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.
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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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To The Girl Who Isn't Graduating On Time, It Won't Feel Any Less Amazing When You Do

Graduating is something to be proud of no matter how long it takes you.

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To the girl who isn't graduating college "on time,"

I promise, you will get there eventually, and you will walk across that graduation stage with the biggest smile on your face.

You may have a different journey than the people you grew up with, and that is OKAY. You may have some twists and turns along the way, a few too many major changes, a life change, you may have taken most of a semester off to try to figure your life out, and you're doing the best you can.

Your family and your friends don't think less of you or your accomplishments, they are proud of your determination to get your degree.

They are proud of the woman you are becoming. They don't think of you as a failure or as someone any less awesome than you are. You're getting your degree, you're making moves towards your dreams and the life that you have always wanted, so please stop beating yourself up while you see people graduating college on time and getting a job or buying a car.

Your time will come, you just keep doing what you need to do in order to get on that graduation stage.

Your path is set out for you, and you will get there with time but also with patience. The place you're at right now is where you are supposed to be. You are going to thrive and you are going to be the best version of you when you graduate and start looking for a company that you will be proud to work for. Don't look on social media and feel less than, because at least you're still working towards your degree that you are finally passionate about. You will be prepared. You will be ready once the time comes and you cross the stage, move away, and start your journey in whatever field you're going into.

Don't question yourself, and be confident in your abilities.

With love,

A girl who isn't graduating on time

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It's Time To Settle The Beef, UPS Vs FedEx Edition

If you prefer DHL, you're a sociopath.

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This is the clash of the titans. The dual of the century. Who better delivers your packages, UPS or FedEx. And today folks, we're going to find the truth.

LOGO: FedEx

Logos are everything. They create your entire brand. A good logo can make a shitty company amazing. I mean, take a look at Android. Androids are pieces of trash, but that cute little robot logo they have is awesome, how could anyone refuse to support that?

So when it comes to logos, UPS has that brown and yellow insignia. The shape of it makes it look like the police force if the police decided to use fugly colors like brown and yellow.

FedEx, on the other hand, has very optimistic colors: white, red, purple, green. There is even that little mini subliminal message in the FedEx logo with the arrow between the E and the x. Now that's a logo.

ABILITY TO DELIVER: Tie

I used to be fully team UPS but then UPS lost one of my packages and I swore them off. But then a month later, FedEx lost one of my packages and I couldn't swear them both off and go to DHL because honestly, whose favorite delivery service is DHL? If you prefer DHL, please stay far away from me. So when it comes to the ability to deliver my packages, both are equally sucky.

DRIVERS: FedEx

So this one might not have a big enough sample size, but the other day a UPS driver pulled out right in front of me on the highway and it pissed me the hell off. Also, I was walking across a street and a UPS truck didn't stop for me. No, I wasn't in a crosswalk, but still, the nerve of that UPS driver. FedEx takes this one simply because while I might not have anything GOOD to say for FedEx, I also don't have anything bad to say, either.

DOGS: FedEx

So dogs are the ultimate judge of character, right? If a dog likes someone then that person is good to go. And when the FedEx guy comes to my door, my dog goes off the wall with excitement. She runs to the door and wags her tail when he comes. When the UPS guy comes to the door, she doesn't bat an eye. There you have it.

FINAL VERDICT: FedEx

Overbearingly FedEx, huh. FedEx takes this one.

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