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The ABCs of Michigan

Four out of five Great Lakes prefer Michigan, and you should too.

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Here's an alphabetic guide to the greatest parts of the nation's number one state.

A- Ann Arbor.

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Home of the Big House, the University of Michigan, Washtenaw Dairy, and Zingerman's Deli. Also home to some of the worst traffic, stay away from State Street on gameday.

B- Bronner's CHRISTtmas Wonderland.

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The world's largest Christmas store. Open 361 days a year. Ornaments. Trees. Santa. Happiness. A Christmas Emporium that even Buddy the Elf could take notes on.

Other notable B's: Battle Creek, Big House

C- Coney Island

Also known as God's gift to the world. Coney dogs. Gyros. Chili Fries. Breakfast all day. The greatest restaurant of all time, a TRUE Michigan staple.

Other notable C's: Construction, corn on the cob, cherries, Craig's Cruisers, Central Michigan University

D- Detroit.

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Detroit vs. Everybody. The hub of sports, food, culture, bakeries, Greek restaurants, and the true heart of Michigan. It's on the comeback. Don't count the Motor City out.

E- Euchre

Giving a whole new definition to trump. Always remember, if you turn down a bauer, you'll lose for an hour.

Other notable E's: Eastern Michigan University

F- Frankenmuth

A Bavarian Paradise. Home of the greatest chicken in all of America, classic German food and entertainment, craft breweries, museums, and of course, The Cheese Haus.

Other notable F's: Ford, Faygo

G- Grand Rapids

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Also known as Beer City, USA. One of the most up-and-coming cities in the Great Lakes State, filled with universities and colleges, semi-professional sports teams, zoos, museums, and river side breweries.

Other notable G's: Grand Haven, Gordie Howe

H- Hell

Hell, Michigan. Literal Hell on earth. No fire or demons in this city, just peaceful canoe and kayak rentals and some of the best campgrounds in Southeast Michigan.

Other notable H's: Huron (the lake and the county), hand maps, Holland

I- I-94

Trips to Chicago are impossible without this Michigan highway. Even though it runs through all the Midwest, we claim it as our own. 94 hits all the major southern cities in Michigan, from New Buffalo to Kalamazoo to everyone's favorite exit, Paw Paw (yes, that's a real place). Just keep an eye out for the construction/lack of construction.

Other notable I's: Illich Family

J- Joe Louis Arena.

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Or "The Joe." One of the most historically claimed ice rinks in all of America. Home of "Fight Night at the Joe" and four legendary Stanley Cup teams. RIP, Joe. Little Caesars Arena might have all the bells and whistles, but my heart still lies under the Gordie Howe Entrance.

K- Kid Rock.

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Who else would schedule five consecutive concert dates in Detroit? Let us also never forget the iconic picture of the Metro-Detroit native supporting his favorite sports team.

Other notable K's: Kroger, Kalamazoo.

L- Little Caesars

You'll probably find more LC's in Michigan than McDonald's. Everybody loves a five dollar pizza and the legendary crazy bread. Pizza Pizza!

Other notable L's: Lakes, limestone, lighthouses, Lions

M- Mackinac Island

Not Mack-in-ac. Mack-in-AWWWW. Only the greatest vacation place of all time. Not just in Michigan, but the entire country. Horse-drawn buggies, fudge, bicycles, The Pink Pony, The Grand Hotel, more fudge, the Mighty Mac, and miles of Pure Michigan shoreline.

Other notable M's: Meijer, Michigan left, Motown, Michigan State University

N- Northern Michigan.

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Where Michiganders go to vacation. Nothing like a family caravan to the cottage up north. Also featured lyrics to the second anthem of Michigan native, "All Summer Long" (the first obviously being Journey's Don't Stop Believin').

O- Ohio

O-H-I-O? More like O-H-N-O. Every Michigander can agree that Ohio is the armpit of the United States.

Other notable O's: Ontario (Lake, not the province), octopus tossing, "Ope"

P- Potholes

Michigan potholes will have you apologizing to your car almost every day. They will literally eat your car. Swallow it whole.

