Spring is in the air, and I think the blooming flowers alone are enough to excite a person. That's why I gathered up quotes about all things Spring, so even when you're feeling dreary and blue, you can use some motivation to feel as bright & happy as a fresh Spring day.
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I'm walking on an ocean I cannot submerge myself in
I walk on the still, peaceful water
Wondering why it won't accept me
I touch my hand to the surface and it is hard like ice
I watch the smiling faces underneath the water
They're laughing. They're happy.
In the distance a wave emerges and heads towards me
I fall victim to its roaring rage
It spins me until I stop fighting
I let the water fill my lungs and it burns
When I open my eyes I am with the smiling faces
But I'm not laughing. I'm not happy.
But I'm not sad.
Sometimes the wave comes back
It rips me from my emptiness and I fall victim to it's roaring rage
It spins me until I stop fighting
I let the water fill my lungs and it burns
When I open my eyes I am walking on the water
Wondering why it won't accept me
And I beg to drown
Last weekend, Pullman hosted the annual Apple Cup football game between WSU and University of Washington at Martin Stadium. Although, the conclusion may not have been what Cougs had hoped for, at least something comical came from the experience!
Any WSU student knows that the low winter temperatures in Pullman are a yearly inconvenience, but it is the ice that continuously freezes over that proves to be the enemy. Besides the heated pathways on campus, icy sidewalks are dangerous territory. It is common to see fellow Cougs slipping and sliding, and occasionally wiping out, all over campus. It is actually pretty funny. Last year, there was even a video on YouTube that reached over 40,000 hits. Re-live it, below.
Pullman + Ice = Disasterwww.youtube.com
Before the annual, overly-anticipated Apple Cup, the majority of fans all get together to tailgate and get ready to cheer on their team before the game! Junior Lianna Simms was one of those fans! At the tailgate, a local news reporter from KREM2 in Spokane, was there to cover the Apple Cup. An extremely excited student accidentally eats it on the ice behind the reporter and, of course, it was all caught on film. Thankfully, she did not experience any severe injuries, only a sore neck -- which is quite understandable if you watch the video.
Following the game, the video began to go viral -- at least, locally. It was first posted by KREM2, stating the fall was "as painful as it looks!" Then, it was posted by Deadspin.com, stating that she, "ate it just as hard as the Cougs did." Well, that's just rude. Bill Haisley, the writer for Deadspin also stated that he did not realize Washington State students get so pumped about the Apple Cup. Then, it was shared by 107.7 The End, a popular radio station in the Greater Seattle Area. Check out the video below!
I spoke to Lianna Simms about the video coverage and this is what she had to say.
What was going through your head when you fell? Honestly, it happened so fast that I didn't have time to think! I was just determined to get on camera when I saw them cheering.
Did you think the video would go viral? Not at all. The cameraman wasn't even sure if he got it on film!
How do you feel now that the video has become so popular? It's just funny, at this point, how many people have come up to me asking if I'm okay or making jokes like, "Careful, it's slippery outside" or "Watch the ice!"
At least Simms has the right kind of attitude! What can you do but laugh it off? Thanks, Simms, for giving us all a memory to look back on for Apple Cup 2014! Regardless if the final score was not what we had anticipated, we'll cheer for our Cougs until the day we die! Because everyone knows -- win or lose, Cougs always!
Photo courtesy of KREM.com
Next time you're in the hospital, they might give you subpar work
Last weekend was the Miss America Beauty Pageant. While Miss Georgia Betty Cantrell, the winner, should be congratulated, there's a bigger storm on the horizon.
Miss Colorado, Kelley Johnson, came out for her talent section in her day job's uniform. Johnson is a nurse, and read an endearing speech she prepared about caring for patients, focusing on one who had Alzheimer's.
'The View' Loses Major Advertisers Following Miss Colorado Nurse JokesJoy Behar and Michelle Collins caused controversy when they made fun of Miss America contestant Kelley Johnson.
It was thought-provoking and sincere, but that's not why it's in the news today. Sadly, it's because two women on "The View" decided that she wasn't doing the right thing.
Joy Behar and Michelle Collins criticized the contestant for wearing "a doctor's stethoscope," which also shows how much they know about the healthcare system. They also said that all she did was "read her emails out loud" and that is why Johnson did not win.
"Entertainment Weekly" reported that Behar and Collins came out with a statement stating: "We love nurses. We adore you. We respect you. You guys are wonderful. You’re the most compassionate people. I was not talking about nurses, we were talking about the talent competition, and it got misconstrued.” If they had been more clear apparently, then we wouldn't be having this conversation.
Here's the thing, a lot of people don't seem to realize that being a nurse is a talent. It's a difficult job and it includes many things. As someone who has nurses in her family and has been around a lot of nurses, the fact that these two TV. personalities feel like they get to decide what is a talent makes me a little bit angry. I'm sure that they couldn't do Kelley Johnson's job.
