The Freshman 15: Tips for Meeting New People

So It Must Be True

Before I started college, one of my biggest concerns was that I would have trouble making new friends. After all, most of the people I socialized with in high school had chosen other universities, and ever since middle school, I was a little shy around new people. How was I going to acquire a whole new clique in such a short period of time, when it had already taken me thirteen years of school to really figure out who my friends were back home?

Ironically enough, within a few months of college I had already made more friends than I knew what to do with! Meeting so many people that early on and watching the way they interacted with others was what really helped me to create such strong friendships in that first semester, and in turn it made my freshman year of college much more memorable. 🙂

This month…

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5 Things That End Friendships, And Why That Just Might Be Okay

Thought Catalog

We don’t know how to phase people in and out of our lives without getting attached. We just don’t. Granted, sometimes we have life-long friends who grow and change as we do, but that’s often not the case. Circumstances change. We change. And we’re not supposed to spend forever with people who don’t help us to enjoy life or teach us things about the world or ourselves or who generally don’t serve a purpose other than to frustrate us. Sometimes it’s just better to acknowledge that a friendship has run it’s course and that not every friendship, much like relationships in general, is meant to be a life-long thing. Accepting that is much better than trying to hold onto the pieces that are left. It’s the strain of trying to do so with people who don’t fit us anymore that really does us in. So very often, the circumstances will do…

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Which “10 All Time Greatest Novels” List Is Better?

Books to read maybe? I need to start somewhere… Opinions on these books anyone? I find that there is a VERY wide variety of literature tastes, and honestly, I don’t trust these lists.

Dysfunctional Literacy

A few months ago, I vowed that I wouldn’t read a 10 All Time Greatest Novels list that came out on a popular weekly entertainment site.  I was pretty sure I’d disagree with the list, and I was also certain that the experts who had compiled the list hadn’t read every book ever published and therefore weren’t qualified to determine what the ten best books of all time were. 

Then a couple weeks ago a British publication/site devised its own Top 100 Novels list.  Curiosity overcame my integrity, and I decided to go ahead and read the lists.  After all, I wanted to know how similar (or different) two competing lists of book rankings could be.  Both lists went up to 100, but in the interest of keeping this post short, I’ve cut the lists to their top ten.  Maybe, just maybe, the two lists would have the exact same books.  If two “best ever…

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25 Things I Want Myself to Know at 25

25 Things I Want Myself to Know at 25

Here’s a post I found that made me think a little bit more about the “big picture” in life and how all the little, stressful things we do and deal with shouldn’t bring us down. There are other people out there with way worse things going on — remind yourself of these things often. Be grateful. 

It also gave me a few chuckles here and there. 

This list also kind of reminds me of this book I’m reading: How to Win Friends and Influence People. I highly suggest reading it.