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17 Pieces Of Advice From The Most Iconic Women Characters In Television

Their wisdom is priceless.

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For many of us, this time of the year is crunch time: we're losing motivation, but we have to push through in order to survive. We've been working hard for the entire semester (or maybe even the whole year, if you're that ambitious), but we're starting to burn out.

Personally, my burn-out period has been defined by binge-watching television to avoid accomplishing any actual assignments. Although this may seem unproductive to the naked eye, it actually has encouraged me to push through my difficulties and persevere. Sometimes you need a fresh perspective, and watching the lives of my favorite female characters continues to motivate me. There are plenty of quotes that are particularly influential, but a select few from these incredible women really speak to me.

1. Jane Gloriana Villanueva, Jane the Virgin

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To teach you that when you're overwhelmed, sometimes all you have to do is just breathe through it.

2. Sheila Jackson, Shameless (US)

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As a reminder that it's okay to mess up, as long as you learn from it.

3. April Ludgate, Parks and Recreation

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When I don't know how to study for a test, this teaches me the tools that I need.

4. Rebecca Bunch, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

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Making sure you know that you have a support system you can turn to when it gets too hard.

5. Marisol Gonzales, Orange is the New Black

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Just a reminder to be humble in all of your accomplishments.

6. Robin Scherbatsky, How I Met Your Mother

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Showing the importance of honesty with all people in life.

7. Topanga Lawrence, Boy Meets World

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Always illustrating the true meaning of love, even if my personal love life is practically nonexistent during finals week.

8. Cece Parikh, New Girl

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Encouraging you to push through all of the struggles this time of the year may bring.

9. Liz Lemon, 30 Rock

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To show that it's okay to spend a night studying for an exam instead of going out.

10. Kimmy Schmidt, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

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Although I do think that smiling during a math exam might make people think you're a little strange.

11. Cristina Yang, Grey's Anatomy

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To remind me that I'm worth more than my eye bags right now.

12. Tyra Banks, America's Next Top Model

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This may seem generic, but we all know it means so much more coming from Tyra Banks.

13. Kate Pearson, This is Us

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Serving as motivation to improve, because who says you can't raise that 68 to a 94?

14. Carla Espinosa, Scrubs

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Whether that's your friend, a potential love interest, or your professor after your fifth time going to office hours.

15. Phoebe Buffay, Friends

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I know it's hard to not hate the pressure, the stress, and school in general, but try to keep a positive mindset.

16. Oprah Winfrey, Oprah Winfrey Network

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Anything Oprah says is truth, so use this her wisdom as your main source of motivation.

17. Mindy Lahiri, The Mindy Project

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You are stronger than you think you are.

You will make it through this difficult time, and you will be better for it. Tyra Banks said so.

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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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An Open Letter To Myself At 15

This is an open letter to myself about things I wish I had known at 15.

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Dear Hailey,

You are so loved. I know times might be hard, but it will all be okay. It's okay to ride the fence and be unsure of what you want to do with your life. You're going to change your mind 10 more times before graduation anyways. Also, don't worry about all of the things that you can't change. You can't make someone fall in love with you or make her treat you like a better friend. It's okay for people not to fit in your life. Stop bending over backward for people and live for yourself. In a few years, you will go through so much, but you come out on the better side. You are going to be successful and driven. Also, learn what the meaning of "self-care" is. You need to do a lot of that in the upcoming years. Mental health is more important than anything. Also, quit cutting your baby hairs. They will never get longer so you need to embrace and love them early on. Figure out what you can change, and what you cannot. Most importantly, accept what you cannot change. When you decide that you are ready to face the things that you can change, do it with your whole heart. That doesn't mean complete perfection. It's important to know the difference. Start by making a plan for the future. Write it down, memorize it, do whatever makes it the easiest for you. Think through your plan logically, take into consideration your strengths and weaknesses. Remember to do the hard things first once in a while, the relief is sweet in the end.

You are ready.

You are young.

You are smart.

You are beautiful.

If you ever feel that you are at your lowest point, just remember the only place that you can go is up. Find reassurance in the weakness. The best is yet to come. Don't take pity on yourself. Instead, work harder to make your situation better. Be happy. There are so many things to be thankful for. Ask when you need help. No one can read your mind. Time won't stop for you. Worrying and stressing is simply a waste of time. Be strong and know that you are in God's hands. Everything will work out. It may not be today or tomorrow, but eventually, the pieces will fall into place and you will understand why things had to happen that way.

Love,

Me

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