Reasons I Choose to Chive

This Is Why I Chive

Whether it was family or even another Chiver, it was like second nature, no hesitation, just love.


About five summers ago, I was introduced to the Chive. My boyfriend (now husband) showed me an app on his phone filled with gaps to be minded on Monday's, Humps of all shapes and sizes every Wednesday, even cat photos on Saturday, these are a few of many funny, risk-ay, and promiscuous photos.

At first, this is all I thought the Chive is, just a gallery of photos catered to men. Boy, did I have it wrong! I was completely missing the bigger picture.

You see, what I did not know about the Chive is the local chapters that are all over the nation. I did not know about Chive Charities, an organization that strives to "Make the World 10% Happier." The Chive is not just an app with photos to glance at (or for some, staring very intently).

The Chive is a huge community of adults of all ages that "Party with a Purpose." Friends that come together, have fun while paying it forward in some way. Often times, it is just us in a bar drinking beer and raising money for worthy causes. Other times, it is running or walking in marathons or volunteering for life-changing organizations.

When I first found our city's local chapter on Facebook and joined their group, it was an instant community. I had found the honey hole of friends in a way. The amount of welcome, love and friendliness that radiated from the group off to me is something I will never forget.

Men and women, all very different and unique people, brought together by one common factor…the Chive. Even though we all lived in the same city, I probably would have never met some of these wonderful people if it were not for that app. Over the years, it became more of a family, not just a social group.

At 3 am, One could put out an SOS and have at least a dozen people immediately reach out to help. A family could suffer from a natural disaster and a plan would be put into place for what we can do to help. Even as little as needing an ear to listen, or a shoulder to cry on, someone would always be there.

If you needed a place to sleep or food on the table, friends would join forces and support you. A family among friends. Even if that means someone giving up being able to drink on New Year's Eve so that there will be a designated driver for everyone else. We make a valiant effort to live by the golden rule.

With that being said, we are far from perfect and even sometimes we have to be brought back to why we joined the group in the first place. We have to take a step back from the drama that always tries to reign, and remember that we must always, "Keep Calm and Chive On."

Occasions will occur when emotions run high, and disagreements are made, but overall everything always has a way of working out in the end. I have learned over time while getting to know all of the wonderful people in our chapter, that each person secretly possesses the same type of trait. No, I don't mean that we all can drink like fish. We all have humility.

We all have at one point humbly put someone else before us. Whether it was family or even another Chiver, it was like second nature, no hesitation, just love.

I chive because that's when memories get made. I chive to spend Sunday brunch drinking mimosas with my friends. I chive because on Tuesday's we play trivia, and on Thursday's we play bingo.

I chive because when you get us together, there is nothing we can't accomplish, that is, with the help of a little liquid courage of course! Underneath the funny T-shirts, aside from all the pictures, we are just a "Drinking Organization with a Charity Problem."

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To The Professors Who Don't Put In Our Grades Until It's Too Late

Since you're not updating your grade book anyway, mine as well just forget about that D I got on last weeks exam


Dear College Professors,

As finals are right around the corner, we are all wondering what we need to make in order to ace your class... or not fail your class. But how are we supposed to take the time to calculate this, when all we have is a single letter midterm grade? You may not realize but grades are the central focus of the school, and better yet, college. We strive to get an A and we study endless hours so we can achieve that goal. And for you to not be able to do us the simple favor of putting in that grade, is absurd.

Let's just say, Billy, with the purple hair who sits in the back corner, slacked the entire year and is assuming he has no better than a C in the class. We have a month left of school and he wanted to try to bring up his grade in creative writing, maybe not to an A, but he has come to the realization that he cannot fail the course because his parents cannot afford for him to retake the class. He recently was in the library writing his paper, and even missed the new episode of Game of Thrones episode, to make sure that his paper was golden.

Now it's been two weeks since he handed in that paper. Still no grade. The countdown is on, 10 days left of class and barely enough assignments to pull that grade up. He has 9 work shifts, 5 finals, 2 study guides, and 1 teacher that inputs all his grades. Poor Billy. With not a clue of what any of his grades are, and barely any time to go personally ask every professor for his grades, he's just going to strive to do the best he can on all of his finals.

Two weeks later...

Turns out Billy had a C+ in creative writing, but a D in logic, the class he assumed he was doing well in because he has only had a few assignments.

