10 Things This Semester Has Taught Me

10 Things This Semester Has Taught Me

Besides my 18 credit hours, learned a lot more about my world.

Spring semester has always been rough for my college years. I have learned every semester of college of course, but this semester I feel like I have learned more than the last.

1. Self-care is important

I kept putting off my happiness and taking a breath because I thought sacrificing would be worth it. It is not always worth it and not everyone will notice your sacrifice. Popping a bottle of wine, putting on a face mask, and watching a Disney movie is just so much healthier for the soul than letting your mental health go to trash.

2. Don't listen to what others' think

Okay, I was already doing this because I have become comfortable with who I am. If you don't like me, I am sorry for you.

3. Sometimes professors don't answer your emails. Show up to their office because they can't ignore you then.

I care too much about my education to be ignored. I don't take being ignored very well either. If my professors think they can hide from me, HAHAHA, nope.

4. Group projects are SO DIFFICULT

I love people. I love socializing. I am good at my work, which means I get ALL the work! Ugh.

5. If you want something, GO FOR IT

I have always been afraid of rejection. This semester I have put myself out there more than ever before.

6. I am no longer afraid of being told "No."

If that is the worst answer, that is not too scary. Just move on to the next academic or career driven opportunity.

7. Live for yourself, not everyone else

I have been focusing on making everyone else happy, I forget about myself. This semester I changed that because my happiness is important too.

8. Stop comparing yourself

We all have our own stories, our own goals, and our own ambitions. We are not all the same and that is okay. I stopped comparing my progress to my peers. This has made me focus more on myself rather than everyone.

9. Mom is still the coolest person I know

She is a rockstar. I admire her every day.

10. Finding a local charity you can support can change your perspective

I found a love for volunteer and donation in a local charity. It filled my heart with joy and gave me a chance to help a mission bigger than myself.

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11 Things Psychology Majors Hear That Drive Them Crazy

No pun intended.

We've all been there. You're talking to a new acquaintance, or a friend of your parents, or whoever. And then, you get the dreaded question.

"So what are you studying in school?"

Cue the instant regret of picking Psychology as your major, solely for the fact that you are 99.9% likely to receive one of the slightly comical, slightly cliche, slightly annoying phrases listed below. Don't worry though, I've included some responses for you to use next time this comes up in conversation. Because it will.

Quick side note, these are all real-life remarks that I've gotten when I told people I was a psych major.

Here we go.

1. So are you, like, analyzing me right now?

Well, I wasn't. But yeah. Now I am.

2. Ugh so jealous! You picked the easy major.

"Lol" is all I have to say to this one. I'm gonna go write my 15-page paper on cognitive impairment. You have fun with your five college algebra problems, though!

3. So can you tell me what you think is wrong with me? *Shares entire life story*

Don't get me wrong; I love listening and helping people get through hard times. But we can save the story about how one time that one friend said that one slightly rude comment to you for later.

4. Well, s**t, I have to be careful what I say around you.

Relax, pal. I couldn't diagnose and/or institutionalize you even if I wanted to.

5. OMG! I have the perfect first client for you! *Proceeds to vent about ex-boyfriend or girlfriend*

Possible good response: simply nod your head the entire time, while actually secretly thinking about the Ben and Jerry's carton you're going to go home and demolish after this conversation ends.

6. So you must kind of be like, secretly insane or something to be into Psychology.

Option one: try and hide that you're offended. Option two: just go with it, throw a full-blown tantrum, and scare off this individual, thereby ending this painful conversation.

7. Oh. So you want to be a shrink?

First off, please. Stop. Calling. Therapists. Shrinks. Second, that's not a psych major's one and only job option.

8. You know you have to go to grad school if you ever want a job in Psychology.

Not completely true, for the record. But I am fully aware that I may have to spend up to seven more years of my life in school. Thanks for the friendly reminder.

9. So you... want to work with like... psychopaths?

Let's get serious and completely not-sarcastic for a second. First off, I take personal offense to this one. Having a mental illness does not classify you as a psycho, or not normal, or not deserving of being treated just like anyone else on the planet. Please stop using a handful of umbrella terms to label millions of wonderful individuals. It's not cool and not appreciated.

10. So can you, like, read my mind?

It actually might be fun to say yes to this one. Try it out and see what happens. Get back to me.

11. You must be a really emotional person to want to work in Psychology.

Psychology is more than about feeling happy, or sad, or angry. Psychology is about understanding the most complex thing to ever happen to us: our brain. How it works the way it does, why it works the way it does, and how we can better understand and communicate with this incredibly mysterious, incredibly vast organ in our tiny little skull. That's what psychology is.

So keep your head up, psychology majors, and don't let anyone discourage you about choosing, what is in my opinion, the coolest career field out there. The world needs more people like us.

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