Why Writers Love Harder Than Anyone Else

Why Writers Love Harder Than Anyone Else

Writers understand human emotion more than anyone else because they have already experienced those emotions through writing.
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Stories have been told since the beginning of mankind. Stories can be passed down and others are forgotten. Some are unheard of and some are a household name. Either way, every story was created by some creative genius to make you feel something, and change your life slightly after you see what they can do.

Writers are creative geniuses themselves, and they are some of the few in the world who truly understand the concept of human emotion. Any article of writing, popular or not, informative or persuasive, fiction or nonfiction, has a whole heart put into it.

Alongside the plot, which is typically the “A story” there is almost always some sort of love story working behind the scenes which is called the “B story.” The B story can be romantic love, friendship love, or rebuilding some sort of relationship type of love. Either way, at the end of the story the two characters come to terms with each other. It doesn’t matter what genre you may be reading or writing, authors from everywhere have to understand the ever-changing concept of love. For example, in James Patterson’s "Maximum Ride" series, Max and Fang fall in love among the whole series. J.K. Rowling’s "Harry Potter," Ron and Hermione fall in love throughout the books, and then obviously Nicholas Sparks novels (but that one is a given).

As writers write about love in their story, they are already fantasizing what could be, and what can become of two individuals. They see the character as if it were themselves, feeling the emotions they feel, and living the character's lives within their minds. They know what they are thinking when they start to love, and know how much it hurts when love falls apart. Writers understand what they are going through, because they are creating the story themselves.

When it comes to real life, writers know how to deal with the emotions. They know what could be real and what could be fake. Writers understand human emotion more than anyone else because they have already experienced those emotions through writing.

Writers love hard because they understand feelings much better than others and feel it deeper than anyone else because the feelings become much more intense when described with words. Seeing and knowing characters that feel the way they do, makes the writing much deeper and makes the real-life feelings much more powerful.

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Yes, I Am A College Student, No I Do Not Enjoy Alcohol

I know, shocker.
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Yes, I am 19 years old... turning 20 very soon.

Yes, I am a college student.

Yes, I have a social life.

But no, I'd rather not binge drink every night of my college education.

You didn't see the last one coming, did you? You expected a yes, I love to party and drink and poison my body on a nightly basis while in the midst of my teenage years attending a party school. But that is not the case.

Truly, I never saw the fascination of wanting to feel like someone you're not; wanting to have to poison your body with a substance to take the edge off. I never understood the exhilaration people felt when they got themselves to a point where they were obliterated and unable to function.

I never understood why it was perceived to be cool to digest or partake in activities that were inevitably illegal and unhealthy for your well-being. So to say, it was not until I arrived at college to witness this utter fascination people possess.

Being raised in the most prideful hometown to exist, it was always emphasized to have good. But having a good time never entailed partaking in underage, illegal activities to ensure this good time. A good time consisted of being with family and friends, having passion, exploring the world around you, and appreciating the overall, under-appreciated beauty of this thing called life.

It was emphasized to work hard, be well, hope for success, value loved ones, and enjoy life.

And then this thing called college came along.

This thing that opened my eyes to a new world of kids who were taught that alcohol and drugs were the only things that brought you a good time and used their upbringing to persuade others to follow along.

It simply saddens me that our generation has lost the meaning and value of a genuinely good time.

The simple enjoyment of a nice dinner with loved ones, a movie and some popcorn with your best friends, a phone call after a long day of work, or a walk in the park on a sunny day are forgotten.

And it simply disgusts me that people are admired on how much alcohol they can consume or the types of hardcore drugs their bodies can tolerate, rather than the problems they have endured and overcome, or the success they have accomplished, or the true good nature of their personality.

Call me a grandma all you want, but I appreciate different aspects of life than the average college student. I enjoy performing activities that make me feel good about myself. I enjoy having a job during the school year and sacrificing parties to better prepare myself for my future.

I enjoy a night in with friends and a movie. I enjoy the beauty that sunsets provide. I enjoy attending a party completely sober and interacting with people in a genuine manner.

I value my education and I enjoy doing what's best for my well-being.

