The Trichotomy Of College Transportation

The Trichotomy Of College Transportation

Scooters are the best...but why?
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To go ahead and give you the answer that you want, here it is: SCOOTERS.

The best transportation for college students, out of the big three, is undoubtedly scooters. We will call these people “scooterers”.

BUT WHY? WHY NOT THE OTHERS??? But...but he was a sk8er boy? The Tour de France?

Nope, none of that is relevant. If you want the true, unabridged reasons as to why scooters are the best, then let me first explain why the others are not.

1. BIKES

Ok, so a bike is probably the least practical mode of transportation on a relatively tight campus (aka you don’t have to go miles for a class). What could possibly be wrong with a bike though?

  1. Bikes are big and have to be stored outside normally, this can often lead to bikes getting stolen.
  2. You are going to be late for class? Ok, so you rush over on your bike and you make it at 12:58pm, just before your 1pm class. You totally would have time to make it there on a scooter that you would just bring into the class to store, but alas, you have to lock your bike. Which could normally only take a minute, but then, oh no, you’re so rushed that you fumble and drop the key or something and it takes too long. BOOM, you're late.
  3. If you forget your key to your lock EVER, you are at risk for it to be stolen while you go inside wherever you go.
  4. Maybe you want to go pick up some food, but then you feel weird leaving your bike outside...even with the lock..a wasted trip.

While I made these sound like doomsday occurrences, I just wanted to drive the point home that bikes are generally a hassle, and other options are simply...simpler.

2. SKATEBOARDS

Avril Lavigne (the original one, not the new one...have you heard the conspiracy?) would have me beheaded if this were ancient times and she were a queen, but these are not ancient times. So, the queen can only watch in dismay as I outline why skateboards just aren’t the move.

  1. Admittedly, there are less reasons why skateboards aren’t the best choice, but there are still reasons...such as the sheer possibility of destruction to your body. What do I mean? Falling off the skateboard. It’s common, and I feel like I don’t need to describe, just ask a friend who skates.
  2. Skateboards are hard to ride for a lot of people. Keeping balance on two feet can be a task for even the most intelligent humans, so adding four wheels and a few inches of elevation to the mix does not help at all.
  3. ROUGH TERRAIN. May skaters beware...many schools and universities have weird or cracking pavement, brick, rocks, and other unfriendly topography that collegiate riders have to watch out for. The skateboard is the weakest link in this area, often resulting in a wipeout or the much more minor inconvenience disengagement of having to walk the distance of the rough patch.

3. SCOOTERS

Well hello, you have finally made it to the section where I explain the superiority of scooters. I must say, I have no feelings of animosity toward anyone who does not ride/use a scooter, but I think scooters have not been awarded their fare share of credibility, so I have to be extreme.

  1. Scooters are generally light-weight, portable, and can even be stylish. I have my own in hot pink, it consistently gets me looks. Those looks range from “heck yeah” to “I really was not expecting to be visually assaulted by this but...respect.”
  2. Scooters don’t need an extra lock or anything, so when you arrive to your class building 2 minutes before you need to go in, there’s no time wasted wasted locking it up outside!
  3. Unlike skateboards, scooters come with a convenient handle to hold onto. So, you can push with your feet and stare ahead to your destination without feeling like you are going to plummet to the hard and unforgiving ground beneath your speeding toes.
  4. ***IMPORTANT*** scooters, with LARGE WHEELS (like the Razor A5 Lux), can avoid the unsteadiness of uneven terrain and can generally glide over “bumpy bois” and other ground obstacles, as long as mild caution is used.

ALRIGHT, so if none of that convinced you to like scooters the most...it’s okay. Just give my fellow scooterer a break the next time you see one. These rides are eco-friendly and I support all of them, I just love my scooter too much to not let y’all know why it’s the best.

Have fun on the streets, sidewalks, pathways, etc...and remember, don’t text and ride!

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20 Fun Facts To Use When Introducing Yourself

As we embark on the semester, we are put on the spot in order to share interesting details about ourselves. This article discloses possible fun facts to tell others!
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After experiencing my first week of classes, I have learned that every student needs a handy-dandy list of fun facts about themselves to tell other people. Many professors use the first couple of classes to learn about their students, so you may need to think about who you are and how you want to introduce yourself to your professor and classmates. We all have that one go-to interesting fact about ourselves, but sometimes you just have to mix it up!

1. My favorite hobby is...

What do you do in your free time? Personally, I love to stay active! I am a competitive Latin dancer and enjoy teaching and taking Zumba classes, going to the gym, and hiking.

2. I love...

Is there something, someone, or somewhere that you love? What makes your heart ache? What do you miss when it's gone? I can say that I love my friends because I feel my most confident when I'm surrounded by those who love and support me.

