Taking the first steps toward your future is never easy. It’s exciting, yet scary, because for the first time in your life, you’re on your own. You’ve always wanted to feel independent and as if your life is finally yours (and only yours) to live how you please, but now, you’re left feeling like maybe you’re not cut out to make these important decisions by yourself. Like maybe you’re always going to need someone else to help pick you up from the fear and doubt you’ve always felt. But maybe, you are ready to be on your own, to live without fear or reservations, to feel what it’s like to be your own person, to be who you’ve always wanted to be.
“Becoming an adult” doesn’t always have to be scary. The very phrase itself is different for each individual. It might mean moving out of your childhood home, getting your first job, taking on more responsibilities than you’ve ever had, or it could mean something completely different, that’s something you need to remember.
Everyone has different experiences with “growing up.” Never try and compare your growth with someone else because you’re never in the exact same situation as the person next to you. Your childhood, economic status, social status, and personal status never has, nor will ever be, identical to someone else’s.
Never think that your own personal growth isn’t enough or isn’t escalating at the rate as someone else. Focus on who you are, who you want to be, and where you want to go in life.
Whether or not you’re ready to take on this new chapter of your life, it’s coming, and it doesn’t have to be scary or intimidating. Even though this new chapter is filled with new responsibilities and different types of emotions, that doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t ask for help.
Being a mature person means knowing when you need help and not being too fearful or prideful to ask for it. Although it might feel like you’re being abandoned or left to fend for yourself, it isn’t true. There will always be someone willing and able to help you out. You just have to be willing to ask and accept what’s being offered to you. Take one day at a time and remember that, in the end, this is your life to live and you should live to the fullest.
In a world of Netflix and endless hours spent online or on a phone, the act of simply reading a book has become something of a novelty. While nothing’s wrong with some mindless television every now and again, it is my firm belief that reading is not only good for the mind but also for the soul. Finding a good book can be hard, but here are five extremely great books that will ignite your love for literature.
1) The Haunting of Sunshine Girl by Paige McKenzie
Based on her hit Youtube Series, “The Haunting of Sunshine Girl”, talented teen, Paige McKenzie, released the first book in her series earlier this year with plans to release the sequel soon. In addition to her numerous book deals, a movie for the first book is already in the works.
The story revolves around a bubbly teenaged girl named Sunshine and her mother who begin experiencing disturbing paranormal activity upon moving into a new house. While the plot seems cliche, the story is incredibly creepy and will keep you on the edge of your seat.
2) Anna Dressed In Blood by Kedare Blake
This lesser known, but awesome, novel follows high schooler, Cas, a ghost hunter. Cas travels around, ridding towns of ghosts that plague the locals. When he embarks on a mission to destroy the bloodthirsty spirit of Anna Korlov, a teenaged girl murdered decades ago, he finds himself infatuated with the enemy making it difficult to complete his mission.
The book is the first in a series and will soon be made into a movie.
3) Evermore by Alyson Noel
Evermore revolves around a teenager, Ever, whose life is turned upside down when she loses her family to a fatal car crash. Once the most popular girl in school, Ever becomes a recluse, depressed by the death of her family and disturbed by her ability to read people’s minds when they touch her- a power that emerged after the crash.
Soon she meets Damen, a handsome Immortal, and discovers the troubling secret about who she really is.
This book was slightly popular in the Twilight craze of 2006-2010 due to the mortal/immortal love story. However despite being a seemingly copycat novel on the outside, the story is well written and entertaining.
4) Wait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn
While her books are mostly marketed towards middle schoolers, Mary Downing Hahn is the queen of thrilling ghost stories. While you will find her excellent novels on bookshelves everywhere, Wait Till Helen Comes is one of the best.
Following her mother’s remarriage, Molly and her brother Michael are forced to move in with their new stepfather and devious stepsister, Heather.
Their new house is actually a remodeled church, which means that an old cemetery lies behind the house. Heather is drawn to the cemetery and Molly soon discovers that Heather has befriended the ghost of a young girl named Helen. Helen is malicious though and has sinister plans for Heather, leaving the burden of saving her step sister on Molly’s shoulders.
The book is a quick and chilling read. The movie is in post production and is set to be released in 2016.
If you haven’t seen “Scream Queens”, then what have you been doing with your life? It’s one of the best shows on TV to date. It’s been stated by the creator Ryan Murphy and many of the cast members that the show is a mix of “Scream and Heathers.”
If that doesn’t sound like the best mix of genres you have ever heard, I don’t know what is. The show is a perfect blend of scary, funny, and sexy and is a show of all genders and ages.
The cast is one of the most diverse casts on cable TV right now. They have actors such as Jamie Lee Curtis, Emma Roberts, Lea Michele, Keke Palmer, Nick Jonas, Ariana Grande, and many more.
