There's no reason to be bored.

My Grandmother Was Right, 'There Is Never A Reason To Be Bored'

In our world with endless stimulation because of our constant technology use, it is hard for us to be content with doing nothing.

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"I'm bored," were the two words that, while I was growing up, would absolutely pierce the ears of my grandmother. "There is no reason for you to be bored!" Meme would snap back. Annoyed at the time with her comment, my youthful mind could not wrap around the concept of not being bored. If I didn't have a game to play, or a craft to make, or a show to watch, how could she not understand that I was indeed, bored?

Luckily, my childhood just barely missed the wave of entertainment on a portable rectangular screen. I liked to play, read, create, etc. I think that because of the technological advancements that became popular in my preteen years, I was able to adjust to that in a different way than I would have if I had been indulged in it at an earlier age. To this day, however, I still find myself feeling "bored," most likely because of this new adapted culture of constant stimulation that we have.

Sometimes I feel like all I ever do are things I have to do.

Scrolling through social media can even feel like a chore to me. When I find myself not feeling content with the state of entertainment I'm in, I have flashbacks to my childhood of the words of my grandmother. When my sister and I complained to her about being bored, my Meme would become somewhat upset, but more so influential. She always pushed the act of reading a book to us two Disney Channel advocates- we never really liked the idea of turning off "That's So Raven" or "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody."

Her insight, though, is useful in my life today. Sometimes it is good to get a break from technology.

There is so much life to live, see, and do outside of our screens. In addition, there is no reason to be bored. I would go to say that our love for technology is actually making this state of mind so prevalent in our culture. We expect to be constantly entertained and our minds just cannot understand the idea of doing "nothing." It is so easy for us to complain about it, too.

There are so many places to go, people to see, things to do, but sometimes, it is necessary to just be still (check Psalm 46:10). Sometimes it is good to ignore the "thank you, next" feeling we get in our everyday life with entertainment. We want, so much, to go onto the next thing.

When you find yourself feeling bored, or just not content with where you are or who you're with or what you are doing, the best thing to do may just be to take a deep breath- it is okay to not always be doing the most fun or cool thing, which is hard because of the jealousy and fear of missing out that social media causes us. Most importantly - there is truly never a reason to be bored.

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20 Fun Facts To Use When Introducing Yourself

As we embark on the semester, we are put on the spot in order to share interesting details about ourselves. This article discloses possible fun facts to tell others!
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After experiencing my first week of classes, I have learned that every student needs a handy-dandy list of fun facts about themselves to tell other people. Many professors use the first couple of classes to learn about their students, so you may need to think about who you are and how you want to introduce yourself to your professor and classmates. We all have that one go-to interesting fact about ourselves, but sometimes you just have to mix it up!

1. My favorite hobby is...

What do you do in your free time? Personally, I love to stay active! I am a competitive Latin dancer and enjoy teaching and taking Zumba classes, going to the gym, and hiking.

2. I love...

Is there something, someone, or somewhere that you love? What makes your heart ache? What do you miss when it's gone? I can say that I love my friends because I feel my most confident when I'm surrounded by those who love and support me.

3. I look up to...

Is there someone you adore? Who mesmerizes you? Who do you wish to learn from? After watching "A Ballerina's Tale," I discovered Misty Copeland. In 2015 she became the first African American ballet dancer to become the Female Principal Dancer at American Ballet Theatre. Her passion, grace, and strength continuously motivate me to better myself as an athlete and an individual.

4. This art speaks to me because...

Coco Chanel said, "In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different." This encourages me to always follow my heart no matter what. I will never follow society's standards and norms because they do not define me. Chanel's saying definitely influences my character and lifestyle.

5. A funny and/or embarrassing memory of me is...

When you make others laugh they want to spend time and make memories with you! Don't be afraid to embarrass yourself. You will come off as down to earth, easy-going, and loyal.

6. My siblings or lack thereof influenced me by...

I can go on and on about my brother, who is 10 years older than I. We have opposite personalities and despite the age gap, we're quite close.

7. My pet(s) are my life because...

Only sad people don't like hearing about furry creatures, even if your pets are slimy and slithering creatures all human beings enjoy hearing pet tales!

8. I'm afraid of...

Your personality can be revealed by your likes and dislikes, including the things that you fear. I am terrified of change and the unknown, hence, the future is an anxiety-inducing topic to discuss for me.

9. I am the way I am because...

What have you gone through in life that has shaped you into who you are today? Remember to be open minded and allow yourself to open up to your peers. You may be surprised by how others respond and/or what others have endured as well.

