I’ve never been competitive when it came to sports. I’ve done plenty of sports up through high school, such as tennis, lacrosse, gymnastics, ballet, swimming, and soccer. I never stuck with one sport for a certain amount of time. I would start one thing, quit and then move on to another sport. It wasn’t until my junior of High School that I “found” yoga.
I took my first vinyasa yoga class at a gym that I was working at and wanted to take use of my free membership. I always thought of yoga as another class that would help me stay in shape. I was constantly looking in the mirror to make sure I had the perfect form and went to numerous classes just to burn off some calories. I put myself into uncomfortable positions that my body was not ready for. I wanted to be a perfectionist when it came to yoga. I wanted to get the pose right the first time and I wanted to be able to do a handstand without the wall. During these classes I always heard my instructors talk about patience and acceptance, and I never knew what they were talking about. This made me question yoga even more and I wanted to learn more about it.
It wasn’t for the purpose of staying in shape or looking fit, I wanted to learn more about the practice of yoga. I wanted to understand what my instructors meant by patience and acceptance. These past 4 years I’ve learned yoga is a slow process of learning your body. Learning its limits and its strengths. Yoga is about a process not perfection and I’ve fallen in love with the process of loving and accepting my strengths and weaknesses. Welcoming your insecurities and weaknesses is part of growing mentally and physically, and I try to apply this throughout all the areas of my life.
By: Malin Borjeson
As I have traveled between the two continents, I have noticed a huge gap in the level of social contact that occurs in each location. In Sweden, and really Europe in general, people tend to stick to themselves. You do not wave or say hello to random people on the streets if you do not know who they are, and rarely does it occur that you say “excuse me” for accidentally nudging a random stranger. I am not exactly sure why this is. As a tourist, many Americans would think that we are just flat out rude, but I believe that it is more than that. It seems that people in Europe are always being timed and always have a place to be, so they don’t think about waving or saying “excuse me”. In America, people are never really in a rush unless you go into the big cities where people act a little bit more “European”. But out in the rural areas, no one is on a clock. People wake up, they take their time to get to work, and then they come home and spend time with their families. They don’t feel the need to be in a hurry and so consequently they are much more aware of their surroundings. It also might have a little something to do with that famous Southern hospitality.
As a European, I must say that it is a nice change of scenery to find myself in a place where everyone is so kind and nobody feels like they are limited on time. We just get everything done when we do but still manage to make it by at the end of the day.
Do you like spending time on your phone, the instant gratification our technological society requires, and rapping? Well, I have news for you. A new social media app is on the rise and that app is Rapchat. Don’t confuse the trending download with its counterpart Snapchat; however, if you’re a fan, Rapchat will not disappoint.
Rapchat allows its users to spit fresh freestyles and share them with all their friends. It’s simple: select friends to send it to, choose a sick beat, rap like a pro for a few seconds, hit send and boom. Your self-made rapping career is on its way.
It seems that every time I turn around a new app is stealing the attention of young adults. Whether it’s Yik Yak, Twitter, or Instagram, we’re constantly scrolling, taking in everything except our surroundings.
It’s good to stay connected with our friends through pictures, posts, and messages. Still, this continuous contact may be cutting off our single most important connection—the connection we have with ourselves.
Perhaps, the next time you find yourself aimlessly searching through the lives of others and sending ultimately meaningless selfies take a second to reflect upon yourself and your surroundings.
Be comfortable without the interaction of others. Be comfortable with yourself. It’s okay to simply be rather than do.
Learning that Saturday Night Live began in 1975, a time where authority institutions really sucked, made me realize how necessary that show was to society at that time. They needed to laugh at the absurdity of the times, gather round and revel in the bullshit they were currently living through.
Now, 40 years in the future, we still read about governmental exploitative stories and awful tales of bureaucratic mistreatment…but we now have more outlets. The show at that time was huge and basically the most mainstream attack on the ridiculousness of society.
Now all we do is mock the society we live in. People use words and phrases ironically, troll company’s social media, watch and comment on a myriad of programs that now mock every little faucet of life. Looking around, it seems like everyone wants to jump on this mocking bandwagon and hopefully capture the most sarcastic sentiment of the moment.
We may have more satire and more lenses looking into culture, but is the quality still there? There are certainly a good number of movies, books, articles, etc. that does its fair share of muckraking but a lot of satire today seems diluted.
It being the age of a million channels and options, SNL is now just another choice among many that poke fun at life.
By: Gabrielle Grey
It’s a rainy Monday morning and I’m unpacking my car as I’m moving my things back in from a weekend of being home. It’s a Monday. It’s a huge test week. And I’m drenched. After being away from my car for only 20 minutes, much to my surprise I come back to find a thin, soggy orange envelope beneath one of my windshield wipers.
The only thing that could’ve made Monday a little more “Monday” was a parking ticket.
Between re-organizing our schedules to avoid conflict and studying for the three upcoming tests we have that week, there are few moments where we’re actually mindful of where we are and what we have. The days almost seem to string together because of how busy we are and time picks up with lightning speed. Even in the midst of our countless obligations or lengthy to-do lists, the one thing we can’t overdo is our expression of gratitude for where we are and what we have.
So many things are constantly taken for granted. We’re all guilty of it. Each moment we’re given is something to acknowledge and be grateful for. Yes I know, the line at O House stir-fry is always just too long. And yes I know, you just missed your bus and you have to get from Park Hall to Lamar Dodd in ten minutes. And yes I know, you just got to the crosswalk as the sign turned from the promising walking man to that harsh orange hand. But there is still reason to be grateful.
I could’ve imagined my Monday morning any other way. Maybe a little drier. Maybe without an impending fine. And Maybe a little Friday-er. But regardless of all that Monday brought with it, my thankfulness remains.
A simple pause can change the day. Pause to say ‘thank-you’ to the person who just reopened the bus door so you could get on. Pause to acknowledge the person who just made your sandwich a little beefier than usual. Pause to relish in the fact that class was cancelled and you aren’t bound by that obligation, even if just for a day. Pause and take it all in.
As I scroll through my Facebook timeline, I see them. It’s almost as if they’re following me. With every swipe of my screen another one pops up, baiting me with their numbered lists. The inescapable shared links that have spread faster than an itchy rash on an unfortunate body part the day of your O Chem final. “37 thoughts every college student can relate to,” “7 things I forget to thank my mom for,” “10 signs you’re an extrovert.” The countless publications of these list-based articles go on and on.
I understand their appeal. They’re funny, relatable, and quick to read. Oftentimes they’re even eye opening, informative, or inspiring.
Not only are people sharing these links on Facebook with all of their friends, family, strangers and the “I met you at orientation two years ago but we haven’t talked since then” guys but they’re also tagging them in association because it describes their relationship perfectly, explains to their mom the things she did that they took for granted, and thanks their best friend for all the times they stuck by their side.
In an attempt to seem personal we select a specific list that is seemingly unique to one person. Ironically, that’s about as impersonal as it gets. Anyone can go online, find an article that somehow relates to person and slap it on a status exclaiming, “This is you!” My lazy-eyed Chihuahua could do that.
Don’t get me wrong. I want my mother to know that I am grateful for her and I want my best friend to realize how much our friendship means to me as much as the next girl, but I can certainly express my thoughts to them by means other than a public, universal, one size fits most bulleted list.
Just think of how appreciated your mom would feel if you called her just to let her know how thankful you are for all she’s done for you or the confidence boost your friend would get if you personally told them all the things they do that make you value their friendship.
So, maybe you don’t have to call up your Beyoncé obsessed bestie to recite the “99 Reasons Beyoncé is Flawless.” In this case a simple tag will suffice but’s let’s try to keep the personal things personal. Isn’t that what they said about sexting?
By: Malin Borjeson
When talking to my friends back home in Sweden, the most frequent question I get asked about going to college in the United States is, “Is it like American Pie?!”. While there are some similarities, college probably isn’t as crazy and party-focused as American Pie makes it out to be…. Or, at least, not for me! Living in the United States while frequently visiting Sweden annually has given me a set of perspectives where I am able to compare and contrast the two lifestyles. In this article, I am discussing PARTYING.
We all know that bulldawgs love to party. I mean, come on, in 2014, University Primetime ranked us the #7 party school in America. However, ideas of “partying” here in America differ greatly from partying in Sweden and, really, Europe in general. Here at the University of Georgia I have noticed that a typical night starts off with a “pregame,” whether it is at an apartment, a house or even a fraternity party. This “pregaming” is then followed by going downtown and “bar hopping,” which means going to several different bars throughout the evening. I have thus concluded that a standard night of going out in Georgia involves crowded places with cheap alcohol and loud music, and many people love that scene. In Sweden, however, a night of going out usually starts out with a homemade dinner at someone’s house consisting of wine, beer and socializing. This dinner is then followed by going into the city and attending a night club. Typically, one does not “club hop,” but they remain at one club for the night. Comparing the two, I have realized that America has a much more upbeat party vibe but one can probably find both to be equally enjoyable depending on the mood.
By: Gabrielle Grey
One of the greatest calls that life places upon us is to live fiercely and with a spirit of adventure. Our actions and the way we choose to carry out our lives are dependent on our perspective; how we look at ourselves and the world around us. The people we aspire to be, the goals we strive to accomplish and how we plan to live out our dreams all come down to us. So in this time of freedom and youth, it’s essential that we aim to widen our view; taking it all in and leaving not one moment un-cherished.
As college students, we’ve been told numerous times that this time, a time of freedom and limitless exploration, is completely ours. If anyone’s ever taken a step back and really thought about where they are they’ve allowed themselves the simple pleasure that comes from the silence of taking it all in.
