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Making Mistakes

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We all make mistakes. We make them every second.  There’s no way around it. You’re probably making a mistake as you’re reading this. I know I’m making one as I type. The first thing you have to do is accept the fact you’re not perfect and you’re going to mess up once in awhile. Most of the time it’ll be small mistakes that you barely even notice. Other times it’ll be medium mistakes like getting a speeding ticket. It’s not the end of the world, but it costs you money and time. Then you have your big mistakes. Mistakes so big that they’re impossible to hide because someone will find out about them. These are the ones that you cannot stand. Maybe it was your fault, maybe it wasn’t, but either way, it’s in your hands now. What are you going to do when you’re faced with difficult circumstances?

The main thing one has to do is accept full responsibility for them. Even if you barely had anything to do with it, it’s still important to take ownership of the errors. If you try to weasel your way out of it, you’re just going to come off looking bad. If there’s one thing people hate worse than the actual mistakes themselves, it’s hearing people make up excuses for why it wasn’t their fault and how they couldn’t do anything about. Know what you did wrong and make sure you don’t do it again. You might not believe it, but people are actually pretty considerate and understanding. You’ll get a second chance, but you probably won’t get a third. So look at it as a learning experience and do better. Mistakes happen, we are all human.

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Is Sleeping Really That Important?

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Sleep is a mind game. Sometimes you have the will to fight it off, and sometimes you don’t leave your bed for the entire day. It really just depends on how you go about waking up, and how important it is for you to get that extra ten minutes of sleep that winds up being an hour. Can you force yourself to get over the hump and get out of bed? Or is today the day that you reward yourself and allow some time to sleep in, even though you’ve been rewarding yourself almost every single day recently. Later in life this doesn’t become as big of an issue because you literally have no choice but to get out of bed. But right now, while we’re in college and have some extra time on our hands, it is really that big of a deal to sleep in a little? I mean as long as the homework that is due for the day is done, and you go to the classes that require attendance, it should be fine to sleep in for an extra couple hour or take that mid-day nap. Right?

Wrong. Is getting a little extra rest once in a while a bad thing? No, but doing it too often is not a good habit and is a trap that we fall into way too much. There are so many things to do out there that are so much better than being in bed for an extra hour. Go to the gym and start working on that body that you always wanted to have. Make an actual breakfast instead of skipping it or doing the bare minimum and having cereal. Get a little fancy and make some eggs or pancakes. Be creative and give that brain of yours some action. Learn something cool during that extra time in your day. It could be a hobby of yours already like painting or hiking, or it could be something completely different that you’d never ever think of trying. You could learn how to code so you could design your own website, or learn the language of a country you’ve always wanted to visit.

The point is that while sleeping a little bit longer sounds great in the moment, it really is just holding you back from bigger and better things. So next time when you reach to hit that snooze button, only hit it once instead of the usual four times.

The Pressure Technology Brings

Technology is a great thing. Texting, emails, Iphones, Ipads, and everything else you can think of has made our society better and more advanced. However, sometimes we can get so caught up in technology. If someone doesn’t return a text fast enough or an email is not responded to within a couple days, we begin to ask questions. Are they okay? Why aren’t they responding? Do they still like me? What did I do wrong? The real reason they didn’t answer could be that they were taking a nap or their phone died. Maybe their spending some quality time with family and didn’t want to check emails for a few days. There are so many reasons why a person would not respond right away.

This whole process can be stressful, especially when you’re hoping for a text back within 5 minutes and they take an hour. Relationships can seriously suffer because someone lost their phone, and the other person has freaked out after not hearing from them for a couple hours. I’ve seen these kinds of things happen, and it’s extremely unfortunate. This is the environment that we live in now, and whether it’s good or bad, we have to accept it. So next time someone doesn’t respond within 5 minutes, relax and realize they’ll get back to you soon enough. Just have some patience. 

Still waiting on that email I sent a week ago though…

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The Best Month – October

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All months are created equal, but some months are better than others. October is not only one of the better ones, it is the best one. Now I am little biased because I love sports, and at this time right now, all four major sports are in play. Baseball has just started its playoffs. Football is in full swing by now. Hockey’s regular season started a few days ago. Basketball training camps are under way and preseason games will start soon. Not to mention that college football is also going on right now as teams are starting to get into their conference schedule. 

