6 Struggles Every UMW Student Knows Too Well

6 Struggles Every UMW Student Knows Too Well

Questioning some everyday struggles at UMW.
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I am currently in my sophomore year at UMW. After attending school here for a while many people have the same questions and struggles as me, so...

Dear UMW,

1. Why does the UC always catch on fire?

I will just be enjoying my breakfast and then suddenly the fire alarm goes off. I haven't finished my breakfast!

2. Where does everyone go on the weekends?

Every. Single. Weekend.

3. Why is there no where to eat?


Is it too much to ask to have more places to eat?

4. Why can’t I have a pet in my room?

Chances of Depression would decrease significantly.

5. Why is the line at Jamba Juice so long?

It always takes 20 minutes to get a small smoothie.

6. Why does Apogee never work?

So frustrating

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22 New Things That I Want To Try Now That I'm 22

A bucket list for my 22nd year.

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"I don't know about you but I'm feelin' 22," I have waited 6 long years to sing that and actually be 22! Now 22 doesn't seem like a big deal to people because you can't do anything that you couldn't do before and you're still super young. But I'm determined to make my 22nd year a year filled with new adventures and new experiences. So here's to 22.

1. Go sky diving.

What's crazier than jumping out of a plane? (Although I'll probably try indoor skydiving first.)

2. Go cliff jumping/diving.

I must be the only Rhode Islander who hasn't gone to Jamestown and jumped off a cliff.

3. Ride in a hor air balloon.

Up, up and away.

4. Try out skiing.

Cash me in the next Olympics, how bout dat.

5. Try out snow boarding.

Shawn White, I'm coming for you.

6. Go bungee jumping.

Because at least this time I'll be attached to something.

7. Go to Portugal.

I mean I'm Portuguese so I have to go at some point, right?

8. Go to Cape Verde.

Once again, I'm Cape Verdean so I have to go.

9. Vist one of the seven wonders of the world.

I mean hey, Egypt's on, my bucket list.

10. Try out surfing.

It's only natural that somebody from the Ocean State knows how to surf.

11. Learn a new langauge.

Because my little bit of Portuguese, Spanish and Latin isn't cutting it anymore.

12. Travel to a state that I've never been to before.

Fun fact: I've only been to 17 of the 50 states.

13. Go paddle boarding.

Pretty boring but I've never done it.

14. Go scuba diving.

I'm from the Ocean State so I guess I should see the ocean up close and personal.

15. Learn how to line dance.

There's actually a barn in my state that does line dancing, so this one will definitely get crossed off.

16. Go kayaking.

All this water around me and I haven't done a lot of the water activites.

17. Stay the night in a haunted hotel room.

I bet if I got my friends to come with me, it would be like the Suite Life of Zach and Cody episode, minus the ghost coming out of the wall but you never know.

18. Get my palms read.

Because who doesn't want to know their future.

19. Go to a medium.

Like a medium that can communicate with people that have died.

20. Take a helicopter ride.

Air plane: check Helicopter:....

21. Sleep under the stars.

Because sleeping in a tent is more like glamping than camping

22. Just to try new things in my everyday life.

Whether it's trying a new restaurant, getting something different at my usual restaurants, changing my usual style, going on the scary rides at amusement parks, and bringing things I used to do back into my life now.

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Driving is a Privilege, Not a Requirement

You can take this to the bank.

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I have been in three car accidents in less than two years.

No, I was not the driver for two of them, but that doesn't make the situation any less stressful for me.

Somehow I manage to get back up on my high horse and continue driving with new lessons in hand after every accident. I am choosing to share what I learned and observed because I want people to be aware of how their choices affect themselves and other people.

I started driving four months after my 16th birthday and got my license two years later. Part of this was because of insurance costs decreasing with age and part of it was my own choice.

I did not feel like I was ready to get my license or start driving on my own within six months of getting my permit, so I waited until I thought I knew everything I needed to know about driving on the roads.

Some people become of age and decide they want to start driving while others wait until they are ready. Some kids get a car for their 16th birthday while other teens are told they need to buy their own car if they want to drive.

My job is to remind you that it is a privilege to be able to drive so don't take it for granted.

Pay attention to the things that are going on around you. The more serious accidents that I was in were caused by other people being on their phones.

It is such a stressful thing to think that you can do everything right and in a split second everything could go wrong. I live by the motto: A text or phone call can wait, your life can't and shouldn't.

I also say: If you really need to take a phone call then pull over! It is really not worth it to cause an accident and have the thought of paying hundreds of dollars in tickets because you might have been speeding.

Distracted driving is such a serious thing but people want to believe that it is just one text and that nothing could go wrong.

This is not true. Everything can go wrong when you are not looking at what is in front of you on the road. Scary to think that a police officer can pull you over for speeding and following cars in front of you too closely.

You can think it could have been worse all you want, it does not change the reality of you putting someone else's life in danger as well as your own life because you had to send a text or call someone.

Playing with the radio while driving is a distraction too. If you do directions often then get a car with a GPS and set it up before you leave or get a GPS that you can mount to the dashboard. Set a station on the radio before you start driving and deal with the commercials.

Whatever the case may be, you need to think of your safety and other people's safety. Seat belts are also a very important thing. Sometimes they can save you from worse harm if you use them for their intended purpose; they have a lock built in so that you don't fly through the windshield if you are in a serious accident. It could hurt you more to not wear your seat belt.

When a person is in a car accident, it may not always cause physical damage, but it always causes emotional damage.

People go into panic mode because they are besides themselves on how something like a car accident could happen when they were doing everything correctly. It is not always about what you are doing but what other people choose to do on the road too.

It is a horrible feeling when the insurance company takes a look at the car and says that they are totaling it. Car accidents are a very serious and stressful thing, so make sure that you are doing the right thing as opposed to being responsible for the accident.

Don't make bad decisions on the road because it can affect others more than it affects you. Be safe and smart. Look around and make sure that your phone is out of sight because then it will be out of mind.

Send quick texts before you leave your destination. You can put your phone in a place where you will not be thinking about it. Also if you don't have to, don't use voice commands that can be distracting too.

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