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What To Do….

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Now that senior year is coming to an end, I will give you, my readers a list of things I think you should do at some point in your college career.  This includes things I have done, and things I wish I had done, enjoy!

 

1. Get Involved 

Find something that you are really passionate about, and get involved.  It does not necessarily have to be a club or an activity, it can be a sport, or you could get involved with the community in general…whatever it is, get involved.  Not only does it teach you time management, it gives you a sense of meaning, and makes you feel like you belong.

2. Travel

The only time I traveled in my college career was if it was an away game for the football team.  With that being said, I did get to go to some pretty cool places, and I will never forget our trip to Whitewater, Wisconsin.  It made me realize I wish I had traveled more, and maybe gone on a study abroad, you may not think it is worth the splurge, but it is trust me.  Even if its only in the United States

3. Exercise 

It’s the only time in your life when you will have access to a free gym. 

4. Make Friends with the People in your Class.

Trust me, this is crucial.  For starters if you have a boring professor, they help you get through the class period by keeping you entertained.  Next, if you miss a class they can usually tell you what went on, and what you have to do before the next class.  Finally, if you do not know what the hell you are doing on a homework assignment they can help you figure it out, or they will be as lost as you are…which will make you feel better.

5. Go to Sports Games

Student-athletes have a lot to balance on their plate, yet they still go out and represent your school every game.  Support them, they will appreciate it more than you will ever know.

6. Live in a Crappy House

You may ask why I recommend this… well… it will teach you everything that you DON’T want a future house to be.  For example, I have learned that dishwasher, water pressure, kitchen with counter tops, and house with heat is essential to my happiness.

7. Don’t be Afraid to be Yourself.

A lot of the times people get wrapped up in trying to please others, don’t even worry about it, it’s not worth it.  Be like this guy, he’s loving every second of his life (or so it appears to be) and he’s being goofy.  Being goofy is fun, trust me, with that being said

8. HAVE LOTS OF DANCE PARTIES

You will never regret a single one.  Even if it’s only with your roommates in the living room, it is a great stress relief. Also, 80’s power hour never gets old, try it out.

9. If You Live Off Campus Be Nice To Your Neighbors

Our landlord warned us when we move in that some of our neighbors may be a little rough around the edges.  However, we respected them, even became friendly with them, and now they love us, and watch out for our house when we aren’t there.  I recommend you do this, it will make your life easier.  ALSO if you live in a neighborhood have candy on Halloween, it proves you aren’t just selfish college students.

10. Don’t Wish it Away

When you are a freshman, don’t sit there wishing you were 21.  Time flies, it feels like I just started at Salisbury yesterday, and I am graduating essentially a month from today.  I am so thankful for my four years here, but never realized how fast they will fly by, and how much things can change.  Enjoy every second of it. 

 

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Ithaca

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Ithaca

This weekend the Salisbury Football team lost in a heart-wrenching game to Ithaca in overtime by one point. Due to that loss, the Seagulls no longer have a chance at making Division III playoffs, and their season will end this Saturday.

The End is Near

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Senior year seemed to fly by,  I feel like it just started yesterday, and that may be because my senior year is only one semester long, but everything seems to be coming to an end.

Last night I went to my roommates last dance show of her career… The show put everything into perspective, we actually are graduating, and our college careers are going to be over in a month.  It’s weird.  I live with five girls, and that is a challenge within itself, but I feel like I just met these girls yesterday, at the same time I feel like I have known them my whole life.

It’s odd thinking that next semester I will be sitting at a desk all day instead of sprinting through campus because I am late for a class, or yelling at someone because they stole the parking spot I had my eye on.  (In case you were unaware parking on Salisbury’s campus is a war zone, only the strong survive.)

It’s also weird because I am already working, but work is going to be the only thing I have to focus on come January.  Currently I am balancing a full time work load, a full time internship, and four full time courses that require a boat load of work.  I keep telling myself if I can make it through this semester I can make it through anything.  However, now that it is coming to an end, I fear that I will almost be bored come January because I will only have one thing to focus on.

I’m sure at first having to only focus on work will be nice, but I think I may have to pick up a few new habits.

