New Beginnings: Blessing or Burden?

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If you had asked me two weeks ago what I looked forward to most upon entering college life, I would have told you, “The chance to completely start over and meet new people.” But now? The most difficult part of college life is exactly that: the chance to completely start over and meet new people. Of all the days I spent daydreaming of going off on my own to a foreign place with foreign faces, I never considered just how hard it truly is to make friends. I’ve found myself wondering these past few days, is a new beginning really what I want? Or should I have listened to Daughtry’s catchy version of the cliché, be careful what you wish for? Continue reading

The Lifelong Search for Joy (Not Happiness)

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For a lot of teenagers, there’s nothing they want more than a shiny new car for their 16th birthday. Or at least, a shiny new piece of plastic that allows them to legally drive. Me on the other hand? I wanted absolutely nothing to do with driving—I loved the company of my parents as chauffeurs, and I never felt embarrassed by their presence. Most of all, I feared the power and responsibility of maneuvering a very expensive toy on the roads (especially with all the inattentive drivers who spend more time looking at their phones than their rearview mirrors). One of the first times I drove with my mom on a permit to obtain the required hours, my left leg twitched uncontrollably—and a lot. It felt numb by the time I made it to my destination! That’s how scared I felt.

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Let’s Celebrate Moms

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You guys! Did you know that Mother’s Day is this Sunday? While I love the holiday and celebrating my much-deserving mom, I hate the timing of it. May is the busiest time of year for me (and probably most students) so I always feel like the holiday sneaks up before I can think of a great gift. Which is so unfair to all the mothers out there! That’s why giving an experience can sometimes be the best gift of all—you can think of it last minute without having to buy anything, and you get to make an awesome memory with your mother. Continue reading