To The Girl Who Got Shit Done

To The Girl Who Got Shit Done

I know my future is bright because I will keep looking forward throwing words and thoughts into the void and, who knows, maybe one day I'll be CEO of a publishing company but until then I'll just keep chugging along.

My junior year is coming to a close and in a few short months, I’ll be a senior at Ursinus College. I will be one of few who has not one degree already under their belt but two. I am ready to move into the next phase of life. The one thing I think about is how my past defines me but at the same time haunts me. People say the past makes you who you are but I think where you decide to go from the past, what decisions you make regarding your past make you who you are. I didn’t have an easy start to life. I lived in a home filled with domestic abuse and addictions. Some find sanctuary in school but I was viciously bullied. I had no safe place, which is why I turned to my imagination.

So many things have happened in the past year. I graduated college with an associates degree. I worked had to achieve that piece of paper and I am happy I went to community college before heading to Ursinus to achieve my bachelor's degree. I really like it there but community college gave me a better capacity to appreciate the chance I have. Ursinus is hard but I know I am getting a good education.

Within this past year, I fell in love. I was given a chance to heal from a bad relationship. I was taught how relationships should be like despite seeing different. Like when someone knows you are sick so they stop at the store and get you soup. Or if you forget to buy your mom a birthday card (sorry mom), you can ask him to pick it up. Things that seemed so small, were actually so big. I learned to never overlook kindness in a lover. His attractiveness is what caught my attention but his heart is what I fell in love with.

One of my biggest accomplishments was the fact that I became a Contributing Editor for Odyssey. This was one of my proudest moments because it gets me ready for my future career. I stayed in this position for a couple months but then something even better happened. I saw the signs that I was being primed to take over as Editor-in-Chief. What I thought was one of my proudest moments, was nothing compared to this. I am only a few weeks into being an EIC but I love every second of working to better my team. I have kinks to work out but I know everything will be okay.

This year was huge. Like really huge. This year is the year I got a true taste of my career. I edited before but never for a company as big as Odyssey. I never thought I'd fall in love the way I have. I guess you never know how things will turn out but if you work hard towards making yourself happy, then not knowing is pretty okay. I know my future is bright because I will keep looking forward throwing words and thoughts into the void and, who knows, maybe one day I'll be CEO of a publishing company but until then I'll just keep chugging along.

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1. “You Got This!”

2. “It’s okay to take a break.”

From that paper that is due in a couple days. From that paper that is due at 11:59 tonight. From those 3 chapters that need to be read by Wednesday. TAKE A BREAK.

3. “I’m here if you need me. Like, for real.”

People seem to throw this around for fun, but every college student needs at least one person to ACTUALLY mean it. Even if they don’t take you up on it, they need to hear it.

4. “That really sucks.”

Sometimes trying to make everything better, all the freaking time, is annoying. College students want people to understand that sometimes things just REALLY SUCK. And that’s okay. It won’t suck forever.

5. "We'll celebrate this weekend."

YOU DO NOT NEED A REASON TO CELEBRATE. Getting through the week and actually going to all your classes is reason alone to celebrate. Having something to look forward to can make each class go a little bit faster.


College is hard. College students try even harder. Grades don’t always reflect how hard you’re actually trying, so having someone tell you that you’re amazing anyways is great and needed.

7. “It will be there tomorrow.”

Homework will be there, whether you do it or you don’t. Looking at the same problems or sentences can be counterproductive if you do it too long. Mental health, physical health, and happiness are all MUCH more important.

8. “Are you okay?"

This is pretty self-explanatory. People don’t genuinely ask or care often enough. It never hurts to ask someone if they are alright.

9. “I love you.”

College has a habit of putting a damper on the mood. College students, and people in general, need love. Love everybody. It changes everything.

10. “You are so much more than your grades, GPA, and any other score that they give you.”

C’s get degrees. Your GPA won’t matter unless you want to go to grad school. Even if you are going to grad school, those scores won’t matter later on. What matters? Your health. Your sanity. How you lived your life.

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To The Girl Who Doesn't Have It All Figured Out

Your life should not follow someone else's timeline.

Life is tough, especially in your early to mid-20s. You feel like you are supposed to have it all figured out; who you are, your career, your life goals.

You see the girl getting married to her high school sweetheart at 20. You see the girl starting her family and having her first child at 21. Or maybe, you see the girl getting her Bachelor’s degree and beginning her Master’s at 22.

You spend hours fantasizing about a life you want, and it seems that everyone except you has it all together. You keep trying to plan ahead and set goals, but planning seems to be all you can do; you feel stuck and almost hopeless.

But that is okay. We aren’t supposed to have it all figured out. We aren’t supposed to know exactly where we will be five or ten years down the road. Take life at your own pace. Take it slow. Live in the moment now.

Work that part-time job that helps make your car payment and pay rent. Stay up late studying for those exams that seem nearly impossible. Spend Friday nights lying in bed watching Netflix eating a bowl of cereal or spend it out with your friends.

One day, you will have it figured out. You’ll have the career, the husband, the kids, the dream home. Good things take time. Growth and maturity is a process that does not happen overnight. Set your goals, follow the Lord, and do what makes yourself happy.

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34

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