Society’s Robot – Chapter 3

Life at Mr. Addison’s is conventional. Having been here for almost a month now, I am learning the daily goings-on of the house. For the past week, I have looked through the kitchen and noted everything I will get today on my trip to the market. Zach only eats organic foods, and they have to be farmed within a 300-mile radius of our home. The intricacies of his diet do not bother me; I think of it as exciting. I always loved going to the marketplace with Mother Ester, whenever she decided to take children with her. My treks to buy groceries remind me of those times.

Zach had told me, “My servants always have the best,” as his tailor measured my chest a few weeks ago. I leave the house on my way to the marketplace in my new purple knee-high sundress, with a sweetheart neckline. I feel so out of place, almost like I do not own it. The more I ponder, the more I realize I don’t.

Getting to know my fellow servants over these few weeks has been interesting. Philip, the butler, has worked at the Addison residence the longest, a few years before Zach was born. Rouge oversees cleaning the dishes and washing clothes for the residents. John is the mastermind behind the upkeep of the home, and he organizes everything Zach plans. Philip mentioned once that there were only male servants, which is nothing particularly unusual. It seems the late Mr. Logan Addison slept with the female servants when his wife was attending business elsewhere. Mrs. Malinda Addison never minded his infidelity; rather she minded his choice location, in the room to the left of Zach’s.

Philip spoke of Mrs. Addison’s hospitality, how she extended it to anyone who strolled into her castle. His voice trailed off while an unmistakable gleam shined in his brown pupils. He articulated more with his eyes than I have ever heard from any mouth. He would marry her if he could.

John pulls out an old bike to take to the market. I enjoy bikes far more than any stuffy car. With the beautiful weather and three-mile journey, the fresh air will be lovely. List gripped between my fingers, I leave eagerly for the market. Shopping combines relaxation and work. I always see people I grew up with, peculiar only because of the distance.

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“Zach only eats organic foods, and they have to be farmed within a 300-mile radius of our home. The intricacies of his diet do not bother me; I think of it as exciting.”

The smell of fresh bread and strawberry tarts replace the unmistakable stench of the roadside when I arrive at the marketplace. Walking around, looking at the fish and fruits and deciding on their quality, I can’t shake my mind from those strawberry tarts. I think I’ll buy some before I leave. I find myself surrounded by the separated booths of small businesses and bored, single women with riches to spare. Regardless of the disproportion in wealth, I’ve never noticed a difference in taste.

I keep to myself, showing my status as a servant. Mama Ester told me that you should never show any human emotion – wealthy owners know each other, and it’s dangerous if you upset the wrong person.
I’m unenthusiastic about going back to the Addison home after my charming day at the market. The open space is a breathtaking contrast to the jail cell feel of a home.

After setting the bike in the storage unit, I carry the groceries into the door closest to the kitchen. The bags are heavy, but I don’t mind labor; I’m used to it. Usually, when my hair gets into my face or I slam my head into the door frame, I just keep walking.

Walking into the house, I hear laughing from the sitting room. I know quickly it is Zach’s, in harmony with the laughter of a woman. I fear that I will not be working for a bachelor much longer. At 25, he is probably enjoying his evening with a woman he will marry and have too many children with. Then he will bombard the home with more servants like me. I’ll continue to hide in this lonely castle, or perhaps he will sell me before that happens. Don’t feel, don’t react, and don’t get attached to the stories told to me as a young servant. I sigh lightly and put my groceries in cabinets, remembering this mantra.

I’ve never experienced an attachment to anyone, except Mother Ester. You will always be attached to the woman who raised you. I know Zach is trying to make this a home for me, but this is not my home. My life is not a fairy tale. So lost in my thoughts, I hadn’t noticed Zach standing next to me. He startles me when he says, “So, when did you get back?”

Looking over to him and placing a tomato on the counter, I reply, “A few minutes ago, sir. Not too long though.”

