I'm Not The Next Wendy's Or Common White Girl Account, But Having Followers Is Pretty Cool

I'm Not The Next Wendy's Or Common White Girl Account, But Having Followers Is Pretty Cool

Having an audience to engage with is pretty fun.
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I have never been an avid user of social media. Nobody wants to see a million pictures of me doing homework or studying, which is a problem considering that school consumes just about the majority of my life. So, aside from special moments in my life and the occasional retweet or commentary here and there, I have spared my followers from updates that they don't really care about. I've used platforms like Facebook and Instagram to scroll through in moments of boredom or to catch up on the news. That's about it.

Early on in the past semester, I had to make my own Twitter account for my communication class. We had to tweet every day of class to get points for attendance. It was our professor's way of encouraging us to build a professional social media presence, which is clearly beneficial, but I was reluctant because I felt that I simply did not have anything interesting to say. I did what I had to do, though, and made it through the year with a decent account. Still, it definitely wasn't anything special. My attempts to keep it professional went a bit beyond necessary, and in effect they took away one of social media's key components: personality.

Over the past couple weeks, though, I have begun to appreciate social media in a new way. With summer break came more free time. I started spending more time scrolling through Twitter and realized that there is a lot more to it than updating people on where you are, what you are doing, or who you are with. In a way, it can be used as a form of entertainment. Some people are truly skilled at composing humorous, thought-provoking, and compelling tweets. I decided to give it a shot and tweet any clever or witty thoughts I had, and while I'm not the next Wendy's or Common White Girl account, it's actually pretty cool to have an audience for the thoughts that come my way.

Although I'm no social butterfly either, it is also sometimes nice to use Twitter to keep up with old friends (not so much family- that's what Facebook is for, right?). It is a great way to stay in touch without forcing anything, and gives plenty of opportunity for casual conversation. After years of mostly scrolling, I had forgotten about the true purpose of social media: communicating!

Communicating with close friends is one thing, but something I had long been skeptical about is communicating with people that I don't know. With Twitter being such an open social media platform, though, I have gotten to know many amazing people with similar interests. It is also a perfect way to reach out to those who you might not otherwise be able to contact, like favorite artists and other idols. Simply following them is also a great way, and in most cases, the only way, of keeping up with them.

While social media is undeniably common among millenials, if you don't have it or use it, maybe it's time to give something like Twitter a chance. I could come up with a list of complaints about it, but overall, it is a lot more interesting and useful than I initially gave it credit for. It might not be love at #myfirsttweet, but it's definitely worth a try.

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14 Fraternity Guy Gifts Ideas, Since He Already Has Enough Beer

Frat boys are a species of their own and here are some exciting gifts they will be ecstatic to receive!

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What more do frat boys love than alcohol, partying, and just acting stupid? Here are some gifts that help fulfill all of those needs for the frat boy in your life!

1. Beer holster belt

Whats better than one beer? Six beers! This fashionable camouflage accessory can be used for tailgates, beach days, formals and everything in between.

Price: $8.49

2. Phone juul holder 

You know those cardholders everyone sticks on the back of their phones? Well, now a Juul holder for your phone is on the market! This will save your favorite frat boy from ever again losing his Juul!

Price: $10.98

3. Animal house poster 

This Animal House poster is a classic staple for any frat boy. This poster will compliment any frat house decor or lack thereof.

Price: $1.95

4. The American Fraternity book

Does the frat boy in your life need a good read for Thanksgiving or winter break? Look no farther, this will certainly keep his attention and give him a history lesson on American fraternity heritage and tradition.

Price: $28.46

5. Beer pong socks 

These snazzy socks featuring beer pong will be loved by any frat boy. As for the way to any frat boy's heart may, in fact, be beer pong.

Price: $12.00

6. Condom case

This condom carrying case will not only protect condoms from damage but also make frat boys more inclined to practice safe sex, which is a win-win situation!

Price: $9.99

7. Frat house candle

Ahhh yes, who does not like the smell of stale beer in a dark, musty frat house basement? Frat boys can make their apartment or bedroom back home smell like their favorite place with the help of this candle.

