Who Plays The "What If" Game?

Who Plays The "What If" Game?

Please don't tell me that my family and I are the only ones!
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I recently went camping, and as we were dragging out the tents and drying them off from the rain, we placed items on the four corners to prevent the wind from blowing the tents away. It just happened to be that the four items on one of the tents was: a lamp, a flashlight, a Hmong knife, and a hammer. My sister asked me, “If there was a zombie apocalypse, and you had to go into a dark place to get food, what item – out of the four – would you choose to bring?”

She told me that she would bring the flashlight so she could see zombies and hopefully find a weapon in the process. My response was that I’d bring the hammer because I could kill zombies with the weapon –ideally even in the dark because zombies (according to The Walking Dead and other games such as Minecraft) aren’t very quiet. Moreover, if I needed to bust open a cabinet for items, I could use the hammer as well. We were doing what we often spontaneously did – playing the “What If” game.

For those of you who are wondering, the “What If” game – as we’ve coined it – is when a person asks a “what if” question to either an individual or a group of people. Everyone then tries to answer as truthfully as possible. It’s kind of like that common question of: if you were stuck at an island and could only bring one item, what would it be? Usually though, it’s more personal and pertains to people we know. My boyfriend was the one who introduced my family and I to the “What If” game, so whenever a random scenario pops up in our heads, we ask it. Most of the time, the questions are worst case scenarios – often involving zombies, sacrifice, or an apocalypse of some sort.

For instance, a common question my boyfriend (since he seems to be the designated “asker”) brings up is: if you got in a car accident with two other people you know and there were zombies coming, and you could only save one person because they were both knocked unconscious, who would you save? Another example of a common scenario is: out of everyone we know, choose three people that you’d want on your zombie apocalypse team.

I, personally, love these thought-provoking games because it evokes people to think about those they know personally. It’s seems kind of cruel asking who a person would save over another, but instead of getting offended at their choice, we focus on the reasons behind it because that’s what matters. If people are comfortable answering honestly, the motives are usually meaningful, which reveals more about the people answering. That’s why the game is fun: it’s a way to get to know each other even more. The responses can be pretty hilarious too once you’ve grown familiar with those people.

Furthermore, I say the “What If” game is a way to consider people you know personally because – you have to pick who to be on your zombie team. You find yourself asking – who has a good attitude? Who will bring positivity to the group, or complain the whole time? Who’s a reliable shooter – including Black Ops? Do you know someone in the medical field? Who will take leadership, and who will choose to be independent? And who can you depend on no matter what? It’s interesting to consider what kind of zombie team you could make by picking certain people you know, which also makes you reflect on your relationships with others. I know this seems a little deep for a “What If” game, but these kinds of games show who we are – which is why they’re often brought up in school when a teacher is trying to get to know his/her students.

The “What If” game also forces people to consider what they would do in worst case scenarios. I know a zombie apocalypse probably isn’t going to happen, but pondering about worst case scenarios can sometimes be a healthy activity. For instance, it’s a good idea to look for exit signs anywhere you go in case there’s a fire. People might not always want to think that bad things could happen, but those who contemplate about what they would do tend to have a better reaction when bad things do occur. On the other hand, obsessively thinking about worst case scenarios can also be unhealthy. Therefore, “What If” games are a good way to have fun deliberating dangerous situations while additionally taking those scenarios seriously since the point of the game is to answer truthfully.

So if you’ve never played the “What If” game, I recommend you try it out! You can ask whatever question you want, and it’s always fun and interesting thinking about your own responses and explanations and then hearing others’ answers. It’s a great way to get to know people and think about difficult situations. Plus, it can provoke more conversation when you and your friends are waiting in line or just don’t know what else to talk about. Try it out! What item would you take into a dark room possibly filled with zombies?

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To The Senior Graduating High School In A Month

"What feels like the end, is often the beginning."
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It wasn’t too long ago that I was in your shoes. Just a little over a year ago, I was the senior that had a month left. One month left in the hometown that I grew up in. One month left with the friends that I didn’t want to leave. One month left in the place that I had called “my school” for the past four years. You are probably thinking the same things I thought whenever it came down to only 30 days left. You’re probably scared, nervous, worried, or anxious. Maybe you’re like me and are dying to get out of high school, ready to start a new chapter. Or maybe you aren’t so ready yet. Maybe you’re wishing for a little more time.

