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More power to my beautiful women.
Who better to motivate our inner girl power than Taylor Swift? Her songs resonate with women all around the world as she motivates us to be the best that we can be. Check out these lyrics that show us just how talented she truly is.
“But I took your matches before fire could catch me, so don’t look now. I’m shining like fireworks over your sad, empty town.”- Dear John
In traditional Taylor Swift fashion, this breakup song shows how powerful a single woman can be. Don’t let that break up get you down. You live and you learn, girl.
“Rain came pouring down, when I was drowning that’s when I could finally breathe. And that morning, gone was any trace of you, I think I am finally clean.”- Clean
Sometimes it’s better to let go of the things that keep dragging you down. Taylor tells us just how much better you’ll feel when you start focusing your energy on you.
“And you got your share of secrets and I’m tired of being the last to know, and now you’re asking me to listen cause it's worked each time before. But you don’t have to call me anymore. I won’t pick up the phone. This is the last straw, don’t want to hurt anymore.”- You’re Not Sorry
Here she motivates us to let go of that guy we keep going back to no matter how bad he might be for us. Let the past live in the past. If Taylor has survived all these break-ups, you’ll get through this one.
“People like you always want back the love they pushed aside. But people like me are gone forever when you say goodbye.”- All You Had to Do Was Stay
Don’t let anyone see you as someone they can use at their own will. If you aren’t someone’s first priority, don’t make them yours.
“Got a long list of ex-lovers, they’ll tell you I’m insane, but I’ve got a blank space baby and I’ll write your name.”- Black Space
Be comfortable in your own skin and proud of who you are. It doesn’t matter who was a part of your life in the past, it’s who you’re with now that really matters.
“Let them say what they want, we won’t hear it.”- I Know Places
Actions speak louder than words, my friend. Don’t let haters bring you down because you’re always the bigger person.
“Some day when you leave me I bet these memories hunt you around.”- Wildest Dreams
A loss of a past friend might actually turn into a gain. You can move on to bigger and better things while they spend time worrying about what they did wrong to lose your friendship.
“Now did you think it all through, all these things will catch up to you, and time can heal but this won’t. So if you’re coming my way, just don’t.”- Bad Blood
Back to the whole idea of not taking back the guy that misused you. You deserve much better than being a second choice.
“'Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play / And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate / Baby, I'm just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake / I shake it off, I shake it off.”- Shake it Off
My anthem! People are going to talk, but how you react to what they say is what truly matters. Don’t let haters bring you down because the only opinions that matter about you are the people that think highly of you.
“We’re happy, free, confused, and lonely at the same time. It’s miserable and magical oh yeah, tonight’s the night we forget about the deadlines, it’s time.”- 22
Sometimes you just need to let go of your responsibilities for a night and focus on you. Pamper yourself because you deserve to be a princess.
Make these songs a playlist and jam out to them anytime you need a reminder that you are a strong, independent woman!
Sometimes music really does speak louder than words. Here is a list of 15 masterpieces that will make you feel all the feelings.
Have you ever listened to a song and caught a phrase they said and realized the power that words can have? Songwriters really have an amazing way to take their experiences and put them into a beautiful song for everyone to enjoy. Whether we interpret it in our own way with what we are dealing within our lives, or if the words are speaking to exactly what we are going through, the words just speak to us. Here are some song lyrics that have a deeper meaning.
1. "Praying" by Kesha (2017)
"Cause you brought the flames and you put me through hell I had to learn how to fight for myself. And we both know all the truth I could tell I'll just say this is I wish you farewell.
I hope you're somewhere praying, praying. I hope your soul is changing, changing. I hope you find your peace, Falling on your knees, praying.
I'm proud of who I am. No more monsters, I can breathe again. And you said that I was done. Well, you were wrong and now the best is yet to come."
2. "Fight Song" by Rachel Platten (2015)
"This is my fight song, Take back my life song, Prove I'm alright song. My power's turned on, Starting right now I'll be strong, I'll play my fight song. And I don't really care if nobody else believes, Cause I've still got a lot of fight left in me."
3. "Imagine" by John Lennon (1971)
"You may say I'm a dreamer, But I'm not the only one. I hope some day you'll join us, And the world will be as one."
4. "Born This Way" by Lady Gaga (2011)
"I'm beautiful in my way, Cause God makes no mistakes. I'm on the right track, baby I was born this way. Don't hide yourself in regret, just love yourself and you're set. I'm on the right track, baby I was born this way."
