The Nine Friends You'll See On Snapchat This Summer, As Told By Beyonce

The Nine Friends You'll See On Snapchat This Summer, As Told By Beyonce

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1. The friend with the internship.

There's nothing like an internship to make a guy feel like he's officially the next Wolf of Wall Street. Expect multiple Snapchats and snap stories from this guy, with him in his suit, or of his desk/computer. If it's a girl, expect snaps of Starbucks in front of an office window. No one needs to know she snuck into the CEO's office to get the good view.

2. The recent graduate.

From this guy or girl, one can expect snaps of them still at their college, staying until the exact last date that their lease ends. Who cares if the bars are emptying out more and more each day? This person is there to Snapchat their last few glory days while turning the best four years of their life into the best four years and two months and five days of their life.

3. The funemployed friend.

No job, no problems. The most common Snapchat coming from this person is him or her still in bed in the middle of the day, until they muster up the strength to put on a bathing suit and head to the pool or beach. Bonus points if the timestamp is used, showing exactly how much of their day has been spent not working.

4. The one-upper.

Snapchat was like a gift from God to narcissists across the world. Why talk about all the cool trips you'll be taking and boats you'll be sailing this summer when you can post a snap story of it for all your Snapchat friends to see? “Rough life," “Not a bad view," and the casual sunglass emoji are a few of this person's favorite captions for their Snapchats. It's not rude or annoying if they use a witty, sarcastic caption, right?

5. The 150-second snap story.

This person's main goal apparently is to ensure he/she is not forgotten about by college friends while home for summer. To ensure they are on all friends' minds at all times, they upload Snapchats from their hometown to their snap story like it's their job. It's honestly unnecessary to keep in touch with this person via text because you know everything they've been doing every day, all day, thanks to their beloved Snapchat story.

6. The guy or girl back for more.

Coming home from college for the summer means coming home to everyone from your high school, whether it be friends, enemies, or exes. For those not over their exes despite the one, two, or three-year span since the breakup, the month of May means 'tis the season to start snapchatting them again. You drive through the streets you used to drive with them, pass by the high school where you went to prom together, and next thing you know they've got a flame next to their name on Snapchat.

7. The one obsessed with their dog.

I love dogs as much as the next person. If I could, I would try to hold a puppy at least once a day, every day. What I don't love is clicking through a 50-second snap story, only to find it's a play-by-play of a dog walking across a yard. If he's a puppy, the unwritten rules of Snapchat state you officially get a year of snapchatting him as much as you please. If these snaps have been going on for upwards of four years though, it's time to cut down the dog snaps to maybe one per week, max.

8. The one who wants to be your #fitspo.

If one of your friends is suddenly a fitness freak, expect Snapchats of their sneakers on the track, or selfies in their workout gear on the reg. Science proves the workout doesn't burn calories if you don't let all of social media know that you worked out. Everyone knows that. Especially this girl or guy.

9. The foodie.

Similar to how a workout doesn't burn calories if it's not on Snapchat, science also proves that food doesn't taste as good if it's not on Snapchat. This person will snapchat every lobster roll, s'more, and home-cooked dinner they see this summer. Their ultimate goal is most likely to end up on @foodintheair on Instagram. But until their five minutes of fame, they'll have to stick to their Snapchat story and just pray that all their friends view it before its 24 hours is up.

Whether you're interning away or funemployed, rekindling your old high school love, burning 1,000 calories a day, or eating 1,000 calories a day, Snapchat ensures that all your closest 110 friends know. The keeping-in-touch game has been forever changed by Snapchat, so forget about texting your friends, or asking how their summers are going. Open up your Snapchat and see for yourself.

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Thank You, Kevin Love, For Putting The Spotlight On Mental Health

No one deserves to go through their struggles alone.

Having a conversation about mental health is not always easy. Many times, mental health is overlooked and can be viewed as not being as serious as one’s physical health. The conversations surrounding mental health need to happen more often because of the detrimental effects that poor mental health can have on people’s lives.

