7 Things To Look Forward To in 2018

7 Things To Look Forward To in 2018

It should be an exciting year of new entertainment, major events and opportunities for change.
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In this new year of 2018, the world is ready for some optimism and positivity following the crazy 2017 we just had. Unfortunately, 2018 will still probably bring a lot of both excitement and insanity set up by the events of last year. That does not mean, however, that there is not a ton of things to look forward to! So, let's take a look at some of the great things that 2018 will bring into our lives.

1. Major Sporting Events

2018 will be a fun year for sports fans of all sorts with major events hitting our screens from around the world. The 2018 Winter Olympics will be held in PyeongChang, South Korea, sure to tote with it plenty of intense global competition. The 2018 FIFA World Cup will take place in Russia and pit some of the greatest international football clubs against one another (though the United States is going to miss the World Cup for the first time since 1986 after an embarrassing World Cup qualifying run). But not to worry, my fellow Americans, because we can bask in the glory and singular excitement of the NFL Super Bowl which will conclude the 2017-2018 season. Seems like we have a lot of brackets to fill out.


2. Movies

2018 is going to be an incredible (pun intended: see The Incredibles 2!) year for films. With new releases in the superhero sector like the much anticipated Marvel entries of Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War, along with DC's Aquaman, 2018 will host a variety of films with familiar origins. Other titles to look for include Ready Player One, based on Ernest Cline's pop-culture masterpiece, Solo: A Star Wars Story, another standalone Star Wars film for fans to divide themselves over, and A Wrinkle in Time, based on the classic sci-fi novel Madeleine L'Engle. Not only are there going to be a load of new movies, but we can also get hyped to fill out those Oscar ballots!


3. Music

This should be an intriguing year in the music industry for a few reasons. There should be a major resurgence in pop with the likes of Ariana Grande returning with a new album following the attack at her concert last year. I am personally most anticipating the third in a trilogy of albums from the unique, British Indie Rock band, The 1975, who are releasing what could be an LP for the ages in Music for Cars. Of course, we will also witness the 2018 Grammy's, which are likely to create some historic decisions with artists like Kendrick Lamar and Jay-Z in the running for Album of the Year. Singing competitions will return such as the hugely influential American Idol and The Voice, along with a new competition led by Sean "Puffy" Combs called The Four. Perhaps the most important update in the music industry this year will be the streaming wars between services with huge companies like YouTube and Facebook trying to get in on the action.


4. Video Games

The video game industry is booming with the recent release of the top tier of what are now the current-gen consoles, such as the Xbox One X, the PS4 Pro and the Nintendo Switch. Games are looking and playing better than ever, and don't forget that Virtual Reality is beginning to find some footing in the major market with tech like the PSVR. 2018 should carry with it a list of anticipated games to continue to outfit the hardware that we've been recently receiving. Exciting titles include Red Dead Redemption 2, God of War, Anthem, Spider-Man, Kingdom Hearts 3 (finally!!!), Days Gone, Detroit: Become Human, Mega Man 11, The Walking Dead: The Final Season and The Wolf Among Us: Season 2. That's only the tip of the iceberg, so stay tuned for even more games on the horizon. Also, the hugely anticipated The Last of Us: Part II is expected to hit shelves in early 2019, but know that we are at least getting a big look at it come E3 2018. Oh, yeah, E3 2018 is something to look forward to as well!



5. Space Events

Look to the skies in 2018 for a few cool events taking place out of the atmosphere. A total lunar eclipse should be visible to people in North America on January 31st. There are always meteor showers to look out for, and the Perseid's won't disappoint in August. There is great hope that ESO will be releasing the first ever photos of a black hole after 2017's observations. This is particularly exciting because it is something that has simply never been seen before, so keep an eye out in the early part of 2018. Also, almost 50 years after the US Moon landing, humans are likely to go back to the Moon. India should be landing a rover on the Moon, and SpaceX has talked about flying two regular people to orbit around the Moon this year. There have also been talks about the US taking people back, but news has been quiet. It would certainly be exciting for members of generations after the initial moon landings to get to witness something for themselves.



6. A LOT of political craziness

Yes, 2017 was a year of upheaval and change around the globe, but 2018 can expect likely just as much, if not more activity in the political sector. What will Trump tweet? Will North Korea make good on their threats? How will the U.K. handle the results of Brexit that are still shaking its foundations? Russia is likely to re-elect Putin, but what will the details of that election prove about the nation and Putin moving forward? Will tensions between Spain and Catalonia worsen or flatten out? It may not be things to look forward to, but it is certainly a lot to watch for, folks.


7. A (hopefully) better you!

A new year is always a chance to start working on enacting better habits, searching for better goals and creating a better, healthier, more happy you. Take 2018 by the horns and work on yourself. What are your New Year's resolutions?

Happy New Year everyone!

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15 Things Only Lake People Will Understand

There's no other place you'd rather be in the summer.
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The people that spend their summers at the lake are a unique group of people. Whether you grew up going to the lake, have only recently started going, or have only been once or twice, you know it takes a certain kind of person to be a lake person. To the long-time lake people, the lake holds a special place in your heart, no matter how dirty the water may look. Every year when summer rolls back around, you can't wait to fire up the boat and get back out there. Here is a list of things you can probably identify with as a fellow lake-goer.

1. A bad day at the lake is still better than a good day not at the lake.

It's your place of escape, where you can leave everything else behind and just enjoy the beautiful summer day. No matter what kind of week you had, being able to come and relax without having to worry about anything else is the best therapy there is. After all, there's nothing better than a day of hanging out in the hot sun, telling old funny stories and listening to your favorite music.

