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All-Nighter

Sleep doesn’t come when I call anymore.

Maybe I’ll rub the tired from my eyes,

And write another thousand words before the sun rises.

I’ll let myself lose a dozen hours in a back-lit screen.

Just because it feels meaningful when compared with the alternative:

Lying in the cloying silence,

Inventing patterns on the off-white ceiling.

 

There is no heartbreak this time,

No creeping anxiety that drags at the back of my mind.

The weight of the cosmos is no heavier than it ever is.

Nothing to fix, nothing to blame.

These words may be the only meaning I ever find in it,

And even they won’t come easy.

night sky
“I’ll pretend every waking hour had been my decision So I can wear the dark circles under my eyes like some badge of honor.” Photo from: https://pixabay.com

Another all-nighter?” he asks,

And I return his well-intentioned smile.

I’ll pretend every waking hour had been my decision

So I can wear the dark circles under my eyes like some badge of honor,

As though my bone-deep exhaustion was a marker of academic fortitude.

But there is no significance or triumph in the reality

That rest has become some unruly beast,

And sleep doesn’t come when I call anymore.

Rain and Ramen Noodles

It rains.
I wake up,
Roll over and see
Class has been over
An hour or more.
I have no guilt.

I pull myself up slowly
And move across the room
On legs that could collapse
Beneath me.
I’m ill today
And it rains.

window
“I pull myself up slowly And move across the room.” Photo from: mediacache.pinimg.com

It rains,
And I am hungry.
I pull on my jacket
And stumble outside.
Somehow,
I have not fallen.
Make my way across a flooded plain;

Reach my destination.
Inside
My treasure sits upon the shelf:
Beef, Shrimp, Chicken.
I make my choices –
Head back.

I wait:
A boiling hot cup of
Ramen.

Why Students Should Be Allowed To Use Electronics In Class

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In college classes, teachers have different opinions on whether or not students should be allowed to use electronics in their classes. Although “electronics” is a broad word but mainly in this discussion it refers to cell phones and laptops. Some professors don’t mind if students use laptops in their classes because it can be easier to take notes while typing instead of writing. Also, some teachers use powerpoints or online sources to help with teaching their lessons and think it’s okay for the students to follow along on their laptops.

With cell phones it’s a different policy in every teacher’s class, because some feel that it isn’t a big deal if students are using their phones, and some do not permit it at all. The argument teachers use when they say “no” to cell phones is that students should be paying attention to the lecture and the lesson plan.

Other teachers who say they don’t mind if students use their cell phones say they have this opinion because students, or their parents, are paying for the college courses so it’s ultimately up to them to decide if they want to pay attention to the class. What they get from the classes is up to them and the teachers who support cell phone use also think that because in the real world people check their phones all the time throughout the day that it should be allowed in college as well.

I believe that students should be allowed to use electronics in classes because otherwise all they will think about is using it the rest of the class. If students are allowed to use electronics in class they will occasionally check it and still follow the lesson and get something out of it. On the other hand if students use their phones and electronics the whole time that is their own fault by not paying attention even slightly and they won’t take away anything from the class but it’s ultimately their decision.

Senior year vs. freshman year

As I’m typing this, I have less than 50 days until graduation. I’ve been reflecting on my time here at Radford University and noticing many things have changed since that first year. College is a time of extreme growth and experiencing as much as possible, so no one leaves the same person they came in as.

What has changed between being a freshman and being a senior? Graphic by Katie Gibson
What has changed between being a freshman and being a senior? Graphic by Katie Gibson
  1. My style

When I was in high school, I wouldn’t be caught dead wearing wet hair to school. Now, it makes an almost daily appearance. Along with rocking wet hair, my sense of fashion has sort of devolved. Although I lived on campus as a freshman, I would still get up no less than an hour before my class and make myself look presentable by wearing nice jeans and just trying to look human as possible. Nowadays, however, it’s nothing to throw on leggings and a big hoodie (with no bra, mind you) and run to class just minutes after awaking from my slumber.

Going out has also become much easier. As a freshman, my suite-mates and I would spend hours doing our hair and makeup and picking out outfits. We often wore high heels and short skirts out.

