Seven Important Things To Remember This Semester

Seven Important Things To Remember This Semester

Don't forget the most important thing, you've got this!

It doesn’t matter what year of college you are going into. If you commute, stay on campus, go home every weekend, or are hours away from home. There alway seems to be this looming excitement of the oncoming year that is also filled with anxiousness and nervousness. What will my classes be like? Will I do okay? Will I be able to keep my grades up? Going into each semester we start out with so much hope and promise and too much of the time, we lose our way. Here’s somethings to also remember going into this semester.

  1. You are doing enough. Stop thinking that you need to be involved in every club, every project, every fundraiser,because you are doing enough. You truly are. By doing too much you will be spreading yourself too thin which in the end will do more harm than good. Put everything you got into what you have time to do, don’t feel like you need to add more to your plate.
  2. Stop comparing yourself to people. It doesn’t matter if the person next to you got a higher grade, or that the one girl in your major seems to have it all together. You don’t have to have it all together. Stop thinking you have to be just like these people, because honestly, they aren’t as put together as you think. Everyone struggles and everyone loses their way. No one is perfect, but you’re doing perfect just how you are.
  3. Spend time on yourself. If there's a night you just want to sit back and relax and binge watch Greys or One Tree Hill, do it. Just because everyone is going out doesn’t mean you have too. Take some time for yourself. Paint your nails, read a book, do something you enjoy. College is fun but being surrounded by people all of the time can really take a lot of out you. So drink a glass of wine, take a bubble bath and remember that taking time for yourself is not crime.
  4. Go outside of your comfort zone. One thing I’ve really noticed is that as the semester goes on everyone seems to get stuck in a pattern, get stuck in a comfort zone. You should always take time to do things that you’ve never done. It doesn’t have to be crazy or drastic, it can be as small as going to a coffee shop you’ve never been too. Or going for a run on a different route you’ve never done. Sit with someone new in class or go out of your way to talk to someone you usually wouldn’t have. Surprise yourself everyday.
  5. Put your heart into everything that you do. It can be hard I know and it seems like one of the requirements of college is to be stressed out all of the time, but when you’re doing something, do it with everything you have. Put your heart and your mind to everything that you do. Not only will you feel better with the finished product but looking back and knowing you gave it your all is an unforgettable feeling.
  6. It’s okay to not be okay. College is stressful and that’s an understatement. We forget that it is truly okay to not be okay all of the time. It’s okay to feel like you're drowning, but don’t be scared to ask for help. We have all been there. We’ve all felt like we are stuck and don’t know where to go. Don’t be afraid to ask for help because there is nothing wrong with you or how you feel. It’s okay to acknowledge the help you need because you deserve to become the best possible you.
  7. Have fun. This is the time of your life, don’t forget to get a little crazy
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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.

Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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Cancel Culture Is Toxic And Ugly

Stop deciding for me who I can and cannot like.


I was really hoping that canceled culture died in 2018, but unfortunately here we are in 2019 still "canceling" whoever we personally deem "problematic." Whether it's tweeting from six years ago or falsely made allegations, waves of people will grab on to anything they can to bring down whatever celebrity or influencer seems to be doing well at the moment.

Of course, it is important to bring light to horrible things such as racism, misogyny, domestic abuse, etc., but remember these horrible things are still happening TODAY. We need to focus our energy on combating the horrible things people are currently doing and saying; it is truly such a waste of time to bring up the problematic words and actions that someone in the limelight did almost a decade ago.

Let me be clear, there is no one person I am trying to defend here. I honestly don't care much to personally defend anyone who is being canceled by angry twitter-users who found something just bad enough to hold against them for eternity. I truly just find the idea of it annoying and ugly.

The idea that any person is a completely static, flat character is so inconceivable and unlikely that I truly have a hard time understanding why we cannot accept an apology from a matured person.

If we have no evidence that a person has made any recent damaging remarks, then how can we prove they haven't changed since they tweeted something wrong in 2013?

Of course, there are people who have recently or continuously proven they are indecent people who are not deserving of any sort of public exposure, but if they are truly so horrible, people will drop them without you having to tell them to do so. You don't have to condemn those who still remain loyal; they are probably not the kind of people you need to waste your time on anyway.

If the people canceling others were constantly watched like the people they have damned, I am absolutely sure there is something we could find from their past to cancel them as well.

Sometimes it is hard to remember that famous people are still human beings just like us. Anyone is prone to make mistakes, and those mistakes can absolutely be rectified over time.

Nowadays, people love jumping on the bandwagon of finding a new person to hate and don't even stop to think about the damage it could do to that person's life and reputation.

Give people a chance to prove that they are decent human beings before deciding whether "we" as a whole should love or hate them based on such a small amount of evidence.

I am not saying you have to love every celebrity. If you don't like what someone has said or done you absolutely do not have to give them your attention or devotion, but you should not tell me whether I can like them or not.

In 2019 we should put an end to canceled culture, and, instead, learn to take people at their word and accept their apologies for their past wrongdoings.

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