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.
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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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22 New Things That I Want To Try Now That I'm 22

A bucket list for my 22nd year.

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"I don't know about you but I'm feelin' 22," I have waited 6 long years to sing that and actually be 22! Now 22 doesn't seem like a big deal to people because you can't do anything that you couldn't do before and you're still super young. But I'm determined to make my 22nd year a year filled with new adventures and new experiences. So here's to 22.

1. Go sky diving.

What's crazier than jumping out of a plane? (Although I'll probably try indoor skydiving first.)

2. Go cliff jumping/diving.

I must be the only Rhode Islander who hasn't gone to Jamestown and jumped off a cliff.

3. Ride in a hor air balloon.

Up, up and away.

4. Try out skiing.

Cash me in the next Olympics, how bout dat.

5. Try out snow boarding.

Shawn White, I'm coming for you.

6. Go bungee jumping.

Because at least this time I'll be attached to something.

7. Go to Portugal.

I mean I'm Portuguese so I have to go at some point, right?

8. Go to Cape Verde.

Once again, I'm Cape Verdean so I have to go.

9. Vist one of the seven wonders of the world.

I mean hey, Egypt's on, my bucket list.

10. Try out surfing.

It's only natural that somebody from the Ocean State knows how to surf.

11. Learn a new langauge.

Because my little bit of Portuguese, Spanish and Latin isn't cutting it anymore.

12. Travel to a state that I've never been to before.

Fun fact: I've only been to 17 of the 50 states.

13. Go paddle boarding.

Pretty boring but I've never done it.

14. Go scuba diving.

I'm from the Ocean State so I guess I should see the ocean up close and personal.

15. Learn how to line dance.

There's actually a barn in my state that does line dancing, so this one will definitely get crossed off.

16. Go kayaking.

All this water around me and I haven't done a lot of the water activites.

17. Stay the night in a haunted hotel room.

I bet if I got my friends to come with me, it would be like the Suite Life of Zach and Cody episode, minus the ghost coming out of the wall but you never know.

18. Get my palms read.

Because who doesn't want to know their future.

19. Go to a medium.

Like a medium that can communicate with people that have died.

20. Take a helicopter ride.

Air plane: check Helicopter:....

21. Sleep under the stars.

Because sleeping in a tent is more like glamping than camping

22. Just to try new things in my everyday life.

Whether it's trying a new restaurant, getting something different at my usual restaurants, changing my usual style, going on the scary rides at amusement parks, and bringing things I used to do back into my life now.

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Success Is Not Defined By One Factor

Success cannot be defined by only one thing; people have different definitions of success

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What is success? According to Dictionary.com, the main definition of success is "the favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors; the accomplishment of one's goals." Dictionary.com also defines success as "the attainment of wealth, position, honors, or the like.

"Wealth, position, or honors." These are the key things that most people think are needed to be successful, and they are so integrated with the idea of success that they appear in many textbook definitions of "success." Many people strive for fame or fortune in pursuit of what tends to be deemed as "success." People will look at those who are rich or in a position of power and go, "Wow, they are really successful." If someone gets a high paying job a few years after college, they are successful. If someone gets promoted, they are successful. If someone gets a 4.0 and graduates with honors, they are successful. While these things are all measures of success, they aren't all the word "success" encompasses.

Success means different things to different people. Everyone has different goals and things they strive for in life. While some may go for high achievement, money, or power, others may strive towards other things they'd define as a successful life. Success can be following one's passions and working their dream job, regardless of how much their salary is. Success may be found in relationships, family, travel, or just about anything. Success does not have to be found in stereotypical ways; if you aren't rich or famous, it doesn't mean you aren't successful.

Define success on your own terms. Don't let a standard definition drive what you think you need to do to achieve success. Success cannot be defined by only one thing; everyone has different definitions of success. Don't be afraid to create your own definition, even if it breaks the mold.

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