Now, I dress for comfort, not for looks. If I go out to a party in the winter, I’m bundling up. I once would freeze the most unmentionable parts of my body just to look cute. Now, I’ll throw on some leggings and a sweater and a quick face of makeup and head out the door.

High heels very rarely make an appearance these days.

  1. My sense of humor

As a freshman, being late to class was no laughing matter. Doing poorly on a test was completely unacceptable and I spent many nights crying into my homework. Now, when I walk into class lateI just smile at the professor and say, “sorry.” I’ve also trained myself to just laugh when I don’t get the test score I wanted, as opposed to crying about it. In college, you experience a lot of disappointment, and if you can’t laugh at it from time to time, you’ll fall apart.

After an embarrassing weekend of shenanigans, as a freshman I would spend all week awkwardly avoiding eye contact with the people I encountered throughout the weekend. Now, I just laugh at myself and move on. Sometimes that’s much easier than wallowing in self-pity.

  1. My study habits

One of the biggest accomplishments I’ve reached as a senior is finally learning how to study for my tests. It’s only taken roughly 17 years of schooling for me to finally find a way to study that actually resonates in my mind.

As a freshman, I would use hundreds of index cards and painstakingly mark each one with it’s appropriate definition or explanation. Now, I create my own study guides out of my notes. Not only does this save a lot of time, it also saves paper and my fingers from those sharp edges on note cards.

  1. My sleep schedule

This one is probably very obvious. College students don’t get nearly enough sleep, and sometimes it’s worth it. Between long weeknights spent in the library and long weekends with no rest, we have some of the worst sleep schedules on the planet.

As a freshman, I tried my best to get those 8 hours of sleep. Now, if I get more than 5 hours of sleep, it’s a good day. Running on little sleep can be exhausting but it’s rewarding once you realized that less sleep either means better grades or nights full of fun with your best friends.

  1. Formalities

Formalities become casualties by the time you’re a senior. What were once delicately put together emails with perfect punctuation are now brief sentences with little to no punctuation sent to my professor.

Having the title “professor” or “doctor” is intimidating at first, so you often feel like you have to be very formal when addressing your professors. But by your fourth or fifth year, you realize your professors are just people. It’s especially easy if your professor is younger or a graduate student. Even older professors who have been teaching for decades are really just people going to work, and will often work with you in ways you never thought possible.

One professor I had called me into her office one day over an issue I had with a project. I knew I was in trouble, as I had failed to make it to an important meeting. Although my professor was visibly irritated with me, she really just wanted to help me.

Your professors want what’s best for you. Although some professors seem to love to fail students, most of the time they want to be your friend and want to help you understand what you’re studying.

  1. Values

When I first came to school, I had never done any kind of drugs and I had only been drunk once, and I went into college not expecting that to change. I also came in as a Christian and am leaving as an Agnostic. Being sober and religious was the center of every decision I made coming into college. Now, I know that just because there are rules against something doesn’t make it bad.

Having fun with your friends isn’t a bad thing, even if it’s under the influence of alcohol. My religious beliefs once made me feel that to enjoy and partake in all the things around me was vain. I felt guilty going out and drinking cheap beer at parties, even though I wasn’t hurting myself or anyone around me. Now, that I’ve experienced the “Cannabis Culture” of Colorado, and found that I have a love for beer, I realize that enjoying these things isn’t bad. To live life wishing you had tried new things and regretting not living your life to the fullest, however, is bad.

 

College can be scary at times, but you grow so much in such a short amount of time. Along with what you learn in lectures and labs, you gain so much life experience that teaches you valuable lessons that can’t be found anywhere else. Enjoy and absorb every moment, but know you’re going to survive and you’ll be better for it.

 

How to grow from temporary people and situations

Being a college-aged human can be really difficult. College is a time when people, places and things are very temporary. Whether you find yourself having temporary friends or in a temporary romantic relationship, it can be very discouraging when someone who you’d like as a permanent fixture in your life turns out to just be a tumbleweed passing through life.

Losing friends or a romantic interest is never easy. When you invest your time and emotions in someone or something it can be very discouraging.

However, college students especially need to accept these people and things as part of the experience. As a graduating senior, I can tell you that there are going to be countless people who come in and out of your life in your college years. As much as it sucks to have so many things come and go so quickly, there is a very spiritual lesson to be learned.