10. The most unusual item that can be found in your dorm...

This is a fun fact about yourself that can easily liven up an awkward conversation. Think about your quirks and differences! One item I have in my dorm is my teddy bear, Peter, whom I like to joke is my boyfriend.

11. My dream job is...

In college, "What's your major?" is a widespread question. Nonetheless, skip the boring statement of "I'm majoring in..." and go in depth on what your dream job is (hopefully your major factors in to this dream of yours).

12. My hidden talents are...

Angelina Jolie is a knife thrower. Kendall Jenner can produce bird noises. Amanda Seyfried can crochet and knit. Is there anything special you can do? Some people have rare and unique talents, maybe you can think of some hidden talents of your own!

13. My guilty pleasure is...

I will say it a million times: don't be shy when introducing yourself to new people! I'll start by divulging my guilty pleasure: Youtube's family vlogging channel, "OKBaby"!

Check them out: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvUCbnwzySKgbKiB_...



14. Some activities on my bucket list are...


This is an easy way to grab people's attention and find others with similar desires as you. Be an adventurer! Go out of your comfort zone!

15. Talk about your best friend...

How would your best friend describe you? What do you love to do with your best friend?

16. Talk about an accomplishment of yours...

You are incredible and have achieved so much! Reveal something that you are proud of — show off a little!

17. This one time at my job...

Bosses breathing down your neck. Curious coworkers asking personal questions. Cursing customers who never leave you alone. Your job can be filled with tons of hilarious situations that can easily entertain a crowd.

18. During the summer...

Any scars with stories? Any summer flings? Any lessons learned from the tanning too long? Now that summer is over, disclose memories that can leave positive impressions on others.

19. I volunteer at...

Do you do any community service? Share a funny moment while you were volunteering. What did you learn while there? Would you continue?

20. [blank] is meaningful to me because...



What do you appreciate in life? What brightens your day? What makes you fall in love? What does someone have to do to make you smile?

Finally, remember to be outgoing! Reveal that three-mile smile and open your arms to learning about others. Spread smiles, love, and happiness.

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I Am Thankful That I Have People To Miss

I'm honestly just happy to have people I love on my mind.

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I said the last goodbyes of my sophomore year of college before summer last week.

I hugged some of my closests friends, cracked some terrible jokes and received several in reciprocation, told them I'd fight them if they didn't keep in touch, thanked them for helping me survive another year, and stamped the bundle with your friendly neighborhood HAGS well wishes. "Just three months," we reminded each other, waving from the windows of our respective vehicles and various modes of transport. The "just" in that sentence depends on frame of reference, but for us, to think about the passage of time in short terms is favorable to say the least.

Saying finite goodbyes still hurts. They still weigh on the heart as you wait for the clock to tick, the bells to chime, the alarms to ring, the sun to rise and set, rise and set, right on schedule until you find yourself no longer waiting but rather having already waited.

To say that I'll never get used to the novelty college experience of falling in love with friendships that relocate every summer is an understatement. I keep finding people I love and look up to and just want to grab lunch with, which is difficult when they head about eight states away. Our conversations are swiftly confined to the bounds of text messages that may or may not come in, depending on the direction of the wind and the available service.

But honestly, I love all of this.

Not in a "Sucker for Pain" kind of way, no - I love knowing that the pain I feel from saying goodbye is the result of a depth of care and admiration for those around me. I love knowing that I've found people who put up with the absurd mess of a human being I am, who not only tolerate my oddities but willingly share with me ones of their own. I love that even the hardest parts of friendships, like the hurt that stems from goodbyes, are reminders of the people I love and all the reasons I love them.

I am wildly not proficient in people skills. I am a tumbleweed of absurd thoughts and scatterbrained ideas. My introverted brain loves to spend certain days of mine playing hopscotch between apathy and hyperemotionality. I don't really get the ins and outs of who I am. All that being said, I'm still pretty floored that such amazing people have chosen to bring me into their lives, have shared their worlds with me, have given me priceless friendships I couldn't have made it this far without.

So I'm ok with the goodbyes. I'm ok with the months apart, ok with the text conversations, ok with the waiting. As a matter of fact, I treasure it all. Not only are they reminders of how I feel about others and how ridiculously lucky I am that others feel the same, but they are also poignant struggles that make the relationships I've been given even more precious.

Missing my friends is just one more reminder of how much they've meant to me and how much they'll continue to mean. Whether I can take a step in or summer forces me to take a step out, the results are all the same. People are good people. And my people are better to me than I will ever deserve.

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