Questions College Students are Guaranteed To Get From Family Members At Thanksgiving So Be Prepared

Questions College Students are Guaranteed To Get From Family Members At Thanksgiving So Be Prepared

Thanksgiving isn't complete without your fair share of awkward questions.

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The holidays are officially here and I couldn't be more excited! I get to see family, friends and stuff my face with delicious food. Since I am in college, it is also a time for me to fill in my family that I haven't seen in a while in my life. With that comes some good and some completely awkward questions that are unfortunately inevitable. So, I've compiled a list of questions that my friends and I have received when we go home. Hope you can relate!

1. Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend yet? Are you STILL single? When are you getting married? 

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No, I don't have a boyfriend. Yes, I am STILL single. And I'm only nineteen! I'm not ready for marriage, thank you very much.

2. Did you gain weight eating all that junk food in college? 

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What can I say, UCLA feeds us WELL. We are ranked #1 for dining hall food in the country. So yes, I've probably gained weight and I'm not mad about it. Thanks for pointing it out auntie.

3. How’s school going? What are you studying? 

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Yes, the generic school questions. I can always count on multiple family members asking me these every hour on repeat, even when I've told them ten times before.

4. What are your plans for your career/after college? 

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*Internal screaming* This question brings me so much stress. If I try to answer this question I know that it will lead down a rabbit hole of inquiries as to how I will reach my goals in life. I don't plan on what I'm eating for breakfast tomorrow let alone my plans for after college. Please, ask me this in a couple of years and MAYBE I'll have a better idea.

5. Oh, so you're not planning on becoming a doctor or a lawyer?

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Contrary to the popular opinion, I do not have a desire to become the next family doctor or lawyer. This question always turns into me explaining that there are other notable and noble career paths other than medicine or law.

6. Have you seen any celebrities at school? 

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Surprisingly, I get this question a lot. I guess going to school in Los Angeles, lots of people think that I am always running into celebrities. I wish this were the case. I've only had a couple of celebrity spotting's and all of them I zoomed in on my snapchat camera to make them seem closer.

In the end, I know that my family and friends ask me these things because they care and I couldn't be more thankful for that. It is so important to cherish time spent with the people you love. I can't wait to go home. Happy Thanksgiving Y'all!

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The idea of getting an A on every paper, every exam, every assignment, seems great. It can be known as a reassurance of our hard work and dedication to our 4+ classes we attend every single day.

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Listen, don't get me wrong, getting A's and B's definitely is something to feel accomplished for. It is the approval that you did it, you completed your class, and your hard work paid off.

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Trying your best, and working hard for your goals is something that is A-worthy.

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If you've heard of Marie Kondo and her KonMari method, the concept of consciously de-cluttering should sound familiar to you. KonMari is a de-cluttering method that is focused on asking yourself if the item you are holding "sparks joy"; further, she emphasizes the importance of thanking your item before discarding or donating. This requires circumventing all the typical excuses we often use to keep items we don't truly love. Will you really ever wear that sweater your aunt gave you that just isn't your style? Are you really going to need those craft supplies that have sat untouched for over a year? When we bargain and give into these excuses, we end up holding onto a lot of stuff that can literally weigh us down.

By consciously de-cluttering, we focus on the present moment. Get rid of the guilt associated with having bought items you never used, and instead use it to learn more about what you do use, wear, and enjoy. It all starts with taking a note from Queen Ari, and showing gratitude towards our belongings so we can learn from the past and move forward.


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1. Make space for more happiness in your life

When we get rid of the things that are holding us back, we make more room for things that do bring us joy. It's important to be mindful and not just go out and replace half your closet that you just de-cluttered only to do it again 6 months later, so being conscious and noticing what things you chose to get rid of is essential. Take notes - are there particular styles or colors that are no longer your style? Did you get rid of a ton of fiction books you know you'll never have the time to read? Keep this in mind the next time you have the urge to buy and replace.

2. Practice self-compassion and reduce feelings of guilt

Saying "thank u, next" to our discarded items helps prevent us from feeling guilty about the money spent or the fact that the item went unused for so long. If a particularly expensive item is difficult to donate, see if you can re-sell on an app like Poshmark or Depop and make some money back. By showing gratitude for the things that no longer fit in our lives, we show ourselves compassion by taking the time to discover what we do want to make more room for.

3. Increase your self-awareness and learn from the past

Rather than just donating clothes that don't fit anymore or books that have been collecting dust for years, honestly assessing how much joy your items bring you helps you become more aware of your spending and collecting habits. Maybe you notice that you are donating a bunch of clothes you bought on a retail therapy shopping spree, are giving away clothes that no longer fit but you're convinced might one day, or have been holding onto clothes that your "ideal" self would wear. When we identify how our habits and patterns have contributed to our cluttered space, we can see more clearly who our authentic self is.


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