The Stairs Vs. Escalator Perspective

The Stairs Vs. Escalator Perspective

What do you take for granted?

As I worked my way home during the rush hour commute and made my way over to the stairs and escalator at the train station, I realized I was faced with two options:

1. I can take the escalator.

2. I can take the stairs.

Doesn't really seem like a huge life decision, now does it?

As I faded back into the hustling, swarming crowd of people, I noticed how most opted for choice one, the escalator, even though this meant waiting in line to make their way up while the stairs were wide open and readily accessible.

It was in this moment when it finally dawned on me, when the reality of the situation finally smacked me right across the face.

We take so much for granted in this world, so much in fact, that we don't even realize whatever we are doing is something of which we should be greatly appreciative.

You're probably reading this wondering, where in the hell is she trying to go with this? It's an escalator, they're stairs, who cares.

Well, we should care.

Think of it this way.

Imagine you are paralyzed from the waist down. You can't dance, run, or skip, let alone walk. Not once in your life have you ever been able to do these things, or maybe you have, but you lost your ability along the way. Regardless, you can't.

You are forced to take an elevator, escalator or a ramp to get from point A to B, wherever you may be going. You long to be able to take the stairs, feeling your legs move freely underneath you as your feet hit the ground with each step, working your way up to your destination all on your own.

As you look around you, you notice other people are using the elevator and escalator along with you, perfectly capable of walking up the stairs. You marvel as to why people would ever choose to take the escalator when they could be using the gift of their own two functioning legs to exert their energy up the stairs. You wish they would see that you would trade places with them in an instant, just to have that feeling.

Get it now?

Of course, there are people with disabilities and illnesses, invisible to us, that must use these forms of "transportation," if you will, and this should not go unaccounted for. However, surely not everyone in the rush hour commute had an invisible disability that enables them to rely on the escalator.

The stairs vs. escalator perspective is aimed towards making you think about the little things you take for granted every single day, the things that someone else, somewhere in the world, longs to be able to do or have.

Please, next time you go to take the "easy way out," think about all of those who would die to be able to do everything that you do.

It's all about perspective.

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Saying Goodbye To Freshman Year

"High School goes by fast, but college goes by even faster."

“High School goes by fast, but college goes by even faster”, we’ve all heard it and probably all ignored it as well. I mean time is time. It moves at the same pace no matter what you’re doing right?


High School is over, I’m now a freshman in college and it’s April. I’m sitting here in my dorm looking at all my clothes, and bins thinking, how in the hell will this all fit in my car again? It is crazy, I need to be thinking about all of this now because there is one month of my freshman year left, just one.

All I can keep thinking is how? Wasn’t it just last week that I moved into my cozy room at the end of the hall, or just yesterday that I ran home to two hundred beautiful new sisters? As much as it seems like yesterday, it wasn’t.

It was almost eight months ago that I stepped onto this campus as a freshman, now it is my last four weeks and they are jam-packed. From formal to finals I am in the home stretch of my first year of college. I just registered for my classes next semester, and can’t get it through my head that I will soon be a sophomore.

While walking around campus I still catch myself thinking, wow I am really here. I am a college student, at a school, I fall more in love with every day. So, how can I be a sophomore now when I feel like I just got here?

Yes, I still have three amazing years of college ahead of me, and I can’t wait to see what those years have in store in for me. But, I just can’t help but feel a little sad that I won’t be a freshman anymore. I won’t be the youngest in my sorority family, I won’t be coming back to a dorm every night.

Now don’t get me wrong, I am stoked to live in an apartment next year with my absolute best friends. And you definitely could have heard me saying “I am so over this whole dorm thing” once or twice this semester, but now I can’t help but see all the things I’ll miss.

Freshman year is just unique. You get this giant clean slate, a fresh start. And it is just waiting to see what you’ll do with it. It truly is a year of firsts. My first failure, the first time being on my own, my first time not knowing anyone in my classes. Yes, that can all be a lot to take on, I was terrified at the start of the school year. But before I knew it, I had a routine, I had friends, I had a life here.

And this life surpassed all my expectations. I have a home away from home. I have friends that I know will be my bridesmaids some day. I have experiences that I’ll never forget.

Now as I head back home for the summer I couldn’t be more excited to be with my friends there and my family. But, I also couldn’t be sadder to leave my friends here, even if it’s only for three months because they’ve become another kind of family.

Despite leaving freshman year behind, we have so many more memories to make whether it’s doing the Seminole chop in Doak, coordinating our Halloween costumes, or just chilling at the house. We’ve all come so far this year, and I can’t wait to see just how far we go. So bring it on Sophomore year, I’m ready for ya.

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To The High School Graduating Seniors

I know you're ready, but be ready.



I am not going to say anything about senioritis because I was ready to get out of there and I'm sure you are too; however, in your last months living at home you should take advantage of the luxuries you will not have in a college dorm. The part of college seen in movies is great, the rest of it is incredibly inconvenient. It is better to come to terms with this While you still have plenty of time to prepare and enjoy yourself.

Perhaps one of the most annoying examples is the shower. Enjoy your hot, barefoot showers now because soon enough you will have no water pressure and a drain clogged with other people's hair. Enjoy touching your feet to the floor in the shower and the bathroom because though it seems weird, it's a small thing taken away from you in college when you have to wear shoes everywhere.

Enjoy your last summer with your friends. After this summer, any free time you take is a sacrifice. For example, if you want to go home for the summer after your freshman year and be with your friends, you have to sacrifice an internship. If you sacrifice an internship, you risk falling behind on your resume, and so on. I'm not saying you can't do that, but it is not an easy choice anymore.

Get organized. If you're like me you probably got good grades in high school by relying on your own mind. You think I can remember what I have to do for tomorrow. In college, it is much more difficult to live by memory. There are classes that only meet once or twice a week and meeting and appointments in between that are impossible to mentally keep straight. If you do not yet have an organizational system that works for you, get one.

I do not mean to sound pessimistic about school. College is great and you will meet a lot of people and make a lot of memories that will stick with you for most of your life. I'm just saying be ready.

-A freshman drowning in work

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