So points is, professors if you are not updating our grades regularly or at least a few times before and after midterms, we won't know what we are working with. Also being able to look at our grades directly, motivates us to want to fix a lacking grade or ultimately get the best grade possible. We become more determined when we see the number directly rather than when we're just guessing at it.

In high school, all my teachers always put our grades into the computer immediately, but now when school is more challenging and assignments are time-consuming and lengthy, THIS is when we're unable to see how we are doing. How is that fair?

So moral of the story, while we are studying for 5 exams, writing 2 papers and working a part-time job. Take a little stress off our backs and at least give us an estimate of where we are standing.

Thank you,

A frustrated student trying to raise her GPA

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8 Realizations From A Non-Fan That Watched The 'Game of Thrones' Final Season Premiere

Winter is Here, whatever that means... and at this point I am too afraid to ask.


It's the most talked-about television show in history as well as the second best rated television show of all time. Jon Snow is a household name, the costumes are worn to every Halloween party and convention and social media is raging with hysteria every Sunday that a new episode airs. If you haven't heard of "Game of Thrones" by now, then what are you ding, exactly?

Rather, I should be asking myself the same question since I haven't watched the show myself in full (yet). Even for an entertainment junkie like myself, life can get too busy for dragons and thrones to ultimately distract me. And yes, I know I've had more than a year to catch up on the series in between this season premiere and last, but what can you do.

Some of my best friends are huge fans of the show, so when one of them decided to throw a premiere viewing party at their house, I decided I might as well join- to spend time with them, of course, but to also be part of the hype. Then I thought to record my thoughts of the first episode of the final season for fans of the show and people like me, alike, to enjoy or relate to. Let us begin, shall we?

1. So. Many. Characters.

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This fact was never a surprise to me, but I didn't actually realize just how many there were until I watched this episode. And this fact still stands after a whole bunch of characters have died in the past seasons (this, I know, of course).

2. These characters have anything but boring names.

From someone who is obsessed with the MCU, keeping track of character's names isn't really a hard thing to do if it's something you're genuinely into; this goes for GOT, as well. But for someone who hasn't really watched episodes on a regularly basis, trying to remember who's-who with these not-so-common names is no easy feat (unless you watch the show, unlike me).

3. The women are very empowering, but then they take it right back after?

So Cersei told a man this while she was sitting on this very intimidating throne, and I honestly thought of using this quote all over the place from now on. Low and behold, she sleeps with the same guy right after telling him this! I don't know your story, Cersei, but a woman should at least keep her (very badass) word for a good while before she disregards it completely.

4. Subtle facial expressions are a HUGE deal from any character.

As I was watching my friends' reaction to the show, I realized something important- subtle glances are a common thing, and it's just as so that they are a big deal. I just discovered that these two characters (Sansa and Daenerys) have never met in the show, or at least haven't seen each other for a long time, so I do understand why it's a big deal that even the tiniest of glances do mean something. Unlikely character interactions are everything, after all.

5. Blue eyes mean RUN, but not all of the time.

What I have gathered is that the ice zombie people (a.k.a. "White Walkers") are not the good guys and that they have ice blue eyes. Apparently, they can go so much as touch a dead being (person or dragon) and transform them into one of their own. Blue eyes are also a natural human eye color, though, and characters have to know well enough to tell the difference.

6. Sex happens often...

It was no surprise to me that GOT would have lots of nudity spread throughout the series because all of my friends have said it before (plus, it airs on HBO). Alas, the element of surprise is still intact when it actually showed up on the screen. Well, that's all I have to say about that.

7. ... and so does incest (knowingly and unknowingly).

Another thing my friends have warned me about is the amount of incest that happens in the show- can this get any more gross? Not only does Jon and Daenerys not know that they are related and have consummated their relationship already (but Jon soon finally finds out later in the episode, as I reacted to that: "Wow, already, okay!), but that there are twins on the show that also did the dirty. Maybe I won't watch this show after all...

8. But what exactly is the Iron Throne, anyway?

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Other than Leslie Knope gifting a replica of the throne to Ben Wyatt in "Parks and Recreation," I've never really known the true overall meaning behind the sacred Iron Throne. I know the swords stand for the people who someone killed and that person became king, but other than that, does it still play an important part in the show? Or is it just one of those symbols the show just keeps using for a powerful aesthetic?*

*One of my friends just explained the importance to me... and I really hope someone worthy owns it by the end of the show.

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