“Are you listening?” This is one of the most common questions that someone will be asked during their relationships, whether familial, romantic or professional. Our efficiency in communicating is very poor. We focus on talking, not listening.
Stress is an inescapable part of life, but its accumulation is detrimental to our health. Its toll on our bodies, however, could be eased if only there was a place where students could get away from the hubbub of life and just enjoy the blessed silence.
At one point or another, many of us have joked about having the attention span of a goldfish. The joke “I’m ADD, attention deficit dis… hey look, a butterfly!” and others like it make light of what is actually an overall culture of distraction.
The ability to multitask is arguably the most desirable skill to possess in today’s day and age. Whether in an academic or a professional setting, one’s ability to manage a large task load and high stress situations is seen a positive attribute.
But despite our cultural preference, our internal biochemistry does not thank us for the ever-increasing amounts of stress we overload ourselves with.
Humans naturally have the inclination to categorize the world around us, whether we are determining shapes, sizes, colors, fruits or people. While it is a natural cognitive process, it becomes problematic when the classifications become stereotypes.
Sometimes it’s overwhelming to think of all the things there are to do: complete undergrad, go on to grad school, start a successful career, spend time with family and friends, eat well, find the time to work out (Work out? No one has time for that!) and a million other things on the list.
With the Centers for Disease Control reporting that in 2011 only 31 percent of high schoolers attended physical education class daily, it seems to be a pretty common sentiment that physical and health education classes are a poorly executed joke.
At some point or another, most of us have longed for circumstances other than our own. Whether we admire someone’s wealth, status, education or relationship, the feeling of desire is the same.
This year’s TruEMU campaign features several successful alumni. One of the power statements of the selected alumni proclaims, “I manifest my own destiny.” This may seem like a harmless statement in today’s context. It means that the individual is taking charge of her life to make her dreams a reality.
After my shift driving the golf cart ended at work, I walked inside to get a drink. A woman approached me and touched my arm. She smiled and said, “I cannot tell you how excited I was to see you driving!” My initial reaction was confusion. What was she talking about? She continued, “It’s so wonderful that you are able to live here and have the freedom to drive.”
“Man, you’re whipped.” “Who’s wearing the pants?” “Man up.” These are the sorts of negative phrases that, if not directly said to impressionable young men, are passed on to them through media as cultural expectations of what it means to be a man.
Everyone has heard about the gender gap faced by women around the world.
During my college career, I would have to say the biggest complaint I’ve heard voiced among students is that we all want nap time.
In today’s advanced, fast-paced, globalized world, we favor quick fixes and immediate solutions. This culture applies to the world of medicine in addition to broader societal norms: If you’ve got a medical problem, just solve it with pharmaceuticals. This ideology is especially prevalent in America.
“Where are you from?” This is a question I have received countless times. If I had a dime for every time I was asked this question, I’d be rich.
With graduation upon us, many will be entering the workforce or going on to graduate programs. And this begs the question: Are we ready to be there?
“I wish real life was a musical,” I lamented to my brother, who proceeded to look at me like I’d sprouted another head.
In the recipe of success we have been taught throughout our school years, college is the main ingredient. Without it, we have been told, our lives will amount to nothing, much in the same way a cake made without flour is nothing more than a mess.
Diversity. We hear about it all the time. It has become the hottest new thing on the market and everyone is eager to show how diverse they are.
Performing artists get their fair share of awards. Between the Grammys, the Oscars, the Tonys and the Emmys, those who contribute to pop culture are presented with hundreds of awards and are recognized regularly for their achievements.
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