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You hear people say things like, "everyday is a new day." I know deep down that seems pretty minuscule to think we can just pick up and start everything over just because it's a new day.

But maybe they're right...

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You hear people say things like, "everyday is a new day." I know deep down that seems pretty minuscule to think we can just pick up and start everything over just because it's a new day. But overtime this idea of starting each day and learning to live in the present has started to stick with me.

Lately I've found myself stressing out to the max about school, work, and money. How am I going to pay for school? Am I even going to get a job out of college? Did I choose the right career path? It's not just me that thinks like this. Recent college grads all the way up to grown adults are still questioning whether they're fulfilling their dreams in life. That's until I stumbled across a quote on Pinterest by one of my favorite authors that read:

"For what it's worth: it's never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There's no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you're proud of. If you find that you're not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again." - F. Scott Fitzgerald

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This really resonated with me because of how much it can relate to almost all of our lives. If you or someone you know is finding themselves second guessing their life or who they want to be, show them this quote. In my case, a lot of my friends who recently graduated or are still in college are finding it extremely hard to find jobs. They're second guessing themselves wondering if they just wasted four years of their lives on a degree they don't want anymore. The chances of knowing exactly what you want to do and getting there by age 22 is slim to none. For those of you reading this just know there's going to be countless detours you have to take first before you can even consider yourself close. Instead of spending your time worrying about where you're gonna end up, stop. Focus on where you are now.

We're taking our own paths to reach our goals. Some of us just happen to take longer routes. Whenever someone or something gets in our way and makes us take a step back, look around for a minute. By that I mean, stop worrying about what's going to happen next. Start worrying about what's happening now. I find myself lost in this inbetween state quite a lot. Once you can overcome whatever obstacle you are faced with, you'll feel less overwhelmed when another one is thrown at you. Instead just let it hit you. Allow it to be a learning opportunity or even a way to fuel your drive even more. Sooner or later we all end up where we are supposed to be doing what were supposed to be doing.

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15 Ways I Beat The 'Freshman 15,' And Actually Managed To Lose It Instead

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"The freshman fifteen" refers to the amount of weight many college-freshmen gain in the first year. This is usually caused by a variety of factors many students are exposed to such as not playing team sports such as in high school, eating unhealthy dining hall options, and drinking alcohol which is full of empty carbs. Here's how I omitted to gain fifteen pounds my first semester of college, and actually lost it (with minimal effort).

1. Walking

Compared to my mostly sedentary lifestyle during the school year and summer (due to school and work), I didn't get a lot of daily exercise in unless I tried. Now, I walk 3-4 miles a day from just getting around campus.

2. Water

Many people don't get the daily water intake they should be getting. Once you're walking outside though, at the end of August/early September scalding heat, it's easy to consume an ample amount of water.

3. Hills

Walking up-hill a two to three times a day easily gets your heart rate up, and allows for you to get in a quick leg-workout as well.

4. Less snacking

In contrast to being at home, if it's one in the morning it's difficult to start making a snack in a dorm without waking one's roommate up. Besides, dorm snacks don't compare to home snacks.

5. Meal times

Something really unhealthy I did at home (along many others) is not denote specific times to eat. This made it easy to not eat until late in the day, and consume too many calories at once. The fact that dining halls are open only at specific times makes it easier to eat through out the day, as one's supposed to.

6. Better meal options

Although dining hall food has a lot of unhealthy options, they also have a decent amount of healthy options every day. Some of these even include vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. Unless your family at home went out of their way to always make dinner healthy, you probably had some not necessarily healthy meals. At college, there's always the salad bar that you can choose if your willpower is strong enough.

7. Being surrounded by trees

It's been scientifically proven that being around nature gives you benefits. It allows you to clear your mind and is a natural stress-reliever without you having to actually go out of your way.

8. Nature paths

Running on cracked sidewalks with having to watch out for cars wasn't always convenient when I did want to work out near home. In college, there's usually designated nature trails in walking distance for students to accessibly walk, bike on, or run.

9. Gym

Most colleges have a gym/ recreational center. You don't need to buy a membership like Planet Fitness back at home (since you're already paying the college a plethora of money), it's a great opportunity to utilize and has open hours that will fit into almost anyone's busy schedule.