When I was a freshman, I couldn’t imagine my life without my best friend, who was also my suite mate. We were incredibly close and I had never connected with someone on such a deep level so quickly. However, by the end of the school year we were out of each others lives.

Even though it hurt to lose someone I had become so close to, there were so many things I got to experience that I would never have even attempted had it not been for my friendship with her.

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“Don’t be afraid to get attached to people.”

Dating in college is a drag in itself. Some couples tough it out and wind up lasting forever, but for the most part, college relationships wind up being short flings. Oftentimes, I’ve been blindsided by someone I had genuine interest in when they expressed that they weren’t as invested as I was. It can be infuriating but looking at the positives is essential to healing and growing.

For example, one of my college boyfriends dumped me last year. We had been together for a while and when we broke up I was devastated. I felt like I had this vision of what we could’ve been and I saw us being together for a while. However, he had different feelings.

Looking back almost a year after we broke up, I smile seeing how that relationship shaped me. I’m proud of the person I’ve become because of the experiences I shared with him. Because of him, I got to travel around the east coast and experiences places I’ve never even dreamed of. I also got to experience Colorado, a cornerstone moment in my life which helped me decide where I want to be when I graduate.

The great Buddha once said, “the root of suffering is attachment.” While this is true, don’t be afraid to get attached to people. Experience life in its fullest form, including all of its many disappointments. Just because someone is temporary doesn’t mean they can’t bring permanent fixtures such as new tastes in music, culture or even new foods that you never would’ve tried before. Take each disappointing person and situation and use it to fertilize your growth.

5 Common Problems with College Apartments

Every college student has at least once lived in an apartment, and if not, at the very least been inside of one. At first, it’s great and you’re more than happy to be out of the dorms and living with your friends while still having your own room and personal space. However, the longer you’re there the more you start to notice persistent problems with your once seemingly perfect apartment. Then, you start to hear this from everyone you know and realize it isn’t just your apartment, it’s everyone’s. Here are five common problems with college apartments I’m sure you can relate to.

  1. When you’re taking a shower, if someone else turns on the sink, dishwasher, or washer you are doomed.

The water will either be scalding hot or ice cold in five seconds giving you no warning or time to have a plan of action ready. It can be brutal.

laundry
“It takes three hours just to get one load of laundry completely dry.”
  1. The dryer is barely that.

It takes three hours just to get one load of laundry completely dry and with three other roommates it can be a pain waiting around for that to actually happen when you’re used to your dryer at home taking a sixth of that time to dry twice as many clothes.

  1. The wifi constantly has something wrong with it.

Either it’s too slow, won’t turn on at all or says it isn’t on when it actually is. It can be rather frustrating dealing with this especially when you’re trying to get schoolwork done.

  1. The draining isn’t the best either.

If you take a ten minute shower, be prepared to be standing in water up to your ankles. It’s disgusting and will only go away by using Drain-o…every few weeks.

  1. This one is for the apartment complex in general…the parking lots.

The parking lot is so small you have to make a five point turn when trying to back out. It can be frustrating especially when the majority of your parking lot and neighbors all drive big SUV’s.

Trump: He’s just like us, only richer and much more orange

**Disclaimer- This article was written before Mr. Trump’s visit to Radford University **

Donald Trump is coming to Radford on Monday and you could say that I’m just a little bit excited. Although Radford was his last choice, it’s still makes us here at little RU feel very special.

With the primary on Tuesday, it makes sense as to why Mr. Trump would want to come down here. It was a smart choice for him to come, with Radford being surrounded by towns that are largely populated with right wing conservatives.

Although Trump used to be a publically known democrat, his run as a republican candidate has done nothing but great things for the businessman. He seems right at home with his extreme stance on immigration and nationalistic views, however new they may be.

Image from salon.com
Trump may look like an Oompa Loompa, but he doesn’t act like one. Image from salon.com

I’ve never been to see a presidential candidate speak before so I’m very excited to see what topics Trump covers as well as how the crowd reacts to him. I know, from the people that I’ve talked to, that most people here at Radford don’t particularly like him.

With most college campuses being liberal, it’s understandable as to why the students here don’t appreciate or respect his viewpoint. I can expect there to be a multitude of protests occurring, hopefully non-violent ones, expressing their distaste for Trump’s blatant sexism and racism. However, I, like some other of my friends, are going because we want to see what he has to say, how he reacts to protesters, and how he chooses to talk to the younger generations, the ones who have a big impact on the election.

With Trump being the big deal that he is, I’m excited to see all of the secret service agents surround him, the dramatic precautions that happen when protecting a man with so much money and power. It’ll be interesting to see whether or not he decides to make a pitstop at Starbucks or the Radford theatre.

Whether or not you agree with Trump or his views, this opportunity could potentially be a once in a lifetime event, and should be taken advantage of.

Binge drinking linked to higher blood pressure in young adults

According to the study that was published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, having a drink every now and then is okay, and moderate drinking can offer some health benefits but heavy, “binge” drinking is a health hazard that can have serious consequences.

A study conducted by researchers at the University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre discovered that young adults in their twenties who frequently binge drink have higher blood pressure on average, which might increase the risk of developing hypertension.

Binge drinking — consuming five or more alcoholic beverages in less than two hours — is very common among young adults. Past studies in the U.S. and Canada have discovered that about four in ten young adults aged 18 to 24 binge drink frequently.

For the first time, research has discovered that binge drinking might have an effect on blood pressure, which can increase the risk of developing hypertension and chronic diseases related to hypertension. According to Jennifer O’Loughlin, senior author of the study, the study discovered that “the blood pressure of young adults aged 20 to 24 who binge drink was 2 to 4 millimeters of mercury higher than non-binge drinkers”.

Binge drinking leaves you vulnerable and embarrassed. Don't do it. www.digitalplanetdesign.com
Binge drinking leaves you vulnerable and embarrassed. Don’t do it. www.digitalplanetdesign.com

At age 20, data on alcohol consumption was gathered from 756 participants in the Nicotine Dependence in Teens study, which has followed 1294 young people from diverse social backgrounds in Montreal, Canada since 1999. At age 24, data was again gathered, and participants’ systolic blood pressure was also taken. Systolic blood pressure measures the pressure in the arteries when the heart beats (i.e., when the heart muscle contracts), and it should be below 140 millimeters of mercury.

According O’Loughlin, professor in the School of Public Health, University of Montreal, the study discovered that over one in four young adults who frequently binge drink show signs of pre-hypertension: which can progress to hypertension, and can lead to heart disease and premature death.

The study also discovered that 85 percent of young adults who drink heavily at age 20 maintain this behavior at age 24. The researchers now aim to look into whether this trend toward high blood pressure will continue when binge drinkers turn 30.

The study was published in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Keep calm and wait three minutes

I’m sitting in my 8 am class, anxiously waiting for my professor to finish her lecture. The clock strikes 8:47, when all of the sudden I hear rustling from all over the classroom, along with zippers being opened and books being slammed closed. I finally look around to investigate what’s happening and I realize everyone is packing up. My professor is still talking, yet here everyone is, putting all their things away while being extremely loud and rude.

There are only three minutes left, can’t you wait? People who enjoy the class or maybe respect their teacher can’t hear what she’s saying because you can’t wait three single solitary minutes.

Seriously. It's all gonna be okay. Just chill out and wait. Photo from keepcalmandposters
Seriously. It’s all gonna be okay. Just chill out and wait. Photo from keepcalmandposters

This has always been a pet peeve of mine. Not only because it’s annoying, but also because I feel bad for the professors who are still trying to get the material in with the small time they have left. It’s disrespectful not only to the professors, but also to the other students who crave to hear what’s being said in the last three minutes of class.

I understand that, maybe you hate this class and you can’t wait to leave it, you have a class right after this one and need to be quick, or that you simply don’t care about other people, but what’s the true difference between packing up three minutes before class ends or right when class ends? It takes you 15 seconds to put all of your things away. 15 seconds that could be spent after the teacher says we can go. I don’t care if you are dying to get out of class. It’s a matter of respect, to the other students as well as the professor, and if you want the professor to respect you and then you should show respect in return.

Bottom line friends, just wait until class is over. I promise, it won’t kill you or make you late. It’ll probably help you in the long run if you need help with an assignment or desperately need an extension. Respect goes a long way, in every endeavor you wish to achieve, so you might as well start now. You never know how many events you’ll have to suffer through in the future, so learning how to respectfully get through them now will only help you down the line.