The wonderful thing about this is that other nurses are standing up with Miss Colorado. Under the hashtag #NursesUnite, many are sharing photos of themselves at work, with their stethoscopes, and sharing stories of what it means to be a nurse. The positivity in the idea and the fact that these people are standing behind Johnson shows the happier side of America.
I started out my athletic career trying out multiple different options. I tried ballet, but little three-year-old me got bored too quickly and decided to terminate that route, (kudos to my friends who stuck with dance because it really is a beautiful thing). One time, mom had me do golf lessons. That, too, was short-lived. I wasn’t terribly coordinated, patient, or quiet, so golf was also not the sport for me. I even tried out gymnastics for a few years. As the only fourth grader who was 5’9’’, the gymnast life was also not the right fit for me. My favorite childhood athletic activity was soccer. I thoroughly enjoyed the thrill of putting on the shin pads, the jersey, lacing up my soccer cleats and playing out with all my friend on the field. Soccer quickly became my favorite past time, and actually lasted with me up through my sophomore year of high school. Sometimes life can be disappointing, though. I played soccer for a solid thirteen years and never made it off of the junior varsity team. So… I switched to track and field. I ran track in middle school and figured why not try it out in high school as well. As it turned out, not choosing to run high school track and field earlier in my high school year was a big mistake. Track, at N.P.H.S., was honestly one of the best things to ever happen to me and I wish I would have joined soon in high school. It not only taught me physical strength but emotional strength and the importance teamwork as well. To be on a team like that is also to be a part of an incredibly supportive and talented community. It broke my heart when academics got in the way my freshman year of college, and track no longer became an option for me to participate in. (I wasn’t being lazy, I have a double major and minor, so there was virtually no way for me to give 100% to both). However, even though I may not still be running with a track team, I still hold the values and mentality that my high school track team has taught me.
I think that life is a lot like the sport of track and field. First off, while you may not choose the people on your team, or in life, you're all in it together one way or another. Fortunately, I got along really well with everyone on my high school team, but I am only human and fully admit to not getting along with everyone in my day to day life. As track has taught me, though, we’re all human, we all have challenges. Although we may have different goals, we should still stay the whole time and cheer everyone on, loudly and proudly.
While you’re running your race, or when you’re going through life, sometimes things hurt a little, and sometimes they hurt a lot. Do you fall down and never get up again? Absolutely not. With the help of some mental courage and the hands of your teammates, you get back up after every time you fall and push yourself through it. You find your personal limits and your break through them. You find a greater potential than you thought could ever be possible. You keep pushing through. Life is a race. It has a beginning, it has a middle with turns in it (left or otherwise) and it has a finish line.
If you want to reach your goal, if you want to get that personal record in your sprint or distance run/relay, if you want to throw the shot put further than you did the last time, if you want to jump higher and farther than you can now, you have to put the work in. You have to train before, during and after the track season. You have put give work, sweat, and tears to be the best you can be. The same is true in everyday life. If you want to accomplish your dreams and goals, the only path towards doing so is through hard work and constant dedication.
While my track and field career may have come to an early end, my love for the sport and the mindset is has given me will never die. If you’re in track now, don’t take any of it for granted and never stop giving it all that you have in you. If you’ve never been in track in your life, I encourage you to try on the mindset. It will change your life.
Whether it is on or off the track, I hope you run fast and turn left, I hope you never give up and continue to push your limits.
Instances when the internet provided emotional fulfillment
The internet is a beautiful, crazy, and often scary thing. Growing up with the internet, I have been exposed to countless stories and images. Here are five things I have found on the internet that have made my heart melt with joy.
1. This Woman Who Received Her High School Diploma at 97
On October 21, 2015, 97-year-old Margaret Thome Bekema, received an honorary high school diploma from Catholic Central High in Grand Rapids Michigan. Margaret was supposed to graduate with her class in 1936 but had to drop out when she was seventeen to care for her ill mother and three younger siblings. In the video Margaret is overcome with emotion, crying tears of joy.
2. This Baby Pretending to Sleep
3. Albert on Wheels
Albert on Wheels is an Instagram account with over ten thousand followers, that features a little, fluffy white dog who walks and runs with wheels for back legs. The account is happy and heartwarming, showing Albert’s personality and vivacity despite his disability.
4. Dog and Elephant Friendship
The Elephant Sanctuary south of Nashville Tennessee was home to Tarra the elephant and Bella the dog. The two were inseparable friends for a decade.
5. 106 Year Old Virginia Mclaurin Dancing with Barack and Michelle Obama
Virginia Mclaurin, 106, realized her dream of visiting the Whitehouse recently for Black History Month. She shimmied and shoo her way into Barack and Michelle’s hearts.
1. Brittany Morgan, National Writer's Society
2. Radhi, SUNY Stony Brook
3. Kristen Haddox, Penn State University
4. Jennifer Kustanovich, SUNY Stony Brook
5. Clare Regelbrugge, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign