Weird School Sports That Actually Exist

Student performing a parkour move

Discover some strange but exhilarating athletic alternatives if you’re not into common school sports. // Photo Source: Edge Parkour

Basketball, football, swimming, volleyball, hockey, baseball, track and field, cheerleading… These are just some of the common athletic fields that students actively engage in on a seasonal basis. But did you know that there are weird competitive games that certain students are also into? A bit of variety is always welcome when it comes to school sports, and here are some strange yet incredible examples of physical activities that push the boundaries of student athleticism.

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Healthy Food Alternatives to Eat in College

College students eating pizza

Put down that greasy pizza and rethink your food choices while you’re in college. // Photo Source: Cision News

The thing about living as a college student is that you often forgo eating proper meals for the sake of convenience. Thus, it’s not common for many college kids to constantly eat instant ramen noodles, pizza, take out, canned goods, and plenty of junk food. When you think about it, this kind of diet can have serious consequences on your body in the long term, so you need to rethink your food choices if you’ve noticed that your main sources of sustenance are the items mentioned above.

Sure, you might not have that much money and you’re mostly relying on your college meal plan. But there are affordable and healthy alternatives you can do to improve your eating habits in college, such as the suggestions and recipes featured below.

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Keeping it Real: Tips on Becoming a Savvy College Freshman

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Ready to become a savvy college freshman? Here’s how you can do it! // Photo Source: Forbes

The thing with entering college for the first time is that it can be an intimidating experience for most former high school seniors. After all, everyone has this desire to make a great first impression once they enter the world of collegiate life. While making new friends and doing well in classes are achievable goals for any incoming college freshman, here are some key aspects they should also note in order to avoid being a stereotypical college newbie.

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What Kind of Freshman Will You Be?

Diverse college students

Are you a Fun Seeker or more of a Challenging Nonconformist? Find out what kind of freshman you will be in college below! // Photo Source: Stem College

Most graduating high school seniors have a sense of enthusiasm when they enter college. But what they might encounter once they become college freshmen might not be that different from their high school lives. In fact, college is pretty much the same when it comes to various cliques and subcultures. This isn’t to say that this is a bad thing, because knowing the various kinds of college social circles can help incoming college students some insight as to which group they’ll fit in best.

 

With the recent passing of Robin Williams, I’ve recently re-watched one of his movies called Good Will Hunting, which was coincidentally, set in college. This inspired me to showcase the various types of college subcultures by way of films that identify them the best. Check them out under the cut to see which group you’ll likely rub shoulders with once you officially become a university freshman.

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Life in College: The Different Types of Roommates You’ll Likely Get

Learn how to deal with different types of roommates when you’re in college. // Photo Source: The Cord

If you are an incoming college freshman, one of the things you’ll likely experience as part of your life in college is getting a roommate. Whether you’ll be living in a university dorm room or staying in an off-campus apartment, a college roommate is something that can inspire a wide variety of emotions that depends on the type of person you will be living with for most of the school year.

Previously, I’ve talked about the kinds of teachers you’ll be dealing with during your life as a student. This time around, I’m here to talk about the kinds of roommates you’ll be getting if you’re a college freshman. This idea was inspired by a CollegeHumor video that a friend of my shared on Facebook and I figured it was a good jumping point for this post. And although I might have made a more realistic spin on the “monster roommates” that the video showcased (which you can see after the cut), the similarities are still apparent (if you squint carefully, that is). Here’s a rundown of the kinds of roommates you’ll likely be getting in college and how to best deal with them.

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A Guide to the Different Types of Teachers in Your School Life

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Know the different types of teachers you’ll encounter during your entire academic tenure. // Photo Source: WikiHow

Teachers are often considered as secondary parents for kids when they’re in school, and for the most part, that is a fitting description. Much of how a person becomes in life is the product of parenting at home and how teachers mold that person in an academic environment. That being said, no two teachers are ever the same. As you progress from the early years of preschool all the way to the advanced world of college life, you’ll be encountering various types of teachers. How you deal with them is a matter of experience, but getting a general idea on the kind of teacher you’ll be having during your scholastic tenure is certainly an advantage.

With the fall semester right around the corner, I figured that I’d start off with a series of sorts about school life in general, beginning with this piece on various kinds of educators you’ll meet when you’re in school. And as a fan of the Harry Potter series, I thought it was a nice touch to emphasize those types of teachers I mentioned with three well-known members of the Hogwarts faculty. Click the cut to discover more information on the matter!

