These 5 Poems Will Get You Through Anything

These 5 Poems Will Get You Through Anything

Feeling down? Take a look at these poems for a boost.

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We all need a little inspiration sometimes. Many of us find this in our favorite songs, books, or even through friends. Others like to read poems -- if you're one of those people, this is for you. And if you're not, you can still stand to benefit from these classic poems. Poetry can be powerful, and the following list proves just that.

"Still I Rise" by Maya Angelou

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You may shoot me with your words,

You may cut me with your eyes,

You may kill me with your hatefulness,

But still, like air, I rise.

"Still I Rise," published in 1978, is written like a love letter to one's self. With a combination of simile and rhyme, Maya Angelou describes her determination to rise above whatever obstacles are thrown her way, a determination that is consistent just as much as it is challenged. Despite the criticism she receives, she remains confident in herself: "'Cause I walk like I've got oil wells/ Pumping in my living room." The positive messages of self-love and persistence conveyed through "Still I Rise" are crucial for everyone to hear now and then, but especially when we're facing difficult times.

"If" by Rudyard Kipling

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If you can fill the unforgiving minute

With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,

Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,

And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!

This famous poem, written by Rudyard Kipling in the early twentieth century, is considered a favorite by many. All four stanzas describe different hypothetical situations -- "If you can make one heap of all your winnings / And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss," -- and the positive responses that we strive for -- "And lose, and start again at your beginnings / And never breathe a word about your loss." The poem centers around one idea: if you can deal with the worst of the worst, and still come out unbattered, you are superior to everything and anything that may confront you. "If" forces you to put challenges into perspective, which is a beyond valuable way to get over them.

"A Psalm of Life" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Trust no Future, howe'er pleasant!

Let the dead Past bury its dead!

Act,—act in the living Present!

Heart within, and God o'erhead!

"A Psalm of Life" is the essential optimist's poem. Through a series of stirring exclamations that read a bit like a pep talk, Longfellow communicates the importance of living in the present, putting the past behind, and waking up each day with the intention to make this one better than the last. The poem's enthusiastic tone instills readers with instant motivation, especially when it seems like everything is going wrong. It's the perfect read for when you're unsure about what's coming next: the future may be unpredictable, but we can always control our response to it.

"Hope Is The Thing With Feathers" by Emily Dickinson

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"Hope" is the thing with feathers -

That perches in the soul -

And sings the tune without the words -

And never stops - at all -

Fun fact about Emily Dickinson: she authored nearly 2,000 poems, and only after her death were they discovered. In this poem, Dickinson uses metaphor to compare the unwavering song of the bird to one's own sense of hope. Like the bird's song, hope is never extinguished, hope is everywhere, and hope doesn't ask for much effort. It reminds us, even on our worst day, that a little hope goes a long way. Everyone faces moments where it seems like all hope is lost, but according to Dickinson, when it comes down to it, this just isn't the case.

"I Am" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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I know not whence I came,

I know not whither I go;

But the fact stands clear that I am here

In this world of pleasure and woe.

"I Am," another classic poem, delves into the influence we have over the world around us. Wilcox first establishes that we will never understand what we were put here to do, so there's no point in trying to figure it out. Instead of solving this issue, Wilcox suggests that we make the most of it. "Cease wondering why you came – / Stop looking for faults and flaws; / Rise up to-day in your pride and say, / 'I am part of the First Great Cause!" In essence, you have the power to make your life, and the lives of those around you, better or worse. This is the poem to read when your faith in humanity is waning. It tells us that even when everyone around us is caught up in themselves, we can still make a difference acting alone.

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Somehow, I Ended Up With The Best Roommate Known To Man

I've truly been blessed.

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College can be a very stressful experience to prepare for. From orientation to selecting your classes for the semester, your responsibilities quickly pile up. On top of all that, you also have to find somebody who you will be sharing a room with for your first year of college.

After not sharing a room with my sister for several years, I was worried about going back to splitting a living space with someone else. Immediately after I finished submitting my application to finalize my commitment to Temple, the stress of finding a roommate sunk in. Rooms in the residential hall I wanted were filling up quickly, and I still didn't have a roommate.

I was trying to find a roommate, but everybody seemed to already have their living situation figured out. However, one day, I received a message from a girl named Tori. Little did I know, she would become my best friend. I saw her profile prior to on RoomSync, an app for finding roommates, so I was really excited when she messaged me.

We didn't meet until move-in day, which made me a little bit anxious, but right from the start, everything clicked. We have lots of similar interests and living standards. Even though our majors are totally different, hers being biology and mine is English, that didn't stop us from being friends and enjoy spending time with one another.

In just the first weekend, Tori discovered that I hadn't seen a lot of movies that I should have seen growing up. From that point on, she created a list of various movies, and every weekend we watched at least one movie together. I don't think she has shown me a movie that I haven't liked yet, and I'm so glad that we started this tradition.

On top of movies, Tori has also expanded my music taste, which is a very hard thing to do. I couldn't be happier that she introduced me to Dean Lewis and Noah Kahan and then persuaded me to go to their concert in October with her. In general, she has got me more into music and is increasing my knowledge about music overall.

As well as going to a concert together, we also recently went to see my favorite Youtubers when they came to Philly. When we found out that Cody Ko and Noel Miller were going on a comedy tour and coming to our city, we immediately planned to buy tickets. It was a night full of laughs, and I'm so happy I got to spend it with her.

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Having a random roommate who is also your best friend is rare. I've heard a lot of horror stories about random roommates, but I honestly can't picture not being friends with Tori. Along with being an amazing roommate, she is incredibly selfless and caring. Her focus is always on helping people, and I admire her for all the hard work she puts into everything she does.

Being surrounded by people in the College of Science and Technology, I know it isn't easy. Because I have a strong dislike of science, I give major props to Tori and her friends in CST. I'm so happy she is studying something she's truly passionate about and will love doing in her future career. Whenever I meet people that want to pursue a career in science or the medical field, I immediately give them immense credit. It's extremely difficult to take that career path, and I'm already excited for Tori and her ultimate success.

College is a time for making new friends that will last even after you stop going to school together. Even though I'm only in my second semester, I know I can trust Tori with anything, and she'll be there for me when I need her. I also know that she'll be 100% honest with me when I need guidance or advice.

I cannot even begin to express my gratitude to Tori for messaging me to room with her. My college experience has been incredibly positive thus far because she has been with me through it all. I'm extremely grateful for the way things worked out because I couldn't have asked for a kinder roomie.

Thank you, Tori, for not just being an incredible person and roommate, but my best friend as well.

P.S. I can't wait to bake with you in our apartment together next semester!

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Everything You Need To Know About The Government Shutdown

The longest government shutdown in history will impact every American.

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In the early morning hours of December 22, the longest government shutdown in United States history began. At this writing, the government has been shut down for 24 days -- and counting.

The current shutdown revolves around President Trump's request for over five billion dollars to fund a U.S.-Mexico border wall, which he sees as a necessary response to the "massive Humanitarian Crisis" taking place at the southern border -- the flow of migrants from Central America. Democrats in Congress, who fervently deny the severity of the situation, refuse to allocate funds towards a wall, instead looking to negotiate other measures for border security. Unable to pass bipartisan spending legislation, the government remains closed.But what exactly is a shutdown, and what does it mean for ordinary Americans?

A government shutdown occurs when the annual appropriations bills that fund several government agencies and programs fail to reach passage by both Congress and the president. Congress is in charge of creating these bills, and each year the president must sign them into law in order to fund the government for a new fiscal period. In October, at the beginning of the current fiscal year, only a few of the necessary appropriations bills were enacted, and Congress had until December 21 to enact the rest. However, due to congressional infighting and the President's incessant demands for a wall, the government failed to reach a spending agreement by the deadline, and a shutdown ensued.

Without appropriated funds, any departments or agencies deemed "non-essential" are put on hold under a government shutdown. This means that many federal workers, including those within the Food and Drug Administration and National Park Service, are furloughed, or put on temporary leave without pay. The remaining employees, who work in departments or agencies considered "essential," are forced to work without pay until appropriations are made by Congress and the President. Once the government is open again, they will receive their missed checks in back pay.

Put simply, the 800,000 Americans who work for departments affected by the shutdown have been without a paycheck for almost an entire month now. In past weeks, several of these workers have taken to Washington to protest the shutdown and have appeared on television to voice their frustrations. Forced to deplete their savings to make ends meet, they worry about how they'll make their next mortgage payment and keep their families fed. Paying for daycare services for infants, or college tuition for young adults, has become almost impossible for some.

And government employees aren't the only Americans affected by the shutdown. Though social security checks are sent out and Medicare is paid for, the issuance of insurance cards could cease, meaning that those newly eligible for Medicare could be turned away. Hundreds of sites with hazardous waste or polluted drinking water will go uninspected by the EPA. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamps, responsible for feeding thousands of impoverished families, cannot last another two months without funding.

Perhaps the scariest effect of the shutdown is its impact on the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), responsible for screening passengers at airports. Since the shutdown began, airports across the country have dealt with a shortage of staff, causing long lines and massive travel delays. George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Texas and Miami International Airport in Florida have both been forced to close entire terminals in response to a staffing shortage. On January 14, TSA spokesman Michael Biello tweeted that TSA "experienced a national rate of 7.6 percent unscheduled absences compared to a 3.2 percent rate one year ago, Monday, January 15, 2018." Although the agency claims that security has not been compromised during the shutdown, the lack of workers leaves many travellers skeptical.

As President Trump continues to exploit the "crisis" at the border (see the televised address) and top Democrats defend the merits of legal immigration, it is unclear just how long the shutdown will continue. In the House, Democrats have passed spending bills supporting the immediate re-opening of affected federal departments, but such bills have not yet been brought to the Republican-controlled Senate. There have been no meetings scheduled between the White House and congressional staff, and Trump has abandoned his idea of declaring a national emergency. It seems the only thing left to do is wait.

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