2. You know the best beaches and coves to go to.

Whether you want to just hang out and float or go walk around on a beach, you know the best spots. These often have to be based on the people you're with, given that some "party coves" can get a little too crazy for little kids on board. I still have vivid memories from when I was six that scared me when I saw the things drunk girls would do for beads.

3. You have no patience for the guy who can’t back his trailer into the water right.

When there's a long line of trucks waiting to dump their boats in the water, there's always that one clueless guy who can't get it right, and takes 5 attempts and holds up the line. No one likes that guy. One time my dad got so fed up with a guy who was taking too long that he actually got out of the car and asked this guy if he could just do it for him. So he got into the guy's car, threw it in reverse, and got it backed in on the first try. True story.

4. Doing the friendly wave to every boat you pass.

Similar to the "jeep wave," almost everyone waves to other boats passing by. It's just what you do, and is seen as a normal thing by everyone.

5. The cooler is always packed, mostly with beer.

Alcohol seems to be a big part of the lake experience, but other drinks are squeezed into the room remaining in the cooler for the kids, not to mention the wide assortment of chips and other foods in the snack bag.

6. Giving the idiot who goes 30 in a "No Wake

Zone" a piece of your mind.

There's nothing worse than floating in the water, all settled in and minding your business, when some idiot barrels through. Now your anchor is loose, and you're left jostled by the waves when it was nice and perfectly still before. This annoyance is typically answered by someone yelling some choice words to them that are probably accompanied by a middle finger in the air.

7. You have no problem with peeing in the water.

It's the lake, and some social expectations are a little different here, if not lowered quite a bit. When you have to go, you just go, and it's no big deal to anyone because they do it too.

8. You know the frustration of getting your anchor stuck.

The number of anchors you go through as a boat owner is likely a number that can be counted on two hands. Every once in a while, it gets stuck on something on the bottom of the lake, and the only way to fix the problem is to cut the rope, and you have to replace it.

9. Watching in awe at the bigger, better boats that pass by.

If you're the typical lake-goer, you likely might have an average sized boat that you're perfectly happy with. However, that doesn't mean you don't stop and stare at the fast boats that loudly speed by, or at the obnoxiously huge yachts that pass.

10. Knowing any swimsuit that you own with white in it is best left for the pool or the ocean.

You've learned this the hard way, coming back from a day in the water and seeing the flowers on your bathing suit that were once white, are now a nice brownish hue.

11. The momentary fear for your life as you get launched from the tube.

If the driver knows how to give you a good ride, or just wants to specifically throw you off, you know you're done when you're speeding up and heading straight for a big wave. Suddenly you're airborne, knowing you're about to completely wipe out, and you eat pure wake. Then you get back on and do it all again.

12. You're able to go to the restaurants by the water wearing minimal clothing.

One of the many nice things about the life at the lake is that everybody cares about everything a little less. Rolling up to the place wearing only your swimsuit, a cover-up and flip flops, you fit right in. After a long day when you're sunburned, a little buzzed, and hungry, you're served without any hesitation.

13. Having unexpected problems with your boat.

Every once in a while you're hit with technical difficulties, no matter what type of watercraft you have. This is one of the most annoying setbacks when you're looking forward to just having a carefree day on the water, but it's bound to happen. This is just one of the joys that come along with being a boat owner.

14. Having a name for your boat unique to you and your life.

One of the many interesting things that make up the lake culture is the fact that many people name their boats. They can range from basic to funny, but they are unique to each and every owner, and often have interesting and clever meanings behind them.

15. There's no better place you'd rather be in the summer.

Summer is your all-time favorite season, mostly because it's spent at the lake. Whether you're floating in the cool water under the sun, or taking a boat ride as the sun sets, you don't have a care in the world at that moment. The people that don't understand have probably never experienced it, but it's what keeps you coming back every year.


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working with children is the most rewarding summer job

Because summers are for camp!

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For the past four summers, I have had the opportunity to work at the place I have called my "summer home" since I was 8 years-old. Summer camp was always the highlight of my year, and was the thing I looked forward to the most. It is the place that has given me countless memories, plenty of laughs, and amazing friends, so it was only fitting that I would work there for as long as I could.

Working with 5 year-olds is one of the most rewarding jobs out there. When your biggest concern is going into kindergarten, life is pretty simple. There is no teenage dram, or stress of finding what you want to do with your life- they just want to have fun! Working with kids has taught me to let go and not stress over the little things. As a counselor, it is your job to make sure kids have a great summer... what's a better job than that?!

Many of my childhood memories come from spending summers at camp. I remember the names of the counselors that have given me these incredible memories and who have truly had an impact on my life. Working at camp has given me the opportunity to give back, and be the counselor that my camper's will remember.

Although people may laugh at the idea of being a camp counselor and say that it isn't a "real job," I can testify that it is one of the hardest jobs out there. Being a camp counselor requires high energy, attention, and A LOT of work. It has also taught me important skills that will help me when I decide to venture in the professional world. I have learned about leadership, decision making, and time management while working at camp- and the best part of it all, was that my job didn't really feel like a job.

So for anyone who is feeling the stress of finding internships that will look great on your resume, you have TIME! Although it may seem that you need to be working in a fancy corporate office and networking 24/7, the truth is that all of that will come in the future. Enjoy your summers while you can, and find a summer job that actually makes you happy before you sell your soul to a summer internship.

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