5. "Try" by Pink (2012)
"Where there is desire, there is gonna be a flame. Where there is a flame, someone's bound to get burned. But just because it burns doesn't mean you're gonna die. You've gotta get up and try."
6. "I Lived" by OneRepublic (2012)
"I owned every second that this world could give. I saw so many places, the things that I did. With every broken bone, I swear I lived."
7. "Human" by Christina Perri (2014)
"I can do it, I'll get through it. But I'm only human, and I bleed when I fall down. I'm only human, and I crash and I break down."
8. "Carry On" by fun. (2012)
"If you're lost and alone, or you're sinking like a stone, carry on. May your past be the sound of your feet upon the ground, carry on."
9. "Scars To Your Beautiful" by Alessia Cara (2015)
"You should know you're beautiful just the way you are. And you don't have to change a thing; the world should change its heart."
10. "'Til It Happens To You" by Lady Gaga (2015)
"'Til your world burns and crashes, 'Til you're at the end, the end of your rope, 'Til you're standing in my shoes, I don't wanna hear nothing from you. From you, from you, cause you don't know. 'Til it happens to you, you don't know, How I feel."
11. "1-800-273-8255" by Logic (2017)
"I've been on the low, I been taking my time, I feel like I'm out of my mind, It feel like my life ain't mine, Who can relate? I've been on the low, I been taking my time, I feel like I'm out of my mind, It feel like my life ain't mine."
12. "Getting Older" by Billie Eilish (2022)
Last week, I realized I crave pity, when I retell a story, I make everything sound worse, can't shake the feeling that I'm just bad at healing.
13. "Landslide" by Dixie Chicks (2002)
Oh, mirror in the sky
What is love?
Can the child within my heart rise above?
Can I sail through the changin' ocean tides?
Can I handle the seasons of my life?Well, I've been afraid of changin'
'Cause I've built my life around you
14. "Used to love you" by Gwen Stefani (2004)
You can keep all the memories
I thought I was the best thing that ever happened to you
I thought you loved me the mostI don't know why I cry
But I think it's cause I remembered for the first time
Since I hated you
That I used to love you
15. "Try" by Nelly Furtado
Then I see you standing thereWanting more from me
And all I can do is try, tryI wish I hadn't seen all of the realness
And all the real people are really not real at all
The more I learn the more I learn
The more I cry the more I cry
To help get you walking across that stage.
We've all heard the phrase, "Time flies when you're having fun." But I don't think people really understand how quickly your senior year comes and goes before your eyes. We're all so focused on finally being the top of the food chain and filling out college applications that we don't notice senior year slipping away.
Now that I'm about to enter my second semester as a college sophomore and have seen my younger brother graduate and heard about how some of my college friends survived their senior year of high school, I thought it'd be nice to give out some advice to current high school seniors.
1. Don't be afraid of goodbyes.
Throughout my senior year I avoided thinking about saying farewell to friends I saw every day. It scared me, knowing I had a limited amount of time to be with people I went to school with for all these years. The thought alone saddened me. When graduation and "All-Night Grad" came, I finally said goodbye to people I knew I wasn't going to see anytime soon, and I was surprised at how their reactions were. They all said they'd keep in touch and talked about wonderful high school memories we had together. So don't be afraid to part ways with people you've seen in class every day. You realize that a goodbye doesn't mean forever if you're saying it to someone who'll end up being a forever friend.
2. Where you choose to go to college isn't as important as you think.
We all hear about how amazing it is to go to Ivy league schools or other popular colleges. Chances are a lot of your high school friends got acceptances from huge universities that everyone would love to go to. But truth be told, the university or college that you end up attending doesn't have to be top-notch. If you're getting an education in a field that you love and are enjoying your college years, that's all that matters. Companies really just want job applicants to obtain a college degree; their focus isn't on what school you went to.
3. As tempting as it may be, try not to skip class.
Everyone experiences symptoms of "senioritis" -- the feeling seniors get where they skip class and don't do their work because they believe they are done with school and don't have to worry about it. However, it's important to still go to your classes. I understand it may be tempting on multiple occasions to just not go (we've all been there), but you're still required to go to class. Depending on the county you live in, there are a certain amount of classes / days a student is allowed to skip (excused or unexcused), and if you go over that amount, your high school is allowed to prohibit you from graduating. So do yourself a favor and just go to class.
