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Reasons why music is worth listening to

Music is not just good for the soul, but also good for your health.


While walking around the University of Georgia's campus, I see students walking around with ear buds, listening to music in between classes. I also hear music downtown at the large selection of music venues that Athens provides to the public. And there's always people driving down South Lumpkin Street with their car speakers booming with music.

But why? Why are we so obsessed with music? Yes, other than the fact that it's fun to sing to your favorite songs with your friends. Music is a great outlet to add fun to the mundane life and to fill the silence, but it can also be beneficial to one's health.

Music can also help one's memory. According to an article by UPMC Health Beat, scientists believe people suffering from Alzheimer's disease and dementia may be able to remember certain things using music. This is because music stimulates areas of the brain that perform emotions and long-term memory.

If you think about it, this makes sense. Do you ever listen to an old bop that reminds you of your middle school cringe-worthy years? Yeah? We all have songs that bring us back to a certain memory in our life, whether it be a positive memory or a negative one. Maybe you have a song that your ex loved, and now you can't listen to it. Or maybe your mom used to sing you a song as a child, and it brings back good memories.

People also are brought together through music. At concerts all across the world, random strangers come together and sing to their favorite songs. Music is a way for people to put their differences aside and join together. Many people make friends because they have similar interests in music. People who don't know each other very well start bands together in order to share music. Also, music is a great way for people to express themselves and highlight issues that they and/or other people around them have been dealing with in their lives.

Music is good for one's mental health. Many scientific studies have shown that music can cause a wide range of emotions from sadness, to happiness, to anger, etc. For example, the combination of the lyrics and the tempo or beat of a song can make you feel a certain way. According to an article by the Conscious Lifestyle magazine by Barry Goldstein, a study using music was done to study emotional awareness in autistic children. The study found that music was hands down a better way for the children to understand certain emotions than verbal communication. Music tends to evoke certain emotions more affectively than words. I know for me, I tend to feel like I'm in a funk if I listen to sad music for too long. That's because music is very powerful on both our heart and our mind.

When we are in a good mood, we tend to be in better physical health as well. The UPMC Health article mentioned how music can improve not only your mood, but also help relieve stress, improve sleep, increase self-confidence, decrease negative mood, and improve energy. In other words, music makes you a happier, healthy human being, and so that's why we should keep those ear buds in and keep jamming away.

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Growing Up Catholic And How It Shaped Me

"I like being able to believe there is more to life than our time on Earth."


Ever since I can remember, I have attended church every Sunday morning. Not always at the same church, but always at the same time with all the same people. I've never known anything different.

Both of my parents are Catholic and so are their parents and so on and so forth. I attended religious education classes my whole childhood and when I was 15, I chose to get confirmed which basically says you are choosing to continue your faith.

As a kid, I didn't really understand why we went to church every Sunday and there were some Sundays where I just didn't want to get out of bed to go. When I'm on the verge of not going to mass I tell myself that it is just 1 hour of my time, 1 hour each week and that is all I have to give. Everyone has 1 hour to spare.

Now that I am older, I'm grateful my parents have introduced me to the Catholic Church. I like having something to believe in and being able to have faith. I'm a huge optimist in my daily life and a big part of that is because I trust God's plan for me, whatever happens is with his best intentions for me. I like being able to believe there is more to life than our time on Earth.

It seems that the word "Catholic" has a negative connotation nowadays and that makes me extremely sad. No one should be judged or profiled based on their religion.

Being Catholic to me means always striving to better myself and bring myself closer to God. Being Catholic might mean something else to another person and that's what is great about religion and faith, they affect everyone differently and it is up to you to decide what to do with these 2 things.

At the end of the day, I am grateful for being brought up in the Catholic family I was because it gave me my morals and made me the person I am today, whom I am proud of.

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Bulldogs Get Their Shot At Professional Baseball

Four Georgia Baseball players were selected through the first two days of the MLB draft. The Bulldogs garnered national attention in the 2019 season after an impressive 46-17 record.


Georgia baseball has been steadily improving ever since a string of sub-.500 finishes over the past decade. Consecutive appearances in the NCAA Regional Tournament shows the nation that Athens is once again a powerhouse. Even Major League Baseball is starting to take notice.

1. Aaron Schunk - 62nd pick, Colorado Rockies

Schunk was considered a two-way prospect going into the draft. He split his time between third base and closing pitcher. A winner of the Triple Crown award, Schunk had 15 home runs and 58 RBIs with a batting average of .339 as the Bulldog third baseman. As the closer, he had 12 saves with a 2.49 ERA. The position assigned to him by the Rockies was third base but he is likely to still get an opportunity to pitch in the minor league system.

2. Tony Locey - 96th pick, St. Louis Cardinals

A semifinalist for the 2019 pitcher of the year, Locey had a season ERA of 2.53 accompanied by an 11-2 record. His season was somewhat of a surprise after having a 3.92 career ERA at the collegiate level. MLB teams typically look at a number under 3.00 as being impressive. The Cardinals expect Locey to continue his upward trajectory.

3. Tim Elliott - 126th pick, Seattle Mariners

Another Bulldog pitcher comes off the board on the draft's second day. Elliott posted impressive numbers during his junior campaign with a 2.38 ERA and a 7-3 record. One of those seven wins came by way of the complete game which is becoming ever more rare in today's game. Originally coming to Georgia as a reliever, Elliott transitioned to a starter while posting a 3.10 career ERA across 41 appearances.

4. LJ Talley - 207th pick, Toronto Blue Jays

The best fielder on the team has shown yearly improvement with the bat which was the most crucial area needed for him to be on the MLB's radar. His fielding is solid with an appearance on the 2019 SEC All-Defensive team. Talley finished his senior season with a batting average of .332 accompanied by 8 home runs and 41 RBIs.

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