Be lenient with students watching March Madness games

There are certainly days where we are less productive than others. Whether it be that you stayed up too late last night, have something on your mind, or any other reasonable explanation you are just not operating at 100 percent efficiency. These days are not only unavoidable, but they are also understandable. Try as you may, but you will never be at your best every day of the year. However, there are plenty of days where our concentration consistently falters which are avoidable.

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A story worth telling

Successful athletes often talk about the hardest moments they've faced during their careers. Whether it's a rough team loss or a personal experience, the common theme that follows these stories is the recovery. If you don't hear a solution story, it's probably because they don't have one.

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Learning from tragedy

As I cook, every now and then I stop to take notes to an audiobook playing, in the background entitled Incidents in theLife of a Slave Girl. Harriet Jacob’s recounting of a seven-year-confinement in an attic and an unfulfilled dream to live with her family are much too haunting over a dinner meal. Reflecting upon the denial of human rights based on skin color is a heavy and horrifying issue; why would people subject themselves to such historical tragedy?

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What to keep in mind when your power goes out

Given the unpredictable and often inconvenient events that happen in the world, I’m sure we’ve all been affected by a power outage at some point in our lives. And they can happen at any time. We could be studying in the library, in a class, or even on vacation.

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Get involved with student senate elections

Grand Valley State University has been my home for the past four years. There have been so many great opportunities, friendships, learning experiences, and more! However, no home is perfect. GVSU has many issues that need to be addressed: low state funding, student safety concerns, inclusion and diversity on campus, and any new issues that arise each year. Any good home owner doesn’t just ignore the problems, but they would rather roll up their sleeves and gets right to work.

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Back in the swing of things

For the past week, the biggest concern for most students across campus has been how much time is too much time to spend watching Netflix. Now, as spring break comes to a close and assignment deadlines once again begin to collect in our agendas, many of us can't help but wonder "is this really worth it?"

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What is the fascination with space exploration?

There are many things that I do not understand, but I do not think I am alone when I say that I do not understand the fascination with ‘space.’ I’m sure if we surveyed elementary aged children, one of the most frequent occurring desired occupations would be an astronaut. Aside from a police officer, or a fireman, kids love astronauts. And I can’t totally blame them, as I too enjoy spacecrafts. In fact I have designed and engineered over 100 spacecrafts using LEGO’s alone.

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Spending the extra money for spring break is worth it

If you’ve ever had a bank account balance of $.06 raise your hand. I can’t see you, nor can you see me, but I’m raising my hand. That’s right folks, like most college students I’m not exactly rolling in the dough, but it’s not for lack of trying. Even with three jobs, my savings account is not nearly as large as I would wish it to be. Tuition, rent, gas, it all adds up.

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Prioritizing mental health

College is by no means easy. In fact, it can be nearly impossible to balance classes, homework, exams and student organization obligations while maintaining an active social life, getting a solid eight hours of sleep every night and working a job (or two). These stressors can leave students feeling anxious, overwhelmed and frustrated. Many times, the stress of college can also result in serious mental health concerns for students.

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