When Road Rage Strikes
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When Road Rage Strikes

Why are they stopping? The light is green?

We all have our good qualities, and we all have our flaws. What's one of my (many) flaws? I have road rage. But like, lowkey road rage. So, when I'm driving alone and someone on the road upsets me (which is quite often) I go full throttle, but if I'm with someone else in the car, I'm able to externally contain myself... but internally I will be BOILING.

Here are some reactions you might have if you have slight (or severe) road rage:

1. When you're going over the speed limit and some idiot behind you is tailgating you.

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2. Or when you have somewhere to be and the person in front of you is going 42 in a 55.

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3. Or when someone's going 55 in a 55... like, you should be going 60.

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4. When someone cuts you off on the highway.

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5. When it's backed up during rush hour and you're trying to switch lanes, but nobody is letting you in.

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7. When someone doesn't use their signal in general... where did you learn how to drive?

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8. When you have the right of way, but some impatient asshole goes before you.

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9. When you and another car arrive at a four-way at the same time, and both of you are waiting for the other to go... then you give them the signal to go, and then they give you the signal to go, so you start to go, and then they start to go...

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10. When the light changes to green and the person in front of you won't go.

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11. When some dumbass runs across a busy street and you have to slam on your brakes.

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12. When someone randomly slams on their brakes right in front of you.

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13. When you're trying to turn onto a busy road but the traffic just won't stop.

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14. When you're trying to turn onto a busy road and the traffic just won't stop and the person behind you honks at you.

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15. When someone honks at you in general.

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Why Dogs And Cats Are Equally Great

Two is better than one.

For some reason we have decided that we can either be a dog person or a cat person, not both, but why? These animals are both adorable and share such unique and different qualities that it is hard to imagine choosing between the two. Here are 10 ways that dogs and cats are both the best:

1. Dogs are always happy to see you.

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When you come home from work or school, you are guaranteed to be greeted by an excited and happy dog on the other side of the door.

2. Cats love to cuddle.

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They may not always greet you at the door and they may find you boring at times, but when you're sitting on the couch or laying in bed, you can count on your cat to be the one cuddling up on your lap waiting for attention.

3. Dogs will comfort you.

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If you're going through a bad breakup or just having a bad day, your dog somehow will just know something is wrong. You can count on them to be right there trying to cheer you up.

4. Cats can fit into anything.

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Their curiosity lead them to end up stuck in a box or lounging in a bowl leaving you shocked and amused.

5. Dogs are extremely photogenic.

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I mean just look at them, they put in no effort to look that adorable.

6. Cats will be lazy with you.

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Whether you are binge-watching Netflix or sleeping in until noon, cats will lay in bed with you and embrace your lazy day.

7. Dogs love the simple things.

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Whether it is going for a walk through the park or a drive through town, dogs are up for anything and will be excited to do anything as long as they are with you.

8. Cats show all of their emotions.

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Whether they're annoyed, happy, or scared you'll always know how they're feeling.

9. Dogs will protect you.

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Though at times their excessive barking may get annoying, they're only looking out for you and making sure that you are safe.

10. Cats are funny.

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They will never cease to entertain you, just look at all the YouTube videos of cats just being themselves.

Whether you agree or disagree that dogs and cats are equally amazing, what is undeniable is how both animals will love you unconditionally.

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Using Dining Halls to Force Friendship on Others

"Coercion is the greatest foundation of any relationship." - Sociopath Simon

While you may be tempted to tie someone up in your basement and force them to watch YouTube videos with you, there's a legal and much easier way of obtaining the chums you so desire. Dining halls. Think of them as the university's watering holes, where you're the lion with opposable thumbs and the other students are gazelles, just waiting to get attacked by your promises of ever-lasting friendship. It's a win-win situation, so long as you don't take this metaphor too seriously.

Tips on establishing dining hall friendships:

1. Pick your moment.
While breakfast, lunch and dinner typically have high traffic, they're also the hardest times to force friendship. Fellow students may already be sitting with people they got guilt-tripped into eating with, or they may be with an actual group of friends, which is much harder to crack into. What you should do instead is pick low traffic times when students are usually forced to eat alone. This way, they may actually appreciate a stranger sitting down with them, because they won't feel socially inept.

2. Check their plate.
Most students tend to eat the majority of their food so it won't go to waste. Once you've scoped out your future best friend, check to see how full their plate is. If it's fairly full, swoop in. Conversations with strangers tend to last as long as it does to finish their meal. Longer meal = more time for them to realize how awesome you are.

3. Don't make it weird.

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I repeat. DO. NOT. MAKE. IT. WEIRD. Do not saunter over to someone like some 1950s gangster, or slam your food on the table to establish dominance. Behave like a normal human being, sit down and say hello. To begin a successful conversation, use the one thing you both clearly have in common: you're students at the same university. Discuss school topics such as majors, colleges you applied to, which dorms you live in, etc. Steer clear of red-flag topics, such as lobotomies or brands of poison. If the other person seems uncomfortable with your presence, they probably don't want to be your friend. Calmly say, "Sorry, I have to go feed my giraffe," and make your graceful exit.

4. Get Their Contact Info.
The most important part to creating a lasting friendship is keeping in touch with them. Getting their phone number or adding them on social media is generally the easiest way to do this. Make sure it's something they're okay with, though. Do NOT stumble into stalker territory. It's hard to be best friends when they have a restraining order against you. As long as the conversation has gone well, this step will be simple. Make plans to eat together again.

Congratulations! You've just made a new friend! If not, it's okay, there are plenty of other gazelles in the wild grass of the dining halls.

