Why Pinterest Is Equally The Best And The Worst

Why Pinterest Is Equally The Best And The Worst

A big plate of gratitude with a side of disdain.
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It's everyone's guilty pleasure: spending hours pinning things we aspire to do, be, or eat. Affectionately known as "the world's catalog of ideas," Pinterest has been around for six years. Beginning as an invitation-only site (exclusive much?), it now has over 100 million monthly active users. It is this generation's go-to place for crafts, recipes, work-outs, fashion inspiration, quotes, make-up tips — you name it. So, how do we categorize this behemoth of the interweb? An honorable ode to human creativity or an overrated collection of common sense? I propose that it is both; not all good, not all bad. Pinterest can be a seriously cool arsenal of inspiration, as well as a false prophet of unrealistic expectations.

Let's start off with the positives, because whether you are an avid pinner or not, you can't deny Pinterest's major success. I have 19 Pinterest boards (no shame), but my most poppin' one as of late is the one filled with DIY (do it yourself) projects. This is due to the facts that a) I don't believe in buying things that I could just as easily make, and b) I'm moving into a house for my sophomore year of college and DIYing stuff is the fast-track to making a house feel like home. Pinterest is the best resource for this because it has a library of DIY projects all in one place. The majority of the pins take you to a site with step-by-step instructions and pictures to guide you. The photograph attached to any given pin provides a visual goal to strive for, therefore making the end result seem more attainable. Whenever you complete a Pinterest-inspired task, be it a meal, work-out, or piece of art, I guarantee a feeling of accomplishment — especially if you like your version better than the one you tried to copy (warning: this is rare). Aside from DIYs, Pinterest provides a plethora of life hacks, lists of every kind, photography to attempt to imitate, and "5 Minute Booty Bustin' Workouts." I honestly use the Pinterest search bar as often as I use Google.

On the flip side, Pinterest can make you feel like a failure because, in actuality, almost nothing is as simple to create as the website makes it look. What seems like a few simple steps might actually take hours, supplies you don't own, and skills you didn't realize you didn't possess. Pinterest is a sort of virtual utopia. The cameras used are fancy, the advertisements are endorsed and the models used are ... well, models. This falsification can breed some serious comparison. Plus, Pinterest as a whole can just be flat out overwhelming. There are 36 categories not even including your home feed, and everything looks so cute and Instagram-worthy. You just want to pin it all! But, your pins are no good if you don't actually go back and execute them. They'll just sit there collecting virtual dust. I honestly waste an embarrassing amount of time clicking away, only to forget I ever pinned "41 Easy Things To Do With Mason Jars."

Essentially, your trip to Pinterestland can either end with a moment of pride or unnecessary frustration. But you can't knock it until you try it, right?

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20 Fun Facts To Use When Introducing Yourself

As we embark on the semester, we are put on the spot in order to share interesting details about ourselves. This article discloses possible fun facts to tell others!
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After experiencing my first week of classes, I have learned that every student needs a handy-dandy list of fun facts about themselves to tell other people. Many professors use the first couple of classes to learn about their students, so you may need to think about who you are and how you want to introduce yourself to your professor and classmates. We all have that one go-to interesting fact about ourselves, but sometimes you just have to mix it up!

1. My favorite hobby is...

What do you do in your free time? Personally, I love to stay active! I am a competitive Latin dancer and enjoy teaching and taking Zumba classes, going to the gym, and hiking.

2. I love...

Is there something, someone, or somewhere that you love? What makes your heart ache? What do you miss when it's gone? I can say that I love my friends because I feel my most confident when I'm surrounded by those who love and support me.

3. I look up to...

Is there someone you adore? Who mesmerizes you? Who do you wish to learn from? After watching "A Ballerina's Tale," I discovered Misty Copeland. In 2015 she became the first African American ballet dancer to become the Female Principal Dancer at American Ballet Theatre. Her passion, grace, and strength continuously motivate me to better myself as an athlete and an individual.

4. This art speaks to me because...

Coco Chanel said, "In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different." This encourages me to always follow my heart no matter what. I will never follow society's standards and norms because they do not define me. Chanel's saying definitely influences my character and lifestyle.

5. A funny and/or embarrassing memory of me is...

When you make others laugh they want to spend time and make memories with you! Don't be afraid to embarrass yourself. You will come off as down to earth, easy-going, and loyal.