Recently in the news, Kevin Love, a power forward for the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team, has revealed his mental health struggle. For those who have not yet read his statement, Love mentions that he had a panic attack during a basketball game. Through the encouragement of hearing the words of another NBA player, DeMar DeRozan, discuss his mental health struggles, Love gained the courage the speak up.

Oftentimes, it seems like athletes and other celebrities are all put together. They seem perfect, like nothing is going wrong in their lives. However, no matter how much money someone makes or how much fame they have achieved, they still experience normal, everyday struggles. Mental illnesses don’t care about the amount of money being made or the status that a person has achieved in society.

Mental illnesses can affect everyone. The same mental illnesses that can affect a homeless person living on the streets can also affect an athlete that makes over $20 million per year. The discussion around mental health can create connections that people may never even believe were there before. No matter who a person is or what they’re doing in life, isolating themselves and staying silent about their internal struggles will only make the journey with a mental illness more difficult.

With this being said, I want to say thank you to Kevin Love for speaking out for all people that have struggled or are currently struggling with one or multiple mental illnesses. Seeing a beloved athlete share their struggle can inspire people of all backgrounds and walks of life to share their own struggles and get the help that they need and deserve. Kevin Love is someone who I would want my future children to look up to. Our society needs to work to eliminate the stigma of mental health. It’s serious, and it’s time that we treat it that way.

Thank you, Kevin Love. Through his story, hopefully, more people will have the courage to speak out. He is admirable and demonstrates that anyone can be affected by a mental illness. If you are reading this and you believe you need help, seek it out. There is nothing wrong with trying to better yourself for you and all of the people in your life.

No one, no matter their status, occupation, or background, deserves to feel lonely. We need to normalize discussions about mental health so that those who are struggling and suffering do not have to go through it alone.

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7 Tips Every Young Girl Needs To Know To Guide Herself Through Life

Most Importantly, you are not alone

To be honest, growing up is hard. You are constantly guided on who to be and how to act without really gaining a sense of who you are. During that time, you are maturing into yourself and sometimes your own skin feels foreign. As a teenage girl, it is difficult to notice your value and beauty when there is constant competition with other girls. It is embedded into us at a young age and personally, I wish I knew the things then that I know how to help me better understand certain things. Here are seven tips that I want every young girl to hear:

1. It’s your body, so love it!

Society has its way of making everything about the female body its business. Well, it’s not. Girls you are special right now, just as you are. Do not listen to other’s opinions on what they think is beautiful or not. Only your opinion matters. Your body belongs to you and was given to you for a reason. Honor it and treasure every inch of it and imperfections will not exist

2. Friends over foes

Let’s face it guys can be mean but, girls can be worse. It’s easier to stay with the crowd over being alone. Yet, better friends do come along so never settle for less than what you deserve. In the meantime, be your own best friend!

3. You deserve to be treated better!

You owe it to yourself to never allow others to treat you with anything less than respect. You can teach people how they should treat you. But do not waste your time teaching someone how to be a friend, a boyfriend or anything else. Let them know you deserve better only to an extent. You have more control than you can imagine how others perceive you

4. Self-acceptance = Self-confidence

The first thing to really being yourself is accepting who you are. Be aware of your strengths and weaknesses in order to grow and learn from them. Your happiness depends on you and your mental outlook on who you are. Once you accept who you are, you can embrace the queen you actually are and that confidence is the best feeling.

5. High school doesn’t last forever.

Let's be real. High school can feel like everything is permanent. But to be honest, after high school everyone moves on to new lives and the person they were in high school becomes irrelevant. Everything they think of you will fade so try not to focus too much on what they think of you.

6. It’s OK to say no.

Being young has so many opportunities, especially in the dating world. Today, people make anything sexually seem normal or cool. But that does not mean it is. Not everyone is on the same level, so it does not matter if everyone is doing it. It’s okay to be uncomfortable and it’s okay to say no. Remember, you have the choice.

7. You are not alone.

Most importantly, you are not alone. Everyone is going through almost half of the things you experience on a daily basis. I try to remind myself every day that no matter how sad or low I am feeling, others feel the same way and I make an effort to reach out. I think it is important to make others feel just as important and accepted. Embrace your community of young girls.

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