College friendships: A match made in what?

Inayah Avant | Staff Writer

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Growing up, I had the tendency to draw the unfair parallel between Sesame Street and real life, but more specifically, the relationships shared between the characters.

I now understand that Sesame Street served as a sort of childhood introduction to the ideal multicultural community.

A street where your neighbors are supportive yet push them to closely examine their own personal biases and boundaries.

Think about it: Oscar lived in low-income housing but was never ostracized because of his unique living conditions.

Big Bird was clearly an abnormally large, sometimes clumsy canary, but was never labeled as “other,” and no one ever questioned the validity of Bert and Ernie’s relationship.

As each episode ended, I found myself dreaming about living in a similar environment.

I am now aware that that just isn’t plausible. Well, not in the same capacity.

Friendships are tricky, fickle little chaps that can have extraordinary effects on us whether it be positive or negative.

College is a weird place. I think we have all safely established that. Now, adding friendships to the mix just makes it downright spooky at times. I mean some of us are coming from backgrounds where we are only children or are used to having siblings around at all times.

Sure, we all have friends from high school or sports teams, but here in college, it’s different.

At home, we saw our friends at school and chose whether or not to spend time with them on the weekends or whenever else.

We had more distinct lines distinguishing our interactions: family, close friends, acquaintances and people we could not (or cannot) get down with.

I was more maneuverable.

Here, that stuff is for the birds. In the span of months, complete strangers have turned into our most trusted confidants — walking diaries, if you will — friendships sown together at a quicker and shorter rate than compared to those at home.

And, at times, sown badly.

Let’s take it back to August when my fellow Ogres and I first arrived.

Everyone was open to meeting new people. It was normal to introduce yourself to random people in line for French fries or to start a conversation with someone living on your hall, but the switch-up is real.

As people become closer and “cliques” begin to form, it becomes harder and harder to open up to new people, especially if you’ve already been burned by one of the previously mentioned walking diaries (no shade!).

Here, I think, it’s harder to differentiate between those who have your best interest in mind and those who may not give two flying figs about you.

I would bet that a number of you reading this could also attest to that, but I have also learned that that is OK, too.

Instead of becoming upset about a friendship lost, think of it more as a lesson.

Ask yourself questions such as what you may have learned from that person about yourself.

Take it as a positive lesson rather than a negative. Oftentimes, strangers are the ones who teach us the most about ourselves.

As I continue to grow up, I have become considerably less naive in my understanding of people, and with that ever-growing knowledge, I can safely say that Sesame Street is a much better hypothetical utopia than some unattainable goal.

Friendships are difficult and messy at times but also astonishingly beautiful in others.

Jayla Poindexter, a first-year, five-year psychology major from Chesapeake, Virginia, was concise when asked about why friendships are necessary as well as difficult:

“Friendship, to me, is about loyalty and acceptance; it’s about loving someone through their faults,” Poinderxter said.

“ A hardship of friendship that I am still learning to navigate is that people are so different, and as a result, potential conflict could happen. (But) in true friendship, it’s good that you’re always there even though you may not agree with their decisions. It’s about supporting your person … depending on the situation.”

And with this, I leave you with a very simple yet eloquent quote from none other than our dearest and most trusted friend (I hope you’re picking up on the sarcasm here), Justin Bieber:

“Friends are the best to turn to when you’re having a rough day.”

That’s sort of what it all boils down to … right?

Is astrology scientific and useful in relationships?

Tianna Bradford | Staff Writer

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For as long as we can remember, people have viewed the stars as a form of navigation.

The sky and stars are the basis for astrology, which is the correlation between the study of celestial planets and human occurrences on earth.

The movement of the sun and planets cycles every year and runs on a cycle of 12 zodiacs.

The belief behind astrology is that behavior, environment and personality are impacted by the alignment of the planets and star constellations, expressed by the cyclical zodiac patterns.

The signs of the zodiacs occur in this order over a year time span: Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces.

Each zodiac has its own compatibility, personality traits, ambitions and goals based off of the astronomical alignment. So what do zodiac signs really mean to us?

