Everyone sets a New Year's resolution around the end of every year, but this year I have decided that there are 19 things I want to do throughout this coming year. These are just some ideas and I, in no way, am trying to say that everyone should be doing this or following these!
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It's 2024! You drank champagne, you wore funny glasses, and you watched the ball drop as you sang the night away with your best friends and family. What comes next you may ask? Sadly you will have to return to the real world full of work and school and paying bills. "Ah! But I have my New Year's Resolutions!"- you may say. But most of them are 100% complete cliches that you won't hold on to. Here is a list of those things you hear all around the world.
1. "I will be serious about working out"
Are you? Odds are you will get that gym membership, go for a few weeks, and completely forget about it. You will realize that autopay is taking $80 out of your account and you either need to cancel or start going again. There is nothing wrong with wanting to be in better shape, but do it at a pace that is right for you. Don't let the change in year dictate it.
2. "New year new me!"
This cliche is the most over used and most underdone. Every year we hear "New Year New Me!!", and the most that comes out of it is someone dyes their hair or gets a tattoo. Yes, these are life changing attributes to a person, and everyone should be commended for trying new things, but don't try to change you just because its a new year. Stay true to yourself.
3. "I'm going to be more outgoing!"
Being adventurous is always a great thing! Stepping out of your comfort zone is always exhilarating, but don't force yourself to do things that make you feel uncomfortable. So are you really going to go out, or will you continue to watch Netflix and go to the same restaurants. The choice is yours!
4. "I'm going to get more organized"
Trying to get organized is a great feat few of us can manage. It's always good to do a big spring cleaning, but trying to completely organize everything is trying to change how you live. I know when I try to do something like get a new planner, I either stick to it or I forget about it.
5. "I'm leaving my bad relationships in the past!"
Bad influences won't go away in your life if you wish them to stay in another year. Work hard at this one if you are going to make it one of your New Years cliches. Toxic relationships should stay in the past, but it is up to you to keep them out of your life.
6. "I'm going to party less"
Party as much as you want. There is nothing wrong of going out and having fun as long as you are safe doing it. If partying is what you enjoy doing, then that is okay. Not everyone conforms to that lifestyle, but if that is your thing there is no shame in that! Don't leave it in another year because you think you have to.
7. "I'm going to get more serious about my career/schooling"
This is the cliche that you should stick to. It's never a bad thing to be more focused on your career and school, as long as you don't lose sight of the important things. If you get serious, make sure you make time for your family, friends, and most importantly, yourself.
Let's be real, the day your birthday falls on could really make or break it.
You heard it here first: birthdays in college are some of the best days of your four years. For one day annually, you get to forget about your identity as a stressed, broke, and overworked student, and take the time to celebrate. You can throw your responsibilities for a day, use your one skip in that class you hate, receive kind cards and gifts from loved ones and just enjoy yourself.
Having just celebrated my birthday this past Thursday, the most common question I received from people all day and night was, “Is your birthday actually today?” I realized that, for many, they have the misfortune of either having a birthday in the summer, or on a day that wasn’t ideal for them to celebrate on.
Your birthday celebration is a special day, and it is important to make the most out of it. I decided to take the initiative and make a definitive list that will show you the best day to have a birthday, in descending order according to their rank:
If your birthday falls on a Monday, it just might be an unlucky year for you. Monday is, hands down, the worst day to have a birthday. Everyone else is focused on how stressful the week ahead of them will be, and are still recovering from the weekend. If you celebrate the weekend before, that’s too far in advance, and celebrating the weekend after feels too far away. It’s a lose/lose, unfortunately.
While not as unlucky as a Monday, a Tuesday is in a similar situation. Most are still feeling down as so much of the week lies ahead, and often, big assignments are due on Wednesday. Of course, a Tequila and TacoTuesday could be an option (for those turning 21 or older, of course), but that’s about the most you can do.
Taking the fifth spot is Sunday. By the time Sunday comes around, everyone’s pretty exhausted. However, it still is a very relaxing day, that would make for a pretty good birthday. You have the entire day to spend how you want, no class, few commitments, if any. Plus, you can always celebrate the night before. Your birthday technically starts at midnight, right?
Honestly, the most I can say about this is Wine Wednesday. The week is still young, though. Hopefully you have an easy Thursday and Friday ahead of you, however, if not, the birthday could go south. Either way, it’s definitely right in the middle in terms of the best day of the week to have a birthday on.
I can speak from personal experience, this is a pretty great day to have a birthday. My 11 a.m. French exam the next morning wasn’t ideal, however, there’s nothing better than a Thirsty Thursday (again, 21 and up only). It gives you the whole weekend ahead of you. However, it’s right at the beginning of the weekend, and not everyone has the ability to celebrate on Thursday, as it is still a weeknight.
Saturdays are special because a Saturday birthday is an all day affair. You celebrate from first thing in the morning, all the way through the night. You can grab a dinner with friends, the whole day is yours for the taking. The only downside is that it doesn’t lay right in the middle of the weekend, it’s on the last day.