I am 19 years old... turning 20 very soon. I am a college student. I do indeed have a social life. But no, I do not fall into the peer pressure of alcohol consumption to be considered "cool".

So to all you college students going against your likings and falling into the trap of trying to "fit in"... you are powerful and unique, listen to yourself. Stand for your beliefs - it is the most admirable thing about a person, despite what is depicted of the typical college student.


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ASU Students Push For A Healthier Dining Hall To Counter 'Freshman 15' Fears

The freshman 15 is an avoidable curse, but many students will continue to follow into its trap.

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Arizona State University students are pushing for change within the downtown Phoenix dining hall as they strive to avoid the infamous freshman 15.

The downtown Phoenix campus offers fewer dining options than the Tempe campus and has a less appetizing dining hall. The freshman 15 is a common scare among students living in the dorms, who are often freshman.

The freshman 15 is defined as a student who gains 15 pounds or more in their first year of college. Studies prove the average freshman does not exercise the right amount, is sleep deprived, has a poor diet, increases their stress level, alcohol consumption, and fatty food intake, which is most likely causing their weight gain.

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Daniella Rudoy, a journalism major and fitness instructor at the SDFC, relived her freshman year as she provided tips for incoming freshman.

"There are a lot of workouts you can do in your dorm room as long as you have access to YouTube or a floor. You can go on a run, a walk, or do exercises that do not require equipment," Rudoy said in support of college fitness.

Rudoy said that mental health, fitness, and nutrition all correlate with one another.

"I follow the saying abs are made in the kitchen. So if you are working out day and night, but eating a giant pizza and chicken wings with a pack of beer when you come home you aren't doing yourself much good," Rudoy said.

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The main cause for weight gain is increased alcohol consumption. 80 percent of college students drink and this includes binge drinking, which is unhealthy for many reasons.

Students who do not drink are most likely gaining weight because of their exposure to an all-you-can-eat dining hall. The downtown Phoenix campus offers a salad bar as their only consistent healthy option for students, therefore students are left eating hamburgers, fries, and pizza.

"I haven't been to the dining hall this semester. Last semester, I went because I had no other options. I am a vegetarian and the dining hall is not accommodating to those with allergies or food restrictions. I find it very difficult to find vegetarian options," Lexi Varrato, a journalism major said.

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Varrato explained that she believes the freshman 15 is "100 percent real" and that incoming freshman should research their meal plans and ask their school how their dietary restrictions will be accommodated before purchasing a non-refundable meal plan.

Megan Tretter, a nursing major at Seattle University emphasized that not every dining hall is like ASU's and that the freshman 15 is "definitely not a problem" at her school.

"I always eat healthy at my dining hall. There are a lot of good and healthy options at Seattle University. I usually go to the smoothie line in the morning, have a salad for lunch, and make myself an acai bowl after work with avocado toast in our floor's kitchen," Tretter said in support of her school's strive for healthy options.

College students across the United States have healthier dining options than ASU, but many colleges still face the same problems that students here are facing.

Tara Shultz, a journalism major at ASU believes she has avoided the "very real" freshman 15 by living at home.

"I believe the freshman 15 targets dorm residence and first-year students who do not live at home as they do not have their parents as a guide and are forced to eat at a dining hall that only serves fatty foods," Shultz emphasized.

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The downtown Phoenix campus offers students access to the SDFC, YMCA, and Taylor Place gym, where students can take group fitness classes, run on a track, play basketball, or swim. Alternative options for students are purchasing a membership at Orangetheory or EOS Fitness.

Most students agreed with journalism major Vanessa Gonzalez that they have little time to work out due to their workload, but many students like Varrato, Tretter, and Rudoy explained that they try to work out every day as it is a stress reliever and it enriches their mental health.

Steve Fiorentino, the owner of Powered Up Nutrition encourages college students to learn what they are putting in their bodies.

"I think it starts with nutrition. Students believe they can outwork a bad diet and I believe that is their number one mistake. My advice is to stop eating fast foods and start eating whole and healthy foods along with supplements," Fiorentino stated.

The freshman 15 is an avoidable curse, but many students will continue to follow into its trap. The campus dining hall is not always the reason to blame as students have the option to decrease their meal plans, become active, and make healthy choices!

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