10 Reasons You Should Play Volleyball

10 Reasons You Should Play Volleyball

Because it's great.

Volleyball is one of best sports. Everything about it — the physical demand, the cool uniforms, the coaches and the teammates — is great. Some say you make lifelong friends, and I can't really disagree. You get to travel and meet new people, and who doesn't want to do that?

1. Burns and Bruises.

You get to show off your battle scars and have marks as memories. It's pretty cool, especially when you get to text them to your friends to see who's is the worst, and they bleed during practice when you hit the wrong spot and when they do it's like "Grey's Anatomy" Volleyball Edition.

2. Communication.

Whether it's on or off the court, communication is literally key. It fixes any problem that arises.

3. You're always working out. Always.

It's exhausting, but rewarding. From conditioning, running suicides, or simply doing wall sits. You are always keeping up. You feel perfectly healthy and fit though when it's over.

4. It's not about yourself.

That's the best part, nobody gets credit. It's all about teamwork. No self-recognition or anything.

5. You learn boundaries.

Yourselves and your teammates. Because when you find other people's boundaries, you know that teammate a bit more, and it builds great relationships!

6. It's pure amazing stress.

Schoolwork, practice, games, meetings, and socializing. Why go through all of that for a sport? Because volleyball is honestly the best sport in the world. All of that stress, temptation and pure exhaustion, it makes up for it.

7. Technique.

Learning how to do something the right way from the wrong. Your coaches telling you how to fix a problem, so you learn and succeed. It takes learning criticism and critique to a life lesson level.

8. Your knees will hurt, though. A lot.

You are either on the floor digging or jumping higher than Mount Everest. Who even likes jumping or sliding across the floor like that superstar you thought you were at Six? Me. And a whole lot of other people.

9. Respect.

You've gotten so much enlightenment and wisdom of others to give respect to them for. Especially when you've learned more about that person over the last 5 months during practices than you ever would.

10. My personal favorite, the friendships.

The unbreakable bonds, going through the ups and downs together during the season. It builds the team. You get closer and grow together from people you didn't even know at the start of the season. That's the true beauty of everything.

All of these reasons show us that this isn't just a sport or elective, even if it sounds cliché. When you join volleyball, you join a family. You will grow closer together through the workouts, and the sleepovers. When you go up, the team will go up, when you go down, the team will go down. This is your family.

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College As Told By Junie B. Jones

A tribute to the beloved author Barbara Parks.

The Junie B. Jones series was a big part of my childhood. They were the first chapter books I ever read. On car trips, my mother would entertain my sister and me by purchasing a new Junie B. Jones book and reading it to us. My favorite part about the books then, and still, are how funny they are. Junie B. takes things very literally, and her (mis)adventures are hilarious. A lot of children's authors tend to write for children and parents in their books to keep the attention of both parties. Barbara Park, the author of the Junie B. Jones series, did just that. This is why many things Junie B. said in Kindergarten could be applied to her experiences in college, as shown here.

When Junie B. introduces herself hundreds of times during orientation week:

“My name is Junie B. Jones. The B stands for Beatrice. Except I don't like Beatrice. I just like B and that's all." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 1)

When she goes to her first college career fair:

"Yeah, only guess what? I never even heard of that dumb word careers before. And so I won't know what the heck we're talking about." (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 2)

When she thinks people in class are gossiping about her:

“They whispered to each other for a real long time. Also, they kept looking at me. And they wouldn't even stop." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When someone asks her about the library:

“It's where the books are. And guess what? Books are my very favorite things in the whole world!" (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 27)

When she doesn't know what she's eating at the caf:

“I peeked inside the bread. I stared and stared for a real long time. 'Cause I didn't actually recognize the meat, that's why. Finally, I ate it anyway. It was tasty...whatever it was." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When she gets bored during class:

“I drew a sausage patty on my arm. Only that wasn't even an assignment." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 18)

When she considers dropping out:

“Maybe someday I will just be the Boss of Cookies instead!" (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 76)

When her friends invite her to the lake for Labor Day:

“GOOD NEWS! I CAN COME TO THE LAKE WITH YOU, I BELIEVE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 17)

When her professor never enters grades on time:

“I rolled my eyes way up to the sky." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 38)

When her friends won't stop poking her on Facebook:

“Do not poke me one more time, and I mean it." (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 7)

When she finds out she got a bad test grade:

“Then my eyes got a little bit wet. I wasn't crying, though." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 17)

When she isn't allowed to have a pet on campus but really wants one:


When she has to walk across campus in the dark:

“There's no such thing as monsters. There's no such thing as monsters." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 12)

When her boyfriend breaks her heart:

“I am a bachelorette. A bachelorette is when your boyfriend named Ricardo dumps you at recess. Only I wasn't actually expecting that terrible trouble." (Junie B. Jones Is (almost) a Flower Girl, p. 1)

When she paints her first canvas:

"And painting is the funnest thing I love!" (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 61)

When her sorority takes stacked pictures:

“The biggie kids stand in the back. And the shortie kids stand in the front. I am a shortie kid. Only that is nothing to be ashamed of." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 7)

When she's had enough of the caf's food:

“Want to bake a lemon pie? A lemon pie would be fun, don't you think?" (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed p. 34)

When she forgets about an exam:

“Speechless is when your mouth can't speech." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 54)

When she finds out she has enough credits to graduate:

“A DIPLOMA! A DIPLOMA! I WILL LOVE A DIPLOMA!" (Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl p. 6)

When she gets home from college:

"IT'S ME! IT'S JUNIE B. JONES! I'M HOME FROM MY SCHOOL!" (Junie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peaky Spying p. 20)

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A Poem: My Mother

In honor of Mother's Day, that was on the 12th, here is a poem dedicated to my mother.


To the only person who can be my mentor, friend, and leader at the same time

To someone who would make me read my own books before bedtime

And puts everything down to make sure there is a smile on my face

To the person that I find impossible to ever replace.

Somehow you are always right even when it seems wrong

And when the worst does happen, how do you still manage to stay so strong?

I'm not only impressed but inspired by you

Knowing that somehow you'll always know me better than I do.

When I'm frustrated and annoy you, you simply try to understand me

Because you have always told me that even when you can't understand, plain acceptance is the key

You have listened to all my laughs, heard me cry, and felt my emotions like they were your own

You are the only reason I am joyous and the security I need to know that I am never alone.

To the only person who has truly taught me how to live

And watched me grow and make mistakes yet still knows how to forgive

Because that's who she is, certainly not like any other

There are many women but none like my own mother.

Happy Mother's Day!

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