Things My Undergrad Taught Me

In honor of (FINALLY) graduating with my B.S. in Education today, I thought I would share some things I have learned while earning my undergrad!

  1. Naps are the best.
  2. Coffee is pretty good taken black.
  3. Changing your mind is okay, and encouraged.
  4. I am a hard-core introvert
  5. Do what you love
  6. Anything can go wrong…
  7. It’s how you handle it that matters.
  8. College friends are for life.
  9. Don’t you DARE compare yourself to others.
  10. God is essential.
  11. Dorm life is fun
  12. Dorm life is hard.
  13. College is NOT like the movies
  14. Professors are cool
  15. Study groups help broaden friendship horizons.
  16. Only join the clubs you REALLY WANT to join
  17. I am a feminist
  18. I am not a quitter
  19. School is hard
  20. Liberal Arts has the best students and the best profs
  21. Eating healthy is important, and possible in college
  22. Your profs are there to challenge your way of thinking… so you can prove why your opinions are right
  23. The easiest classes allow you to learn the least.
  24. Cafeteria food is the worst
  25. You don’t need to “go greek” to make life-long friendships
  26. Ramen is the worst
  27. Always ask questions
  28. The worst anyone can say is “no”
  29. Always wake-up on the first alarm
  30. College is worth the struggle.

 

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I learned so much while working for my degree. Many of the lessons have been about life, how to respect others, and how to think through my personal ideas. I learned how to form educated opinions and prove they were right, even in front of a classroom. One of the most important things I learned was that we are all people; despite our religions, races, cultures, or opinions… we are all people.

These 30 things are only a few things I learned, I gained so many new ideas and skills… but these seemed like the best ones to share for now.

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What about you? Is there anything you learned during college that was life changing? Be sure to let me know!

Much love. Much grace.

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Dzien Dobry from Polska!

We arrived this weekend and are finally at our destination for most of the summer. Before making our way here we spent a couple days in Krakow to learn a bit about Polish history and culture.

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The first place we experienced was Auschwitz. We visited both camps (I did not know before this that there were more than one) and saw the barracks, prison, death wall, and the gas showers.

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 We saw the camp, that is now so full of beauty with flowers, trees, and sunshine. It was such a surreal experience. It was quite emotional to be mourning over so much death, destruction, and darkness in one place and then looking out a window to such peaceful scenery.

 Learning about the Holocaust in school could not have prepared me in anyway to actually see where and the magnitude of people had died. Not by bodies, but by their few left possessions. We saw hundreds of glasses and baby shoes. I saw a room filled with 2 tons of women’s hair the Nazi’s then made into cloth to sell. I saw hundreds of suitcases with names on them. Each on representing a family, a life.

The worst part was learning about how methodical, logical, and calculating the Nazi’s were to “exterminate” people. They held conferences to find faster, easier, calmer ways of killing people. They would keep the prisoners as calm as possible by telling them they were getting showers. So naturally they had to split up by gender, and keep mothers with their children. Then the Nazi’s took them to the “showers” and had conversations about jobs and skills the people had, the Nazi’s would tell the people how needed they were at the camp and that they could be helpful to the community. All the while knowing they were sending them to their death. Sending people in with thoughts of excitement of being clean and hope of maybe starting a new life. Incredibly cruel.

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This whole trip, while sad, heavy, and dark, was such an amazing trip. Sometimes it takes seeing things and touching things to understand the depth of an issue. I am very thankful for the experience to groan under the weight of such a history. To see how this affected Poland in a major way and formed a major part of its history.

The darkness in this country is everywhere. There is no light. There is no hope. Except for a select few. A few candles in the darkness trying to lead others and show them the way.

  “The one who does not remember history is bound to live through it again.” -George Santayana

 Proszę.

Please.

Please pray for Poland and its darkness. Please Pray for Europe and that more light would come to this forgotten continent.

Much love. Much grace.

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Book Love: Quiet

This past month* I have been reading a fantastic book that I have been wanting to read for about 2 years now.

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking

When I first heard of this book I had just arrived back to the States after being in Eastern Europe for two months. The culture there was much  more quiet, intentional, and soft-spoken than my American culture, but it was an environment I enjoyed, and even thrived in. The quiet culture of thinking before speaking, not feeling the need to speak to random strangers, and even enjoying a pause during a conversation was a culture I loved.

So after enjoying my summer of gentle culture, coming back to the United States was a loud, brash, abrupt awakening. And honestly, I was struggling to adjust back to the loud colors, language, and voices of my home culture.

That was when someone referred me to the book Quiet. She said that this book would not only help me adjust, but possibly help me understand my louder, more extroverted counterparts.

I could not find this book anywhere. I searched for about six months before giving up and just decided that I couldn’t read a book that was nonexistent. Then (a year and a half later!!) in October, I was walking past the Psychology section in Books-A-Million when the red words caught my eye. To say I was excited is an understatement (ask Mr. Yell… haha!) so I grabbed the book checked it out and began to read one of the most well-constructed, non-fiction research based books I have ever read.

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The author, Susan Cain, does a brilliant job of researching and presenting her topic of Introversion in an Extroverted society. She brings up issues in our culture, how she believes they can be solved, and speaks with truth and authority. Her research is quite extensive, which sounds boring, but she presents her research with stories, examples, and interviews which makes the book much more of a fun read.

She brings to light the plight of introverts, not because they are introverted, but because American culture seems to have no room for those who are introverted.

Being an introvert, I felt so understood by reading this book. Introversion is an issue I see in our culture today, and introverts do have a tendency to try to hide introversion characteristics. This book made me understand myself, and extroverts much better than I had in the past.

Cain’s explanations and solutions are intriguing ideas to introduce to our loud society. Even if you believe that a society cannot have a preferred personality, reading this book will make you look a bit closer to friends, family, coworkers, and the media.

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I would rate her book highly on my personal reading list, and hope you enjoy it as well!

Be sure to check it out, take a read, and tell me what you think of the book!

Susan Cain’s TEDTalk is just a small portion of her book but is still worth the time to listen to, especially if you are unsure about buying her book. Listening to her speech will give an insight to her research and the book, Quiet.

Much love. Much grace.

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*It took me a month to read this book due to school work and other life factors. Not because the book was disinteresting, hard to read, or  lengthy.