He nods his head and takes a seat on the counter, next to my groceries. He looks like a teenager waiting for advice from his mother.

In the unexpected silence, I continue to put away the food, his eyes following me as I travel along the spacious kitchen.

“You seem too comfortable doing this?” he says, breaking the silence with his curiosity.

I’m guessing by the sound of his voice he is confused why someone my age could be so comfortable shopping for a stranger, particularly after receiving nothing in return.

I retort with, “Well, I should. I’ve been doing this since I turned 15.” I don’t bother to look at his face; I already know it is one of absolute shock.

“But you were just a kid then, you couldn’t have possibly enjoyed your work?” Zach says.

I sigh and finish putting away the last of the groceries. One as affluent as Zach could never understand what I went through, just to end up someone’s servant. Taking this into consideration, I turn to Zach and say, “Look, I recognize you don’t understand. With no mom or dad to care for me, I was never a child. My life doesn’t seem perfect, because it’s not.” I place the grocery bags in a crate to be washed and used for the next market run.

“Please excuse me, Mr. Addison. I have much work to do,” I say to him and walk quickly to my room.

I collapse on my bed, realizing I had broken one of the rules.

Standing

I made one mistake–
To tell the truth,
It helps to believe
The door is slammed shut
In my face.

Keep your mouth shut–
I never said anything of value,
You’d remember.
Kick and scream–
I run
Past the gate and
Down the road
So you don’t hear me
Whisper.

To be seen and not heard–
I’ve walked on tiptoe
All my life.
Chastise and lecture–
I leap
Over fields
So you won’t know I’m
Singing.

You don’t know the meaning
Of hard work–
I’ve spent sleepless
Hours reading and typing and writing
And working to pull myself
Out of the hole
You tell me is home.

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“To be seen and not heard– I’ve walked on tiptoe All my life.” Photo from: www.culturacolectiva.com

I worked every day of my life–
And I was grateful
Until today
You called me
Fool–
For wanting more–
More
Than trashed up trucks,
A wrecked house,
And more cracked eggshells
To creep over.

Get out.
Gone and running–
I fly
Farther than the sky
So you won’t see me
Standing.

Rising Song

If I told you once
I loved you–
I don’t think I foresaw
A life held back
Against a cold hard wall.
You suffocated me
With sparkling chains of words
I tried in vain to embrace.
I was grasping at an empty vessel
Of half-meant hopes and dreams,
And ‘almost like a dream’ meant
Nothing
If I could not catch my breath
From running aimlessly to escape.

A young woman’s escape–
I leave a trail of breadcrumbs behind
As I run out of the monster’s howling lair.
You carried me away
From the truth of a thousand lies
And wounded me with blows.
The skin is thick on the scars
You dug into the mental flesh
Of my blood-stained heart.
The places you struck me
Will heal with the falling snow.

Ring off finger
And flung away.
My finger can bend again–
I was numbed to the bone
From hypothermic waste.
Screeching,
I flung open the bars
Of the prison in which
You held me.

Your heart’s key–
I never meant to unlock
That door.
I threw the key away
Somewhere in the garden,
As drifts of white
Danced in the solemn breeze.

You denied me life
And pushed me inch by inch
Into a living grave.
I was a foot deep in mud
Before I hitched myself up
And braced my feet against the wall.
I won’t say it was easy–
The grips at the bottom
Were hard to cling to
And you were there holding me down.
I made it anyway
And overcame.
Your smug face shuddered
And collapsed into itself
Before the smoke cleared.

That smile was a dream
I attempted foolishly to keep.
As the flames of your fire
Scorched the meat
You had me cook for you,
The bonds of female servility
Were already crumbling
At our feet.

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“I was numbed to the bone From hypothermic waste.” Photo from: https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com

As you held me down sweating
Against tear-streaked sheets,
I watched the window open
A crack to let the wind in.
As you pulled away and stood
At the door beckoning me to follow
Down the hall of portraits
Of faces smiling in false confidence,
I leaped at the chance
To fly out the window
And baptize myself in
Melting banks of snow.