4. Apply for scholarships and colleges early.
I know it's common sense, but it's always a good reminder. Research scholarships and colleges in the beginning of your senior year, and try to apply for scholarships and college as early as you can, so you don't have to worry about it towards the end of the third and fourth quarter when you have to worry about finals and school.
5. Your grades are important.
One of the main things that college admittance committees look at is your GPA and whether you challenged yourself in the classes you took in high school. But don't think that they won't check your grades from senior year -- that's the first thing they look at!
6. Develop friendships with your teachers.
Towards the end of your junior year to the beginning of senior year you will have to select around two or three teachers who know you enough to write you a recommendation letter. These teachers should know you academically and personally; enough to know your work efforts and what kind of person you are. So try to talk to your teachers. They're there to help you and they want to be your friend. Would you rather have a recommendation from a teacher who barely knows you outside of your grades or a teacher who knows you so well they'd fight for you to get into the college of your dreams?
7. Who you are in high school doesn't matter in college.
Whatever your "stereotype" in high school is (jock, cheerleader, nerd, popular, unpopular), I want you to know that in college no one really cares about that. College gives you the chance to start over and really find yourself. So if you don't really like your reputation in high school, I'm pleased to tell you that it doesn't travel with you to college.
8. Cherish your family.
You may be getting excited that you won't be around your family every day and get to be "free" when you go to college, but you'd be surprised how much you'll end up missing and calling your family when you're away from them. Especially since you won't be eating your parent's amazing home-cooked meals every night. So savor every day you have with them until freshman move-in day because you may end up missing them more than they miss you.
9. It's OK to not know what you want to do after high school.
Not everyone knows what major, career and college they want to pursue after high school, and that's OK. Everyone is on different paths of life. If you aren't sure about what college you want to go to after applying to a bunch of schools, or if you're still unsure about what your major is going to be, that's OK. You could go to community college and get a sense of what you really want to major in. Do more research on the colleges you applied to, or tour the campus if you don't know which one you want to attend. If you think you want to work the year after you graduate to save money or take a gap year, then go for it. People at every age go back to college every day. If you're not ready for college, then take a break and figure out what you really want to do in life.
10. Some high school friendships will fade and some won't.
Enjoy the time you have left with people you see regularly in the halls and hang out with in class because you won't see half of them after graduation. We all go in different directions after graduation. Some friendships will fade and may catch you off guard. The people you stay in touch with after high school and the people who you don't talk to will also surprise you, believe me. If you were to ask me who I was going to be friends with after high school during my own senior year of high school, I would have made a list of people who I no longer talk to and haven't talked to in a long time. So enjoy your time with your friends this year, and by the end of the year you'll have figured out who's worth your friendship and who isn't.
11. If you're not already, get involved.
Kind of self-explanatory. If you aren't involved in any clubs, sports or after-school activities, then I would highly suggest asking around and getting more involved. Colleges love seeing well-rounded students who know how to manage their time well with school and other activities. Doing so also allows you to meet new people and figure out what kinds of clubs and sports you actually enjoy.
12. Enjoy your last year of high school.
Senior year of high school is one of the best years of your life. No responsibilities, no worries (yet), you still live close to all of your friends and the whole school looks up to you. Have fun, but also, get ready for the next stage in your life.
Always remember to look at life through your optimistic lens.
Recently I have done a lot of reflecting on my life and the things that I have happened. Some of them very good, some alright, and others not so good. I have found that in life it can be very hard to deal with the not so good things that have happened. You can tend to feel defeated and discouraged. At the beginning of the school year I was struggling a lot because a lot of changes had happened, some of them good and others challenging. The biggest challenge I had was not working due to an injury that I had that kept me from doing my job. I was also trying to adapt to a new school, sorority life, and rugby. I ended up not doing as well as I could have academically. All these events made it hard for me to see that things will be just okay. So when the second semester came around I had to fight my way to better my outcomes and to basically get right back up on the horse. This didn’t come so easily.
