Inspiration Ahead

Hey everyone, it’s that time of year. It’s April, there’s about one month left in the semester, and you’re probably stressing. Don’t worry, we are too! I decided to collect some quotes to help us all get through this last month! I asked upperclassmen at SSU to give me a quote, whether it was a favorite quote, or a piece of inspiration or advice that I could pass along to you all!

im rooting for you

It can be hard to deal with stress, so one of my favorite things to do with these is to print them up, cut them out, and hang them around my room. I take some tape and put them up on walls, my desk, I hung some from the ceiling with string, too. Everywhere I turn I see inspirational quotes, and it really helps motivate me to do my best!

Here’s how I have set these up. There’s a quote, followed by who said it (if we know!). The next bullet has who gave me the quote, their year, and major. And remember, stay strong through the rest of this semester and don’t give up!

dont give up

  • “Have some fire. Be unstoppable. Be a force of nature. Be better than anyone here, and don’t give a damn what anyone thinks. There are no teams here, no buddies. You’re on your own. Be your own.” –Cristina Yang, Grey’s Anatomy
    • Kaitlynn Bartley, Junior, English. First Year Mentor.
  • “Where there’s a will, there’s a way” –Proverb
    • Stephania Cueva, Sophomore, Criminal Justice.
  • “Make visible what, without you, might perhaps have never been seen” –Robert Bresson
    • Angelina Benitez, Sophomore, Spanish and Dance. First Year Mentor.
  • “The mind is everything. What you think you become” –Buddha
    • Patrick Braley, Sophomore, Psychology. First Year Mentor.
  • “This too shall pass”
    • Koda Mehalba, Junior, Communications
  • “Through your whole college experience there will be ups and downs, just remember who you are ‘cause that’s the realest person you can be” –Linda Bursch
    • Lind Bursch, Junior, Photography
  • “One can only see clearly with the heart. What is essential is invisible to the eye” –Antoine de Saint Exupéry
    • Makalah Moore, Senior, English. First Year Mentor.
  • “We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us” — Joseph Campbell
    • Stella Willis, Sophomore, Social Work. First Year Mentor.
  • “Never lose sight of your dreams. Set goals. Keep yourself focused and you will achieve nothing but success. But don’t forget to have some fun!” –Valerie Arruda
    • Valerie Arruda, Junior, Nursing
  • “Do what you love and love what you do. Don’t settle for a major because you think it’s the ‘right thing’ follow your dreams and pick a major that is going to make you happy long term” –Shelby Katis
    • Shelby Katis, Junior, English
  • “You can’t have a rainbow without a little rain” –Anonymous
    • Kaitlynn Bartley, Junior, English. First Year Mentor.
  • “Find the strength through every struggle because the things you have been through have made you the person you are today” — Anonymous
    • Dylana Barilone, Junior, Criminal Investigation
  • “When you shine from within the light never fades”
    • Jordan Thompson, Senior, History. First Year Mentor.
  • “I know you can do great things” –Jeremy Mele
    • Amory Thomas, Junior, English
  • “I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t happened yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.” –Groucho Marx
    • Amanda Mark, Junior, Political Science and English
  • “You must do the things you think you cannot do” –Eleanor Roosevelt
    • Elizabeth Fitzgerald, Junior, Math
  • “It’s just one grade, if you can’t do it excel elsewhere. Everything balances in the end” –Julia Fitzgerald
    • Julia Fitzgerald, Junior, Criminal Justice
  • “There are no coincidences in life, therefore everything happens for a reason”
    • Jen Jordan, Junior, English
  • yoga inspiration snip

    • Katie Casazza, Junior, Elementary Education and English
  • “Don’t count the days, make the days count” -Muhammad Ali
    • Ani Hudak, Junior, Art
  • “You must always remember, you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think” -Christopher Robin, Winnie the Pooh
    • Jessica Mack, Sophomore, Social Work
  • “I don’t look back darling, it distracts from the now” –Edna Mode, The Incredibles
    • Ashley Paron, Freshman, Elementary Education and American Studies
  • “Don’t worry. The best people all have some kind of scar” —The One by Kiera Cass
    • Victoria Stone, Junior, Painting
  • “Determination is the key to success” –Maddi Jenkins
    • Treshonna Heath, Junior, Criminal Justice
  • “Be true to yourself and all that you are. Know that there is somethig inside you that is greater than any obstable” –Christian Larson
    • Annemarie Sweetsir, Sophomore, Psychology
  • Una es más auténtica cuanto más se parece a lo que ha soñado de sí misma” Agrado, Todo Sobre Mi Madre (“You’re the most authentic when you resemble what you have dreamed of being” –Agrado, All About My Mother (Film by Pedro Almodovar))
    • Angelina Benitez, Sophomore, Spanish and Dance. First Year Mentor.
  • “Believe in the process”
    • Jen Jordan, Junior, English

You are SO CLOSE to the end, just keep your head up and finish strong! 🙂

finish line

You’re not alone through this last month, if you need anything please contact the First Year Experience Office at (978) 542 – 2618,, or stop by our office in Meier Hall 100A. We’re here to help!

If you’re feeling especially stressed out, reach out to Counseling and Health Services at (978) 542 – 6413. You can walk in to their office as well, it is located on the first floor of the Ellison Campus Center.

you can do it

Have a great month!

FYM Kaitlynn


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