10. Better sleep 

Unlike at home, I can't have the lights on all night or be listening to music due to the fact that I have a roommate. Therefore, laying in bed not having anything to do helps me get to sleep at an earlier time each night. Despite the typical college standard of lacking sleep (due to exams, parties, etc) sometimes it can allow for better sleep.

11. More activities

Many people find themselves eating when they are not hungry, but in fact, bored. In college, there are almost always activities going on to distract you from the demised "bored eating."

12. More homework

Having more homework allows for many students to find themselves in the library, which conveniently, doesn't have many food options. It's also sometimes hard enough to find time to sit down and eat, let alone eating when you have a list of things to do.

13. Less spending

When I lived at home and had merely no expenses, I rarely looked at food prices at stores. Now that I know I don't have much money to spend, those chips don't look as appetizing (okay, they still do, but not to my wallet).

14. Realizing insane market-prices

Markets on campuses seem convenient, almost too convenient like there's a caveat. The fact that most products in them are very over-priced may be one. On top of not wanting to buy "expensive" food from off-campus stores, the overly-priced on-campus food products (from the markets) just exemplify my desire of not spending money, in turn, less snacking.

15. Encouragement

Going home six weeks after the beginning of the semester and hearing my family/old co-workers remark on how it looks like I've lost weight, only gave me encouragement to keep going.

Small changes can go a long way, in a short amount of time. Don't feel the need to hide that you didn't gain the freshman fifteen!

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An Open Letter To My Graduating Teammates

Thank you, to all my senior teammates, who are hanging up their cleats for good

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The dreaded time of year has come and has come unusually fast as we flew through the season so quickly that I could barely soak it all in. The practices, the bus rides, the long film sessions, and all the meetings. The lift sessions, early morning conditioning, and scrimmages are all over just like that within the blink of an eye. The routine that has been engraved in you almost your whole life has unraveled, has fallen from your life like a leaf, detracting from your life quietly and silently, happening so fast and so abrupt that you can't even grasp what's happening.

It's that dreaded time to hang up your cleats, pack up your locker, wear that uniform stamped with your number and your school name for the last time. Your time as a collegiate athlete has ended; your time as an athlete has ended. Yet, what you left with me is more permanent than that; what you taught me as my teammate, no matter how long we played together, is what I carry out of our time with one another.


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I will never forget the smiles and laughs I held with you, seniors; the times when the coaches had no control over us and when we had to grab onto each other to stay upright because our sides would be stitching over. The safety I felt surrounded by my team, surrounded by all my biggest supporters. My time with you was marked with growth, happiness, and laughter, but was also paired with the heartbreaking sadness I watched you take on during moments when everything was not okay. When we were a vulnerable and broken team. When our game was upsetting us so much we had to lean on each other for support again, but this time with understanding and a collective feeling of needing each other.

I love the game I play not because of all the statistics, competition, and schedule. I love the game of soccer because I am given this blessing to write our own story; write our own script for every season, practice, and game. Especially the games. Every game I spent with my teammates was a part of our story, a few hours we shared there were villains, and there were heroes. Every play was a triumph and every breakdown was a tragedy. We are all running downfield towards this one shared goal and every second on that clock mattered. It's life changing; it's like our own personalized chapter every day is being written and by the end we have a whole story. A whole season with jokes, stories, and growth.

You're graduating, moving onto bigger and better things, simply growing out of the sport that raised you. You will miss it so much, but your old teammates will miss you more. It's hard to say thank you for so many things, but thank you for everything. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to play with you, against you, and for you almost every day. Thank you for teaching me the knowledge and skills you had gained ahead of me and passing along the wisdom you possessed. Thank you for every little moment you gave me every day that I spent by your side representing the same goal as you. Thank you for being by my side when times were hard for me, when I was lost in my journey of life, lost in who I was, and where I wanted to be. Thank you for being so much more than my teammate but a friend, a teacher, a forever field sister.


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Thank you for your time, which is the most important thing you gave me because in that time I learned so much about being a teammate, so much about the game, and so much about you. You're leaving our team now and moving on, but we will always be connected through the sport we love, the sport we dedicated so much of our life to. I wish you luck in your future endeavors, and I hope you know that I am always here for you because how much I care about you doesn't end with the season; it will carry with me for the rest of my life.

For you: thank you. Thank you for being part of my life and allowing me to be part of yours.

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