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4 Ways to Mentally Adjust to Moving and Life Changes

Greek philosopher Heraclitus once stated that “the only constant in life is change.” And, although it might sound like a paradox, in actuality, we are constantly evolving, disrupting our lives in search for something better. However, as humans our mental health can become extremely fragile during these times, making falling into a negative mindset much easier. Here are my top tips, that I have personally used, to embrace the change that comes with moving. Lock

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Things I Wish I Had Known When I Was Younger

Dear my younger and naive self, I know you love your parents, but you don’t have to believe everything they tell you. You are your own person, and you can make decisions for yourself. Take a look around and make your own judgements about the world. Be observant; don’t let others cover your eyes and walk you through life. Don’t let others bully you into pushing away your true feeling and thoughts, learn to embrace your

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Where To Find Cheaper Dorm Supplies

I hate to be that person, but summer is just about half way over. It’s almost time for all those back to school commercials we all hate to see make their return Soon we’re going to be heading to the mall and the local Wal-Mart for back to school supplies. This year, I’ll have to pick up more than just the regular few pairs of jeans, shoes, and binders. I am about to be a


How Do You Figure Your Life Out at Seventeen and a Half?

You don’t. As of two days ago (May 14th), I finally made seventeen and a half orbits around the sun. As of now, I only have almost six months left of relishing in songs about being seventeen (my personal favorites being Anthems for a Seventeen Year Old Girl by Broken Social Scene and Nørgaard by The Vaccines). The last three weeks have been somewhat of a whirlwind for me, and this essay is my attempt

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What Having Scoliosis Has Taught Me

When I was seven years old I went to a routine check up at my doctor’s office. During a simple test of my flexibility, my doctor discovered that I have scoliosis. In basic terms, scoliosis is the abnormal curvature of the spine. Little did I know that this diagnosis would send me on a medical journey that would greatly influence my life. Shortly after my diagnosis, I was sent to a hospital and given x-rays

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Why Children of Addiction Aren’t Susceptible to Failure

  There is a specific point in your life when you are no longer heavily affected by the opinions of others. For me, I never had the privilege of hearing what others thought about me (thankfully I was surrounded by people who kept their opinions to themselves)—the pressure I felt was my own interpretation of what they thought of me (thinking of myself from the outside), and I made a pretty big effort in making

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