College

Going to College 101

Are you heading into your first year at a University?

Are you nervous? Excited?

Do you have all the must have things for living on campus?

Just three years ago I was in the exact same situation. I was moving into a dorm, with some ladies that I had never met before. I was being thrown into some HUGE campus I had no clue where anything was. I had no friends to do things with or get lunch with.

Or at least going into move in day, that’s what it seemed like would happen. I was very nervous and yet very excited to enter this new phase of my life. After all, this is when all the fun happens.

Here’s a list of the top 5 things I wish I had known moving in my freshman year.

  1. Have a check list. I actually typed out an entire list of everything I needed to have. As I bought them I checked them off and packed them away in plastic boxes (you’ll need at least 2). Here’s my college listI’ve actually used this every single year since and have added things that I’ve noticed I needed. So it really is a tried and tested list. Of course, you’ll always forget something. But at least with this list you can get everything organized and put in one place. Trust me, move in day gets real hectic, real fast. 
  2. Before I even moved in, I became part of the Class of 2020 Facebook page. Here I would have a chance to talk and met people who would be living on my floor or taking courses with me. Although I tried to make friends on this page, none of them actually turned into friendships that lasted. And to be honest, once you get moved into your dorm you make connections with the people you met immediately. It really is best to just wait it out. I promise you won’t be eating alone at the dining halls. Also, you don’t HAVE to become best friends with the people that you room with your freshman year.
  3. Floating off the Facebook page point, upperclassmen used this page to post the events that would be happening once we moved in. Facebook event pages are a must. Literally survival tools. Whenever I see an event page for something on campus I always click “Interested”. That way, when the day of the event comes and I’m bored I know what is happening around campus. These events are great ways to meet people and friends that share similar interests as you! 
  4. Never, and I mean NEVER, buy books straight from the college bookstore, before doing research to find cheaper prices. Books are expensive! I usually do my research on Amazon and Big Words. Big Words is my first go to because it actually compares all the bookstore and website prices in one place for you to find the cheapest. Of course, sometimes there are special books published by your university that are not offered at any other place. You might be lucky enough to find an upperclassman on the Facebook pages that wants to sell it. It usually is cheaper to rent books for the semester, as you’ll likely never use them again.
  5. Generate a college schedule of your classes. This website something that I have actually recently discovered this past year. It is super helpful because you put in the times you have class, jobs, meetings, lunch, gym time or whatever and it adds it to the schedule for you. You can also color code the postings. It can even help you to organize a week of assignments if you need to schedule time to complete them. Here’s an example of mine! (Of course, it will get more busy when the semester starts!)Schedule copy.png

Hopefully these 5 tips have helped you!

Let me know in the comments if they did! Or if you have any tips that I may not know!

College

Life Updates

Hi Readers!

I’m back! This past semester has been absolutely crazy for me (and I have a feeling it’s just going to be more and more crazy as I get into higher level courses). Being a double majors no joke!

Anyways, there are only a couple days that stand between me and the summer! Which unfortunately, is going to consist of an online course, observation hours and a summer job (or two). There isn’t really ever a break is there!

This past semester, I had to take six courses. Since I had previously withdrawn from a  hard course, I was falling behind on credits (which means I wouldn’t have graduated in time). To make up for it, I had to take six courses which along with all of the other things I enjoy on campus, made for a really stressful semester.

My courses consisted of:

