First off, I can't believe that I'm halfway done with college. In another two years I'll be on my own, as an adult with absolutely no clue how to be an actual adult. Lol wish me luck.

Anyway, as my sophomore year comes to a close, I can't help but reminisce. From getting a little too turnt on Halloween to falling for the wrong guy, I've definitely learned a thing or two. With that said, here are some of my experiences in the form of lessons, courtesy of the past ten months:

1. Sometimes a movie night in with the girls is so much better than a night out. Grab some ice cream, some popcorn, a cozy blanket, and chill.
2. You want to go to frat parties and you think it's going to be as fun as it was freshman year, but it's not. You force those plastic-handle vodka shots down your throat and dance with your friends. Sooner or later you realize that 99% of the people around you are freshmen and the boys no longer find you that interesting. This is also when you find that #1 sounds like pretty damn good idea.
3. The college blackout culture is really stupid... however, I am guilty of participating. Sometimes a blackout leads to a funny story or results in a new fling, but usually not. In reality, blackouts lead to a wasted night ~literally, a gnarly hangover, and some a lot of regrets... like the text (or five) you sent to God knows who.
4. All of the sudden you realize that you actually have to start figuring your life out. Like where am I going to be after college? What am I going to do? I have no money? Help?
5. If you're having a bad day or you're going through a breakup or your dog died (😥), take the day off and set aside your responsibilities. I promise your well being is so much more important than reading those 100 textbook pages for lecture.
6. Surround yourself with quality friends. These people should enhance your life, they should not fill it with petty drama. Friendships, like relationships, require mutual respect and trust. Friendships that lack these things simply aren't worth having.
7. If a person upsets you more than they make you happy, they shouldn't be in your life. No matter how much you care about someone sometimes you have to let them go for your own sanity.
8. People will disappoint you. They'll break their promises. They'll play games with your heart and your mind. They'll take advantage of you. When this happened to me I started thinking the worst of people without knowing them or giving them a chance. Then I realized that just because one person (or maybe a few) let you down, doesn't mean that everyone will. In the end you can't control how other people treat you, all you can do is treat people with respect and forget about the people who can't do the same for you.
9. The best revenge is self-improvement and genuine happiness. As hard as it is (we all love the idea of some Emily Thorne style revenge), forget all the crazy, sitcom-worthy schemes, move on, and be the best you possible.
10. It's okay to be vulnerable. It's okay to have weaknesses. It's okay to not be perfect. It's also okay to get hurt. This year I learned how to take down my walls. Before, I was never willing to let anyone in. My biggest fear was getting hurt so I protected myself by keeping a safe distance. I finally found the strength to be vulnerable and yes, I ended up hurt, but I've grown as a person because of it. Letting yourself be vulnerable is important, as it teaches you how to love and be loved in a way that you could not experience otherwise. In the case that you do get hurt, it makes you stronger and, in a way, invincible.
11. All of these lessons really come down to one thing: life is short, so make sure that you're happy every day of it. Rid yourself of the stress, drama, and heartacheno one is worth sacrificing your own happiness. Even when life is complete shit (this, unfortunately, is inevitable), find something to be grateful for; there's always something. Remember, every second you spend unhappy is a second wasted.

To sum things up, here's to another school year in the books. Now, it's time for SUMMER (which basically translates to no responsibility). Since I only have a few more of these responsibility free summers before adult life strips me of this luxury, you best believe I'm making it a memorable one. Catch ya later babes.

❤ lo

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