Right Now is the Big Time

Right Now Is The Big Time

Remind yourself to slow down and enjoy the moments that you are in.


I recently heard the term "Right now is the big time", and it really stuck with me because I have been really trying to remind myself, especially since it's my senior year in college, to enjoy the moments I am in. I went into this year telling myself that I don't want to dwell on the future of finding a job and wasting time worrying about things I cannot control. I wanted to take an extra amount of time with my friends that I won't be around next year (crying already) and to do things I have never done before too.

As I am coming close to Thanksgiving break, I am reminded by how fast time truely does go and how I am so grateful and happy with myself that I have taken each day by living in the moment and enjoying everything that gets thrown at me. I am a firm believer that everyone gets too worked up about what's coming next, and we forget to see what's going on right now. I think we focus on that one point in our lives where we think we will be successful or seeing our dreams come true.

But what about right now?

It isn't where we end up, it's all about the journey. As cliche as that sounds, it's so true. Why not look at your daily life and think, this is the big time! You cleaned your room today! You aced that test you studied so hard for! You spent over $100 at Target, but got the cutest purse, yay! When all of those little things add up, you realize, looking back that you were living your best life or great things were happening to you. Sometimes they are so small that you don't even notice those "big" moments, but it's important to take the time to notice it. Enjoy the moment you are in. Soon it will be over and a memory that you look back on.

I like to think that I am a very positive person; I hate dwelling on little things or even being around drama or negativity. I deal with what I have to, but I am an annoying half-full glass type of girl, but I wouldn't want it any other way. Because I have this perspective on life, I really do believe that I have lived in the moment as much as I could in college and I am so thankful for that.

If you are struggling with something and worrying about the future, don't. Grab a notebook. Grab a pen. Write a list of all the good (big or small - the small things are my favorite things) things that happened to you. I know forgetting the thing you are worried about or struggling with is better said than done, but take the small steps and I promise it will make you feel better and enjoy life just a little bit more.

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A Letter To My Freshman Dorm Room As I Pack Up My Things

Somehow a 15' x 12' room became a home.


Dear Geary 411,

With your creaky beds, concrete walls, and mismatched tile floors, you are easily overlooked as just another room we were randomly assigned to— but you were different. Inside your old walls, I have made some of the best memories of my life that I will hold on to forever.

Thank you for welcoming my neighbors in with open arms who quickly became friends who didn't knock and walked in like you were their own.

I feel like an apology is needed.

We're sorry for blaring the music so loud while getting ready and acting like we can actually sing when, in reality, we know we can't. Sorry for the dance parties that got a bit out of control and ended with us standing on the desks. Sorry for the cases of the late-night giggles that came out of nowhere and just would not go away. Sorry for the homesick cries and the "I failed my test" cries and the "I'm dropping out" cries. We're sorry for hating you at first. All we saw was a tiny and insanely hot room, we had no idea what you would bring to us.

Thank you for providing me with memories of my first college friends and college experiences.

As I stand at the door looking at the bare room that I first walked into nine months ago I see so much more than just a room. I see lots and lots of dinners being eaten at the desks filled with stories of our days. I see three girls sitting on the floor laughing at God knows what. I see late night ice cream runs and dance battles. I see long nights of homework and much-needed naps. Most importantly, I look at the bed and see a girl who sat and watched her parents leave in August and was absolutely terrified, and as I lock you up for the last time today, I am so proud of who that terrified girl is now and how much she has grown.

Thank you for being a space where I could grow, where I was tested physically, mentally and emotionally and for being my home for a year.


A girl who is sad to go

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What I Wish I Knew About Life After High School Before I Had To Live It

Life after high school isn't always what you expected it to be.


So you're about to graduate high school and you think you have it all figured out. You and your best friends are going to stay close throughout college and you're going to take those long road trips in college to see each other. Think again.

Life after high school isn't always what you want it to be. You think you'll miss high school, you'll always be close with your high school besties, and you'll have all this free time in college. That's just not entirely true. I personally do not miss high school. I don't really talk to anyone I went to high school with on a regular basis, and I'm totally OK with that. I have friends in college that I believe will be my lifelong friends whereas my friends in high school didn't make an effort to keep in contact with me after high school.

I haven't had all the free time I've dreamed of in college, because I'm busy with school and meetings. When I'm not doing homework, I'm making sure the rest of my life is in order and all my stuff for school is in line. I'm not the crazy party girl that people think I am because of where I go to school. I'd rather sit in bed and watch Netflix than go out with my friends. I'm not a 4.0 student, but I work so hard in my classes just to make sure that I'm passing. I study a week before tests and still don't always make A's. And that's OK. It's not what I expected during my college years, but it's what's happening, and most of my friends are the same way.

Anne Marie Bonadio

Just know that life in college isn't all easy, breezy, and beautiful like Covergirl. It's hard and you will struggle whether it be in school or with your friends. College isn't always complete freedom. You'll be tied down with school and life and you won't have the free time that you always imagined. You won't always be best friends with your high school friends. You won't be taking those road trips because you won't be able to afford them, and if you're like me, your parents won't let you.

College won't be exactly what you dreamed it'll be, but it'll be some of the best years of your life.

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