Bad things happen. Bad things can happen to good people. And I don’t think we’ll ever really understand why. This last year I experienced loss in a variety of different ways: the passing away of loved ones, loss of friendship, personal trauma and saying goodbye to the familiarity of living at home. Adjusting to change has never come easily to me, but seeing as each of these obstacles produced very permanent changes, I was given no option other than to adjust.
If you could tell everyone one thing RIGHT NOW, what would you tell them? Immediately I know what I would tell everyone i know. GET. SOME. SLEEP.
As a college freshman, I have quickly learned that sleep does not come easy around here. Sure, it’s easy to fall asleep in an 8 am lecture or to go to bed at 9:30 pm instead of studying, but is that the best thing to do? Not always. Personally, I don’t feel comfortable wasting the thousands of dollars my family is spending to put me through college by sleeping through class and not getting my work done. Sure, that means I might not get as much sleep as I would like, but when I am able to sleep, I can sleep easy.
In a couple of my classes, being an education major, we have discussed the who, why, what, where and when of education and the education system in the United States. I found these discussions incredibly humbling because the more I talked to people, the more I began to recognize that not everyone is afforded with the opportunity of higher education. And I know that seems like a no-brainer, but it never hit me until now.
Going to college was never an option in my family. Both of my parents are 4-year college grads and it was always expected of me to follow in their footsteps in that sense. The older I got, the more I wanted to go to college, not solely to get away from home and my parents, but to continue to learn and to challenge myself. Being an official college kid for a month now, I have made it a mission of mine to take advantage of anything and everything that my university offers because, even though we might not all believe it, not every one goes to college. In my opinion, everyone should go to college, but unfortunately that’s not the case just yet.
Moral of the story today, get sleep while you can. If you are ahead on work in school, sleep. If you don’t have homework now, see if you can get ahead on some work because you never know what kind of crazy high-jinx can come up to keep you from sleeping.
Make the most of every day, no matter your circumstances. As far as I know, you only live this life once; make it the best life you’ve ever had. Live today for you.
Much love always,
Welcome week: when every PAC 12 freshman explodes from excitement about being out of the house. Move-in day excitement is still fresh and the hangover from the Frat party the night before is knocking on your door. Do you care? Of course not! You’re in college! Even though I’ve only been on campus for less than a full week, I’ve begun to notice some habits and routines that have come in handy already. I’ll share with you some of my newly discovered tips that I’m sure will come in handy at some point during your college experience!
1. Take advantage of free food
Colleges love feeding college kids. College kids with full bellies equal happy freshman. Happy freshman equal happy freshman that will return as happy sophomores (with more money to make a college happy). Get the idea? Welcome Week especially is filled with tons of activities sponsored by all sorts of organizations on campus in the hopes that next time you’re thinking of something to do, you’ll attend that meeting for the club that fed you Wednesday of Welcome Week. And lucky for us poor college students, most of the events and activities are accompanied by free food and/or free t-shirts or other college “swag.” My roommate and I have tried to take advantage of the free food basically thrown at us at these events. Our residence hall and the one adjacent to it had a block party one night complete with a good, old fashioned American barbecue. Although this did count as one of allotted meals for the weekend using our meal plans, we made sure that we got what we paid 2,000 something dollars for. Since it was all you can eat, like the rest of our meals in the dining halls are, after we went through the first time and ate, we went through a second time. We loaded up on grilled chicken, fruit cups and cans of pop to keep in the fridge in our room.
2. Allow for extra time.
Generally speaking, college campuses are big. Big campuses are especially… well they’re big. Personally, i hate being late. It’s my biggest pet peeve: when others are late. Therefore I make it a point to always be on time, if not a little early. That way I find that, if I’m early, I can get settled for a few minutes before having to do _____________ and it makes ____________ more enjoyable/less painful. Moral of the story is: think you allowed enough to walk/ride your bike/bus to class? Give yourself another 5-8 minutes. If you get to your destination earlier, look around and see if you can find any shortcuts or coffee joints/restaurants/dining halls, etc. Take in your surroundings. You might find something beautiful (maybe a cute boy perhaps 😉 )
3. Say ‘hello’ to everyone
I know what you’re thinking… “Say hi to everyone? Isn’t that gonna be obnoxious?” It’ll be obnoxious to do, sure, but you won’t regret it. Every one I have seen walking to class, in my dorm’s hallway, and even in town has smiled and said a simple, “hello.” It makes me smile every time. It’s a simple and easy way to (a) make someone else smile and (b) MAKE FRIENDS. Listen to me carefully. Ready? YOU. ARE. A. FRESHMAN. FRIENDS ARE GOOD. MAKE THEM. Whether it’s a quick hello to a floormate you bump into in the bathroom or a cute boy in your Spanish class, it never hurt to try!
Hope these tips helped! More beauty posts are coming up so keep reading!!
Much love always,
And here I go. College living Day 1/2. It’s not really a full day, considering my parents left only a few hours ago, but hey, it’s a start. Having been completely on my own now for about five hours, I can proudly say that, yes I too, am a college student.
Prior to today, packing and bracing myself for the next four years, was both an exhilarating and terrifying experience. I mean I can’t be the only girl out there that when packing for college asked herself “where am I going to put all of my clothes?”. Obviously not, but that did not keep me from packing nearly everything I own into several plastic trash bags and a couple sets of plastic drawers. While essentially packing my life away, I felt like I was warding off a Mount-Everest of panic attacks. There would be times when my parents would ask me to repeat a question or something I said and I would feel like yelling and crying at the same time. I told myself that now was not the time to cry. That I was only upset because of hormones and that I would be going through a big lifestyle change which made it okay for me to feel this way. Somehow comforting myself, kept any tears and harsh words at bay.
I have a younger sister, six and 3/4 years younger to be exact, and I almost felt guilty for leaving her at home. I wouldn’t be at home for her when I felt she would need me the most (her teenage years). But what was I to do? Her and I have just gotten closer over the last year or so and now that she got her own phone, it will be easier for us to keep in touch with one another. Being the spoiled 21st century kids that we are, e-mailing each other was out of the question.
When it came time for my parents to leave, I almost felt indifferent. Not that I don’t care about my parents. I mean, I love ’em. They’re my parents! But like I wasn’t sad that they were leaving, but I wasn’t happy that they were leaving either. I think I was just ready to stand on my own two feet finally and see how and where I stood amongst my peers. Philosophical right? My parents have raised me well and helped me figure out my own moral code and my beliefs. For that I owe them a lot!
But for now, here I go. Flying solo. Well… I don’t know how much solo flying time I’ll get amongst my 39,999 other peers, but hey! I’ll do what I can!