Life Itself.

“Education is not preparation for life;  education is life itself.” -John Dewey

I’m an unabashed proponent of education, despite the governmental flaws in the system I’ve personally been through.  Today, though, I’m not going to rant about the education system;  I’m going to give it a bit of credit.

Since my earliest days, my mom has joked that I’m going to be a student eternally.  So far, I’ve continued continuing my education, so she’s been pretty spot-on;  haven’t been quite sold on grad school just yet, but we’ll see.

Nowadays, it seems that every other person (especialy of the next few generations beneath me, though I don’t want to stereotype them all) thinks that people are better off without a formal education.  Years ago, it was the image of the street-smart greaser;  now, it’s the gangsta who can get all his answers on the internet.

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A “real” education saves you from looking like an idiot—it teaches you the difference between affect and effect and their there and they’re.

A “real” education gives you a chance in the horrendous job market that America seems to be stuck in (if you can get the loans paid off, that is).

A “real” education is the modern equivalent of the American Dream.  It’s what minorities have fought for for decades, and it shouldn’t be taken for granted.

I’m not saying that every student needs to be as gung-ho as myself, nor does everyone need a PhD (not every needs a college degree, for crying out loud.  Vocational-technical programs are every bit as important, if not more so, whatever society may seem to say.

So go thank a teacher.  Thank Mom and Dad for putting you through school.  Take a moment to be grateful for your education;  there are people throughout history and throughout the modern world who would kill for it.

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Why I’m Okay with Being a Lifestyle Blog

Since the start of TO&E, I’ve looked into blogging advice every once in awhile—whether I pointedly seek it out or something pops up in my Pinterest feed, there’s some amazing stuff out there!  But one point comes up time and time again that I cannot bring myself to agree with:

“Find your niche!”

To hear some of this advice, it’s as if you find your niche and all is instantaneously right in the world:  you’ll have monstrous numbers of readers, unlimited followers, and all the support system in the world.

According to this theory, a general “lifestyle” blog is practically a curse for your site.  You won’t draw in loyal readers, you won’t have your “tribe,” and life will generally suck.

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But you know what?  I love my generic pseudo-niche.  I love that I can write about my life, and whatever happens to be going on in it at that moment.  Being in college narrows it down a bit, and probably makes it more relatable to prospective readers, given my target audience being generally college-aged.

I love the community of other lifestyle bloggers,  of other college bloggers.  I love the opportunities that are offered to me because I’m not limited by some specifc niche.  I love the freedom to write something serious one week, then elaborate how much I love squirrels the next.

Monthly Goals Collab: September

Angela and Jazmine, of The Clutter Box and Fairy Lights & Dreams, respectively, came up with the brilliance of a Monthly Goal Collaboration, and I’m thrilled to be joining them and the other bloggers yet again this month! 

September’s post is a bit delayed after a string of health problems, computer problems, and general back to school stress, but here goes!

Looking back on August:

Some high points:  

  • My internship has turned into a real job!  Apparently they just couldn’t bear to give me up. 🙂
  • I’m slowly getting more comfortable with Hootsuite and Facebook’s scheduler in getting social media posts set.
  • I’ve successfully returned to year 3 at Gettysburg and into my rather interesting array of classes.
  • My sister is starting high school beautifully and actually enjoying some of it.
  • I got to read quite a few books (hoping to get a compilation post up soon regarding some of my recommendations!) before being hit with the semester’s reading load.

Needs improvement:

  • Friends.  I really need to make some new ones here at Gburg.  Sure, I have plenty of “let’s grab dinner [once per month or so] and catch up” friends, but I need to some friends that are close enough that we don’t need that catching up every few weeks—we already knew.  Who knew making friends in college is so difficult once you’re a junior??
  • My health needs to improve.  Not that that’s simple, by any means, but it would make pretty much everything else easier….That will mean appointments, that will mean tests, that will mean, likely, even more stress along the way.  To fix it though?  So worth it.
  • Going largely off the former, my blogging has fallen to the wayside, especially with school starting on top of it.  Will do better this month!

And so, some goals for September:

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Get involved.

“Jules, you do too much already,” I hear you warn concernedly.  I know.  But I really need to renew my commitment to my current clubs, especially those that I rarely–if ever—make time for.

Health efforts.

I’ve already explained the importance of this one;  I haven’t worked out the specifics, but I’m pretty darn determined.

Blogging!!

Get at least one post up per week.  Schedule social media.  Post on Instagram.  I’ve got this.

So…here’s hoping the gals of this collab can keep my motivation high! Feel free to let me know if you have any tips!