Disclaimer: results may vary. If your new best friend displays sociopathic tendencies, or brings up red-flag topics themselves, skedaddle out of there as quickly as you can and try again later.

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The Struggles Of Someone Who Swears A Lot

Sorry.

If you're anything like me, you enjoy dropping a curse word every now and then (or every other sentence...). It's not because I want to sound "cool", it's just... who I am. Hey, they say the people who swear more frequently tend to be more intelligent. Anyway, here are the struggles for those of us who probably need to wash our mouths out with soap.

1. When you just meet someone and you're not sure yet if they would be okay with you swearing.

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2. When you drop the f-bomb in front of your parents for the first time.

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3. When you're around small kids and you involuntarily let a curse word slip.

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4. When you're angry and you're venting to your friend...

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5. When you're reading something aloud in class and you come across a swear word.

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6. When your friend who never swears drops a swear word.

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7. When you swear while telling your parents a story, and then they say, "Watch your mouth".

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8. When your professor nonchalantly swears while giving a lecture.

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9. When you're in a public place and you accidentally swear loud enough for everyone to hear...

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10. And when you're talking to your friend in class and you swear loud enough that the professor probably heard you...

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11. And finally, when somebody tells you that you "swear too much".

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The Summer Before Senior Year As Told by Your Favorite Disney Characters

Because they sure know how to tell a story.

1. When you want to relax before the most stressful year of your life, but you have to work so you can pay your living expenses.

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2. ...And you have to do schoolwork OVER THE SUMMER.

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3. If you plan on going to grad school, then you have to start applying, taking tests, etc...

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4. When you realize that you'll be done with college in a year.

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5. When you think you have to work hard this summer, but you realize that next summer you're going to have to work a full-time, adult job.

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6. When you frantically try to figure out how you're going to make the best of your senior year.

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7. When you motivate yourself to not procrastinate this year.

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8. And you also motivate yourself to get straight A's (or as close as you possibly can).

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9. When you realize that soon you'll be making a nice, full-time paycheck...

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10. But most of that money is going to go toward rent, food, gas, etc.

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11. And let's not forget paying back those student loans!

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12. When you realize that soon you're going to have to deal with things like health insurance, life insurance...

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13. And TAXES?

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14. But you also realize that after this year you won't have to do homework...

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15. Or take another test!

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16. Unless you're going to grad school of course...

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17. But you remember that whatever happens, your senior year is going to be a great one!

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18. And you'll be done with college in a year.

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5 Things I've Learned From Working In Corporate

It's not like "Beauty and the Briefcase".

At the beginning of the summer, I was ecstatic to have two part-time internships at established companies. I felt like I would be the next Andrea Sachs. I loved thinking about decorating my desk, strutting into the office with a Starbucks in hand and getting those biweekly direct deposits.

Four weeks later, and I'm looking forward to the end of my internships, because I'll have time to be a nineteen year old college student during the summer--free of a forty-hour work week commitment. With that said, I'm grateful for the experience. I've learned a lot, made mistakes and discovered some aspects of what I do and don't want as a career.

If you're interning this summer, you can probably relate to these five things I determined from working in corporate:

It's not as glamorous as it appears on television.

Movies and TV shows have the tendency of making the office environment seem very appealing and enticing with hot men and women, classy outfits and exciting drama. However, I've quickly realized that this image distorts reality (like many things on screens do these days). Eight hour days are not my definition of "fun". Unpaid 30-minute lunches are a high luxury. Most days, I'd rather be rocking my classic college look. And no, I've never heard of any steamy office hook ups.

It really is all about money.

I never understood how important money is to people and companies until I worked a job in corporate. Numbers are super valuable, and I'm not talking about the low ones in my bank account. Revenue, profit, debt, etc. are what's on people's minds constantly in corporate. Nearly every decision made in any company happens with money at the center of attention. It doesn't seem right, but I suppose that's just how it is for businesses to thrive and people to make a living. I don't think anyone has the power to change that.

You can't escape the hierarchy or cliques.

You may have tricked yourself into thinking that middle school, high school and even college cliques would magically disappear post-college graduation. I hate to break the news that they won't. In corporate, I've concluded that most workers in each department stick to themselves; there's not a lot of integration among company workers on the whole. Plus, the sense of hierarchy is palpable in the office. People talk to higher-ups differently than they do to those below them or equal to them. Someone from senior management who treats people working under them with respect is one of the best things you can find in a working professional. I wish we could find them more frequently.

Interns don't have much say.

I agree that you get out of it what you put into it when it comes to internships, but I also think that corporate companies over all don't care too much about what interns have to say. They say they want fresh voices and innovation, yet simultaneously don't want to change their ways or take risks. It's been rewarding seeing some of my ideas implemented, but, at the same time, it's also disappointing, because I want to contribute more and feel like I'm incapable of that.

There's no rush.

Working in corporate gives me a smack in the face as to this is what I will most likely be doing for 40 years plus after college. That terrifies me. We're in a world that tells kids to not grow up too fast, but to also do things to prepare them for the "real world". I honestly think squeezing lemonade and waiting tables prepped me almost as much as working in corporate has. I may take a break from it next summer and do something more fun and exciting, for there will be countless office days in the further future. Enjoy being a student while you can!

Everyone's different. You may discover you love working in corporate and that it's your dream. You may find a company that treats their employees very well. As for me, I'm starting to brainstorm freelance opportunities and earning money through genuine passions of mine that don't involve a stuffy corporate environment.

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