College Students Need To Relax

College Students Need To Relax

College should push your limits, not push you to your breaking point.
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We put in four hard years of high school to get where we are right now. So we should be busting our butts all the time to prove that we are where we belong, right? Wrong.

Before you continue reading, know that I’m not trying to tell you that you should not work hard or that you shouldn’t take college seriously, because that’s not the case at all. It is critical that you put effort into your classes and do your homework, make connections with new people and take advantage of exciting opportunities. But while college is extremely important, that idea causes people a lot of unnecessary and potentially even unhealthy stress. College should push your limits, not push you to your breaking point.

If you are in college, you know this feeling all too well: waking up on a Monday morning and all of the impending stress for the week hits you like a truck. No matter how many classes you’re taking or how much time you spent studying the week before, it seems like there are always new assignments and new exams popping up. On that Monday morning, it is easy to imagine that the weekend is years away. You begin your weekly routine of classes, homework, sleep, repeat. This pattern undoubtedly creates stress in students’ lives, as they feel like they have so much to do and not enough time or energy to get it done. Some stress is perfectly okay, it is actually a normal part of our lives; stress pushes us to meet deadlines and work hard. But when stress increases and becomes too much to handle, that is when the problem begins.

Not only is it enjoyable to take a break every now and then, but it is critical to your wellbeing. Too much constant stress is terrible for one’s mental health, and it is good to take time to relax during heavy periods of work to stay energized and focused. Some days may include only as much as spending an hour doing homework, and then taking the rest of the day to unwind with friends., and that is okay. Sleep is another area in which college students need a lot of work. Right off the bat, I can tell you that you’re not getting enough sleep. It is well known that on average, most college students get around six hours of sleep, when eight hours is the standard amount for them to be at their best. Getting enough sleep is extremely crucial to one’s physical and mental functioning, and also makes it less likely that he or she will get sick. It is important for students to remember that they cannot run for days and days on little to no sleep, and thus should be attempting to get a full eight hours as often as they can.

Overall, college students experience a lot of stress which can be detrimental to their health. However, with effective time management skills and a solid work ethic, it is pretty easy to stay healthy while staying on track. So the next time you are feeling like your entire world is crumbling around you, put down the book and take a walk with some friends. Your mind and your body will thank you.

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'Baby, It's Cold Outside' Is NOT About Date Rape, It's A Fight Against Social Norms Of The 1940s

The popular Christmas song shouldn't be considered inappropriate.

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The classic Christmas song "Baby, It's Cold Outside" has recently come under attack. There has been controversy over the song being deemed as inappropriate since it has been suggested that it promotes date rape. Others believe that the song is another common example of our culture's promotion of rape. You may be wondering, where did they get that idea from?

The controversy has led to one radio station, WDOK, taking the song off the air and banning it from their station. Some people believe that this song goes against the #MeToo movement since it promotes rape. However, people are not considering the fact that this traditional Christmas song was made in the 1940s.

People are viewing the song from a modern-day cultural perspective rather than from the perspective of the 1940s. "Baby, It's Cold Outside" was written in 1944. Many people have viewed the song from the perspective of our cultural and social norms. People believe that the song promotes date rape because of lyrics that suggest that the male singing is trying to stop the female singer from leaving, and the female singer is constantly singing about trying to escape with verses like "I really can't stay" or "I've got to go home."

When you first view the song from the perspective of today's culture, you may jump to the conclusion that the song is part of the date rape culture. And it's very easy to jump to this conclusion, especially when you are viewing only one line from the song. We're used to women being given more freedom. In our society, women can have jobs, marry and be independent. However, what everyone seems to forget is that women did not always have this freedom.

In 1944, one of the social norms was that women had curfews and were not allowed to be in the same house as a man at a later time. It was considered a scandal if a single woman so much as stayed at another man's house, let alone be in the same room together. It's mind-blowing, right? You can imagine that this song was probably considered very provocative for the time period.

"Baby, It's Cold Outside" is not a song that encourages date rape, but is actually challenging the social norms of society during the time period. When you listen to the song, you notice that at one part of the song, the female states, "At least I can say that I tried," which suggests that she really doesn't want to leave. In fact, most of the song, she is going back and forth the whole time about leaving stating, "I ought to say no…well maybe just a half a drink more," and other phrases.

She doesn't want to leave but doesn't really have a choice due to fear of causing a scandal, which would have consequences with how others will treat her. It was not like today's society where nobody cares how late someone stays at another man's house. Nowadays, we could care less if we heard that our single neighbor stayed over a single man's house after 7. We especially don't try to look through our curtain to check on our neighbor. Well, maybe some of us do. But back then, people did care about where women were and what they were doing.

The female singer also says in the lyrics, "The neighbors might think," and, "There's bound to be talk tomorrow," meaning she's scared of how others might perceive her for staying with him. She even says, "My sister will be suspicious," and, "My brother will be there at the door," again stating that she's worried that her family will find out and she will face repercussions for her actions. Yes, she is a grown woman, but that doesn't mean that she won't be treated negatively by others for going against the social norms of the time period.

Then why did the male singer keep pressuring her in the song? This is again because the song is more about challenging the social norms of the time period. Both the female and male singers in the song are trying to find excuses to stay and not leave.

On top of that, when you watch the video of the scene in which the song was originally viewed, you notice that the genders suddenly switch for another two characters, and now it's a female singer singing the male singer's part and vice versa. You also notice that the whole time, both characters are attracted to one another and trying to find a way to stay over longer.

Yes, I know you're thinking it doesn't matter about the genders. But, the song is again consensual for both couples. The woman, in the beginning, wants to stay but knows what will await if she doesn't leave. The male singer meanwhile is trying to convince her to forget about the rules for the time period and break them.

In addition, the complaint regarding the lyric "What's in this drink?" is misguided. What a lot of people don't understand is that back in 1944, this was a common saying. If you look at the lyrics of the song, you notice that the woman who is singing is trying to blame the alcoholic drink for causing her to want to stay longer instead of leaving early. It has nothing to do with her supposed fear that he may have tried to give her too much to drink in order to date rape her. Rather, she is trying to find something to blame for her wanting to commit a scandal.

As you can see, when you view the song from the cultural perspective of the 1940s, you realize that the song could be said to fight against the social norms of that decade. It is a song that challenges the social constrictions against women during the time period. You could even say that it's an example of women's rights, if you wanted to really start an argument.

Yes, I will admit that there were movies and songs made back in the time period that were part of the culture of date rape. However, this song is not the case. It has a historical context that cannot be viewed from today's perspective.

The #MeToo movement is an important movement that has led to so many changes in our society today. However, this is not the right song to use as an example of the date rape culture.

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11 Products To Ensure Your Home Is Extra Cozy This Holiday Season

To make sure your house is extra cozy this year.

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The holidays are officially here, and what better time than to start decorating your house and upping your holiday wardrobe game? Prepping your house for the holidays can be a special tradition, no matter who you share it with. Having these 11 products on hand will get you feeling extra cozy this holiday season.

1. Holiday candles

You best be heading to Bath & Body Works ASAP or pulling a few out of last year's stockpile. Nothing says cozy like a delicious smelling candle.

2. Festive stockings

Whether you have a fireplace or not, stockings add that festive touch to any home around the holiday season.

3. A Sherpa throw blanket 

These are all the rave this year, and there's a reason. Placing one of these blankets in your living room will add a decorative touch, as well as being the perfect thing to cuddle up with.

4. String lights

Colored or white, string lights add a warm and cozy vibe to any area. Hang them all over the house for extra coziness!

5. Mini Christmas trees

These are so cute and affordable, it's hard to not have one in every room.

6. Holiday scented hand soaps

While you're picking up the candles, be sure to stock up on enough holiday hand soaps to deck the bathrooms with.

7. Holiday pajamas

Bonus points if you get matching ones with your family or roommates.

8. Decorative holiday signs

You see them all over Pinterest, so why not invest in your own?

9. Christmas socks

If you're anything like me, you have a pair of socks that matches almost every holiday. Christmas is no exception.

10. Holiday coffee mugs

What's better than waking up on a snowy, December day and drinking your coffee out of a Christmas mug? Nothing.

11. Holiday tablecloth

Get your dining room feeling festive as well with holiday tablecloths or table runners.

With these 11 products, your house will be feeling cozier in no time. Happy holidays!

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