F is for friends who leave you behind

When I came to Radford, I had a good number of friends. Most of them were high school friends, some of which I had been friends with since elementary school and middle school. We did everything together. We were “those girls”. The ones who hung out everyday after school, talked about boys (and girls later on), school, family, and everything in between. When I was having trouble at home, they were my family. They held me when I cried, laughed until our stomachs hurt, and stayed up all night talking about nothing and everything. To say the least, they were my girls.

However, things started to change senior year of high school and into our first year at Radford. I got into a relationship and they started to, slowly, stop talking to me. I don’t think it was on purpose, but it happened. We didn’t hang out anymore and they started finding other friends to be around all the time. Then when I came to Radford, most communication stopped completely, even though two of “my girls” go here now. They only talk to me when I talk to them first, and sometimes they still don’t respond. I don’t know if it’s because college has made them feel like they don’t need old friends anymore or if they just grew out of our friendship. Either way, it impacted me way more than I know it impacted them.

When friends leave you behind for better friends. Photo from Pinterest
When friends leave you behind for better friends. Photo from Pinterest

It was a big change for me that I wasn’t expecting. I met my “best friend” in second grade and she had been through everything with me. We grew up together and are the people we are now because of each other. I know how gay it sounds, and not gay as in insulting but literally gay, but it’s hard when your friends, who you thought would always be there for you, just aren’t anymore. It sucks feeling left out, especially when your friends still talk to each other but not you.

But I guess that’s a part of growing up. You move on and find new people to make memories with. I try and tell myself that everything happens for a reason and if they don’t make an effort to be in your life, then you shouldn’t waste your energy on people who don’t care enough to try harder for you. You deserve the best there is and if you aren’t receiving the best, find people who will give it to you.

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.

How to deal with anxiety in college

Everyone can feel anxious about final exams and deadlines for papers, but those only come periodically throughout the semester. Other, simpler, things can make someone anxious such as day-to-day homework, social life issues, and anything from being alone for too long to being around too many people too often. Anxiety can take over someone’s mind so that they constantly second-guess themselves. It can be difficult going through college with anxiety. There are some ways to really control it and keep it under control.

 

Anxiety can make someone feel sad and nervous all the time. It can affect how they do in school and how social they are around friends. One of the most important things to remember when dealing with anxiety while away at college is that if you don’t want to be alone, you never have to be. There is always somebody you can call whether that be your family, friends from home, or friends at school some one wants to hear about what’s making you anxious and feeling unsure. On the flip side of that, if you do want to be alone, there is always a door you can close the rest of the world out of and take some time to reflect on yourself and have some alone time.

Another key factor to remember in calming down your anxiety is that everything will be okay. Whether you’re worried about school, a job, or your social life things will eventually all work out. If you get a bad grade it won’t be the end of your world, or if you’re a few minutes late to work it won’t get you fired, and if you have an awkward encounter with peers it won’t kill you. Things happen in life that are uncomfortable but the important thing is to push past it and keep going with the rest of your life because everything will turn out okay.

Whatever anxiety you are dealing with or struggling through, you can get through it by keeping these things in mind and just reminding yourself you’re going to be okay in the end!

Bieber Fever in College

Bieber Fever was a term that was used while I was still in high school. I loved Justin Bieber when I was 16 and then, slowly, as I grew up he wrote and released less and less music. Everyone thought because of his voice change he was going to eventually stop making music all together and his only time to shine was his youth.

Little did they all know he was working on something huge all of those years. He was writing, and training, and putting in the hours of work and dedication it takes to release such a great and inspirational album like the one he just released. It may seem silly to some when you talk about being in college and liking Justin Bieber still but if you really think about it, it’s not all that weird. He is 21, after all, which is the age of some college students, and his songs range from upbeat to mellow and heartfelt.

I didn’t know he was releasing a whole new album but that same day someone mentioned it to me and when I went and listened to it I fell in love the second time. From his near perfect album to his beautiful live performances, Justin Bieber does a great job delivering to his fans and he makes it clear that his fans mean the world to him.