When we are born, it is during a specific time, on a specific date, in a specific time zone/area.

On this day or night, due to the natural cycling of the planets, the placement of the stars determines the blueprint of our being, in terms of traits, personality and the sense of a predestined layout for how our life may appear on a day-to-day system.

There is more depth beyond the scope of astrology based off the zodiacs.

There are rising sun and moon signs that tell a deeper story of a person based off the time they were born. This makes each person more different.

Most people believe that these aspects make them the people they are today and how whether or not their relationships with their significant other matches and will last.

Most people feel as though astrology is just a conversational topic and doesn’t actually mean anything. Others base their whole lives on their zodiac and their daily horoscopes.

I asked Kierra Nelson, a sophomore architecture major from Arlington, Virginia, her view of astrology and does she let it impact her relationship with others.

“I strongly believe in astrology,” Nelson said. “I took the time to study it for my own personal gain that I believe your sign affects who you are as a person and your own vibe towards others.”

“I definitely am one of those people who take this into my own relationships with my significant others. I feel as though compatibility is important. I don’t not date someone because they’re an Aries or a Libra.

“However, I do take that into consideration as I am trying to get to know them better. I doesn’t change my view of them. It just makes me more curious and interested on learning more about them.”

I asked another student, Pride Harper, a sophomore pre-pharmacy major from Newport News, Virginia, her views on astrology and compatibility between relationships.

“I love astrology, however I don’t let my love for it determine how I go about things throughout my life,” Harper said.

“I thinks it’s exciting and unique, and I enjoy learning about my sign and others.

“I don’t take it as seriously as others I’ve met. Some love it and some hate it because they feel it’s a general analyzation of people based off their birthday, which is understandable, but to each its own.”

So do you take astrology seriously? Does it impact your life when it comes to dating?

Or is it just a myth people use to make dating a little more difficult and even a little more interesting and intense?

Let’s talk diversity

Inayah Avant | Staff Writer

Not too long ago I went to a panel discussion put on by NAMIE called, “Exploring the African Diaspora,” meaning the discussion would be centered around the diversity in the Black and African experience.

Saying that I was pumped would be the understatement of the century.

When I arrived to the event, I found a seat ready to be enlighten, however, as the orator directed questions to the panel of five students

I was awash with a myriad of emotions ranging from surprise, to utter disappointment. I realize now that the panelists were probably learning about diversity just as I am, so I shouldn’t be so critical.

Furthermore, I am by no means shading NAMIE; I applaud them for being the catalyze of necessary discussions.

However, I do believe they missed the mark.

Whenever one of the five individuals were asked a question pertaining to diversity in the Black community their responses seemed almost textbook.

Their answers ranged from hair texture, to and unfortunately that seemed as though that is where the story ends.

While these are pertinent topics that need to be addressed and deserve a stage, I couldn’t help but wish to scream, “That isn’t the only thing that makes us diverse as a community!”

So, what is diversity, since you seem to know so much about it?

Well, I’m going to keep it stack; I have only very recently understood the multiplicity of the Black community and am still learning but I do think we need to consider broadening our scope.

Armed with the question of what diversity is as it pertains to the Black community I hit the streets to inquire after other people’s beliefs.

Amani Boyce, a first year Political Science major from Brooklyn, New York.

When asked the previously mentioned question her answer was straight to the point, “Diversity to me in the Black community are the different socioeconomic standings in the Black community, skin color, and your background.”

To be Black and young in America today (to me) is to understand that there are Blacks that are rich and play polo, Blacks that paint, Blacks that speak Mandarin and are obsessed with architecture, Blacks that are sneakerheads that have been formally trained in ballet for 14 years, Blacks that are atheist, Blacks that love robots, or engines, or interested in shoe making, or bread making or, or, or, or.

Do you get what I’m trying to say?

To be Black in America is to live with the understanding that everyone around will you (including your fellow brothers and sisters) will put you in a box.

To be Black in America is to understand that you have the drive, capacity, and courage to do anything but must convince those around you that you being “different” isn’t breaking a mold!

