It’s proven that water has magical powers.  So just do it.  It’ll give you powers too.

Prevent yourself from falling behind or from having a large amount of work (and stress!) build up right in front of you. It’ll save you time (and your grades, ahem) in the long run…even if it may not seem so nice of an idea right now.

Actually know what your professor is talking about in lecture by reading ahead instead of blanking out during class and trying to catch up just before a test. This way, you’ll maximize your time in college and end up learning more as the information you get from your professor will clarify and solidify your understanding of the topics in class.

Be an active learner! Just because you’re fed information doesn’t mean you should just sit back and be passive about the knowledge you’re receiving.  Participate! Engage! Learn!

It’s important that you keep your health your priority.  Without it, you wouldn’t be able to do a lot of stuff.  So, remember to eat clean, exercise, and make healthy decisions most of the time.  The rest of the time, have fun.

Save yourself the hassle and stress of rushing in the morning.  Things just feel a lot better when you’re ready and prepared ahead of time. Let yourself feel like your life is together for a bit.

You don’t need to go ham, but maybe just squeeze in a quick 10 minute workout in your schedule. It can actually make a difference. After all, anything is better than just moving from chair to chair and going for hours on end sitting in the library or lying on your bed.

Even if you’re not looking for a job right now, stay in the loop and keep planning ahead.  This is only bound to help you.  As for scholarships, you always need ‘em. So whatcha waitin’ for.

Small steps will eventually lead to big places.  Make sure you’re staying on track by setting short term goals and thinking about your long term ones too! Taking it day by day is important, so just make sure you’re making the most of your time and ask yourself: are you happy with what you accomplished today?

College is a time when you can get so easily swept away and swallowed in millions of responsibilities.  It can get a little insane.  Make sure you give yourself a little TLC to keep yourself from going crazy. You deserve it.

Stay inspired with quotes that remind you of the beauty in life.

You’re off living your new and busy life, but it doesn’t take much to take a little time out of your day to remind someone you’re thinking of them.  It can save a relationship.  It can make someone happy.  And that’s good.

No matter how much work you have left to do or how unhappy you are with how your day went, remember you have a new day ahead of you that you won’t want to spoil it with the stains of today.  Release all negativity and get ready to do something great. It’s gonna be a new day.  And you can make it awesome.
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Anahi Alvarez and Naomi Martinez


When a group of high school mean girls in Grand Prairie, Texas, told Lillian Skinner, a 17-year-old senior with developmental delays, that she was nominated for homecoming court, she had no idea what the ultimate result would be. Lily hadn’t been nominated, but her longtime friends, Anahi Alvarez and Naomi Martinez, had been.

After learning of the prank, Anahi and Naomi, who have been friends with Lily since 7th-grade choir, hatched a plan to pass their crown to Lily should either of them be named homecoming queen.

"We promised each other and we were like, ‘No matter what, no backing down. If one of us wins, we’re giving Lillian the crown,’" Naomi said.

On Friday night, in front of thousands of friends, family members and fans, that is exactly what happened.

Principal Lorimer Arendse was let in on the plan shortly before halftime and the planned announcement of the homecoming winners.

"In all my time in school, this is probably the greatest moment I’ve ever experienced as a principal," said Arendse.

It was Arendse’s job to escort Lily onto the field, under the guise that she was to help take pictures of the homecoming court’s procession. So Lily had front row seats for when her friend Anahi was named 2014 homecoming queen.

"When she won the queen, I took a picture and she told me to come over. And I said, ‘It’s OK. It’s OK. It’s your crown, you know? My name is not on the list,’" Lily said.

Slowly it dawned on Lily what was really happening, according to the others in attendance.

"That’s when it was just, the moment itself took over," Arendse said.

"Seeing the look on her face and the way she reacted toward it, it was priceless," said Naomi. "I knew it was the right decision."

As for the girl who got the most votes Friday, she said she would gladly do it all again.

"Well, for me, I want to say, and I always say, ‘Lilly won. I just ran in her place, in her position,’" Anahi said. "When they ask me, ‘Were you homecoming queen?’ I say, ‘No, Lilly is homecoming queen.’"

(Photo/Story via NBC5)