The final consensus is that Friday is, in fact, the best day for your birthday to fall on. Right in the center of the weekend, you can really make anything you want out of your birthday. You’ve claimed the right to an entire weekend, and all of your week’s responsibilities come to a close at the end of your Friday school day. You can even skip that class you hate so much. Those who have a Friday birthday this year: consider yourself blessed.
In the end, a birthday is a birthday. No matter what day yours falls on, you have every right to live it up, and have yourself a day!
Leave it to Disney to write lyrics that kids of all ages can relate to.
Disney songs are some of the most relatable and inspiring songs not only because of the lovable characters who sing them, but also because of their well-written song lyrics. While some lyrics make more sense with knowledge of the movie's story line that they were written for, other Disney lyrics are very relatable and inspiring for any listener.
1. "I would go most anywhere to feel like I belong."
Hercules: "I Can Go the Distance"
Anyone can relate to feeling like you don't belong. From being picked last in gym class to not being as popular as another classmate, you probably understand, to some degree, what it's like to feel out of place. You would do anything to find a group of people or an activity where you feel like you belong and have a purpose.
Hercules: Go The Distance | Sing-Along | Disneyyoutu.be
2. "Tranquil as a forest, but on fire within."
Mulan: "I'll Make a Man out of You."
If people consider you to be very mellow, odds are you are just waiting to let it all out, especially if you are short. Never underestimate the power of a shorty.
Mulan | I'll Make A Man Out Of You | Disney Sing-Alongyoutu.be
3. "If you walk the footsteps of a stranger, you'll learn things you never knew you never knew."
Pocahontas: "Colors of the Wind"
The best way to understand other people better is to look at things through their eyes.
Pocahontas | Colors of the Wind | Disney Sing-Alongyoutu.be
4. "I know we're different but deep inside us, we're not that different at all."
Tarzan: "You'll be in my Heart"
I think we all need this line after this last election. No matter who you or your neighbor voted for, remember that we are all humans and we should treat each other with love and respect.
Phil Collins - You'll Be in My Heart /Tarzan(ターザン)youtu.be
5. "These guys don't appreciate I'm broke."
Aladdin: "One Jump Ahead"
This lyric never resonated with me until I came to college. I need all of these textbooks? What is that $20 fee even for? I'm broke guys.
Aladdin: One Jump Ahead | Sing-Along | Disneyyoutu.be
6. "When will my life begin?"
Tangled: "When will my Life Begin?"
When I was in middle school, I thought I would experience the best time of my life in high school. When I got to high school, I just wanted to get to college to experience life on my own. Now that I am in college, I am still dependent on my parents for almost everything, because I can't afford anything even with a part-time job. I would just like to know when my life, a life where I can support myself, really will begin.
Mandy Moore - When Will My Life Begin? (From "Tangled"/Sing-Along)youtu.be
7. "That perfect girl is gone."
Frozen: "Let it Go"
I spent my entire life trying to be the perfect daughter, the perfect student, the perfect Christian and the perfect person. I realize now that perfection does not exist. I can only aim to be the best version of me I can be. I became much more content with myself once I let the perfect version of myself go. That perfect girl is gone.
FROZEN | Let It Go Sing-along | Official Disney UKyoutu.be
8. "Barely even friends, then somebody bends unexpectedly."
Beauty and the Beast: "Beauty and the Beast"
Many high school sweethearts know what it's like to have an acquaintance turn into a friend and then into a lover.
Beauty and the Beast (From Beauty and the Beast - Official Video)youtu.be
9. "I will ride, I will fly. Chase the wind and touch the sky."
Brave "Touch the sky"
A great song to get inspired, keep going, and work hard to achieve your dreams. Everything is possible if you are determined to make it happen.
Brave | Touch the Sky | Disney Sing-Alongyoutu.be
10. "The men up there don't like a lot of blabber, they think a girl who gossips is a bore."
The Little Mermaid: "Poor Unfortunate Souls"
I had to make at least one of these lyrics sarcastic. Men, I know not all of you fall into this category, but a whole lot of you don't like long, deep conversations and you don't pay very much attention when it's not a subject you're interested in, like sports. Am I right, ladies?
The Little Mermaid | Poor Unfortunate Souls | Disney Sing-Alongyoutu.be
11. "Forget about your worries and your strife."
The Jungle Book: "Bare Necessities"
This lyric is more inspiring than relatable. However, it does serve as a little reminder to stop worrying about things you cannot change.
Phil Harris, Bruce Reitherman - The Bare Necessities (From "The Jungle Book"/Sing-Along)youtu.be
12."If you keep on believing, the dream that you wish will come true."
Cinderella: "A Dream is a Wish your Heart Makes"
Never give up on your dreams. If a dream is easy to achieve, it is not a dream. It is a goal. If you give up on a dream, it was never a dream in the first place. It was a desire. If you work hard enough toward a dream, you can make it a reality.
