Promises You Make for Second Semester

Promises You Make for Second Semester

The things you want to do but probably won't.

With the start of second semester comes a whole lot of craziness. You look back at your first semester and promise everything is going to be so different this time around. Odds are you'll end up doing all the same things, but hey it's the thought that counts, right?

1. Promise to never hook up with the same mistake from last semester

You've been down that road, and it wasn't pretty. This semester you promise, no matter what, you will not hookup with that one (maybe more than one) person again. You tell your best friends so they can be on alert and make sure nothing happens. The first time you see them you do a really great job of hiding or running away, but just remember, old habits die hard.

2. Promise to eat healthier and go to the gym

Spring break is a major event during second semester, and you want to look good on vacation. You set alarms early and buy healthy food to keep in your room, but usually you hit snooze too many times and the food goes bad because you're too lazy to prepare it yourself. It's way easier to sleep in and grab greasy food on your way to class.

3. Promise to study more

Maybe you got a little too carried away going out first semester, and your GPA shows it. Well now you're going to fix that. Instead of leaving things off until the night before, you're going to start doing work as soon as it's assigned! Staying in and studying in the library is going to get real boring really fast. Just keep telling yourself you'll pick up your grades before the next test.

4. Promise to save more money

It's no exaggeration when you say you're a broke college student. After making it through last semester with $3 in your bank account most of the time, you really have to be more careful with your spending. No more ordering in food late at night because you're too lazy to walk to the dining hall, maybe stay in a few nights instead of spending all the cash in your wallet on cabs and such, and definitely stop ordering clothes online (you're running out of space in your closet). Or just waste it all again, and keep begging your parents to send you money.

5. Promise to get more involved on campus

There's no time like the present to start building up the resume by joining some cool clubs. You'll get to meet more people and make connections that could help you in the future. But that requires you to stop watching Netflix and go to meetings, and lets be real, what would you rather be doing?

6. Promise to keep your room clean

Last semester your room, much like your life, was a mess. But this time around you're keeping it together, and you will not let your room become a war zone. Instead of coming home from class and throwing your clothes on the floor, use your laundry basket for its intended use; and put your clean clothes back where they belong so they don't end up dirty. Slowly this enthusiasm for organization disintegrates as work piles up so does the mound of clothing and garbage in your room. It was nice while it lasted though.

Whatever promises you make to yourself this semester just make sure it's the best one yet!

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A Letter To My Go-To Aunt

Happiness is having the best aunt in the world.

I know I don't say it enough, so let me start off by saying thank you.

You'll never understand how incredibly blessed I am to have you in my life. You'll also never understand how special you are to me and how much I love you.

I can't thank you enough for countless days and nights at your house venting, and never being too busy when I need you. Thank you for the shopping days and always helping me find the best deals on the cutest clothes. For all the appointments I didn't want to go to by myself. Thank you for making two prom days and a graduation party days I could never forget. Thank you for being overprotective when it comes to the men in my life.

Most importantly, thank you for being my support system throughout the numerous highs and lows my life has brought me. Thank you for being honest even when it isn't what I want to hear. Thank you for always keeping my feet on the ground and keeping me sane when I feel like freaking out. Thank you for always supporting whatever dream I choose to chase that day. Thank you for being a second mom. Thank you for bringing me into your family and treating me like one of your own, for making me feel special because you do not have an obligation to spend time with me.

You've been my hero and role model from the time you came into my life. You don't know how to say no when family comes to you for help. You're understanding, kind, fun, full of life and you have the biggest heart. However, you're honest and strong and sometimes a little intimidating. No matter what will always have a special place in my heart.

There is no possible way to ever thank you for every thing you have done for me and will continue to do for me. Thank you for being you.

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The 7 Stages Of A Breakup, As Told By Netflix's 'Someone Great'

Alexa play "Truth Hurts" by Lizzo, and max volume, please.


We all know how it feels to get your heart broken by a guy. Whether it be in your teens or in your 30s, everyone experiences it, or already has. After watching the movie “Someone Great" on Netflix, it hit me deep in my feels. If you haven't seen it yet, check it out. It made me realize all of the stages of going through a rough breakup, and I could not relate to a movie more.

1. When you first breakup and will cry about it to just about anyone

We all know that we do this almost immediately after a break-up. You are just trying to get out of the house so you go to the store, something reminds you of our ex, and next thing you know, you're talking the stranger's ear off in the grocery store for the next 2 hours.

2. When your friends call you and you say you're fine but you really haven't moved from your couch in two days and all you have done is eat two gallons of ice cream and watch "The Notebook" on repeat

"Just come do something with us, or let us come there."

"Nah, I'm okay, I actually have a super busy day today."

Yeah, if you mean busy as in binge-watching every episode of "Pretty Little Liars," then yeah, count me out of all plans so I can rewatch every episode for the next 3 weeks. We all know that feeling of not wanting to move out of bed for as long as you can after a break-up.

3. When that ONE song comes on at the mall, and you suddenly realize it was "your" song

This one hits differently. You're literally just minding your own business, trying to treat yourself to a little bit of a wardrobe change because of how sad you have been all week and BAM, it hits you like a train. Next thing you know you're crying in the dressing room of Forever 21 wondering where it all went wrong.

4. Finally caving in and hanging with your friends, realizing that this is what you needed all along

You never want to leave your bed after a breakup, you seem to cancel or bail out on every plan you try to make, then finally, after you have run out of tears, you actually follow through with a girl's night, and then you suddenly realize that all along, just time spent with the gals is what you needed. Trust me, been there, done that. In most cases, a dance party is also well needed.

5. The morning after your girl’s night, you realize that having these gals is better than the boy 

Having your girls there for you in such a tough time actually helps so much. It helps save the tears, the constant replaying of memories in your head, and saves you the time you could be wasting if you're sinking into a deep sadness over something so dumb. That support system is vital for post-breakup, and even I know that.

6. You let him go one last time

Whether it be writing a letter, throwing away all your old memories with him, or by finally getting all your clothes back from his place that have piled up over the past few months or years. It is a truly bittersweet feeling and might even hurt a little, but it's time. You're going to thrive without him.

7. You truly know how much better you’re doing without him

You have reached the point of no return. You’re finally thriving without him. You’re never going back, and you know how much potential your life has and how much better you are without him. Your heart is whole again.

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