Words College Students NEED To Live By Not Just In 2018, But Through Your Whole Life

Words College Students NEED To Live By Not Just In 2018, But Through Your Whole Life

It's time to stop getting caught up in the little things.
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This year, I'm determined to be happy. Not that I've been unhappy, but I let life get to me way more often than I should sometimes. In the hustle and bustle of college life, it's hard to slow down. With so many things going on, it's easy to feel overwhelmed. That's why I've decided to live by this quote by Sir Isaac Newton, and I think all college students should do the same:

"Truth is ever to be found in simplicity, and not in the multiplicity and confusion of things."

Newton emphasizes that the things that matter in life shouldn't be difficult. Truth, or what is real, is always found in the simple things, not in things that are stressful or confusing. In college, this simple idea is extremely important to remember.

College students often stress about the future before it arrives, creating problems for themselves that they don't need. Why worry about something that you don't know is going to happen?

College students often find themselves swimming in what seems like an ocean of responsibilities and stress. Life is a big thing to handle on your own, between balancing your academic and social lives, trying to be healthy when you're constantly surrounded by curly fries, and budgeting your money so you have enough to buy your weekly (read: daily) box of pizza bagels.

It's all a lot to handle at once, so the very idea of adding one more thing to that already mountainous load is incredibly daunting. However, it's important to not let the "what-ifs" of your future run your life in the present.

That's exactly what Newton gets at in this quote. Focus on what's real, what's true, and what's happening in the now. Don't get lost in the commotion of life; you can handle it. It might seem like a lot of times, but God/the universe/whoever or whatever you believe in wouldn't throw anything at you that you couldn't handle.

Take a deep breath, relax, and revel in the simplicity of things. You'll be much happier if you focus on those things, not letting the weight of your responsibilities dominate the person you are. You are strong, and you can handle anything this year or this life throws at you. College is supposed to be the best four years of your life, so focus on living your best life right now.





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To All Incoming Freshmen, When You Get To College, Please Don't Be THAT Freshman

I am pretty sure we all know who I'm talking about.

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As we are all counting down the days to return to campus, students are looking forward to meeting new people and reuniting with old friends. And then, there is the freshman.

We have all been there. The eagerness and excitement have been slowly building up through months of summer vacation, all waiting for this moment. I understand the anxiousness, enthusiasm, and insecurities. The opportunity to meet new people and explore a new area is very intriguing. But let's be real, you are here to make memories and get an education. So here are a few pieces of advice from a former college freshman.

1. Don't be that freshman who follows their significant other to college

This is the boy or girl who simply can not think for themselves. The 17-year-old puts their own personal goals and interests aside to sacrifice for a six-month high school relationship. This will more than likely end at an end of semester transfer after the relationship has been tested for a month or two in college life. So if you want to really enjoy your freshman year, make your own decisions and do what is best for you.

2. Don't be that freshman who lets their parents pick their major

"You are not going to school just to waste my money."

This is a statement you might have heard from your parents. As true as it might seem, this is definitely not a good way to start your college years. If you are not majoring in something you can see yourself doing, you are wasting your time. You can major in biology, go to medical school, and make the best grades. But if deep down you don't want to be a doctor, you will NOT end up being a good doctor. When it comes to picking your major, you really have to follow your heart.

3. Don't be that freshman who gets overwhelmed with the first taste of freedom

Yes. It is all very exciting. You don't have a curfew, you don't have rules, you don't have anyone constantly nagging you, but let's not get carried away. Don't be the freshman who gets a tattoo on the first night of living on your own. Don't be the freshman who tries to drink every liquor behind the bar. Don't be the freshman who gets caught up being someone that they aren't. My best advice would be to take things slow.

4. Don't be that freshman who starts school isolated in a relationship

I'm not telling you not to date anyone during your freshman year. I am saying to not cut yourself off from the rest of the world while you date someone. Your first year on campus is such an amazing opportunity to meet people, but people are constantly eager to start dating someone and then only spend time with that person.

Be the freshman who can manage time between friends and relationships.

5. Don't be that freshman who can't handle things on their own

It is your first year on your own. Yes, you still need help from your parents. But at this point, they should not be ordering your textbooks or buying your parking pass. If you need something for a club or for class, YOU should handle it. If you're having roommate problems, YOU should handle it, not your parents. This is the real world and college is a great time for you to start building up to be the person you want to be in the future, but you can't successfully do that if your parents still deal with every minor inconvenience for you.

6. Don't be that freshman who only talks to their high school friends

I know your high school was probably amazing, and you probably had the coolest people go there. However, I believe that college is a great time to be on your own and experience new things. Meeting new people and going to new places will allow you to grow into a more mature person. There is a way to balance meeting new friends and maintaining friendships with childhood friends, and I am sure you will find that balance.

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Why Generation Z Is Going To Take The World By Storm

Generation Z will change the world

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We've heard it all our lives: "These kids these days" from our grandparents, parents, and other adults. We've become accustomed to being grouped with Millennials even though their age range is 1981-1996, which makes the youngest Millennial twenty-two. So what's the big difference between Millennials and Generation Z?

For starters, we're the first majority non-white U.S generation (yay for diversity). In fact, we were dubbed "Millennials on steroids" by Business Inside when it came to our opinions on sexuality, race, inclusion, women's rights, and God. But a big difference between us and the Millennial generation is that we are more realistic than them. Millennials grew up during a prosperous time in U.S history, but Generation Z grew up during a recession and know that financial security is not promised. In fact, a survey by Business Insider states sixty-eight percent of Generation Z believe the U.S is headed in a bad direction, more than any other generations' opinion on American prosperity.

And the last attribute that makes us different from our predecessors: digital comfortability. We didn't pioneer the digital age; we were born into it. We knew how to use computers by the age of five and could work smartphones better than our parents by age ten. We know the internet and how powerful it can be. With the knowledge we've gained from it, we realized we can start movements just by using our thumbs and learn new things with a click of a button. With the oldest Generation Z'ers being twenty-one, its hard to predict how we'll change the world, but I believe that we'll make a lasting and positive impact on the world.

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