We Literally Gotta Catch Them All

We Literally Gotta Catch Them All

Pokémon Go is already taking over our lives.

In 1995, Pocket Monsters, or Pokémon, was created, and we have been growing up with the franchise ever since. Growing up, I was quite infatuated with this game and I wanted to be the very best like millions of other people. Like many of my peers, I didn't keep up with the new handheld game systems that Nintendo kept creating for the new Pokémon games and so I haven't been able to play a new Pokémon game in years. Until now that it's available on my phone with Pokémon Go.

In this era, there are very few people without smart phones and that's where they got me. As soon as I heard about it, I downloaded the application and began to play. Well, once the servers stopped crashing. Once you can play, you catch them all again and again. Unlike the actual Pokémon games, in order to evolve your Pokémon you need a certain amount of candy. How do you get said candy? Simple. Catch that Pokémon a lot. Before you know it, you are walking around with your head in your phone trying to find another Eevee so you can evolve the Eevee with the highest experience at random.

On Friday, my friend who also plays Pokémon Go and I went out to dinner. The restaurant that we were staying at happened to be a Poke Stop and we spent our dinner with our phones on the table and our conversation consisted of what Pokémons we saw and what level they happened to be. It was a nightmare for anyone who argues that technology is putting a wedge into being in the moment. The more you play, the more experience you can have, and the more you are walking around with your head in your phone. But while you are playing the game, it is like you are a kid again, playing Pokémon for the very first time. Except this time, you feel like you are a real live Pokémon trainer. The app uses your camera so it's like there is an actual Pokémon in front of you. You become addicted very quickly because it is so gosh darn fun and you just need to catch them all.

The thing about Pokémon Go is that it steals your phone battery and your data, and it gets you to walk a lot. It gets you to get out of your room and walk to find Pokémon, Poke stops, and gyms. Every day that I have played Pokémon Go, I have beat my walking goal for the day. I have also loitered quite a bit in order to catch a lot more Pokémons and to beat gyms.

The game has been available for less than a week and people are already getting hurt playing Pokémon Go, despite the warning page that shows up every time you play the game. Tennessee's Department of Safety and Homeland Security has already made a poster about it.

It's an amazing game, and that's the problem. We are already getting wrapped up in our phones trying to catch them all even when we are driving, dining, or discussing. As fun and real as it seems, we need to remember that it is just a game. The Pokémon really aren't going anywhere, but your summer is.

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If Jay Gatsby Got A Do Over

What if there was a redo button for our tragic hero?

My all time-favorite story by FAR has always been The Great Gatsby. I was that nerd in high school who poured through the pages of the book wanting more and more, just wanting Gatsby and Daisy to end up together. That book has taught me more about life and relationships than anything else in the world.

So recently I started to think, what if the story ended differently? What if the characters chose differently, what would happen? If anyone in the book deserves a do-over, I believe it's Gatsby himself. The guy pines over the love of his life for five years, only to discover that she's not only a horrible person, but married, and using him when they finally have the opportunity to be together. That, sucks.

But what would he do with a do over? As a lover of the book, it's really hard for me to imagine this. How far would he go back to change things?

What if he never met Daisy? What if he never had "the one"? The story would be incredibly boring for one. For two, what is the point of it all then? Yes, he might not get heartbroken, he might avoid a lot of awkward conversations, and he probably wouldn't get shot at the end (sorry, spoiler), but what would all his success have been for?

I think F. Scott Fitzgerald was trying to teach us through Gatsby and Daisy that worldly possessions are nice, but what are they worth if you have no one to share it with?

It's interesting to imagine Gatsby still being the poor boy that he was meant to grow up as, and trying to win Daisy's affection still. As the person she grew up to be, she would never have even looked in his direction. But what then? Would he have ended up with someone else? Someone more real, down to earth, and sensible?

Gatsby's fears are realized at the end of the story, he dies alone. His chance with Daisy is gone. I like to think that if he had not attracted so much of that fear into his life, he may have had the opportunity to live happily.

All in all, if a do over was possible, this would not be the story we all know and love. I believe that is part of the lesson, things happen for a reason. There aren't always happy endings, and we have to learn to be okay with that because that's how life is.

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20 Times 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' Accurately Represented College Life

Unbreakable but rarely feeling that way... sums up college.

If you've never seen "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" on Netflix, it is definitely worth a watch! Funny and relatable characters deal with everyday problems as well as some pretty unique ones with humor and bravery. Though it's called "unbreakable" these characters totally relate to the same struggles us college kids experience on the daily. Here are 20 times "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" accurately represented college life.

1. When you first get on campus

2. When you consider going somewhere for dinner

3. Trying to meet new people like

4. When people are trying to hand you flyers around campus

5. Feeling like a grown up and hating it

6. Sitting through a vocab-heavy class

7. Walking through the rain across campus

8. When you have your second exam of the day

9. Discussing politics in class

10. When someone is being fake AF

11. Drinking for the first time

12. When you have to listen to a monotone lecture at 8 am

13. Feeling like you're in the wrong class

14. When you know you're gonna ace that test

15. Deciding to withdraw from the ATM

16. Stressed out during finals week

17. Getting put in groups for busy work in class

18. When your roommates are blasting music at 3 am on a Tuesday

19. When there is a ridiculously hard question on an exam

20. Finding your own voice for the first time

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