7 Touristy Thoughts You Have When Visiting Niagara Falls

7 Touristy Thoughts You Have When Visiting Niagara Falls

"So this must be where they invented the term 'tourist trap,' right?"


The Niagara falls are truly breathtaking, and the city is such a fun place to be. Here are some thoughts that likely run through the minds of the many tourists that visit.

1. "The falls are lit."

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I mean that literally-- at night, they light up the falls different colors.

2. "So this must be where they invented the term 'tourist trap,' right?"


The Canadian side of the falls is probably one of the biggest tourist traps out there, but I love it nonetheless.

3. "I wonder if I could make it down alive..."


I mean, I'm not about to jump down in a barrel, but you're lying to yourself if you've been there and said you haven't thought about all the people who jumped down and survived.

4. "Why is everything so expensive?"


An ice cream cone sounds good in the summer at the falls. Does it really have to be eight dollars, though?

5. "The Canadian side is much nicer than the American side."


The American side is more in tune with nature and has some noteworthy aspects, but there's no denying that the Canadian side is the place to be.

"6. Fireworks!"


Everyone love fireworks. In the summer at Niagara Falls, they have them every night!

7. "Nature is amazing."


The falls truly do take your breath away.

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As we embark on the semester, we are put on the spot in order to share interesting details about ourselves. This article discloses possible fun facts to tell others!

After experiencing my first week of classes, I have learned that every student needs a handy-dandy list of fun facts about themselves to tell other people. Many professors use the first couple of classes to learn about their students, so you may need to think about who you are and how you want to introduce yourself to your professor and classmates. We all have that one go-to interesting fact about ourselves, but sometimes you just have to mix it up!

1. My favorite hobby is...

What do you do in your free time? Personally, I love to stay active! I am a competitive Latin dancer and enjoy teaching and taking Zumba classes, going to the gym, and hiking.

2. I love...

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3. I look up to...

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4. This art speaks to me because...

Coco Chanel said, "In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different." This encourages me to always follow my heart no matter what. I will never follow society's standards and norms because they do not define me. Chanel's saying definitely influences my character and lifestyle.

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When you make others laugh they want to spend time and make memories with you! Don't be afraid to embarrass yourself. You will come off as down to earth, easy-going, and loyal.

6. My siblings or lack thereof influenced me by...

I can go on and on about my brother, who is 10 years older than I. We have opposite personalities and despite the age gap, we're quite close.

7. My pet(s) are my life because...

Only sad people don't like hearing about furry creatures, even if your pets are slimy and slithering creatures all human beings enjoy hearing pet tales!

8. I'm afraid of...

Your personality can be revealed by your likes and dislikes, including the things that you fear. I am terrified of change and the unknown, hence, the future is an anxiety-inducing topic to discuss for me.

9. I am the way I am because...

What have you gone through in life that has shaped you into who you are today? Remember to be open minded and allow yourself to open up to your peers. You may be surprised by how others respond and/or what others have endured as well.

10. The most unusual item that can be found in your dorm...

This is a fun fact about yourself that can easily liven up an awkward conversation. Think about your quirks and differences! One item I have in my dorm is my teddy bear, Peter, whom I like to joke is my boyfriend.

11. My dream job is...

In college, "What's your major?" is a widespread question. Nonetheless, skip the boring statement of "I'm majoring in..." and go in depth on what your dream job is (hopefully your major factors in to this dream of yours).

12. My hidden talents are...

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14. Some activities on my bucket list are...

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15. Talk about your best friend...

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17. This one time at my job...

Bosses breathing down your neck. Curious coworkers asking personal questions. Cursing customers who never leave you alone. Your job can be filled with tons of hilarious situations that can easily entertain a crowd.

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19. I volunteer at...

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20. [blank] is meaningful to me because...

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My Words Have The Power To Change Lives

You never know how you're going to impact someone by what you say or do.


A 5-minute conversation with someone could change their life. A short article may be just what someone needed to hear. That seemingly insignificant article could help someone realize it's okay to be introverted. Another could help someone cope with anxiety while waiting through her job application process.

You never know when or how you're going to impact someone.

Every interaction we have with someone matters. Whether it's telling the barista working at your favorite coffee shop to "have a good day" or talking your friend through a difficult situation, what you do and say matters and will impact that person either positively or negatively. Personally, I'd rather make that impact positive! I know that we all have our days and moments where we really just don't feel like being a pleasant person (especially if you have a tendency to get impatient . . . AHEM *me*), but in the same way that no one knows how bad of a day you may be having, you never know what the stranger standing in line next to you is going through. What you say to them could either lift their spirits or break them even more.

Sure, not every single time you talk to someone are you going to have some huge impact on their life. But what if one time you do? Do you want to leave them with hostility? Or do you want to leave them with kindness? It's up to you. I know it can be so difficult to be the "positive person" all the time, but you really could change someone's day by the way you interact with them. I don't have a secret formula or code word to use. As vague as it sounds, each situation truly is different. What helps one person may put another in a bad mood. I have had to make so many judgment calls - do I go up to that person and have a conversation with them, or do I just smile at them from across the room? Again, it's up to you.

It's almost impossible to know what each person needs, but we are all empathetic human beings who have an innate sense of care for each other ingrained in our DNA. If we take the time to evaluate each situation for its uniqueness, we just might be able to sense what that specific person needs in the moment. Our actions may be brushed aside, or they may be just what somebody needed that day. You never know. All I know is that I've been told on multiple occasions, after the fact, that what I said to or did for someone made their day so much better or even gave them perspective on something they had been struggling with. How cool is it that a simple interaction can make someone's day in a split second?

What we do and say matters. We truly may be able to change the world with small acts of kindness that are as easy as saying "thank you."

Remembering how much my words and deeds matter is crucial in my day-to-day life. I could use the reminder every once and a while, especially on those days where I'm not in a good headspace. But, in the long run, it's more imperative for me to put someone else's needs before my own. I never know what could come from an act of kindness. Sometimes, I'm not even aware of the impact I'm making on people on a daily basis. But the people know, and that's what is most important. I don't need recognition for the "good deeds" I've done. My satisfaction comes from knowing I've done what I can to be a positive presence in someone's day - that's all I need to know.

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