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Stop and Smell the Roses

One of my favorite sayings goes as follows: “the days are long, but the years are short.” Months go by pretty quickly too for that matter. It’s already January 31st and it feels like just yesterday that we were celebrating New Years. If we don’t stop and smell the roses every now and then, we’ll be missing out on a quality life filled with gratitude and happiness. That’s why I’m suggesting:
Sunny Suggestion: Look back on your calendar for the month.
I always try to record every event I attend on my calendar so that I can remember it later. Studies have shown that we remember occasions better when we write it down and document it with pictures. So this month, I suggest that you look back at your calendar and remember all the exciting things you did this past month. Even though it may have felt like the month went by quickly, you’ll see that you actually did a lot in those few weeks that you may have forgotten about. So take a mini walk down memory lane!
Keep shining,
The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook
The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook

The Sunny Set: #272

I believe in the power of the written word. It is a source of knowledge, creativity, and mutual understanding. It creates a special bond between people, whether they are the best of friends or they live on opposite sides of the world. The written word should be shared and that is why I love to write every day. It is an opportunity to express my thoughts and it is also an opportunity for greater awareness by reading the words of others. This blog has given me the chance to share my words and let others share theirs as well. And that is why I want to attempt to achieve…
Sunny Set Goal #272: To intern at Seventeen or Cosmopolitan magazines.
One can dream right? I realize that this is no easy feat but if I never try, it will certainly never happen. So I’m going to try and let the cards fall where they may. And as much as I would like to delve into the details, I think it’s time for me to finish up those cover letters—which is no easy feat. How do you impress someone in about five seconds without them ever meeting you? Words certainly do matter in this situation.
With that being said, I need to submit some articles for them to get a feel for my writing style. Does anyone have any suggestions for a favorite article that I’ve written? I want to put my best foot forward and I would really appreciate your help!
Keep shining,
The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook 
The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook

Is College a Waste?

You may have heard the recent buzz that the first two years of college are not academically meaningful. Is it true? As a current college student, I’ve been questioning the value of my education after reading this article. And perhaps in a sense it’s true. I can’t say that Italian Food and Literature will greatly benefit my career. But I think college is about so much more than the classes we take, as interesting and educational as they may be. I think it is a time in our lives to understand ourselves better; to foster meaningful friendships and relationships, to begin a career plan, and to just have fun. It’s more than just the classes.
I hope you did, do, or will enjoy your college years. It is four years of precious time. And while I don’t think it’s the best time of our lives (I don’t like to think that life only has one perfect period), I do think it is certainly one of the best times. There are so many opportunities to take advantage of during this time that we never would have otherwise; to study abroad, to join a sorority or a fraternity, to take an interesting but random class, to try a new club sport, and to be a part of a special philanthropy. The opportunities are endless. I think it’s up to us to seize those opportunities.
So while research may say that the first two years of college are educationally useless, I beg to differ. If anything, it is in these two years that I have learned more than I ever have about myself. I have learned that I am stronger than I thought I was—it is a time of new found independence. For many of us, it is our first to live on our own, without our family, and it is a tremendous learning experience. For me, that is more important than any calculus equation.
Keep shining,
The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook
The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook
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