9 Things All College Girls Should Be Grateful For On Thanksgiving, Whether They’re Single Or Taken
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Sometimes in college, we get a little carried away by the things that grab our attention. Specifically, our significant others. It is important to remember that we have so many things to be thankful for beyond our partners.

Our quality of life is not based on relationship status, but instead on the things that make our lives full. Send a text or make a phone call to the people that make an impact on your life. Thanksgiving is not the time to take things for granted.

This year, don't forget to be thankful for...

1. Your college education

As college women, we are incredibly thankful for our access to education. Although sometimes I dread going to class in the winter, I try to remember the value of education.

2. Your college best friends

There's something special about your college best friends. They've seen you at your worst. They've seen you thrive. They're the people you celebrate your 21st birthday with and drag your drunk ass home from the bar when you've made mistakes. Don't forget to text them from home this Thanksgiving.

3. Making your parents proud

I live to make my parents proud. I push myself in my classes so that my family is will recognize my achievement. It's not about being the best in the world, but I want to be the best in their eyes. My parents sacrificed for my college education and I couldn't be more thankful.

4. Access to a support system

Don't forget to be thankful for all of the amazing people that support you through your education. Your advisors, supervisors, professors, friends and more. Your college community has helped to support you and your education. Non-college students don't always have the same network of attentive individuals.

5. Your campus involvement

Maybe it's your sorority sisters or maybe it's your favorite club, but these folks serve as a relief from the grind of college life. It is important to step away from the classroom with involvement and college wouldn't be as wonderful without your involvement.

6. The professor that changed your life

Our educators have the ability to change our lives. Professors touch our lives when they are passionate about the topics that they teach. For some of us, they're the reason that we've changed career paths or the reason we got our dream jobs.

7. Your ex is no longer in your life

Whether your single like a pringle or wifed up, you can always be thankful for not being with your ex. They are canceled and it is something to celebrate daily.

8. Being politically engaged

College gives you the opportunity to learn about the value of political engagement. I never saw the importance of participating in local elections, until I moved to a small college town.

9. Your bright future

As a future college graduate, your future is endlessly bright. Don't forget to be grateful for all of the excitement to come in your life. You're almost there, finish strong.

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Cuffing Season May Have Ended But That Doesn't Mean My Shot At Love Has Gone With It

Hurt leads to happiness, never stop looking for it

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This time last month, I thought I'd met a guy who would put an end to my vacant cuffing season. He checked off every box on my list and created new ones to add to it. I was in a daze and things went fast and I was perfectly fine with that. Voices in one ear said be careful, while voices in another said go for it. I let my guard down, and I got played, it's as simple as that. He got what he was after. It stung and it still does. He took a part of me with him through the door, and I don't think I'll ever get that back.

I am still coping, but I'm better than I was when it happened just two weeks ago. I'm ready to get back up on my horse and ride the trail of single life confidently again. Some may say cuffing season is over, but I have to disagree. I refuse to give up on the search for a relationship and neither should you.

Some people find their person earlier than others, and while I am jealous of that, I have to remember to remind myself that there's someone out there for everyone. He's probably figuring out life, just like I am, maybe wondering where the girl of his dreams is. I'll never know what he's up to, but I'm sure he's probably going through or has gone through similar issues. If I give up, and consume myself with the fact that I always end up single and will be forever, I'll never get anywhere in life. I know my worth and the right person will see that and snatch me up. In the meantime, there is no need to just sit around and wait for him to show up.

I'm a work in progress waiting for the mechanic to oil me up and set me free. I'm free, but I want someone to be free with if that makes sense. Yes, I'm struggling with some self-image issues at the moment, but everyone has their struggles. I'm at peace with the woman I am and am proud of how far I've come in my almost twenty-one years I've been on this Earth. You and I, we don't need to be with anyone who's anything less than what we want.

You deserve the moon and the stars and everything that lies beyond. You are priceless, and don't let anyone make you feel differently. Relationships are meant to develop as their destined to, so forcing anything won't work in anyone's favor. That being said, be open and honest with who you talk to, and let yourself be hurt. Hurt leads to happiness, whether we see it that way at the moment or not.

I've had my moments of hoping that boy will message me again, professing how sorry he is, and asking for another chance. I'm a forgiving person, so I try and hear everyone out, even if it's against my better judgment. I know that this trial is just leading on to someone better, and I refuse to let myself give up because a few busybodies think cuffing season is over.

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Having A 'Talking Stage' Proves Why Millennials Just Suck At Dating

Because who actually "commits" in 2019?

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As a millennial who is currently in college, I've noticed that dating isn't how it used to be like back in 1995. We are the generation that can't live without our phones, are tech-savvy, and sadly, the ones who suck at dating.

This is not another bitter article because I "don't have a man," or I'm "jealous of what people have." In fact, I am actually in a good place and I am speaking on behalf of what I've seen. I'm tired of my friends coming up to me crying because their "man-who-isn't-really-their-man" isn't acting right.

I've seen more friends with benefits and flings rather than relationships.

Maybe I'm different, but I can't imagine just being around someone only to have sex. After a while, that gets extremely boring and if you have nothing else to offer, you just get "ghosted" instead of telling that person how you really feel.

See, in my opinion, that's the problem with this generation. Sex is considered meaningless now and it is basically easy to get. With all of these dating apps swirling around, it's almost impossible to avoid it. People would rather have meaningless sex than get to know a person and commit. It's like every time the word "commitment" or "relationship" is brought up, that person runs away. But they're so comfortable to have sex.

What really irritates me is that after two weeks, a lot of guys, in particular, get mad when a girl asks him to get rid of his "hoes" or "other girls he's talking to," but still expect a girl to drop their pants after talking to them for two hours.

That's another thing too. Let's talk about the "talking stage." So basically, by INFORMAL definition, the "talking stage" is basically when two people just TALK before dating. Did you make a face yet? Because that exists now. But seriously, talking about WHAT honestly? Don't you do that when you're I don't know, DATING? And even during the talking stage, people still have sex, which makes no sense to me. You guys aren't dating but you're not dealing with anyone else. In fact, they'll get mad when you're hooking up with someone else. And when you start to catch feelings, it ends with "Oh, I'm not ready for a relationship right now."

So what exactly are we doing then?

Wasting my time?

Imagine filling out a relationship status on a ballot or something and the options are; "single," "married," "widowed," or "we're talking." And no, that's not what "it's complicated" is for.

It's sad because I feel as if this generation forgot how to love again. There are many people who are currently in relationships who are lucky. But for the rest of this generation, people would rather bang it out then talk it out. And people would rather "talk" than "date." I mean, what's wrong with both? If you're happy with what you are doing, then do what ever you want girl! If you are in this situation and you're unhappy, then what exactly do you want? Attention is nice, but after a while, if that person isn't really fulfilling your needs, what's the point of being with them then?

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