To My Fellow Cougs And Everyone Else, Be Safe This Syllabus Week

To My Fellow Cougs And Everyone Else, Be Safe This Syllabus Week

Every year things get out of hand, and every year someone gets hurt.
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Syllabus week. Easy first days of classes, moving into your new place, catching up with all your friends, waiting for the fun that happens after dark. Being back on campus brings mixed feelings, but we are all excited to be here for one reason or another.

Whether it is your first, second, or even sixth year, there is something about being in college that gives you a false sense of invincibility. You feel like nothing can take you down and that you are given this time to be young and reckless and make stupid decisions that quickly become legendary stories.

The brute reality, though, is that we are not invincible. It is so, so easy for one little mistake to lead to a night filled with flashing lights—and not the kind you find in the basement of your friend's house. Every single year it seems like things get way too out of hand during syllabus week and someone ends up getting hurt or even dying. It happens on our campus and on campuses all over the country. But it is so easy to prevent it if you just take the time to be smart about what you are doing and to be aware of those around you.

Know your limits. If it's your first time drinking or your seven-hundredth, take it slow. Drink water. Please, eat something before you go out. Don't leave your drinks alone. Know what is in your cup. You'll be thanking yourself for it in the morning and you will be safe.

Stay together. Take a trip back to middle school and use the buddy system. You'll be able to keep your friends safe and you'll have someone looking out for you. Besides, who wants to go out alone? Don't leave your friends stranded out in ApartmentLand because you really want to get to John's place across town. Make sure you and everyone you are with gets home in one piece.

Know the signs. You're in college so use that big brain of yours. If you see someone in a bad situation, help them or find someone else who can. Know the symptoms of alcohol poisoning, drug abuse, overdose, assault. Don't put yourself in danger, but don't leave things up to chance if you have a bad feeling about it.

Be smart. Have fun but know where to draw the line and when to just head home for the night. Take care of each other. Think things through. It all seems so simple, but if you all just do these things, we can keep our campus so much safer this week and for the entire semester. It doesn't matter if it's for a "cool pic," if someone dares you, you want to impress a group of people, or it sounds like a good adrenaline rush—none of these are worth your life or the lives of those around you.

Have some (smart) fun this syllabus week!

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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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Five Tips to Get on Top of Your 2019: Tech Editions

Yeah, there's an app for that.

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Technology is the course of the future, why not use it to get on top of your new year? Make 2019 the year you stop sleeping on these great productivity apps and get grinding! Best part, all the apps I've included here are free.

Google Calendar.

Look at that beauty.

I LOVE Google Calendar! Not only is it a great tool to map out your week, it comes with cool features. You can color code tasks and events, get text reminders and so much more. You can even sync your calendar with other people's (this is very helpful for roommates or study buddies).

Google Doc File Folders

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Sick of that long list of documents in your Google Docs? You can make file folders to organize all of your docs!

Momentum Chrome Extension

This is by far my favorite productivity app. It's a Chrome extension that acts as a home page whenever you open a new window or tab. It comes complete with the weather, a motivational quote and a to-do list! The best feature is their "main focus for the day". It keeps you grounded for sure- especially when it pops up with every tab and forces you to think about all you need to accomplish.

Wunderlist

This is a to-do list on steroids- definitely worth checking out!

Todist

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