Boundaries will look different from friendship to friendship, but I've found that they're essential. Take time to think and pray about what you're looking for in a friend and what kind of friend you are. That will help you determine the types of boundaries you need in friendships.
Since I started out at MC, the coffee scene in Jackson has grown and there are now a number of shops that have great coffee and offer students a great place to study. As a coffee snob, a barista, and all around opinionated person, I'm here to bring you a review of my top five Jackson area coffee shops.
I want to talk about mental illness because I don't think that it's talked about enough. I've struggled with depression for almost half of my life, and I've been affected by mental illness in more ways that I'll recall here. Mental illness is real, it's hurts, and it's something that a lot of us don't know enough about.
I didn't picture myself writing this blog at home. As I sat at the dining room table, cornbread browned in the oven, NFL football blared from the living room, and the trees sparkled with frozen crystals of ice in the sunlight. I was supposed to be in Clinton, snuggled on the love seat in my tiny apartment, savoring a hot cup of tea, only a stone's throw from the campus that I have called home for nearly four years. That was the setting I imagined writing about my last first day of class, yet things change. The fact that my last first day has come announces this truth: things do, in fact, change. This day signifies that what once began will draw to a close.
In less than a week, a new academic semester will begin at Mississippi College, and much like the start of the new year, a different semester brims with the promise of change. Currently, people all around the world are resolving to improve their lives in some way: be it losing weight, exercising more or having more fun. The arrival of a new semester offers the same opportunity for a new start.
The holidays are different for everyone. For a lot of people, they're the highlight of the year. Their time is spent practicing traditions, singing Christmas music, and celebrating with friends and family. Then, there are the people like me, who only celebrate Christmas on December 25th. My family doesn't have any traditions, nor am I the biggest fan of Christmas music or the whole ugly sweater thing. The holidays look different for me, and for a long time I thought that was a bad thing. In the age of social media, I've found myself getting caught up in a game of comparison, thinking of my holidays season as less-than because I don't have any traditions to look forward to, let alone any Christmas cheer to spread around.