Why I’m Ready To Go Back To School

Why I’m Ready To Go Back To School

5 Reasons Why Going Back To College Is Exciting

1 It’s Syllabus Week

It’s like a week long holiday for college kids. Your work load is light (if you even have any), and your stress is at an all time low. You can go out without a (school related) worry in the world. Take advantage of it while you can.

2 You Get Reunited With Everyone

You just went an entire month without your best friends. THE SEPARATION ANXIETY IS REAL. Which means a special crazy night out is definitely due.

3 Gasparilla

While we’re on the topic of getting reacquainted with your friends. What’s a more perfect way to do that than go to the craziest pirate festival of the year? The timing is practically perfect.

4 You’ve Been Home For Too Long

Don’t get me wrong, being home is great. The nostalgia is great. The home cooked meals are great. Seeing your pets is AMAZING…and of course the people too. It’s great to see everyone again, but it no longer feels like home. It feels weird living at home again and having people in charge of you again. It’s time to go back to your new home, where you at least try to be a grown independent.

5 All The New Memories That Will Form

College is supposed to be the time of your life and it has itself proven to be ever since you started. All the pictures you take, pool parties and concerts you go to, and bad decisions that become good stories aren’t ready to come to an end, and I’m sure you’re anxious to get back to making these things happen again.

Sure college can be stressful, but it can be spectacular. New people come into your life constantly, new adventures take place so unexpectedly, and things you’ve never imagined would happen, do. It is completely up to you on how you want to spend these four years, but remember that you are young and you will never get this opportunity again. After all, “No one looks back on their life and remembers the nights they had plenty of sleep.”

Cover Image Credit: Jordyn Long

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A Letter To The Grandpas Who Left Far Too Soon

The thoughts of a girl who lost both of her grandpas too early.

Dear Grandpa,

As I get older, my memories are starting to fade. I try to cling to every last bit of memory that I have of you. There are certain memories that have stuck well in my brain, and I probably will never forget them, at least I hope I don't. I remember your smile and your laugh. I can still remember how your voice sounded. I never want to forget that. I catch myself closing my eyes to try to remember it, playing your voice over and over in my head so that I can ingrain it in my memory.

I always thought you were invincible, incapable of leaving me. You were so young, and it caught us all by surprise. You were supposed to grow old, die of old age. You were not supposed to be taken away so soon. You were supposed to see me graduate high school and college, get married to the love my life, be there when my kids are born, and never ever leave.

My heart was broken when I heard the news. I don't think I had experienced a pain to that level in my entire life. At first, I was in denial, numb to the thought that you were gone. It wasn't until Thanksgiving, then Christmas, that I realized you weren't coming back. Holidays are not the same anymore. In fact, I almost dread them. They don't have that happy cheer in the air like they did when you were alive. There is a sadness that hangs in the air because we are all thinking silently how we wished you were there. I hope when I am older and have kids that some of that holiday spirit comes back.

You know what broke my heart the most though? It was seeing your child, my parent, cry uncontrollably. I watched them lose their dad, and I saw the pain that it caused. It scared me, Grandpa, because I don't ever want to lose them like how they lost you. I can't imagine a day without my mom or dad. I still see the pain that it causes and how it doesn't go away. There are good days and there are bad days. I always get upset when I see how close people are to their grandparents and that they get to see them all the time. I hope they realize how lucky they are and that they never take it for granted. I wish I could have seen you more so that I could have more memories to remember you by.

I know though that you are watching over me. That is where I find comfort in the loss. I know that one day I will get to see you again, and I can't wait for it. I hope I have made you proud. I hope that all that I have accomplished and will accomplish makes you smile from ear to ear. I hope that the person I marry is someone you would approve of. And I hope that my kids get more time with their grandpa than I did because the amount I got wasn't fair.

I want to say thank you for raising your child to be the best parent ever because they will one day be the best grandparent ever. Just like you.

Cover Image Credit: Katelyn McKinney

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Sometimes Change is Necessary

Attempting to break my day to day cycle.


Change is scary. For some, it frightens us to our core. I, myself, am included among the some. I have always been a creature of habit. Wake up the same time, leave my house the same time, drive the same route to and from school, eat the same after class snacks, and go to sleep around the same time. The idea of change always sparked an anxiety in me that hit so deep it would prevent me from doing things such as going out to places i have never been or driving to locations that were unknown. I have missed out on many friend gatherings and get togethers because I refused to break out of my shell and attempt to go further than the 20 mile radius around my house.

I thought I was content with living a life of routine, I had convinced myself I was happy day in and day out, basically living in my own real-life groundhogs day. Then, there was an instance that brought my whole world tumbling down. Not getting into too many details, but this event has flipped everything I ever thought I knew about my life upside down. Suddenly there was no routine, no schedule to plan my life around, no order in this new world of chaos and I had no idea what to do. I immediately went into a panic, I began having anxiety attacks every day to the point where I was missing my classes and calling out of work. In all my 19 years on this planet, I had sheltered myself to the extent that I could not deal with basic change and that was not okay.

After about three weeks of daily stress and anxiety with small spurts of depression, I finally came out of my funk, and I came out with a completely new perspective on my life. I no longer wanted to be that person who said they couldn't go to events with friends because they had never been to the venue, I didn't want to be the boring stick in the mud I once was, what I wanted was to be happy with myself.

Ultimately I decided to start making changes in my life, albeit they started very small, but I was in control and that made me much more comfortable. I began trying new foods when I went out to restaurants and I started thinking more positively about my classes and my problems. I started to distance myself from problems that weren't mine and experimenting with my wardrobe and as time progressed, I even went as far to chop a solid half of my hair off and take up spiritual stone healing, as strange as that sounds.

Mind you it has only been about a month and a half I have been on this "change journey" but I can honestly say that I have never been more satisfied with who I am. I no longer feel as though I am wasting my days and that is something I could never say before. Now, this is not to knock those who enjoy a routine-style life, I was right there with you at one point, but for the sake of my own mentality I needed to break that cycle and I firmly believe everyone should try to too. Not to say everyone should take it to the extreme but maybe trying small things like finding a different place to study that isn't the library, listen to a genre of music you never thought you would, anything you find yourself repeating over and over as the days go by just think about ways to interrupt or enhance the norm. I have discovered how vital experiencing change has been in my own life and how much happier I have been overall, and I am finally excited to see what the unknown holds for me.

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