Then we have many other things as well that make October the best month. Halloween, a favorite holiday for young and old (for very different reasons), takes place. This means candy, more candy, and dressing up like you wish you could everyday. October also means that it is still not too cold outside, but not too hot either. It’s a very comfortable month. There are hay rides, corn mazes, and haunted houses. There are pumpkins, pumpkin pies, pumpkin spiced lattes (not that I would ever have one of those…), and many more pumpkin flavored things. October is a month that every person can find something to love about. How will you spend your October?

Fantasy Football

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For those of you who play fantasy football, we are entering Week 5. At this point, you have an idea if your team is good or not. You may have lost a game where you scored a lot of points, and unfortunately played the highest scoring team that week. Or you could have gotten lucky and had a bad week, but the team you played was even worse. For me, I have had a pretty successful start to the season, but right now is when leagues are won and lost. These are the times when a backup becomes the full-time starter and turns into a fantasy stud. This is like another high draft pick being handed to you. Acquiring a player like this has the chance to push you to the top. Last season, Alfred Morris, the Washington Redskins running back, was the player that came out of nowhere to put up incredible fantasy numbers.

Who will it be this year? Who is going to push that one team over the hill? It’s too early too say, but backup running backs seem to be the best bet. Occasionally, you’ll have your Cecil Shorts or Demaryious Thomas break out, but more often than not, it’s usually a running back. Look around the league at guys who are currently hurt and may be out longer than we think. Someone like C.J. Spiller has been dinged up the entire season and has not been putting up great fantasy numbers while his backup, Fred Jackson, has been having a very good season and has been exceptional value for where he was picked. Don’t be afraid to make a trade and take a risk on a player, especially if you know your team is not good enough. If you have to give up someone of importance then hope that you can find a breakout star on the waiver wire. 

It’s Week 5 now, and you have to start making some moves if you’re going to compete for the title.

TIme Management

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As college students, managing our free time is crucial. Whether it’s for school work, clubs, friends, or any of the many other things we must balance, time is not on our side. They say you have to pick two between school, sleep, and social. But that doesn’t do it justice. That doesn’t include working out, seeing your family, or even just a little me time. There are so many different things on our plate that we have to put time into. This what makes college great though. You’re busy with things that you actually enjoy doing (okay school not so much), and you wouldn’t have it any other way. 

Managing your time is not an easy thing. You don’t want to leave your assignment until the last minute, but you also want to go out with your friends. Working out right now seems like a great idea, but sleep sounds incredible too. Cooking an actual meal would save you money and be fun, but ordering out is so much easier. These are all decisions that we are faced with every day. If you manage your time right, you might be able to avoid some of these decisions. Over the year though, you’re going to have to making some critical decisions regarding how you manage your time. Should you go out, and then just pull an all-nighter to make up for it. Or should you stay in, but miss out on a great time. How do you manage your time?

Matthew Cordle – Too Little, Too Late

As I’m sure most of you have heard by now, Matthew Cordle, a 22 year old from Ohio, killed a man when he decided to drink and drive. On that night, Cordle drank so much, he “blacked out”. He knew he made a terrible decision, and in order to try and make the situation a little better, he made a video speaking out against what he did and about the bad choice that he made. I appreciate him owning up to what he did and facing it head on. If Matt wanted to, he could’ve been like the many drunk drivers before him and stayed quiet while accepting his fate. For that, I give him credit because that could not have been easy for him. However, this isn’t some small mistake we are talking about where it’s easy to forgive someone. He took someone’s life away. All the dreams and hopes that person had are gone. As a college kid who has done plenty of dumb things (as I’m sure you have too), I can understand how a night of drinking can go wrong, but I cannot understand what Matt did. At some point, no matter how obliterated you are, there has to be something that stops you from driving drunk. Maybe it’s a moment of soberness or a friend who steps in and says no, but somehow someway you have to realize that driving is not an option.

This wasn’t the first time someone drove drunk and killed a person, and it unfortunately won’t be the last. Matthew Cordle’s video was more for himself than for anyone else. He knows he messed up and that he’s going to have to live with this for the rest of his, regardless of how long he is in prison for. Did anyone actually learn from the mistake he made? At least one person did, and for that one person, Matthew Cordle, it’s too little too late.EN_0910_Miller_244x183