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5 Pieces Of College Advice That My Sister Will Most Likely Ignore

She probably won't listen to me, so I'm putting this on the internet so somebody will.


My sister is going to college in the fall, and she has not asked me to give her advice. She won't ask me to give her advice, and when I try to give her advice she also probably won't listen to me, but I can't blame her. I'm so bad at taking advice and she's like me so there will be no advice given in our family. I have tons of advice that I can give to my sister, but she's not going to listen to it, so I'm right here. After all, that is why I started writing for Odyssey. (It's not, but I'm going to use it to my advantage because no one can stop me.) Also, I have a cousin going to college in the fall and there's a chance he might see this so my knowledge won't go unused. I've thought this through, everyone, I promise.

1. Eat breakfast

I've said this multiple times, and been told this multiple times, so I am going to say this again because there is no one stopping me and it's good advice. The only reason that I go to about 30% of my classes right now is that I bribe myself with breakfast and coffee, and it works. I'm not saying I'm a better person in the morning if I wake up an hour earlier to get breakfast, but I'm definitely better around 3 when I have some FOOD IN MY SYSTEM. But like actually, in your first two years of college you'll take a good amount of morning classes and the only way to not kill someone in them is to eat. And have caffeine.

2. Get an eye mask

Everyone is going to say that I am weird for saying this, but I have a point. I kind of have a point. It's not really good advice but I never said that I was giving good advice and this has been working for me. Buy one of those sleep eye masks things so you can fall asleep with the lights on. Sometimes you and your roommate will have different schedules, and it's easier to just get the sleep mask and let them keep their lights on than get in the fight. Also, it kind of helps my sleep. I don't know why, but it works. My sleep has improved.

3. Don’t do homework in your bed.

I understand that dorms are small and you really only have one place to sit and do things but if you try and do homework in your bed and it won't work. You'll get in your bed all ready to do homework and then you'll realize that your bed is really comfortable and it feels like a good time to watch TV and you'll never get any homework done because you will fall asleep. That's just what is going to happen.

4. Have decent snacks in your room

Sometimes, you will realize that going outside and talking to people is the absolute worst thing that you can do. Often times, it will also be snowing. It might be cold. Or, you might just have had to do a lot of homework and you might not have showered and you just can't risk seeing someone who you can't look gross in front of. Just get some good snacks, like hummus or good granola bars or some microwave Annie's MAC or bagels or something and you'll be able to make it until the next time that you can acceptably leave your room. It will work.

5. Get a good planner

I take, at any one time, seventeen credits. That's a little high, and depending on your major you might take even more, so that'll be a good amount of homework to keep track of. Get a decent planner and right all your assignment in it and aggressively plan for everything that is going to happen. It works. It works if you actually do it so just do it. Family members reading this, I will literally buy you a planner for your respective birthdays so you can do a good job with time management.

This advice isn't really groundbreaking but it's all that I got and so it is here. I hope you enjoyed it but if you didn't, my bad.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it


Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

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A Poem: My Mother

In honor of Mother's Day, that was on the 12th, here is a poem dedicated to my mother.


To the only person who can be my mentor, friend, and leader at the same time

To someone who would make me read my own books before bedtime

And puts everything down to make sure there is a smile on my face

To the person that I find impossible to ever replace.

Somehow you are always right even when it seems wrong

And when the worst does happen, how do you still manage to stay so strong?

I'm not only impressed but inspired by you

Knowing that somehow you'll always know me better than I do.

When I'm frustrated and annoy you, you simply try to understand me

Because you have always told me that even when you can't understand, plain acceptance is the key

You have listened to all my laughs, heard me cry, and felt my emotions like they were your own

You are the only reason I am joyous and the security I need to know that I am never alone.

To the only person who has truly taught me how to live

And watched me grow and make mistakes yet still knows how to forgive

Because that's who she is, certainly not like any other

There are many women but none like my own mother.

Happy Mother's Day!

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