January Is Blood Donor Month

January Is National Blood Donor Month, And Here Are 12 Facts That You Need To Know

If you can, donate.


Blood is super important to us all, but most of us, like myself, take it for granted. There are some people in this world that so desperately need it. Now, I'm not forcing anyone to donate blood, and I know there are some people out there, myself included, that can't donate blood. Even though I wish I could, I know that donating blood is a choice. It's up to you whether you want to or not, and I will respect your decision.

January is known as blood donor month. Now whether you donate or not, we can agree that blood is important, and we need to be informed when it comes to blood and donating it. Here are some facts.

1. Out of all the blood types, Type O is the most often requested by hospitals


Type O negative blood can be given to all blood types. Type O blood is the most requested out of all blood types. Sadly, a lot of hospitals don't carry enough of it, and only 7% of people in the United States have this blood type.

2. Type O might be universal when it comes to blood, but AB positive blood are the universal donors for plasma


Only 3% of people in the United States have this kind of blood type.

3. Around 6.8 million people donate blood in the United States each year


There are 325.7 million people in the United States. 6.8 million people are only about two percent of the population.

4. The blood donation part of the process takes between 10 to 12 times


That may sound like a lot of processing, but it's totally worth it.

5. Most of the red blood cells that are donated have to be used within 42 days after they are collected


Red blood cells only 42 days outside of the body.

6. Blood donation has a four step process


Registration: where you will have to sign in and to complete a donor registration form. Don't forget to bring either your donor card or some type of identification required.

Medical history and mini-physical: This is the step where an employee will ask you questions that relate to your health. They will also check your pulse, body temperature, and blood pressure. Lastly, they will prick your finger to get a drop of blood to test your blood iron level.

Donation: If you are all good to go for the donation step of the process, then you will be taken to a donor bed after the second step of the process for the third step, donating blood. Your arm will be cleaned with an antiseptic, and a professional will use a kit to draw blood. You will donate one unit of blood. This will take between six to twelve minutes.

Refreshments: After you are done donating, you will head over to the canteen area for refreshments until you feel strong enough that you can go. And I do have to say, they have some really good snacks and drinks.

7. There is no substitute for blood


8. A red blood cell has the lifespan of about 120 days


Inside the body, a red blood cell's life span is 120 days. It's just shy of four months.

9. Red blood cells make up about 44% of your body


Hemoglobin, the protein inside the cell, carries oxygen. A red blood cell not only carry oxygen, but it also removes the carbon dioxide that is in your body.

10. While white blood cells make up less than 1% of your body


While red blood cells deal with the oxygen and carbon dioxide in your body, your white blood cells deal with fighting off the infections in your body. They also help you develop an immunity.

11. Plasma makes up about 55% of your total blood


Plasma is the liquid part of the blood that holds your blood cells together. Not only that, it transports water, nutrients, minerals, medications, and hormones throughout your body. Plasma also carries waste products to your kidneys.

12. Platelets only make up less than 1% of your blood


Platelets form clots to stop bleeding, and they only live between 9 to 12 days.

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A Letter To My Freshman Dorm Room As I Pack Up My Things

Somehow a 15' x 12' room became a home.


Dear Geary 411,

With your creaky beds, concrete walls, and mismatched tile floors, you are easily overlooked as just another room we were randomly assigned to— but you were different. Inside your old walls, I have made some of the best memories of my life that I will hold on to forever.

Thank you for welcoming my neighbors in with open arms who quickly became friends who didn't knock and walked in like you were their own.

I feel like an apology is needed.

We're sorry for blaring the music so loud while getting ready and acting like we can actually sing when, in reality, we know we can't. Sorry for the dance parties that got a bit out of control and ended with us standing on the desks. Sorry for the cases of the late-night giggles that came out of nowhere and just would not go away. Sorry for the homesick cries and the "I failed my test" cries and the "I'm dropping out" cries. We're sorry for hating you at first. All we saw was a tiny and insanely hot room, we had no idea what you would bring to us.

Thank you for providing me with memories of my first college friends and college experiences.

As I stand at the door looking at the bare room that I first walked into nine months ago I see so much more than just a room. I see lots and lots of dinners being eaten at the desks filled with stories of our days. I see three girls sitting on the floor laughing at God knows what. I see late night ice cream runs and dance battles. I see long nights of homework and much-needed naps. Most importantly, I look at the bed and see a girl who sat and watched her parents leave in August and was absolutely terrified, and as I lock you up for the last time today, I am so proud of who that terrified girl is now and how much she has grown.

Thank you for being a space where I could grow, where I was tested physically, mentally and emotionally and for being my home for a year.


A girl who is sad to go

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What I Wish I Knew About Life After High School Before I Had To Live It

Life after high school isn't always what you expected it to be.


So you're about to graduate high school and you think you have it all figured out. You and your best friends are going to stay close throughout college and you're going to take those long road trips in college to see each other. Think again.

Life after high school isn't always what you want it to be. You think you'll miss high school, you'll always be close with your high school besties, and you'll have all this free time in college. That's just not entirely true. I personally do not miss high school. I don't really talk to anyone I went to high school with on a regular basis, and I'm totally OK with that. I have friends in college that I believe will be my lifelong friends whereas my friends in high school didn't make an effort to keep in contact with me after high school.

I haven't had all the free time I've dreamed of in college, because I'm busy with school and meetings. When I'm not doing homework, I'm making sure the rest of my life is in order and all my stuff for school is in line. I'm not the crazy party girl that people think I am because of where I go to school. I'd rather sit in bed and watch Netflix than go out with my friends. I'm not a 4.0 student, but I work so hard in my classes just to make sure that I'm passing. I study a week before tests and still don't always make A's. And that's OK. It's not what I expected during my college years, but it's what's happening, and most of my friends are the same way.

Anne Marie Bonadio

Just know that life in college isn't all easy, breezy, and beautiful like Covergirl. It's hard and you will struggle whether it be in school or with your friends. College isn't always complete freedom. You'll be tied down with school and life and you won't have the free time that you always imagined. You won't always be best friends with your high school friends. You won't be taking those road trips because you won't be able to afford them, and if you're like me, your parents won't let you.

College won't be exactly what you dreamed it'll be, but it'll be some of the best years of your life.

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