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Tips For Freshman Year In Cat Gifs

Get prepared, kiddos.
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As the semester is winding down and the miserable heat of summer is showing its head, some celebrate the end of an educational era, whether that be high school or college. However, others are commemorating the end of the beginning, as they draw a close to their freshman year of undergrad. So here are some notes from the class of 2019 to the class of 2020. You’ll thank us later.

1. You’re gonna get lost a lot.

Unless your college campus is a square mile, you’re gonna find yourself wandering around, map covering your face. Don’t freak out, all your classmates are just as confused. There are a thousand buildings, and your geology class won’t always be in the geology building. Just make sure to give yourself ample time to get to class. You’ll figure it out eventually.

2. You have to do the reading.

For 98 percent of classes in high school, “required reading” was a joke. Not anymore. Chances are the reading won’t be discussed in class, but it’s certain to be on the test. You’re responsible for knowing what’s in that $200 hunk of junk, and considering you only have three tests, I’d get going on those chapters. You’ll thank me later.

3. It’s OK to party. Just be safe.

Going out on a Friday night (or maybe even Thirsty Thursday) is totally fine. Just be careful. Stick with a group of people you trust, don’t go off with anyone you don’t know, and remember: you can legally take pepper spray to school now. Have a good time, but make sure you get home safe. And another thing: just because there’s no parents doesn’t mean there’s no authority. While you can’t get grounded at home anymore, the cops will have no problem grounding you in a cell. Don’t be that freshman.

4. Join organizations and clubs!!!

I can’t stress this enough. Not only does it look really good on a scholarship application, it’s guaranteed to be the most effective way to make friends! In a school of over 20,000 people, it’s unlikely you’ll meet your best friend in geometry. So find a few clubs that interest you and try them out! It’ll give you something fun to do outside of class and introduce you to tons of cool people. There’s something out there for everyone, so whether you like hiking, video games, or volunteering, you’re gonna find something you love. So get out there and get involved!

5. Don’t go home every weekend.

I get it. You’re gonna miss your family like crazy. You’re gonna miss your friends. But by going home every weekend, you miss out on a lot of cool activities going on in your community, as well as a decent opportunity to just chill for a day. Weekends are also some of the best times to study, but that’s hard to do when you’re wrapped up on your couch at home watching TLC. Give yourself a good month when the school year begins before you go home. It’s time to start being a little independent. You can do this.

6. Your professor isn’t going to update your grades like your teachers in high school did.

“What do you mean I have a 76?” This isn’t an uncommon phrase among students in college, especially as midterms and finals approach. You’re unlikely to ever have an assignment returned to you. You may not even get your grade on it, so averages are sort of a toss-up and hope for the best. Just do your best and try not to sweat it too much. Worst comes to worst, email your professor. They should be willing to help.

7. Do all the extra credit, dear God

I promise you’re almost guaranteed to need it. Don’t brush it off as busywork, even if it is busywork. Trust me, for some professors, the difference in an 88.5 percent and an 88.9 percent is an entire letter grade. Every decimal point towards that A you need counts. Take every opportunity to boost it, as many professors won’t offer it at all.

8. Even if you hate sports, collegiate games are fun.

There’s nothing like the feeling of cheering for your home team along with 10,000 of your fellow students. Don’t automatically shun the idea of going to a football or baseball game, you could have a lot more fun than you’d think. Grab some friends, grab a Coke, and prepare to scream your lungs out. Go team!

9. Buy some sweatpants. Enjoy your decision.

Number one priority in college is comfort. It’s not a fashion show, and no one could care less what you look like. Be comfy, invest in some sweatpants, and focus on your academics. When you walk at least a mile every day, those high heels or spandex tops aren’t going to be your friend. Stay baggy, stay beautiful.

10. Take advantage of your time.

You only get to be a freshman once. So experience a little bit of everything, and find your place before your major courses set in and you’re knee-deep in internships and real adulthood. This is the time to explore and have fun! (Reasonably, of course.) So study hard, but don’t forget to play hard, too! College is the time of your life, so make the most of it.

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15 Things A Girl Should Master Before She's 20

When push comes to shove, you have to show people what you're made of.
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We all dream about what our lives will be like when we finally turn 20.

Once we turn the big 2-0, there are about 15 things that us girls should know how to do. If you want to be a successful, independent, badass woman, this list will definitely help you out.

So, let's get started. You should be able to do the following things:

1. Own up to your mistakes

We all have our faults, but when you know you messed up, own up to it.

2. Learn to receive constructive criticism positively

We're not perfect. If friends and family give their input, just listen. They're trying to help.

3. Have a bomb signature

Signing your name is a mundane task, but leaving your mark looks good. Plus, boldly signing your name on a receipt for something you probably shouldn't have bought will definitely feel better.

4. Be able to forgive

Holding on to grudges does nothing but fill you up with negativity and resentment. Forgive and let go. 9 times out of 10, holding that grudge is not worth losing your best friend.

5. Tell a guy off

Come on girls, you know exactly what I'm talking about. Tell him how you feel. Stop being so nice. You don't need that negativity in your life.

6. Stand up for yourself

I understand it is easier said than done, but when push comes to shove, you have to show people what you're made of. At this point, letting others walk over you is just dumb.

7. Put on winged eyeliner

Hopefully, all of us have moved on from putting eyeliner in our waterlines. Hopefully, we have moved on to bigger and better things.

8. Be able to cook at least one meal (well)

It doesn't have to gourmet, but at least be able to make something for yourself. Even it's just breakfast.

9. Write a professional email

This is such an important one. No one is going to be able to take you seriously if you still use emojis in your emails.

10. Have a killer handshake (no dainty princess crap)

Having a good handshake isn't just for guys; this one is for us, too! Your handshake is one of the first things people notice about you, so make it a good one.

11. Make yourself a cup of coffee

If you have a Keurig, don't worry; this one isn't very tricky at all!

12. Take care of your body

As we get older, our metabolisms slow down and our lives get busier. Instead of doing what's convenient and easy, really think about what you are putting into your body. Stay active. Your body will appreciate it.

13. Do your own laundry and iron

If you still don't know how to do this, we have a problem. This is an essential skill. Don't let you mom do it for you!

14. Take a good picture

We've all been there. Taking a pic for your friends and then having to do it again. By now, you should have this skill mastered, too. Plus, you have to do it for the mems, right??

15. Live life with a positive attitude

Life is short. Let go of the negativity. Be grateful for what you have in life. Live life with a smile on your face.

Alright girls, do you know how to do these 15 things? If not, it's time to learn. You got this!

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It's Okay To Not Be Okay

Don't think that you have to be "on" 100% of the time, because that's very unlikely.

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A lot of people don't realize that it is okay to not be okay because they think that they have to be 100% 24/7, but that is unrealistic. You need to understand that everyone struggles and that you are not expected to be on top of your game every second of every day.

This doesn't mean that you need to go around telling everyone you're doing horribly when they ask you how you are doing, but don't let yourself believe the lie that it's not okay to not be okay.

I had a woman recently tell me that her faith in Jesus was questioned when they realized that she wasn't okay. She was so heartbroken because she knows where her faith lies, but that doesn't take away the hurt in her heart considering her situation. She knew that Jesus would and will see her through this situation, but it was going to hurt.

It's not okay for us to undermine others' worth when they're not okay.

If you're telling everyone that you're "great" 99.9% of the time then you're lying. I hate to say that, but we all struggle and nobody is exempt from it. Some may handle those days and moments better than others and that is great, but it's unlikely that those never struggle or have struggled a day in their lives.

I don't believe that this means we should relish in our angst, hurt, and disappointment, but that when we are hurting we shouldn't be made to feel less. We will have moments of weakness and while it's okay to not be okay it's important to seek someone we love and trust who will help point us to Jesus who will comfort us.

When you're hurting and you're not okay please seek Jesus. Find that person who holds you accountable and let them be there for you. Don't think you're not allowed to hurt, because it is okay, but don't let it consume you.

Jesus loves you and He will always comfort you, but you have to be willing. Seek Him and allow Him to hold you when you're not okay.

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