Cinderella | A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes | Lyric Video | Disney Sing Alongyoutu.be
13. "Anywhere I go, I'm home, if you are there beside me."
The Lion King 2: "Love Will Find a Way"
This song is probably not as well-known as the others on this list, however, The Lion King 2 is one of my favorite Disney movies. We all have someone in our lives that make even the worst places feel like home whenever he or she is around.
"Love Will Find A Way" - The Lion King 2youtu.be
14. "Up on the shore they work all day, out in the sun they slave away."
The Little Mermaid: "Under the Sea"
You got that right, Sebastian.
The Little Mermaid - Under the Sea (from The Little Mermaid) (Official Video)youtu.be
15. "When you wish upon a star, makes no difference who you are, anything your heart desires will come to you."
Pinocchio: "When You Wish upon a Star"
This is probably the most well-known Disney lyric of all time. It was so inspiring and the music was so beautiful that Disney decided to use it at the beginning of all Disney movies. Disney was built on following your dreams. If there is one message that Disney communicates in every single Disney movie from Pinocchio to The Little Mermaid, it is "Follow your dreams."
Cynthia Erivo - When You Wish Upon A Star (From "Pinocchio"/Audio Only)youtu.be
Mr. Worldwide just wants to see you succeed.
It is no secret that Pitbull is a gifted artist, but many fail to remember that he can be a source of great inspiration as well. The following is a list of iconic Pitbull lyrics that we know and love. Read on to feel empowered — if you think you can handle it.
1. Look up in the sky, it's a bird, it's a plane / No, it's just me, ain't a damn thing changed. (From "Timber")
Not a day goes by that I don't see Pitbull flying over my rooftop, dressed in white linen from head-to-toe and drinking a Capri Sun. If that image doesn't motivate you to be better, then nothing will.
Pitbull - Timber (Official Video) ft. Ke$haOfficial Video for ”Timber” by Pitbull featuring Ke$ha Listen to Pitbull: https://Pitbull.lnk.to/listenYD Watch more videos by Pitbull: ...
2. Been around the world like the sun / I've seen more breast than your newborn son. (From "Shake Senora")
Need to boost your resume? Trying to impress a colleague? Use this line. Watch them be amazed, first by your worldly experience and then by your rhyming ability. Thank Pitbull later.
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3. And it's not our fault that we have all the ladies / But it's hard to see these ladies when your middle name's Equator / All around the globe, matter fact, see you later. (From "Celebrate")
Take a lesson from the school of Mr. 305 — it doesn't have to make any sense, it just has to rhyme. Also, it is possible to have all the ladies, even with a middle name like "Equator."
Pitbull - Celebrate (from the Original Motion Picture Penguins of Madagascar)Download “Celebrate (From Penguins of Madagascar)" rom the new album “Globalization” on iTunes: ...
4. In L.A. they get krazy / Miami they get krazy / In New York they get krazy / Atlanta they get krazy / In London they get krazy / In Paris they get krazy / In Rome they get krazy. (From "Krazy")
Pitbull wants you to never stop studying your map of the world. Learn the names of every city. Say them one after another, all the time. However, Pitbull also wants you to know that you can put that dictionary down. Spelling doesn't matter. Kraziness is universal.
5. Modern day Hugh Hef (uh yes) / Playboy to the death (uh yes) / Is he really worldwide? (uh yes). (From "Dance Again")
Does Pitbull wait for someone to answer his questions? No, because he's a grown-ass man who knows the answers. Are you going to wait around for someone else to answer your questions, or are you going to be like Pitbull? Be like Pitbull. Be a grown-ass man who parenthetically answers his own questions.
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6. This for anybody going through tough times / Believe me, been there, done that / But every day above ground is a great day, remember that. (From "Time of Our Lives")
If Pitbull tells you to be thankful, then be thankful, dammit. After all, we live in an amazing time when a man who wears sunglasses indoors can make millions by listing the names of cities and rhyming Kodak with Kodak. Feel #blessed.
Mastering Festive Expectations: Tips to Shine as Your Holiday Cheermeister
So you’ve elected yourself as this year's Holiday Cheermeister, there’s no shame in that. The holidays are your pride and joy, and you've taken on the responsibility to get everyone in the spirit. With only one week until Christmas, here are some things we expect from you, Cheermeister.
1. Counting down every second until the big day
2. Being the first to put up their Christmas decorations
3. Planning all the holiday festivities for your crew
4. Forcing your holiday enthusiasm on others
5. Winning first place in every holiday sweater contest
6. Giving the best secret Santa gifts (Puppies for everyone?)
7. Being the life of all the holiday parties
8. Getting defensive when someone says Christmas isn't the best holiday. Cheering on your friends through the last week before school vacation
10. Never missing the opportunity to rock out to Christmas's greatest hits
11. Lastly, not letting anything break your Christmas spirit!
1. Brittany Morgan, National Writer's Society
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3. Kristen Haddox, Penn State University
4. Jennifer Kustanovich, SUNY Stony Brook
5. Clare Regelbrugge, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign