Snow? No Thanks.

Well, it has officially happened. The first real heavy snows of the 2013 school year here a Northwest Missouri State University. Yes, it is pretty to look at and it does indicate we are closer to Christmas break and all that jazz, but it doesn’t mean I have to like it. That’s right, I said it. I hate snow! And let me explain why.

First, for there to be snow it means it must be cold outside, obviously, but I hate the cold. I don’t enjoy the freezing but also burning sensation you get on your face and or hands when the harsh cold wind hits you. I hate having to wear 6 layers of clothes just to keep warm outside only to sweat to death in class. Also, having to warm up my car while my leather seats frostbites my butt cheeks. None of this is pleasing and to those of you who enjoy it are crazy.

Second, I hate driving in snow. Not only can it be dangerous but it such an inconvenience! As a college student who lives on campus my car will sometimes stay parked in the same spot all week until I go out on the weekends. So, when it snows and out, oh-so lovely “snow- pusher” guys clear out the parking lot they have a bad habit of piling up the snow behind your cars. I’m sorry but little car cannot get out of its parking spot with a 4 foot wall of piled up snow behind it. This then leads to the struggle of knocking the snow not only off your car but from behind and hoping and praying you can get your car out. Once you get your car out and on the go, it is dangerous because so many people have accidents in this kind of weather. From ice, and sliding, it scary for students who have to drive hours away to go home in these terrible conditions.

And the last reason I hate snow is because it makes almost everyone anti-social. You’re probably wondering how snow effects peoples social lives right? Well, let me tell you. I am not the only person on this planet who feels this way, so for those people, like myself, who do not appreciate the cold season, we tend to just stay inside where it is warm and safe. It also means that our friends are doing the same. This leads to boredom from being alone and an excessive amount of Netflix, twitter, and Pinterest. Not until the roads are completely cleared and the below freezing weather has stopped, will we go out into the sunlight.

These are my reasons for hating the snow and I know I’m not the only one. But I also know there are people who absolutely love the snow. So what are your reasons for either hating the snow or loving it?

Reason for the Season

It’s December now and it’s the time where all the crazy holiday spirit that has been forced to be bottled up until Thanksgiving Day was over, has now thrown up everywhere I turn. The Christmas lights, garland, Christmas trees with obnoxious ornaments, Christmas movies, kids asking for gifts that they don’t really need, everyone always being in a freakishly cheery mood and they never let you forget that Santa is on his way. Last but not least, it is the time of the year for all the awful Christmas music. Have you noticed that I might possibly just hate Christmas? If you did, well nothing gets past you. Yes, I hate all of this stuff. It is pointless and annoying. I do have a justified reason behind my feelings however. I am not just acting this way to be the rebel scrooge. I hate Christmas because people lose sight of the real and true reason for the season.

Growing up my family and I always celebrated Christmas was Jesus’s Birthday. My sister and I would watch cartoons about the day he was born and we were even in plays with our church where I got to play Mary and my sister was an angel. This aspect has always been a part of my family’s tradition. It wasn’t until I got older did I realize that not everyone celebrated Christmas for those reasons. They celebrate because they get a bunch of presents, a lot of food, and get to put up gaudy decorations. You always hear people tell you “Merry Xmas” or “Happy Holidays” but why is nothing ever said about Jesus? Yes, I do realize there are religious reasoning’s as to how it could offend people, but they don’t have to celebrate Christmas if it does. The true meaning of Christmas is to celebrate the birth of the man who saved our lives by giving to people who need and opening your hearts to strangers.  It’s not about the expensive presents or the decorations.

With that said, I would like to clarify, that yes, I do hate Christmas, but that does not mean I want everyone else to hate it also. I still celebrate with my family but I also make sure my family practices what I preach. Every year my immediate and sometimes distant family adopts a needy family for Christmas. We usually get them assigned a month or two in advance to Christmas so we have enough time to gather supplies for them. The family provides us with a list of things they would appreciate getting for Christmas. Now before I tell you what they ask for, take a second and think about what is on your Christmas list. Nike clothing, the new gold iPhone, diamonds, and Starbucks gift cards maybe? Well the Christmas list we receive consist of items like a bedframe so they don’t have to sleep with their mattresses on the floor, hand-me-downs because they can’t afford to buy warm clothes or coats for the winter, and the thing that breaks my heart the most, any possible food for the mother so she can provide a Christmas dinner for her kids.

People take for granted what they have in life and they don’t see how lucky they truly are until they see someone less fortunate than them. It happened to me, but instead of just sitting and feeling sorry for those people, I decided to do something about it. By spreading the Christmas spirit to people who could really use all the uplifting possible. This is the real reason for the season. Serving to others before you serve yourself. After reading this, and you wish to help unfortunate families, go to the local church, good will, or Walmart, and they usually have some way you can help.

Finals Are Here

Well ladies and Gentlemen it’s that time of year again. The time where college students are stressing, studying, and doing all they can to raise their grades in the class. You guessed it, it’s Finals Week. It’s the only time of the semester where a majority of student actually tries to do extremely well on a test, mostly because this test can make or break your grade in the class. From personal experience I know that some student are that one or two percentage difference of passing the class with a decent grade so they try even harder on their finals than they would any other test to assure they get that good grade. This usually involves a lot of studying and late night cramming.

Some study tips I would suggest some students to use would be to make sure you study a full week in advance and only study a small portion at a time. That way you are not worried about cramming all the material in one day. For example, a week before your first final study the first section, whether it’ll be vocab or essays, then on the next day advance to the next section and after that review the previous section. I know this works for me because I am continually going back over the information.

Don’t forget to take breaks in-between studying as well! Without breaks you are more likely to forget something. I always study for an hour and a half and then take a 30 minute break by watching tv or doing something of that nature. Then go back to studying. Also, another great tip is to make sure you eat good meals. Don’t just snack all the time because you think you are too busy to eat. During one of your study breaks go grab a bite to eat to refresh your brain. Don’t just eat chips or snack foods either, make sure they are full meals.

These are just some of the steps I take while studying for finals. What steps or studying habits do you have that help you have a more successful testing day?

Football

If you are a college student at a university or just a college sports fan, you understand how important football is to a school. The school I go to cherishes football and I love to go and watch the games. But, Northwest isn’t my favorite football team. Growing up my mom was born an Auburn fan. When she married my dad he became an Alabama fan to piss her off. But as the years went on he continued to follow Bama. When I was younger my mom always tried to get me to be an Auburn fan with her since I am the only sibling that actually enjoys the sport. She would always buy me auburn clothes and accessories. But I secretly hated it because I think Orange and Navy are the ugliest combination of colors.

On game days I would sit with my parents and watch auburn play and then sit with my dad and watch Bama play. I ended up enjoying the Bama games more. So when I switched teams my mom was pretty upset but it’s okay, we worked it out. Now, every Saturday game they play, I am sitting in front of the TV with my dad cheering on Crimson Tide. Most people think I switched teams because Bama won more games. I mean, yeah that’s nice, but I always love the way Bama carries themselves. They are thankful for their wins and I respect the way Coach Saban coaches.

Being from Missouri, I get a lot of questions of why I am not a Missouri or Nebraska fan, well honestly, because I wasn’t raised around people who praised either of those teams. I never really followed them until this year that’s only because I’ve met people who are die-hard fans. Yes, the teams are good, but I’ll stick to my Crimson Tide. I had a girl ask me the other day, “who my favorite college team is?” When I replied “Alabama,” she said, “Doesn’t it get boring winning all the time.” And to that I said, “Nope, not at all.” Who is your favorite college football team?