New Year's Contemplation HOLIDAY PACKAGE WEEK 12/30 NEW YEARS

New Year's Contemplation HOLIDAY PACKAGE WEEK 12/30 NEW YEARS

No resolutions for me just a different attitude.

This New Year's Eve will be the first time ever that I will not be in my hometown of Erie celebrating. As a traditionalist, I rarely branch out from my normal routines. Every other year I would spend New Year's with my family and we would watch New Year's Rockin Eve and have a fancy dinner. This was always pleasant and enjoyable, and it will be memories I will always cherish. It was the one night a year we ate whatever we wanted, and had course after course of food. We toasted the New Year with sparkling grape juice, and that was that.

Instead of this routine, I will be celebrating in Nashville, Tennessee. This city, much bigger than my hometown, will be new to me. I will for the first time see what it is like to celebrate New Year's outside of my own town, and experience a new adventure. I think that beginning the year in this way will be a positive kickstart to a more adventurous outlook on life. I want to take 2017 in stride, and be more willing to try new things.

I say this as I realize that I will complete my undergraduate years of college at Allegheny in the winter of 2017, and be thrust into the real world and go to graduate school in 2018. So, I know that in a way 2017 will be my last year of true freedom before stepping into adulthood. Not to say that I'm completely free now. I have a million obligations and responsibilities, but I am still a younger adult undergrad. This is why I must make the most of the upcoming New Year.

Though I don't often believe in resolutions as I feel they can be made at any point during the year and are often broken, I want to go into 2017 with a different outlook. I place so much emphasis on striving for achievement and this has gotten me far, but it has come at the cost of losing chances to relax and not be stressed. My trip to Nashville will be fairly brief but I hope that the time I spend there will be the beginning of my quest to let go, and be open to experiences.

Perhaps this is asking too much from a trip, but I am excited as I prepare in the days leading up to it, and am ready to enjoy myself. I will go into this trip with less expectations and more ease to just enjoy my time there, and this will hopefully continue long after the ball drops on New Year's. I realize that I cannot change completely, in fact, I don't want to, I like routine and tradition regardless of my 2017 wishes, but maybe I will place less emphasis on this and more emphasis on enjoying myself in the surroundings I live in. Cheers to the New Year!

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it


Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

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Summer And Jobs

Working summers doesn't have to be tedious.


Like many other college students, I was ready for summer but was kinda bummed that I had to work. Its not that I didn't like where I was working, I actually was really lucky to be working in a hospital environment but I just hated being alone all summer from 9-5. I've had this job for a few years now and a few other paid interns came and went but I never really connected with any of them. This year is different though.

I got really lucky to have another intern work with me that was very similar to me. The tasks we got were always simple but they were made to be more fun because I got to do them while talking with someone else. Now I actually enjoy and look forward to going to work.

The key to finding a good job is finding one that you enjoy doing and one that will help you gain knowledge that will help you out with future career plans. Working with friends also make tasks enjoyable! I would be careful with working with your friend however because if your job needs you to be serious and focused, being around your best friends may distract you from that.

Another thing that definitely makes summer jobs more enjoyable are taking breaks! It is your summer vacation after all! I'm not saying don't take a day off just to sit around, but if you make plans with family and friends, take a Friday off and enjoy the warm weather and good company! Employers understand that us college students and on break and have lives, they are usually very lenient with days off!

If you have to do a summer job to make money to live off of or pay for college, the best thing to do is look at the big picture. If you don't enjoy your job but can't afford to quit, remember that the money if going to help you out a lot. Also, this job is probably only for the summer right? So it's not permanent my friend! Get through these annoying few weeks and you will be back at college, taking steps for a bigger and brighter future.

Summer jobs are tough, I know, but make the most of it! And don't forget to enjoy it whenever you can!!!


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