Back to Routines and Due Dates

After the holidays it’s hard to get back into your normal routine, especially when you’re in college and go from doing almost nothing to having a bunch of papers, exam dates, and homework assignments. Everyone is still relaxed and enjoying their winter break in the mindset of tranquility and ease, until they are thrown back into school, where it can be hard to find how to start up all of your old routines again. Going to the gym, having 100 page readings, and all the other homework assignments and online quizzes can be overwhelming. The winter weather doesn’t help much either. Because when it is cold, dark, and snowy outside, nobody wants to leave the comfort of their warm bed for the cold harsh wind outside on the trek to classes filled with cold metal seats and desks. The cold weather keeps everyone a little sleepier and a little less motivated because it makes you want to stay in where it’s warm and not below freezing and icy.

upset boy against a wall
“After the holidays it’s hard to get back into your normal routine”

Luckily there are ways to get you back on track and stay there going full speed until the end of the school year in the spring. Getting a new planner or agenda is a great way to make sure you are back on track and stay organized instead of forgetting your due dates and test days. Another way of making sure you’re ready for all the work coming your way is to manage your time well and efficiently. Make sure you aren’t putting too much work on your plate for one day and make sure you do not procrastinate.  Procrastination is a big reason of why people aren’t able to get back into routines because they set you farther and farther behind your goals and deadlines.

It will be easy if you stay organized and meet your deadlines every day to eventually work towards that test day or paper due date. This will also start to become a habit for you so it will only be challenging for a couple weeks at the most. After you practice these good habits it will be easier to make them a daily ritual and part of your life.

 

The Horseman

Darkness coming, on the prowl,

"A horseman of eternity" Graphic by Katie Gibson
“A horseman of eternity” Graphic by Katie Gibson

pitch-black tendrils trailing down.

Thick and full, the landscape’s cowl,

coalescing into Death’s dark gown.

 

He gestured gently with skeletal hand,

a horseman of eternity

When my hourglass had lost its sand,

and gone was life’s ability.

 

Advancing slowly he reached toward me,

ancient skull ‘neath ebony hood;

grabbing hold, he turned and took me

to a place misunderstood.

 

And with that came an understanding—

something not quite wrong or right.

To slake my latent fears’ demanding

he showed a distant, calming light.

 

So by his side I had no fear

There truly was no need.

Death visits all without a tear

Atop his great pale steed.

Why habits are hard to break

A new study by Duke University scientists presents that habits leave an enduring imprint on particular circuits in the brain, preparing us to nourish our desires.

Published online January 21 in the journal Neuron, the examination develops researchers’ comprehension of how habits like eating sugar and different vices appear in the brain and proposes new procedures for breaking them.

“One day, we may be able to target these circuits in people to help promote habits that we want and kick out those that we don’t want,” said Nicole Calakos, M.D., Ph.D., the study’s senior examiner and an associate professor of neurology and neurobiology at Duke University Medical Center.

Calakos, a specialist in the brain’s versatility and adaptability, collaborated with Henry Yin, a specialist in animal  habit-related behavior in Duke’s department of psychology and neuroscience. Both researchers are additionally members of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences.

The scientists trained generally sound mice to shape different degrees of a sugar habit by dispensing sweets if they pressed a lever. The mice that developed a dependency on the sugar continued pushing the lever even without being rewarded with a sweet.

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Photo by: Danielle Johnson. Photo of: Raven Mason

The researchers then compared the brains of the sugar-dependent mice with those that didn’t develop a habit. Specifically, they looked at the basal ganglia, “a complex network of brain areas that controls motor actions and compulsive behaviors, including drug addiction.”

The basal ganglia, scientists said, discharged two primary types of paths carrying opposing messages, a “go” message that spurs action and a “stop” signal.

For the non-dependent mice, the stop signal was turned on prior to the go signal. The opposite was the case for the addicted mice. The analysts said they anticipated that the stop signal would be less dynamic in a dependent brain.

The analysts noted that the adjustments in the circuits took place over the “entire region of the basal ganglia they were studying as opposed to specific subsets of brain cells.” The progressions were “long-lasting and obvious” to the point scientists could tell which brain was dependent by observing small pieces in a petri dish.

This, analysts add, may be why one addiction can prompt others.

As a major aspect of the study, the researchers needed to check whether they could end habits in the mice, by just giving them sweets when they quit pushing the lever. The mice that ended the habit had “weaker go cells.”

This could prompt offering people some assistance with breaking negative habits, however since the basal ganglia is so intricate, it may be difficult to target with medications, said the researchers.

Their discoveries are distributed in the journal Neuron.

Making a Murderer

Making a Murderer is a documentary series about a man named Steven Avery who lives in Wisconsin. He grew up with is last name being an insult, his whole family being named the “troublemakers” of his county. He has been tormented his entire life by the Manitowoc police, who framed him for crimes he has never committed.

He was an easy target, simply because of his family’s reputation. His cousin, who hated Avery, was married to a sheriff on the police force who framed Avery for a rape he didn’t commit. After 18 years of being in prison, he was found innocent for the rape, DNA evidence was “found” that proved Avery didn’t commit the crime. The police had this DNA evidence in file but refused to bring the evidence forward because they wanted to keep Avery in prison. The torture doesn’t end there. Two years after Avery is found innocent and is out of prison, he is framed for murder.

Steven Avery, the first time he was arrested for a crime he didn't commit. Photo from gazettereview
Steven Avery, the first time he was arrested for a crime he didn’t commit. Photo from gazettereview

Steven Avery was framed for the murder of a woman named Teresa Walbach, who was a photojournalist who came to Avery’s Auto shop, run by him and his family, to take pictures of the vehicles that they were selling.

After Walbach came to the Avery plot, she was reported missing and was later found in the back of Avery’s land, buried haphazardly. Later on, evidence was found all over his property, but only after the Manitowoc police hadn’t found anything. There are too many suspicious activities that occurred to state them all, but it’s obvious to anyone watching that the police set up Avery to take the fall for the murder.

The police had a motive to frame Avery. Avery was suing the police department for the time he lost while in prison for the rape he didn’t commit. Three weeks before Avery was suppose to receive the money, this woman went missing and, unfortunately, was murdered and placed on Avery’s property. It was astonishing to see all of the illegal events that the police did and how those weren’t taken into account when proving Avery’s innocence. Avery is still in prison and is going to serve a life sentence for another crime he didn’t commit.

I strongly recommend going to Netflix and watching the ten episode series titled “Making a Murderer.” It’s eye opening and amazing what can happen to an innocent man through the corrupt justice system and authority given to the wrong people.

How to Stick to Your New Year’s Resolutions

Everyone makes a New Year’s resolution or a few that they keep up with for a few weeks, maybe even a month or two but eventually, most resolutions are short lived and long forgotten. However, the rare hand full of people who do keep their New Year’s resolutions feel fulfilled, like they have bettered their lives. One of the main keys of staying true to your resolutions is making your resolutions your habits and part of your everyday routines.

Sticking to your goals is not easy, but pays off. Graphic by Katie Gibson
Sticking to your goals is not easy, but it pays off. Graphic by Katie Gibson.

Routines can be hard to get into and keep going every single day, but the only way to do it is to try to stay dedicated to your plans. Also, it doesn’t have to be at the same time every day, spread out your day and do it when you are feeling motivated and determined to get the job or task done. For example, a simple resolution like going to the gym can happen at almost any hour of each day and when you are in the mood to go you should because it will reinforce positivity associated with going to the gym.

It’s important to remember that you wanted to make a change in your life for the better and that doing this once a day is just a journey on the way to a better lifestyle and positive one as well.  So, if some days you just aren’t feeling motivated, then you can remind and tell yourself that it’s for the best and you will regret not doing it or following through with whatever it was that you wanted to do.

Don’t let yourself be the person who goes to the gym for three weeks and then not again for a month, try to stick to your resolutions and stay committed to changing or improving whatever it is that you wanted to. You will be happier in the end by working to transform your resolutions into routines.

 

Good and Evil

Evil

I am War

I am a Man

I am a Husband

I am a Father of three

I am a Soldier fighting for his Country

I am your Brother, and I am your Protector

I was the boy who helped others above himself

I was the man who loved to learn, laugh, and love

I am Alpha and Omega, my Beginning and my Ultimate End

I am the Coward who killed a Family out of Vengeance

I am the Fool who believed in Honor and Country

I am Self Righteous Judge, and Executioner

I am the Traitor who couldn’t save them

I am the Maggot who Lost his leg

I am the boy who burned ants

who hated his parents

who bullied others

who ran away

who lost

Good

Graphic from Wallpapers Craft
Good and Evil. Graphic from Wallpapers Craft

All aliens are dead

Recent research proposes that any life on habitable planets would likely be wiped out very quickly.

Analysts from The Australian National University say, in the journal Astrobiology, existence on a developing planet would most-likely “die out due to runaway heating or cooling.”

Aditya Chopra from The Australian National University Research School of Earth Sciences and lead author on the paper said, ”The universe is probably filled with habitable planets, so many scientists think it should be teeming with aliens.”

Aliens are dead. Graphic by Katie Gibson
Aliens are dead. Graphic by Katie Gibson

The major explanation, says Chopra, is the absence of solidity.

“Most early planetary environments are unstable,” Chopra said. “To produce a habitable planet, life forms need to regulate greenhouse gases such as water and carbon dioxide to keep surface temperatures stable.”

Two cases  of this are Venus and Mars; these planets could have been habitable at one point, but while Venus became a “hothouse,” Mars became a relative “icebox.”

The paper’s co-author, Charley Lineweaver, from The Australian National University Planetary Science Institute, states that any basic existence on Mars or Venus could have failed to help stabilize the environment.

The study additionally clarifies Fermi’s Paradox, which expresses that in spite of the high chances of habitable planets, we have yet to locate any indication of extraterrestrial life.

Scientists say that a conceivable answer to Fermi’s paradox is near universal early extinction, which they have named the Gaian Bottleneck.

In exploration planning to see how life may develop, the researchers acknowledged that new life would regularly cease to exist because of runaway warming or cooling on their developing planets.

Around four billion years ago, Earth, Venus and Mars might have all been habitable. However, a billion years or so after formation, Venus turned into a hothouse and Mars froze into an icebox.

Early microbial life on Venus and Mars, if there was any, neglected to balance out the quickly evolving environment, said co-author Associate Professor Charley Lineweaver from the Australian National University Planetary Science Institute.

Rough, wet planets, with the ingredients and vitality sources required for life appear to be omnipresent, on the other hand, as physicist Enrico Fermi called attention to in 1950, no indications of surviving extraterrestrial life have been found.

A copy of the paper can be downloaded here.

Why won’t school ever be cancelled?

Whenever we get snow, the first schools to close are always the high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools. The babies of the community get to sleep in, hang out with their friends, and eat all day.

Colleges, however, hardly ever close. Colleges will wait until death is a certainty when you go outside before they close the school, whereas high schools will close when there is a centimeter of snow on the ground. I went through the torture that was high school, and this is how I’m repaid? I did my time and now these kids in high school get to have a week off of school while I have 8 am classes every day. It’s unfair and ridiculous.

Why can't school be closed everyday? Photo from plano88
Why can’t school be closed everyday? Photo from plano88

I used to go to Blacksburg High School where school is closed every other day during the winter. As I’m writing this, my mom got a call saying that the high school is closed for tomorrow. The reasons why high schools are closed are ridiculous.

Radford has forced me to check my email every three minutes, hoping for classes to be cancelled. They’ve created a monster in me. These kids who get to wake up at 7:30 am to get to school at 7:45  are complaining about having to go to school, when I have to wake up at 6 am every morning to leave by 7:15 in order to get to Radford by 7:45. I then have to park in four-hour parking, and walk in the 12 degree weather to my class across campus. But, apparently, the high schools definitely need to be closed and colleges should never close. It all makes so much sense. I wish I could feel bad for my friends that are still in high school, but I don’t.

They say college is so much better than high school, but from what I’ve seen, college is harder and will close when hell freezes over. My favorite part of college is walking to class with my hands feeling like ice cubes, my nose dripping with snot because it’s so cold, and then getting to the classrooms where it’s hotter than hell, forcing me to take off all of my snow gear and then having to put it back on when I leave. That’s the best. I love college.

The Benefit of Hands on Learning

Hands-on learning is not the most common method of teaching at any school or through many courses.  When you come across that rare class that doesn’t even have desks in its “classroom”, it’s a refreshing experience. At first, it might seem uncomfortable because instead of sitting at a desk and taking notes while the professor talks for a majority of the class, you’re the one talking and interacting with your classmates and doing things you’ve never done or aren’t familiar with yet. Graphic from Shutterstock

It can be unsettling at first because doing something you aren’t used to doing can be difficult and somewhat awkward, especially if you have to do this around your classmates and professor watching you to see how you are doing and if you’re improving over the period of the course. Having a hands-on learning class is an experience that changes the way you think about school and learning.

Most people spend their college careers stressing over tests and papers but the students who are learning hands-on have to complete tasks such as filming something or putting together projects that are due at the end of the semester. They have room for errors just like other students, but with their error comes more attempts and eventually success because they have physically practiced certain tasks over and over again to perfect their habits.

Most of my classes do not have desks and we are standing up or working physically on what we would be doing after we graduate. It’s nice to be able to graduate and have confidence and knowledge in understanding exactly what you have to do for a certain job. The hands on learning in school helps you to go into the real world with a lot of experience that other people don’t have or won’t have as much of.  Hands-on learning is such a great way to give college students who are about to enter the real world a type of confidence that most recent graduates will not have.

 

 

Fireman’s Thoughts

Fire Water

You’re weaker than you think

You’re Stronger than you think

Why lie to yourself?

Do you have any idea how pathetic you are?

You’re alright, nothing bad will happen

Just give up, some boys weren’t meant to be men!

Don’t let the fear get to you

It feeds off your insecurities

You didn’t get here out of luck

You got here because you’re the best

Families burnt to a crisp because you’re a coward!

They’ll live because they have a guardian

The fear will consume you like this fire!

You will die!

BEGGING FOR YOUR LIFE

We came to save lives

Never forget people are counting on you

They don’t need you

They need you

You’re one man

You’re one man

You can’t save everyone

You’ve saved so many

Go into the fire

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Flowers in space?

Astronauts on the International Space Station have been trying to cultivate edible plants in microgravity for around two years.

After various unsuccessful attempts at growth, you’d think these astronauts would be weary after these failed growth cycles. However, their perseverance has proven to be worthwhile, because they now have their first ever zinnia flowers blooming in space.

Zinnia is a genus of plants of the sunflower tribe within the daisy family. They are cultivated for their vibrant flowers, but they are also edible.

 

Scott Kelly, U.S. astronaut, posted a picture of one of the zinnia flowers on Twitter.

 

According to a recent NASA blog, after mold started growing on some of the leaves because of high humidity, Kelly was able to bring the flowers back to life.

This isn’t the first time plants have sprouted in space, however. The International Space Station team brought their Veggie plant system to life halfway through the year 2014. The team have also grown red romaine lettuce.

The “Outredgeous” lettuce was grown aeroponically — in an air or mist environment without soil. Plants grown in these environments require much less water and fertilizer without a need for pesticide. These plants also are less prone to disease, and grow up to three times faster than plants grown in soil, NASA has stated.

NASA, in a blog post, wrote that this was the “first time a flowering crop experiment will be grown on the orbiting laboratory”.

Some have argued that a sunflower was actually the first flower to grow in space, although NASA has not yet commented.

Don Pettit, astronaut, grew a zucchini, sunflower and broccoli out of zip-lock bags on the International Space Station as a personal science experiment, documented in a NASA blog called “Diary of Space Zucchini”, in 2012.

Alexandra Whitmire from NASA’s Human Research Program said that NASA’s Veggie project could also provide crucial information for various other missions. For example, understanding watering schedules in microgravity, and knowing what to do if there is mold growth or other challenges in these extreme conditions on Mars.

“In future missions, the importance of plants will likely increase, given the crews’ limited connection to Earth,” Whitmire wrote in a NASA blog.

NASA hopes the veggie project will become a regular facility for International Space Station astronauts to grow fresh food in space.

 

What does high school really do for you?

I have a question for all of the education professionals out there. How do you expect college freshman to know what they want to do with the rest of their lives when just the year before we had to ask to go to the bathroom?6357810555512717162144190349_getting a job

We’re expected to know exactly what we want to major in, what classes we need to take or interest us, where we need to live, decide if we can get a job while going to classes, and the list goes on and on.

We’re thrown out on our own with no help, when months before we had ask our parents or teachers to do anything. Tell me what’s wrong with this situation. What kind of society keeps its children under lock and key and then expects them to be able to function in the “real world?”

When I was in high school, I had to ask permission from my teachers to go anywhere and to do anything. If I had to go to the bathroom, I had to raise my hand and awkwardly ask in front of the entire class if I could be excused to pee. If I needed to go to the nurse for a tampon, I had to ask and then be forced to tell the teacher why I needed to go. I had to have a hall pass every time I left the classroom just in case I was “going where I shouldn’t be.”

Every move I made was approved or rejected by a teacher. When I wasn’t in school, my parents told me whether or not I was allowed to go out with my friends or how I should be “using my time wisely.”

Now that I’m in college, I’m expected to know when and where I’m suppose to go,  and how I should handle events that use to be controlled for me. I had to go through the awkward experience of raising my hand and asking to go to the bathroom and being looked at by my teacher like I was a child, unable to make decisions on my own when, in fact, that is exactly how my life was before college.

College professors assume I should be able to know what I want in life and what I want to be, but how is that realistically expected when all of my choices and decisions were made for me up until this point? Professors state all the time how “high school should have prepared you for this” but in reality, high school didn’t prepare me for anything.

If you feel like college is overwhelming and you don’t know what you’re doing have the time, don’t worry. You’re not alone. As everyone who has ever lived has said, “It gets better.” I’m still waiting for the time where high school will come in handy, but until that day, do your best and hope you’ll find somebody who can show you the way.

The Conveniences of our Inconveniences

Going to a small school can seem like it has a lot of disadvantages when it comes to having something other to do than go to classes. We have a few nice restaurants and a movie theatre to go to, but if you want anything other than fast food, you have to travel to Christiansburg or Blacksburg. Going to these towns isn’t a big deal because they aren’t too far away, only a short 20 minute drive or less. It’s sometimes irritating not to have everything around you like when you are at home, assuming you’re from a bigger city where these amenities are prevalent.

At home there are multiple options. If you wanted to do yoga, then there are yoga studios that you can choose from. If you want to eat healthy, then there are nearly endless amounts of choices for somewhere to get a healthy meal, and if you want to go shopping, there are malls and shops all around. When you come back to school where it’s smaller and doesn’t have as many options or opportunities for change as at home it can feel inconvenient and like a burden. If you think about it more positively though, it actually is a convenience.

Our school is small, but that means we can  walk everywhere, which is nice because you save gas money and everything is very close to you. Another plus of having a smaller school with less options of food, shopping, and activities is that when you do go home or when you make the trip to go to Christiansburg or Blacksburg, it’s a treat, and you are excited about it and not used to it. When you get to go to Moe’s or go to the mall and shop around it’s a nice change because you haven’t been doing those things for a while when you were at school. Instead of thinking the closeness of the school and lack of options at some times is a negative, just think of it as a positive and saving money and looking forward to getting to do those things on special occasions.

Boy in the Pipes

Tell me; do you ever hear the Boy in the Pipes? I do.

He talks to me, tells me his story. Tells me how the Bad Man is coming. He hides in the walls so the Bad Man can’t find him, but he always finds him. The Bad Man always finds the Boy in the Pipes. Every night they wake me up, and I hear the Boy crying from his walls. When I ask him what’s wrong he tells me that the Bad Man is going to find him. He asks me to help him stay away from the Bad Man, but every night my answer is the same.

“What am I supposed to do?”

“Hide me from the Bad Man, please!”

“How am I going to do that?”

“Please!”

“How?”

“He’s coming!”

And then the footsteps would start. They would clunk around on the ceiling above me, heavy steps that labored with the weight of the earth. Footsteps that would echo around the house, and I know that I am not alone. Thud. Thud. Thud. They would stomp around upstairs, and I can hear the water begin to run. Water in the pipes. Boy in the pipes. Sobbing, crying as the Bad Man stomped around upstairs.

And then another set of steps would come from upstairs: little steps, fast steps and sobbing. I can hear them every night, and the heavy footfalls would grow in pace until they’re chasing the Boy around upstairs. Running, screaming, crying from the second floor until a loud THUMP would announce the end.

I would lay in bed, and hear the scraping as something is dragged above me, through the upstairs hallway, with loud, heavy footsteps laboring under added burden. The water would start to run in the bathroom, and slowly the tub will fill up. The splash of something heavy hitting the water always made me cringe.

I’ve never had the courage to go up and watch, but I always believed that the Boy in the Pipes stayed up in that tub, just under the water, and the Bad Man held him under. This happens every night, and right when I think the ordeal is over and I can get back to sleep, the Boy in the Pipes cries from his walls again.

“Help me.”

 

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Photo by: Danielle Joh

 

The fix for unnecessary use of antibiotics

Antibiotic resistance is a growing global dilemma. Specialists say doctors typically send their patients home with prescriptions for antibiotics due to the fact that they can not verify the origin of the ailments.

Antibiotics are overprescribed and becoming less effective. Image from Rotenberg.
Antibiotics are overprescribed and becoming less and less effective. Image from Rotenberg.

Antibiotics are overprescribed and becoming less and less effective. Image from Rotenberg.

More than half of children who visit the doctor for a sore throat, ear infection, bronchitis or other respiratory illness leave with a prescription for antibiotics, despite the fact that the bulk of those infections — over 70% — prove to be caused by viruses that antibiotics can’t kill.

Students at Duke University are attempting to assist doctors in finding a quicker way to pinpoint the cause behind their patients’ illnesses.

Kelsey Sumner, a senior at Duke University mentioned that the goal is to better verify if and when to administer antibiotics in order to stem the increase of drug-resistant superbugs.

For 10 weeks over the past summer, Sumner and fellow Duke student Christopher Hong teamed up with researchers at Duke Medicine to locate blood markers that could be used to tell whether what’s making someone sick could be a bacteria, or a virus.

Prescribing antibiotics when they aren’t necessary may make different infections more difficult to treat.

That’s because antibiotics wipe out susceptible bacteria, however some bacteria that are naturally resistant to the medication survive, which permits them to multiply without other bacteria to keep them under control.

With help from Sumner and Hong, the team has identified variations in patient’s’ blood-work that they hope may eventually be detected within a few hours, in contrast to current tests that can take days.

They targeted the genetic signature generated by small snippets of genetic material referred to as microRNAs, or miRNAs, that play a role in controlling the activity of different genes inside the cell.

Using blood samples from 31 individuals, 10 with bacterial pneumonia and 21 with flu virus, they used a method referred to as RNA sequencing to check miRNA levels in bacterial versus viral infections.

So far, the researchers have identified various snippets of miRNA that differ between bacterial and viral infections, and may be utilized to discriminate between the two.

Sumner and Hong were among 40 students nominated for a summer research program at Duke referred to as Data+. They presented their work at the Data+ Final Symposium on July 23 in Gross Hall.

The Snowpocalypse of 2016

One of the cons of the Snowpocalypse. Image from Shuttershock.
One of the cons of the Snowpocalypse. Image from Shuttershock.

This year, if you’re like me, you’ve been patiently waiting for snow, even if it was just a slight dusting. November went by, and then December, your dreams of snow slowly starting to become nothing but just that, a dream. I sat up late at night wishing upon that first star, praying for snow, asking the sweet heavens above for just a few snow flakes.

That’s when it happened. January came around, like it does every year, and gave us wishful snow lovers some hope. The days became colder, and my love for snow became stronger.

January 22, 2016 was the day that will be etched in my memory for the rest of my life.

The snowpocalypse was the most beautiful event I’ve ever witnessed. The snow began to fall in the early morning hours and didn’t cease until the following night. It created more than a foot of snow and made me happier than the day I graduated from high school.

The delicate precipitation covered the bare branches of the trees in my front lawn, making them whiter than the oscar nominees. The roads were covered in sleet and snow, making it impossible for me to make my daily McDonald’s run, but the breathtaking sight of the crisp, yet soft, snow was worth it. I imagined the snow singing, as it fell, “Baby, I’m worth it” and doing the naenae.

However, one of the best parts of the immense snowfall was the day school was cancelled. I remember the happiness that bubbled inside of me, releasing itself through my mouth in the form of exciting scream and chanting “It’s the best day ever!” and planning on sleeping in until at least noon. I stayed up almost all night watching murder documentaries and not feeling one ounce of guilt.

It was one of the most joyous, stunning, and life-changing experiences I’ve ever had, including the time same-sex marriage became legal. It wasn’t only beautiful to the eye but beautiful to the soul. I only hope that, one day, everyone can have the same deep emotional evolution on their soul that this Snowpocalypse had on me.

Radford’s Recent Snowpocalypse

Our school was closed Friday due to all the snow we ended up getting in what the students all call Radford’s Snowpocalypse 2016.  We got the day off Friday to go play in the snow with everyone and enjoy the winter wonderland for the weekend.  There are always some positives and negatives when something like a snow storm hits your town, I like to focus more on the positives but also can’t help to think about some of the negative aspects as well.

How did you spend the snow day? Graphic from BoulderSource
How did you spend the snow day? Graphic from Boulder Source

Some positives were that we got to have school off the whole day and wake up to it snowing which is always exciting no matter how old you are.  Also, because of the snow almost nobody was able to drive so we could walk and run through the streets without worrying about watching out for cars.  There was so much snow it was easy to have snowball fights, make igloos, and snow angels with everyone which was the most fun of my weekend.  However, some negatives that came with the snow were how cold it is for one.  You had to be wearing triple layers of socks and long boots with lined leggings and a huge puffy jacket not to mention ear muffs or a hat and gloves because if you didn’t at least have this stuff you were frozen somewhere on your body when you were outside in the snow.  Also, since we didn’t have school a lot of people spent a lot of their money on either drinks or food either preparing for the snow because they wouldn’t be able to leave the house for a while or just getting things to go to parties.  That was the lowest negative for me was spending more money than I had anticipated or wanted to.

Overall, the snowpocalypse in Radford was well worth all of the money blown and frozen faces and hands.