What I Loved About Rushing Greek Life – College Content Creators

I wrote a post for College Content Creators  and I’m really excited about it!  Here’s a snippet:

I hate to be totally basic, but rushing Greek Life was the best decision I could have made as a freshman in university.  My sisters are everything to me – they are my best friends, roommates, secret-keepers and late-night snack scavengers.  My sisters are my people.  And joining Greek Life has opened so many doors for me, giving me countless opportunities to develop my leadership qualities.  Needless to say, I have no regrets about being in a sorority.

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Have a spectacular day ♥

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Life Lessons From My Mom

Sunday, May 13, 2018 is Mother’s Day in Canada.  To many people, Mother’s Day is a special occasion, and that is no different to me.  As someone who was raised by a single mother (along with three younger brothers), I have an even higher appreciation for this holiday.  My mom is the most important person in my life, and while it’s important to let her know how valued she is throughout the year, this is a day where I get to make larger gestures.  Mother’s Day is also a day where I really reflect on all that I’ve learned from my mom, and it’s a lot.

My mom, as with any single parent, has had to persevere through many difficult times.  Money was always tight, and at times non-existent.  She’s had to make ends meet by being creative, meticulous, careful, and selfless.  She’s managed to stay strong through it all, trying to keep my brothers and I feeling as secure as possible.  And, she’s never given up, which is saying something, because I definitely would have multiple times if I had to manage what she has.

She’s taught me not to settle, no matter how much pressure there might be.  My mom refuses to settle for a bad situation, whether that be a job, a relationship, or really anything that comes her way.

My mom has taught me how to advocate for what’s important to me.  In high school, I was being bullied and belittled by a teacher, and my mom was right behind me the entire time, making sure that I wasn’t being pushed around or treated unfairly.  She helped me stand my ground, and gave me the support I needed to be confident despite that setback.  She’s also been a major advocate for my youngest brother, who got quite sick in 2016.  Doctors weren’t taking his illness seriously, but she fought for her kid, and was always there to make sure someone was taking care of him. There’s even more examples of times where she’s supported us kids that I won’t get into, but to summarize, she’s always taught me that it’s important to fight for what you believe is right.

My mom is the most important person in my life.  She’s my best friend, and the person I trust most when I need advice or support.  So, there is no day in the year more important than Mother’s Day.  I know that my mom loves my brothers and I unconditionally, so I’ll gladly take this day (and every other possible day) to let her know that her love is reciprocated.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the great moms out there!

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Finding Myself After Exams

Exam season is finally over, which means it’s finally time to relax and do what I like!  But wait – what do I like to do again?  You see, after a stressful exam period full of studying and final papers, I’ve felt like a total zombie.  When I got out of my last exam, I couldn’t stop asking myself, “What now?” I’ve been done with school for a few weeks now, and I’m only just starting to get back to normal.

The process of rediscovering myself has been frustrating.  After staring at textbooks and notes and powerpoints for countless consecutive hours, I didn’t know what to do with my free time.  Did I want to watch Netflix?  Did I want to workout?  Did I want to eat my weight in pasta?  I was lost.

To make matters worse, I had to go home right away.  And I don’t know about you, but my home routine is totally different from my school routine (even when I don’t have work to do).   I couldn’t rely on my roommates to help me get back to the norm.  I had to do that in a place that I’m starting to no longer recognize.

My main issue after exams was that I was too tired and too stressed to adjust back into a more relaxed day-to-day routine.  I wasn’t able to relax or calm down because I was still stuck in the mindset of staring at my laptop for hours reading about qualitative analysis, and worrying about what grade I needed to boost my GPA up.

So what did I do?  I met up with old friends.  Revamped my room.  Found my old Gameboy.  Spent time with my mom.  Hugged my cat a lot.  Basically, did things I’ve put off or haven’t been able to do in a while.  I gave myself the time to recover from the stress of exams.  And thankfully, it’s starting to work.  My spirits are (slowly) starting to rise, and I’m not feeling bored with everything.  I’m not scrolling through my Facebook feed for hours upon hours.  I’ve found myself again.

Welcome to Resilient Rebecca!

Hello there!  I’m Rebecca, and I’m extremely excited to be starting this new blog.  I can’t wait to share my thoughts on and experiences with mental health and the student lifestyle.

A bit about me, I’m 19 years old, and a Leo, if that matters.  I’m Canadian, and bounce between my hometown of Ottawa and my university in Waterloo.  I’m always listening to music, and have an unhealthy obsession with Pinterest.  And, I’m at my happiest with a drink in my hand – whether it’s a refreshing bubble tea, or a caramel macchiato.

I’m so happy to be taking this step and sharing parts of my life with me.  This journey will have a lot of bumps as I learn how to blog and as I make myself more vulnerable, but I’m excited regardless, and hope you are too!

Thanks for reading ♥