Things That Should Be On Everyone's Bucket List For 2016!

Things That Should Be On Everyone's Bucket List For 2016!

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We could say 2015 was a year filled with change, happiness, heartbreak, and national headlines. We grew closer not only as a country, but as a world united. While the gossip columns were never-ending, and social media tended to be consumed with hatred at times, you can't overlook the good that happened. We all had a birthday, and are one year older (something not afforded to many), and we're all reading this on a screen of some sort (How lucky are we?). If there's one thing that I learned about 2015 it's that you never know what will happen tomorrow. For this reason I've decided to change how I view life, and compiled a bucket list of things that I think everyone should think of accomplishing.

1. Visit a far-away friend


I graduated with my BA from the fourth college I attended. Aside from me being super-indecisive, I had a lot of memories made at each and every school I went to. Because these four colleges were scattered across New York state, I have friends all over. There are many I have't seen, or even spoken to in over a year and frankly, that's a little cold on my part. Sure I've been busy, but whatever happened to reaching out? In 2016, my goal is to visit people I've maybe lost touch with and try to mend the neglected relationship.


2. Volunteer somewhere new!

Since I prefer art over most everything, my volunteer experience revolves around film. For 2016, I dare you (and myself) to reach out to an organization that's out of your comfort zone.

The joy that others feels when you give your time is priceless and I can assure that you'll feel better about yourself as a result. It really is better to give then to receive in many cases.


3. Take a trip somewhere (alone)

Trains can be inexpensive compared to airplanes and can be enjoyable if you go at the right time. Travel on a weekday if possible and visit a place you haven't explored before. This may be impossible for those living in a rural area, or for those who have a full-time job like myself. But if you can, I'd encourage making the effort to go.


4. Take more time to tell your friends and family that you love them


In the United States, we really love material possessions, and sometimes these items come before family and friends. I think that it's important to acknowledge our need for materialistic things and realize that these things don't matter long term. Tell people you love them unless you're OK with everyone leaving you.


5. Write letters to friends and family who you haven't seen in a while

In a world of fast communication, receiving a letter from someone shows extra effort on your part. It lets people know that you're taking time out of your day to show you care. Also, who doesn't love mail? Mail from people you like is one of the greatest things ever.

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To The Girl Who Hasn't Been Herself Lately

Your spark return, and you will shine like you were meant to.
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Life gets tough. Life gets too much to handle sometimes, and those times make you stronger. However, right now, it seems like you have lost yourself.

It’s difficult when you catch yourself not being you. When you do something or act a certain way and just wonder, “what did I do to deserve this? Why is this happening? When will it get better?” The way you’re feeling is not so much that you’re unhappy, you just feel weird.

Your day will come. I promise you. This is just a phase.

The day you realize how much you have grown from this point in time will be your reward. It is so hard to see now, and I feel your pain.

Your light will return to you. Your pure bliss moments, they are seeking you. Your laughter where your tummy aches is in your reach.

Our moods change far too often for us as humans to understand why, but the encounters you make every day have this effect on us.

You must remember the pure happiness you experienced before your first heartbreak, before the first friend became someone you thought they weren’t, before you lost your innocence. That was a time of true joy as you had not a care in the world for the things that would harm you. Better yet, you didn’t have the option to experience them because you were just a child.

The world can be an ugly place, and your attitude towards life can change every day. One thing is for certain: you did not lose who you are internally. We all put on a face for the world. For the people who we try to impress. For the life we want to live. For the things we want to achieve.

Your definitive personality is still in the works. Believe it or not, it always will be. Times like this change us for the better even though we can’t see it.

Your happiness will return. You will be a better, stronger version of you. In fact, you will be the best version of you yet.

Once this phase is over, you will be okay. This I promise you.

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Host Families Are The Best When Going Abroad

Host families will get you closer to language, culture, food and fun!

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Have you ever thought about going abroad? Or maybe you've already decided to go and are dealing with all the paperwork right now? There are so many options to explore a different culture and various perspectives on life. You can go abroad and study at a foreign university. If you're not interested in studying, you can apply for a job and gain first working experience abroad. Also, you can do an internship in a different country, or work as a volunteer in a help organization. So many options. But they have one thing in common: A host family.

A host family is a family who takes in young people, who left their country to work or study abroad, for a certain time. Obviously, a host family is not a must. If you don't feel it, you can rent an apartment and that's totally fine. However, I would like to tell you today why I think a host family is one of the best things while going abroad.

First of all, you learn the foreign language a lot better. I mean, that's one of the reasons for going abroad, right? You want to improve that language you've been studying at home. And there is no better way than to speak it every day with native speakers. And that's what your host family offers you. Living together, communication is a necessity, and thus the best motivation to improve your language skills!

Second, when living with a host family you get to try the traditional dishes of the country. In my opinion, the cuisine is a very important part of a country's culture. It's thus a huge difference if you go abroad and keep on cooking your stuff from home, or whether you experience a new culture through their nutrition. Take the chance and get to know new recipes, new spices, and new dishes. It's so exciting!

Third, a host family is the best place to get to know the culture of a foreign country. You'll learn all about their holidays, celebrations and traditions not simply by listening about them but by living them! Your host parents will make you part of the preparations and you get to ask questions throughout the whole experience. There is no better option to get to learn about a culture!

Forth, and probably the most important one, a host family is a trusted friend in a foreign world. When you're leaving home you expect everything in the new country to work as easy and usual as you know it from back home. But that is often not the case. And very often you're ending up in a chaos of opening bank accounts, applying for new phone numbers, looking for apartments, figuring out a hundred things for your studies, … all by your own. A host family is there for you if you need help and assists you during your first days, weeks, sometimes even months of your stay abroad.

If you want to apply for a semester or internship abroad and didn't consider a host family at all, do it now. Those of you who already have been through the experience of going abroad and living with a host family know what I'm talking about. I definitely can say that my host families became friends for life and I'm infinitely grateful for the help and warmth they offered me.

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