Don't Sleep On The Next Big Thing, And I'm Not Talking About Your Mattress

Don't Sleep On The Next Big Thing, And I'm Not Talking About Your Mattress

Recognize talent before it goes away; it won't stay available forever.

Sleeping is great. It's necessary for everyone, it feels good after a long day, and it's privacy that no one can take away. Recently, I've come across a new meaning of the word, one that fills a person with the exact opposite feeling. Turns out, 'sleeping' can also refer to, "Not being able to catch on to new or up and coming trends; or not being able to recognize when something new... is great," as Urban Dictionary defines it. Hearing the word used in such a way was foreign to me, but I immediately recognized that I have been doing so for the longest time.

College has been an eye-opening experience, and my cultural, social, and political have grown exponentially from the days I've spent in high school, with the same people coming and going every day. I hear viewpoints with a better understanding, I express my opinion in hopes I have something more to learn, and listened to music I thought I would never listen too. Hearing a track or two from some familiar sources is great, but I'm sure we can all relate to the repeat of a singular hit over and over until you memorize every stanza. For me, that feeling was Childish Gambino, also known as Donald Glover, a name I've only begun to recognize.

Childish Gambino wasn't exactly a household name, but I hear him every so often while he was alive and thriving. I never actively looked for his new material, since I just lingered on tracks like "Freaks and Geeks." I had no such passion to discover what he's done, and in hindsight, it felt like I just pulled a cover over my head and called it night. It took too long to pull the trigger of exploration, but when I did I was humbled by what he's created. Donald Glover, not only a late artist under the stage name of Childish Gambino, has dabbled in comedy, starred in shows like "Community," created the award-winning show "Atlanta" on FX, and has even dabbled as an actor.

Words cannot describe the disgust I had for myself, for not branching out sooner in the achievements of one man. I don't know what held me back, but it amazes me every time to reflect on my ignorance and Glover's accomplishments. Those people, who try and succeed in this world, deserve all the credit they get, and he has quickly become a personal hero and aspiration of mine.

But that's just one example. There are many others who I have ignored due to the sole fact I failed myself. Actors, artists, civil rights leaders, and influences around the world need appreciation, but we first must open our eyes. I know what I did, but I hope you don't sleep on people who deserve praise as well. Explore far and wide, and keep both eyes open; only you can choose to grow. Don't sleep on the next big thing.

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11 Things Psychology Majors Hear That Drive Them Crazy

No pun intended.

We've all been there. You're talking to a new acquaintance, or a friend of your parents, or whoever. And then, you get the dreaded question.

"So what are you studying in school?"

Cue the instant regret of picking Psychology as your major, solely for the fact that you are 99.9% likely to receive one of the slightly comical, slightly cliche, slightly annoying phrases listed below. Don't worry though, I've included some responses for you to use next time this comes up in conversation. Because it will.

Quick side note, these are all real-life remarks that I've gotten when I told people I was a psych major.

Here we go.

1. So are you, like, analyzing me right now?

Well, I wasn't. But yeah. Now I am.

2. Ugh so jealous! You picked the easy major.

"Lol" is all I have to say to this one. I'm gonna go write my 15-page paper on cognitive impairment. You have fun with your five college algebra problems, though!

3. So can you tell me what you think is wrong with me? *Shares entire life story*

Don't get me wrong; I love listening and helping people get through hard times. But we can save the story about how one time that one friend said that one slightly rude comment to you for later.

4. Well, s**t, I have to be careful what I say around you.

Relax, pal. I couldn't diagnose and/or institutionalize you even if I wanted to.

5. OMG! I have the perfect first client for you! *Proceeds to vent about ex-boyfriend or girlfriend*

Possible good response: simply nod your head the entire time, while actually secretly thinking about the Ben and Jerry's carton you're going to go home and demolish after this conversation ends.

6. So you must kind of be like, secretly insane or something to be into Psychology.

Option one: try and hide that you're offended. Option two: just go with it, throw a full-blown tantrum, and scare off this individual, thereby ending this painful conversation.

7. Oh. So you want to be a shrink?

First off, please. Stop. Calling. Therapists. Shrinks. Second, that's not a psych major's one and only job option.

8. You know you have to go to grad school if you ever want a job in Psychology.

Not completely true, for the record. But I am fully aware that I may have to spend up to seven more years of my life in school. Thanks for the friendly reminder.

9. So you... want to work with like... psychopaths?

Let's get serious and completely not-sarcastic for a second. First off, I take personal offense to this one. Having a mental illness does not classify you as a psycho, or not normal, or not deserving of being treated just like anyone else on the planet. Please stop using a handful of umbrella terms to label millions of wonderful individuals. It's not cool and not appreciated.

10. So can you, like, read my mind?

It actually might be fun to say yes to this one. Try it out and see what happens. Get back to me.

11. You must be a really emotional person to want to work in Psychology.

Psychology is more than about feeling happy, or sad, or angry. Psychology is about understanding the most complex thing to ever happen to us: our brain. How it works the way it does, why it works the way it does, and how we can better understand and communicate with this incredibly mysterious, incredibly vast organ in our tiny little skull. That's what psychology is.

So keep your head up, psychology majors, and don't let anyone discourage you about choosing, what is in my opinion, the coolest career field out there. The world needs more people like us.

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