Why is the Lodge sending me emails?

You’ve already chosen housing for next year, you didn’t give a marketing person your email address, and yet on a regular basis, a new email shows up your school inbox advertising the Lodge. Our student email addresses are a place for us to email people about university related things. I do not want emails advertising apartment complexes to be filling up my inbox, especially when I did not give them permission to do so.

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Finding the balance between optimism, pessimism

How would you describe yourself as a thinker? Are you optimistic or pessimistic? Are you always looking with hope to the future or are you preoccupied with the worst case scenario? Are you satisfied with however you think, or do wish you don’t think the way you do? Like many other things in life, I believe there’s a certain balance between the two ends of the spectrum that we should try to reach in order to keep a clear mind in the face of life’s peaks and valleys.

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The art of learning

Ultimately, every student at Grand Valley State University opted to continue schooling in order to achieve higher education. Whether the motivation stemmed from the ability to get a better job, receive higher pay, or simply to gain more knowledge, earning a college degree is certainly a priority for everyone here.

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Is it really a wonder we don't all get along?

We’ve all heard it before ‘why can’t we just get along?’ This simple question has existed for a long time, forever some might say. It exists on playgrounds, in the workplace and in social issues like politics. While ‘getting along’ sounds ideal, I don’t think it is necessarily surprising that we don’t. We are a nation that is quite literally founded on differences leading to wars, run by a political system that is a dichotomy, filled with people of completely contrasting beliefs.

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Learning a second language

Think back to a time when you were walking down the sidewalk or standing in line for something, and heard someone near you start speaking another language. How do you react? Were you interested in their language? Did it irritate you at all? Did you wish you knew what they were saying? Whether we accept it or not, language diversity is very common in this world. And although it’s not something anybody should feel obligated to do, there are benefits of knowing a second language.

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Healthy snacking on campus

In Lake Ontario Hall, there’s a line of vending machines loaded with varieties of delicious sweet and salty processed junk food. Last year, my fingers seemed to code in their numbers all too often as I was running late from class to work on an empty stomach. Ripping open a bag of Gardettos, speeding down the hall, I wished I had something a little healthier and more fulfilling, but the option didn’t seem to be quickly accessible. Still, I knew the product was a pretty wasteful and unsatisfying way to start the day and I felt some guilt, but I had to eat something on those days scheduled back-to-back.

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Calm down, millennials aren't that bad

Over the past couple of years, I’ve noticed that the term ‘millennial’ has gathered a negative connotation. Somehow, a generation that has barely begun its time as leaders has already been blamed as the cause of America’s downfall. Even though many of us are just on the precipice of adulthood we have already been told that we are entitled, lazy or undetermined.

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NBA vs. NHL

In the midst of one of the most historic and memorable stretches in the history of the NBA, there seems to continually be a feeling of unhappiness from, shall I say, one of the less fortunate sports leagues. No matter what the NBA does, there will undoubtedly be some sucker punches thrown from fans the NHL.

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So… what are you doing after college?

I have noticed, like I’m sure many college students have, that I’ve begun to dread gatherings with my extended family, meeting new people or even interviewing for jobs. Why? Well it’s not because I have a weird Uncle Herbert, a fear of people or even a bad resume, but rather because of the slew of questions I have begun to get.

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