4 Seriously Simple Things You Can Do To Brighten Someone's Day

4 Seriously Simple Things You Can Do To Brighten Someone's Day

We all need a little bit of sunshine in our lives!

We all love to feel loved, right? A simple text or call from someone you care about may be enough to brighten your day and lift you up. Especially at this time of the year in college, things can get to be very stressful. Exams, papers, and projects are beginning to overtake our lives. And even though the weather is nice outside, we are asked to stay inside and buckle down for finals... study hard! Even in the midst of all this chaos, it is so easy for you to make another's day just a little better. Here are four of my favorite ways to show the people I care about just how much they mean to me!

1. Notes and Cards

This is one of the easiest things to do, and takes little to no time at all. We are so accustomed to sending texts to people, that we hardly ever think to write an actual handwritten note. Because of this, notes or cards are often unexpected and appreciated much more than a text message. Even if it isn't a full written letter, a quote or picture in an envelope or taped on the outside of a friends' door will make them smile for sure.

2. Food

If there is any one thing that college students appreciate most, it is food. Desserts, meals, snacks, drinks, you name it. Picking up your best friends favorite candy bar at C-Club or grabbing an extra Latte at Starbucks for your study partner will go a long way. Not only does it let you know someone thought of you and went out of their way to let you know it, but it also provides you with delicious study break food!

3. Flowers

In the spring time especially, we are starting to see pops of color all around. What if you could bring these pops of color into your dorm? You can! Head over to most grocery stores, even Walgreens, and you'll find inexpensive bouquets to gift to your loved ones. There are always a range of prices for flowers, and some tend to be more expensive then others; however, I assure you the look on your friends face when she receives them will be priceless.

4. Pictures

Let's face it, we are ALWAYS on our phones. If we aren't busy surfing the internet or scrolling through feeds, it is still within two feet of our hands. Put this bad habit to good use and take a few minutes to post an Instagram story or Facebook collage for a friend you miss, or someone you just want to give a little extra love to. Better yet, print a few photos of you and your bestie and stick them in a cute frame. This way there is always a physical reminder of how important your friendship is to one another.

It doesn't have to cost money. Just taking the simple five minutes out of your day to acknowledge someone who makes your rainy days just a bit brighter, is enough. Finals can be stressful, but lighten the load for someone else and they will be sure to thank you for it, and maybe even return the favor when YOU need it most!

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A Letter To My Freshman Dorm Room As I Pack Up My Things

Somehow a 15' x 12' room became a home.


Dear Geary 411,

With your creaky beds, concrete walls, and mismatched tile floors, you are easily overlooked as just another room we were randomly assigned to— but you were different. Inside your old walls, I have made some of the best memories of my life that I will hold on to forever.

Thank you for welcoming my neighbors in with open arms who quickly became friends who didn't knock and walked in like you were their own.

I feel like an apology is needed.

We're sorry for blaring the music so loud while getting ready and acting like we can actually sing when, in reality, we know we can't. Sorry for the dance parties that got a bit out of control and ended with us standing on the desks. Sorry for the cases of the late-night giggles that came out of nowhere and just would not go away. Sorry for the homesick cries and the "I failed my test" cries and the "I'm dropping out" cries. We're sorry for hating you at first. All we saw was a tiny and insanely hot room, we had no idea what you would bring to us.

Thank you for providing me with memories of my first college friends and college experiences.

As I stand at the door looking at the bare room that I first walked into nine months ago I see so much more than just a room. I see lots and lots of dinners being eaten at the desks filled with stories of our days. I see three girls sitting on the floor laughing at God knows what. I see late night ice cream runs and dance battles. I see long nights of homework and much-needed naps. Most importantly, I look at the bed and see a girl who sat and watched her parents leave in August and was absolutely terrified, and as I lock you up for the last time today, I am so proud of who that terrified girl is now and how much she has grown.

Thank you for being a space where I could grow, where I was tested physically, mentally and emotionally and for being my home for a year.


A girl who is sad to go

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When Was The Last Time You Were Alive?

If you can't post it for everyone to see, was it truly a remarkable moment?


Being alive is an essentially effortless act.

In theory, as long as you're eating food, drinking water, and performing as a human, assuming no major health conditions, most of us are living.

The tragedy I see most often is so very few of us are alive.

Now, I'm not suggesting you drop your textbooks and sprint up a mountain, or go broke trying to find yourself in new activities and events.

That's the illusion pressed onto so many of us. Social Media, more importantly, FOMO, has taught us that in order to truly be alive we need to make sure we travel far and wide, eat gourmet and unique food, and essentially, immerse ourselves in something phenomenal. However, regardless of what you do- don't do it without an audience and the value of your experience will only be justified by the number of likes you accrue on your #bestvacation ever because you #lovenature. With your back to the camera and wispy hair flowing in the beach air, you hit all of your angles, how else will you prove that you're alive to Instagram?

I fell for this too. I spent so much of my life constantly trying to get to the next phase life had to offer. High school was fun, but I was counting the days until graduation. Growing up in a small hometown wasn't awful, but I had sticky note calendars until my next vacation. And day in and day out, events would happen all around me that were just too "normal." I wasn't alive, but I was living.

Setting your soul on fire and truly living is so much more difficult than you could ever expect, but not because you have to drain savings and take along a buddy to snap all the perfect moments.

Choosing to be alive is realizing how important it is to be in this moment or phase in life and accepting it for all its worth. Instead of racing to the finish line or trying to sprint into your next season of assumed happiness, take time to notice all the beautiful and small things that make this moment so important. There is so much life to be found in simple moments.

Semesters are ending, we are all racing to summer. Perhaps in the process, take note of the routine cafeteria worker that constantly smiles at you and says hello. Or perhaps, giggle at the fact that in just a few short weeks that bus driver you see every single morning won't be apart of your morning routine.

The farther I get from what used to be my normal, the more I miss that season of life. I haven't lived in my hometown since I was eighteen, but I miss the simplicity that came with my drives to high school listening to Kanye West and the coziness of a small town opening its doors to start a new day. I never stopped to be alive in those moments, I was just simply living.

Wherever your next phase of life might be, it will always be there. You will always have something else coming. However, once this moment is gone. It's truly gone. Don't waste beautiful views trying to capture just the right picture for Instagram, take in the moment.

Living and experiencing life can be as simple as trusting that you're exactly where you need to be in life. Cherish each moment as you're in it. The next moment is coming whether you're ready or not.

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