  • Developmental Psychology
    • This course was actually REALLY fascinating to me. I LOVED the professor so that definitely helped when it came to going to class. Weekly online quizzes that were 5 questions, only a couple exams, fun class discussions. It really wasn’t that bad.
  • Statistics for Psychology
    • Actual death. Halfway through the semester, I ended up getting Mono and missing a couple of classes. When I came back to class, I found out that there was an exam the following class. I went to ask the professor for help with some of the material i didn’t understand and she told me to WITHDRAW. So I studied my butt off for the weekend, and then got an 85 on the exam. Ever since that, I hated this course. Teachers are supposed to help you!
  • Math for Elementary Teachers
    • As the title implies, I’m an Education major so this course is simple math and basically explains how to teach math in a classroom and prepares you for the state testing. Which my state has the hardest teacher testing process and exams, so wish my luck.
  • Intro to Special Education
    • This was actually offered online which gave me the confidence to take a sixth class since I didn’t actually need to make a time commitment. However, I was wrong. The book I ordered for the class didn’t arrive for 4 weeks into the semester and then once I started to catch up, I got Mono and fell behind again. It also requires you to do 40 observation hours in a school which I only was able to get 15 of them done, hence why I have observation hours to do in the summer.
  • Second Year Seminar
    • Every sophomore is required to take a core seminar course their second year. I took an Elementary Education one that was about learning different writing styles. There was only 11 people in the class, one of them being my boyfriend, so it was pretty fun and laid back. Until the professor became my advisor and questioned me about my boyfriend and I’s status and relationship (embarrassing moment)
  • Intro to Elementary Education
    • A piece of cake class that was forever giving me anxiety when I walked into the door. There was ALWAYS an assignment due, but the professor NEvER talked about the assignments because they were in the syllabus (which he never posted online- so we only had one copy ever). I had to complete 40 observation hours for this course as well and managed to pull those out during spring break.

This semester I also remained involved with the numerous organizations I am apart of on campus… Greek Life with my sorority which I hold a Directors position for- I run the social medias which means I’m basically constantly checking my notifications. We also had a bunch of Philanthropy options. We got to homeless shelters and serve food, participated in Relay for Life and so on.

Program Council which is a group that plans events on campus. I often volunteered for events. Theres a couple more that are less important.

I also applied for an executive board position on the Panhellenic Association, which is the governing board for all the sororities on campus. And I got it! So this semester i had training for that and I have already started things for next semester!

And on top of all of that, I also had family events and somehow managed to make time for friends and family. I BARELY spent any time at home because there were events practically every weekend so I’m excited to go home and see my family more.

So needless to say, it has been one heck of a three months. I’m so glad that the semester is over.

Cheers to summer! And more blogs!

XOXO

Bubbles

College

Working in College

College is pretty much the most important step that will lead you to a career you will spend the next fifty or so years doing. I guess you could say that it is pretty dang important. Although some people in certain career paths can get away without a college degree, most fields require it. This makes it super difficult to get a job unless you attend college. But college is expensive. 

It’s hard to find a job working on a campus when there are 11,000 or more other students looking for a job as well. My first year as a freshmen I applied for around 15 jobs, had one interview and NO job. Luckily, I received a couple of scholarships from my high school and had saved most of the amount I needed to pay my first year in full.

This year you ask? HA. This year I had my first (real) (not babysitting) job during the summer. I have a job babysitting three days a week near my campus. AND I just got a second job working on campus taking notes for students in my class. Despite all of that, I still had to take out a huge loan to pay for my college education. And it’s only my second year. Multiply this by at least two more years, if I graduate on time, and then at least two years after that because my career field requires me to earn my Master’s Degree.

Not only is it difficult to find a single job near by your campus, but this job also has to be pretty flexible considering your courses will change in 4 months and they are likely to be different, in turn changing your work hours or days. Luckily, for those who end up snatching a job on campus, the jobs know and understand that you are a college student and being a student and earning good grades is the most important thing. However, there are many companies that seem to think that you are going to work for them forever and never move on to bigger and better things. They use up every spare second you have (which is next to zero) and kill your social life or student involvement time.

Currently, I planned my schedule for this semester around a babysitting job that I was supposed to have. At the end of last semester though I was told that I was no longer needed as the father’s work hours were changed. I had really planned my life round having this job and didn’t expect to lose it anytime soon. So now, I am left with a very boring and open schedule that I COULD fit easily into a work schedule. BUT it’s basically too late to get any job on campus because the semester just started and they have most positions filled.

Working and college and loans and money are all just such a struggle honestly.

