What I wish I'd known as an incoming freshman

Looking back now, it’s hard to picture myself as a freshman in college. I can remember the exploration of campus, choosing classes and being overwhelmed by all of the new people, but it still feels like a whole other world. Even now, I can’t believe that a young girl like me was asked to choose her whole future at that moment in time. 

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The nonphysical benefits of exercise

At college, with nothing and no one to force exercise upon us, it can be easy to say no to physical activity. It can be time-consuming, hard and boring, but it can also be worth it. When people think exercise, a majority of them think of physical benefits, such as weight loss or muscle gain. However, as rewarding as the physical benefits are, there is much more to exercise: It allows you to obtain not only a healthy body, but also a healthy mind.  

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The benefits of childlike thinking

If you hear someone say to you, “You’ve got the mind of a child,” what would that mean to you? Would you take that as a compliment of your personality, or would you interpret it as an insult to your intelligence or maturity?  

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Why I will never 'anchor up!' with Louie the Laker

Grand Valley State University has its fair share of start-of-the-academic-year traditions: move-in week, Convocation, Laker Night. I like my employer and try to be a good citizen of the university, but there’s one tradition I refuse to participate in: I will never “anchor up!” with Louie the Laker. 

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Are we listening or just hearing?

In life, as students and as people, we are constantly hearing. We communicate with others, we listen to lectures and a lot of us have music playing when we do homework. But I have a question for you: How often do you really, truly listen?  

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Let's stop putting the burden of sexual assault on victims

On Monday, Sept. 11, I and many other students received a timely warning about a sexual assault that had occurred on campus two nights prior. In that moment of reading, I remember feeling disgusted (how could four people just stand there and watch?), pessimistic (there must be hundreds of guys on campus who meet that description) and afraid (haven’t I walked back to my own dorm right around then?). 

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Think before you protest

I’ve thought a lot about protesting recently. While I do know that it is important to stand up for what’s right, I also believe that there are times when it’s better to not make a public display of something that doesn’t need to be brought to everyone’s attention. So the question is, where’s the fine line between these two viewpoints? 

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Making the world great again

This last week has been rough for the U.S. It is impossible not to acknowledge the devastation that has occurred due to the hurricanes, fires and related issues currently ravaging our planet.  People are without food, water, shelter and other things that we consider to be basic human rights. People are scared, and rightfully so, but it’s not just the U.S. that is suffering these losses, as much of the world is under attack.

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