Yes, I Am "Spoiled," But I Still Work Harder Than Most

Yes, I Am "Spoiled," But I Still Work Harder Than Most

You know what they say, Hard work always pays off!
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Yes, I am your typical spoiled child.

I have Jack Rogers in almost every color, accessories to match every outfit in my closet and quite the assortment of Lilly Pulitzer. First off, let me begin with this statement: Yes, I am blessed in more ways than some, and I am forever grateful for the opportunities that my family has given to me – HOWEVER, just because my family is willing to go the extra mile to ensure that my needs are met, they have also instilled in me a great work ethic, for which I am forever grateful.

Growing up for seven and a half years as an only child, one can only imagine the playroom in my house. Barbie Dolls, the latest American Girl Collection, and a small stash of “teacher” supplies filled my playroom at the young age of five years old. I loved everything, girly, and was quite spoiled – as you can imagine.

I thoroughly remember as a young child, having dinner with my grandparents every Friday night. They would pick me up after school, and I was able to play at their house until dinner time. As dinner time arrived, I was always able to choose my restaurant of choice, which happened to be Wendy’s. Following my favorite meal of all time, my grandparents and I would take me to Walmart and I was allowed to get a new toy, of some kind. It didn’t have to be extravagant, nor did it require a large price tag.

This Friday night tradition did not last forever. As I grew older, my Friday night trips and Walmart surprises became more meaningful – as if, I had received good grades at school. I began to be rewarded for my good actions. This idea carried on throughout the remainder of my elementary and middle school years until I was old enough to get a job.

My first real job, just so happened to be a Dance Instructor. For those of you who know me well, you know that this was a dream come true. I loved every aspect of my job and was ecstatic to know that I had worked hard and earned the money I was given when my paycheck arrived. This feeling of accomplishment was something that I loved. For once, my family didn’t give me the money to spend on a new pair of sandals or to go to the movies with my friends.

As the years have gone by, I have worked in various workplaces, as well as with some families that I hold near and dear to my heart. Not only has having a job made me appreciate the value of money, but it has also given me a sense of self-pride. By having a job, I have the ability to provide for myself, my wants and needs.

At the age of 19 years old, I work twenty hours per week, as well as attend college full-time. Along with these two main responsibilities – I am involved with three on-campus organizations. Additionally, on the weekends, I occasionally pick up babysitting opportunities as they arise. It is not always easy to complete my school work to the best of my ability, but I know that one day, I will be able to look back on my college years and be proud of the student I was.

Yes, I am spoiled – I can admit it. Yes, I can call my family members at the drop of a hat, if I ever need anything. But, in return, they also know that I work diligently throughout the week to ensure that my wants and needs are met.

No matter how much I complain about having to work throughout my college years, I am thankful that my parents and family members instilled in me, a work ethic – that is often unmatched. Having a job in college has given me, even more independence, than I had initially been looking toward, and for that, I am eternally grateful.

Cover Image Credit: Lauren Fowler

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14 Fraternity Guy Gifts Ideas, Since He Already Has Enough Beer

Frat boys are a species of their own and here are some exciting gifts they will be ecstatic to receive!

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What more do frat boys love than alcohol, partying, and just acting stupid? Here are some gifts that help fulfill all of those needs for the frat boy in your life!

1. Beer holster belt

Whats better than one beer? Six beers! This fashionable camouflage accessory can be used for tailgates, beach days, formals and everything in between.

Price: $8.49

2. Phone juul holder 

You know those cardholders everyone sticks on the back of their phones? Well, now a Juul holder for your phone is on the market! This will save your favorite frat boy from ever again losing his Juul!

Price: $10.98

3. Animal house poster 

This Animal House poster is a classic staple for any frat boy. This poster will compliment any frat house decor or lack thereof.

Price: $1.95

4. The American Fraternity book

Does the frat boy in your life need a good read for Thanksgiving or winter break? Look no farther, this will certainly keep his attention and give him a history lesson on American fraternity heritage and tradition.

Price: $28.46

5. Beer pong socks 

These snazzy socks featuring beer pong will be loved by any frat boy. As for the way to any frat boy's heart may, in fact, be beer pong.

Price: $12.00

6. Condom case

This condom carrying case will not only protect condoms from damage but also make frat boys more inclined to practice safe sex, which is a win-win situation!

Price: $9.99

7. Frat house candle

Ahhh yes, who does not like the smell of stale beer in a dark, musty frat house basement? Frat boys can make their apartment or bedroom back home smell like their favorite place with the help of this candle.

Price: $16.99

8. "Frat" sticker

Frat boys always need to make sure everyone around them knows just how "fratty" they are. This versatile stick can go on a laptop, car, water bottle, or practically anywhere their little hearts desire.

Price: $6.50

9. Natty Light t-shirt 

Even I will admit that this shirt is pretty cool. The frat boy in your life will wear this shirt at every possible moment, it is just that cool!

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10. Natty light fanny pack 

This fanny pack can absolutely be rocked by any frat boy. The built-in koozie adds a nice touch.

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11. Bud Light Neon Beer Sign 

A neon beer sign will be the perfect addition to any frat boys bedroom.

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12. Beer Opener

Although most frat boys' go to beers come in cans, this bottle opener will be useful for those special occasions when they buy nicer bottled beers.

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13. Frat House Dr. Sign

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Forget stealing random street signs, with this gift frat boys no longer have to do so.

14. Beer Lights 

Lights are an essential for any party and these will surely light up even the lamest parties.

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Please note that prices are accurate and items in stock as of the time of publication. As an Amazon Associate, Odyssey may earn a portion of qualifying sales.

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10 Things I Learned When My Best Friend Got Pregnant In High School

In this world where you can be anything: be a friend (and be a good one).

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Life: full of amazing, unforeseen circumstances. How you roll with the punches only reveals your strength.
True friends are like diamonds: bright, beautiful, valuable, and always in style." -Nicole Richie

I remember when I first heard the big news. I didn't want to believe it. My heart dropped. I was worried for you. What would happen? How would you get through this? Nothing we knew would ever be the same. Our world was about to change forever. I recalled the verse Isaiah 41:10, "Do not be afraid, for I am with you." I knew God was with you and would always be. I knew God needed me to be here for you, no matter what.

Turns out, you had this all in the bag. You handled everything with grace and dignity. You were strong even on your hardest days. You were overwhelmed with faith and you inspired me with your perseverance through the hardest times. I could not be more proud of who you became because of the cards you were dealt.

To Meaghan: I love you. I'm always here, no matter where. Hudson is so lucky to have you.

Here's what I learned from you and your sweet baby boy:

1. Contrary to popular belief, it is NOT the end of the world

Start making plans for the future. Pick out clothes, decorations, and toys. Help with all the madness and preparation. She would do the same for you. Plus, 9 p.m. runs to Toys-R-Us just to buy the baby some socks (because you do not know the gender yet) is always a good idea. You have to focus on the big picture. Life doesn't stop even when you want to.

2. No matter how much you want to freak out, remain calm

Getting unexpected news is never easy to hear. If needed, cry. Cry until you cannot anymore. Then, get up and be strong, she needs you. Be flexible (You want to come over to hang out? Right now? No, I'm not in the middle of ten thousand things, come on over). Be available (yes, even for her 3 a.m. insomnia calls just to see "what's up?") "Meaghan, why are you even awake right now?"

3. Radiate positivity. Always. 

This is an emotional time. The LAST thing she needs is someone bringing her down. "No, honey, you're glowing!" "You do not look fat in that bikini!!" "You are rocking that baby bump!" "Oh, that's your the third day in a row you're eating a Sonic burger for lunch? You go girl!"

4. Be ready for all the times: happy, confusing, stressful, sad, (but mostly) exciting

Mixed emotions are so hard, but look for the silver lining. With your support, she will be strong.

"Who knew picking out the brand of diapers to buy was so stressful?"

5. This world is a scary place. You never want to be all alone, so don't be. 

Like the song says, we, really do, all need someone to lean on. Just being there for someone goes a long way. "Meaghan what the heck are you doing in MY bed? How long have you been here?"

6. Lean on God. His plan is greater than we could ever imagine. 

When you don't know where to go, or who to turn to, pray! Pray for the burdens you feel. Pray for the future. Pray for patience. Pray for the ability to not grow weary. Pray for a heart of compassion. Pray. Pray. Pray.

7. Something we never knew we needed. 

Some of the best things in life are things we never knew we needed. Who knows where we would be without this sweet face?

"Hudson say Lib. Libby. L-- Come ON!" "CAT!" "Okay, that works too."

8. "Mother knows best"...is accurate, whether you believe it or not

Turns out, seventeen-year-olds don't know how to plan baby showers. Our moms have been there, done that. They want to be involved just as much as we do, so let them! Listen to their guidance. After all, they're professionals.

9. There will *almost always* be a "better way" of doing something...but, be a cheerleader, not a critic 

This is something many people struggle with in general, but it is not your DNA, it is not your place to be a critic. Let her raise her own baby. You are there to be a friend, not a mentor. ****Unless she's about to name the baby something absolutely terrible -- for the love of that baby, don't let her name that kid something everyone hates.

10.  At the end of the day, it's not what you have or what you know; rather, it is all about who you love and those who love you

Life has adapted, but for the better. We grew up, learned, and became stronger. All the while, we stayed friends every step of the way. We still have the same fun and most definitely, the same laughs.

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