Orientation at Cornell: Starting Anew

Orientation at Cornell: Starting Anew

"Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all."- Helen Keller

The feelings of my first college orientation came with an amalgamation of anxiety, excitement, uncertainty and joy. All sorts of questions flew past my head before the week of the actual orientation: Would I have friends to talk to? Would my roommate be nice? Would people like me? Would I have enough food to eat? Most importantly, would I be able to fit in?

The first day when I moved into my supposedly ninety-years-old all-female residential hall, heaving all my boxes up to the fourth floor using an antique, gatsby-like elevator, I first experienced the feeling of utter loneliness. Not having friends to talk to face-to-face, not having a family to lean for support, not knowing where to ask for help just made me realize how I took all those things for granted throughout my eighteen years of life. The sudden responsibility and independence that were thrown at me were quite unbearable for a person who has never been away from home.

However, I started to enjoy the independence and responsibility that was given to me when the orientation officially began. I mean, yes, I am still struggling to figure out how much detergent I need in my laundry, but I now have the opportunity to venture off to the dining hall and talk with new, friendly faces that have all sorts of interesting backgrounds, stroll around the beautiful campus and Collegetown with my friends to see what the Cornell community has to offer, and hear helpful advice from Cornellians with experience. Orientation really opened my eyes up to a world that I have never been exposed to before, and to people whom I would never have the chance to meet if it wasn't for this community that brought people from all around the world together.

I know college experience won't be all sunshine and rainbows. However, I hope both the positive and negative experiences I gain from my four years in college help me thrive into a person with academic depth through learning, a person who has cherishable friendships and a person who is willing to make the most out of the plethora of opportunities offered. I am half-excited, a little scared, and kind of nervous, but I just can't wait to start these next four years at a place that I can proudly call home.

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.

Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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The Power Of Journaling

Slowing down in a fast pace world.


In a world where everything is moving so fast pace, I have found comfort in taking small moments to reflect on the blurring images around me. I have always loved to journal, but recently I have found a system that works very well for me.

One habit that I have newly formed is creating a section in my journal that I like to call "Get Out of My Head." Life moves very fast and sometimes my thoughts can't keep up. This causes stress, anxiety, sadness and even the feeling of loneliness. I have created this section in my journal to be a safe place where I can just scribble down whatever is taking over my head, but there is a trick.

Like I stated previously, I have always loved to journal, but I never found ultimate comfort in it because I would go back and read what I wanted to remove from my mind. This was causing me to reexperience what I didn't want to. I highly suggest having a place in your journal that is essentially a flame for all th4e thoughts you want to rid of.

On the contrary, have a section in your journal where you love to look. I try and fill this section with happy thoughts, quotes, verses, and gratitude. This makes journaling and reading your entries something to look forward to, rather than not.

In conclusion, journaling is unique for everyone and it takes some time to figure out exactly the right way. But once you discover the safe place that journaling can be, it can change your life forever.

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