As midterms are approaching, I found that it was starting to get harder for me to get out of bed once again. As the school year drags on, the course loads are beginning to pile up all at once and being overwhelmed is basically a character trait at this point. Dreading going to class to see what assignment awaits I was lagging out of bed and barely making it to class on time, although my alarm is set for 2 hours before the class starts. When I went to Meijer one day, I did the one thing my mom told me I could not do at home. I got a fish. A beta named Crimson. Being a single fish mother is hard sometimes, having to get home from work at a timely manner to feed him before going to bed is what I have found to be the biggest struggle. Waking up to my new friend darting around his tank is refreshing, something to look forward to and gets me out of bed. I feed him in the morning and that is what I start my day with now. Being responsible for another living being is really rewarding and it makes everyday something to live for. If I didn't get out of bed, poor Crimson would starve and hate me forever. But since I get out of bed and do my motherly duties, it is much easier to start my day and makes me more productive. Also, since I have raging ADD, it is easier for me to have him on the corner of my desk because it is the perfect amount of movement to keep my brain multi-tasking without being distracted. This little fish named Crimson has stolen my heart, and honestly, I owe a lot to the little guy. Being able to be responsible for another being is what keeps me going from day to day.
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10 reasons why you should love fall
It's officially fall, which means I am happy, so very happy. Fall is hands down the best season on the planet. Below, I will go over reasons as to why fall is the best and should be loved by everyone.
1. The leaves
Do you remember when you were little and raked all the leaves into a large pile and jumped into them? Wasn't that fun? Do you remember hearing the satisfying "crunch" of the leaves under your boots as you walk down the street or on your way to class? Not to mention the colors of the leaves are spectacular and gorgeous. The leaves are perhaps the best part.
Halloween falls in fall, which means pumpkin that you can carve out and decorate. Not to mention eat. I'm not huge on pumpkin spice much, but I will say that the pumpkin scones at Starbucks are pretty awesome. Go try one? Or just enjoy your pumpkin spice everything that is sold these days.
3. Sweaters, beanies, boots, leggings
The great thing about fall is that you can wear your cute boyfriend beanie, your large knit sweater, your warm stylish leggings and comfy boots and feel and look 100 percent. And you don't have to shave everyday, which is such a pain in the summer.
4. Temperature & weather
Fall is the time that includes the best temperatures and weather patterns. It's not too hot, nor too cold to be outside. Sweaty, gross "swamp ass" does not exist in fall. Also, perfect bonfire weather with s'mores.
5. Homemade pumpkin pie
Nothing is better than homemade pumpkin pie. Nothing.
6. Hot chocolate/ tea/ coffee/pumpkin spice drinks time
Summer is just a bit too hot to have tea, coffee and hot chocolate almost every night. Fall is the perfect time to enjoy these lovely and wonderful drinks. Although I'd argue that coffee is an anytime, any situation type of drink. Nonetheless, fall is the season of hot chocolate, tea and pumpkin spice drinks.
7. Blankets! Cuddling!
Fall is the perfect time for two things: Blankets and cuddling. Who doesn't like blankets and cuddling? Also, add in Netflix there. Blankets + Cuddling + Netflix = life goals and the ultimate happiness. Yes, you can cuddle your pets if you don't have a S.O. Plus, pets won't usually try to steal the blankets, or change the show you're watching.
8. Holidays (Halloween, Thanksgiving)
Holidays are great. Holidays are fun. Who doesn't like getting dressed up as a "slutty nurse" or as Superman and eating a lot of candy and food?
Even better, who doesn't like home-cooked turkey with stuffing and gravy? I'm literally almost drooling thinking about it? Also, pumpkin pie. Thanksgiving, ftw.
9. Cool, crispy nights
The freshness and crispness of the air is intoxicating and wonderful. Learn it, live it, love it.
I don't understand much about football, besides the fact that guys go onto a field and tackle each other over a weirdly shaped ball. Either way, I always love watching it with my dad and mom while we eat our awesome chip dip. The hype of football is fun and it's always reminded me of my special family time. So, kudos to football for that only reason.
Lorelai Gilmore and I are kindred spirits.
When I was in high school, I was the occasional coffee drinker, if you could call it that. I would drink Starbucks frappuccinos and iced mocha drinks, which were more like snacks than coffee, BUT they had coffee in them, so I said I drank coffee. I progressed from my love of “snack drinks" to a more general appreciation of coffee, and would have a cup of coffee once a week or so. My “cup of coffee" would consist of a little coffee and a lot of cream and sugar, but it was coffee nonetheless. Then I started college.
I bought a coffee maker and scheduled 8 a.m. classes (what was I thinking?), and then coffee became a regular part of my every day routine. I ended up drinking about five cups a day but never paid attention to how much caffeine I was having. Until one day it hit me -- during a Physics quiz, unfortunately. I hadn't realized but it was two o'clock and I hadn't had any coffee that day and all of a sudden my head was pounding, I couldn't think straight, and the classroom lights hurt like no other.
That's when I came to the unhappy conclusion that I had become addicted to caffeine. This had never happened to me before! I had no idea what to do or how to handle it. So I came up with a few ideas on how to fix it and decided to try them out.
1. Don't drink anything caffeinated after 3:30 p.m. This way it won't affect your sleep.
2. Start by gradually decreasing the number of cups of coffee you drink a day. Don't fret; just because you can't have caffeinated coffee, doesn't mean you can't have decaf if you really want coffee.
