Live Fish Are Not Dorm Decorations

Live Fish Are Not Dorm Decorations

If I see one more fish in an empty bottle of Grey Goose I'm going to lose it.


It's pretty common for college students to keep fish as pets. They require much less time and attention than cats or dogs. And, if you live in a dorm it may be the only pet you are allowed to have.

Before you get a fish, I need you to know that this,

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All of the above setups are way too small for the fish inside them. Fish housed in these situations will be incredibly stressed until they die an early death from a preventable disease.

I have also heard people I know flushing their fish at the end of the semester because they cannot bring them home, or are tired of caring for them.

Fish are living animals and owning them requires the same type of attitude as owning a dog or cat. They are not just decorations. They have specific care requirements that you may not be able to afford or handle as a college student.

Regardless of the species, you should not adopt an animal if you are not absolutely sure you can dedicate the time, money, and attention required to keep an animal healthy.

Just because it isn't a dog, doesn't mean you aren't neglecting an animal. Not providing the minimum requirements for an animal's well being is animal cruelty. Killing a fish because you no longer want to take care of it is animal cruelty. It's also extremely fucked up.

If you are looking into adopting a betta, they need to be housed alone in at least a five-gallon tank with a low-flow filter and a heater set at 78 degrees Fahrenheit.

If you want to adopt a goldfish, one fancy goldfish will need at least a ten-gallon tank, and one single tailed goldfish need a 40-gallon tank at the minimum. Obviously the more fish you get the larger the tank should be.

Fish need to be fed every day, and their water needs to be changed and treated weekly. Fish can get sick like any other animal, and they should get proper attention when they are ill. Keeping them in dirty water can increase the chance of them getting sick, and not treating them can cause death.

Before you buy that flashy betta at Walmart, do some research. The more you put into keeping an animal, the more you will get out of it.

Owning fish can be really rewarding, and the happier the fish is the bigger the personality you will see from them. If you can afford the basic requirements of owning fish, and you are willing to dedicate the time to keep them happy and healthy, then do it! Fish can be great for college students to keep, just do it right!

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50 Things To Be Happy About

It's the little things in life.

It is always easier to pick out the negatives in life. We tend to dwell on them and drown out the happy moments. I asked a friend to tell me something that made them happy. They sarcastically laughed at my question then thought about it for a minute. Nothing. But they could easily come up with things that made them unhappy. Then I read them my list, and they were smiling and laughing in agreement the whole time. There are so many more things to be happy and laugh about than we realize. After all- it's the little things in life that can mean the most! Here are 50 things that make me happy. What are your 50?

  1. The first warm day of the year
  2. Laughing so hard your abs ache
  3. Freshly washed sheets
  4. Looking through old pictures
  5. The smell of a coffee shop
  6. Eating cookie dough
  7. Reading a bible verse that perfectly fits your current situation
  8. Seeing someone open a gift you got them
  9. Eating birthday cake
  10. A shower after a long day
  11. Marking something off your to-do list
  12. Drinking ice cold water on a really hot day
  13. Dressing up for no reason
  14. Breakfast food
  15. Being able to lay in bed in the morning
  16. Finding something you love at the store
  17. And it’s on sale
  18. Cute elderly couples
  19. When a stranger compliments you
  20. Getting butterflies in your stomach
  21. Taking a nap
  22. Cooking something delicious
  23. Being lost for words
  24. Receiving a birthday card in the mail
  25. And there's money in it
  26. Finally cleaning your room
  27. Realizing how fortunate you are
  28. Waking up from a nightmare and realizing it wasn't real
  29. Fresh fruit
  30. Walking barefoot in the grass
  31. Singing along to a song in the car
  32. Sunrises
  33. Sunsets
  34. Freshly baked cookies with a glass of milk
  35. Summertime cookouts
  36. Feeling pretty
  37. Looking forward to something
  38. Lemonade
  39. Comfortable silences
  40. Waking up in the middle of the night and realizing you have more time to sleep
  41. Surviving another school year
  42. The cold side of the pillow
  43. The smell of popcorn
  44. Remembering something funny that happened
  45. Laughing to yourself about it
  46. Feeling weird about laughing to yourself
  47. Printed photographs
  48. Wearing a new outfit
  49. The sound of an ice cream truck
  50. Feeling confident
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Poetry On Odyssey: Some Days

A poem that reminds you that you're not alone.


Some days,

You dread the sound of your alarm. You snooze and snooze and snooze and snooze.

When you finally pull yourself out of bed, pressed time forces you to throw on stained sweats

you find yourself chugging a cup of coffee.

You sit on the couch and contemplate calling out of work

You caught the stomach bug,

Or perhaps the flu,

Maybe you broke your collar bone

Or need a new phone

The endless list of excuses repeats through your head as you sit on the couch, wishing you were still in bed.

It takes every ounce

Every breath

Every fiber of your being to pull yourself off the couch

And into the car

And into the building where you work

Some days,

This is just how it goes

You are not alone.

Some days,

You awake to the beautiful sound of birds

Chirping outside your window

The sun sneaks its way into your room

A smile creeps across your face as you realize you are awake to see a new day

You make a good breakfast

You read a few pages of your favorite book

You get your mind ready for the things it will accomplish today

Before you know it you've worked an entire day

Your job is done

As you pull into your driveway,

you take a few breaths

Feeling grateful for another meaningful day.

Some days,

This is how it goes

You are not alone.

Every day is a gamble,

Every day is a gift

The key to getting more good days

Is believing that everyday is one.

You are not alone, this is just how it goes.

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