100 Things · College · Friends · Funny

100 Things to ask Your Friends

My go to activity to pass the time at two in the morning is to ask my friends random questions. I call it The Question Game. My roommate, I and our group of friends do this almost weekly, except it’s getting harder and harder to find a list of questions we don’t already know the answers to. The Question Game is a great way to lightly find out slightly deep things out about friends that you may have never known. To put it simply, it’s basically a “get to know each other” game, but more fun with more awkward questions! So let’s get started…

  1. What are you most afraid of?
  2. What is your biggest flaw?
  3. What do you love most about yourself?
  4. What do you hate about yourself?
  5. What was your last dream about?
  6. What are the top five qualities you look for in a significant other?
  7. What is the first feature you notice on the opposite sex?
  8. What is your dream job?
  9. What is the most embarrassing thing someone has walked in on you doing?
  10. How far have you gone with a person of the opposite sex?
  11. How far have you gone with a person of the same sex?
  12. What’s the craziest place you’ve had sex?
  13. When did you lose your virginity?
  14. What was your first time like (with details!)?
  15. What is one thing you want me to realize about myself?
  16. How was your first kiss? (with details!)
  17. What is something you regret the most?
  18. What is the most embarrassing thing to happen to you?
  19. Where do you see yourself in five years?
  20. What is your ten year plan?
  21. Do you want children, and how many?
  22. What was the biggest lie you’ve told your parents?
  23. What is something you’ve never told anyone?
  24. What was the first thing you got grounded for?
  25. Tell me about the first time you snuck out.
  26. What was the hardest thing you’ve ever had to give up on?
  27. What makes you bored?
  28. What is your favorite thing to do?
  29. What is your favorite four-legged animal?
  30. Who is someone you miss the most from your childhood?
  31. What was your favorite toy as a child?
  32. What is your least favorite food?
  33. What is your favorite food?
  34. Are you usually late, early, or right on time?
  35. Are you happy with your life at the moment and why/ why not?
  36. Who is someone you envy?
  37. Tell me about your biggest achievement.
  38. What is the worse thing you’ve ever done?
  39. What is the most embarrassing thing you’ve been caught doing?
  40. What was the worst punishment you received as a child and for what?
  41. What is your favorite type of chocolate?
  42. What are your 3 favorite features of yourself?
  43. What career do you hope to have?
  44. Who was the last person you lied to? When? Why?
  45. What scares you the most and why?
  46. What do you like to do in your free time?
  47. Tell me about a mistake you made.
  48. Tell me about a relationship you regret.
  49. Which is your favorite human body part, why?
  50. What is your biggest turn on?
  51. Do you have any fetishes?
  52. What is your biggest turn off?
  53. What piece of technology brings you the most joy?
  54. What is your going to bed routine?
  55. Do you wash your hands in the bathroom?
  56. What animal best represents your personality?
  57. What is the most important object you own?
  58. Have you ever committed a crime?
  59. What job would you be absolutely horrible at?
  60. What commercial convinced you not to buy the product?
  61. What is something most people can do easily but you find difficult?
  62. What is a job that exists but should not exist?
  63. What is the most impressive thing you know how to do?
  64. What was your drop the mic moment?
  65. What were you most scared of as a child?
  66. Do you believe in ghosts?
  67. Do you believe in big foot?
  68. Who is your nemesis?
  69. What is the best and worse thing about being a female/male?
  70. What childish thing do you still enjoy?
  71. Which celebrity would make the worst leader of the country?
  72. What is the most useless thing you know how to do?
  73. What is your strangest talent?
  74. What wild animal most represents you? Why?
  75. How many people have you dated?
  76. Have you ever considered liking the opposite sex?
  77. Have you ever seen someone of the opposite sex as attractive?
  78. Have you ever had a crush on a teacher or coach of some sort?
  79. Do you prefer Wendy’s of McDonald’s?
  80. Chipotle or Qdoba?
  81. Chocolate or fruity candy?
  82. What is your favorite sex position?
  83. Have you ever been caught having sex?
  84. Do you think there is another life form in the universe?
  85. What is something that you are scared of?
  86. What are three things that are on your bucket list?
  87. What is your ultimate dream job?
  88. What is the coolest thing you’ve found?
  89. What is the most amount of money that you won?
  90. What is something that terrifies you, but you do it anyways?
  91. What was your best/ favorite class/subject in high school?
  92. What was your worst/ least favorite class/subject in high school?
  93. Have you ever crossed someone out of your yearbook? Who?
  94. Where is your favorite place to go?
  95. Where do you want to travel to?
  96. Are you scared of heights? Death? Clowns? Etc?
  97. Tell me something I don’t already know about you?
  98. What is the meanest thing you’ve said or done to someone?
  99. What is the sweetest thing someone else has done for you?
  100. What is the nicest thing you’ve said or done for someone else?
  101. Do you like this game?