Other notable P's: pasties, party stores, Petoskey, Paczki Day, Pure Michigan

Q- Quicken Loans

Headquartered in Detroit, MI. Also, the only commercial that you'll see on the Speedway gas station TVs (and the only thing in Michigan that starts with a Q).

R- Rivalry

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Go Green? Go Blue? There's a civil war brewing between the Wolverines and the Spartans. The one thing everyone can agree on? Ohio State is the worst.

Other notable R's: Red Wings

S- Superior

The name the coldest Great Lake and what Michigan natives call Michigan when comparing it to Ohio.

Other notable S's: superman ice cream, Spartans, Speedway, Saginaw, Steve Yzerman

T- Telegraph

Where you go to find just about the worst traffic in the state. Also probably holds the record for most Michigan lefts in a row.

Other notable T's: trolls, Tim Allen, Traverse City, traffic, Tigers

U- Upper Peninsula

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Known for its snow, universities, and the great cities of Marquette and Sault Ste. Marie. Other than that, there's just about nothing but miles and miles of beautiful, untainted, Pure Michigan land.

Other notable U's: up north, U-turn, University of Michigan

V- Vernors

Signature Michigan pop (not soda, only pop). You can find one in every grandma's house or conveniently in the fridge when you're sick.

W- Winter

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One of the two seasons of Michigan; the other being construction.

Other notable W's: Wolverines, Western Michigan University

X- Xing

Deer crossing to be specific. Just wait for November 15th and the start of Deer Hunting Season and you'll have nothing other than potholes to worry about on the road.

Y- Ypsilanti

Ann Arbor's ugly cousin. Michiganders pride themselves on the ability to say Ypsilanti 12 times fast and laugh in the faces of those who pronounce it incorrectly.

Other notable Y's: Yoopers, Yost Ice Arena

Z- Zoo

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As in the Detroit Zoo. Have you seen the Polar Bear Tunnel? Yes, you're reading this right. Polar. Bear. Tunnel.

Other notable Z's: Zingerman's, Zehnder's chicken dinners.

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Why Nursing School Is Different Than Any Other Major

Because most other majors can't kill someone accidentally by adding wrong.
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College is hard. Between studying for numerous amounts of tests and balancing eating, working out, maintaining a social life, and somehow not breaking your bank account, it’s no wonder a common conversation among students is “how many mental breakdowns did you have this week?” Every major will pose its own challenges; that’s truth. Nursing school, however, is a special kind of tough that only other nursing majors can understand.

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Nurses are the backbone and unsung hero of healthcare. Their job is to advocate for the patient, collaborate care among all other healthcare team members, carry out physician orders, recognize and report patient progress (or lack thereof), run interference for the patient with any unwanted visitors, research and validate evidence based practice, all while maintaining a certain aurora of confidence for patients and their loved ones that “everything will be okay” and “I’ve got this under control”. If that sounds like a lot; that’s because it is. The majority of skills that we learn that make good nurses cannot actually be taught in theory classes. It’s the hours of actual practice and a certain knack for caring for people- all people- that makes a good nurse great. The countless, unrelenting hours that are spent on the floor in clinical humble us, we know that we’re not great yet, but we’re trying.

Our professors expect us to be humble as well. Nurses do not seek gold stars for their actions, instead the precedence that is set for us to that we “do the right thing because it is the right thing to do”. Most nursing programs grading scales are different. To us, a failing grade isn’t actually getting a 69 or lower, it’s an 80. And that makes sense; no one would want a nurse who only understand 70% of what is happening in the body. We have to understand the normal body response, what happens when things go wrong, why it happens the way it does, and how to properly intervene. We want to learn, it interests us, and we know that the long theory classes and the hard days on the floor are just to make us better. However, any triumph, anytime you do well, whatever small victory that may feel like for you, it just what is supposed to happen- it’s what is expected, and we still have much to learn.

I look back on my decision to take on nursing school, and I often find myself questioning: why? There are so many other majors out there that offer job security, or that help people, or would challenge me just as much. But, when I think of being a nurse- it’s what fulfills me. There’s something that the title holds that makes me feel complete (and that same fact is going to resonate with anyone who wants to love their job). I wouldn’t change the decision I made for anything, I love what I am learning to do and I feel that it’s part of what makes me who I am. The other students who I have met through nursing school are some of the most amazing people I have ever come into contact with, and the professors have helped me understand so much more about myself than I thought possible.

