The Weeks Between Thanksgiving Break And Winter Break Are A Living Hell

The Weeks Between Thanksgiving Break And Winter Break Are A Living Hell

But we've got this. We're almost there.
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Thanksgiving break was quite possibly my favorite five days of the year. After a stressful few months at college, those few days off felt like heaven on Earth. Reuniting with old friends, eating lots of delicious home-cooked food, getting to sleep well, playing with my dog... ahhh, break.

But now, we're back at school and we've got three weeks to go. Just three. It's gonna be fine. Just three weeks. Until you realize that the first Monday back felt like an entire week in and of itself and that no, these three weeks will not be easy.

You're almost there, you can see the finish line on track coming up, but the single CLIF bar you had this morning is already wearing off and you're burning out. You've made the end of the semester to-do list, and it's full of essays, projects, presentations, exams, studying, and of course lots and lots of busy work.

You've said C's get degrees more times than you should, and you've considered dropping your second major and your minors, you've considered life as a hermit.

But never fear! Because we can do this. My professor told me on the first day of school that if you can get through your first semester at college, you can get through practically anything. You can definitely get through college.

It might sound like a pretty lame cop out, but you have to remind yourself that college is not easy. People struggle here ALL the time. One of my close friends struggled her entire first year at college to the point where she thought she may transfer out and go to college closer to home, but now in her senior year, she’s the top candidate for recruitment at several different accounting and consulting firms.

That goes to show that just because it’s difficult now, it does not mean it will be difficult always. It does not mean that you can’t do it. You can. You just gotta keep pushing.

This same friend told me over break that if you work hard, you’re going to be fine, and if you’ve worked hard and still don’t do fine, it’s okay. Let it go. Sometimes you know you just have to take the L, but don’t let it get you down. Keep going. Don’t worry about the stuff you can’t do anything about, and just put your best work forward.

I know all this is much easier said than done; trust me, I’m in the same position. I can’t help but stress out over these things too. All you need is a little inspiration.

Leslie says, "YES YOU CAN."

Right now, you've been running the 3-mile distance on an entirely new track, and it's got hurdles even though you never signed up for them. But now you're on the last lap of the last mile. You've got to finish strong.

You're gonna run this bend, you're gonna sprint down the straightaway, you're gonna cross the finish line. Even if you don't get your PR, you're gonna finish. You got this.

Don't be Andy. You can do it.

Leslie's got your back (and me too).

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To The Teacher Who Was So Much More

Thank you for everything
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I think it's fair to say that most people remember at least one teacher who had a lasting impact on them. I have been incredibly lucky to have several teachers who I will never forget, but one individual takes the cake. So here's to you: thank you for all you have done.

Thank you for teaching me lessons not just in the textbook.

Although you taught a great lecture, class was never just limited to the contents of the course. Debates and somewhat heated conversations would arise between classmates over politics and course material, and you always encouraged open discussion. You embraced the idea of always having an opinion, and always making it be heard, because why waste your voice? You taught me to fight for things I believed in, and to hold my ground in an argument. You taught me to always think of others before doing and speaking. You showed me the power of kindness. Thank you for all the important lessons that may not have been included in the curriculum.

Thank you for believing in me.

Especially in my senior year, you believed in me when other teachers didn't. You showed me just what I could accomplish with a positive and strong attitude. Your unwavering support kept me going, especially when I melted into a puddle of tears weekly in your office. You listened to my stupid complaints, understood my overwhelming stress-induced breakdowns, and told me it was going to be okay. Thank you for always being there for me.

Thank you for inspiring me.

You are the epitome of a role model. Not only are you intelligent and respected, but you have a heart of gold and emit beautiful light where ever you go. You showed me that service to others should not be looked at as a chore, but something to enjoy and find yourself in. And I have found myself in giving back to people, thanks to your spark. Thank you for showing me, and so many students, just how incredible one person can be.

Thank you for changing my life.

Without you, I truly would not be where I am today. As cliche as it sounds, you had such a remarkable impact on me and my outlook on life. Just about a year has passed since my graduation, and I'm grateful to still keep in touch. I hope you understand the impact you have made on me, and on so many other students. You are amazing, and I thank you for all you have done.

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Five Tips to Get on Top of Your 2019: Tech Editions

Yeah, there's an app for that.

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Technology is the course of the future, why not use it to get on top of your new year? Make 2019 the year you stop sleeping on these great productivity apps and get grinding! Best part, all the apps I've included here are free.

Google Calendar.

Look at that beauty.

I LOVE Google Calendar! Not only is it a great tool to map out your week, it comes with cool features. You can color code tasks and events, get text reminders and so much more. You can even sync your calendar with other people's (this is very helpful for roommates or study buddies).

Google Doc File Folders

Crying.

Sick of that long list of documents in your Google Docs? You can make file folders to organize all of your docs!

Momentum Chrome Extension

This is by far my favorite productivity app. It's a Chrome extension that acts as a home page whenever you open a new window or tab. It comes complete with the weather, a motivational quote and a to-do list! The best feature is their "main focus for the day". It keeps you grounded for sure- especially when it pops up with every tab and forces you to think about all you need to accomplish.

Wunderlist

This is a to-do list on steroids- definitely worth checking out!

Todist

A to-do list app for your phone! I love this just to organize what my top priorities are.

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