You Will Move Mountains

You Will Move Mountains

Finding yourself is a journey of love and hate with who you really are.
Tristen
Tristen
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Twenty-One years old and I still have two more years of college when I'm supposed to be graduating spring 2018. I attended the "great" University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown for two years before deciding that I needed a change or I was going to fail out. I grew up in little old Johnstown, three minutes from the UPJ campus. For those of you that don't know Johnstown, it can be described in one word... awful. They say on every corner there is a bar and a church which is almost 100% true. With that being said, I grew up around lots of alcohol which led to my excessive drinking every weekend at UPJ and resulted in taking an F as a final grade like a champ. Mind you.. I didn't want to go to UPJ. It was more or less a forced situation by my father because that is where he went and he was paying.

Now, I am living in South Carolina. So, ultimately I won! I moved in with my dads parents (my "Grandparents") to establish residency so that I could go to school and get in state tuition... I now live in my own apartment. I have been through so many obstacles financially, physically and emotionally since I have been living in South Carolina. Let me tell you, until you are completely on your own paying for everything yourself and being an "adult" you don't know who you truly are. I have learned so many things about myself that I honestly did not want to know. One example is that I have a hard time sharing with other people. This is probably because I was an only child, but that's besides the point. There are a lot more negative aspects but I will focus on the positives.

1. I read when I never even touched a book before.

2. I pray. Even though I used to be terrified of churches and didn't have a religious bone in my body.

3. Excessive drinking annoys the HE double hockey sticks out of me.

4. I love the outdoors (minus spiders and snakes) and started hiking as a hobby.

5. I am a clean/neat freak. (I used to let everything pile up so you couldn't walk in my room)

6. I am now interested in learning and doing well in college.

Finding myself has been one of the greatest journeys I have been on and its not even close to being over. With all this being said, BE THE PERSON YOU WANT TO BE AND DO NOT LET ANYONE DICTATE YOUR DECISIONS. In the end, life works itself out on the right path no matter how many turns it may take. Be humble, be positive and always trust in your heart.

Cover Image Credit: Tristen Heffelfinger

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50 One-Liners College Girls Swap With Their Roomies As Much As They Swap Clothes

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1. "Can I wear your shirt out tonight?"

2. "Does my hair look greasy?"

3. "We should probably clean tomorrow..."

4. "What should I caption this??"

5. "Is it bad if I text ____ first??"

6. "Should we order pizza?"

7. *Roommate tells an entire story* "Wait, what?"

8. "How is it already 3 AM?"

9. "I need a drink."

10. "McDonalds? McDonalds."

11. "GUESS WHAT JUST HAPPENED."

12. "Okay like, for real, I need to study."

13. "Why is there so much hair on our floor?"

14. "I think I'm broke."

15. "What do I respond to this?"

16. "Let's have a movie night."

17. "Why are we so weird?"

18. "Do you think people will notice if I wear this 2 days in a row?"

19. "That guy is so stupid."

20. "Do I look fat in this?"

21. "Can I borrow your phone charger?

22. "Wanna go to the lib tonight?"

23. "OK, we really need to go to the gym soon."

24. "I kinda want some taco bell."

25. "Let's go out tonight."

26. "I wonder what other people on this floor think of us."

27. "Let's go to the mall."

28. "Can I use your straightener?"

29. "I need coffee."

30. "I'm bored, come back to the room."

31. "Should we go home this weekend?"

32. "We should probably do laundry soon."

33. "Can you see through these pants?"

34. "Sometimes I feel like our room is a frat house..."

35. "Guys I swear I don't like him anymore."

36."Can I borrow a pencil?"

37. "I need to get my life together...."

38. "So who's buying the Uber tonight?"

39. "Let's walk to class together."

40. "Are we really pulling an all-nighter tonight?"

41. "Who's taking out the trash?"

42. "What happened last night?"

43. "Can you help me do my hair?"

44. "What should I wear tonight?"

45. "You're not allowed to talk to him tonight."

46. "OMG, my phone is at 1 percent."

47. "Should we skip class?"

48. "What should we be for Halloween?"

49. "I love our room."

50. "What would I do without you guys???"

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The Glory Of Moving Far, Far Away

There is beauty in new beginnings.

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In this day and age, people everywhere seem to have wanderlust. I like to say that July is when it is at its peak, especially for me. I am now adjusting to life in Coatesville, Pennsylvania with my family after moving from our previous home in Greensboro, North Carolina.

This is not my first time moving away, and it will certainly not be the last one either, but it still feels different to me. The main reason for that is because this is my last summer before I graduate from college.

It not only marks the end of my entire childhood, but it symbolizes the end of freedom. While I am still familiarizing myself with my new home, I want to take the time to write down how I feel right now.

Finding New Places

I am originally from Blacksburg, Virginia. I spent most of elementary school there, and I managed to stay for all four years of high-school as well.

So, it is safe to say that I know it pretty well. I loved living there, but I fell into this routine of frequency. I knew where I wanted to go out to eat and what movie theater I liked the most.

However, all of the places in Coatesville are new to me right now. Who knows what kind of memories I will have from all of the restaurants and stores here?

There is beauty in new beginnings, and I am already looking forward to stepping into a Wawa.

Happiness At Home

Fortunately, the moving process went very smoothly from the beginning for all of us. I kept the necessary belongings with me for the car ride and reunited with my other belongings quickly since the movers arrived the day after us.

One of my favorite things about coming to a new house is having a different room. I like sorting all of my stuff and thinking of crafty ways to arrange everything. The yellow walls actually closely resemble my dorm room which helps me think of ideas for the upcoming semester.

Plus, I have two side-by-side windows which give me a gorgeous view to our front yard. The first observation I made was all of the green surrounding us. The trees and grass just paint the entire neighborhood. It must be a sign for me to relax and enjoy the outdoors from time to time.

Make It Count Every Day

Like everything else in life, summer does not last forever. Even though it is not always easy to live in a new place, I am determined to make the most of it.

On one of our first nights at our new house, my sister chose the movie "Titanic" to watch that night. This is my most beloved movie and it made me feel more at home.

I cannot finish this section without giving credit to Jack Dawson. He once said, "I figure life is a gift and I do not intend on wasting it."

Since it has been almost a week since our journey here started, we have become accustomed to our family rituals including walking the dogs around the circle and watching the weekly showings of "America's Got Talent."


I am so glad that I have the chance to live in Pennsylvania and I am looking forward to the future. I am now more inspired to explore the area around me and learn more about myself.

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Danielle Neron

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