The hardest task was finding a new job. I applied to a few places, had an interview or two, but nothing got me anywhere. It was this point that I really had to push myself to stay optimistic about finding a job and to just succeed in general. Which in time worked, I was able to find a job and to get back to my “natural flow” of things. It’s important for all of us to recognize that being an optimistic person can get us wherever we need to be. Allowing for all the negative energy to overpower any amount of positiveness. But the most important thing to remember is that everything will be okay. Everything will work out. Call it faith or fate, but these things happen for a reason. Even if that reason is unclear. It’s important to maintain an optimistic mindset. This is something that I try my hardest to do so. But let me tell you it’s not the easiest, nor should it be. In the recent school year I struggled with this a lot. Dealing with a lot of changes and challenges. There were countless times when I wanted to just give up and throw in the towel. But I have found by not giving up, I really was able to appreciate the good things as they came. Such as when I would interview for a job and didn’t get. It never feels good thinking that you aren’t a qualified person. But I had to remind myself that I am, and that I have so many amazing attributes about myself. I had to believe that I would find the right job. And I did. I couldn’t be more grateful that I did. I’ve found that I truly appreciate this win more than I would have if I didn’t persevere and stay optimistic through it all.
A zombie game with many surprises.
"The Last of Us" is a video game that is made by Naughty Dogs. Now Naughty Dogs is a game developer that I am familiar with because of the "Jack and Daxter" series of games. So I have played some of their games, not many, but some. In this game there is a lot of detail, which makes it quite fun. Now like with any review, it will have some spoilers.
Ish is fun detail that is in a part of the game. He is a character that you never meet, but with notes that he lives behind or the ones that he lives with. The thing that makes it better is the fact that he is a reference to the main character to "Moby Dick," and to the protagonist in "Earth Abides." Yes, I did some research on this because it is truly a vast game. The reason for the two is in the game he was a sailor and so was Ishmael and to Isherwood Williams who started a group of survivors.
Now to the story of the game. It has a bit before the zombie outbreak. You start playing as Sarah, Joel’s daughter. Now it begins with her waking up to bombs going off, so you search the house for her dad. He rushes into the kitchen with the neighbors that have turned behind. He than kills them and the uncle was there to take you away to a safe spot. The way is blocked and a few zombies attack so you guys run into the nearby woods. Where Sarah breaks her leg and you switch over to play as Joel.
You carry her as you run from the car. You run into a restaurant and one breaks in, the uncle, Tommy, stays to kill it as you take the back door. You run into a solder and they get ordered to kill them. He starts to shoot and you drop Sarah. The two of you roll down a hill where the soldier goes to Joel, but before he kills him, Tommy kills him. Then Joel runs to to Sarah as she bleeds out. This is a game that makes you feel a lot of emotional attachment to it's characters
The game then jumps twenty years after that, you work with Tess as a smuggler. You live in a military control that has an iron fist rule. They go to pick up weapons from your dealer who sold it to the Fireflies, who are somewhat seen as the bad guys. When you do meet up with him, Tess kills him and you meet the Leader of the Fireflies, Marlene, who takes you to her base of operations. Because she wants to give you weapons if you smuggle something out of the city. What it is a girl named Ellie, who is immune to the infection, to a another group of Fireflies. The only reason she is having you do this because she was shot.
So the three of you head to the location however you run into a problem on your way to it. Tess gets bitten and you run into soldiers in the area that follow you into the building. Tess gives up her life to save Joel and Ellie. Then after some time you get to the city before the meet point and you get jumped. You escape with two others, one gets infected and the other kills himself. You get there and the Fireflies are no longer there, but leave where they are going. However Joel gets stabbed in the side and Ellie saves him. She stays with Joel in a house in the city.
You play as Ellie for a bit you run into the leader of a group in which you killed a lot of the members. He tracks her back to the house and kidnaps Ellie. At this point, you go back and forth playing as Ellie and Joel. Joel saves Ellie and stops her from hacking away at a dead body. They then head to meet Tommy and they find him.
Ellie runs from Joel because he was going to hand her over to Tommy. They find her and Joel and her head to find the place that the Fireflies. They find the place and Marline is there and she greets you. She tells you that how they are going to find the cure was going to kill Ellie. So Joel kills her and saves Ellie from them. He also lies to Ellie about what happened as they head to Tommy’s.The game had it’s flaws, but it is one that you should play. It has a good story to it and I made sure to leave some things out of it so I don't give away too much. There are surprises to it. Now it has many layers to it some you have to look for them.
1. Brittany Morgan, National Writer's Society
2. Radhi, SUNY Stony Brook
3. Kristen Haddox, Penn State University
4. Jennifer Kustanovich, SUNY Stony Brook
5. Clare Regelbrugge, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign