What Dr. Seuss Taught Kat About College Life

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Weekly trips to the library were a highlight of my childhood. As soon as I walked through the double doors, I made a beeline for the children’s section and began pulling books off the shelves. As a child, Dr. Seuss was one of my go-to authors because his books were easily recognized. The library hosted a large line of the thin, hard-back books sporting a picture of The Cat in the Hat on the top of the spine. My poor mother probably read There’s A Wocket in My Pocket a hundred times.

Children’s books are not only for early readers; they contain truths that can be carried throughout life. Dr. Seuss, in particular, taught me many lessons that I have recalled in college.

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The unknown is frightening.
“And when you’re alone there’s a very good chance
you’ll meet things that scare you right out of your pants
There are some, down the road between hither and yon,
that can scare you so much you won’t want to go on.”
– Oh! The Places You’ll Go
Starting college can be terrifying. There are many people that you do not know, and you are alone in the crowd. However, college is a time to grow both academically and independently. Go on, even when you don’t want to.

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Complete the assigned reading.
“The more you read, the more you know.
The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
– I Can Read With My Eyes Shut
The teachers assign all that reading for a reason—so that you will learn! Learning increases opportunities throughout life.

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The only way to make a difference is to stand for what you believe in.
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
– The Lorax
If you see a problem, you must do something about it. Sitting idle on the sideline is never going to make a difference.

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Try new foods.
“Say! I like green eggs and ham!
I do!! I like them, Sam-I-am!“
– Green Eggs and Ham
While my college has never served green eggs and ham, they did serve green mashed potatoes on St. Patrick’s Day (some people complained that their stomach hurt afterwards, but I think it was all a mental thing). Nonetheless, many of my favorite foods are things I had never even tried before coming to college. The worst that can happen is that you won’t like it.

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Don’t try to be anyone else; be yourself.
“I think there are some things
I do not wish to be.
And that is why
I think that I
Just wish to be like me.”
– I Wish I Had Duck Feet
With hopes of being welcomed by new peers, some college students adopt an “acceptable false self.” There is no need to do this. You will eventually find a crowd with mutual interests. Don’t be afraid to wear your quirky rain boots, bold necklaces, or second-hand shirts. Be proud of what makes you different.

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Get enough sleep.
“Except for me.
Please go away.
No up.
I’m sleeping in today.”
– Great Day for UP
Saturday is the one day that I have no obligations. I always try to sleep in, but my internal clock usually wakes me up about 6:45.

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Decision making is hard.
“Make your mind up,
Get it done.
Only you can make your mind up
You’re the one and only one.”
– Hunches in Bunches
Don’t be discouraged when “bunches of hunches” flood your mind and you don’t know which one to follow. Keep moving forward, and you will eventually find yourself on a path. If you don’t like that path, you can always choose a different one.

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My name is Kat, and I am the blogger behind Kat’s 9 Lives.

As an elementary student, I absolutely hated writing. So I did what any respectable 9-year-old would do: I fought, rolled my eyes, and complained. I would endure writing for a good grade, but I was not going to have fun with a pen in my hand.

In contrast, I loved reading. I read novels in the car, biographies for class, and shampoo bottles in the shower. My eyes devoured words. In sixth grade, I read multiple books that were written in journal form, and in April, I started my first journal. In a small blue notebook, I complained about soccer practice, dreamed about my crush, and droned about mundane daily happenings. Six years and a dozen journals later, I made a realization: I enjoy writing.

I enjoy it so much, in fact, that I started a blog. I couldn’t choose one topic, so I chose nine, which I dubbed my “Nine Lives.” I enjoy traveling (My Adventurous Life), DIY and photography (My Artsy Life), cute clothes (My Fashionable Life), thrift shopping and discount finds (My Frugal Life), running and cooking (My Healthy Life), planning (My Organized Life), college (My Scholarly Life), spending time with friends (My Social Life), and loving my Savior, Jesus Christ (My Spiritual Life).


4 Comments Add yours

  1. super neat way to do the post! I love how she choose her name!
    (but the pictures won’t load…)


  2. I love the Oh The Places You’ll Go Book! It rings true even in parenthood 🙂


  3. Doctor Seuss books are so amazing. Full of silliness and fun and important life lessons. What’s not to love?


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