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5 Quotes from Amazing Women to Fix Your Mid-Semester Slump

It’s the middle of the semester, which means a number of things: winter is coming (*insert “Game of Thrones” theme song here*), summer clothes are stashed beneath the bed and homework is piling up to the ceiling. So yeah, it’s not the best of times. When you’re in the throes of a mid-semester slump, it’s easy to lose perspective. Perhaps you’re bogged down in friend or relationship drama, or maybe you’re feeling the pangs of a quarter-life crisis approaching. We hear you. We see you. 


Luckily, we aren’t the first generation of women to encounter the difficulties life hands out – from everyday annoyances to the big-time stuff. While I firmly believe ice cream is the superior remedy for a slump, listening to the advice of others also seems to do the trick. Here are five quotes from five bad*ss women to help you power through. (And also gifs, because why not?)


Oprah Winfrey

“I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint – and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you. ” 

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Emma Watson

“Don’t feel stupid if you don’t like what everyone else pretends to love.”

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Emma Stone

“My favorite bit of wisdom is that if you knew everyone’s story, you would love them. You can’t really hate anyone if you know everything that happened to them between their birth and now, why they became the way they became, why they have walls up or down. If you truly know someone, you’d get it.” 

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Lucille Ball

“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.”

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Michelle Obama 

“You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world’s problems at once but don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.”  

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Sarah Dorothy Lynch is a junior at Marist College studying Journalism and Public Relations with a passion for writing, travel, and bread (all varieties). If she ever met Emma Stone, she would likely keel over.
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