Lehigh University: Why You Should Attend A Lehigh After Dark Event

Lehigh University: Why You Should Attend A Lehigh After Dark Event

What are you doing Friday night?
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As I sat outside the library at my school, Lehigh University, my friend suddenly turned to me, pointed to my many books in disarray, and said “You know, this is why we’re here. The parties and socializing are all just added bonuses, this is why we’re at Lehigh.”

I, of course, know that Lehigh, and all other students, attend college with the purpose of furthering their education. However, there comes a point where I think we have all found ourselves slightly losing sight of our purpose in attending any college or university. It becomes all too simple to become wrapped up in the social life, the freedom of independence, and become blinded by the glittery-haze that is college life.

For Lehigh students, I have a suggestion for when the purpose behind school life becomes blurred. Attend a Lehigh After Dark event. This is not a promotional tactic and I do not work in Student Affairs. I recommend these events because after attending the Diner En Blanc this past Friday night, my eyes were opened to an entirely new Lehigh perspective.

Here are the reasons why I now believe in attending Lehigh After Dark events:

1. Meet new people

As corny as it may sound, Lehigh After Dark is a great way to simply meet new people. Friends from throughout campus can meet in one neutral place to have an amazing time. Laugh, joke, and take a break from a normally chaotic party scene. Everyone is included, there are no fraternity/sorority restrictions, and there is always someone new to meet.

2. Take a study break

These events are the perfect opportunity to spend a well-needed study break. With a heavy course load, and stressful upcoming week, sometimes it is best to spend a Friday night in doing work. However, everyone needs a study break, and Lehigh After Dark provides an alcohol-free way to enjoy yourself with fun activities.

3. Academics really are why we are here

I enjoy a night out as much as the next girl. I love dressing up, going out with friends, and enjoying the weekend. But my friend was right, “this is why we’re here.” Studying, taking a break from the social scene, and forcing ourselves to stay in is necessary for understanding why we go to this school. Night life is a bonus, but it should also be well-rounded and allow us to interact with people from various social circles, which is what the Lehigh After Dark activities provide.

All that it took was one event, one day of choosing to be more open-minded to change my perspective on these activities. The Diner En Blanc event was beautiful. Fireworks, food, and friends made for a great night.

Sometimes, in order to appreciate what a great opportunity we have attending a school like Lehigh University, we must open our minds to appreciate all it has to offer, and realize there is more than one way to have fun, and find our balance between social-life and school-life. Do not allow yourself to becomes to magnetized to either pole of the spectrum.

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Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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There Is No 'Right Way' To React To A Shooting

Everyone is different.

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After the shootings this year in New Zealand, Brazil, and close to home for some of us Aurora, people have been reacting in different ways. With some offering their thoughts and prayers, donating money to help pay for the funerals of the victims, fighting for action in regards to ending gun violence, candlelight vigils basically anything that can help them in this time of grief.

There is no right or wrong way to react to a shooting — everyone grieves in their own ways. We should not judge one another for how we grieve in a tragedy.

People have been saying that thoughts and prayers won't do anything. However, maybe it can be a comfort to some people—a way to let people know that they are thinking of them and that they care.

Sometimes people may want to donate money or blood to help out any survivors who may have suffered from blood loss or create GoFundMe accounts to either help out with medical expenses or to pay for the funerals of the victims or even start charities like Islamic Relief USA. Donating your time and money is a good way to help out because you are making a difference that is a form of action you are taking.

There is also grieving in the form of vigils. One example of a vigil is this guy who makes crosses every time there is some kind of tragedy. Vigils are often a good way to remember the victims, to pray for the healing of the survivors, to talk about what they were like as people.

Some people even want to take action by demanding that the laws change a good example of this would be March for Our Lives, which happened after the Parkland shooting last year. This march was fighting for gun control or should I say changes in the gun laws America currently has.

Some people also do acts of solidarity, for example, wearing a hijab like the prime minister of New Zealand did when she went to go visit the Christchurch shooting survivors. My community college had something a couple of years ago called Hijab Day to help show solidarity with our friends. I participated, and it was quite an experience—no one should ever be afraid to be who they are.

There is never a right or wrong way to react, and no one should ever criticize one another for how they react. It's not a test where there is a right or wrong answer—everyone is different and that is okay.

No one should ever have to be afraid to go to school, go to work, or go to their place of worship or wherever they decide to go. Whatever we decide to do to make a change, as long as we are taking some kind of action, is good enough for me.

Nothing ever gets done by sitting around and doing nothing, so whatever it is you do, get out there and do it. As long as you are showing support it doesn't matter how you show it.

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