Of course, these questions are meant to lead you to think of other questions that are similar. These are just starter questions to help you get thinking!

College · Family · Friends

7 Things That get you Through the Semester

With the first month or so of being back to your college coming to an end soon, you may be starting to wonder when will it be over? Well, here’s a news flash, college is a lengthy process. If you want a degree, you’re looking at around four years at this place.

But have no fear!

Here’s a list of 7 things that can help you survive the rest of the semester.

  1. Your close friends. Over the course of my last semester, my friends were unbelievably supportive. They understood when I needed to stay in my dorm and work on a paper and when I was too stressed out to focus on doing any work. You definitely meet some of your best friends in college.
  2. Your man. Not everyone has a boyfriend, I know. But since I started dating my boyfriend in my second semester, he has been there for me at one in the morning when I needed help writing my final paper or had some sort of mental break down and just needed to talk. Boyfriends are great when you need to talk about things you don’t want to discuss with your girls.
  3. NETFLIX. Oh my gosh is this one of the biggest waste of time while simultaneously being the best thing invented yet. You can literally binge watch every season of all your favorite TV shows. Or have a movie marathon. Just make sure that you complete your assignments at some point, preferably before they are due.
  4. Your girls or guys. Here’s a group of people that know how to cheer you up and get your mind off of things when you need it. They’ll be there at ten in the morning to make cookies with you and eat chocolate.
  5. Your roomie. I get that not everyone is super close with their roommate. For me, I dormed with my best friend. We had rituals to wobble every Wednesday, have pasta dinners on Wednesday’s, taco Tuesday’s and trekked through a winter storms to stock up on food instead of going to the dining halls.
  6. Late night snacks and delivery. Nothing is better than ordering Chinese food or pizza at midnight. Or making a bag of popcorn in the microwave. Really just any type of midnight snack is a savior so stock up!
  7. Your family. Obviously your family had been one of your biggest fan clubs for years, literally since birth. No one can replace the friends that have no choice but to be there for you. Family by chance. Friends by choice.

There are plenty of other things that will help you to survive the semester. Dining halls that stay open late. Extended library hours during finals weeks. Study lounges. Club involvement. This list was just a few of the (mainly) people that will be there when you need it the most.

advice · College · Greek Life

Campus Involvement

Okay, so as I talked about in the quick blog we posted yesterday, I have been super busy lately. I was having a bit of a hard time coming up with a good blog topic and then it hit me, the one thing that I have been doing like crazy since coming back to campus, being involved. 

Now I’m not going to say what to get involved in or try to convince you to do all of the things that I do on my campus, however I am going to encourage you to be as involved as you can be. This doesn’t just go for college students but also high school students, and even graduates or work force employees. In general, I just want you to be involved whether it be with an organization, club, Greek life, the community, your workplace, ANYTHING!

Being involved on my campus as definitely changed my life and my outlook on life. I have found many organizations that I am very passionate about and loving being a part of. To give you a sense of how much time a day I spend being involved (especially the past few weeks) here are some of the things that have been keeping me on my toes lately.

On my campus, I am involved with..

Program Council- this is an organization that plans all of the events for everyone on campus. They host Bingo nights, homecoming week, springfest week, poetry nights, open mic nights, craft nights, and everything in between. All the events that they host on campus are usually 100% free. Other than that, they also plan some Off Campus Adventures that cost money, but aren’t above $10, which appeals to the college student wallet.

