Surviving College: Game Of Thrones Edition

GameOfThronesCollege is one of those crazy times that not everyone chooses to go through. If you’ve decided to make the next step in furthering your education, be prepared. College is nothing like high school. Well, maybe the people don’t always change but with thousands of students on campus and numerous classroom buildings, certain people are always easy to avoid. Still, college is an entirely different world, and the best advice that anyone can prepare you with are the words of warning and vigilance from House Stark, one of the greatest, most noble houses of Westeros. Winter is Coming.

  1. Don’t worry about trying to fit in. Just be yourself and don’t worry about what anyone else thinks.

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High school might have been the time for trying to fit in with this group or that clique, but you’re in college now. You don’t need to be someone you’re not in order to fit in. College is a time to figure out what you want to do with the rest of your life and how you want to live it. Don’t worry about other people and what they think. Their opinions don’t matter. If someone doesn’t like you, move on. There are plenty of other people for you to meet.

  1. Don’t become an alcoholic every weekend.

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It’s easy to get caught up in the partying and drinking on weekends, especially if you live on campus. Everyone always seems to be going out and having a good time, and you don’t want to be left out. The best advice anyone can give you: know your limits and get your work done. Then you can have your fun.

  1. You need to be independent now.

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Don’t rely on anyone else to save you. You’re in college now, and you need to learn how to be independent. Mom and Dad won’t be around forever to help you get out of sticky situations; no one can save you from the mistakes you make. And ladies, you don’t need a “knight in shining armor” to rescue you from a tower. You can rescue yourself.

  1. It’s okay to cry.

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College is tough, like really, really tough. You’re going to have to work for your grades no matter what major you choose to pursue, and it’s okay if you don’t get the perfect grades you once got in high school. And after pulling an all-nighter for a test you fail, it’s okay if you want to curl up in a ball and hibernate under all your blankets for a bit.

  1. But you can’t let every failure be a discouragement.

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Allow yourself those few moments of self-pity but get back up and do what needs to be done no matter how much time or work it might take.

  1. You won’t always agree with your teacher’s opinion.

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But seriously, don’t push it. Don’t argue. Just go with it. Your grade will be so much better for it.

  1. You might want to re-think going out in the middle of the week.

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The next morning rolls around and you’re regretting that last martini and vaguely remembering that make out session with the hot guy whose name you forgot to catch. Roll up to class rocking a messy hair bun and sweats. Test? Oh shoot. That was today? Yeah, you’re feeling your stomach drop into your butt right about now. Worst feeling in the world. Don’t let that happen to you.

  1. You’re still going to have to deal with idiots.

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Sometimes people don’t get any smarter once they graduate high school, or even college for that matter. Just ignore them. Don’t argue and get on their level. It’s not worth your time or energy.

  1. It’s okay to fall in love, just don’t let it take over your life.

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You may or may not fall in love during your college years, but enjoy it when you have it. Just don’t let it be all-consuming and have it take over your life to the point of stupid decisions and pushing important people away. Take it from Jamie’s mistakes– your love is not worth pushing a little boy out of a window.

  1. Get your sleep whenever and wherever you can– just not in class.

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You might be pulling a handful of all-nighters more than once a week, especially during finals. So make sure you at least get a couple hours of sleep. You don’t want to be finding your eyes closing in the middle of that test nor on one of the couches in the student union building. #Awkward

  1. Revel in your successes.

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When you ace that test you’ve been studying for all week, you better be proud of yourself. Go out and buy yourself an ice cream or give yourself an all-day binge-watching Netflix day. Celebrate. The whole reason you’re in college is to make grades and have a good time.

  1. Don’t forget about your family.

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If you’re a long way from home or even right down the street, don’t forget to stay close with your family no matter how busy you might be. They’ll always be there for you no matter what you’re going through.

College is a crazy and wild time. You’re going to meet so many new people that you won’t know what to do with yourself. It feels like just yesterday that I was spending my summer anxiously waiting for my first year of college to start. Now I’m beginning my junior year. My time in college has gone by so fast that I can hardly keep up. Make sure you enjoy your time, don’t stress out too much over grades, and know your priorites. These are the last days of our lives before going out into the real world. Are you ready?

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I am now officially the Editor in Chief for The Odyssey Online at McNeese State University. I am so excited to be a part of this new venture coming to my campus! I have an incredible staff of twelve other students, and I also write for this national social media website as well! If you would like to checkout and read some of my articles, I will continue to post links on my blog here.

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Moving Out 

  

Moving out of a college dorm is hard. Not going to lie. It’s not just the amount of packing and cleaning you have to do. It’s hard because you’re having to pick up a whole year of your life and say goodbye. 

Goodbye to the squeaky bed that creaked every time you shifted your weight. Goodbye to the pull-apart couch that slid across the floor every time you sat down. Goodbye to the shower that you stained with paint from that paint party. Goodbye to living in such a confined space, yet knowing how to navigate it perfectly. Goodbye to that sketch elevator that makes weird noises and drops a little too hard on the first floor. Goodbye to having to wait and pounce the minute a washer opens up. 

Your dorm room has been your home for 10 months. You’ve cried in it when that boy broke your heart, been ecstatic in it when you passed the test and class you thought you’d fail, been hungover in when you drink just a little too much the night before. It’s been your place. To relax. To be bored. To have fun. 

Once it’s all done though, everything packed away and a barren, echoing room is all that’s left. After your roommate has gone and you’re standing in this empty shell of a room. All your memories packed away in the small U-Haul trailer. The school year is over, but the experiences have just begun. 