The cast is full of people of all ages which is way it has connected to people of all ages, and is relatable in that aspect. People loved Lea Michele on “Glee”, as well as Nick Jonas and Ariana Grande from shows like “Victorious” and “Jonas” as well as heard them on the radio for their extensive music careers.
Nasim Pedrad, from SNL, is another actor on the long cast list of “Scream Queens.” She brings the comedy to the show while also bringing the audience from SNL over to “Scream Queens.” She is one of my favorite characters because of her dry humor and somewhat ditzy personality.
Ryan Murphy, the creator of “Glee”, “American Horror Story”, and now “Scream Queens” is one of the most brilliant writers in our generation.
His ability to create three shows that are so incredibly different in genre but all equally as impressive is something that is hard to come by nowadays. Not only is he brilliant when it comes to writing and producing, but his ability to cast amazing actors that seem as though they are the character is what really makes a good show. He brought over Emma Roberts, who started in season 3 of “American Horror Story”, and Lea Michele was the main character in “Glee”, recognizing their talent as versatile and utilizing that talent to create an amazing show.
If “Scream Queens” isn’t on your list of Tuesday night shows, then it should be now because you’re truly missing out. The writing, staging, and acting all combine to create a funny, scary, and entertaining show that everyone should be watching.
This year’s Octoberfest, which occurred on October 18th, was a lot of fun!
Admittedly, the food wasn’t what other members of Otakudon were expecting; the Asian food usually received for the celebration was replaced by sandwiches, chicken tenders, nachos and casseroles. The food was delicious, but a little disorienting because members expected Asian foods.
The Bonnie combo room was split in half so people could enjoy whatever form of “scary” entertainment they chose. One section of the room was devoted to Asian horror. Most of this year’s selection was Korean horror, though of course there were plenty of classic Asian horror selections (like the original version of “The Grudge” and “One Missed Call,” or a really scary Japanese horror movie called “Spiral”). It wasn’t all serious; a few were cheesy in ways that only horror movies can be, with strange, off-the-wall plots, gratuitous gore and unbelievable characters. Many of us weren’t sure whether to laugh or be terrified. Continue reading Octoberfest: Scary, dark and tons of fun!→
How many ninjas could you take on at once? Have you ever marveled at the destructive glory of a nail gun? Do you know how Dr. Evil got his start? There questions answered and a special musical guest to boot on this week’s Time Wasters. You know, with the weather now I should be telling you to read no further and go play outside. I won’t do this because, well, I want you see these clips but after you’re done reading this go enjoy spring.
What is the difference between a good prank and theater? Less than you would think as it turns out. What if Seth Rogan turned into a werewolf in your taxi?
The world is full of mysteries; some good, some bad but mysteries nonetheless. Like anyplace you go, you can hear of ghost stories and Radford University is no exception. The RU legends range from simple stories of mishaps in the dorms to a complex murder or even bone chilling tales of ghosts, poltergeists and spirits. But just how many people actually believe these stories? Continue reading Believe it or not: Ghost stories at RU→
Oh, the horror! The horror! And how great it is. Of all the genres in Netflix, the horror section is truly the most impressive. Sure in other areas Netflix provides major blockbuster hits like “Iron Man” and “Super 8,” but the horror section gives notice to some of those independent gems that may have been missed by the average moviegoer. Continue reading The best of Netflix horror→
Not many students know this, but there are tunnels underneath the Radford University campus. Back in the day, when Radford was an all-girls school, they were used by the students to get around campus without having to go outside. These tunnels have been closed for a long time now and no one is allowed to walk through them ever again. However, even fewer students know about the legend that these tunnels hold so secret. Continue reading RU houses more than we think→
This year has been a great year for horror films. We’ve been getting fantastic movies like “The Cabin in the Woods,” “The Woman in Black,” “The Possession” and “The Innkeepers” just to name a few. Now the new movie “Sinister” is getting some attention, as it was able to beat “Taken 2″ and the Oscar-worthy “Argo” in the box office. This film is not only crushing the box office, but is also getting some relatively good reviews in the process. Continue reading “Sinister”: A different kind of horror→
“Scariest Places on Earth,” though it has been off the air since 2006, is still a Halloween favorite for many, and with good reason. The show takes you inside old buildings to get a look at some terrifying places. Here is the history of a few of them that are right here on the east coast and even in our own backyard. If you think you might be interested in visiting a real haunted house for Halloween, here are a few that have the fear factor written all over them.
Waverly Hills Sanatorium
Featured on ABC Family‘s “Scariest Places on Earth,” the Waverly Hills Sanatorium is a place that would give me nightmares. I hate the idea of asylums and this one doesn’t help change my mind; in fact, it made it worse.
Waverly Hills is located in Louisville, KY and was originally founded as a one room school for the daughters of Major Thomas H. Hayes who bought the land in 1883. Teacher Lizzie Lee Harris named the school Waverly School and the property that became Waverly Hills. The Board of Tuberculosis Hospitals bought the land and constructed the sanatorium from 1908-1910. They decided to keep the peaceful name to accompany the quiet, wooded surroundings that would help the patients recover. The two-story building, which was only supposed to hold 50 patients, was soon overflowing with 100 more as the spread of TB grew to epidemic proportions. The building finished expansion in 1926 to accommodate over 400 patients and perform treatments such as Heliotherapy (exposure to hot temperatures to kill bacteria), Pneumothorax (deflating a portion of the lung so it can heal) and Thoracoplasty (surgically removing up to 7-8 ribs for breathing ease) along with healthy diet and fresh air on the screen-windowed solariums, which are large, open rooms with no closed windows. Without antibiotics, the deaths piled up near 63,000 and the body chute, a 500 foot, pitch dark tunnel, was used to transport the bodies out of the hospital to the bottom of the hillside so that the other patients wouldn’t lose morale. This tunnel is said to be extremely haunted and has sparked enough interest to inspire a movie called “Death Tunnel” (2005).
It remained a tuberculosis hospital until 1961 when it was renovated by Woodhaven Medical Services and opened again in 1962 as a geriatric hospital until 1980 when it was closed by the state for patient abuse.
The many hauntings of the building include an older woman in chains crying for help that appears in the front entrance hall; an eyeless girl, possibly named Mary, on the third floor; the image of a nurse in room 502 (two nurses working in that room committed suicide); and shadow figures on the fourth floor. These are only a small sampling of the reported hauntings. And now, everyone can experience these frightening experiences for themselves by taking guided tours of the entire hospital. Creepy? Yes. No wonder it’s one of the scariest places on earth.
Eastern State Penitentiary
This old prison in Philadelphia, PA, was open October 23, 1829 to help relieve overcrowding from another nearby jail. This prison, built in the shape of a wagon wheel, was part of a controversial movement to correct inmate behavior through solitude and labor. The solitude included feeding doors so the guards would have minimal contact and was even so extreme that they gave the 250 inmates masks to wear during their rare trips outside their cells. Their only source of sunlight came through tiny windows or slits in the ceiling. This complete solitude drove many of the prisoners insane. And if that didn’t, the punishments would. The water bath (being dunked in ice water then strapped to a wall for the night), the mad chair (tightly strapped to a chair for days without food, water or movement), the iron gag (an iron clamp was placed on the tongue and then connected to the prisoner’s wrists, which was behind their back) and the hole (a dark pit dug below cell block 14 where prisoners were left for weeks with no light and only bread and water) were the typical torments of the day. No wonder the place is supposed to be haunted.
Originally a single story building, it was expanded in 1835 to include a second story to include four more cell blocks and 450 cells for the ever increasing inmate numbers. These expansions would continue for decades reaching numbers as high as 1,700 prisoners and 14 cell blocks, leaving hardly any space between the buildings. As the years passed, the idea of total solitude was abandoned and prisoners could exercise and eat together. There were over 100 escapes from the prison and 99 were recaptured. Riots broke out regularly until the prison was closed in January 1970 due to its poor mechanical and electrical conditions. Some notable inmates during the prison’s 142 years of use have been the infamous gangster Al “Scarface” Capone, bank robber William Sutton and even women like Freda Frost, who poisoned her husband.
Many paranormal groups, including “Ghost Hunters” and “Ghost Adventures” along with “Scariest Places on Earth” explored this building and had some interesting findings. Whispering, giggling, weeping and even shadowy figures and ghostly distorted faces are found in many of the cell blocks. Very spooky.
St. Albans Sanatorium
Right here in Radford we have our own supposed haunting. Even though it was not featured on “Scariest Places on Earth,” St. Albans Sanatorium has gotten a lot of attention. So much, in fact, that “Ghost Hunters” members Steve Gonsalves and Dave Tango came to the abandoned hospital on Sept. 25 to show their support for the building’s preservation.
St. Albans first opened in 1892 as school for boys but was closed in 1911 for lack of funding and interest. Dr. John C. King then reopened the facility in 1915 as a sanatorium for mentally ill patients. Some of the reported treatments conducted at the hospital included opium, mercury and belladonna extract (all are very dangerous poisons) along with insulin-coma therapy, hydrotherapy and electro-convulsive therapy. Many of these treatments resulted in brain damage and death.
The sanatorium was absorbed by the Carilion Health System, but the hospital was moved in 2003, leaving the building abandoned. It was given to Radford University in 2004 but was up for auction and bought in 2008 by Tim Gregory, who was a patient of the hospital when he was 14. He hopes to preserve the building as a historical landmark and is willing to allow paranormal investigations. This site is said to be very active with EVP’s (electronic voice phenomenon), strange noises and shadows. Maybe Steve and Tango could come back one day and have a ghostly experience at St. Albans.
These are only a few frightening places with chilling ghost stories. “Scariest Places on Earth” may not be on TV anymore, but there is always the internet. Go find some scary places and enjoy!