Greek Life- I am in a sorority on my campus. Every week we hold a Chapter meeting that is mandatory to attend. Along with that we attend philanthropy events to support the community and our organizations. Since I am in Greek Life, I also support Panhellenic Association. This is the governing board for all the sororities on campus. It also has a Circle of Sisterhood philanthropy that we support and raise money for. We do tons of volunteering in the community, off and on campus.

Residence Hall Association- This is the governing body that allocates money to the Residential buildings, programs, and any other event that you may need money for. This group basically votes to approve your request or not. It also holds some fun events like making cards for people with cancer or playing games against other residential halls.

Lastly, I signed up for a six week course about Greek Leadership and Development (or GLAD). In this we have a small group of campus leaders who get together to have discussions with other adminstrators on how we can become a better campus leader and how we can make a better image for ourselves on campus.

These four organizations are just the major ones that I participate in and attend meetings for every week. As you can probably tell, my schedule is pretty packed. Between these organizations, working, homework and other campus events, you’re probably wondering why I make myself so busy.

The answer is simple. Being involved on campus brings you so many opportunities that if you aren’t involved, you wouldn’t have the opportunity to do. For example, if I weren’t in Program Council, I wouldn’t have the opportunity to attend the Leadership Summit I went to a couple weeks ago. If I weren’t in Greek Life, I wouldn’t have been able to sign up for GLAD. Of course, there have been other opportunities that are available to me that I have had to say no to, as much as I didn’t want to.

And that’s just the case, being involved comes with responsibility and most important time management. First you are a college student. Then you are a campus leader. What I mean by this is that sometimes you can’t do everything. You must prioritize your school work before your involvement. If you know that you have a busy day on Tuesdays, you have to plan ahead and do everything before Tuesday. If you signed up for some leadership course that overlaps with your work schedule, you have to try to find a way to schedule your work week in a way that isn’t intrusive. If you have a huge exam coming up, you have to make the executive decision not to attend the weekly meeting.

I think that the reason why I am so passionate about being involved is all the opportunities that I have found since joining the organizations. But aside from that, it is the people and friends that I have made through them. I would have never met my roommates had I not been involved with Program Council or Greek Life. I couldn’t imagine a life without them as they have become a huge part of who I have grown to be as a campus leader. These organizations give you so much more than you could ever give them. They give you a lifetime of memories in exchange for an hour of your time each week. They give you the strongest friendships in exchange for signing up to volunteer for an event. They give you experience for any career you may go into in exchange for a weekend traveling to a National Conference.

With that being said, I encourage every single high school student, college student, college graduate, parent, employee to get involved with something that is meaningful to you. Get involved with some organization that you are passionate about. What you take away from being involved is so much greater than anything you could imagine.

College · Greek Life

Sorority Stereotypes

This past spring semester, I went through recruitment weekend to join a sorority on my campus. When I told my parents I was interested in accepting a bid I got a couple of different responses. My father, who didn’t really know what a sorority is, encouraged me to get involved on my campus and do whatever I wanted to. My mother as first was excited. Until she talked to my aunt, who informed her of all the sorority stereotypes that parents these days worry about when you go out for recruitment.

Greek life on my campus is pretty different than it is on other campuses. We don’t have houses that are specifically for the Greek Life community to live in. There isn’t a huge recruitment weekend of partying and hazing or any form of bullying for that matter. Greeks on my campus are actually looked up upon by the professors, for the most part. I understand the movies make sororities look bad, but as a member of one, just like high school, they are nothing like the movies make it out to be.

Here are some of the typical stereotypes people think of when they hear that you are in a sorority.