Having Bieber Fever in college seems childish and silly to some, but for people who think that they definitely have not listened to his new album. He really put dedication and commitment into the album and really loves and appreciates his fans. I am a junior in college and I’m begging my parents for tickets to his next concert closest to me. I’m not ashamed to say that I am 21 and I have Bieber Fever and I most likely always will.

The Ups and Downs of having a pet in college

College campuses are full of cute pets. Dogs, cats, bunnies, whatever else you can think of, I’m sure a student there has one. Some people that don’t have pets are always talking about how they wish they could have theirs from home at school or get their own to keep at school with them.

There are always pros and cons to everything though, and having a pet has a lot of both. It can be a great experience, but also a pain to have another responsibility on top of everything you have going on with school or your life outside of school.

 

 

One of the downs of having a pet in college. Graphic by Katie Gibson
One of the downs of having a pet in college. Graphic by Katie Gibson

On the other hand, having someone to cuddle with every night and love you unconditionally is a great reason why pets in college are a plus. They are always waiting for you to get back from class and seeing you is the highlight of their day. When you take your pets for walks, everyone comments on how cute they are and wants to come up and pet them and start a conversation. Even if you’re alone, you’re never really alone with your pet because they’re like your best friend.

However, if you have a puppy it may be hard to house train them, especially if you live on the third or fourth floor. You will be up at early hours of the morning, every morning, until your pet is potty trained. They will whine and wake you up to take them out at 4 am and again at 7. How can you stay mad at them though, since they’re just so cute and lovable?

I got my dog when she was 8 weeks old my freshman year; she’s now almost two and I’m so glad I went through the struggles of getting her used to living in my apartment. I don’t think I would make it through some days without my dog and I’m very grateful I have her; the pros definitely outweigh the cons of having your pet at school with you.

 

 

How to make it from back-to-back stressful weeks

College is like a nonstop marry-go-round of tests, projects, and papers. Sometimes, it feels hopeless because no matter how hard you work towards a goal there is always another one right after you accomplish your first. It can seem like it’s too much, the weight is overbearing and you can’t make it through. Everything will be okay as long as you make sure you are setting goals and achieving them with positivity.

Round and round the workload goes; when will it stop? DECEMBER. Graphic by Katie Gibson
Round and round the workload goes; when will it stop? DECEMBER. Graphic by Katie Gibson

College is like a nonstop merry-go-round of tests, projects, and papers. Sometimes it feels hopeless because no matter how hard you work toward a goal, there is always another one right after you accomplish your first.

It can seem like it’s too much, that the weight is overbearing and you can’t make it through. Everything will be okay as long as you make sure you are setting goals and achieving them with positivity.

The further you get into your major and upper level classes, the faster the merry-go-round seems to spin. It can get hectic and overwhelming but the one thing to remember is to breathe and know that everything will turn out okay.

If you don’t get that “A” you were hoping for on one test it’s not the end of the world. There will be more tests and more projects and papers.

Do the best you can with what you have and everything else will work out. It’s hard to get in the habit of being stressed about the upcoming due dates or tests. Remembering that you can only do your best is a key factor in surviving back-to-back stressful weeks.

Another thing to remember is that everyone is going through what you are. If you’re feeling stressed, talk to your classmates, or peers, about whatever it is.

Chances are, they are all feeling similar to how you are and you can exchange methods of relaxation and help you make it through your work.

Don’t let the merry-go-round take hold of you and your life. Always remember that all you can do is your best and that’s enough to get you to your goal. Set achievable, reachable, and realistic goals and you will be on your way to riding the merry-go-round of due dates and tests, with ease.

 

Don’t you wish you were a lesbian?

Have you ever heard one of your straight friends say “I wish I was a lesbian. It would be so much easier!” Or “I’m so done with boys. I’m going to become a lesbian.” If you haven’t, it means you are that friend and you need to stop.

These statements are not only ridiculous but also illogical. Do you really think you can just become a lesbian if you want to? Do you think you can simply wake up one morning and be a lesbian? I hate to break it to you, but that isn’t how it works. Not only are these sayings incorrect, but they are also rude and simply ignorant.

Wouldn’t being a lesbian be easier? Graphic from someecards.com

Wouldn’t being a lesbian be easier? Graphic from someecards.com

I have one question for you. How is “becoming” a lesbian easier for you? Is it easier because of all the rejection and bullying you will receive? Or is easier because your parents could potentially kick you out or stop paying for you college?

Being gay isn’t something to do when you’re bored or when you’re mad at your boyfriend. It is who some people are and they don’t need you belittling their sexuality because your crush doesn’t text you back.

Have you ever heard someone say “That must be so nice, being a lesbian and being hot. Boys can stare at you and hit on you and you can easily turn them down by saying you’re a lesbian,” because I have.

First of all, what? Being a lesbian, the last thing I want is some drooling frat boy hitting on me or staring at me.  

Second of all, have you met a college boy? Do you really think that by me saying I’m a lesbian would stop them? Many straight guys have no respect for us gay girls. They will either ask for a threesome or say they have the “cure” for being gay which I’m sure you can connect the dots to what the “cure” is.

Third of all, if you want to turn a boy down or tell him you’re not interested, you don’t have to use the excuse of being a lesbian. Simply tell them to go away. If they don’t, go grab one of your boyfriends or walk away yourself. You don’t need to objectify someone else’s sexuality to get some gross boy away from you.

Being gay isn’t some accessory for you to wear out one night so you can avoid being hit on. It isn’t a fun game to play when you’re mad at your boyfriend or some guy hurt your feelings.

Being gay is someone else’s reality, it might not be yours, but guess what? The world doesn’t revolve around you.

 

The pros to having a swipe all 4 years of college

When you’re a freshman in college one of your requirements is to have a meal plan.  You live in the dorms and you can’t really cook anything besides popcorn and ramen noodles. So, your swipe is your gold key to all the food places on campus.

As a freshman, you’ll probably have the biggest meal plan that has a lot of money so you can have enough to get you through both semesters.

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Photo By: Danielle Byrd

However, when you get to be older, some people just stop buying a meal plan because they live in an apartment or house where they can make dinner every night. Sophomores might have a less expensive meal plan, but often still have one because they are not sure what it’ll be like in their apartment or house.  They don’t know whether or not they will or can make breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day.  When you get to be a junior or senior, though, it seems as if having a meal plan isn’t worth the money anymore. I, however, think that it’s worth it and is beneficial to anyone who wants to purchase one.

You don’t have to buy the most expensive plan, there are pretty cheap ones and then there are the more expensive ones most commonly used by freshman. I am a junior and I have a block meal plan so I get 65 swipes per semester. I use my swipe constantly throughout the week. Whether I use it to get coffee after my early classes or get lunch on the way home from the gym, I get a lot of use out of it. It’s convenient for when I am in a rush or just want food from on campus.  If I don’t have time to make dinner I can just grab something from on campus, already made. Having a meal plan throughout college has helped me survive until my next home cooked meal with my family.

 

Why A Planner Will Help You More Thank You Think

Most people probably think having a planner is useless. Something that is a waste of money and only grade school kids would need. We have phones and notebooks; why not just use those instead of a whole separate thing to keep track of? Let me tell you why a planner is something you should invest in.

I never really used a planner until last year. I would always buy one but would only write big test dates in it, or never write in it, or lose it. Yes, sad to admit, I was a planner neglecter. I’ve never been the most organized but not messy and chaotic either. I got my stuff done and missed a few deadlines here and there, nothing serious or detrimental to my grades.

Photo courtesy of http://theendinmind.net/i-am-a-planner/
Photo courtesy of http://theendinmind.net/i-am-a-planner/

When I was shopping for my back to school supplies, yes even college kids need to go back to school shopping, of course I grabbed a planner instinctively. What I didn’t know was that this year my planner would be my savior. After my freshman year, I started to get into my classes I had to complete for my major. I was swimming in deadlines, test dates, and drop box submissions. Early that semester I knew my year was about to be hectic and disorganized like I have never experienced before. I decided to whip out my planner and put it to use, at least for the first week or so until I get used to my new and busy schedule.

It’s been over a year and I still have my planner. Except now it is covered in hundreds of different colored inks and scribbles all throughout the pages. I have used my planner every day I have had school for over a year. If I didn’t have my planner I would be lost and have no idea when certain assignments are due or when I have that next big test coming up. I am thankful I became a planner lover and will never go another day of college without one.