21 Lessons I Haven't Learned In 21 Years

21 Lessons I Haven't Learned In 21 Years

I missed the boat on this whole "adulting" thing.

Recently, I have seen several articles about how much the writer has learned in the past 21 years of his or her life. I am a 21-year-old here to say that I do not know nearly as much as I expected I would at this time. My teenage-self thought that I would have my life together by now, but I don’t and that is okay! Here are 21 lessons I have not yet learned…

1. What I want to be when I grow up

I am sure about my major and career path right now, but who knows what the future holds.

2. Where I want to live

I might not want to live in a small-town or maybe I do...

3. How to be the perfect friend

4. …Or the greatest girlfriend.

5. …Or sweetest sister.

6. How much pasta I actually need to boil

I always seem to make enough for an army.

7. Always listening to my mom’s advice

8. Finding my identity fully in Christ

9. Not caring what others think

10. How the heck to do my taxes

11. How to cook without a recipe

12. The best way to pack and move

This is an accurate depiction of me.

13. The art of eyeliner

14. Not letting school rule my world

15. Budgeting

16. Drinking enough water

17. Exercising consistently

18. Eating healthy

19. How to avoid procrastination

20. Disconnecting from social media

21. How to appreciate silence

Here's to 21 more years. Years filled with unknowns, seasoned with new lessons, and marked by improvements.

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Saying Goodbye To Freshman Year

"High School goes by fast, but college goes by even faster."

“High School goes by fast, but college goes by even faster”, we’ve all heard it and probably all ignored it as well. I mean time is time. It moves at the same pace no matter what you’re doing right?


High School is over, I’m now a freshman in college and it’s April. I’m sitting here in my dorm looking at all my clothes, and bins thinking, how in the hell will this all fit in my car again? It is crazy, I need to be thinking about all of this now because there is one month of my freshman year left, just one.

All I can keep thinking is how? Wasn’t it just last week that I moved into my cozy room at the end of the hall, or just yesterday that I ran home to two hundred beautiful new sisters? As much as it seems like yesterday, it wasn’t.

It was almost eight months ago that I stepped onto this campus as a freshman, now it is my last four weeks and they are jam-packed. From formal to finals I am in the home stretch of my first year of college. I just registered for my classes next semester, and can’t get it through my head that I will soon be a sophomore.

While walking around campus I still catch myself thinking, wow I am really here. I am a college student, at a school, I fall more in love with every day. So, how can I be a sophomore now when I feel like I just got here?

Yes, I still have three amazing years of college ahead of me, and I can’t wait to see what those years have in store in for me. But, I just can’t help but feel a little sad that I won’t be a freshman anymore. I won’t be the youngest in my sorority family, I won’t be coming back to a dorm every night.

Now don’t get me wrong, I am stoked to live in an apartment next year with my absolute best friends. And you definitely could have heard me saying “I am so over this whole dorm thing” once or twice this semester, but now I can’t help but see all the things I’ll miss.

Freshman year is just unique. You get this giant clean slate, a fresh start. And it is just waiting to see what you’ll do with it. It truly is a year of firsts. My first failure, the first time being on my own, my first time not knowing anyone in my classes. Yes, that can all be a lot to take on, I was terrified at the start of the school year. But before I knew it, I had a routine, I had friends, I had a life here.

And this life surpassed all my expectations. I have a home away from home. I have friends that I know will be my bridesmaids some day. I have experiences that I’ll never forget.

Now as I head back home for the summer I couldn’t be more excited to be with my friends there and my family. But, I also couldn’t be sadder to leave my friends here, even if it’s only for three months because they’ve become another kind of family.

Despite leaving freshman year behind, we have so many more memories to make whether it’s doing the Seminole chop in Doak, coordinating our Halloween costumes, or just chilling at the house. We’ve all come so far this year, and I can’t wait to see just how far we go. So bring it on Sophomore year, I’m ready for ya.

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For Every Aspiring First Year Teacher, Read These 15 Quotes To Stay Motivated And Inspired

Our first year may be our toughest; it can also be one of the best.


Before we even have our own classroom, we question how we will make it through our first year. We think, "Alright I'm finally going to have my own classroom. FINALLY. But wait, hang on a second. I'm going to have my own classroom. Just me. No one else. HOLY BANANAS."

We all know from student teaching, and other practicums, that this profession is hard work; there's no way around that. So, before we get too overwhelmed, let's decide to instead be inspired and motivated to do our very best. Recently, I attended an education conference and heard these 15 quotes. They genuinely changed and enhanced my outlook on the teaching profession.

So give 'em a chance! Get motivated and get inspired.

"Learning happens at the speed of trust."

"Teaching is a mission, not a job." 

"Students don't care how much time you put into lessons, they just care that you care."

"A student may come to you 'at risk,' but they'll be 'at promise' if you're their teacher." 

"What is your 'why' for teaching?" 

"Don't turn off the switch." 

"There are 65 hours between when kids leave us on Friday and when they come back to us on Monday. Some kids are desperately waiting for Monday. How will you make Monday memorable?" 

"Are your students at an advantage BECAUSE you are their teacher?" 

"We all want to make a difference, but WHY do YOU want to be a teacher?" 

"Everyone remembers their really good teacher." 

Teaching is one of the most rewarding professions. It's also one of the toughest.

We can do this!

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