Love Actually

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Holiday season is apparently right around the corner, walk into any mall, or watch any television commercial and it will confirm that statement.  I love the holidays, mainly because it is one time when majority of people are prone to do good things, help strangers, and be better people.  The beginning quote in the movie Love Actually (2003) says it all pretty well.

“Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinion’s starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don’t see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often, it’s not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it’s always there – fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends. When the planes hit the Twin Towers, as far as I know, none of the phone calls from the people on board were messages of hate or revenge – they were all messages of love. If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaky feeling you’ll find that love actually is all around.”

Although love is amplified during the holiday seasons (and I am not complaining about that) I think it is important to realize that love is around all of the time, you just have to take a second and appreciate it.  So this holiday season when you are spreading the love and doing good deeds, I ask that you think about what you will do when the holiday season?  I suggest that you carry that feeling of love and happiness with you, and keep spreading it.  Be willing to lend a helping hand throughout the whole year, not just during the holiday season.

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Check out my video that tells you everything I do at United Needs and Abilities

Outlook on Life

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Today I have the pleasure of driving back to Salisbury.  My travel route consists of 206 to 287 to the Jersey Turnpike (fun) to Rt 13 to Rt 1 back to Rt 13 (even more fun).  Now most people hate this drive for two reasons, the Jersey Turnpike and Rt 13.  The Jersey Turnpike is never fun to drive on, and us Jersey people are ruthless, we don’t really accept outsiders on our roads, and then Rt 13 is tedious because it is two lane traffic filled with speed traps and more stop lights than I have ever seen.

When most people drive this route they are miserable, my dad especially, but I take a different look at it.  I use this travel time to become a rock star (I wish I was kidding).  I sing my lungs out the whole way home & back.  It is a stress relief!  Music is proven to lower depression rates and helps with a whole bunch of other stuff that I will give you, my reader, the pleasure of looking up.

I will never forget when I came home a  couple of years ago around Christmas time and I was sitting in bumper to bumper traffic and everyone around me looked miserable.  So to brighten the mood I reached in my back seat and grabbed a Santa hat (don’t ask me why I had one in my back seat, I am not sure) and proceeded to put the hat on and sing Christmas Carols, nice and loud.  The guy driving next to me started laughing at me, and I waved and continued to sing.  Next thing I know he was rolling down his window requesting that I play Jingle Bells next.

What’s my point? Life is all about how you view it.  I tend to make everything a positive, I love being happy, and I love making other people happy!  It was awesome when the driver next to me started laughing because I knew at that moment he was not thinking about how much traffic we still had to sit in, but he was thinking about the goofball college student who seemed to be having the time of her life singing Christmas Carols.  

I live by the sayings don’t make a mountain out of a mole-hole, and life is all about how you look at it.  For one day I encourage you all to try and be optimistic about things that may seem negative, let me know how it goes. 

A Dogs Love

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I came home this weekend for the first time since early May, and I was greeted at the door by a very old, yet very excited dog.  Some people (mostly people without dogs) find it weird how obsessed people can be with the furry animals, but in my mind I don’t see how you couldn’t be.  I have had Tanner since I was in fourth grade, she’s twelve years old now.

I am an only child-my dog was all I had growing up, well besides my parents.  She slept with me every night and woke me up every morning (way too early for my liking) to play with her.  I was scared when I first went to college that she would be mad at me when I left, boy was I wrong. 

Tanner’s really old now, her spine no longer tells her back legs to walk, she actually looks hammered when she tries to get from point A to point B.  When I walked through the door on Thursday night she scurried (dragging her hind legs) all the way to the door smiling the whole way. You may not believe me, but my dog smiles, she snorts as well, it is adorable.  Needless to say this is probably going to be the last time I see Tanner, but she has been the best dog a girl could ask for.  She was there for every major event in my life, and she is the best cuddle buddy anyone could ask for.  It was almost as though she has a sixth sense that tells her when I am upset, or am happy and want to play.

It amazes me how a dog would do anything for a human, and how much unconditional love they are filled with.  I think if people loved like dogs the world would be a much happier place.