The Five Stages Of Hell Week...

The Five Stages Of Hell Week...

May the odds be in your favor!

Hello CofC students...welcome to HELL WEEK. I know you've been waiting for this all semester and it has officially arrived. For the freshmen finally experiencing this good luck and for the upperclassmen I applaud you. As we approach the best week of our lives, here are the five stages of Hell Week. May the odds be in your favor (ALSO don't forget to rub Clyde's nose in Cougar Mall)!!

1. Denial

The first stage...denial. Trust me you know you've already told yourself that you don't have so much going on or that you don't have 2 projects and 5 essays due, why? CAUSE IT'S ALL FINE. YOU'RE FINE. LIFE IS FINE. EVERYTHING IS FINE!

2. Anger

Don't lie you know that this gif is you right now. Of course, the second stage is anger, it only seems right. You're probably wondering why 5 minutes ago you were laughing and having fun but now you're screaming at the top of your lungs as to why you procrastinated so much. Trust me I know this feeling all too well.

3. Bargaining

If you're not in your professors' office hours bargaining to raise your grade up, then who are you? "Can you please push my grade up to an A? I've been working so hard!" "If I turn this in can you boost my grade?" You know you've said this before, don't lie to yourself.

4. Depression

I know...I know we've all been here before. Trust me I had a mental breakdown the other day but guess what it's gonna be alright. This sadness will go away as soon as you're done with finals and then you'll be celebrating Christmas and the new year. The only reason your sad is 'cause you don't know how the heck you're gonna pull that C to an A, but trust me YOU GOT THIS.

5. Acceptance

You've gotten to the last stage...acceptance. I know it's hard but you're here and you just need to accept that you may or may not pass. Let me tell you one thing tho...YOU MADE IT THROUGH HELL WEEK and even though the outcome of your grades may not be what you want, IT'S FINE. As a fellow friend of mine once said, "C's get degrees," it's okay to accept that C.

I would like to applaud each and every one of you students for getting through Hell Week. You've made it through the first semester but the second semester is yet to come. Good luck fellow Cougs!

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My Thoughts On Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Shooting

"There is NO reason why I should have had to run past deceased friends and classmates to get to safety..."

February 14, 2018

In Parkland, Florida, Nikolas Cruz used his AR-15 style semi-automatic rifle and killed 17 young students and injured many. Not one of those students who were perished, thought that they would be gunned down in a place they thought they were safe. Not even the parents, who dropped off their children and went to back home or to work. No one simply thought that the sunny, bright day would turn bloody and chaotic. So many of those students had their future ripped away from them. Their dreams of going to college, or traveling the world snatched away from them. How does Cruz hold the right to snatch those kids dreams away? Who gave him that right? How could he wake up one day and think of killing so many people within minutes? Cruz traumatized the student of the high school and they went to the internet to voice the horrors they saw.

“I cannot stop hearing the sound of the gun as he walked down my hallway. I cannot unsee my classmates who were shot get carried out by police. I cannot unsee the bodies on the floor. Please keep in mind the horror of what we’ve gone through today. #prayfordouglas”

Heart wrenching. Horrifying. Devastating.

“Never in a million years did I think I would have EVER gone through this. There is NO reason why I should have had to run past deceased friends and classmates to get to safety because there isn’t a control on how easy it is to get a gun.”

A lot of debates have risen after this shooting, some think that buying a gun should be restricted, others think that this was not a gun issue rather a mental health issue. It is very obvious that Cruz is a mentally ill person, no normal person would go and shoot up a school. But, my question is that how lenient are the requirements in Florida for him to get so many assault weapons? Some blame the NRA for pumping politicians with money to promote them and their ideas. I have heard of politicians who were given money from that organization and are tweeting about sending their thoughts and prayers to the victims. Donald Trump tweeted his condolences, which did not sit well with a lot of people. Especially, a student from the high school, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. She tweeted “I don’t want your condolences you f*****g piece of s**t, my friends and teachers were shot. Multiple of my fellow classmates are dead. Do something instead of sending prayers. Prayers won’t fix this. But gun control will prevent it from happening again.” She is right because what do thoughts and prayers really do? They won’t bring the dead back, help heal the families who lost their loved ones or prevent future mass shootings.

A change in gun control and mental health is needed to prevent such tragedies. There are countries who have strict gun laws, who do not have numerous amount of school shootings. I think this country can use their example and come up with something that will prevent more people from being gunned down. I am not saying that people who own legal guns should have their guns taken away but a thorough background check is needed to see if the person has had any criminal activity or mental health issues. I think guidelines should be put in place and a very complicated and lengthy process should be established before giving a person the responsibility to carry an armed weapon.

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To The Coach That Showed Me The Kind Of Coach I’ll Never Be

Now when I'm sitting on the bench, it's because I'm the coach.

Hey, Coach,

I remember the exact words you said to me when I handed in my jerseys and explained why I couldn't play for your anymore. "You're kind of making it sound like it's my fault," you said. It was your fault that me, and multiple other girls, decided to switch teams so they didn't have to play for you or stopped playing altogether.

You left a lot of us angry, hurt, and upset.

I can't speak for them, but I can say that I forgive you.

You taught me everything I didn't want to be when I became a coach.

I started coaching the day that I quit your team; it was one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life. Their playing time was not fixed, they had to work for their playing time every practice before the games. I made sure to celebrate the girls who I saw working the hardest and give everyone the same advantages and time to showcase their improvement. Something I did that was similar to you was that I had favorites: however, all my girls were my favorites and received equal treatment from me.

You taught me that life is unfair.

I'm going to have people in my life who don't believe in me and would rather work according to their own agenda; yet, I will thrive in spite of them, just as I did with you. I want you to know that I was captain of two of the other club teams I was on. I coached a team of beginners that received 2nd place in the finals, losing only by 1 point in the last match.

I was seen as a valuable player to every team I was on except yours; this is why I know that one person's opinion will never define me. You have made my skin thick and resistant to those who don't believe in me. I have seen my worth and I will never forget it, especially not over you.

One of the best lessons you taught me is that even though there are people who will hold me back, there are more people who will pull me forward.

My friends supported my decision to quit and never made me feel as if I made the wrong choice. My other coaches reached out to me to help keep me involved and continue to grow my love for the sport. My mom let me know how proud she was of my ability to handle such an unfortunate circumstance so maturely.

SEE ALSO: The Coach That Killed My Passion

I can't speak for all the other girls who decided to move on from you or how they decided to handle the situation, but I am thankful I ended up on your team and I'm even more thankful I didn't put up with it that last season.

Thanks for everything,


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