3. Work your way down to only one cup of caffeinated coffee a day, and if you're feeling adventurous, try not having any! You might have a minor headache in the afternoon, but it's nothing in comparison to a massive caffeine headache.
4. You could also try alternating days of caffeinated coffee and decaf, so this way your body won't become addicted, and you won't have to suffer the consequences.
5. Now that you're no longer addicted to caffeine, you could have your coffee on mornings when you need an extra little pick-me-up and you will actually feel the effects of the coffee.
I'm fairly certain I will perpetually be stuck on a loop of caffeine addictions, but at least now I know that I can break my bad habit, even if I start it back up again during finals or because of an early job.
It's about time.
Today's society places a ridiculous amount of importance on social media and what we see on our computer screens. Some of these short films you might have seen shared on Facebook. Some of them you may have never even heard of. Whatever the case may be, these productions have used thier position of power in our world today to spread a message. The messages vary from domestic violence, LGBTQ acceptance, self-love, the role of men in society to end the unfair treatment towards women and even the promotion of the furtherence of medical discovery in our country. Regardless of the message, each film advertises something that needs far more screen time than Victoria's Secret Fashion shows or Keeping Up With The Kardashians. Here are 14 of the best and most revolutionary short films to date:
Love Labyrinth - One Love Foundation
Beauty Is A State of Mind - Dove Patches
Courage Is Already Inside - Ram Trucks
How Our Girls See Themselves - Dove Change One Thing
#DearDaddy - CARE Norway
Slap Her - Fanpage
ReMoved - Nathanael Matanick
Love Is All You Need? - Wingspan Pictures
Let Her Eat Cake - Columbia MFA Directing
Kiss Me - Cas Stonehouse
Unhealthy Relationships - Buzzfeed
Glass People - John Berardo
Chicken or the Egg - Evozi
Imagine - Carl Mason
Why go somewhere fun when you can go home?
Well, this school year has come to a close, and it's off to having fun in the sun. For college students, summer offers a few different options: get an internship somewhere AMAZING like NYC, India or somewhere else awesome, travel, stay in your college town or go home for the summer. Whatever the reasoning, many people do end up going home and living with their parents during the summer. Many things are different when you go home for the summer. After almost a whole year being an adult, it's time to return to your parent's home and follow rules that you threw to the wind the second you stepped on campus last fall. And you get to see all your old friends, the ones who came home anyway. You'll also see people you haven't talked to since you graduated that you were really okay with never seeing again. If you are going home for the summer, here are some things that will happen to you.
Your parents will be so happy you're home that they will make your favorite meal.
Then they'll give you a list of chores they've been saving for you since you left last fall.
And say goodbye to sleeping in.
Being home means seeing the ENTIRE family.
Luckily you'll be able to see all your old friends.
And the people you didn't want to see, who you will hide from in the grocery store.
But then you'll find out all of your at-home friends also have college friends.
If you have younger siblings, you now have the job of being a chauffeur.
But you'll still have to get a real job.
When all you really want to do is spend time doing nothing, maybe nap.
Fourth of July will come, but you're underage and at home, so you are painfully sober.
You friends from college are all off having grand adventures in Cali or Disney World while you try to keep your jealousy in check.
Even though you're jealous you still miss them.
And although it's not the summer of your dreams, at least there's no homework.
Until school starts again.
You will only understand these if you have a big rear end.
The 'big booty' is all the rage right now, thanks to Kim Kardashian. People are getting butt implants just to have that 'perfect butt.' But what a lot of people don't realize is having a big butt kind of sucks. Here some things you will understand if you have a big butt.
1. Your butt runs into everything.
It especially loves to find table and counter corners. Good thing butts tend to bounce back.
2. You have mastered knocking things down.
3. Finding jeans that fit is a nightmare.
This is especially true if your rear end is much larger than your waistline. You finally find a pair of jeans that can squeeze over your behind, but now they're too big in the waist. Thank God for belts.
4. You wear out jeans fast.
You can't really buy expensive jeans because you'll just wear holes in them in a couple of months.
5. You can't sit in small seats.
Or between anyone else for that matter, unless they are both small-butted.
6. You can rock lingerie.
Guys like big booties now, so why not just let your butt do it's thing.
7. Twerking comes almost naturally.
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Sorry, Miley, but most of us got you beat.
8. Sometimes you don't realize you're sitting on something.
This can be embarrassing, but it's a sad fact.
9. You push people out of the way easier.
This is especially useful in a busy mall or when you're trying to find your spot at a concert.
10. Booty shorts are your go to.
Just be careful because sometimes they're too short. Then your back end forces them to look like underwear.
11. Shopping for leggings can be rough, too.
Why are so many of them see-through?!
12. You're set on cushions.
I mean, this is probably the best thing about having a big butt. You are constantly carrying around a permanently attached cushion.
13. Short dresses are always a problem.
I mean, they can, as long as you remember to not bend down while you're wearing it.
14. Your booty is always getting comments.
"Damn girl, look at chu!" And most of these actually come from your bffs, not guys.
1. Brittany Morgan, National Writer's Society
2. Radhi, SUNY Stony Brook
3. Kristen Haddox, Penn State University
4. Jennifer Kustanovich, SUNY Stony Brook
5. Clare Regelbrugge, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign