Stress is firmly set into the lives of students all of the world right now. I wanted to share some of the best quotes that help me get through my most stressful days, nights, and even weeks.
Being in control of your life and having realistic expectations about your day-to-day challenges are the keys to stress management, which is perhaps the most important ingredient to living a happy, healthy and rewarding life. -Marilu Henner
He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature. -Socrates
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace. -Ecclesiastes
Stress never ends so there is no point in stressing about every little detail. Most importantly, in a year you’ll barely remember why you felt so stressed over all of these little things, so why stress about it now?
Homecoming is a special time in both high school and college. However, the two are extremely different and students experience the two completely differently as well.
Homecoming in high school involved lots of prep for a pep rally, last minute running around and trying to memorize cheer routines, football plays, chants, and school spirit permeates. The biggest highlight is the homecoming football game and the infamous homecoming dance.
In college, school spirit is seen on campus everyday and chant wars cover sororities and fraternities as well as through various clubs. However, the best part of homecoming in college is having family members come visit and alumni coming back to watch sporting events and participate in other activities that are all over the campus. Family makes their first trip back up to campus and seeing family and friends come to visit makes seeing them all the more special and a great reason to show off your school.
The main point of homecoming in any university or high school is to have students come back to remember their time. More collegiate alumni come back to retrace their steps, visit old students, and reconnect with old professors.
No matter if you are celebrating your last homecoming in high school or you first in college, coming together and spreading school spirit and love makes all the work and effort worth it in the end.
I’ve been in Internship-land for the past year. Internships are pretty common among art students. Junior Synthesis is a class that prepares art students for the real world. And applying for internships is one of the requirements. Internships are a sure-fire way to gain experience and knowledge without all the pressure of a full-time job (although you might be surprised! They can be just as much work sometimes.)
Most importantly, they are a learning experience. You’re not supposed to know everything right away. Since I’ve applied to quite a few now, I thought it would be handy to share some tips with you!
- ALWAYS write and attach a cover letter, unless they specifically don’t ask for one or there is no place to attach it. Some internship applications will say you can add one “if desired”. You absolutely should!
- Don’t be afraid of the Big Bad Cover Letter. Cover letters get easier with each one you make. You can also use parts of your previous cover letters and tailor them for the next one. But remember to be authentic–don’t copy your old cover letter entirely! Also, you might seem like you’re getting a bit redundant. That’s natural, especially if you’re just starting out. Work on it until it feels right and real it aloud, maybe to some friends, to get some feedback.
- Don’t sell yourself short. It might feel awkward, but you have to emphasize your skills and strengths. If you think something is worthwhile, then it probably is! Mention it!
- Keep applying. There’s no rule that says you can only apply for one internship. Apply for as many as you can. If you get accepted to more than one, pick which one you think is the best fit.
- Have patience. This is what all your friends and family will tell you. And when they stop telling you, you have to tell yourself! You will get something. And besides, with every application it gets easier to write the next. The experience of just applying is worth it.
While we haven’t quite reached the summer solstice just yet, some friends from Room 316 and I have started to plan for next summer. We were watching “Gossip Girl” season 2 when Blair was returning back home to the Hamptons with her new boyfriend, while Chuck Bass was waiting for her with a bouquet of flowers….that didn’t end so well, but anyway… that was when we all agreed that we should go to the Hamptons. Another friend suggested that we should Airbnb. Airbnb is this website that you can go and request to live in another person’s house while they are away on vacation. I then looked on the website to view the various homes that are located in the Hamptons. Some of the houses looked amazing from the outside but hideous on the inside. The houses that were outstanding both inside and out either cost too much or did not have adequate living space for seven people. In addition to that, the owners did not want parties inside their homes… like you live in a secluded area with no entertainment. Moving on, we scraped that idea, and I started to look at Miami.
Miami is way cheaper and affordable for freshly soon to be graduated college students. I believe we came to this conclusion because we were all watching “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” and the episode that aired was Kourtney and Kim were going to Miami to expand their brand, DASH, a family owned store. This gave me such nostalgia because I remembered “Kourtney and Khloe take Miami”, which was the best spin-off ever created. As I searched Airbnb and so far found the perfect apartment that is both stylish and youthful. While I think every person who is a host on the website doesn’t want parties in their apartment/house, Marki reminded me that since we will be in Miami, we don’t need to stay in the apartment, which I totally agree. We plan on driving to Miami and stay for about a week.
I am looking forward to what senior year has in store for but I am also excited for the fun plans that my friends and I are making to capitalize on successes that we have achieved here at Fontbonne and in our own personal lives. No matter where we go via Airbnb, we’ll make the most of our time together. Anywhere we go we bring the party, we bring the atmosphere, and we bring the attitude.