Why Attending College Far Away From Home Is The Best Decision I Ever Made

Why Attending College Far Away From Home Is The Best Decision I Ever Made

Home will always be where the heart is, but if you get a chance to go away for college, it is an unforgettable opportunity.
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My home is 1,055 miles away from my University, and moving so far away is the best decision I have ever made. Don’t get me wrong, I love where I live, but I am a strong believer in taking this important time in life to travel and do something you would never otherwise do. College is such an opportune time; there are so many adventures and experiences to be had. So, why not leap?

I would be lying if I said I wasn’t scared to leave home. I had never been on my own before. My parents were always right behind me, steadily guiding me through life. Now, being a thousand miles away I had to be on my own. There is always an adjustment period, a moment of did I make the right decision? The ultimate answer is yes, you did. To grow, and mature you need to do the things that scare you and make you want to run. I have grown up so much in my time at college and I still have more growing to do. I know I have an ocean to conquer and that’s OK. That is the beauty of life, there is always something you don’t know, something to explore. Many people think that when you are alone you are at your weakest. As it turns out, that is the furthest thing from the truth. Being so far away from home forces you to make your own decision, and rely on yourself. Independence is truly a gift, and it is one that no one can give you. Independence is only found in times of great bravery and responsibility.

A funny thing about leaving home is that it makes you appreciate home and family more. I started to realize the things that I missed and learned to cherish those things and spend my time wisely while I was at home. I learned to appreciate my family more as well. You don’t realize how much your mom does for you until you have to do it all yourself. I can barely do laundry and homework during the same day, and still remember to eat and breathe. Yet, my mom always multitasks with ease, and even more with a smile on her face. Above I said one of the reasons why I was afraid to go so far away was because my parents had always lead me through life. Well, I soon discovered that fear was invalid. My parents still guide me and will always be there, they’re the ones who tell you that it’s ok if you want to change your major and go in a different direction, and you have to wash darks on cold. Although they are far away their support doesn’t wane. Yes, you’re gaining independence, but you’ll always have someone to lean on.

Home will always be where the heart is, but if you get a chance to go away for college, it is an unforgettable opportunity. The friends you make and the adventures you will have are truly life altering. Now is the time to be brave, make mistakes, and jump into something completely new.
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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

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We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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There Is No 'Right Way' To React To A Shooting

Everyone is different.

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After the shootings this year in New Zealand, Brazil, and close to home for some of us Aurora, people have been reacting in different ways. With some offering their thoughts and prayers, donating money to help pay for the funerals of the victims, fighting for action in regards to ending gun violence, candlelight vigils basically anything that can help them in this time of grief.

There is no right or wrong way to react to a shooting — everyone grieves in their own ways. We should not judge one another for how we grieve in a tragedy.

People have been saying that thoughts and prayers won't do anything. However, maybe it can be a comfort to some people—a way to let people know that they are thinking of them and that they care.

Sometimes people may want to donate money or blood to help out any survivors who may have suffered from blood loss or create GoFundMe accounts to either help out with medical expenses or to pay for the funerals of the victims or even start charities like Islamic Relief USA. Donating your time and money is a good way to help out because you are making a difference that is a form of action you are taking.

There is also grieving in the form of vigils. One example of a vigil is this guy who makes crosses every time there is some kind of tragedy. Vigils are often a good way to remember the victims, to pray for the healing of the survivors, to talk about what they were like as people.

Some people even want to take action by demanding that the laws change a good example of this would be March for Our Lives, which happened after the Parkland shooting last year. This march was fighting for gun control or should I say changes in the gun laws America currently has.

Some people also do acts of solidarity, for example, wearing a hijab like the prime minister of New Zealand did when she went to go visit the Christchurch shooting survivors. My community college had something a couple of years ago called Hijab Day to help show solidarity with our friends. I participated, and it was quite an experience—no one should ever be afraid to be who they are.

There is never a right or wrong way to react, and no one should ever criticize one another for how they react. It's not a test where there is a right or wrong answer—everyone is different and that is okay.

No one should ever have to be afraid to go to school, go to work, or go to their place of worship or wherever they decide to go. Whatever we decide to do to make a change, as long as we are taking some kind of action, is good enough for me.

Nothing ever gets done by sitting around and doing nothing, so whatever it is you do, get out there and do it. As long as you are showing support it doesn't matter how you show it.

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