Second Year Vibes: Adjusting to Change 

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Anna-Catherine Kueng ~ Assistant Editor

     The older I get, the more things seem to change in life. Whether it is in my own life or my friends’ lives, I swear nothing stays the same once you hit around 16-years-old. Once you get behind the wheel of a car, the world feels new and exciting again. 

     Change comes with beautiful things. When you get in a new relationship, there are butterflies and excitement. On the other hand, when a relationship ends, everything can feel pretty dismal. Since beginning college, I have undergone a lot of changes whether it be weight loss or switching my major from nursing to English. 

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Second Year Vibes: Reflecting on The Semester

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Anna-Catherine Kueng ~ Assistant Editor

     Sometimes, I look back and realize how I have matured. When I think about my life last year at this time, a lot has changed. For me, most of my personal growth comes during the school year because that is when life is harder, and growth happens the most in difficult times. With fall semester nearing its end, I thought I would share some things I have learned since starting school in August. 

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Second Year Vibes: Fall Memories 

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Anna-Catherine Kueng ~ Assistant Editor

     For many people, fall is a favorite season. The leaves are changing, the temperature is cooling down, and the smell of cinnamon is in the air. Although I love fall, I am not one of the people who claim it as my favorite season. I much prefer winter, which is partially because I was born in February, but that is a story for another day. 

     Anyway, I still like fall very much. It is a nice transition before winter, and it means the semester is almost halfway over (hallelujah). As with every season, I have some lovely memories I think back on during this time of year. I thought I would share a few, and maybe you have similar ones. 

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Second Year Vibes: Songs to De-Stress

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Anna-Catherine Kueng 

     During the school year, I listen to music constantly. I listen to it while I get ready in the mornings, while I walk to class, while I brush my teeth, and while I do my homework. It is one of the biggest stress relievers in my life and it always improves my mood. Since we are halfway through the semester, now is the time when paper and presentation deadlines are arriving. These are my top songs that get me through stressful times, such as now. I hope you will give a few of them a listen! 

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Second Year Vibes: The Weight of Failure

Illustration by Nicole Freewalt

Anna-Catherine Kueng ~ Assistant Editor

    If you are a college student, you know the sinking feeling you get when you have received a bad grade. Whether you are logging in to look at Turnitin or Moodle, or you are given back your assignment in class, it can feel like not only is your work is a failure, but you are too. 

     Nobody likes to fail in life. When you were a child, and you fell off the bike you were attempting to ride without training wheels, you likely got upset. This miserable feeling carries on throughout your life. When you are a child, you might fail at trivial things, like losing a game of Uno. But, as you grow up, you feel like a failure when you do not get the job promotion or when everyone around you is in a happy relationship except for you. 

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Second Year Vibes: Embracing Differences

Illustration by Nicole Freewalt

Anna-Catherine Kueng ~ Assistant Editor 

     In schools across the U.S., the idea of tolerance for everybody is promoted. Examples of this include: not judging a friend because she is a Morman or not treating the foreign exchange student as if he is an exhibit on display. 

     However, if you Google ‘tolerance,’ you will see that its definition, according to Merriam-Webster, is “allow the existence, occurrence, or practice of (something that one does not necessarily like or agree with) without interference.” In my opinion, tolerating something or someone is one of the least things you can do. 

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Second Year Vibes: Every Mile Matters

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Anna-Catherine Kueng ~ Assistant Editor

From a young age, I knew I wanted to eventually be a college graduate, wife, and mother. As of right now, I am none of those things, but I am getting closer to reaching my goals every day. Also, I have added wanting to become an English teacher to that list as well. 

     You may think my dreams are too traditional, but I am convinced that I am called to be those things in the future. On the other hand, you may have dreams that are not as traditional, such as wanting to travel the world after graduating or opening a bizarre new business. Whatever your dreams are, I want you to know, they matter. They do not just matter in the future, but they matter in the present too. 

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