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When You're In A 'Sad Country Music' Mood

Sometimes you just need those old songs that would normally rip you apart.


Maybe it was me overreacting. Maybe it was just the amount of small little things piling up. Maybe it was the fact that I wasn't sleeping enough and falling back into an old, ragged routine. Maybe it was just me still getting used to changes. Maybe it was some combination of all of the above, but I recently hit a pretty low mood for several days and let me say that, while I'm not super proud of it, I would definitely call it a "sad country music" mood.

In the course of a couple of days, I had some work stuff, some family stuff, and some relationship stuff come up, all of which felt like a very big deal at the time. I was honestly a little bit wrecked, although I did my best not to let anybody know that. I found out pretty quickly that this was going to be a bigger deal than I wanted to let it be. I tried to pep myself up by listening to happier music, but it was more of a slap in the face than a cheerful pick-me-up. I took the next logical step: I decided to wallow in my bad/sad mood and see if that helped. And that 's when I discovered that I hav a "sad country music" mood.

It isn't pretty. It involves crying and thinking and wallowing and, of course, listening to sad country music. But I can honestly say that it did make me feel better after. Or if not better, then at least it made it easier to deal with. I listen to a lot of music during my day — when I'm walking to class, when I'm walking home, when I'm reading, when I'm doing homework, when I'm doing any other kind of work. I get a lot of time to just enjoy whatever I choose to listen to. And, for about two days, the only thing I felt like listening to was sad country songs.

For anyone who is familiar with the genre, you know that on a normal, happy day, these are the kinds of songs that would tear your heart out but it's okay because that hurts less than letting it bleed inside of your chest. But on those two particular days, when I didn't really know what else to do to make myself feel better, I found them oddly comforting. Maybe it was because they related to my mood so well. Maybe it was because they reminded me of home. Maybe it was because I don't have a specific memory attachment to any of them, so I could remember (or not) at my own leisure.

I'm not sure if I can report that they actually got me out of my mood, but I can definitely say that they didn't hurt and maybe even made me feel a little bit better in the process. So if you ever find yourself in a "sad country music" mood, hang in there and don't feel bad about taking some time to just listen to some sad jams. You'll feel much better, I promise!

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I Learned Forensic Science In One Day For HOSA SLC 2019 And Still Placed Top Ten

We all have those days where we have to cram for an exam you know nothing about the night before, but have you tried to study for it the day of the exam? I never knew I would find myself in this situation until I went to HOSA SLC. With minimal study time, my partner, Kasey Park, and I were still able to place in the Top Ten in Georgia.

Joel Lee
Joel Lee

As a member of my school's chapter of HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America), I went to SLC (State Leadership Conference), where members all over the state of Georgia come to Atlanta to compete in a variety of competitions in the field of Science and Healthcare. All members can pick only one competition to participate in, and the guidelines and rules for each event are posted on the HOSA website.

The event I chose was Forensic Medicine, which requires a team of two people to take a written exam about Forensic Science (Round 1) and write a death report for a case study (Round 2). You must pass Round 1 to move on to Round 2. I worked with a good friend of mine, Kasey Park, for this event. HOSA recommended two textbooks to study for the event: Forensic Science: Fundamentals & Investigations 2nd Edition and Forensic Science: An Introduction to Scientific and Investigative Techniques, Fourth Edition.

Kasey and I both had the books, since Winter Break of our sophomore year (2018-2019), and we both agreed to start studying during winter break. Instead, we both completely forgot about it and when we returned to school after the break, we knew we still had time to study, since SLC was in March. We made a game plan of what chapters to read and when to read them, and we agreed to meet for reviewing the chapters we read. But, it didn't happen.

This procrastination continued about a day before we needed to leave for SLC, and we both realized we needed to study two thick textbooks in about 24 hours. We both knew at this point we just needed to cram as much information we could possibly fit into our brains.

The way we crammed was we both read the textbook as fast as possible and absorbing information as we go. Even though will not understand everything, we can still get a lot of information that can help us do well.

We studied on the way to SLC and before the Round 1 exam, so we can have the best chance possible when taking the test. My partner and I took the Round 1 exam during the afternoon, and we both we did alright, but not good, so we were worried about whether or not we made the second round. We got a notification in the evening that we made to Round 2. Kasey and I started to study all night and during the morning to cram as much information as we could. A little before noon, we took the Round 2 Case Study Test, and we thought it was a breeze.

Since we finished our event, we could finally hang out with friends from our school, as well as students from other schools. I meant so many new people at HOSA SLC. The next day, we went to the award ceremony, and my partner and I did not get in the Top 5, so we were not recognized. But later we were informed that we got 9th place, which we were happy with since we did not study very much for this exam.

From my experiences ar HOSA SLC, I have learned many things and met many new people. I would recommend that if you have a testing event, you should start to study prior to SLC to give yourself the most amount of time to study before the test. I feel that cramming last minute at SLC is ineffective and very stressful. I also think that you should try to meet new people since the conference is for members all over the state of Georgia.

If you are a middle or high schooler, I would recommend attending HOSA SLC, as it will be a memory you will never forget.

Joel Lee
Joel Lee

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