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Five reasons pit-bulls are the world’s best dogs

Pit-bulls probably catch the most prejudice from humans. There’s this dumb stigma that pit-bulls are vicious and/or mean dogs. In the last few years, many cities have completely outlawed pit-bulls. I know in the city I’m from, Bluefield, a town ordinance was put against pit-bulls, boxers and German shepherds. Personally, I don’t think any breed is aggressive; it all just depends on how they are raised. In honor of my adopted pit-mix, I’ve decided to give the world five reasons pit-bulls are the best dogs.

  1. They’re cuddly

Pit-bulls love to snuggle. Every pit I’ve been around has thought it was a lap dog, therefore they try to cuddle like one. I would much rather cuddle my dog, Roxy, than my stupid, lifeless body pillow. Although she doesn’t give me quite the warm fuzzies I get from spooning a significant other, she’s a perfect replacement.

An adorable pitbull plays with a chick. Graphic from Buzz Feed
An adorable pitbull plays with a chick. Graphic from Buzz Feed
  1. They’re smart

Pit-bulls are incredibly smart and easy to train. One of my sisters has a 8-week-old pit-mix puppy who already knows how to shake and sit. He’s also mostly potty-trained. Roxy is very smart too. In the first week I had her, she learned not to pull on the leash, to shake, and to roll over. I’ve also noticed the only time she whines when I leave the house is if I don’t say, “I’ll be right back.”

  1. They’re loyal

Pit-bulls are very well-known for being incredibly loyal to their humans. They aim to please their owners. Sometimes, this is why they can have a difficult time adjusting after being adopted. When they’re forced to leave the human they’ve been accustomed to their entire life, their heart breaks. Sadly, pit-bulls will do whatever it takes to please their owners, and some people take advantage of this as they train their pit-bull to be a fighting dog. They will literally die to please their owner. For responsible owners, however, this is a very positive thing. Pit-bulls will be amazing life partners who know the needs of their owners.

  1. They’re patient

Part of a pit-bulls famous loyalty is that they’ll be very patient with their owner. I know my dog, Roxy, will wait for me all day while I’m at work. Some dogs may get annoyed that their owner has left them and as a result, will tear up furniture or even use the bathroom in the house. Although some pit-bulls will sometimes act out if they’re feeling neglected, most of them make very good house pets since they’re very patient. This patience is also great for families with kids. My sister has five very rambunctious children, and her dog, Mr. Wilson, is very patient with them. Despite popular belief, pit-bulls have a nurturing attitude and have a tendency to love children.

  1. Overall, they’re great companions.

It may be hard to get past the stigma that comes with pit-bulls, but I promise when you can look past the stereotypes and what the media tells you, a pit-bull is an amazing choice for someone seeking a companion. They’re very supportive dogs who will be there for you even on your worst day. The way their lips tend to curve into a smile is infectious enough to make you smile after a long day. Pit-bulls tend to be very affectionate, and let’s be honest: there’s no better cure for a bad day than wet puppy kisses.

Majors vs. Minors

When entering college, one of the big questions everyone is asking is if you have decided on a major. Some go into college undecided and figure it out by taking introductory classes, whereas others have known for years what they want to major in.

Your major should be something that you know you’re good at. Whether that be writing, math, or drawing you should be confident in your work and your classes so that when you get out into the real world after school you can be strong and confident with your abilities.

Majors can be difficult to pick out but at least if you choose something that you’re good at or that comes naturally to you it won’t be as difficult as it could be. By choosing a major you’re good at, you’re letting yourself take more classes and better yourself on information you may already know.

Also, it lets you practice your skills over and over and in different ways throughout classes among your 4 years in college.

Minors are optional, but my parents told me to minor in something I loved. My freshman year I took an introductory history class and found out that I love history. So I decided after that semester that I wanted to minor in history. If I was successful with my major and ended up being happy with my job I would take my minor and find something to do that I really loved and incorporate history into that. I still enjoy my major, but history is one of my passions and I am happy I get to take the selection of classes I do and learn more about our country’s history and the world’s history.

My parents were wise in telling me to major in something I’m good at and minor in something I love because I feel like I’m getting the best of both worlds and I couldn’t be happier with my decisions.

Pebble smartwatch is off the chain

Kickstarter is a great way for new startups to gain funding in order to create great products for the world. The website hosts virtually anyone, so web traffickers can donate to see these innovative products become a reality. The most successful Kickstarter product is the Pebble smartwatch.

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Smart is moderately appealing

Something that I notice is missing from the population of college students I’ve been watching for the past three and a half years is that they don’t seem interested in acting smart. By acting, I don’t mean pretending to be intelligent by using big words that you would find on the SAT and nowhere else. What I mean is there are many really smart people who just aren’t interested in being seen that way.

I feel that I have a lot of experience in dealing with intelligent people who just don’t try hard enough. I was friends with a handful of “gifted” students in high school. Most of them seemed to think that by being in the gifted program they should be revered for their brilliance, even though most of them hadn’t accomplished anything of much importance.

After living in the honors dorm, or residence hall if you’re all politically correct, for over three years, I’ve noticed the trend in people who are considered intelligent seems to have reversed. A lot of people aren’t interested in touching the Honors Academy with a 10-foot pole. Those who are interested tend to stick around only long enough to live in the honors dorm and have early class registration.

Photo by Brian Hollingsworth.

Let’s face it, the honors dorm is still basically prison-like and early registration is only a benefit once a semester. Being in the honors dorm gets old really fast. On the other hand, the program forces you to work a little closer with your teachers than you might have otherwise. That’s where the appeal is for those who stay. Sadly very few of us stick with the honors track to the end.

Every year since I’ve been at Radford University, I’ve watched my fellow honors students drop like flies. I think that’s what makes it such an accomplishment in the end. Not dropping out because it’s “a waste of time” or “too hard” means you have work ethic.

Being labeled an honors student or “gifted” isn’t what makes people smart; recognizing your strengths and weaknesses and putting them to good use is what makes us smart. There are plenty of “gifted” individuals who recognize their strengths and decide that they are so smart that getting to class every day on time is beneath them.

That’s what I call a waste of an existence. I dislike seeing people get horrible grades because they think the material in class is too easy. If it’s so easy then you should be able to get it done, right?

Another thing I’d like to warn my fellow students about is coming off as superior to others. Brilliance doesn’t make a difference if nobody can stand to be around you for more than a few seconds without considering the feasibility of jumping out of the nearest window.

It’s bad enough when intelligent people are too smug, but it’s 10 times worse when people act like they have multiple degrees in something they’ve never even cracked a book open to learn about. If you’re insecure enough to have to one-up everyone around you who is a little more educated, I think you have bigger problems than just your intelligence.