Why You Should Get A Fish In College

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.

Aly Cook
Aly Cook

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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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.


To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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In Real Life, 'Plus Size' Means A Size 16 And Up, Not Just Women Who Are Size 8's With Big Breasts

The media needs to understand this, and give recognition to actual plus-size women.


Recently, a British reality dating TV show called "Love Island" introduced that a plus-sized model would be in the season five lineup of contestants. This decision was made after the show was called out for not having enough diversity in its contestants. However, the internet was quick to point out that this "plus-size model" is not an accurate representation of the plus-size community.

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It is so frustrating that the media picks and chooses women that are the "ideal" version of plus sized. In the fashion world, plus-size starts at size 8. EIGHT. In real life, plus-size women are women who are size 16 and up. Plunkett Research, a marketing research company, estimated in 2018 that 68% of women in America wear a size 16 to 18. This is a vast difference to what we are being told by the media. Just because a woman is curvy and has big breasts, does NOT mean that they are plus size. Marketing teams for television shows, magazines, and other forms of media need to realize that the industry's idea of plus size is not proportionate to reality.

I am all for inclusion, but I also recognize that in order for inclusion to actually happen, it needs to be accurate.

"Love Island" is not the only culprit of being unrealistic in woman's sizes, and I don't fully blame them for this choice. I think this is a perfect example of the unrealistic expectations that our society puts on women. When the media tells the world that expectations are vastly different from reality, it causes women to internalize that message and compare themselves to these unrealistic standards.

By bringing the truth to the public, it allows women to know that they should not compare themselves and feel bad about themselves. Everyone is beautiful. Picking and choosing the "ideal" woman or the "ideal" plus-size woman is completely deceitful. We as a society need to do better.

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