Friends With Benefits

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Friends with benefits. Just a hook up. It all sounds pretty harmless. And it is, right? While magazines, your friends, and guys might tell you that  random hook-ups are just a little bit of summer lovin’, physical affection without a committed relationship can actually be pretty problematic. There are basically two main reasons that casual […]

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A smile.

A glance.

A word.

A touch.

What makes a stranger a friend?

A whisper.

A look.

A turn.

A hurt.

What makes a friendship cease?

Embrace the people who come.

Release the ones who leave.

Trust in the divine plan.

Let it set you free.

How to be a Gentleman

I found this letter in a pile of old papers I was going through. Thought it would be a good reminder of what we deserve. I know of a few people I’d like to print it off for and hand it too 😉

Dear Sir,

It has come to my attention that you no longer know how to be a gentleman. Perhaps this letter can serve as a reminder. If you need to, please feel free to keep this letter on you at all times so you can reference it at any moment.

  1. A gentleman is polite. He is kind and courteous to everyone: his mother, his teacher, his friends, his non-friends. He is aware of how he can help the people around him: holding the door open for them, saying please and thank-you, offering his seat on the bus or subway to the elderly or pregnant ladies.
  2. A gentleman doesn’t swear. Or, he if he does, it is done in a discreet manner as to not offend anyone around him and only during appropriate moments.
  3. A gentleman in public does not: belch, fart, get drunk, speak too loudly and is always in control of his mind and body.
  4. A gentleman treats women with respect. He does not ogle them or say anything degrading about or to them. He does not talk down to them. He treats them in a protective manner, her safety always his main concern.
  5. A gentleman is aware of good hygiene. He must bathe and groom himself regularly. He must wear deodorant and not overuse cologne.

Of course, if we do happen to find such a gentleman, you can be sure he’ll be looking for a lady whom he can respect. In order to be one of those, we have to respect ourselves first.

You deserve a gentleman but, more importantly, you deserve to be a lady.

xo

How to Survive Exam Season

It’s that time of year again. I don’t mean beach weather or the season finale of Big Bang Theory, I mean the end of the school year. As the weather gets warm and the days get longer, teachers seem to pile on the homework as exams loom large. Whether you’re a dedicated student or find school boring, end of year projects and tests can be frightening. So, how do you balance Prom, hanging out with friends, sports and studying for finals?

Here’s a list of five tips that will help you balance your time and make it to summer vacation with minimal stress!

1. Make priorities: Writing down your assignments, due dates and obligations can help you know what’s important. From there, you can decide what order to do things in, and what you can leave until a later date. Knowing your priorities will go a long way in helping you decide how to spend your time.

2. Go to bed on time: Your body needs a full night’s sleep to be able to function well. When you’re working hard at school, it’s crucial to give your body the rest it needs. Go to bed on time and wake up early: it’s the best way to get work done and stay on track. Save the all-nighters and late night T.V. for summer vacation.

3. Work hard, play hard: Spend time concentrating on your work; turn off the internet, put your phone on silent, and focus. Give yourself regular breaks by spending time relaxing, exercising or hanging out with loved ones. This can help you recharge your batteries. A few solid hours of work followed by fun can be much more effective than wasting a day pretending to study and actually watching Youtube videos.

4. Ask for help: Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Whether you need an Algebra tutor, a ride to school or a listening ear, it’s okay. Times of high stress are not meant to be handled alone; your family, friends and teachers are likely to be happy to support you if you ask!

5. Keep it in perspective: While grades are important, you are not defined by the marks you achieve. It’s important to do your best, but your future happiness is not contingent on the mark you receive on your European history project. Do your best and know that you are loved and valuable no matter how you do in school.

As you try these tricks, remember that learning to manage your time well is a life-long process.

Allow yourself room to make mistakes and remember, summer is just around the corner!