Believe: The Source of Trust

Believe: The Source of Trust

As the finals week draw near for college students we slowly lose the motivation we had in the beginning of the semester and forget our most valuable asset, ourselves.

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If you're a college student with the final exams just weeks away from today, chances are you are stressed and attempting to procrastinate right now. Your grades in your class probably don't so well and honestly if you flunk your final exam it's hard to say if you would even pass the class. By now you're anxious and scared of the looming exams that you think you're probably going to fail and how to retake the class over again and completely destroy your GPA. You've lost all confidence in yourself to succeed because there's just so much on your hands right now with schoolwork, studying, and social life that it's impossible to organize them so that one doesn't conflict with the other. Maybe you even feel that there's no point in struggling because there's no hope left anyways and the person that was full of confidence and encouragement at the beginning of the semester was long gone. Yet when you repeatedly ask yourself if you're ready to give up a small part of you still suggests that there's still hope, that the passion that once drove you to take these classes still exists.

What is a belief? As Google defines it is trust, faith, or confidence in someone or something. When we think about belief we would resort to thinking about people's belief in religion or some sort of idea. However as there's much more to belief than just religion. Believing means that you think that something is true even though there aren't facts pointing towards it or away from it. Believing means that you are willing to put money on it and that the thing you believe in has your trust. Believing means even if everything is lost you will still have hope in that thing you believe. We often times think that we could only believe in entities other than ourselves, that what we believe in must be some other object or person, but in reality the most important thing to believe in is ourselves.

When we start to lose belief in ourselves, we begin to distrust our actions, our thoughts, and our plans; Everything we do will be meaningless to us because we don't believe it will be any help to us or make any progress. Some people choose to dedicate their entire life into believing in something else and that's why there's terrorism and extremists that are willing to sacrifice themselves to support the thing they believe in. They don't trust in anything else other than the people who also believe in the same thing they do and everything that's not part of their belief are all expendables in the face of belief. When we lose belief in ourselves, we are literally being orientated by our own mind. We begin distrust everything we do like how we would distrust a stranger's action. We make ourselves become foreign to our own mind and in return our mind devalues everything we do. When a person believes in a cause or a person, they are willing to give up anything for it. A person without belief is like a person without a brain because they would have no purpose to continue to live. Everyone in this world continues to strive for that belief and once that belief is broken and they have nothing to fight for they fall off and die.

This is why so many college students have depression. They could no longer find the belief they once had before starting college and they were so confident that they could endure anything before all the college pressure hit them like a truck. Now with the final exams coming forward the final blow is coming towards our way and it's time to fire up the initiate belief and trust we had in ourselves. The more time we spend on doubting whether we could pass the exams the less time we will spending to study. We're so focused on distrusting ourselves and our capabilities that we become paralyzed. You won't realize how strong and powerful you are when you don't believe in yourself, so now is the time to stand up and ignite that confidence you had when you started this semester. Remember what your goal was and what you wanted to be in the future? Remember the burning passion you had before the start of college? Remember how you would do anything to become that person you envisioned yourself to be in the future? So now is the time to believe in yourself, to trust in your capabilities, and to be able to get that bread. You just have to believe.

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An Open Letter To My College Freshman Roommate

Be sure to send this to your college freshmen roommate if you love them as much as I love mine!

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Dear College Freshmen Roommate,

To be honest, my first impression of you was a quiet, shy private catholic school girl. (Wow, this couldn't have been the farthest thing from the truth)! I remember walking behind you and your boyfriend on the way to the bars on our very first night of Summer B. I kept thinking how much you didn't like me because you didn't say hi to me. Little did I know, after admitting to each other our unfortunate first impressions of each other years later, you were just being cognizant of me because you thought I was a real-life version of Regina George from Mean Girls. It turns out you weren't the shy, private school girl I thought you were and I definitely wasn't as cool as Regina George after all.

Lexi Garber

It didn't take much time for us to become best friends. You had me at "So, do you know what a mountain melt is from Ale House?" After this day, I knew we were going to be lifelong friends and celebrate our passion for carbs, fast food, and sugar together. You make friendship seem so easy. You're always down to study whenever, leave the library whenever, and most importantly, get Chick-Fil-A no matter what our budget is or how broke we are. You always pick up the phone and support all the bad decisions I make. You ALWAYS figure out all my Wordscape puzzles for me and support my real life Candy Crush addiction.

Lexi Garber

I realize that you give me a slice of home when my mom doesn't answer the phone. I love that we always get to talk about our high school memories together because every story is a new and exciting one for both of us. Sometimes I'm happy we met in college because we would have caused way too much trouble in high school together. Besides, I get to hear about how much of an awesome volleyball player you were and I tell you about crazy my lacrosse years. Although, I will say how much it sucks when we go home for summer and winter break because I do get major separation anxiety!

Lexi Garber

When we go out, you know we're requesting ALL Luke Combs songs and sing until our voices are gone. Whether it be going out to the club, binge-eating, studying at the library, watching the Bachelor in your apartment, going to football tailgates or watching baseball games together, we are ALWAYS laughing. You have this amazing brightness and you only radiate positivity and happiness. I can't wait to see what the rest of college has in store for us. I feel so grateful that I got the chance to meet you and call you one of my true, lifelong best friends. I love you to Infinity (the place where it all began) and Back!

ROOM 416 INFINITY HALL ALWAYS!

Lexi Garber

Forever and Always,

your college freshmen roommate



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Jamie Stockwell On Life, Learning, And News

The story of a woman who usually tells the stories herself.

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Jamie Stockwell, Deputy National Editor of the New York Times, shared both her story and her experiences as a storyteller to a public policy and leadership class at the University of Maryland on Tuesday, March 5, 2019.

Originally from southern Texas, Stockwell received a degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin, where she worked at their on-campus publication, the Daily Texan. After graduating, she spent 8 years working at the Washington Post, before heading back to Texas to work in San Antonio.

It was in the newsroom in San Antonio that she credits her learning of how to be an editor, and it was there that she was thrown into coverage of issues such as border security and environmental concerns.

After being in San Antonio for eleven years, Stockwell accepted a position at The New York Times.

"I really admire local newspapers, they're doing a bang-up job," Stockwell said. However, when New York came calling, Stockwell took the call, leading her to where she is today.

Currently, Stockwell serves as the deputy national editor at the Times, and while she has only been there for about 8 months, she is already aspiring to make her mark.

"I have like 25 years left to do this, and that makes me really sad," Stockwell said. As an industry, Stockwell has seen journalism evolve, with its embrace of the digital age bringing new platforms and new challenges to the concept of news reporting.

This evolution has broadened news, making it now accessible to anyone and everyone, making it difficult to remain objective. When asked about this, Stockwell said that the best thing she can do in terms of objectivity is not to let any of her opinions seep into her coverage and to make sure that when gathering information, all sides of the story are considered. Stockwell spoke of the importance of quoting both men and women, liberals and conservatives, and all sides of every spectrum of a story.

When it comes to sources, Stockwell said that the best way to decide whether or not the source is credible to consider what the motives of the source are.

"If your mom says she loves you, check it out," Stockwell said, proving that in the world of journalism, no words can be taken as they are, and all statements, even "I love you's," require thorough investigation.

For the students, Stockwell did offer some advice on how to make it in a newsroom, saying that the number one thing she looks for in an employee is curiosity.

"Work your butt off when you're young," Stockwell said, showing students that in the world of writing stories, a success story for oneself comes through interest, desire, and the drive to always do better, and to always work hard.

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