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How I Got Through Multiple Concussions

Dealing with multiple concussions is quite a challenging feat for anyone, especially college students.


Five months ago, my concerned parents moved a car, a closet full of clothes, and a frail 108-pound girl home from college in the middle of the semester.

That weak girl somewhat resembled myself, but looking back I can hardly remember the haze my jumbled-up brain had become from three concussions in a year and a half time span which led to severe Post Concussive Syndrome.

When the threats of diseases such as Brain Cancer or the possibility of Multiple Sclerosis became too much to ignore any longer, my education and college life as I knew it came to an abrupt halt.

After losing the strength to tie my own shoes, and the mental capacity to cross the street on my own, the probability of having to withdraw from college classes, and maybe even the entire semester was increasing by the day.

If not for my strong Christian faith and belief that God had a greater plan for me, I wouldn't be where I am today.

When my whole world fell apart it was my family, friends and most especially my sorority sisters that carried me through my darkest days and led me back to the light.

To Tristan, my Big, thank you for knowing what I needed before I did through it all.

To Madison, my Little, thank you for the endless phone calls and listening to my rambling nonsense.

To Fab5, even though none of us go to the same schools anymore, thank you for the constant prayers and encouragement.

Five months later and I can thankfully say that I am healthy once again and back better than ever. Thanks to the help of so many great friends I ended up getting to finish out the semester, despite missing many classes for doctors appointments.

No matter how tough the road ahead may seem, never lose the faith. Things often have to get worse before they get better. We all have our own battles to fight, and when the time is right we will overcome whatever may be troubling us.

"When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze."
-Isaiah 43:2

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Top 50 Things You'll Hear A Southern Say


For those of you who may need a little help understanding the slang of a southern, I made a list of the top 50 phrases and sayings, along with their translations.

1. Bless your heart.

My favorite saying. It is an empathetic phrase that is usually uttered when the speaker believes the recipient to be sweet, but misguided or stupid. It can also be used if the speaker believes the recipient needs to grow up and deal with it, when the speaker says it in a sarcastic tone.

2. Barking up the wrong tree.

Means being misguided or mistaken.

3. Aren't you precious?

Mostly this saying is used in a sarcastic tone in response to someone being offensive.

4. Britches.

Pants or underpants.

An example would be, "Your britches are too short, you can't wear those".

5. Coke.

Regardless if it's Dr. Pepper, Coca-Cola, or another carbonated beverage, it's called Coke here in the South.

6. Fixin' to.

Simply means that you are about to do something.

7. Get the short end of the stick.

This phrase means that you basically got an unfair deal or cheated out of something.

8. Give Me Some Sugar.

Simply means give me a kiss.

9. Hissy Fit.

A hissy fit is a grown-up version of a temper tantrum that is as bad as one that a toddler would throw.

10. Hold Your Horses.

Be patient.

11. Holler.

When you say "holler" you are basically letting the other person know something.

Example: Holler at me when you are ready to get something to eat.

12. If the creek don't rise.

This saying simply means that if nothing bad happens, everything will go as planned.

13. You're as slow as molasses in the wintertime.

This phrase means that you are being EXTRA slow.

14. Muddin'.

Off-road four-wheeler riding with the intentions of getting mud everywhere and possibly losing control.

15. Skat Cat.

A phrase that can be used instead of saying "God bless you" when you sneeze.

16. There's Not A Pot Too Crooked That A Lid Won't Fit.

There is someone for everyone.

17. Pitcher.

We mostly mean a plastic container that holds sweet tea, not the position of a guy on the baseball team.

18. Reckon.

When you say "I reckon", you believe that something is true.

19. Hoot With The Owls, Soar With The Eagles.

This simple phrase means that if you are going to stay up all night, you should be able to get early in the morning.

20. Too Big For Your Britches.

Simply means that you take yourself too seriously.

21. Stompin' Grounds.

Your hometown or where you grew up.

22. Back In The Day.

Back in the day could be a month ago, a year ago, or 20 years ago.

23. You're A Spitting Image Of (Insert Family Member).

Yes, I know I'm a spitting image of my mother. "Spitting image" simply means that you look just like someone.

24. "Darlin, Sugar, Sweetheart"

These words are simply terms of endearment.

25. Buggy.

A buggy is a cart/basket at the grocery store.

Example: Who wants to push the buggy?

26. Quit Crying Or I Will Give You Something To Cry About.

This phrase simply means to quit crying and if you didn't then more than likely you got a spanking,

27. Where You Raised In A Barn?

If you are from the South, you have probably been asked this more than once, especially when you left a door open.