Nursing is treating and understanding the human response. Meaning that it’s not just the disease process, or the action of the medication, or the care that we provide, but that nurses treat the way in which people deal, react, feel, and cope with good news, bad news, terrible procedures, hospital stays and being completely dependent on other people. And the fact of the matter is that all people are different. There is no one magic treatment that will always work for every patient. In addition to course work, the clinical hours, the passion and drive to want to be a nurse, and the difficulty that comes with any medical profession, we have to understand each individual patient, as people and not their illness. And, in order to do that so much self discovery goes on each day to recognize where you are and how you are coping with everything coming your way.

What is taught in nursing school goes far beyond just textbook information or step by step procedures. We have to learn, and quickly, how to help and connect with people on a level which most struggle to accomplish in a lifetime. It's a different kind of instruction, and it either takes place quickly or not at all. The quality of nurse you become depends on it. Nursing school is different, not harder or better than any other school, just different.

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Body Image Lessons That I Didn't Learn From A Professor

What I realized about body image my freshman year of college

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Girls usually struggle with self image in general. But the game changes when it's time to go to college. When you are constantly surrounded by your peers, you begin to compare all of the little things they do to you. You compare their bodies to yours. You try to figure out what they are doing that you're not. Or vice versa, why they don't have to do anything to look the way they do. But by the end of my first year, I realized that I would never be happy with myself if I kept thinking this way. So I recorded some realizations I had throughout the year that helped me to improve my body image.

My body is, and never will be the same as any other girl... and that's okay

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It can be so easy in college to compare your body to the girls that surround you. Like the one's live with and you see on a daily basis. There is no point in comparing apples to oranges, so why would you compare your body to a girl who was made completely different? So what you can't fit into her party pants, you can rock another pair just as well.

What works for her, might not work for me

Daily Planner

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With different body types, comes different food and exercise needs. Some girls don't need to work out or eat healthy to keep a slim frame. Some girls are naturally muscular. Your routine needs to be catered to you, and there is no need to analyze what someone else eats or does to try to attain their stature. You have to do what feels right for YOUR body to have a good self image.

Don't spend too much time on istagram

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Obviously social media effects our body image because of how easily and frequently photos are edited and then presented for the most likes. So if there is a certain account that always makes you feel bad when you see their content, unfollow, and take that aspect out of your life. However, because social media is unavoidable you can't completely escape all the provoking images. So when scrolling, think positively about those who's pictures you see, don't compare, and be aware of the previous lessons.

It's okay for your body to fluctuate

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The weight and look of your body can easily fluctuate, It's just natural. And in the same way your life fluctuates, your body may follow along and thats not a big deal! In exam season, there might not be enough time to go to the gym everyday. Or during the holidays there might be an increase of indulgence in treats. But its all okay as long as your getting things done or enjoying life. The only time it becomes an issue if the fluctuations turn unhealthy.

Cut out the negativity

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If a friend is constantly complaining to you about their body, it can trigger distress in you, and set you back. So if someone else's body image issues are interfering with you mentally, you need to call them out on their B.S. or stop allowing them say those things in front of you.

Wear clothes that you feel comfortable in

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If you wear things that you feel comfortable in, then you wont constantly be thinking about how your stomach, legs, or arms look throughout the day. Wear something that you are confident in, even if it means wearing leggings every day of the week!

I'm not a little kid anymore, therefore my body is not going to look like one

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Curves and changes that come after high school can take anyone by surprise, but it's supposed to happen. You can't really be mad at biology...you can only find the beauty in it.

Everyone has their own insecurities

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Even if someone has your ideal body, odds are they still despise theirs. I have met friends in college that are stick skinny, yet are self conscious about it. I know curvy girls that are very insecure. And even an "average" body type has a thousand things that they nit-pick about themselves. No one has their dream body and never will, which is why I had to learn to love the little things about mine.

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