The #1 Essential To Bring To College

The #1 Essential To Bring To College

Are you prepared?

Packing up my life is not easy. What do I bring? What do I leave?

What is the biggest essential that cannot be left behind? My favorite pair of jeans? A framed picture of my family? A microwave oven and mini fridge? Oh, wait computer and phone?

So many items, objects, devices, gadgets, and belongings seem essential to making it in college.

There is, however, a number one. What takes first place?

Moving into college is exciting and scary. There are thousands of new people, hundreds of different opportunities, and seemingly uncountable unknowns and fears. It seems as though preparing to move across the state or across the country entails making a long list of "must-haves" and checking them off the list. This prepares us materialistically but emotionally we find ourselves lost, intimidated, or caught off guard.

They key is packing our mind full of treasures and necessities rather than packing our suitcases.

We need encouragement, support, accountability partners, passion, joy, patience, etc. These qualities we are searching for can be hard to find. That is where we need the help of that "number one essential to bring to college." We need intention.

Now you may be thinking, "intention? That is the answer to all my problems? That is the most important thing I need for college?"

I would argue yes.

We need intention to meet our expectations and dreams in life. We need to intentionally surround ourselves with what we need in order to realize our full potentials and make us happy. Without intention we run around expecting the world to somehow respond to our wants and needs and provide for us.

Rather than making friends that are convenient we need to seek out friendships that are real and lasting. Rather than walking into classes and going through the motions we need to intentionally prepare our minds to contain information that will help us in our careers. Instead of expecting the excitement of college to keep us happy beyond the first few weeks of school we must discover the ways in which we can bring joy to our lives and intentionally take time for ourselves. Instead of expecting that relationships with family members and childhood friends back at home will remain strong we must intentionally seek out time to connect with them. We must also be intentional about the clubs and activities we choose to engage in. Rather than participating in opportunities that simply give us things to do and fill our schedules, we need to realize that with intention we can be involved in activities that fuel our passions.

It is important to remember your favorite jeans. It is important to remember your Macbook and iPhone.

This new chapter in life, however, does not only challenge us to be prepared physically. This new chapter in life challenges us to grow into the people we desire to become.

Intention puts us at the trail head that ultimately leads to the view of ourselves we want to be one day. I encourage you to start the hike.

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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.

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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
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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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