True Life: I'm a Commuter

True Life: I'm a Commuter

Commuting to college has its pros and cons, probably more cons though.
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The first day of my senior year in high school, my math teacher went down the rows and asked us one by one where we saw ourselves a year "from today". My answer was, "I will be attending Fresno State and ill be living somewhere by campus".

Flash forward two years later, I am now on my second year of college and I still live at home. Of course its not at all what I expected. You grow up thinking that once you start going to college you have to move in with roommates, you look forward to the parties, to decorating your room, making new friends and to suddenly have all the freedom in the world. Instead, I still live at home 45 minutes away from the civilization and I am a commuter.

Commuting is such a pain. The average commuter travels an hour to get to school and an hour to get home. If you have an 8 am class you know the nightmare it is to get up at 6 am to make it to your class on time. Getting in those extra 5 minutes isn't even an option. There are definitely both cons and pros of being a commuter.

The cons:

1. All the gas you burn daily is not cheap. You have to decide if you are going to make it to your destination or not when you're on empty. The trouble is, if you stop to pump on your way you are going to be even more late than you already are.

2. You feel the need to head straight home after you are done with class because adding something after will only mean you will have to arrive home later and you don't want to do that. It can sometimes stop you from having more of a social life because you cant work with others schedules.

3. Your city friends don't understand that they have to notify you at least 3 hours before the party or dinner plans because you need at LEAST one hour and a half to get ready and one to drive.

4. Big gaps between classes are dreadful, especially when you have a night class. You don't have anywhere to go and you don't have money to spend at the mall so you have to hang out at the library and study study study, or watch Netflix. I mean, who's going to stop you?

5. You never get ready for school because you are in such a rush and no one ever gets to see you at your full potential. Not only that but you have to make sure you don't forget anything important back home because you cant afford to waste time going back.

6. Stop signs.

7. Having to find a parking lot on campus. Its the biggest nightmare yet and its worse if you have 5 minutes to find it and walk to class.

Pros:

1. If i'm being honest, sometimes I enjoy the drive.

2. You get to blast your speakers and sing your favorite songs.

3. You have time to reflect on life and drink your daily doze of coffee before class.

4. The view of the sunset on the way home is breathtaking. So is the sunrise on your way to college.

5. You get to see your parents and siblings every day and the best part is probably still being able to eat your mom's food instead of cup noodles every day! I'm not complaining.

6. You save yourself so much money! Commuters spend lots of money too but it does not add up to paying rent.

It is such a love/ hate situation but honestly I wouldn't want in any other way. It has definitely made me more responsible and because of it I have lived unique experiences and had amazing views. It won't be this way forever. So for now I will continue to drink my coffee, as I sing to Pink driving through the grape and almond fields. Sure you have to get up earlier but you will miss it one day.


Cover Image Credit: Arron Anon

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To The Girl Who Had A Plan

A letter to the girl whose life is not going according to her plan.
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“I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.” - William Ernest Henley

Since we were little girls we have been asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” We responded with astronauts, teachers, presidents, nurses, etc. Then we start growing up, and our plans change.

In middle school, our plans were molded based on our friends and whatever was cool at the time. Eventually, we went to high school and this question became serious, along with some others: “What are your plans for college?” “What are you going to major in?” “When do you think you’ll get married?” “Are you going to stay friends with your friends?” We are bombarded with these questions we are supposed to have answers to, so we start making plans.

Plans, like going to college with our best friends and getting a degree we’ve been dreaming about. Plans, to get married as soon as we can. We make plans for how to lose weight and get healthy. We make plans for our weddings and children.

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We fill our Pinterest boards with these dreams and hopes that we have, which are really great things to do, but what happens when you don’t get into that college? What happens when your best friend chooses to go somewhere else? Or, what if you don’t get the scholarship you need or the awards you thought you deserved. Maybe, the guy you thought you would marry breaks your heart. You might gain a few pounds instead of losing them. Your parents get divorced. Someone you love gets cancer. You don’t get the grades you need. You don’t make that collegiate sports team. The sorority you’re a legacy to, drops you. You didn’t get the job or internship you applied for. What happens to you when this plan doesn’t go your way?

I’ve been there.

The answer for that is “I have this hope that is an anchor for my soul.” Soon we all realize we are not the captain of our fate. We don’t have everything under control nor will we ever have control of every situation in our lives. But, there is someone who is working all things together for the good of those who love him, who has a plan and a purpose for the lives of his children. His name is Jesus. When life takes a turn you aren’t expecting, those are the times you have to cling to Him the tightest, trusting that His plan is what is best. That is easier said than done, but keep pursuing Him. I have found in my life that His plans were always better than mine, and slowly He’s revealing that to me.

The end of your plan isn’t the end of your life. There is more out there. You may not be the captain of your fate, but you can be the master of your soul. You can choose to be happy despite your circumstances. You can change directions at any point and go a different way. You can take the bad and make something beautiful out of it, if you allow God to work in your heart.

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So, make the best of that school you did get in to. Own it. Make new friends- you may find they are better than the old ones. Apply for more scholarships, or get a job. Move on from the guy that broke your heart; he does not deserve you. God has a guy lined up for you who will love you completely. Spend all the time you can with the loved one with cancer. Pray, pray hard for healing. Study more. Apply for more jobs, or try to spend your summer serving others instead. Join a different club or get involved in other organizations on campus. Find your delight first in God and then pursue other activities that make you happy; He will give you the desires of your heart.

My friend, it is going to be OK.

Cover Image Credit: Megan Beavers Photography

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5 Reasons To Love Your Life When You Feel Down

There is always a reason to love your life.

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It's easy to let life get the best of us. What we need to remember, though, is that there is always a reason to love your life, even in times of turmoil.

Here are things to smile about even when you are feeling low:

1. You made it through the day.

Sometimes it's the small things that count. And you pushed yourself to make it through the day, even if it was not the easiest.

2. You're doing your best. 

Everything you do, you're giving your 100 percent to. And that is so important and wonderful.

3. You have a great personality.

Who cares what other people think? Your own opinion is what matters, and you're great with a great personality.

4. Only you can be yourself. 

There is no one else exactly like you in the universe.

5. There is always tomorrow. 

So today got you down? You'll get to tomorrow and it was be as amazing as you are.

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