Whether someone is a first-year who is biting off more than they can chew or a fourth-year who’s figuring out the art of bridging the gap between college and the “real-world,” it all comes down to perspective; how we assess where we are and what we intend to do with the life before us.
Here we all are. Searching, loving, breathing, escaping, existing, trying and doing. These four years are an adventure. The speed at which time moves seems almost unfathomable when you take a step back and really think about what has already taken place and what still lies before us. The importance of realizing the task of life for one’s self is crucial to the fulfillment of that call. No matter what stage we’re in, the call remains the same to live fully and colorfully, maintaining our perspective along the way.
Whether you’re an eyebrow enthusiast or someone who couldn’t care less about the status of their brows, you’ve probably heard expressions such as eyebrows on fleek, eyebrows on point or eyebrow game strong within the past year. No matter how you put it, the message remains the same—Eyebrows have made their comeback. The days of over plucked and severely arched brows are in the past making way for a new era of bold, statement brows.
Search “eyebrows” on Youtube and you’ll find yourself scrolling through hundreds of thousands of tutorials on how to get “perfect eyebrows.” Many would be surprised at how big of a role makeup plays into getting a naturally full, yet groomed set of brows. According to the Chicago Tribune, there was a 33% increase in eyebrow makeup sales over the past year that depicts the spiked interest.
Celebrities such as Cara Delevingne and Lily Collins, who are known for their luxuriously luscious brow games, are the envy of women infatuated with the trend. Time magazine informs us that some have gone as far as to undergo a hair restoration procedure for their sparse brows, in other words, an eyebrow transplant. And we thought the twerking obsession was weird.
However, the question is—why the obsession? Why this seemingly sudden concern for the condition of one’s eyebrows (especially considering their only true purpose is to protect one’s eyes from debris and other irritants)? The answer: We, as consumers, are continuously searching for the next new thing and eyebrows happened to be next on the agenda. Once we have our sights set on a trend we devour it, only to forget about the craze once the newest movement comes into our crosshairs. We crave to be in the know of what’s popular and will go many lengths to be recognized as part of that popular culture whether it be in the form of a new word, an addicting app, a racy novel, or the act of shaking one’s buttock in a provocative manner.
So, when will the eyebrow’s reign end? Only time will tell. In any case, I don’t think I could have said it any better than actor/comedian Jack Black, “You must never underestimate the power of the eyebrow.”
By: Kalyn Wilson
Oh, finals week. It’s a wonder how the same cry is heard from the hearts of college students around the world. We dread this week when it arrives, even though we know it’s coming all along. Then we start on the harmful trek of all-nighters and caffeine diets just to make it through seven days of tough testing. But we make it.
Fortunately, I’m overly interested in how to work smarter instead of harder, so there are a few things I have learned that can make finals week go a lot smoother. I’m also concerned about this because I witnessed one of my best friends work herself into the hospital after binge-studying for finals week, which was one of the scariest times of my life. The only person who can really look out for your health is you, and in spite of what society says, you don’t have to compromise good health for good grades.
First thing I would say is that planning is everything. A lot of people are caught off guard by finals because they didn’t really pay attention to the schedule until shortly before it begins. If you know that you have three tests on one day, then you might be more prone to studying earlier instead of waiting until a couple of nights before - or possibly getting some tests moved around. Do yourself a favor and know what you’re getting yourself into before finals week is upon us.
Next thing is to relax. Every “hell” week I have ever been successful at were weeks when I was relaxed. I’m not saying be lazy or disengaged; I am saying don’t be frantic and work this week up to be more than what it is. I understand if this is a week of make-or-break moments, but approaching it with anxiety will magnify it. Instead, keep things in perspective and know that it’s nothing you can’t handle. Then, you’ll be level-headed and ready to attack.
For the actual studying part, I say figure out what really works best for you. This is different for everybody and sometimes takes time to figure out. For me, I love to study in the gym (because exercising releases hormones that increase memory recall and I’m burning calories - it’s a win-win). I also prefer to use flashcards on Quizlet and do group studying because I learn best when I have to “teach” it. There are several other methods, like concept maps, studying at certain times and in certain places and even altering your diet and sleep pattern. Do some research and devise a plan for yourself. This will help you feel more confident about the time you are spending on your studying, and, obviously, increase the effectiveness of your studies.
My last important point is to get rest. Seriously. Sleep is one of the most important aspects of memory retention. That’s when your mind actually processes and “saves” all the hard work you have done. I know it’s tempting to cram for as many hours as you can, but it works best when you work really efficiently and then get as many hours of sleep as you can. Besides, if you get enough rest to get you to the next day, you won’t have to depend on harmful substances to keep you going, which can lead to very costly consequences.
The moral of the story is a successful finals week takes balance. It speaks to the idea that if you run yourself ragged, you won’t have your best self to give to the world. Fulfill and rejuvenate yourself so you’ll be more than full in order to pour into the world...and your tests. You are in college for a reason, so don’t doubt for a second that you can be successful. That way, you won’t be as tempted to exchange your health and well-being for it either.