I have a recently developed hobby of walking around the library and finding a book at random to read (#EnglishMajorTingz) and I stumbled across a book named Role Call: A Generational Anthology of Social and Political Black Art & Literature. 

I bring Role Call up now because, to me, it stands as a physical representation of the capabilities of the Black (creatives) mind; the varying pasts we come from, our circumstances, our passions, and pains vary so much!

So, I challenge you with this: Reevaluate what diversity may mean to you, broaden your intellectual curiosity, ask questions, you may find that you may have been living in a box as well.

Crack the lid, the lessons waiting to be wafted in are breathtaking.

Feminism vs. chivalry

Kayla Lipscomb | Staff Writer

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Women rule the world!

In recent years, women have ditched the housewife role and evolved to become savvy hustlers, top-notch industry leaders.

Women have embraced these advancements and have empowered each other through sisterhood and feminism.

Feminism has allowed women to unite, connect and prove that men are not a necessity for success.

However, has the evolution of the standard role of a woman altered relationships between the sexes?

How can we date in a world where women are searching for gentlemen, but the independent woman rejects the acts of a gentleman?

“A real good man or woman is not easy to find. Most men won’t take women out on dates. It’s always ‘Netflix and chill,’” says Kiara Ward-Beveridge, a junior criminal justice major from Washington D.C.

More initiative is needed in this generation of love. Many conflicts will not take place if people genuinely cared and knew what could get lost in communication. When dating, trying to determine the roles of a woman and man is difficult to figure out.

There may be women who like to be treated and women who like to handle business themselves.

“The problem is, men don’t know where to take the lead or how to be a gentleman. [Relationships nowadays are] about proving someone is higher than the next, and a relationship shouldn’t be that way,” says Maya Gaines Smith, a junior Biology major from Cleveland, Ohio.

Power has played a major role into why women have become independent and are no longer depending on men.

In relationships, the balance of power can be off balance depending on whether the two individuals are dominant characters.

“Anyone in a relationship should be equally yoked with each other. Relationships are all about common ground and understanding each other. If one of us is concerned about who’s in charge we are both wrong. We both have a part in a relationship so it’s equal,” says Brianna Smith, a junior Business Management major from Las Vegas.

As young adults dating and encountering each other on the daily basis recognizing women and men have both altered from traditional times.

The years of the woman are not coming to an end anytime soon and men should not change being a gentleman due to society.

Gentlemen can find a way to adapt and date until their dream woman is in their arms.

Can YouTube couple channels ruin a relationship?

Nia Brevard | Contributing Writer

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In 2018, most people are creating vlogs.

Vlogs, or video blogs, are used as a way to communicate with the world and share things that interest yourself and/or others.

Vlogs range from beauty tutorials, technology reviews, fashion advice, DIY (do it yourself) hacks and health/fitness instructions.

The most popular types of vlogs are couple channels.

YouTube and other video sharing platforms are flooded with vlogs of love interests playing pranks on each other, doing skits, telling stories, and competing in social media challenges.

And, viewers can’t get enough of them.

These are a few couple channels that have grown impressively popular over the past few years:

– De’arra & Ken 4 Life: They have been vlogging since July 2015 and are considered one of the favorite couples on YouTube.

– Dwayne N Jazz: They are considered the honest couple and best known for skits and dances.

– Chris and Queen: Having publicized their relationship struggles, breakups, and family obstacles, they have gained a lot of attention through their drama, scandals and commotion.

Although vlogging with your significant other may seem like a great idea, there are some serious issues that can arise and potentially ruin the relationship.

These social media couples who blossom into popular, viral personalities are considered to be famous. In most cases, fame brings about drama and unnecessary problems.

Being a YouTube super couple, the fans, subscribers and followers on other social media outlets appear quickly, and it can be life-changing.

These couples start receiving other perks such as money from monetizing their viral videos, gifts from fans and followers, publicity and other on-camera opportunities.

However, these perks can also deteriorate these couples’ most valuable asset, their relationships.

