"Yes, I Withdrew From A Class. No, I'm Not Stupid!"

"Yes, I Withdrew From A Class. No, I'm Not Stupid!"

For the anxious college student

Today, I made a big decision. It wasn't a "life or death" decision, but it was one of those decisions that you really need to think and talk about. Today, I withdrew from my first college course. In my anxious mind, it felt like it was the end of the world. Yesterday night, as I was pondering the idea of whether or not to withdraw from the course, all I kept thinking about was that "no graduate school was ever going to accept me when they saw a big, old "W" on my permanent record" or that everyone was going to think I wasn't smart enough and call me a quitter. After about an hour of both my mother and my friends convincing me that I was not a quitter and that I was smart, I decided to go through with my withdrawal.

College is amazing. Don't get me wrong, there are some minor flaws to it, but it's nothing that I can't handle. At first, I was doing very well in this course. I started off getting As and high Bs. However, I started realizing just how anxious I had become. Not about the material, but about the time I had to learn the material. The more and more I kept thinking about that, the worse the sinking feeling got. Before I knew it....the sinking feeling wasn't just in my head, it was in my grade too. One thing led to the other and here I am....withdrawn from the class. Did I want to do it? No, of course not! Did I have to do? Some might say no to that question as well.....but to me, I had to do it. One of my friends explained to me that it was a lot better to withdraw from a class rather then get a "not-so-decent" grade in said class. So now, I am free to work on myself. I want to better myself physically, mentally, and spiritually. When I do that, I will be ready to take on this course again next year.

For all those college students who feel that they are stupid for withdrawing from a class, stop it! Stop it right now! You are NOT stupid! Quite the opposite actually! You need to listen to yourself and no one else! You are in charge or yourself. Everyone withdraws from a class at one point or another so keep your chin up high and keep going. That is all you can do. Be extraordinary in your other classes. Just know that you will get through this year and don't let anything get you down! The only place that negativity is going to get you is nowhere. Stay positive and everything will work out for your benefit!.......................

And if you ever feel like you are so stressed that you think you have hit rock bottom, just remember, God isn't finished writing your story!

Philippians 4:13- "For I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me".

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50 Things To Be Happy About

It's the little things in life.

It is always easier to pick out the negatives in life. We tend to dwell on them and drown out the happy moments. I asked a friend to tell me something that made them happy. They sarcastically laughed at my question then thought about it for a minute. Nothing. But they could easily come up with things that made them unhappy. Then I read them my list, and they were smiling and laughing in agreement the whole time. There are so many more things to be happy and laugh about than we realize. After all- it's the little things in life that can mean the most! Here are 50 things that make me happy. What are your 50?

  1. The first warm day of the year
  2. Laughing so hard your abs ache
  3. Freshly washed sheets
  4. Looking through old pictures
  5. The smell of a coffee shop
  6. Eating cookie dough
  7. Reading a bible verse that perfectly fits your current situation
  8. Seeing someone open a gift you got them
  9. Eating birthday cake
  10. A shower after a long day
  11. Marking something off your to-do list
  12. Drinking ice cold water on a really hot day
  13. Dressing up for no reason
  14. Breakfast food
  15. Being able to lay in bed in the morning
  16. Finding something you love at the store
  17. And it’s on sale
  18. Cute elderly couples
  19. When a stranger compliments you
  20. Getting butterflies in your stomach
  21. Taking a nap
  22. Cooking something delicious
  23. Being lost for words
  24. Receiving a birthday card in the mail
  25. And there's money in it
  26. Finally cleaning your room
  27. Realizing how fortunate you are
  28. Waking up from a nightmare and realizing it wasn't real
  29. Fresh fruit
  30. Walking barefoot in the grass
  31. Singing along to a song in the car
  32. Sunrises
  33. Sunsets
  34. Freshly baked cookies with a glass of milk
  35. Summertime cookouts
  36. Feeling pretty
  37. Looking forward to something
  38. Lemonade
  39. Comfortable silences
  40. Waking up in the middle of the night and realizing you have more time to sleep
  41. Surviving another school year
  42. The cold side of the pillow
  43. The smell of popcorn
  44. Remembering something funny that happened
  45. Laughing to yourself about it
  46. Feeling weird about laughing to yourself
  47. Printed photographs
  48. Wearing a new outfit
  49. The sound of an ice cream truck
  50. Feeling confident
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10 Reasons You Should Learn A Foreign Language

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I'm doing a lot of research for my study abroad trip, and something I have noticed is how few Americans speak a foreign language fluently compared to other countries. Sure, we all take a few years in high school as a requirement, but many of us aren't capable of fully speaking it. In my opinion, this lack of the ability to speak a foreign language is part of the reason for many of the disparities among American citizens and members of other cultures.

For example, Americans who think others should just "speak English" when they suddenly feel uncomfortable with the fact that they can't understand what the other is saying. If we learned a foreign language from an early age like many other countries, we would be able to fluently speak it rather than merely being able to greet someone in an unfamiliar language.

Another realization I had is how uncultured we as Americans really are. If you talk to people who are from other countries, many of them have traveled to numerous foreign countries. I think we are very sheltered in our setting. Many people go their entire lives without leaving the country and don't bat an eye. If we learned more about these other cultures, it would incline us to coexist with the rest of the world and want to experience the allure of being out of your comfort zone.

On top of these benefits to increasing the cultural awareness between us and other countries, learning a foreign language can have many other long-lasting benefits.

1. You'll have more career opportunities 

If you want to one day work abroad like me, many places will not hire you unless you're able to speak the native language. Companies also prefer someone who is bilingual to someone who speaks only one language.

2. You'll get to experience new places 

If you learn the language of a country before your visit, you'll be able to navigate much easier, and you won't look like a lost tourist.

3. You'll get a new perspective on your own culture 

As I stated in my opening, it'll enhance your appreciation for other cultures, but it will also help you to understand your own.

4. It'll improve your memory and boost brain power 

There's no doubt learning a new language helps your brain retain more information than monolingual counterparts.

5. It'll enhance your decision making 

Who doesn't need help in this realm?

6. Your cognitive skills will improve 

There's a strong correlation between reading comprehension and those who speak more than one language.

7. Your creativity will be boosted 

Speaking multiple languages helps with divergent thinking, which translates into creativity in all aspects of life.

8. You'll become better at multitasking 

Being able to switch back and forth between languages is a skill that when developed enhances the ability to multitask in day-to-day tasks.

9. Dementia and Alzheimer's are postponed 

Those who speak more than one language are more likely to experience these effects at a later stage in life.

10. You'll become a better student 

The brain operates more proficiently and multilingual people experience higher test scores.

There is so much that you can gain from learning a foreign language and it's never too late to start.

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