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Incredible School Sporting Events Around the World

Ready, set, go! Athletics are a very integral part of school life. // Photo Source: Sportbop

Athletics are an integral part of any academic institution, and many schools have gone to great lengths to ensure that their sports teams receive full support. While there are inter-school sporting competitions in various fields, probably none have come close to the media attention that these three events have garnered over the years. Despite showcasing a very distinct sport and attracting a specific audience, each of these international global sporting events have demonstrated the very best of student athletes and emphasizes the strong spirit of camaraderie and sportsmanship.

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Patriotic Movies to Marathon on Independence Day

Flags of Our Fathers

 

The Fourth of July is coming soon, and that means a gloriously long weekend filled with American patriotism and plenty of time spent with friends and family celebrating our nation’s independence. Of course, that means plenty of parties and colorful fireworks to enjoy during the holiday, but that’s not all that you’ll be enjoying. If you’d like to celebrate the occasion with a cinematic twist, there’s a plethora of great films that carry the message and spirit of what it means to be a free American.

Whether you’ll buy physical copies of these movies or simply rent them through your Netflix or iTunes account, you’re sure to have a great time watching these films in the comfort of your home and be inspired by their stories.

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Keeping Your Mind Sharp Over the Break

Being out of school during the summer may take a toll on your mind. By the time you return to the academic world, you might find yourself caught in a brain drain.

That’s why you need to exercise your brain in order to be prepared upon going back to school! And here are a few ways which you can do for that purpose.

  1. Meet new people

It is important for you to be social over the break and spark discussions and conversations with people. Being able to mingle with others is a great way to provoke one’s thoughts and keep up with various matters. That way, your mind will be working to a greater extent.

  1. Do brain exercises

Activities or games such as Sudoku or other puzzle games may help stimulate your brain. If that’s not your thing, studies have shown that video games improve cognitive function. I bet the inner nerd in you is screaming at the thought! But don’t play too much—it’s just not healthy for you.

  1. Study independently

Whatever your interests are—marketing, economics, or philosophy—you may want to read up on them during the break. You don’t have to force yourself to study a subject matter you’re not really interested in. Just focus on those which you like and which would also be beneficial to your program in school.

  1. Take summer classes

This entry makes a great case on why you should take summer classes. And trust me; being in school during the break isn’t all that bad! You’d get to finish earlier, be given more focus on certain subjects, and you’ll have something productive to do instead of moping around and not doing anything.

It is essential that you keep yourself sharp during the summer. After all, why would you want to come unprepared when it comes to academic matters?

So if you want to keep yourself from being dull, the tips above might just help.

Heartwarming Graduation Moments

Graduation truly is a bittersweet moment for anyone.

Graduation truly is a bittersweet moment for anyone.
Image source: The Daily Mail

I’ve always had a thing for tearjerking moments. It’s a guilty pleasure of mine. As a graduate coordinator, I find that graduation ceremonies tend to be rather emotional.

Below are some examples of bittersweet and heartwarming graduation moments.

  1. Zack Ruediger’s story

Recently, a student named Zack Ruediger was about to graduate from his high school when his father died from a blood clot. Ruediger’s mother also died back in 2012. During the ceremony, all 68 of his fellow graduates donated some amount for young Zack. They managed to raise about $800. Another $500 came from Zack’s employer. The class was praised by the superintendent for their generosity.

  1. Manny Rios’s graduation

Manny Rios was left paralyzed from the chest down by a bicycling accident. Suffering from a brain injury, the doctors told him he wouldn’t be able to make it—but he did. During his graduation last May 29, 2013, he went on stage with only his walker and his therapist. As he did so, the crowd cheered on, shouting his name, in a display of praise and support. Manny insisted that he walk across—and he made it.

  1. An Afghan National Army officer’s ceremony

About 29 female officers were mentored by the U.S. army in Afghanistan. One of which received a hug from a U.S. soldier, congratulating her for a job well done. The event spelled a radical change in Afghanistan’s military, as women were given a prominent role in fighting for their homeland. Whatever side you’re on, you just can’t help but he touched by such gesture.

  1. Brockway graduation moment

At Brockway Area High, Dillon Morrison walked across the stage—despite having suffered from a broken neck in a car accident. He stood up from his wheelchair and received his diploma. For this act, he got a loud ovation from his fellow graduates. What a winner!

Graduation is indeed a valuable and cherished moment in one’s life. That is why people like this have treasured it. If you value your academic life, there’s a good chance you’ll value graduation in the same way the people in the examples have, despite the circumstances. So make sure you reach that milestone in your life!