“The weight of our relationship is the weight of our careers [and that] is the weight of our whole lives, and that pressure is not good for a relationship,” then-YouTube super couple Jesse Wellens and Jeana Smith said to Independent.

“Everybody thinks everything’s perfect, that we have a perfect life, and it’s really not it at all,” Smith said. “Everybody has problems, everybody has issues but we choose not to put that in the videos usually.”

Everyone deals with things differently, and despite being a couple and vlogging together, the “life of a star” will not have the same effect on both people.

This can cause miscommunication in the relationship, leading to you and your partner only staying together for the vlog and not the relationship.

A relationship takes time and communication in order for it to work. But being a YouTube couple, it’ll take a lot more.

If something happens within the relationship, you may have to let it go for the sake of the channel if you all are dependent upon it.

Chris and Queen were once a YouTube couple, and everyone knew them and their life. But as of right now, they are no longer together.

It was stated that Chris cheated on his wife, and that ended things. He made an apology video about the whole thing, but fans were not accepting.

“I never really watched their YouTube channel, but I would see them on all social media sites,” said Kayla Cosby, a chemistry major from Silver Spring, Maryland.

“Like any other YouTube couple, they seemed stable and as if things were going good. Now after everything that happened, it made me question if the relationship was real.”

It takes a lot of effort to become a YouTube couple and maintain that status. Some couples that are now separated will even continue the vlog for its viewers and just focus on the channel.

Nevertheless, there are YouTube couples who are staying strong and balancing the life fame. So yes, couple YouTube channels can ruin a relationship, but if the relationship is really worth it, it will work out.

Should teachers and professors carry guns?

Tianna Bradford | Staff Writer

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As debates and proposed changes to school safety continue, the ideal “safe place” of a school has now turned into a prison-like atmosphere.

Since the Florida Parkland shooting in February, the concern has been on “How can we as a country make schools safer?”

Over the past few weeks, President Trump and other government officials have began discussing how to move forward with solutions on how to ensure safer teaching and learning environments.

Lawmakers have agreed that students and faculty shouldn’t be in continuous fear of dying at the cost innocently learning. However, what some politicians are proposing doesn’t seem to help eliminate that terror.

The newly introduced policy that has now become a widespread debate is the notion allowing faculty to carry weapons on their person or within the building to combat potential threats.

The argument is no longer focused on gun control, but pinpointing the distribution of more weapons to fight off the “bad guys.”

President Trump has openly sided with laws permitting faculty to carry weapons on school grounds.

“These people are cowards,” Trump said during a televised CNN interview.

“They’re not going to walk into a school if 20 percent of the teachers have guns — it may be 10 percent or may be 40 percent. And what I’d recommend doing is the people that do carry, we give them a bonus. We give them a little bit of a bonus,” he said.

“They’ll frankly feel more comfortable having the gun anyway. But you give them a little bit of a bonus.”

There are numerous questions that students are asking themselves as this debate deepens: Does my professor really care for my safety? What if he pulls the weapon on me if I’m acting up in class? How much will this affect our student-teacher relationships?

I asked some HU students their thoughts on this life-altering situation.

ShaDarria Dawn, a sophomore biology pre-med major from Dallas, Texas, told how she would feel if HU faculty were allowed to carry weapons around campus for our protection,

“I come a state where gun laws aren’t very strict at all; however, Texas has never felt an utter need to put guns within our schools,” she said.

“Humans are irrational. What if a teacher has a mental breakdown and ends up killing himself with the weapon given to him or kills his class? “

Elijah Banks, a sophomore journalism major from Queens, New York, said that he would not only feel uncomfortable but that he’d feel less safe having teachers “protecting” him.

“I couldn’t imagine being comfortable with my professor walking into class with a gun on his holster,” Banks said.

“I find it beyond me that we have come to this point in America. I would want a weapon for my own protection, especially as a black male. I am constantly looked toward as an aggressor – even by my own people. The last thing myself or any other black student in this country [wants] is for one of us to be killed in class ’cause a teacher ‘felt’ like the student was being too aggressive towards them and the professor has to defend themselves.

Our society has come to the option of allowing our educators to carry weapons in a safe zone for students. With this new policy being implemented, we could end up making schools a factory for mass shooting killers and other acts of violence.

“We are the country with the highest rate of mass shootings. Trump and Congress need to come up with another way … tightening up gun laws, making more of these weapons of mass destruction harder to obtain off black market or even gun shows,” Banks said.

“So Where Can I Sign You Up, eHarmony, Match.com or Twitter?”

Tianna Bradford | Staff Writer

When you are in college, your parents start to ask you, “So…have you found anyone you’re interested in yet?”

You begin to realize that dating now is nothing like your parents’ or grandparents’ generations. Dating sites such as eHarmony, Match.com and BlackPeopleMeet have become the new technological way of “getting to know” someone without meeting them face-to-face for the first time.

Then we have social media, where the new thing is “sliding through the DM” and “shooting your shot” to ask for someone’s number and to begin the “talking stage.”

To our generation, the “talking stage” was pre-dating, less courtship but more of getting to know each other. Is this way of thinking actually adequate to the old-fashioned dating that we’ve seen in old films or by word of mouth by the older generation?

“I think this generation has come to a major halt when it comes to dating,” said Erin Paul, a sophomore architecture major from Kansas City, Mo. “Dating just isn’t the same anymore.

“I remember watching movies and seeing guys ask the girl out take her on a couple of dates to get to know her and then continue with courting and so forth. Now it’s become a guy asking you for your number through social media and you’re just expected to interact with them ’cause they ‘slid in your DMs.’

“Online is OK for those who are busy with their careers, but at the same time, online dating sites have created havoc when predators use these sites to their advantage.

“This makes those who are interested in these sites think twice about finding their happiness. Just meeting a person and having a conversations with them and then getting their number and contacting them more through texting, emailing and so forth is easier than letting just anyone have your phone number.”

Mackenzie Walker, a freshman journalism major from Memphis, prefers in-person interaction.

“I’d rather have that one-on-one connection with someone rather than texting, emailing or calling someone ’cause you never know their emotions until you see them face-to-face,” Walker said. “You want to see not only if you’re compatible with that person but also if you complete each other, and I think that is important.

“With catfishing becoming a huge issue, it’s embarrassing knowing that you’ve been interacting with someone who says they’re someone they’re not.

“You know, ‘sliding through the DMs’ is cool, but if you can’t approach me in person, then I feel like I won’t respect it.

“I want a man to approach me like a man.”

We realize with corporate America growing constantly, people don’t have the time to get to know people or date. With that came online dating. With technology already becoming affluent in our daily lives, why not have it interact with our love lives as well?

Online, you meet more people in less amount of time. Looking at their bio and descriptions of themselves, you can already weed out the one you actually want to interact with rather than blind dating.

Catfishing has also become an issue when it comes to online dating in the realm of dating in this generation. People pretend to be someone they are not. This act of stolen identity and pictures has led to the embarrassment of people wanting to date and making dating harder and more overwhelming.

So which one is better? Are you one of those people who hides behind the screen and shoots their shot through the direct message, or are you upfront with your interest?

Is your zodiac sign accurate?

Nia Brevard | Contributing Writer

Rapper Lil Wayne said it, and now I’m saying it.

“I need your name and zodiac sign in order for me to talk to you.”

Zodiac signs can hint relationship and friendship compatibility, career possibilities and specific personality traits.

However, for those who have no clue what zodiac signs are, mean and can represent, let me explain:

A long time ago, a few astrologists analyzed the sun, moon and positions of the planets. What came from their findings and theories were 12 zodiac signs that fall under the water, air, earth or fire elements.

Aquarius, Jan. 20 to Feb. 18

The first of the zodiac air signs, an Aquarius is independent and very creative. They enjoy fighting for causes and are never afraid to be themselves. Great lifelong memories are created with these people. Aquarius is said to be most compatible with Leo and Sagittarius.

Pisces, Feb. 19 to March 20

This water sign is known to be very likable. Their best traits are said to be wise, compassionate and selfless. Pisces are ruled by the planet Neptune and find comfort in being alone and music.

Aries, March 21 to Apr 19

An Aries is said to be confident and optimistic. They find comfort in positions of power. They are compatible with Libras and Leos.

Taurus, April 20 to May 20

Introduced as an Earth sign and ruled by the planet Venus, a Taurus does all the groundwork. As one of the hardest working people you’ll ever know, their stubborn ways push them to get things done.

Gemini, May 21 to June 20

The Twins. The only sign to represent two different personalities into one person. They are always ready to have fun and love to experience new things. Their gentle nature allows them to get along with a wide variety people.

Cancer, June 21 to July 22

Ruled by the moon, Cancers are the crab of the signs. With loyalty always coming first, Cancers support system is like no other. Their mood swings and emotions can take over at times,  ut because of this they are sympathetic.

Leo, July 23 to Aug 22

Leos are creative, born leaders. They are most compatible with Aquarius and Geminis, all sharing that creative nature. Being charismatic and passionate balances out the leadership role and any decisions made.

Virgo, Aug. 23 to Sept. 22

Virgos have a shyness that is misunderstood and may come off as being rude. But these Virgos are so kind and always have an approach to life. They pay attention to the minute details and are very practical.

Libra, Sept. 23 to Oct. 22

This element of air is all about balance. The Libra is fair-minded and diplomatic in situations. However, they still maintain a peaceful lifestyle. Always fighting for equality and forming partnerships along the way.

Scorpio, Oct. 23 to Nov. 21

Scorpios are very fierce but have a sensitive nature to go with it. They are one of the most determined signs and this shows their passionate side. A Scorpio is brave and assertive in life situations.

Sagittarius, Nov 22 to Dec. 21

Being one of the most energetic signs, a Sagittarius has a great sense of humor. They also have great compatibility with Geminis and Aries. They have ruled by the planet Jupiter.

Capricorn, Dec. 22 to Jan. 19

The last sign, Capricorns are one of a kind. While being reserved, they are still never afraid to aim high for their goals. Ambitious drive helps them in the professional world.

These signs and predictions have been deemed true and scientifically backed by many individuals, according to a study done by The National Science Board of Science and Technology Indicators, showing that 58 percent of Americans ages 18 to 24 view astrology and zodiacs as logical.

It’s fun to read and makes you curious to discover if it really does describe you. You may hear people joke around and say, “If we are not compatible, then it won’t work out,” or they always check the person’s zodiac first.

“I actually do believe in the zodiac signs, and I enjoy reading them,” said Phoebe Iloanya, a sophomore psychology major from Prince George’s County, Maryland. “With me being an Aquarius, I relate to the things they say about us, and it constantly makes me think.”

But on the other side, certain people don’t believe it and find the signs to be unreal. They say there are no proven facts, and the views are always changing.

“I’m a Scorpio, but I don’t believe in zodiac signs because I’m the complete opposite of what they say Scorpios are supposed to be,” said Pierre Sow, a first-year journalism major from Teaneck, New Jersey. “It says basically that I am a shallow introvert, and that’s not really me.”

Blaire Baker, a sophomore criminology major from Long Island, New York, added: “I personally don’t think there’s any truth to horoscopes and zodiac signs. I’m a Capricorn, but the signs change every year. So how can this information be true?”

If you ever want to check your horoscope now and then, Snapchat provides magazine articles links on its storyboards, and Twitter usually has a thread or page dedicated to the signs.

“You’re still scrolling through Twitter?!”

Tianna Bradford | Staff Writer

As society has changed, technology has become more prominent, especially in our daily lives.

New jobs are being always being created: The newly blossomed social media content creator, social media marketer, digital marketing manager. However, technology has begun to catch up with us.

People are becoming more intertwined with social media platforms such as Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat.

Twitter has become the mecca of trends and latest fashion trends, while Facebook carries on humorous videos, fake news releases and catfishing. These apps have become a part of our daily lives.