Price: $16.99

8. "Frat" sticker

Frat boys always need to make sure everyone around them knows just how "fratty" they are. This versatile stick can go on a laptop, car, water bottle, or practically anywhere their little hearts desire.

Price: $6.50

9. Natty Light t-shirt 

Even I will admit that this shirt is pretty cool. The frat boy in your life will wear this shirt at every possible moment, it is just that cool!

Price: $38.76-$41.11

10. Natty light fanny pack 

This fanny pack can absolutely be rocked by any frat boy. The built-in koozie adds a nice touch.

Price: $21.85

11. Bud Light Neon Beer Sign 

A neon beer sign will be the perfect addition to any frat boys bedroom.

Price: $79.99

12. Beer Opener

Although most frat boys' go to beers come in cans, this bottle opener will be useful for those special occasions when they buy nicer bottled beers.

Price: $7.99

13. Frat House Dr. Sign

Price: $13.99

Forget stealing random street signs, with this gift frat boys no longer have to do so.

14. Beer Lights 

Lights are an essential for any party and these will surely light up even the lamest parties.

Price: $17.19

Please note that prices are accurate and items in stock as of the time of publication. As an Amazon Associate, Odyssey may earn a portion of qualifying sales.

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The Handicapped Lobbyist Strikes Again

I can't stand the mistreatment of disabilities because I can't stand in general.

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Formulating these words and sentences has been a long time coming out of fear that I will, therefore, be labeled "the disabled girl" or "the girl in the wheelchair". I will gladly wear these labels if it means that change will finally come.

High School, as everyone and every teen-based drama series or film can attest, is typically not a very unpleasant experience. How could it be?

It is preached in health class, "our bodies are changing.". High school, the politically correct way of describing the worst social experiment only matched by The Stanford Prison Experiment, is ripe with hormones, teenage angst and the pressure to built a resumé of Harvard's wet dreams.

No one ever walked into high school anticipating four years of sheer awesomeness because this is not "The Lego Movie" and Everything Is Not Awesome.

I walked (yes, at the time I literally did walk in) into my Freshman year with a bar set about two feet off the ground.

Freshman year certainly wasn't overly pleasurable. I found myself upset, angry, and/or frustrating a fair amount of the time.

However it took me a little while to realize that this is not the symptoms of purely high school, rather they were the symptoms of being in a high school that is an able-bodied person's world.

Yes, my high school is legally accessible for those with physical disabilities and the slew of annual kids on crutches due to sports-related injuries thanks to the American Disabilities Act of 1990.

However, meeting the bare minimum set by the ADA does not meet the actual needs which disabled students deserve.

Imagine that instead of the eight stairways spread throughout Staples, there was only one stairwell in the center of the school. However, this stairway can only have three people at most be on it at a time.

Now imagine trying to get to class even remotely on time with the parameters set before you. Even if there were only thirty kids in Staples, you would still be late.

You may be thinking, "Well what if I just ran up the stairs really fast?" Sure, that is an option when using stairs, but elevators don't have nitrous tanks strapped underneath them. This isn't Fast and The Furious.

I can say with 100 percent certainty that I end up late to at least two classes a day because of the whole one-teeny-tiny-slowly-moving-elevator situation. If I am getting to class on time it is almost always because I have to leave the prior class early.

Either way, you slice it, I am missing valuable class time that should be spent learning. How is that fair?

Believe me, this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Allow me to introduce you to my friend and foe, the lifts.

The lifts are those obtuse metal boxes that make loud sounds, which many people have creatively repurposed into a garbage can.

Yes, that is correct. People use the lifts others rely on as a sole means of transport as a place to dump their garbage when they are too lazy to use an actual garbage can located in every bathroom, classroom, and in the cafeteria.

Spoiler Alert: it does not make you less cool to walk the extra feet and use a garbage can. It just makes you less of a jerk. The lifts themselves are bad enough, so when the floor is blobbed with the remnants of your breakfast, it really enhances the already delightful experience.

The inadequacies of my school's accessibilities are only a symptom of a much grander issue. America as a whole has been complacent for 27 years with vague, outdated legislation at the suffrage of millions of disabled citizens.

It's time we as a united nation wake up and proclaim this is unacceptable.

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