You can swing at me again–
Your broken dagger was
Never too sharp anyway.
I won’t be hurt again
By untended wounds.

When spring comes,
I will run barefoot
Through the woods
With the sun beating down
And the wind following
My movements
There
And never back again.

Swallowed In Fear

Laughter pierces our silent night
As we explore
What lies beneath
Its ebony canvas.
You groan at the abundance of clouds
But I still spot scattered stars.

Warmth surrounds me as
Our fingers tangle together in loose knots.
I begin to melt into you—
But your hands are ice
(That’s why they’re shaking).
You tighten the knots and
We joke, tease,
Laughter replacing tension once again.
This time our faces inch closer,
Closer,
Close enough to see
Sparks of dread, desire—
Dreadful desire—
Begging to erupt.

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“You groan at the abundance of clouds But I still spot scattered stars.” Photo from: https:media-cache-ak0-pinimg.com

Afraid of lighting a fire
We can’t control,
Reverting to a practiced posture as
Frigid as the air enveloping us,
We hide behind each other’s uncertainty,
Letting the radio talk for us on the drive home.

My toothbrush now scrapes
Across gingiva and enamel
While my mouth is left wondering
How these words
Swallowed in fear
Would taste in your mouth…

NASA Finds Other Habitable Planets in Deep Space

On February 22, 2017, NASA revealed their Spitzer Space Telescope has found seven exoplanets near the constellation Aquarius. While all seven planets can hold liquid water, three of the planets are securely located in a habitable zone, skyrocketing this discovery to the best chance of otherworldly life on planets outside our solar system. “This discovery could be a significant piece in the puzzle of finding habitable environments, places that are conducive to life . . . Answering the question ‘are we alone’ is a top science priority and finding so many planets like these for the first time in the habitable zone is a remarkable step forward toward that goal,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of the agency’s Science Mission Directorate.

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“On February 22, 2017, NASA revealed their Spitzer Space Telescope has found seven exoplanets near the constellation Aquarius.” Photo from: www.jpl.nasa.gov

NASA has named this exoplanet system TRAPPIST-1. This research is ongoing and NASA released news about this solar system in May 2016, when only three planets were discovered. All of the planets included in TRAPPIST-1 are likely rocky, based on the density measured by Spitzer.

Michael Gillon, the principal investigator of the TRAPPIST-1, says, “The exoplanets are the first Earth-size planets that have been found orbiting this kind of star . . . It is also the best target yet for studying the atmospheres of potentially habitable, Earth-size worlds.”

This discovery will serve as a base-model for research regarding life beyond our own.

Geology: More Than Just Rocks

One of the fields of study offered here at Radford University is geology, the study of the Earth. This major tends to be boiled down to just looking at rocks, and while that is part of what geologists do, there is so much more to it. By just looking at rocks, they can learn what the environment used to be like in a specific area, if there are any dangerous activities going on, and they can find out how suitable the land is for any number of uses, such as construction. Geologists do many things and provide a great many services to society, not all of which will be mentioned in this article as there’s too many to list. Geology isn’t an outdated field and geologist isn’t an outdated profession; these people provide a great deal to the world.

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“One of the fields of study offered here at Radford University is geology, the study of the Earth. This major tends to be boiled down to just looking at rocks, and while that is part of what geologists do, there is so much more to it.” photo from: http://www.radford.edu/content/csat/home/geology/resources/galleries/little-river/jcr%3Acontent/par/gallery/items/galleryitem_3/largeimage.img.jpg/1424466406855.jpg

For an example with some real world impacts, take the events at Yosemite Park several years ago. The park had built a visitor’s center on top of a cliff, and down below it were some camping grounds and hiking trails. The grounds had to deal with frequent falling rocks that injured and killed people. However, nothing was being done about it because no one knew why rocks were falling from the cliff face. A graduate student and a professor here at Radford University went to the park to investigate. They found that the visitor’s center was pumping its waste water into the rocks beneath it and this was causing an erosion of the cliff face and a loosening of the rocks. Because the graduate student and the professor discovered this and reported it, people became aware of the danger and they were able to avoid that area of the park. These geologists helped save more people from becoming injured or killed.

Geology is a big field with lots of different branches that many people can and do go into. Geologists have a profound effect on the world, and many do their job without much thanks. Geology is an important field and we would have a lot of serious problems without it.

The Life of a College Dog

Campus has an abundant variety of life, one type being dogs. Campus dogs give us the security and love that we miss from our animals back home. That’s where we are this week.

MOM.
MOM.

She needs to play, now. I get it, dude.

Campus Dogs are the best dogs

No obligation to you other than belly rubs, campus dogs are a great opportunity to get much-needed doggo lovin’. Iris, being a derp, loves meeting new friends at the quad.

Play time

Still playing...

What dog doesn’t love play time? Seriously.

Well done, puppers, well done.

To see more of Iris’s campus rendezvous, click here: http://www.ruwhim.com/?p=52189

“The world would be a nicer place if everyone had the ability to love as unconditionally as a dog.” – M. K. Clinton

Spring Break: Is Florida Really the Best Place?

Every year, spring break rolls around, and every year, the most popular thing to do is go to Florida for the week. And what’s not to love about sun, sand, and surf? But is it really all that it is cracked up to be?

One of the problems with going to Florida for spring break is that everyone goes there. It becomes an extremely crowded place where you have to fight for every step you take. It seems a little ridiculous to have to deal with massive overcrowding when you’re trying to relax. Then there is the drive to Florida. Obviously, it differs depending on where you are, but here in Virginia, it is roughly a 10 to 12-hour drive just to get to Florida, and the time increases the further south you go into the state. Now some people like road trips, and some people don’t, but I cannot imagine anyone enjoying being in a crowded car on crowded highways for 10 to 12 hours.

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“One of the problems with going to Florida for spring break is that everyone goes there. It becomes an extremely crowded place where you have to fight for every step you take.” Photo from: https://www.washingtonian.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/bethany-beach-delaware_featured-994×559.jpg

I am not trying to say that Florida and going to the beach cannot be fun. Being able to relax on sunny shores and swimming and playing in the ocean is a great way to spend your time. There are also great places to eat down in Florida and, of course, plenty of fresh seafood. There’s a reason why Florida is such a popular place to go, and this is a well-earned title. However, I do not think it’s all it’s cracked up to be.

Probably sooner rather than later, people tend to run out of things to do. There’s only so much beach sitting and ocean swimming you can do. And I can’t help but wonder if part of the reason everyone goes to Florida is because that’s just the thing to do. Everyone else is going to the beach, so why shouldn’t you? But, then again, not everyone enjoys the same things and if people have fun going to Florida and the beach, then why not? It’s spring break; do whatever you’ll enjoy doing.

Lucifer’s Own Pandora’s Box

She has a personal, destructive beauty, one not many can fall for. He is the only one to see it. With her red eyes and ebony wings, Aria holds Lucifer’s heart. Her love for the devil is only outweighed by the corruption inside her.

Lucifer ignores it, for a time. He understands she wants the same sensation he felt when he fell from grace. Only until she became his personal Pandora’s box did he take notice. Heartbreak, disease, famine, death. Aria has control of them, and much worse.

“My love, you must stop this,” Lucifer tenderly whispers, grasping her by the biceps with pleading eyes.

Aria growls and shoves him away. “You don’t tell me what to do!” Eyes like rubies in sunlight, her anger stems from his need to control her.

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“Her love for the devil is only outweighed by the corruption inside her.” Photo from: http://pre14.deviantart.net/152d/th/pre/i/2013/063/d/f/pandora_s_box_by_sirocco_rc-d5wybx3.jpg

Lucifer knows he can fix her, but only by using the hope lying at the bottom of the box. He grabs her arm with a jerk and takes her to her fallen meadow. Lucifer holds Aria close until their skin seems like it will fuse together.

He speaks the only words that will free Aria. “I free you from my hold and the hold of God.”

Aria is left limp in his embrace, eyes fluttered shut. All that is left of her wings is a handful of feathers at his feet. A blush returns to her cheeks, and her slate-colored nails are replaced with clean, uncolored ones. Aria’s hair turns to a light chestnut as Lucifer holds her in his lap. She is mortal, human. He strokes her cheek as her eyes open, revealing two eyes of sea green. The only words to have broken the devil were her first mortal words of freedom.

“Do I know you?”

Respectful Communication is Key

For most of us in college, we tend to avoid talking with our professors and instructors for one reason or another. And they don’t usually have conversations with us unless we directly approach them. For some, talking to an instructor is no big deal, but for others, it can be frightening, anxiety inducing or anywhere in between. Whatever the case, it’s important for both the instructor and the student to maintain a respectful manner.

If either the student or the instructor becomes disrespectful toward one another then major issues can arise. There does not always need to be blatant disrespect or animosity to cause problems in the classroom. Passive aggressive remarks or responses can create

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“For some, talking to an instructor is no big deal, but for others, it can be frightening, anxiety inducing or anywhere in between.” Photo from: http://cdn.hercampus.com/s3fs-public/2014/09/28/Student-Professor-Talking-Office-Hours.jpg

bigger problems than direct hostility. Passive aggressiveness is just pettiness; it shows a flippant attitude and a complete disregard for the other person. A student shouldn’t treat an instructor this way, and an instructor shouldn’t treat a student that way either. Doing so opens up hostility between the two people involved and the situation can, and often does, dissolve from there.

If an instructor is disrespectful toward a student then they have failed as a teacher; it is their job to be patient, and they should be willing to work with students to help them understand the material. It does not benefit anyone if an instructor disregards a student’s questions or concerns. And it’s just the same for the student; they have to be willing to meet the instructor halfway. They should make sure they try to resolve their problem or misunderstanding before approaching the instructor, so they don’t waste their time. However, they also run the risk of being seen as lazy for not approaching the instructor early on. Both the instructor and the student should do their best to maintain a professional and respectful relationship. Otherwise, the entire classroom environment falls apart.

Are You The Hermione Granger Of Your Squad?

The two of you are more alike than you think.

Do you stay up all night practicing spells? If you answered yes to that question, then this article is for you. All I want in life is to be Hermione Granger, and this article will tell you what makes you two alike. You won’t need Felix Felicis for this one.

1. Puberty hit you like a train.

Like all preteens, we went through that phase we do not speak of. In the books, Hermione used magic to fix her teeth and hair. Unfortunately, because we Muggle folks never received our Hogwarts letters, we had to turn to the simpler stuff like flat irons, Invisalign and makeup.

  1. You have a hard time expressing your feelings to your crush.

Honestly, most girls I know keep their feelings about their crush to themselves. There are times when your adrenaline is pumping and all you want to do is just grab him and kiss him. It can sometimes be hard because you do not know how the other person feels. But you never know. He could feel the same way, or you guys could be destined to defeat evil and have two children together.

  1. You get mad when you get a B on an exam.

Sometimes just getting a C on a test that you studied hard for is better than nothing, but for people like Hermione, C’s do not get degrees.

  1. You are a cat person.

Cats are not for the fainthearted. That is all I have to say about that.

  1. You are often found reading or studying.
Hermione
“Unfortunately, because we Muggle folks never received our Hogwarts letters, we had to turn to the simpler stuff like flat irons, Invisalign and makeup.” Photo from: http://newscult.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Hermione-Granger-hermione-granger-20053428-800-478.jpg

Rather than partying or watching the usual on Netflix, you are found with your nose in a book

  1. You have a free spirit.

You are a bit of a free bird. You don’ let anyone tell you that you can’t reach your goal, and you don’t let anyone get in your way of achieving it.