But can we manage to hold our reality together, away from the world that we live in? Is social media becoming really addictive? Can you be addicted to the life of tweeting, snapping, posting and recording?

I asked Kyla Newell, a Hampton University sophomore biology pre-med major from Jackson, Mississippi, her stance on social media and the impact it has on society today.

“I personally think that society has now become obsessive and addictive to social media,” Newell said. “It has now become a part of our lives every second of the day. I think about the Black Mirror episode where how popular you were on social media and your rating determined how successful you were in life, what kind of house you owned and the car you possessed. This could eventually be society in five to 10 years.”

Social media has taken over almost every aspect of communication.

Most conversations are done through an app of social media, and a typical conversation starter is, “Did you see that video on Twitter?”

There are fewer discussions on the latest story in the news but instead more on funny videos of a child cussing to their parents.

I asked Kierra Nelson, a sophomore architecture major and graphic design minor from Arlington, Virginia, if she found social media as a positive or negative aspect in society.

“I find social media amusing and intriguing when I’m bored and I’m just on my phone,” Nelson said. “But I lack a connection with my friends when I want some human interaction and they’re stuck to the screen of their phone refreshing for the next big thing.

“However, I do understand how social media has flourished [in] society and definitely made people more alert and aware of differences. I learn more about what’s happening around the world from just checking Twitter, even though it could be fake news compared to what’d I get informed on from watching Fox 5 news for two hours.”

Social media brings awareness to ignorance but also gives the ignorant a viral stage.

Some balance between social media and reality can prevent the addictive trait social media apps possess.

Is the dorm life really that bad?

Nia Brevard | Contributing Writer

As we all know, it’s a love/hate relationship when it comes to dorm life. When you come to college, getting the dorm together and making it your own can be exciting; but after a couple of weeks, things can change.

  1. Bathrooms

Sharing a bathroom with your siblings is tough, but sharing a bathroom with 10 other girls that you don’t know is another story. On top of that, the bathroom may not be the cleanest, and only one shower may work. This was a huge problem for me and was the main reason why I wanted to move out.

“I have to constantly depend on the cleanliness of others, and that is something I am not used to. The bathrooms are almost never [kept clean by by dorm mates], and if one day they are, it doesn’t last long,” said Kayla Waite, a first-year theater performance major from Brooklyn, New York.

2. Privacy

Everyone loves alone time, but dorm life makes it impossible to be alone. A private conversation involves either whispering really low or leaving the room at 3 a.m. However, if you come back to your dorm and your roommate is not there, by all means, I say enjoy that time.

3. Loud neighbors

It’s 1 a.m., you have an 8 a.m. class that you’re praying gets canceled, and everyone in your hall is making noise. So, what do you do? You could tell them to quiet down, but the chances of them actually being quiet are slim. The only realistic option is to tune them out.

“In my dorm, there is never a moment of silence,” said Mathieu Christopher, a sophomore five-year MBA major from Atlanta. “There is always noise from day to night. I personally don’t mind the noise during the day, but at night it starts to get annoying.”

 

However, despite the downs, there are a few good things about dorm life.

 

  1. Roommate/Meeting new people

College is all about socializing and trying new things. Luckily, I befriended my roommate and we met new people together. I also suggest talking to the people in your hall because you may meet other people who have things in common with you.

“I appreciate the dorm life because I have met so many new girls. I don’t think I would’ve obtained the complete college experience if I didn’t live in a dorm,” said Geneva Ansley-Cornick, a freshman from Brooklyn, N.Y.

 

2. Going the distance

Now, I have to say that although the dorm life wasn’t for me, the one good thing was how close all the buildings were to me. Each building was only a five-minute walk from my room.

“On those days when getting up for class was a struggle, knowing the building wasn’t far motivated me to go,” said Kayla Cosby, a sophomore from Silver Spring, Md.

 

3. “Can you pay my bills??”

Although moving out sounds nice, it comes with tons of responsibilities and bills. Bills can be manageable, but when you live in a dorm, you don’t have to pay household bills.

 

The dorm life will always have its ups and downs, but in the end, it’s all about adjusting to it.