A Year From Now

A Year From Now

Don’t be afraid to change! Sometimes you have to lose something good to find something better!

Where are you going to be ….. one year, 12 months, 52 weeks, 365 days, 8,760 hours, 525,600 minutes from now. All this time will change things. Think about where you were last year. We’re you in high school? Jobless? Dating that loser of an ex? Think about how different your life will be from now.

A year from now your life will be something totally different….

You will be a better person

You will grow over the next year. Everything that you experience will make you stronger. Each opportunity you encounter is to change and mold you into the person you are meant to be. In a year you will know way more than you know now, things you never thought you’d know. In 12 months you’ll be handling situations very differently than you’ll handle them today. 52 weeks will mold and shape you into a wonderful, beautiful new person.

You’ll have different people in your life

In 365 days, your friend group and the people in your life will change. Your friend group may disband, it may grow. Some of you may go your own way and some of them may come back. In 8,760 hours you’ll meet new people who will rock your world, and change your life for the better. You’ll meet new people at work, in your classes, and in every aspect of life. Every person you cross on this crazy adventure called life crosses your path for a reason. You’ll teach them things, and they’ll teach you things! People might not be around forever so, enjoy every little moment you have with each person.

You’ll be at a different stage in your life

525,600 seconds from now, you’ll be at a new stage in your life. You’ll be a year old. You might not be in high school or college anymore. You might be living on your own, or finally driving. You might have a new job. No matter what, you’ll be at a new stage in your life. You want to make sure to enjoy the seconds you have now. Things won't ever be the same as they are today.

Live in the moment.

Absorb every single second, of the time you have. You will never be at this point in time, in your life again. You will never be the person you are right now. Each and every day you begin to grow and change into a better person. Life changes us! Especially a year from now.

On new years write a note to yourself in a year and on new years read that note. This will let you see how much you’ve grown and changed of the year. You can always write sticky notes of good things that have happened you over the year, so you can open them and look back on your year. Do something for yourself so you know how great the year has been and how much its changed you.

Since life will be such a different adventure a year from now, we want to make sure to soak up the time we have.Soak up every second, minute day, week, month and the year. Live it all up for what it is NOW. The year will change you no matter what.

Life is about moving on, accepting changes, and looking forward to what makes you stronger and more complete!

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I Have Never Been Able To Nap During The Day, Now That I Am In College, It Is Annoying

I can never understand how people can just lay down at three o'clock in the afternoon and take a thirty minute to three-hour nap. I can't even take a ten minute one!

As a college student and working part-time at least twenty hours a week I get extremely tired and drained easily, mainly just mentally. From waking up at 6:30 am or 7:30 am depending which day it is, going to classes, doing homework and assignments, and then going to work and not getting back home until almost 10 pm is very tiring. All I want to do is nap between class and work but I never can. So here are my struggles with not being able to nap.

Since elementary school, as far as I can remember, I could never really take a nap during the day. I never really cared as a kid but now it is annoying. I can never understand how people can just lay down at three o'clock in the afternoon and take a thirty minute to three-hour nap. I can't even take a ten minute one! I know, I am not normal, especially for a college student. How do people do it?

When I get out of my classes, the time between then and work all I want to do is relax and try to nap so I can actually be energetic and happy at work. I end up doing homework or just trying to nap which always fails. Normally I end up just going to work tired and in not much of a good mood. Not being able to nap probably is the reason why I get so cranky easily or emotional.

So, by the time I get home at night, I am so drained and all I want to do is get into bed. Most nights I can't just get into bed. I have to finish homework or read something for my class the next day. Then, once that is all done I have to do a whole face routine so my face can be clean when I go to bed. Sometimes I just take off my makeup with a makeup remover wipe so I can just jump into bed. Although, sometimes even when I am extremely tired, when I get into bed I cannot fall asleep at all. So, I end up staying up until one in the morning watching youtube videos.

If I am sick or if I hadn't gotten much sleep the night before, nope, still not taking a nap. I can be lazy, lay in bed, and literally do nothing but I cannot fall asleep for anything. I will literally just lay in bed with my eyes closed trying and trying to fall asleep but it never happens. I JUST WANT TO NAP!

Maybe one day in the future, probably when I have kids HA, I will be able to take a nap even if it is once a week!

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Is Greek Life Really Worth It?

Pros and cons of joining a fraternity or sorority.

When I first got to college, Greek life wasn't anywhere on my mind. I've heard about it and seen it in movies, but I didn't think I could or would want to be a part of it. It seemed superficial and intimidating honestly! Yet, when the rush season came around I decided to step out of my comfort zone and rush! For me, it was a great choice, and I have now been apart of my sorority for a year. I want to impart what I have learned to any new hopefull greeks or anyone who is just curious about greek life!

You do meet many new people, but that is not a guarantee for new friends.

When I first joined my sorority I was shocked as to how many sisters I had! I had over 100 girls just in my pledge class. I thought they were all so amazing and I reveled in the fact that they were all going to be my friends! But, that wasn't the fact. Yes, I had sisters, but making friends within the sorority took a lot of effort and wasn't an immediacy. People in the sorority already have their friend groups and honestly, you aren't going to like everyone in your pledge class, because every girl is their own unique person! Making friends, just like in any context, can be difficult so if you plan to make friends with your sisters then you gotta put in the effort.

There are so many things to do! but there is a huge commitment.

When you join any greek life you are bound to be a part of a lot of activities. There are formals and mixers and greek week. Yet, with all these "fun" things come weekly chapter meeting and philanthropy events and workshops and so on. Most everything I did with my sorority was fun, but it took up a lot of my time and I wish I would've realized that before committing to it. I found myself wishing I could join more clubs and such but that wasn't feasible with how busy I was.

You get a lot of cool opportunities but at a cost.

Connections, connections, connections. Truly networking with a sorority or fraternity is so valuable. You know so many people that know so many other people and just being apart of that chapter can get you into a place that you may not have been able to without the connections. I know several siters who have gotten jobs from other sisters, and I even got to model for a boutique one of my sisiters worked at. Also, in my sorority, I have gotten to go to a hockey game and trampoline places and many other fun activities. But all these fun things do not come cheap! Chapter dues every semester differ for every school and chapter, according to USA Today, "the average new sorority member will pay $1,280 per semester and the average fraternity member will pay $605 per semester ." If you are like me, adulting, this is A LOT of money to add on to overwhelming tuition and living costs. But if you can afford it or have awesome parents who are willing to pay for it, go for it.

Really it's all about if you think it will be worth it for YOU. Does the value of greek life reap the rewards that you want and deserve? Is the amount of time commitment and money worth everything else that comes out of it?

I am so glad that I got to be in a sorority my freshman year. It is truly an experience I could never get anywhere else and something I have learned a lot from. Even though I am not continuing my journey with my sorority, I do not regret rushing and being apart of it. Greek life is a college experience few get to encounter, will you?

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