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A Letter To The Warm Cookies In The UMD Dining Halls

The dining hall's biggest temptation.

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Dear Warm Cookies,

You are one of the worst and best things in the dining hall. The perfect dessert to grab on the way out of the dining hall and to munch on before heading to class. As a late night snack, nothing else is better. Unfortunately, there is such a thing as too many cookies. A frequent problem college students bond over is how every time we leave the dining hall, it seems like we leave with a warm cookie. During the meal, we think to ourselves, "I will not grab a warm cookie on my way out today." But as soon as we put our dishes away and head towards the exist, we always end up making a quick pit stop by the cookies, especially if a fresh batch was just put out.

For some people, the chocolate chip cookies get them. For others, it is the double chocolate. For me, it is the M&M; cookie. Whatever the flavor is, people are always drawn towards the warm cookies, even if we know we should not be eating warm cookies after both lunch and dinner. But per usual, the pull of the warm cookies leaves us walking out of the dining hall with yet another cookie in hand.

The warm cookies bring students together from colleges all over. After telling my friend at the University of Michigan that I was writing an article about the warm cookies, she told me how she had the warmest chocolate chip cookie today, and I told her about my sugar cookie. Even though we are 520 miles apart, the warm cookies at our respective dining halls bring us together.

So, warm cookies, thank you for being the ultimate temptation but also a big bonding factor among freshmen college students everywhere. As much as we complain about the dining halls, we are always happy to indulge in a warm cookie.

Sincerely,

Freshmen everywhere

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7 Pieces Of Advice From A Guy In A Long-Distance Relationship

Is it possible to maintain a long distance relationship?

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A common assumption about long distance relationships is that they always end up not working out. Being in a long distance relationship myself, I am always asked questions such as "Do you really think it's a good idea?" or "What if she's cheating on you?" and "You know it ain't gonna be easy right?" I've known people, even friends, who have given give me flack for even having a long distance relationship. It may come as a surprise to some people out there, but long distance relationships can actually work.

Let me give my fellow long-distance friends some sage advice.

1. Ease up

In a long distance relationship, it's true that communication is important to have with your significant other, but to spam their messages 24/7 with the constant where are you, what's up, or who you are with kind of messages is just unnecessary and extra. No one is winning in this situation. You're just stressing yourself out and annoying them. Which leads me to my next tip.

2. Establish trust

Long distance or not, there is no relationship or even healthy friendship that I know of that has survived with a lack of trust. If trust wasn't established before, the second you start questioning one another it would be best to come out and be honest about it. If you keep your feelings held down for too long, you're just going to end up a complete mess. We're all human, so to have these feelings is natural.

4. Shower them with your love

Last time I checked, people love it when they're told "I love you" and receive gifts from their special someone. It lets them know you haven't forgotten about them. Remembering tip number one still keeps it in moderation.

5. Don't be a downer

Please don't go into a long distance relationship and expect the worst to happen. If you're just naturally a pessimist and a negative Nancy, long distance will definitely not be your cup of tea.

Talk about your future together, FaceTime, recommend a Netflix series to watch together, talk dirty to each other, but most importantly you both must...

6. Commit

It takes two to tango. To make this even possible, both parties should understand what they are getting themselves into and commit.

It all really comes down to how much you love this person. I will add one more thing before I wrap up.

7. That Feeling

When you see each other after it's been weeks, months, and even years, it's honestly like heaven on earth. The simplest things you do together just got 1,000 times better.

Don't get me wrong, depending on the distance, relationships can become hard to maintain, but a long distance relationship is not impossible.

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You Know You're From Trumbull, CT When...

The best memories are made in this boring, little, Connecticut town.

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1. The majority of places you will consider to eat at are in Fairfield or Westport... Colony, Shake Shack, Country Cow, Playa Bowls, BarTaco

2. But if you find yourself too lazy to get on 95 for food, Panchero's is the go-to... never Chipotle. If it is past midnight, the choice always comes down to the McDonalds in Monroe, where you are almost guaranteed to see a group of people you know, or Merritt Canteen.

3. Once you got your license, your Friday night plans consisted of picking up friends, driving up and down Main Street, and, somehow, always finding yourself at the THS parking lot seeing who's car is there because there is nothing better to do.

4. In the Fall, you couldn't wait for Friday so that after school you and half of your grade could walk to Plasko's Farm for ice cream and apple cider donuts... and hope you could get them before the owners would yell at you to leave. (This one only applies to Hillcrest Middle School kids, AKA the inferior middle school in town).

5. You couldn't wait to be a senior so you could officially lead the BLACK HOLE at football games... if you were even willing to go in the cold.

6. You looked forward to the annual Senior Scav, the last week of summer before your senior year where a list of tasks is passed down by the recently graduated class... the official kickoff to senior year.

7. You pass by Country Club Rd. and get flashbacks from the worst Cross Country practices ever. Driving up Daniels Farm Rd. in the Fall and Spring, you are conditioned to yell "hi" out the window to your friends at practice.

8. You knew someone who worked at Gene's gas station... and found yourself spending more time there on the weekends than you would like to admit.

9. You are convinced Melon-heads are real after frequenting Velvet St. to see the abandoned insane asylum with your friends, IF you didn't want to drive all the way up to Fairfield Hills in Newtown.

10. You have had/have been to at least one middle school birthday party at the Trumbull Marriott.

11. You know that the 25mph speed limit on Whitney Ave. is way too slow... and can't help but hit a little air going down the huge hill at the top.

12. The guy at Towne likely knows your name.

13. You never find yourself turning right out of THS... that side of town is irrelevant for those who do not live there.

14. You know to avoid the Merrit Parkway from 4:00-7:00pm at all costs.

15. You know more than you would like to about people you aren't even friends with... in a town so small, things get around very quick.

16. Going shopping really means going to Target, or any store in the mall, for the millionth time that week.

17. The marching band was the best in the state and you would see them practicing, literally, every time you drove by THS.

19. Depending on the side of town you lived, you spent a lot of time at Five Pennies Park or Indian Ledge Park.

20. You would say you couldn't wait to leave, but when you got to college, you find yourself excited to come back to your hometown so you can reminisce on old traditions and make new memories.

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