It’s only my second year in college, and my time here has flown by. Just yesterday I was watching Disney’s The Black Cauldron with the boy I kind of liked. We kissed over a poker game in my dorm room, the TV blaring the movie’s end credits. Just yesterday I was setting up my mini Christmas tree, trying to bring a little holiday spirit to my room but wind up dropping $90 I didn’t have to spend. Just yesterday I was stressing about finishing a paper for my English class, over-exhausted and crying because I didn’t think I was going to finish it. Just yesterday I moved in, thrilled to be unpacked and ready for a new school year. 

It was all just yesterday. 

How to Make: Vodka Gummy Bears

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Vodka Gummy Bears

• 3 bags of 3 lbs. gummy bears (I used Great Value brand from Walmart)
•1 bottle of Whipped Vodka
•Giant bowl
•Big stirring spoon
•Access to a fridge/Freezer
•Optional: Mini Portion Cups with lids

Pour in first bag of gummy bears. Pour in vodka. Stir. Repeat for the next two bags. Place in freezer for one day. Take out and stir bears. Place in mini cups with lids. Keep in fridge. The longer the bears sit in the alcohol, the better they get!
The mini portion containers with lids make for perfect and easy shots of the gummy bears. Good sized portions and not as messy!

*Please drink responsibly. This recipe is meant to be used for those who are 21 and up.

5 Things You Should Know About Greek Life

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5. People will always have their own opinions about Greek Organizations.

Before I went Greek, I had fallen victim to all of the stereotypes concerning sororities and fraternities that are portrayed on screen. I didn’t fully understand the whole idea of what it meant to be a Greek until I actually became a part of it. By experiencing it firsthand I realized how wrongly Hollywood portrays these organizations.

However, not everyone will appreciate what it means to be Greek, and it is not always possible to change a person’s mind. There will be people who see you wearing your letters and pearls and judge you for it. They automatically assume the worst of you. They don’t see the smart, hardworking college student. They see the Hollywood cliché.

Society focuses mostly on the negative aspects of Greek life. The movie industry usually portrays sororities and fraternities in a certain way: partying alcoholics who either live off of “Daddy’s Credit Card” or usually wind up dropping out of college. And because the movie business has such a strong following, most people assume this is what being Greek is like.

Because of this, Greeks have something to prove to the outside world. They are stereotyped through mainstream society and constantly have to break the mold they are placed in. Some people will be able to see the truth behind what it means to be Greek and all of the good it does for those involved, but there will also be naysayers and sometimes you can’t change their mind. All you can do is hold your head up high and be proud of the letters you wear across your chest.

4. Being Greek helps your resume.

Not only does being a part of a Greek organization look good on a resume, but it also presents you with many great opportunities you might not have had before. It shows your involvement in your school and community. You participate in many different community and philanthropy events, and through these events new social skills are developed. You can learn so much from being in one of these organizations, such as leadership skills, communication skills, event planning, and learning how to work with your peers to solve problems. A door is opened when you become Greek. You make connections all across the nation, and you never know when one new connection will change your life. It is a fact that of the nation’s fifty largest corporations, forty-three of these are headed by fraternity or sorority members.

Letters today, leaders tomorrow.

3. Greek organizations are extremely diverse.

It is a myth that Greek organizations are all made up of a bunch of rich white kids from the same social backgrounds. This couldn’t be any further from the truth. Greeks are willing to accept anyone with open arms. Everyone is unique, and this uniqueness is valued among Greeks because there is so much to learn from someone who is different from you. In a single organization, the majors of each member ranges from engineers to art students. There are the outgoing types and the quieter ones. There are the pageant princesses right along side the mud-riding queens.

Another myth is that Greeks don’t like people who aren’t a part of their organizations. This is far from the truth. A major part of Greek life is getting involved with other students and other non-Greek organizations on campus. From choir concerts to baseball games, there will always be a Greek in the crowd cheering on their friends or even participating in the events. Just because you are a Greek doesn’t mean you have limited choices of who your friends are.

2. Greeks usually have higher GPAs than the average student.

Having a community of brothers and sisters around you is a major confidence boost that might be needed to get the grades. When you’re Greek, you have a network of supporters who vary from one degree to the next. There will always be someone there to help out with a difficult subject. Also, it’s important to utilize the advice of senior members who have been through what you might be going through now. They can give you invaluable information about teachers and classes, and they can advise which courses are best to take.

When a member of a Greek organization wears their letters across their chest, it is a reminder that they aren’t just studying and going to class to make the grades for themselves but also for the organization as a whole. Greek organizations pride themselves on academics because they want their members to be the best that they can absolutely be. School comes first; it even comes before Greek life because the Greek system would not be established without having a school to be a part of.

1. Being Greek completely changes your college experience.

Joining a Greek organization gets you more involved around the college campus. It also opens doors to hundreds of new possibilities because you will meet people you might have never met before and you will make connections that last a lifetime. Most of these organizations host their own philanthropy events each semester and attend others’ events by helping out, donating, and showing support. It’s a way of giving back to the community, along with getting to know others around campus.

Usually, a large group of Greeks will all meet up and attend campus functions, like football games or tailgates, together in order to show support for their school. There will always be someone you can go with to any event on or around campus, so then you have no excuse for not participating. No matter what anyone says, participating in school events makes your college experience more enjoyable than just going to classes then going home.

Another way going Greek changes your college experience is that you will have many sisters or brothers supporting you in all of your endeavors. Having a sisterhood or brotherhood means that there will always be someone there for you to talk to, vent to, or seek advice from when it is needed. You will not be alone through anything, and you are not going to get swallowed up by campus. You are not just another face in the crowd; you will be recognized as representing a society of leadership, scholarship, philanthropy, and friendships.

Going Greek is not just four years. It’s for a lifetime.