The Sole Purpose Of Hurricane Matthew

The Sole Purpose Of Hurricane Matthew

How destruction brought a revolution.
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Hurricane season left a larger impact than we had originally expected with Hurricane Matthew being a key factor to the damage caused by weather conditions this year. This hurricane began as a tropical wave right off the coast of Africa. Within a week, it had reached tropical storm conditions, which eventually leveled into hurricane wind speed and rain. We’ve heard the news of some damage that occurred but I don’t believe all of us have taken into account the full effect from this storm. It not only destroyed the lands of the Caribbean but innocent lives were lost as well.

Fortunately, many areas that were expected to be hit were evacuated before more people were injured. Areas that included destruction were Haiti, Baracoa, New Providence, Bahamas, as well as flooding and power outages around the eastern coastal states of America. Flooding occurred throughout St. Augustine, Jacksonville, Georgia, and the Carolinas.

Hurricane Matthew maintained winds of 90 mph and gusts over 100 mph. By the time it made landfall in these areas the hurricane had downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane which eventually became post-tropical cyclones; however, it still refused to leave land untouched or undamaged.

A surprising and unfortunate area to be hit was NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Here, Hurricane Matthew destroyed exhibits including a historic rocket and housing used by astronauts. Many power lines and buildings in the area experienced damage. The shuttle artifact had been blown over by the wind including the access arm, which allowed boarding and a house used back in the day as a place of rest for astronauts before launch. Its roof was blown off and numerous artifacts were lost or waiting to be recovered.

While this hurricane was devastating and unimaginable, it was a wake-up call. I had people I hadn’t spoken to in months (even years) call me to ask if I had been okay during the storm. Though Tallahassee did not experience bad weather during this time, many others did and it brought light to my eyes. As terrible as it may seem, sometimes it takes a tremendous loss in order for people to realize how quick they are to only care for their own safety.

Matthew was more than a storm. It was God’s way of saying we needed to reevaluate the way we are choosing to live. Many of us go through our day worrying about miniscule and unimportant details (what color should I dye my hair, why do I have two exams tomorrow, and why is it still raining?) We ask questions like these while there are people without a roof over their head or food to suppress their hunger.

This hurricane has given us a new doorway to walk through. A new beginning where we can trust in what He has planned for us as well as work together to help one another in times of need. He has come to our side to spread his message: that each and every one of us must be humble and kind and ready to lend a hand. We must wash away the greed and misfortune that has swept our nation in order to revive our land and relationships with one another.

It is our duty as those that were kept safe and sound to aid those who didn’t have an option. Nature had chosen for them, and it is our time to choose to help.

I have faith in our humanity as well as our bonds. I have faith for a better tomorrow, and with every day that passes, we are one step closer to the doorway He has opened for us. We must only have the strength to walk through.

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5 Ways College Students Soak Up The Sun In A Heat Wave

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Heat waves in the spring get students hyped on campus. It becomes impossible to focus on work, and you feel like a little kid again with all the sudden urges to play outside. Students always make the most of heat waves, as they only last a day or two. It becomes crucial to bask in the sun for as long as possible to hold you over until summer. Regardless of how you spend your time outside, you could probably fit yourself into one of these categories.

1. The Hammockers

This bunch I'm usually always jealous of this bunch. Mostly because I just don't have a hammock but even if I did it would take me hours to set up anyway. They just sway their way through the day. Reading, napping, basking in the shade, they have it made.

2. The Studiers

I usually identify with this student, as I take advantage of the beautiful weather while still staying on track with my workload for the day. I can only study outside for an hour or two before I start getting distracted, which leads me to abandon ship and hang with some friends.

3. The Slack-liners

Have a pair of trees that are too far apart for a hammock? Whip out the slackline and get walking! I feel like I could never master this activity (balancing and heights just aren't my thing) but it is really fun to watch people who actually know what they're doing.

4. The Frisbee Throwers

Who doesn't love frisbee? It is an easy way to have fun with your friends while catching some rays. You may even attract a few other students who would want to join! Everyone wants to be friends with the kid who has a frisbee.

5. The Loungers

Finally, there's just everyone else here for a good time. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and why waste it by spending it indoors? Find some friends, get a beach towel and a speaker, and get chillin' on the quad because the heat wave will be over before you know it.

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New York Weather Leaves Students Unmotivated To Finish Their Work

Climate change isn't just affecting the weather anymore, it's affecting peoples' motivation.
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Climate change has been bringing New York on a weather rollercoaster of emotions the past few months.

The students of New York have been feeling a range of emotions due to the dramatic ups and downs in weather that climate change has been causing.

“The cold weather doesn’t give me motivation to go to the library,” says Marissa, a sophomore at the University at Albany.

“I’m on a motivation rollercoaster with my work. It’s my senior year and I’m almost done, but have trouble getting all my work done quickly because of the different weather patterns,” says Dina, a student at Binghamton University.

Specifically, the month of March, and what looks like April, have been sporadically showing signs of beautiful weather, where students have even been able to wear flip-flops, but then go right back to snow and rain.

The snow and rain have been driving New York students to skip class, ultimately using this bad weather as an excuse.

Julian, another sophomore at UAlbany says, “I’ll be able to sit by the fountain, enjoying the weather one day while doing my work and then stuck in my room with no motivation to do it the next day because it’s snowing.”

April is known as the rainy month, so it is no surprise that we're seeing a lot of showers within the first week. However, it is a surprise that we are still seeing some days of snow.

Since we cannot control the weather, it is up to students to keep their motivation up regardless of what it looks like outside. GPAs do not get graded according to the weather, they get graded according to a student’s effort.

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