Go Ahead And Be That Overly Excited, College Freshman

Go Ahead And Be That Overly Excited, College Freshman

Don't miss out on your first year!

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As the school year picks up, I've seen a multitude of articles usually titled something along the lines of, "How to Avoid Looking Like a Freshman." Admittedly, I probably read articles similar to that when beginning my freshman year of college. But as I reflect upon my first year, no amount of articles could mask that I was very obviously a freshman and SO WHAT?

My main problem with these type of articles is that they seem to suggest taking all of the newfound excitement about college and living on your own out of the whole experience. Getting involved in too much, overpacking, and asking way too many questions in class are all very telling signs that you're a freshman, but they're also learning experiences.

By going to every welcome back celebration (that usually only freshman go to), you'll probably meet a ton of new friends. By overpacking, yes you'll probably regret it, but you'll be super appreciated whenever your friends need to iron their shirts and you're the only one on the hall with an iron. And yes, asking an excessive amount of questions in class can be a little annoying but it's exciting to be taking classes that you actually care about.

Don't avoid doing all of those "freshman-esque" things in fear of being a stereotypical first-year, because trust me, no matter how hard you try, you'll still look like a freshman. (Sorry, that baby face gives it away). Trust me, no one will care that you're a freshman, because we have literally all been there.

Instead, focus on capitalizing on your first year! Try out different clubs, take courses that interest you, go to all of the on and off-campus events that you can. Find what interests you and stick with it. Whatever you do, make sure you do it with passion and devotion.

You only have four years for the "college experience" so make sure you do it right. Even if that means looking like "that freshman."

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To The Teacher Who Was So Much More

Thank you for everything
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I think it's fair to say that most people remember at least one teacher who had a lasting impact on them. I have been incredibly lucky to have several teachers who I will never forget, but one individual takes the cake. So here's to you: thank you for all you have done.

Thank you for teaching me lessons not just in the textbook.

Although you taught a great lecture, class was never just limited to the contents of the course. Debates and somewhat heated conversations would arise between classmates over politics and course material, and you always encouraged open discussion. You embraced the idea of always having an opinion, and always making it be heard, because why waste your voice? You taught me to fight for things I believed in, and to hold my ground in an argument. You taught me to always think of others before doing and speaking. You showed me the power of kindness. Thank you for all the important lessons that may not have been included in the curriculum.

Thank you for believing in me.

Especially in my senior year, you believed in me when other teachers didn't. You showed me just what I could accomplish with a positive and strong attitude. Your unwavering support kept me going, especially when I melted into a puddle of tears weekly in your office. You listened to my stupid complaints, understood my overwhelming stress-induced breakdowns, and told me it was going to be okay. Thank you for always being there for me.

Thank you for inspiring me.

You are the epitome of a role model. Not only are you intelligent and respected, but you have a heart of gold and emit beautiful light where ever you go. You showed me that service to others should not be looked at as a chore, but something to enjoy and find yourself in. And I have found myself in giving back to people, thanks to your spark. Thank you for showing me, and so many students, just how incredible one person can be.

Thank you for changing my life.

Without you, I truly would not be where I am today. As cliche as it sounds, you had such a remarkable impact on me and my outlook on life. Just about a year has passed since my graduation, and I'm grateful to still keep in touch. I hope you understand the impact you have made on me, and on so many other students. You are amazing, and I thank you for all you have done.

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Five Tips to Get on Top of Your 2019: Tech Editions

Yeah, there's an app for that.

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Technology is the course of the future, why not use it to get on top of your new year? Make 2019 the year you stop sleeping on these great productivity apps and get grinding! Best part, all the apps I've included here are free.

Google Calendar.

Look at that beauty.

I LOVE Google Calendar! Not only is it a great tool to map out your week, it comes with cool features. You can color code tasks and events, get text reminders and so much more. You can even sync your calendar with other people's (this is very helpful for roommates or study buddies).

Google Doc File Folders

Crying.

Sick of that long list of documents in your Google Docs? You can make file folders to organize all of your docs!

Momentum Chrome Extension

This is by far my favorite productivity app. It's a Chrome extension that acts as a home page whenever you open a new window or tab. It comes complete with the weather, a motivational quote and a to-do list! The best feature is their "main focus for the day". It keeps you grounded for sure- especially when it pops up with every tab and forces you to think about all you need to accomplish.

Wunderlist

This is a to-do list on steroids- definitely worth checking out!

Todist

A to-do list app for your phone! I love this just to organize what my top priorities are.

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