Adding Kindness to a Bitter World

Today, as I was walking through the parking lot up to my dorm room, my cat slipped out of his harness and jogged away from me. While this happened, the bag of groceries I was carrying slipped out of my arm and somehow ripped, thankfully nothing spilled. Once I grabbed my cat and threw my ripped bag of groceries into the bag of clean laundry I could make it into my dorm building.

“Do you need help? Miss, do you need help?” A woman in front of me grabbed the door and the woman behind me smiled and asked again. I reassured her that I was just fine, and she helped distract my cat as I put him back in his harness. She talked to me as I gathered my things and before she left, she asked one more time of I needed any help. I wish I knew that ladies name, because that little ray of kindness made the walk up two flights of stairs with a screaming cat a little more bearable.

After hearing that story, I want to talk about how a little bit of kindness can change the view of another person’s day. Every day I try to help someone else, or bestow a little positivity in their life. Any small gesture can help another person. If you see someone wearing a cute outfit you like in passing, compliment them. You don’t know if they have been self-conscious about wearing it in public. Ask someone if they need help if they look like they are struggling. Hold a door open for someone. Be kind.

One more thing before I sign off, put yourself in others shoes. I work in customer service, and I spend most of my time listening to people yell at me for something I cannot change. I don’t get mad at them, for all I know they could have had a day like mine, and just have been in a bad mood. Be a good person, stay positive.

 

Thanks for reading.

Three Tips to Save You From Drowning in College.

“I feel like I am drowning.” I said, texting my boyfriend, “And I am struggling to stay above water.” This past semester, more than ever, the weight of college really hit me. With only four semesters left, I started to fall under the choppy water of homework assignments, tests, and projects all at once. Now I know I am preaching to the choir when I talk about this, but I thought I could share three of my most helpful ways to stay above water in college.

Use Your Planner

Most of my freshman and sophomore year of college I relied on my memory to keep me on task. Do not do this! Trust me, you can have the best memory, and still be able to forget to do one homework assignment. There are some great planner apps out there that are free and easy to use. If you are like me though, you might enjoy just having a hands-on book to write your things to do in. It doesn’t need to be pretty (trust me, mine is a mess of highlighted things and torn pages) it just should work for you. Every college bookstore sells their best version of a planner for under $10.

Talk to Your Teachers

You have probably heard this a lot, but your professors are there to help you. It might not seem like it at the beginning of the semester, (“Read the syllabus!”) but if you are truly having problems on an assignment, schedule a time to talk to them during their office hours, that is what they are here for.

Take Time for Yourself

Now, I don’t see this a lot when talking about tips for college students, but it is one of my favorite. Sometimes when doing homework, you just hit a block where you can’t move on any further. Trust me, this happens to everyone. Try and take a 15- 20 minute break. Eat a snack, or watch an episode of your favorite series. I don’t recommend Netflix however, because I once spent an entire night just re-watching episodes of “The Office.” Trust me, Netflix is like the devil when it comes to studying, stay away.

I really hope that these tips were able to help you if you feel like you are drowning. Leave a comment down below about one of your favorite study tips. Thank you for reading and have a great day!


Planner Apps: For IOs https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/planner-pro-daily-calendar/id571588936?mt=

For Android

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=jp.co.johospace.jorte&hl=en