Things To Keep In Mind When Choosing A College

Things To Keep In Mind When Choosing A College

Home cooked meals or dining hall food? Your mom waking you up or ten alarms?
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Deciding where to go to college is one of the biggest decisions you will make in your life. Where you go to college will determine your future, and before you decide this, there are a few things you should consider, especially if you want to go away for college.

Make sure you are really ready to leave home.

This is one of the toughest things you will have to experience. You will be on your own and away from everything you ever knew. We’ve all said it, “I can’t wait to move away and get out of here”. But when that day comes and you don’t get to see your parents everyday, you will wish you took longer to decide what you really wanted, because maybe this isn’t what you wanted.

Living in dorms is not as great as you would think.

You have to live with people you have never met before and that live a completely different way than you. As I am sitting in my dorm right now, I hear about three different conversations, loud music, and the girls in the suite next door laughing. At home, you did your homework in your room with peace and quiet, but when you live with five other people, there is no such thing as quiet.

Remember those delicious home cooked meals you had just about every night?

Yeah me too, those were the best. But now, I eat dining hall food about twice a day. They do have all different kinds of food for you, but it is the strangest food combinations, and nine times out of ten it’s cold and disgusting. Luckily, there are restaurants on campus, but after a while, your Boomer Meals run out and you have to start paying for it out of pocket.

Now, back to the dorms.

Some of get lucky and move in with people we know, but most of us live with complete strangers. Not everyone is the same. You will always have the messy one, the loud one, the anti-social one, and the annoying one. You are all best friends at first, but the later into the semester you get, the more things change. You really get to see how a person lives after a few weeks at college. And sometimes, the way they live is by doing every single one of your pet peeves.

For some, going away to college was the best decision they ever made. But for others, it’s not. As the other half of the group who wishes they never went away, I am telling all of you to really be sure you want to do this. Make sure that you are okay with not seeing your parents everyday, or your dogs. Make sure that you will be okay with only being at home for a just a few days out of the month. Make sure that you REALLY want this. College is not an easy decision, and neither is leaving your family.

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A Recent Sports Bra Suspension At Rowan University Has Gotten Female Athletes Outraged

A recent ban was placed on the Men and Women's Cross Country Athletes from using their designated practice facility.

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UPDATE: Following the publication of this article, Rowan University administration has released a statement ending the sports bra ban and a statement regarding the usage of athletic facilities by the Cross Country team.

If you're running in a sports bra, then you must be asking for it, right? Well, according to a football player at Rowan University, this is true.

I'll have you know the real reason women run in sports bras, and it's not to show off our hard-earned abs. Women, whether they have a six-pack or not, run in sports bras because, quite frankly, it's hot outside. We run in sports bras because our workouts are demanding, challenging, and vigorous.

We run in sports bras because we are confident, hardworking student-athletes.

We do not run in a sports bra as a way to show off our bodies in attempts to distract men.

Out of the 15 Rowan University Women Cross Country athletes, all of them believe running in sports bras at practice should be allowed. Even the girls who don't partake in shirtless runs at practice still believe the other members of the team should be permitted to wear whatever they feel confident in.

The Cross Country team at Rowan is one of the only teams that is not provided with a daily uniform to practice in. With that being said, how is it expected for the women on this team to partake in an non-existing dress code?

A meeting was held with the Women's Cross Country Coach and the Athletic Director to address this issue resulting in the verdict of the women on the team no longer being able to run in sports bras. If that wasn't already enough of an outrage, it was also decided the women were no longer allowed to run on the track.

Women running around the track in sports bras at their own practice were claimed to be distracting to the football players on the field during the same time.

As if the women no longer being able to run in sports bras wasn't enough, now they're no longer allowed to run on the track, period. The girls are now mandated to run on the local high school track on workout days.

In 2015, Rowan University officially finished their new $4.6 million athletic practice facility. The practice facility includes two fields for football, soccer, field hockey, and lacrosse athletes. There is a dedicated practice area for each team. The men and women Cross Country teams have their track. Now they no longer have that privilege.

The problem here is not the women on the team. The problem is not the women wearing sports bras. The problem is not women's bodies.

Rape culture is the problem.

The fact that the Athletic Department supports the claim of this being distracting, or the women "asking for it," is disgusting. Mind you, the Athletic Department put together a video involving student-athletes addressing rape culture and how it is not tolerated here. Oh, is that so?

"As girls, we could look at the football team and say that their tight pants showing off everything is asking for it, but we don't. When we are on the track, we are doing a hard workout that requires all our focus, so we aren't looking at them and what they are doing. If they are distracted by us, then their practices clearly don't require their full attention, or they just aren't as committed to the sport." -Anonymous source

In the world of professional athletics, all female Elite runners are permitted to wear racing crop tops. Not only are they non-restricting, but they are a trendy, comfortable, and empowering part of the running culture.

As women, we are constantly reminded that we should be ashamed or embarrassed about our bodies. It's 2018, and yet women are still being objectified with their physical appearance.

As a nation, we are taking a step back into history, and as a University, we are teaching student-athletes that this is acceptable.

The women on this team not only represent the University but the growing community of female runners. It's time women are allowed to embrace their bodies and not live in constant fear of being degraded by men.

Women, athletes or not, deserve to use their voice and take a stance. The future generations are watching. Let's set a good example.


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An Open Letter: To Those Who Aren't Kind To Themselves

An open letter addressing how important it is to be kind to the most valuable person: yourself. Be kind to yourself.

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To Those Who Aren't Kind to Themselves,

This was a phrase I too often didn't think applicable to myself. There were so many instances in which I thought being kind to myself was always last compared to anything else. But, it's an essential part of keeping yourself in a positive attitude.

The meaning of 'being kind,' can mean a variety of things, but I am referring to allowing yourself time to re-group. There are so many things that could make you feel wholly out of tune with what you're doing. As with many things, a busy schedule can leave you feeling somewhat numb or stressed. The general overwhelming feeling of obligation to many things creates a less immediate obligation to yourself. It becomes an almost consuming avoidance of making sure your balance is in check.

That's cool for awhile, until you get tripped up in forgetting what you're working toward. You spend more time worrying over what you have to do next, you forget that you didn't have ten minutes to yourself that day. You didn't listen to a song you enjoy. You didn't consider yourself worth a small fraction of the 24 hours we're given.

It's hard. I know it because I struggle with it too. However, knowing when your energy is low and what your limit is becomes key. I know that it is easier said than done as the saying goes, but there is an urgency in making sure you feel balanced. Without this, more things become unbalanced simply because of how you feel. It sounds far-fetched, but it's completely true. An attitude can make those 24 hours worthy or not.

But it all starts with you.

If you aren't conscious that your well-being is important in that sense, I hope this letter helps. There are so many things I know you have to get done, but today, please try to make being kind to yourself at the top of that list. There is only one you. That is a precious statement within itself. If no one told you that you're valuable today, let me be the first: you are worth every bit of positivity this world has to offer, and I hope this letter out of many helps provide that for you.

Be kind to yourself. Always.


Encouragingly,

Jessica

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