3. I look up to...

Is there someone you adore? Who mesmerizes you? Who do you wish to learn from? After watching "A Ballerina's Tale," I discovered Misty Copeland. In 2015 she became the first African American ballet dancer to become the Female Principal Dancer at American Ballet Theatre. Her passion, grace, and strength continuously motivate me to better myself as an athlete and an individual.

4. This art speaks to me because...

Coco Chanel said, "In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different." This encourages me to always follow my heart no matter what. I will never follow society's standards and norms because they do not define me. Chanel's saying definitely influences my character and lifestyle.

5. A funny and/or embarrassing memory of me is...

When you make others laugh they want to spend time and make memories with you! Don't be afraid to embarrass yourself. You will come off as down to earth, easy-going, and loyal.

6. My siblings or lack thereof influenced me by...

I can go on and on about my brother, who is 10 years older than I. We have opposite personalities and despite the age gap, we're quite close.

7. My pet(s) are my life because...

Only sad people don't like hearing about furry creatures, even if your pets are slimy and slithering creatures all human beings enjoy hearing pet tales!

8. I'm afraid of...

Your personality can be revealed by your likes and dislikes, including the things that you fear. I am terrified of change and the unknown, hence, the future is an anxiety-inducing topic to discuss for me.

9. I am the way I am because...

What have you gone through in life that has shaped you into who you are today? Remember to be open minded and allow yourself to open up to your peers. You may be surprised by how others respond and/or what others have endured as well.

10. The most unusual item that can be found in your dorm...

This is a fun fact about yourself that can easily liven up an awkward conversation. Think about your quirks and differences! One item I have in my dorm is my teddy bear, Peter, whom I like to joke is my boyfriend.

11. My dream job is...

In college, "What's your major?" is a widespread question. Nonetheless, skip the boring statement of "I'm majoring in..." and go in depth on what your dream job is (hopefully your major factors in to this dream of yours).

12. My hidden talents are...

Angelina Jolie is a knife thrower. Kendall Jenner can produce bird noises. Amanda Seyfried can crochet and knit. Is there anything special you can do? Some people have rare and unique talents, maybe you can think of some hidden talents of your own!

13. My guilty pleasure is...

I will say it a million times: don't be shy when introducing yourself to new people! I'll start by divulging my guilty pleasure: Youtube's family vlogging channel, "OKBaby"!

Check them out: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvUCbnwzySKgbKiB_...



14. Some activities on my bucket list are...


This is an easy way to grab people's attention and find others with similar desires as you. Be an adventurer! Go out of your comfort zone!

15. Talk about your best friend...

How would your best friend describe you? What do you love to do with your best friend?

16. Talk about an accomplishment of yours...

You are incredible and have achieved so much! Reveal something that you are proud of — show off a little!

17. This one time at my job...

Bosses breathing down your neck. Curious coworkers asking personal questions. Cursing customers who never leave you alone. Your job can be filled with tons of hilarious situations that can easily entertain a crowd.

18. During the summer...

Any scars with stories? Any summer flings? Any lessons learned from the tanning too long? Now that summer is over, disclose memories that can leave positive impressions on others.

19. I volunteer at...

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20. [blank] is meaningful to me because...



What do you appreciate in life? What brightens your day? What makes you fall in love? What does someone have to do to make you smile?

Finally, remember to be outgoing! Reveal that three-mile smile and open your arms to learning about others. Spread smiles, love, and happiness.

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In The Words Of Casting Crowns, My Life Will Be For 'Only Jesus'

"Only Jesus" by Casting Crowns has inspired me to live my life for Jesus.

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When I watch the music video for Casting Crowns "Only Jesus" I am reminded of the reason why we are on this earth, alive, breathing air through our lungs, our hearts beating, and time going on and on.

We are on this earth, not to seek our own glory, our own accolades, and our own selfish greed, but to know God, love God, and to make Him known in this world, through sharing how God's son Jesus has set us free from our sinful lives and has resurrected us spiritually.

At the beginning of the video, we see Mark Hall, the lead singer of Casting Crowns, driving down a road, eventually driving into a junkyard. The junkyard is both a setting for the music video and an allegory. The junkyard is allegorical to show that everything we obtain in this world, both material things and in achieving our own selfish pursuits of self-glory, self-pride, and self-adulation, will one day rot away and decay into nothingness.

No one will remember you in 500 years when you are dead and gone. The only exception to this is if you do something spectacular with your life that makes you famous. Only then will people remember what you did, not the person that you really was.

But living for Jesus and dedicating our lives to the "good fight" is the everlasting legacy we should pass on.

We should be remembered how we dedicated every minute of our lives being fishers of men for Jesus. When Christian men and women live this way, their children learn about God's love, which in turn causes them to surrender their lives to God, then passing God's love to their children, repeating this infinite loop of love for all time until Jesus comes back. Only Jesus is eternal. Only His love is eternal.

So when I die, "I don't want to leave a legacy. I don't care if they remember me, only Jesus."

Because my Lord Jesus Christ, God the Father, and the Holy Spirit is the only thing that matters.

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