As scary as it is, this month you have left will fly by. You’ll blink and you’ll be standing in your cap and gown, waiting for your name to be called to receive your diploma. You’ll look back on your last four years at your school and wonder why time went by so fast. It’ll be bittersweet. However, trust me when I say that you have so much to look forward to. You are about to begin taking the steps to build your future. You are going to grow and learn so much more than any high school class could teach you. You are going to meet amazing people and accomplish amazing things. So, as scared as you might be, I encourage you to take that first step out of your comfort zone and face this world head on. Chase your dreams and work towards your goals. You are smart. You are brave. You are capable of achieving amazing things. All your life, the lessons you have learned have prepared you for this point in your life. You are more than ready.

There are times when you will feel alone, scared, or confused. There are times when it won’t always be easy. But those are the times when you will shine the most because I know you will work through whatever problems you may face. Don’t think of the bad times as a terrible thing. Use them all as learning experiences. As author Joshua Marine once said, “Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.”

You might think that this is the end. However, it’s not. This is only the beginning. Trust me when I say that the adventures and opportunities you are about to face are nothing compared to high school. Whether you are going to college, going to work, or something else, this is the beginning of your journey called life. It will be exciting, it will be terrifying, but it will all be worth it.

So, as you walk out of your high school for the very last time, I encourage you to take a deep breath. Relax. You’ll always have the memories to look back on from high school. But your time is now, it begins today. Embrace it.

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A Beginner's Guide to Milwaukee Sports

Part I: The Bucks

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Being a college student in Milwaukee has its perks, especially for sports fans. Now, while some may have brought their hometown teams to college, others (myself included) may have warmed up to the Cream City teams without knowing much about them. If this is the case for you, then these pointers can help you start enjoying Milwaukee basketball without looking and sounding like a bandwagon fan.

Quick History

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Here are some facts about the Bucks that can make you feel more knowledgeable about the franchise:

- They have only won one championship (back in 1971) and have lost one NBA Finals series (1974) (Land of Basketball)

- They have only had one* MVP-caliber player in Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (#33) during the 1971, 1972, and 1974 seasons (Land of Basketball)

- Other Notable Players Include: Oscar Robertson (#1), Sidney Moncrief (#4), Jon McGlocklin (#14) and Ray Allen (#34) (Land of Basketball)

*Giannis Antetokounmpo may win the MVP award this year

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Gear Up

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This one is a bit of a no-brainer. Wearing team's colors or spirit wear is a must, especially if you're going to a game. Most items like hats and t-shirts are perfectly acceptable, and these are great if you're not trying to break the bank. Buying your gear from a sporting goods store will usually be cheaper than buying them from the team store (the main one of which is located in Fiserv Forum). Most online stores like NBA.com, Fanatics, Fansedge, and sometimes even the team's online store will have sales on sports gear, so getting a good deal on team wear is always a plus!

A Word of Caution: Jerseys

All three of these players are not part of the 2018-2019 roster and #77 and #3 have been reused by current players Ersan Ilyasova (#77) and George Hill (#3)

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If you're willing to go the extra mile, buying a jersey can really get you into locked in and pumped for the live action. However, it should be kept in mind that official Nike NBA jerseys range from $110-$250, so they definitely are an investment. While there are other options available like the FastBreak jerseys by Fanatics, they are a simpler (still official) knockoff of the Nike jerseys. Also; beware buying sale jerseys. There are usually three reasons why jerseys are ever on sale (aside from a storewide sale): a player is injured, a player doesn't play much and is about to be traded, or a player has been traded. While there is nothing wrong with having the jersey of a player who went on to another team (like Kareem and Allen), you are not exactly going to get brownie points for wearing a Jabari Parker or a Thon Maker jersey anytime soon.

Know The Current Squad

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Everyone in Milwaukee has heard of Giannis Antetokounmpo, but who else is part of the supporting cast?

Starting Five for the 2018-2019 Milwaukee Bucks (Basketball Reference):

- #6 Eric Bledsoe at Point Guard

- #13 Malcolm "The President" Brogdon at Shooting Guard

- #22 Khris "Money" Middleton at Small Forward

- #34 Giannis "The Greek Freak" Antetokounmpo at Power Forward

- #11 Brook "Splash Mountain" Lopez at Center

Student Perk

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Using your university email, you can get special discount ticket offers for home games by signing up for the Bucks' Student Rush Program. Tickets usually start at $15 per ticket, and the seats available may depend on who the Bucks are playing (and how well they are doing during the season).

Get Involved and Have Fun!

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Don't be afraid to get into it! The Bucks are an amazing team to watch and they love Bucks Nation. In addition to cheering at games, going to team events and player appearances can be great ways to make memories and even get an autograph or two!

Are You a Bucks Fan Now?🦌

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