Why I Will Never Walk Around Campus With Headphones In

Why I Will Never Walk Around Campus With Headphones In

Even if it does seem like a norm.

I've been at Michigan State for almost two months now and one of the biggest differences I have found walking around is that everyone is in their own little world.

This isn't to say that we aren't always in our own world, but there are some differences between existing as an individual person and purposely distancing yourself from other forms of interaction with others. I haven't ever seen so many people with headphones in on their way to and from class. Why is it that there is such a noticeable difference between people at schools where the most noticeable difference is size?

I don't understand why people feel the need to constantly be listening to something. There are some people who need the stimulation, some sort of background noise so that they can focus on the task at hand, however there are so many things to notice while you're on a campus as large as MSU. With your headphones in, all you can observe is the noise directly in your ear and maybe of the car honking at the student who decided to cross the road at the wrong time. You don't hear all of the other noises, the rain, birds, wind, trees moving, footsteps, bike chains clicking, gears turning, the thump of skateboards going over each crack in the sidewalk, and more. If I were to walk around with my headphones in all the time I wouldn't be able to tell you that the crosswalks tell you when you are allowed to go. I wouldn't notice that the people walking behind me were speaking in a different language.

Coming from a smaller college, saying hello to three people on the way to class is normal and if you don't see at least five people you know, it feels strange. You didn't hear people speaking Chinese or Spanish on the way to class unless they had an exam.

At Aquinas people didn't wear headphones, and if they did it was odd to me. They came across as antisocial and distant, which went completely against the small schools unwritten rules. I think this is an interesting phenomenon. Socialization is an important part of life, it is how you make connections with people. With headphones in you are much more unapproachable and therefore cut off any opportunity there is to build relationships with those around you.

I suppose since the campus is larger, you have more time between classes and if you are walking alone, it is more fun to have something familiar in your ear. I equate it to singing to yourself when you're walking late at night. Somehow hearing a happy tune lessens the fear that someone or something is going to jump out from behind a tree at you.

I tried to walk around with headphones in one time, just to see what it was like. On this ten minute walk I saw one person I knew which made me frantically try to take the earbuds out so I could hear them as I went across the road, and after that two second conversation, I found that I kept looking over my shoulder because I couldn't hear the bikers or skateboarders coming up behind me. I felt like my music was too much for , and this little bubble cut me off from the world. To say the least, it was not a good experience.

Having music is great, you can get in touch with another element of culture, but when you ignore the human part of it you run the risk of missing out on developing in that regard. In my car, the radio is usually alway on. I like to listen to the different songs and genres. Going between stations you can see how wide the variety of music is. Similarly, just by tuning in to the world and people around you, you can embrace the differences between each individual that makes up the community.

I don't have anything against other people listening to their music on the way to class, it just isn't for me. I would rather be watching my surroundings and taking the time to get to know the people in the area. I believe that having a divider between myself and those around me steals the opportunity to connect and those are moments you can't get back.

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The Truth About Young Marriage

Different doesn't mean wrong.

When I was a kid, I had an exact picture in my mind of what my life was going to look like. I was definitely not the kind of girl who would get married young, before the age of 25, at least.

And let me tell you, I was just as judgmental as that sentence sounds.

I could not wrap my head around people making life-long commitments before they even had an established life. It’s not my fault that I thought this way, because the majority opinion about young marriage in today’s society is not a supportive one. Over the years, it has become the norm to put off marriage until you have an education and an established career. Basically, this means you put off marriage until you learn how to be an adult, instead of using marriage as a foundation to launch into adulthood.

When young couples get married, people will assume that you are having a baby, and they will say that you’re throwing your life away — it’s inevitable.

It’s safe to say that my perspective changed once I signed my marriage certificate at the age of 18. Although marriage is not always easy and getting married at such a young age definitely sets you up for some extra challenges, there is something to be said about entering into marriage and adulthood at the same time.

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Getting married young does not mean giving up your dreams. It means having someone dream your dreams with you. When you get lost along the way, and your dreams and goals seem out of reach, it’s having someone there to point you in the right direction and show you the way back. Despite what people are going to tell you, it definitely doesn’t mean that you are going to miss out on all the experiences life has to offer. It simply means that you get to share all of these great adventures with the person you love most in the world.

And trust me, there is nothing better than that. It doesn’t mean that you are already grown up, it means that you have someone to grow with.

You have someone to stick with you through anything from college classes and changing bodies to negative bank account balances.

You have someone to sit on your used furniture with and talk about what you want to do and who you want to be someday.

Then, when someday comes, you get to look back on all of that and realize what a blessing it is to watch someone grow. Even after just one year of marriage, I look back and I am incredibly proud of my husband. I’m proud of the person he has become, and I’m proud of what we have accomplished together. I can’t wait to see what the rest of our lives have in store for us.

“You can drive at 16, go to war at 18, drink at 21, and retire at 65. So who can say what age you have to be to find your one true love?" — One Tree Hill
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8 Easy Steps To Help You Change From A Night Owl To An Early Bird

We all know how dreadful the morning can be, but these easy steps can make it a whole lot easier for you!


It's seven am the morning after a late night, and here comes that irritating sound of your alarm. Instantly, you're in a bad mood and angrily starting your day off. If only mornings didn't have to seem so awful...

What if I told you this doesn't always have to be the case though? Coming from somebody who at one point couldn't get out of bed before 11 am earliest, to now waking up in a good mood with the rising of the sun every morning, it is possible. Here are some of the ways I was able to change from a night owl to an early bird.

1. Go to sleep earlier.


This one is obvious, but the one people neglect the most.

2. Focus on a morning schedule.

Your morning routine is the most important part of all of this. Even if you go to bed late, if you wake up at the right time, make your breakfast, get up and do the things you need to do in the morning, you will find it much easier and natural to get up.

3. Change the sound of your alarm.

Everybody knows the infamous iphone chirping alarm sound, it is extremely irritating and easily the most annoying sounds, so change it. Switch it up so your body hears something completely different. We tend to get accustomed to and ignore the alarms, making it harder to register and wake from them.

4. Avoid Naps Throughout The Day. 

This can be a hard one especially for us college students, but it will allow you to get an earlier, better night of sleep that will set you up for a higher energy morning.

5. When you wake up, get up.

Instead of waking up and sitting on your phone, checking social media, or continually hitting that snooze button, GET UP. It is as simple as that, your body will force itself up and creating this as a habit you will basically be springing out of bed in no time.

6. Open your curtains before you go to bed.

Let the light in! When your alarm goes off you will see the room flooded with light, this is a much easier condition to wake up than in a dungeon.

7. Avoid staying up late on your phone.

The blue lights on your device will make it harder to fall asleep, making you miss your bedtime and wake up later.

8. Get active during the day.

Tire yourself out throughout the day so you don't have so much pent up energy when it's time to go to bed!

Some of these may seem self-explanatory, but as easy as they seem to be, they are easy to forget. Becoming a morning person sets you up for such a better day, you get more done by the time the average person wakes up and having more energy in the morning sets you up for a more productive day.

Sure maybe a bedtime in college sounds lame, but you know what they say. Go catch that worm!

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