6. My siblings or lack thereof influenced me by...

I can go on and on about my brother, who is 10 years older than I. We have opposite personalities and despite the age gap, we're quite close.

7. My pet(s) are my life because...

Only sad people don't like hearing about furry creatures, even if your pets are slimy and slithering creatures all human beings enjoy hearing pet tales!

8. I'm afraid of...

Your personality can be revealed by your likes and dislikes, including the things that you fear. I am terrified of change and the unknown, hence, the future is an anxiety-inducing topic to discuss for me.

9. I am the way I am because...

What have you gone through in life that has shaped you into who you are today? Remember to be open minded and allow yourself to open up to your peers. You may be surprised by how others respond and/or what others have endured as well.

10. The most unusual item that can be found in your dorm...

This is a fun fact about yourself that can easily liven up an awkward conversation. Think about your quirks and differences! One item I have in my dorm is my teddy bear, Peter, whom I like to joke is my boyfriend.

11. My dream job is...

In college, "What's your major?" is a widespread question. Nonetheless, skip the boring statement of "I'm majoring in..." and go in depth on what your dream job is (hopefully your major factors in to this dream of yours).

12. My hidden talents are...

Angelina Jolie is a knife thrower. Kendall Jenner can produce bird noises. Amanda Seyfried can crochet and knit. Is there anything special you can do? Some people have rare and unique talents, maybe you can think of some hidden talents of your own!

13. My guilty pleasure is...

I will say it a million times: don't be shy when introducing yourself to new people! I'll start by divulging my guilty pleasure: Youtube's family vlogging channel, "OKBaby"!

Check them out: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvUCbnwzySKgbKiB_...



14. Some activities on my bucket list are...


This is an easy way to grab people's attention and find others with similar desires as you. Be an adventurer! Go out of your comfort zone!

15. Talk about your best friend...

How would your best friend describe you? What do you love to do with your best friend?

16. Talk about an accomplishment of yours...

You are incredible and have achieved so much! Reveal something that you are proud of — show off a little!

17. This one time at my job...

Bosses breathing down your neck. Curious coworkers asking personal questions. Cursing customers who never leave you alone. Your job can be filled with tons of hilarious situations that can easily entertain a crowd.

18. During the summer...

Any scars with stories? Any summer flings? Any lessons learned from the tanning too long? Now that summer is over, disclose memories that can leave positive impressions on others.

19. I volunteer at...

Do you do any community service? Share a funny moment while you were volunteering. What did you learn while there? Would you continue?

20. [blank] is meaningful to me because...



What do you appreciate in life? What brightens your day? What makes you fall in love? What does someone have to do to make you smile?

Finally, remember to be outgoing! Reveal that three-mile smile and open your arms to learning about others. Spread smiles, love, and happiness.

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The Urban Banyan Trees

A welcoming exotic tree we happened upon while enjoying downtown St. Petersburg, Florida.

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In a park in downtown St. Petersburg, FL, were two trees from another world, trees that belonged in the jungles of India with monkeys swinging from their branches. My husband and I who had been passing the time as we waited to see a movie downtown, approached the sight with a sort of reverence.

Trunk of the Banyan Tree with carvingsCorrinne Brubaker

The tree had many different trunks and roots wound together. There were also long branches hanging down from the tree. They were hanging low enough we could touch them. My husband grabbed one and said, "look, they're roots."

Banyan Tree RootsCorrinne Brubaker

He was right. I thought they resembled roots. At the end of the vine-like branches were many strands that looked like roots. It turns out they were roots. The Banyan tree is an aerial plant. It begins growing in the air until the new roots can reach the ground and attach to the soil. The tree continues to grow and spread this way, creating its dense maze-like structure.

I wondered how old this plant was. By its size, it appeared ancient, but there was not just one trunk to reference its age like you can with other trees, even the central trunk was a combination of many smaller trunks intertwined.

Seeing this unique, magnificent tree was nothing short of an honor. An accidental honor that we had stumbled upon, a jungle tree thriving in the middle of a city. Tall sparkling hotels and condominiums stood as an odd backdrop for the tree, but the tree seemed proud to be there and call the city it's home.

The tree's sprawling ancient roots that rippled over the ground looked like a great place to sit. So, I sat for a moment on the smooth, sturdy surface. The tree was as welcoming as it looked.

Banyan TreeCorrinne Brubaker

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