To The Person Who Should Be Writing Letters

To The Person Who Should Be Writing Letters

Don't rely so heavily on computers.

Dear Reader,

Do you write letters? In a fast paced world of email (which is now almost archaic), texting, FaceTime, and so many other forms of instant communication, why pay fifty cents and wait a week to get a response? It seems that new age communication has driven out the age of letter writing and "snail mail" in general. Even trying to think back to a time before a quick Google search, seems challenging. Although the sight of a typewriter would probably raise questions for a child born in the last ten years, the time before electronic communication doesn't lie too far into history.

Over those short decades, however, we have fallen into a communication void. We rely so heavily on computers and take for granted that our friends are just one text away. As much as I love spell check and my Snapchat streaks, the easy accessibility of online communication allows us to stay at surface level in our relationships. We don't often pour out our hearts in a multi paragraph long text message. Letters and the sentiment behind them serve almost like a journal shared between two people. You write what you experience, how you feel, what you did that week, etc. and share that piece of yourself with one other person. There is an intimacy created between pen pals that exists because of the authenticity of a letter. Nothing can edit or package your written words into something they are not. Letters have the full power to be one hundred percent original, and exactly what they were intended to be.

Had it not been for my good friends at the postal service, I would not have stayed in touch with my newest pen pal. For the most part, our only communication is solely through letters. About every two weeks, we hear from each other. The constancy of that envelope in the mailbox is a reminder to stay in touch. A letter invites an opportunity to share and to be heard.

While I'll still keep those Snapchat streaks going and forever cherish my family's group text, I hope to always hold onto my love for letters.

Until next time, your friend,


P.S. Next time you think of someone who you miss or want to get back in touch with, send them a letter.

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The Night The Lights Went Out In Jacksonville

We must band together as a family and support our Home, JSU.

Monday, March 19 around 10 PM a tornado swept through the college campus I walk around 5 days a week. The damage was pretty much unknown until the daylight hours. Upon morning we established that the entire roof was ripped off several of the dormitories on campus as well as at least 5 of the academic buildings.

After damage assessment, it was determined that a dual touchdown tornado had struck the campus. The tornado was determined to have been an EF-3 rated tornado based on the damage.

The tornado has happened at this point, there is no way to reverse its effects.

Today began the first steps we took as a university to began resuming life as normal. President Beehler made a press conference at noon saying that the campus would reopen April 2, 2018. A statement was later released that saying the April 2nd date is fluid and is subject to change.

With lots to consider, many of the educators have announced they have no intentions of resuming classes until the displaced students are safely housed.

There was a press release today that mentioned the possibility of portable classrooms. Aith all there is to consider we cannot rush into opening this campus back up so soon.

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We must band together as a family and support our Home, JSU. Help your neighbors out, help the displaced, and pray for those attempting to reconstruct the infrastructure.

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Success Is Great, But Failure Is Better

Fail and fail often.

Don’t let success get to your head, but don’t let failure get to your heart. Know that things don’t always work out as planned, and that is OK!

For many millennials, it’s easiest to just give up when something doesn’t go your way. But take heart. Success is great, but failure is better. The reality is, you’re going to fail... a lot.

Failure does not mean your idea was not good or that your dream isn’t valid.

Failure means you have more to learn.

Failure is GOOD.

It shows you that you did something wrong and that you need to take a redirection. It’s an opportunity to come back stronger with a better attack plan. It’s a second chance.

Having failed many times in my life, there’s one thing for sure: failing sucks. It sucks being disappointed. It sucks not succeeding on the first try. However, you can learn to become a good failure.

Failing is inevitable, which is why it is important to learn from our mistakes. You’ll learn more from a single failure than a lifetime of success. Here’s what you can do when you mess up: accept what you can’t change, keep an open mind, maintain a positive attitude, and know that nothing will be perfect.

When I was a sophomore in high school, I was on an engineering team at my school. I was extremely confident in our abilities as a team, so when we didn’t advance to the world finals, I was devastated. The next year, however, my team placed second at the national competition, and we advanced to the world finals. If I had allowed that initial failure to consume me, I wouldn’t have been successful the next year.

It was not easy to advance to the world finals, but because I took my previous failure as a learning opportunity, my team succeeded. I knew I couldn’t change the past, so I didn’t focus on it. I kept an open mind about the competition and did not allow my bitterness to harden me, thus maintaining a positive attitude. My team wasn’t perfect, and I knew that. But I knew if we worked hard, we would succeed. We did.

Every failure is feedback on how to improve. Nothing works unless you do, and nothing works exactly the way you want it to. Failure is life’s greatest teacher; it’s nothing to be scared of. If we are so focused on not failing, we will never succeed.

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