  • Paying for your friends.
    • Oh my is this a big one. Yes we have dues. Yes we have to pay them. No they are not spent on throwing parties. Yes they actually go towards our philanthropy work. Trust me, if I were paying for my friends that I’ve met since recruitment, it would be a whole lot more money.
  • Constant partying.
    • This one irks me simply because in my so far six months of being an initiated member have yet to go to a sorority party. For one, your chapter can get into a whole bunch of trouble if caught. For two, again, it’s just not like the movies. Just because you’re in a sorority doesn’t mean you party every night of the week, or even every weekend.
  • Getting bad grades.
    • I don’t really understand this one. Why do people associate getting bad grades when they are apart of a sorority which values intelligence? Even when receiving a bid, each sorority has their standards for intelligence with a minimum GPA requirement. My chapter has tutoring and hour requirements if you fall below the requirement during a semester, and not to mention academic probation.
  • Hazing
    • For some reason, years ago sororities were kind of known for hazing during the recruitment process. But it’s a new decade. Sorority recruitment is literally sitting down and getting to know each sorority’s core values and philanthropy work. You get to connect with some of the initiated girls and figure out if one of these sororities is the right place for you. The entire time, you are simply encouraged to just be yourself.
  • Initiation.
    • Since I just brought it up a little, initiation tends to be a huge one. People ask what the paddles are really used for. They ask if you’re going to get branded. Are you joining a cult? And so on. Initiation has a bad reputation pretty much just because the rituals are scared. No one knows what happens besides initiated members. This doesn’t mean that what happens during these rituals is hazing, bullying or anything of that sense, at all.

Now that I’ve discussed some of the simple and basic stereotypes, I hope that everyone can come to terms with how sororities actually work in this generation. They are barely ever what they are portrayed to be in the movies. Accepting a bid not only gets you involved on campus but also allows you to meet so many Greeks, even from other sororities, or fraternities. Being exposed to all these new people you tend to get even more involved. You met friends who are a part of this group or that group and they encourage you to get involved with it as well. Joining a sorority was just the beginning of my campus involvement.

I couldn’t be more thankful for my Greek family.

College · Life's Milestones

Since going to college…

This past year, I became a freshman in college. A lot has changed in just a short eight months and time has definitely passed by way too quickly. Simultaneously, I feel as though I have accomplished and grown so much in this short time span. Here are some of the things I have notices that changed after my first year in college.

Since going to college… I have become more independent. I always have been more of an independent person, but being away from my parents I could only rely on myself.

Since going to college… I have come out of my shell (a lot) more. Since I was little, I’ve always been a quiet person, shy as they call it. But on campus it seems that I am a completely different person than I was growing up, which isn’t a bad thing.

Since going to college… I have made so many new friends. I struggled with friends in high school so when it came to college I was pretty nervous about making friends that actually treated me well. But it turns out, thankfully, that most of the people you met in college are grown up and mature, unlike high school friends.

Since going to college… I have learned how to manage a busy schedule. Let’s be real, this is the first time you ever have to worry about school, eating three times a day and doing your laundry. Multitasking is definitely a skill that you’ll need in the future.

Since going to college… I have strived to do well in all my classes. I was warned that college courses are a bit harder than high school courses are, so I made sure I was well prepared for all of my exams, which paid off in the end when I made the Dean’s List all year!

Since going to college… I have gotten involved and tried many new things. I’ve always been apprehensive to try new things or get involved in a group where I didn’t know anyone. In college, I pushed myself to get involved and try new things.

Since going to college… I have become less of a picky eater. Dining food isn’t always the greatest and before coming to college I didn’t eat many foods. But the dining halls don’t cater to each person so, I had to try the food they had available to me.

Since going to college… I have become more of an adult. I am typically a responsible, trust-worthy person, but when I say I have become more of an adult I mean that I have learned how to manage my own time, and do it wisely.

Lastly,

Since going to college… I have found my second home. Being on my own was originally a scary thought for me. But I know now that I have found my second home on campus. I also know that I am where I am supposed to be, doing what I am destined to do.

College · life

Quotes to Live by

With then school year approaching quickly, there’s one thing that everyone shares in common, a lack of motivation. Especially when it comes to school work. Or actual work. Or just doing anything in general. I’ve found that something that inspires me to get what I need done is reading motivational quotes. So here are all the quotes I have pinned on my “Quotes to Live by” Pinterest Board.

You don’t always need a plan. Sometimes you just need to breathe, let go & see what happens.

