Editor’s note: This article was initially published in The Daily Gazette, Swarthmore’s online, daily newspaper founded in Fall 1996. As of Fall 2018, the DG has merged with The Phoenix. See the about page to read more about the DG.
Dark times are upon us this week. In these moments, we must remember Professor Dumbledore’s words, “We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.” Stay strong, take care of yourself, and find solace in one another. Hopefully, the stars will align for you in your time of need and bring you good fortune.
It is easy to become overwhelmed with everything that is going on in our lives. Sometimes, a long walk in the Crum or in the city with no destination in mind will clear your mind.
Pisces (February 19 – March 20)
We have all had excruciatingly embarrassing moments in our lives. As funny as those moments may be, you probably can’t shake your mortification and think about it a lot more than you should. When your memory of throwing up outside of Paces in front of your crush comes back, remember that they’ve probably forgotten about it as well.
After many hours of practice and study, you and the people around you will finally recognize how far you’ve come. Understand that everyone starts as a beginner, but it’s those like you who stick to it that become great.
Time to yourself is not time wasted. Put on your favorite album from years ago, grab a book, or spend time making art like you used to. If your roommate(s) make it difficult for space and time for yourself, I recommend heading to Underhill or to the many quiet nooks and corners of campus.
You’ve been holding something inside for far too long, and it’s time to let someone know about it. Maybe it’s a secret crush you’re too embarrassed to admit, telling your roommate that they didn’t just “lose” their food, or anything else–it’s better out than in.
You either haven’t started your Sophomore Plan, realize that you had it wrong in your Sophomore Plan, or have absolutely no idea where your life is going right now. Let me assure you, it’s alright. Continue to move, and you will end up where you need to.
Technology will not be your friend today and may even go out of its way to sabotage your workflow. Either make sure to continually save your file, or use Google Drive because when your computer finally crashes, you’ll thank yourself for it.
Sex with another(s) or even with yourself is the name of your game this week. Whatever it is that is taking up time in your life right now, experimentation is calling you. Try out a new position, introduce a toy, or simply try a new place (warning: just don’t get in trouble with that last suggestion…)
Be very mindful of the Swat Swivel. You might think that you’re safe in the corners of McCabe or late night at Sci Center, but if you neglect to inspect who’s around your first, I promise that the gossip you’re about to indulge in will find its way back to you.
It’s easy to look around you and see that everyone is always studying and working hard and feel guilty for not being more studious. Give yourself some time outside of Cornell Library. Not every minute of your time is meant for “productivity.” It’s okay to grab a few blankets and watch a movie in the family room of McCabe.
Remember that you don’t need to dress up for anyone. If they really like you, they’ll be happy to spend time with you even if you’re still in your pajamas for your 1:15 seminar. Rock those slippers!
You’ve said “Treat yourself” for too many days in a row, and now you’ve realized that your work has only piled up in the time that you spent dancing and drinking. It’s time to be a little hard on yourself and get right to it, otherwise, there’ll be no more time until the end of the semester to “Treat yourself.”
Images of Astrology Signs courtesy of DG Illustrator Erin Ford ’19
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