High School Seniors Deciding On A College, You Should Consider Wazzu

High School Seniors Deciding On A College, You Should Consider Wazzu

Home of the crimson and gray.

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Deciding on a college is one of the biggest decisions that you will ever make. There are so many factors that go into deciding where you will continue on your education. Some of these may including attending a school that offers the program that you plan to go into, good athletics, location to home, or even affordability. Each aspect holds its own importance when deciding on what college to go to. However, one school that holds a special place in my heart is Washington State University. Washington State will meet every expectation that one may have going into college, and here are five reasons why every high school senior should consider WSU.

1. The college town

Going to school in a college town was one of the things that most appealed to me about WSU. Everything in Pullman has coug flags, banners, or the crimson and gray that WSU students hold so close to their hearts. Walking around a town with so much pride for their school is such a dream.

2. The school spirit

Once a Coug always a Coug is a saying that rings so true. The biggest draw to WSU is the fact that there are people all over the world ready to rep the cougars and support them. In Costa Rica, during the Holiday Bowl, 40 people gathered behind a building to watch a projection of Washington State play football. This is so powerful and more than you can ever ask from your college.

3. There's something for everyone

Whether you're interested in sports, theater, art, or math, there is something for everyone at WSU. I have met so many people from just going to club meetings that I didn't even think I would be interested in. WSU offers tons of opportunities to get involved in many different ways.

4. CFS is like no other

Cougar football has been on another level this year and everyone is so proud of our Coug football players. CFS is something that no one at other schools will ever get to experience. Everyone is yelling, cheering, and just having a great time. The pride for our school runs deep and that is incredibly apparent on football Saturdays.

5. WSU brings the best friendships

There is no place on earth like WSU and people at this school know that. It brings us closer. Finding your forever friends is hard, but WSU allows you such a great opportunity to do this.

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To All Student-Athletes Beginning Their Respective Seasons, Remember Why You Play

You are going to get tired. You are going to get worn out...

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Dear athlete,

The season is by far the most exciting time of the year. Big plays, good memories, traveling new places, and winning championships... But yet another promise is that season is also exhausting.

You are going to get tired. You are going to get worn out...

But remember that this season of your life doesn't last forever. Remind yourself why you play.

You play this sport because you love the game. You love the competition, you love your teammates and the friendships that you've formed, you love the lessons you learn aside from the physical aspect.

So each day, continue to choose the game.

It's not easy. But if it was, everyone would do it. But discomfort is where progress happens.

Quit dreading practices, quit wishing for rain, quit complaining about conditioning, and quit taking for granted a busy schedule that is literally made just for you. Tens of thousands of young girls and boys would do anything to be in the position (literally) that you are in. Take advantage of being a role model to those young kids who think the world of you.

Freshmen, this is what you have wanted for so long. Take advantage of the newness, take advantage of the advice, encouragement, and constructive criticism that your older teammates give you. Soak it all in, four years goes by really quickly.

Sophomores, you now know how it works. Be confident in your abilities, yet continue to learn and grow mentally and in your position.

Juniors, prepare to take the lead. Use this season to, of course, continue to sharpen your skill, but also recognize that you're over halfway done, so mentally and physically ready yourself to take the seniors' lead next year.

Seniors, this is it. Your last year of playing the sport that you love. Be a good leader, motivate, and leave your mark on the program in which you have loved for so long. Encourage the athletes behind you to continue the traditions and standards set by the program. Lay it all on the field, leave it all on the court, and leave your program better than you found it.

Take the season one day at a time and, each day, make it your goal to get better. Get better for your team, for you pushing yourself makes everyone else work even harder. So even if you don't get a lot of playing time, make your teammates better by pushing yourself so hard that they have no other choice than to push themselves too. And when a team has every single player pushing themselves to the max, success happens.

Take advantage of this time with your teammates and coaches, for they won't be your teammates and coaches forever.

No matter what year you are and no matter what your role is this season... GROW. You are an integral part of your team and your program.

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4 Ways Gen Z Students Are Changing On-Campus Dining For The Better

Thanks to Gen Z students, on-campus dining halls are going to get a lot healthier.

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As Generation Z students begin to become the majority on college campuses, dining halls have new expectations to live up to. Gen Z grew up with more technology and information than any other generation, so it's understandable you care about what you're consuming and how.

Gen Z colleges students are changing on-campus dining options for the better. Here are four things many of you are looking for when it comes to campus food.

1. They want greater transparency

You care about what you put into your body. You want to know the ingredients, calorie count and other nutritional information about your dining hall's offerings, and you might even want to know where the food came from.

To do this, colleges have two options: display the information somewhere in the dining hall or provide it on a mobile app you can download. Yale University recently opted for the latter by releasing an app that tells students everything they could want to know about their food — even down to the exact farm their ingredients came from.

The platform also allows students to provide the dining hall with feedback, so they can adapt to the needs and preferences of your generation.

2. They expect customization options

Around one in three Americans followed a specific diet in 2018, and that number is even higher for those between the ages of 18 and 34.

Because of this, Gen Z students are craving more customization options in dining halls. Vegan students may want to order a sandwich without cheese or butter, and vegetarians need plenty of meat-free meals to choose from — and that means having more than just a salad bar.

One survey of 1,500 college students found that half of them believe having plenty of options is among the most critical aspects of campus food services. Meanwhile, 24% said having access to unique and new foods and beverages is the most important.

The desire for increased customization also stems from your exposure to technology, which has allowed Gen Z to customize almost any purchase you make. A plethora of ethnic food is also becoming more in demand, as Gen Z is a more globally aware and diverse generation than any other.

3. They want organic options

Perhaps the most critical aspect of food to most of Gen Z is that food is clean and organic. Organic foods don't have the same pesticides and other chemicals that conventional foods do, and eating organic is a priority for many.

The demand for organic food isn't necessarily unique to Gen Z, either. Even though less than 1% of U.S. farmland is dedicated to organic practices, we would need to devote as much as 6% of it to organic farming in order to keep up with the country's demand for it.

By presenting plenty of organic options, dining halls can appeal to both the students and faculty members who eat there.

4. They expect on-the-go food to have healthy options, too

One skill most of you have perfected is multitasking, in part due to your desire to get involved and commit yourselves to several classes, jobs and social groups. While many scientific studies will argue that multitasking isn't necessarily the best strategy for projects that require intense focus and critical thinking, Gen Z has mastered the art of using technology to get several small tasks done within a short amount of time.

Because of this tendency to do a few things at once, nearly 40 percent of Gen Z prefers to eat their food on the go — whether you're on the way to class, work or an extracurricular activity

That being said, dining halls can reduce the number of tables and chairs they provide and substitute them for a wider variety of on-the-go foods. Wraps, veggie plates and other premade snacks and meals are great options to enjoy while walking to your next obligation.

University dining halls are experiencing a shift.

As college campuses begin to welcome a new generation of humans, they need to adapt to the preferences and values of their new students.

For Gen Z, we're seeing most changes occur in campus dining halls thanks to health-conscious tendencies. To stay relevant and useful to students, dining halls should focus on adapting to meet your expectations.

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