Sand Cloud Towels: A Trendy Company With An Awesome Mission

Sand Cloud Towels: A Trendy Company With An Awesome Mission

A trendy company with Pinterest-worthy beach accessories that has a mission to save our marine life and keep our beaches clean.
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So, you know how Facebook does those sponsored ads that pop-up on your timeline? Yeah, well I usually don't pay them any attention, but one, in particular, caught my eye. The ad was for a company called Sand Cloud. I clicked on the link and was pleasantly surprised at what I found. For those of you that have never heard of it, it is a company that sells beach towels, blankets, water bottles, beanies, and other trendy beach accessories, and 10 percent of all profits go to help saving marine life. As a pre-veterinary medicine major, helping animals is a great interest and passion of mine. So what could be better than buying the cute beach items I purchase every year from a company that has the same passion as myself? While I'm hanging on the beach with my new cute gear, I am helping the beach itself.

Since I immediately fell in love with the products on the site, and I was super excited to find a company with this cause, I filled out the steps to become an ambassador. Now, I can officially say I am an ambassador for Sand Cloud. What that means is basically I buy the products, post pictures supporting the company on social media, and spread awareness about their awesome cause. Plus, I get a discount for myself, and one to share with others. (I will leave that at the end of this article. You're welcome.)

Many people aren't aware of the impact of the pollution we create on our oceans and marine life. According to sandcloudtowels.com, 52 percent of marine life have ingested plastic, 18 percent of plastics dumped in the ocean end up on the beach, and 30 percent of marine life have been entangled in plastic debris. We have a serious impact on our marine life. We need more companies like this with a mission to help save our wildlife and nature.

Sand Cloud also works with several organizations such as Surfrider Foundation, San Diego Coast Keeper, and Pacific Marine Mammal Center that make it their mission to help marine life and clean up our beaches.

To reward you for reading my article, I would like to give you a discount code! This code will give you 25% off of your purchase! Let's all choose to support companies like this with a mission, and help keep our beaches clean and our marine life safe.

ChelseaBw25 is the code. Enjoy!

Cover Image Credit: Sand Cloud Towels / Facebook

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To The Teacher Who Was So Much More

Thank you for everything
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I think it's fair to say that most people remember at least one teacher who had a lasting impact on them. I have been incredibly lucky to have several teachers who I will never forget, but one individual takes the cake. So here's to you: thank you for all you have done.

Thank you for teaching me lessons not just in the textbook.

Although you taught a great lecture, class was never just limited to the contents of the course. Debates and somewhat heated conversations would arise between classmates over politics and course material, and you always encouraged open discussion. You embraced the idea of always having an opinion, and always making it be heard, because why waste your voice? You taught me to fight for things I believed in, and to hold my ground in an argument. You taught me to always think of others before doing and speaking. You showed me the power of kindness. Thank you for all the important lessons that may not have been included in the curriculum.

Thank you for believing in me.

Especially in my senior year, you believed in me when other teachers didn't. You showed me just what I could accomplish with a positive and strong attitude. Your unwavering support kept me going, especially when I melted into a puddle of tears weekly in your office. You listened to my stupid complaints, understood my overwhelming stress-induced breakdowns, and told me it was going to be okay. Thank you for always being there for me.

Thank you for inspiring me.

You are the epitome of a role model. Not only are you intelligent and respected, but you have a heart of gold and emit beautiful light where ever you go. You showed me that service to others should not be looked at as a chore, but something to enjoy and find yourself in. And I have found myself in giving back to people, thanks to your spark. Thank you for showing me, and so many students, just how incredible one person can be.

Thank you for changing my life.

Without you, I truly would not be where I am today. As cliche as it sounds, you had such a remarkable impact on me and my outlook on life. Just about a year has passed since my graduation, and I'm grateful to still keep in touch. I hope you understand the impact you have made on me, and on so many other students. You are amazing, and I thank you for all you have done.

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4 Reasons You Should Never Trust "Rate My Professor" When you're Choosing classes

Not all ratings are made with good intentions.

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It's no secret that many college students rely on "Rate My Professor" when picking their course load for the semester. However, after doing some research on classes I've taken and professors I've had...I'm not convinced it's the best option for course consultation.

Every college student is different. Especially at such a massive and eclectic school like the University of Central Florida. Our diversity here is what sets us apart and makes us so special as a university, but it also leaves a lot of room for interpretation. After browsing a variety of comments and ratings, I think it's safe to say that the fate of a course lies in the eye of the beholder.

Here are 4 reasons I believe that "Rate My Professor" isn't worth relying on come enrollment time.

1. Getting a bad grade in a course doesn't mean the professor was terrible.

I've had my fair share of questionable final grades. However, I think it's more of my responsibility than the professor's, and I don't think it's fair to blame the curriculum or final outcome on one person. There are some courses that are improperly planned and assessed, but others are just difficult, and that doesn't mean it's a bad course. I suggest students push their limits and take the time to tackle tough classes head-on, rather than blaming the instructor.

2. Language barriers don't make a professor bad.

A common comment I see on sites like "Rate My Professor" is that the instructor had a heavy accent, therefore making the course impossible to pass. While this may be true in some cases, I don't think this is a factor that should completely dismiss a highly qualified professor. There are many foreign professors at UCF that have a lot to offer students, it may just take a little more effort and patience to pass the class.

3. All college courses involve a heavy time commitment.

Another common complaint I read online is that some courses are too time-consuming. However, college isn't designed to be easy. College is what distinguishes good, hardworking students from the rest of the bunch, and students should expect to allow a decent amount of time for each course in order to be successful. Working hard and prioritizing is the key to success in higher education.

4. Hard exams are standard in college and can't be avoided.

Yes, we all hate extremely difficult exams. But, when a professor structures an exam in a particularly difficult way, it's most likely because he or she expects more out of his or her students. When taking a higher level course, students should be prepared for tedious and challenging exams. Although it's rough, it's unavoidable and teaches us all to be better students in the long run.


I am not dogging on "Rate My Professor." In fact, many comments are true. However, you must take everything with a grain of salt when reading reviews. Don't write off a class because of others' experiences.

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