Breaking The Fall Slump

Breaking The Fall Slump

It's the final countdown!

Endless food and sleep! None of us were truly in a hurry to head back to school when all our dreams were coming true right in front of us over break. Most of us either spent Thanksgiving break eating until we bloated, vacationing somewhere warm, or enjoying family time.

Trying to find the strength to get back into the school routine can be challenging. I know we'd rather just eat endless sweet potatoes and turkey; however, we're almost to the finish line! The next few weeks are going to fly by with school work as we head out for our winter breaks.

Here are five helpful tips for heading back to school and getting into the swing of things.

1. Eat A Doughnut

Yeah, you know you want to. It's not like you were able to gain fifteen pounds in one day over Thanksgiving break so one more treat can't hurt. Let yourself have a day to eat badly when coming back to school. We've all had that day where we just ate our feelings away.

2. Go For A Run

After snacking on mounds of goodies and possibly heaving drinking, it's time to get back on track. Go running or play with a few dogs on Landis. Anything productive and outside will help on jump starting that motivation for the few weeks left!

3.Work Hard

A few projects, some homework, and finals. You can do it! Only a few weeks left of buckling down to receive the grades we all need for our majors. So drink that triple shot of espresso and get to work. It's your future job on the line, you can get through these final weeks.

4. Reward Yourself

Splurge a little. If you've been eyeing a top at the mall, go buy it. If you prefer just going out for a night and not worrying about finals, take that route. Give yourself a slice of credit after working your behind off for what feels like an eternity as a student.

5. Enjoy Time Off

We're all busy between school and working to save money for the upcoming holidays, but don't forget to enjoy the time you have. It's supposed to be some of the best years of our lives, and while the next few weeks are killer, it also means we're a step closer to graduating. You'll have one more semester until another year is finished. While we all can't wait to be done with school, it's bittersweet leaving one of the greatest college towns in history!

Enjoy these weeks, work hard, and get ready for that break we've all been dying for!

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Dear judgemental, simple minded people from my hometown,

I am sorry that I have never met your level of perfection.

Coming from a small town, everyone settles to the norm of the people around them. Unlike you all, I have always been a little bit different.

I've never understood why everyone always seems to feel the need to talk down to the next person. People love to gossip about a situation as long as the situation has nothing to do with them. For every move I made, someone was always there to bring out the negativity in the situation. You all are always sweeping around somebody else's doorstep when I know your doorstep is not clean. Maybe it is time to buy a new broom. I know that I cannot please everybody and that I will also not be liked by everybody. However, I deserve respect just as the next person.

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I hope for the sake of the future generations of our small town, you all can learn to be more accepting to change.

I hope that no one judges your children like some of you all have judged me. I hope that the people that you love and care about are welcomed and accepted for who they are.

If we put as much time into being better people or helping others like you put into judging others, the world would be a much better place.

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Unless You Want Your Immune System To Be A Total Brat, You Should Probably Get Vaccinated

When it comes to vaccinating children, I support vaccines.


When it comes to vaccines, there is a broad range of opinions. Some people believe vaccines are bad and chose not to vaccinate their children. Then there are the people like me who believe vaccines are good. By all means, you are entitled to your own opinion and I'm sure my views won't persuade you, but there's so much more to think about when it comes to vaccines.

Majority of the vaccines we have received have the live virus in them. I'm almost positive you don't know why. Once the live virus enters the body, it teaches the immune system how to detect it and develop an immunity. For example, the chickenpox vaccine has a live virus. I received that vaccine when I was a baby and received a booster in the years after. Guess what I NEVER got? Chickenpox. Same goes for MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)

When it comes to vaccinating children, I support vaccines. A baby's immune system is not as strong as an adult. They are much more susceptible to different pathogens. Especially while in a public place. Children tend to put things in their mouths that could be covered in germs.

Did you know that vaccines are the reason why smallpox is not around anymore? Because of the vaccine, the United States has been free of polio since the 1970s. Before vaccines, smallpox was responsible for the deaths of 300 million people worldwide. Now, smallpox has been eradicated worldwide.

Polio caused severe paralysis to many people in the years of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Polio was so contagious that public places were shutting down. Then, Jonas Salk made the polio vaccine. Polio is now on the path to eradication... thanks to the vaccine.

Polio and smallpox vaccines are examples of inactive vaccines. This means there's no live virus in them.

By not vaccinating, you are putting yourself and others around you at risk.

I understand you have your reasons on why you choose not to vaccinate. I have my reasons why I do. If you still choose not to, I'm not going to judge you. That's your choice.

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