28. Close The Door. You Are Letting All The Good Air Out.

This southern heat is nothing to play with. It simply means to keep the door closed so the air (or heat if its winter) stays inside.

29. You Are Going To Make Me Lose My Religion.

When you say this phrase to someone, it more than likely means that person has done something to irritate you or made you mad. Thank goodness Jesus saves.

Example: You are going to make me lose my religion.

30. You Look Like A Chicken With Your Head Cut Off.

This is said when you are running around like a crazy person. It can be said if you are looking for something that you are searching for or if you are just really busy.

31. Y'all.

The southern way to say "you all".

32. You Can't Carry A Tune In A Bucket.

If you've ever been told this, it means that you can't sing.

33. Have Their Feathers Ruffled.

You normally have your "feathers ruffled" when you are pouting.

34. Two Peas In A Pod.

When you and someone else are "two peas in a pod", it means that either you almost always together or that you two are almost identical in the way you think and do things.

35. Well Butter My Butt And Call Me A Biscuit.

This saying can be used when you are surprised or excited.

36. Don't Let The Door Hit Ya Where The Good Lord Split Ya.

When someone say this they typically mean to get out and don't let the door hit you on the way out.

37. You're As Good As Gold.

When you are "as good as gold", it means that you are well-behaved and obedient.

38. It's Raining Cats And Dogs Out There.

This simply means that the rain is really coming down hard. It's not actually raining cats and dogs, people.

39. I'm Full As A Tick.

This phrase means that you ate too much food.

40. I'm Sweating More Than A Sinner In Church.

When someone says this, it means that they are really hot and sweating A LOT.

41. Pot Calling The Kettle Black.

This phrase is used when one person is guilty of the very same thing of which they accuse another person.

42. There's More Than One Way To Skin A Cat.

It means that there is anyways more than one way to fix something.

43. Shut Yo' Mouth.

Means to be quiet or hush up.

44. Whatever Floats Your Boat.

This saying means to do whatever you want to do.

45. Slap Yo' Momma.

This phrase means that something is good.

Example: This BBQ is slap yo' momma good.

46. She's Like A Bull In A China Shop.

When you tell someone this phrase, you are telling them that they are clumsy or careless in the way that they move.

47. Cuttin' A Rug.

Cuttin' a rug is used to describe dancing.

Example: Let's go cut a rug tonight.

48. Clicker.

A clicker is another name for a TV remote.

49. Slow Your Roll.

This also means to be patient.

50. You're A Hot Mess.

When you tell someone that they are a "hot mess", you are simply telling them that they don't have it together.

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Flights and Martinis

Tooth brush? Check. Sun screen? Check. Passport? Here it is! Summer 2019 is going to be something I'll never forget!


Looking down, I see fields take shapes of small squares. Small squares that formed the city I will be leaving for two long months because guys, I'M GOING TO PRAGUE!

Yes, Prague- the beautiful city full of amazing food, breathtaking architecture that includes the second ugliest building in the world, and the guys there aren't that bad, so I've heard. I have two months to take it all in while interning abroad- which itself is an incredible and exciting opportunity I am able to experience.

I'll be interning at Mustard Advertisements and boy oh boy, are they an amazing company. With local clients such as Pilsner and Skoda as well as international clients such as GE and Pfizer, their advertisements are full of sarcasm and wit, which is something I can get on board with. I'll be designing and promoting social media advertisements, doing research on current trends and what audiences truly want, as well as bringing in my own ideas to help build brand awareness. Everything I learned to love while in college. Advertisement is my secret lover. I say that because I just recently got a job in finance. Yes, you can say I am just another college grad who's not using their degree in real life; I majored in communications with a minor in public relations and advertisement, which some can say is far from finance. This internship is something that I have grown impatient to begin.

Aside from working at this incredible firm, I have so much to do in Prague. I have to try everything that comes on a plate, see every touristy place, and truly take in their culture. Not many can say they have been to Prague, let alone out of their home state. So this is a privilege I am truly blessed to be able to experience. My school has been amazing in guiding me through the entire process, from choosing a program to finding scholarships. Not only did they stop there, but they were able to help me write my essay for a huge national scholarship that I won! The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is an incredible program open to students who are receiving the Federal Pell grant at a two-year or four-year university to help fund study and intern abroad programs worldwide. I am truly honored to be a recipient of such a prestigious award and be part of a select few who get to call themselves Gilman Alumni.

So, as I sip this cran-apple martini 28,000 miles in the air, my excitement grows for Prague and the memories to come. I promise to share as much as I can on my trip and share this experience with all of you. It's not a goodbye, it's a see ya later.


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