or even across the world and participate in activities or events that seem grand and earth-shattering to their lives or careers. These people seem to be living the biggest and grandest versions of their lives and honestly, we should be happy for them.

Deep down, we are proud of our friends who go off and have great trips that seem to tie directly with their career or go out to experience brand new things. However, despite this happiness and joy, we often look back and, as humans are prone to do, compare their experiences to our own. While others are out their traveling the country, there are those of us who are staying at home. Some of us have beautiful internships with major companies and others have plans that are still in the works. Summertime is the time for opportunity, but often, though we remain happy and positive for those who are doing well, we feel left out or even less successful than some of our friends.

However, I'm here to say that this kind of mentality is inherently wrong and toxic. From its very foundation, there is nothing but an error in this kind of thinking. You are already making a mistake by comparing yourself to someone else. Sure, you are not on a trip across the country, but that doesn't mean that your time and summer isn't as productive or as good as anyone else's. Opportunity is a subjective term and what is good and productive for one person may not completely match the person standing right next door.

If you are feeling down or feeling like your summer break isn't as grand or helpful to your future as other people you know, find something in your life that enhances the experience. Go get you that job that will make you a little more spending money. Go enjoy adventures with friends that will last a lifetime. Go work on that project you have always dreamed of completing. Go polish that resume, hike that mountain trail, try that new restaurant. Opportunity and productivity walk hand in hand and both are subjective in nature.

Time is a great resource and is only truly wasted if you sit back and watch it flow past you. Time is precious and even if you are not going on a huge trip, it will not be wasted this summer.

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Dear Taylor Swift, Christians Are Not Homophobic Bigots, Sincerely, The Majority Of Christians

Taylor, you need to calm down when talking about how most Christians act.


When Taylor Swift released her newest single "You Need to Calm Down" last Friday, I didn't agree with the entire message of the song, mainly because of its heavy political overtones. But as the great Dick Clark once said, "It's got a good beat, and you can dance to it." So, for what it is, it's really easy to dance to this song, and I can see it becoming a pretty big hit.

But then the video came out, and I saw something that really bothered me.

In the music video for "You Need to Calm Down", Taylor is seen partying and hanging out with multiple LGBT+ icons in honor of Pride Month, such as the hosts of Queer Eye, RuPaul, and Ellen Degeneres. There's also a moment with Taylor, dressed as French fries, renewing her friendship with Katy Perry, who's dressed as a hamburger, which is as amazing as it sounds.

However, there's another cast of characters which acts as a foil to the happiness and colorful joy which is taking place in the video. There's a group of protesters surrounding the trailer park where Taylor and all her friends live. They're all dirty, buck-toothed, and dressed like your typical redneck stereotypes. They're also holding up protest signs while screaming at everyone in the trailer park. I saw one of the signs said something about Adam and Eve, and I realized most of the protesters were most likely meant to represent Christians.

And that...didn't sit well with me at all.

I know that these people never explicitly said they were Christians in the video, none of them even wore a cross. But, whenever someone sees anyone protesting rallies and organizations such as Pride, I can guarantee you that most of the time, the first thing people think is that they're from the Westboro Baptist Church, which is notorious for its protests. And I won't lie, there are some Christians who act that way.

But if you haven't heard this yet, let me be the first to tell you that not all Christians act like that. In fact, most of them don't act that way.

Christians don't agree with the LGBT+ lifestyle because of what the apostle Paul wrote in the book of 1 Corinthians (1 Corinthians 6:9-10). However, Jesus never once taught that just because you don't agree with a person doesn't mean they're automatically your enemy (Matthew 5:44). Christians are supposed to represent the love of the Savior of the world, which encompasses every and all aspects of humanity. This definitely includes people whose lifestyles we don't agree with. By not showing love to certain types of people, we are directly going against one of Jesus's greatest commandments.

Not agreeing with people is one of the cornerstones of humanity. It's a divisive world out there to be sure, but that doesn't mean people from any side of the debate need to perpetuate the division. Grouping all Christians into one group of hateful bigots is no different than Christians grouping all the members of the LGBT+ community into one group of evil people. One of the key elements of Christianity is showing people who have different beliefs from us the same love Jesus would show to anyone. And I know I'm not the only Christian who wants to show love to people of all walks of life. I may be the only Jesus they ever see in their lives, and we all wish to express the same love to others.

So Taylor, it looks like you're the one who needs to calm down on this issue.

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It’s Okay To Let Go

If It’s Meant To Be It Will Be, If Not It Never Was


It's okay to let go of things that you are not meant to have right now or ever. It's okay to stop and start over. It's okay to have a fresh start. It's okay to let go of anything you feel is holding you back or negatively affecting you. It's okay to be selfish in this situation and let go. Whether it's a relationship, a friendship, a bad habit, a lifestyle, or anything that is not bettering you as a person, it's okay to let it go.

There are moments in life when you can and are totally allowed to be selfish. There are moments when you can and are totally allowed to put yourself first and think about yourself before anyone else. If something is holding you back, preventing you from being who you wanna be, or damaging you in any way, shape, or form, let it go. Regardless of if it's all you know, if someone's feelings get hurt, or if you're scared because you have no idea what's going to happen, be selfish and do it for you. If it's going to be better for you to do it. If it's going to take a weight and burden off of you, do it.

If you let it go and it eventually returns, it was meant to be; if it does not return, it was not meant to be. Letting go is hard and can be very scary, but it's worth it in the long run. Whatever is holding you back from letting go, you've got a better reason against it for why you need to let go. The moment you start questioning whether or not you need to let go, you should start letting go. You can do it, and once you actually do it, you will thank yourself and start to see the positive changes.


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