Put Away Your Juul

Put Away Your Juul

Not only are they dangerous but they also don't make you cool.
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Juuls. The new cigarette. The new vape. If you are out of college you are probably asking yourself what is a "Juul"? Well, its pretty much an e-cig podlike vape that many college and high school students have. Why exactly? To look cool? To get a high? If you actually understand what this Juul is maybe you will rethink having one.

They are not "not bad" for you.

Juuls were first made to help smokers. They were supposed to be a smoking-cessation aid. Personally, most people I know who have Juuls were not smokers in the first place. So, why do you have one?

Many people say they are better for you than cigarettes. Yes that is true, but they are not healthy for you in any way. In fact, Juul pods deliver nicotine when hit. Nicotine is a highly addictive drug and the nicotine salt found in Juuls is much more addictive than cigarettes so users feel more satisfied. Nicotine unlocks receptors and results in diverse sensations but is very short term, and that is why it is so addictive. In fact, it can be seen just as addictive as heroin and cocaine. Yikes!

The most scary part about the Juul is that scientists and doctors do not yet know the long term affects of the Juul yet. It has only been out for a few years. And, most users are under the age of 21, whose brains aren't even fully developed. Who knows what affect a Juul can have on a fifteen year old brain? (Yes, fifteen year olds have these Juuls).

I think we can agree that in no way are these Juuls good for you. If you are using one to stop smoking cigarettes that is a different story, but if you are a teenager who has never smoked, do not buy a Juul. Please.

They are not cool.

They aren't period. When I ask people why they have Juuls, a common response is "they are cool." Let me respond to that statement, they are not. Boys- Juuling in front of a girl is not cute and girls- juuling in front of a boy is not cute or classy. The last thing I want a boy to do when I am talking to him is blow his smoke in my face. Enough said.

So, if you are thinking about buying one of these Juuls, please rethink your decision. And if you have a Juul, throw it away.

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65 Truths College Students Need to Hear Right Now

Truth every college student needs to hear.
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1. The best memories are ones you actually can remember.

2. God isn’t going to ask you if you were in a top-tier sorority or fraternity at the gates.

3. You failed a test, not your life.

4. Numbers don’t define you.

5. That includes the number you see that is your grade.

6. Also, how much you weigh.

7. As well as if you are a “7/10” on a so-called “hot scale.”

8. Or if you can bench press 200 lbs. (@ all the guys at the gym, please chill.)

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9. Innocence is nothing to be ashamed of.

10. Neither are mistakes.

11. But learn from your mistakes. Mistakes can be lessons, which can be the biggest blessing.

12. Your metabolism isn’t what it used to be and that is okay.

13. You may not always understand what God is doing, but I promise He has a plan.

14. Every person you meet is battling their own struggles.

15. Life isn’t always great moments.

16. But you have to walk through the forest to get to the mountain top.

17. Your heart isn’t damaged. It is temporarily broken but it will be fixed.

18. However, the only one who can fix a broken heart is the one who created it.

19. So a cute boy or hot girl can’t put the pieces back together.

20. Neither can ice cream.

21. But ice cream can totally help.

22. Stop texting your ex. He/She is your ex for a reason.

23. Loving Jesus means loving people.

24. Loving Jesus also means loving the image of Him in the mirror you see.

25. Stop hiding your emotions. Stop crying in the bathroom or behind a locked door. You have people in your life who care about you.

26. Suicide is never the answer.

27. Breathe in, breathe out.

28. Do you feel your heart pump? Do you feel the air exiting your body? That is a sign you are here for a purpose. Your life is no mistake.

29. Just because you doubt, doesn’t mean you don’t believe in Jesus.

30. However, when walking on the water scares you, look to Jesus and keep your eyes on Him.

31. If you have the opportunity to go to school go. There are young girls around the world who would do anything to sit at the desk you are complaining about.

32. Don’t pick a career based on money.

33. However, I promise you can use any passion or gift to serve a purpose bigger than yourself if you allow yourself to give it to the One who gave it to you.

34. You don’t need pretty prayers to please God.

35. Talk to Him like you are talking to a friend.

36. Look for the good in everyone.

37. That includes the mean girl who no one likes. Chances are she is mean for a reason. Someone was once mean to her. Kill her with kindness.

38. Pray to have the Lord’s eyes. See people with love.

39. Try to have the Lord’s hands, always be reaching out to others.

40. Each morning, pray to have the Lord’s feet and go where He calls you.

41. It is a bad day, not a bad life.

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42. You don’t need a six-pack to find a man who loves you.

43. You need a spouse who will be able to look at you when you are 80, and wrinkly and maybe a little chunky, and you need him to love you then. If he loves you for your body and your hair, I promise he doesn’t actually love you. Looks fade, but love is eternal. Find someone who loves you like Jesus.

44. Do some squats.

45. But squat so you feel good about yourself, not to attract the opposite sex.

46. You are never too old to find a new hobby.

47. You were beautiful before someone told you.

48. If you don’t know if you are in relationship or not, leave. You deserve clarity, not insecurity.

49. You deserve friendships that are mutual.

50. The best Friday nights are spent with a puppy and food. It is okay to not always be social.

51. Stop worrying about whether your crush will text you back.

52. Stop over analyzing everything in general.

53. Pray for your future spouse.

54. However, also pray for your future bridesmaids/groomsmen. Some of the most influential people you may have in your life you may not have even met yet.

55. Storms bring strength.

56. And storms bring rainbows if you are patient and observant.

57. Stop Pinteresting your dream life and start living it.

58. The Bible is actually extremely relatable. Open it up. Read it.

59. Romans 8:28 “and we know God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” God is on your team. He wants you to have moments of celebration. He has a purpose for you greater than your bad day.

60. Never forget what Jesus did for you on that cross. When he died for you, it was painful and brutal. It was ugly. It was love. Don’t let that truth ever become numb to you no matter how many times you have heard the story.

61. There is nothing wrong with carbs.

62. Study. And don’t wait for the night before.

63. Find someone who you can look up to.

64. Also, never forget that there is always someone looking up to you. Act like someone you would want your future children to be. Act in a way that reflects wisdom.

65. Smile more, you are loved by the one who hung the stars and painted the sea. He created puppies and carbs–yet still loves you more. That is something to celebrate.

College is tough and life is hard. You are going to have moments where all you want to do is celebrate life with your best friends, but you will also have moments where you just want to lock the door, ignore everyone, and have a good cry. Never forget that your worth comes from something greater than your Biology grade, and from Someone greater that the one who broke your heart.

You aren’t too cool for Christ in college. Christ is a necessity for you in your life. He can hold your hand during your heartbreaks and failures and celebrate with you when you get the text back or a passing grade in foreign language. He loves for you and cares for you more than your sorority or fraternity ever will.

So buy your books, do your homework, but never forget when you are walking to you 8:00 a.m. you regretfully signed up for, to look up. Look at the clouds and the sky and thank your creator that in a big big world with many beautiful things, He still loves our messy hearts even more. So this one is for the boys for the King. This life is for the One who laid down His life.

I promise college is more fun when you dance with your Savior. Follow His lead and let him take you on a journey where you can find your purpose. You may not know where you are going, but you do know who you are following.

So never forget that although classes may be hard, and your metabolism may be slowing down–God is still good. He turns our ashes into beauty and our trials into our testimony. Do life with your creator and I promise you that you will have more than you need.

Romans 8:28 “And we know God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”

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If Mac Miller Can't Get Cocaine Without Fentanyl In It, You Probably Can't, Either

You can never trust anyone but yourself at the end of the day, so please take care of yourself.

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With the recent autopsy of rapper Mac Miller coming out, it is finally clear that the cause of death was not in fact suicide. His cause of death was due to the cocaine being cut with fentanyl. Fentanyl is a narcotic that treats severe pain. It is extremely lethal when mixed with other substances, especially alcohol. A cocktail of prescription pills such as xanex, oxycodone, hydrocodone, and generic Adderall were also found in the home. Miller was drinking heavily while snorting cocaine which is what inevitably caused the overdose.

An iPad with "linear lines of a powdery residue" was also found along a rolled up $20 bill in Miller's pocket. This shocked most people because a lot believed that Miller killed himself. Finding out that Miller accidentally overdosed really made me afraid of these drugs that are normalized in our society.

Cocaine is a very dangerous drug and if Mac Miller can't find cocaine that isn't cut with something, then neither can poor college kids. It is extremely scary that so many people in today's society treat cocaine like alcohol. Cocaine is extremely easy to become addicted to, and it should be treated that way.

What truly breaks my heart is finding out how Miller was found in a praying position when authorities arrived. Miller must have been so sick, and overdosing must have been the most painful experience. Mac Miller battled with substance abuse for years, which is was caused the breakup with Ariana Grande. Miller also attained a DUI as well as a hit-and-run earlier this year.

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Suicide is no longer the issue here, but rather addiction. The rapper was dealing with this issue for so long, and it makes me sad that no one pushed him into rehab. When looking back at the artist's history it is evident that his addiction kept snowballing. Miller would still be alive if he was able to fight the addiction. His death caused so much sadness in the world, especially among fans.

This now becomes an issue for so many people in college that mix various kinds of drugs. No one thinks that one little pill can kill you, but it is proven time and time again that it is entirely possible. You never know what the drug is even made of or cut with. A lot of drugs produced in Mexico are created with much cheaper ingredients, meaning that no one really knows what is in it.

When going to bars or parties in college, I see people taking various drugs. It always scares me when I think about instances like Mac Miller. I see so many girls accepting drugs and drinks from people that they not know, and it blows my mind. It is honestly such a risk to take, and a little buzz is not worth your life.

If people take anything from this article, it is to be extremely careful at parties. Only accept drinks from people you know. Do not take random drugs from random people ever. You can never trust anyone but yourself at the end of the day, so please take care of yourself. RIP Mac Miller.

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