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.

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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15 Thoughts Interns Have During Their First Week

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As a senior in college, my last semester is mostly focused on my internship. It's a really cool experience, I've met a lot of great people so far, and it allows me to see what a career in the field I wish to go into is really like. However, the first week is the hardest. I had all of these thoughts at least once, if not 500 times during the first few days of this new experience.

1. Oh crap, where am I supposed to park?

2. Okay, found a parking spot. Now how do I get in the building?

3. Found my way in, now what?

4. Is this where I'm supposed to sit? Am I taking someone else's seat?

5. Reading, reading, lots of reading.

6. Aren't I supposed to be running around and getting coffee or something?

7. What time is lunch?

8. Woo, printing papers, doin' official intern stuff.

9. Am I doing this right?

10. A nametag? For me!? OFFICIAL.

11. I GET KEYS TOO???

12. Wow, these people are nice. I hope they like me.

13. Oh no, I'm out of staples. Where do I find more staples!?

14. Am I doing this right?

15. Filing, organizing, more filing, more organizing.

16. Anything else I can do to help?

17. Am I doing this right?

18. Well, time to clock out. Back at it again tomorrow.

Just as a reminder for my fellow interns, you are more than JUST an intern. You're doing a great job, and it is okay to make mistakes. You're learning, it's all part of the experience.

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8 Things To Do Instead Of Write

Because procrastination is real.

Lately, I’ve been battling with writer’s block. It’s not that I don’t know what to write. It’s more I have too many ideas, and once I get started on one, I get distracted by another. Or, even worse, I get distracted by other things. So, if you just want to avoid writing altogether, here are some things you can do instead of writing.

1. Browse Pinterest

It counts as writing related, because I have a whole board of writing prompts, right?

2. Browse Tumblr

Reblogging productive things definitely makes me productive.

3. Binge Watch Netflix

Try something from this list.

4. Text Your Best Friend

Who is also a writer who is not writing.

5. Play Video Games

Bonus points if it’s a game where you can make your own decisions and control the story. That’s kind of like writing.

6. Crochet

It’s still a creative outlet.

7. Read

Gotta get some inspiration.

8. Actually Write

Fake it til you make it!

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