The Rory Gilmore Way to Conquer College and Relationships

20186__rorey_lNetflix recently announced they are streaming all seven seasons of the beloved “Gilmore Girls” starting Oct. 1. It is time to go back to Stars Hallow and relive the glory days.

There is a lot to be learned from Gilmore Girls about life and relationships. To be honest, Rory Gilmore taught us how to handle college like a pro. She attended Yale University and eventually became editor-in-chief of the Yale Daily News. Rory taught us everything from how to be a good college student to being a great friend and girlfriend.

Here are ten lessons Rory taught us about college and relationships:

1. Do not give up on your dream future

Rory persevered with her dream of being a journalist even after being told she did not have what it took. It is important to not let negative people discourage your dream. College is an imperative time for you to figure out what you want to do and to make it happen. This is the time when you really have to “do you.”

2. Bad grades are not all that bad

Yes, even Miss A-Student did not always get A’s on her papers. It is college … it is meant to be challenging. Do not let one grade defer you from doing your best and keeping your head held high. Do not be fooled, grades are not everything. As long as you are not failing out of school, your future will be OK.

3. Taking a break is OK

After Rory was told she did not have what it took to be a journalist, she took a small hiatus from Yale. If you are unhappy or unsure about what you think you want to do, do not feel like you have to be here (unless your parents say otherwise). Taking a break from school does not mean you will never go back.

4. Job searching requires patience

Research company. Interview with recruiter. Wait for a callback. Rejection from position. Repeat. Job searching is one of the hardest and most stressful things you may ever do in college. You will get your dream job, but do not expect it to come easily.

5. Most importantly, find the best coffee on campus

Rory was an addict to say the least, and she would not have survived if she did not have her favorite coffee spot on campus. College is the time for weird sleeping patterns and all-nighters. In order to make it out with your sanity intact, coffee means everything. Whether it is Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts or Snappy’s, find your caffeine.

6. Friendships keep you sane in college

There is no way Rory would have made it through college without her best friends, Lane and Paris, to back her up. You need your friends just as much as they need you. Make friends with everyone to keep yourself from going crazy.

7. Establish the difference between dating and relationships

Yes, they are different. Going on a few dates with someone does not mean the same as calling each other boyfriend and girlfriend. It is a fine, somewhat awkward line, but it is there. You should establish that line with your significant other, otherwise you will be wondering what the two of you are.

8. Step out of your comfort zone

With friendships and relationships, do not limit yourself to the type of people you think you should be around. You will find friends in the most unexpected ways in college. For example, Rory and Marty became friends after she found him asleep naked in the hallway. Not exactly the best start to a friendship, but they made it work.

9. Do not be afraid of love

Even though Rory learned it in high school, it is important to know in college and you may meet the love of your life. It sounds scary and serious, but a lot of greatness comes from falling in love, and you deserve to experience all of those feelings.

10. Honesty is the best policy

Rory almost lost a friendship because she hid the truth to try to protect her friend. If you are not being honest with your friends or significant other, the lies will come back to bite you. The value of your relationships is much greater than a lie.

Rory is an iconic character that definitely brings out the best in all of us. Be ready to fall in love all (again) with “Gilmore Girls” Oct. 1.

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