If life can remove someone you never dreamed of losing, it can replace them with someone you never dreamt of having.

You lose yourself trying to hold on to someone who doesn’t care about losing you.

Mistakes have the power to turn you into something better than you were before.

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.

Live for the moments you can’t put into words.

Sometimes when things are falling apart, they may actually be falling into place .

When it rains, look for rainbows. When it’s dark, look for stars.

First, think. Second, believe. Third, dream. And finally, dare. – Walt Disney

The struggle you are in today is developing the strength you need for tomorrow.

Train your mind to see the good in everything.

Be brave enough to travel the unknown path, and learn what you are capable of.

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

Memories take us back, dreams take us forward.

But we’re all scared to say the things worth saying..

It’s going to be hard, but hard is not impossible.

If nothing ever changed, there’d be no butterflies. -Unknown

Stop being afraid of what could go wrong, and focus on what could go right.

Don’t be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams.  -Ralph Waldo Emmerson

Those who do not believe in magic will never find it.

Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly. -Proverb

Whatever you decide to do, make sure it makes you happy.

Ever single thing that has ever happened in your life is prepping you for a moment that has yet to come. -Unknown

Believe you can &  you’re halfway there. – Theodore Roosevelt

Sometimes there is no next time, no second chance, no time out. Sometimes it is now or never.

One of the happiest moments in life is when you find the courage to let go of what you can’t change.

Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start now and make a brand new ending. -Carl Bard

Make today count, you’ll never get it back.

Take chances when you’re young so that you can tell stories when you’re old.

Always find time for the things that make you feel happy to be alive.

Life is about moments: don’t wait for them, create them.

You may not always end up where you thought you were going. But you will always end up where you are meant to be.

The moment when you want o quit is the moment you need to keep pushing.

Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.

Let today be the start of something new.

When was the last time you didi something for the first time?

You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.

Be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody. – Kid President

You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the last one.

Life is a like a camera, you focus on what’s important, capture the good times, develop from the negative and if things don’t work out take another shot.

Never do tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time.

If it were easy, everyone would do it.

Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.

Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass; it’s about learning to dance in the rain.

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

Good things come to those who wait but the best things come to those who do.

If we wait until we’re ready, we’ll be waiting for the rest of our lives. – Lemony Snicker

College · Summer

6 Reasons Why You Actually Miss Being on Campus

Despite the excitement of returning home from campus for the summer months, you quickly come to realize all the things you actually miss because you aren’t on campus anymore. It’s been about three weeks since finals ending and I’m already having the Campus Blues. 

Here are some of the reasons why you’ll actually miss being on campus this summer.

You’ll miss seeing your friends everyday. Or at least being able to see them as much as you wish. It’s definitely true that you make some of your best friends in college. However, the downside is that they most likely won’t be from your home town. So in the summer months, you simply just end up missing them.

You’ll miss having your own little space. I honestly miss my little dorm room, even though I have my own room at home. I miss the privacy that came with having my dorm room instead of having to let my parents know everything I do.

You’ll miss going on “dates” with your friends (or boyfriend). Trips to the dining halls are a daily occurrence on campus, but now that you’re home? Most of the time you end up eating your meals alone and can’t help but miss the crazy conversations and fun times you had at the dining halls.

You’ll miss making new friends on campus. If you are anything like me, then you are constantly meeting new people and making new friends. Whether it be in a class, in a group or just walking around on campus. You see people you know everywhere.

You’ll miss the groups you joined. Since being on campus, I’ve already started to become involved with other groups and organizations. I’m definitely starting to miss the people and meetings that I got to see and be involved with.

You’ll miss campus events. Whether it be Greek life, a campus club, program council, the resident halls, there was always something going on every day on campus. At home things are a little bit different, meaning there isn’t as much to do. Not being busy is, well, boring.

But have no fear! September is coming around faster than we realize. Move-in day is practically right around the corner. And I can’t wait to be back on campus complaining about the dining hall food or all the assignments I have.

With that said, ENJOY THE REST OF THE SUMMER, it’s not going to last forever.