Learning How To Love Yourself

Self-Worth, Economics, And A Couple Other Things I've Learned This Year So Far

I just made myself a new hero in my books. I finally believe in myself!


Dear me,

I know this may sound absurd, but there are some things in my life that have changed. For one thing, I have been feeling really happy in my own skin a bit more than usual. Ever since I tried out new hairstyles and new cute clothing items, I have began to feel relaxed and care-free what anyone might think of me.

It made me feel like something in me has sparked a new sense of balance that was not already there from before. As a matter of fact, I knew I was pretty all along. Although that prettiness factor can be shaped by social media beauty concepts and all, my own self-made beauty was definitely combined through wit, knowledge, and a combination of it all. I finally grasped it after a long time in college.

The key to loving yourself is trying out new styles: you could dress vintage, street style, chic, and trendy — but try to keep yourself on your own terms, too. Remember: college is a time to experiment. Most girls might be feeling insecure, too!

Additionally, dressing up for class is never a bad way to express your wants and desires. Who knows what could happen? You just might happen to bump into some cute girl or guy and tell them how good they look in that dress or jacket! It can feel really great! But it doesn't end at all there. You have to love yourself before the endorphins kick in. So strut in those heels and own that jacket like it's yours!

I wouldn't want to say that seeking attention is something you need to do to gain acceptance. We all should love ourselves before giving others permission to love us back. Take a moment to reflect on your best picture and outfit. Has it made you happier than before? What makes you feel happy? Do something to bring up your self-esteem and practice self-care. Wear heavy eye makeup if you want to! No one will stop you! Start with saying I look gorgeous and I know it!

With that said, I have been recently obsessed with politics and economics. One thing that currently fascinated me this semester was the concept of neoliberalism. I truly advocate for the idea of a society where people believe in a free trade world. As Hayek, the father of neoliberalism once said, the idea of economic competition can be balanced by economic calculation, wealth, value, exchange, costs, and price.

With that said, price can be a way to allocate scarce resources as stated by need and utility. Supply and demand can cause markets to be competitive and sprawling with free competition. Society as a whole can shape the economy into an autonomous sphere. In that sense, more men and women usually might compete to gain their own self-interests and scarce rewards.

That being said, Hayek also stated that neoliberalism fosters the assumption that the market provides the necessary protection against totalitarianism. However, to keep the competition going, the states need to keep the market free. Neoliberalism usually means in a free market and classical liberalism society. A classical liberalism society coincides with the idea of leaving us alone. This is very true because the state is usually active in the organization of a market economy.

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The Truth About Young Marriage

Different doesn't mean wrong.

When I was a kid, I had an exact picture in my mind of what my life was going to look like. I was definitely not the kind of girl who would get married young, before the age of 25, at least.

And let me tell you, I was just as judgmental as that sentence sounds.

I could not wrap my head around people making life-long commitments before they even had an established life. It’s not my fault that I thought this way, because the majority opinion about young marriage in today’s society is not a supportive one. Over the years, it has become the norm to put off marriage until you have an education and an established career. Basically, this means you put off marriage until you learn how to be an adult, instead of using marriage as a foundation to launch into adulthood.

When young couples get married, people will assume that you are having a baby, and they will say that you’re throwing your life away — it’s inevitable.

It’s safe to say that my perspective changed once I signed my marriage certificate at the age of 18. Although marriage is not always easy and getting married at such a young age definitely sets you up for some extra challenges, there is something to be said about entering into marriage and adulthood at the same time.

SEE ALSO: Finding A Husband In College

Getting married young does not mean giving up your dreams. It means having someone dream your dreams with you. When you get lost along the way, and your dreams and goals seem out of reach, it’s having someone there to point you in the right direction and show you the way back. Despite what people are going to tell you, it definitely doesn’t mean that you are going to miss out on all the experiences life has to offer. It simply means that you get to share all of these great adventures with the person you love most in the world.

And trust me, there is nothing better than that. It doesn’t mean that you are already grown up, it means that you have someone to grow with.

You have someone to stick with you through anything from college classes and changing bodies to negative bank account balances.

You have someone to sit on your used furniture with and talk about what you want to do and who you want to be someday.

Then, when someday comes, you get to look back on all of that and realize what a blessing it is to watch someone grow. Even after just one year of marriage, I look back and I am incredibly proud of my husband. I’m proud of the person he has become, and I’m proud of what we have accomplished together. I can’t wait to see what the rest of our lives have in store for us.

“You can drive at 16, go to war at 18, drink at 21, and retire at 65. So who can say what age you have to be to find your one true love?" — One Tree Hill
Cover Image Credit: Sara Donnelli Photography

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Summer And Jobs

Working summers doesn't have to be tedious.


Like many other college students, I was ready for summer but was kinda bummed that I had to work. Its not that I didn't like where I was working, I actually was really lucky to be working in a hospital environment but I just hated being alone all summer from 9-5. I've had this job for a few years now and a few other paid interns came and went but I never really connected with any of them. This year is different though.

I got really lucky to have another intern work with me that was very similar to me. The tasks we got were always simple but they were made to be more fun because I got to do them while talking with someone else. Now I actually enjoy and look forward to going to work.

The key to finding a good job is finding one that you enjoy doing and one that will help you gain knowledge that will help you out with future career plans. Working with friends also make tasks enjoyable! I would be careful with working with your friend however because if your job needs you to be serious and focused, being around your best friends may distract you from that.

Another thing that definitely makes summer jobs more enjoyable are taking breaks! It is your summer vacation after all! I'm not saying don't take a day off just to sit around, but if you make plans with family and friends, take a Friday off and enjoy the warm weather and good company! Employers understand that us college students and on break and have lives, they are usually very lenient with days off!

If you have to do a summer job to make money to live off of or pay for college, the best thing to do is look at the big picture. If you don't enjoy your job but can't afford to quit, remember that the money if going to help you out a lot. Also, this job is probably only for the summer right? So it's not permanent my friend! Get through these annoying few weeks and you will be back at college, taking steps for a bigger and brighter future.

Summer jobs are tough, I know, but make the most of it! And don't forget to enjoy it whenever you can!!!


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