  1. You are a fighter.

On the rare chance that your life is in danger, you don’t just stand there and take it.

  1. You are resourceful.

You always know just what to do in most situations. You always have a plan B because most of your plans do not go as planned — and that is what the Undetectable Extension Charm is for.

  1. You know how to comfort a hurting friend.

You are always in tune with people’s emotions. You are the friend who knows how to comfort your friends when they are feeling down.

  1. You are an avid rule follower. However, if the ones you love were in trouble, you would break every rule under the sun to protect them.

Hermione has broken the rules countless times to protect her friends, and you are no different. You think of the well-being of your friends rather than the possible consequences of your actions.

  1. You will follow your best friends to the ends of the earth.

You are a loyal friend. Silly books and spells will not pick you up when you’re feeling down, give you a shoulder to cry on, or laugh with you. Friends will do all those things and more. You just have to be willing to take a chance on them.

 

 

Free and Fierce

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“In the dead of the night, the brilliant flames were alive with a seemingly insatiable hunger for fuel and fodder.” Photo from: http://forest.ambient-mixer.com/images_template/7/a/5/7a5f2da770d424198f5fe0e88b573b10_full.jpg

The night was alive with crackling light and shifting shadows. In the dead of the night, the brilliant flames were alive with a seemingly insatiable hunger for fuel and fodder, eating through the wood and the walls. The people outside on the ground stood in silent awe of the gold and orange flames that danced in the windows of what was once their home. They could do little else. They had been roused from the depths of sleep by the heat and the smoke, going from groggy to completely awake and alert in a second, only to have the adrenaline disappear from their bodies as they made it to the safety of the street. No one had seemed to be hurt much, and the fire had only just begun to roar in full force. As if it had waited for the last resident to leave before it feasted.

Free of any human chains to slow it down, the fire seemed to start anew, growing and blazing with a strange ferocity. It burned brightly and quickly, tearing and clawing its way through the apartment building. The entire building would be gone in seconds, but for the residents on the street, it seemed to take an eternity. Every flame slowed to a crawl, creeping up through the windows and along the walls. The flames seemed to gently brush against their prey before slipping into the wood to consume it from the inside out. Black spots of destruction blossomed forward, spreading out in a slow wave like a drop of ink in water. It would spread and spread, becoming wider and greater while it weakened itself, until it began to crumble away from its center to its very edge, the ash falling through the air like snowflakes and dancing in front of the viewer on the street.

A Push for Wind Turbines

Most of our sources for power are fossil fuels, like oil and natural gas. But those are finite resources that are going to run out sooner rather than later, and the use and recovery of them causes environmental harm. Soon it will be time to start looking into other sources of power, new sources of electricity. One of the best methods is to use natural, renewable energy sources. The most famous one is solar power, in which the heat and energy that comes from the sun’s rays is harvested and converted into electricity. However, there is also another method that can help supplement our demand for energy: wind power and wind turbines.

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“Soon it will be time to start looking into other sources of power, new sources of electricity. One of the best methods is to use natural, renewable energy sources.” Photo from: http://s3.amazonaws.com/digitaltrends-uploads-prod/2016/03/Wind-turbines.jpg

The use of wind power and wind turbines has been on the rise in recent years and for good reason. One study shows that if used effectively, wind turbines can generate far more power than we currently use (1). Wind turbines have a lot of potential to generate the power that we need and use in our day to day lives. For example, one of the largest wind turbines out there generates enough electricity to power 600 U.S. homes (2).

However, there are a few drawbacks to the use of wind turbines. If there is no wind, there is no electricity being generated, but this problem can be solved by using other renewable energy sources in tandem with wind power. This is not a problem with a single, one size fits all solution.

The wind turbines could also be dangerous to flying animals like birds and bats. Another complaint is that wind turbines are noisy and ugly, though these problems are superficial and a small price to pay for clean, renewable energy (in fact, you have to wonder why they are even a concern at all).

All in all, the benefits outweigh the costs and we can work towards lessening or even removing whatever drawbacks may come with wind power.

  1. https://www.insidescience.org/news/studies-show-wind-powers-massive-potential
  2. http://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/global-warming/wind-power/

10 Songs Guaranteed To Put You In A Good Mood

In a bad mood or just need a boost? Here is a list of songs that will put you in a good mood and make you want to dance!

  1. “Shout” by The Isley Brothers

Get up and shout with this classic throwback! With only one word you really need to know, this song is fun to sing and even more fun to dance to!

  1. “Hula Hoop” by OMI

This song will go around and around in your head! Once you hear it, you can’t help but get up and dance, and you may even get the urge to hula hoop!

  1. “Hold My Hand” by Jess Glynne

One part poppy, three parts upbeat, and two parts funky, this song is the perfect recipe for, well, anything!

  1. “Hakuna Matata” by Nathan Lane

No worries for the rest of my days? Sign me up! This Disney classic will definitely take you back to your worry-free days when all you had to fret about was what color crayon to use. Who wouldn’t that make happy?

  1. “Margaritaville” by Jimmy Buffet
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“Here is a list of songs that will put you in a good mood and make you want to dance!” Photo from: http://www.awdnews.com/images/14382691961.jpg

Because who doesn’t like Jimmy Buffet?

  1. “Hollaback Girl” by Gwen Stefani

This throwback will definitely make you feel like you can take on anything! Gwen Stefani’s catchy and true lyrics make us channel our inner girl power with this upbeat powerhouse song.

  1. “Respect” by Aretha Franklin

This sassy classic will make anyone feel powerful! With old school horns and powerful vocals, singing along with Franklin will definitely earn you some respect.

  1. “All Star” by Smashmouth

I cannot be the only person who thinks of the movie “Shrek” when I hear this song! The combination of catchy lyrics and memories of the hilarious movie make this the perfect song to bop out to with your friends in the car.

  1. “ABC” by The Jackson 5

It’s as easy as one, two, three to get this song stuck in your head. This is another classic that is irresistible to sing along with, and the Jackson 5 will help you get back whoever you lost.

  1. “Single Ladies” by Beyoncé

I couldn’t create this list without putting a song by Beyoncé on it. This song will make anyone put their hands up and declare their singleness boldly.

 

 

The Hardest Choice

Just a sip—
That’s how the addiction began.
They said it’d fix everything,
An elixir for my inhibitions.
I was passed an overflowing glass of something
And I eagerly downed this liquid god
To atone for the sin
Of being boring.
Happy medium? Too mundane.
I’m only happy living by extremes
And now my happiness is attached to
An extreme buzz
With lows just as intense.

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“I was passed an overflowing glass of something And I eagerly downed this liquid god.” Photo from: http://media.salon.com/2014/03/alcohol-1280×960.jpg

Maybe it was the regular blackouts
Or the sleazy boys who got too friendly
Or that time I vomited for two hours
While the world was spinning like that toilet bowl—
But I slowly realized my judgment had been flushed away
Long before my nausea.

As I walked away from the glamorous lifestyle
Of underage drinking,
Once-friendly chatter faded
And soon the loudest thing around
Was my own footsteps.
In their own coded dialect
They screamed to me—
Sobriety might be boring
But if it keeps you alive,
It’s worth it.
I didn’t argue—
Now I just keep myself busy.

Things To Do If You’re Doing Nothing For Spring Break

The movies would have us believe that spring break is the pinnacle of all college students’ lives. They say you’re doing something wrong if you and a dozen friends with seemingly endless amounts of money don’t flock to the beaches of Mexico or California to have a non-stop party for a week. But some students have a calmer break planned and are either going home or staying where they are or at a friend’s. Their reason could be because they want to save money or simply because they prefer to spend their break that way. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. If you’re opting for a break without a movie destination, here’s some ideas of stuff to do.

Learn a New Skill

Pick up that guitar you haven’t touched since you were 14 and see what you remember. Learn how to ride a unicycle or solve a Rubik’s cube. Teach your dog how to roll over. Cook something you’ve never cooked before with your siblings. If it’s a success, you can make it for your roommates when you get back.

Read a Book

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“The movies would have us believe that spring break is the pinnacle of all college students’ lives.” Photo from: https://0.s3.envato.com/files/146274820/48_29_15_Group_Young_People_dance_beach_sunset.jpg

Reading is awesome and there are so many good books out there. On break, you don’t have the excuse of having homework or class to be too busy to read. So go by the library (or find out where it is if you’ve never been there), pick out a book that interests you, and actually finish it.

Visit Your Grandparents

They would love to see you. Even if it’s just for a little while, swing by for a visit. Ask them to tell you about how they met, what their first jobs were or what school was like for them, and in return, they’ll probably let you whine to them about what it’s like for your generation.

Look for Jobs

Again, you don’t have the excuse of being too busy with classes to look for a job, whether it be for after graduation or for the summer. You can get an idea of what the job market will be like after you graduate, or you can get a head start on learning who’s hiring over the summer.

Anxiety Catalyst

The airport has always been a catalyst for my anxiety. The walk to the small plane, the trot up the stairs. I could die, ya’ know.
Sitting down in my window seat, I whisper, “At least I can see the clouds.”

The 6-month-old next to me should be kicked out for disrupting the small peace found looking out of my prized window.

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“The 6-month-old next to me should be kicked out for disrupting the small peace found looking out of my prized window.” Photo from: https://www.scienceabc.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/airplane.jpg

A man with duck shoes stomps through the small isles. I imagine he doesn’t know his circumference. The empty seat next to me is praying for its vacancy, but all in vain. He smells.

A three-hour flight, next to a man that smells. Great.

The window seat has its disadvantages. The corner where one’s feet would go is rounded, allowing for virtually no foot room. In a fair assessment, the ceilings are 6 ½ foot tall, allowing little room for error.

The longest flight of my life had to be next to a man with incomprehensible body odor, a 6 ½ metal ceiling, and an infant screaming beside me.

College Means Nothing

College is stupid. I am so tired of how professors love to assign us homework over break as if we don’t have a personal life like they do. Every single time that I get assigned homework during break, they expect us to do it even though we could be on a cruise or on a trip somewhere. Then, professors end up assigning us so much homework that we have a lack of sleep, and they get mad that we aren’t engaged in class. How do they expect us to engage when we were up studying all night for a test on something that will mean nothing for our career?

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“Professors end up assigning us so much homework that we have a lack of sleep, and they get mad that we aren’t engaged in class.” photo from: https://az616578.vo.msecnd.net/files/2016/04/25/635972142007383479732958830_1026x760.jpg

Honestly, I don’t think I’m getting my money’s worth when it comes to class. We are stuck in these buildings that smell like trash and are covered in black mold. Every time I see how much I have paid to go to college, it basically gives me a heart attack. Especially when it comes to textbooks. I swear, every time I see the amount of money I need to pay for my textbooks I think, “These pages better be made out of gold.” College tuition is already expensive enough as it is. Why do we need to pay for textbooks that we will never use again? Plus, if people do end up getting a refund check from the university, they spend it on trips to Cancun or Florida. But some of us are not that rich and have to actually use it to pay rent. College means nothing. It is just bragging rights. Personally, I believe that real life experience is more valuable than sitting behind a desk all day. Plus, as an added bonus, experience is free. But that’s my opinion. I’m in college so you know I’m right.