Chip Bowls Crashing Down

The air is chilly. Dark red and yellow leaves lie restlessly on the damp evergreen. Jack o’ Lanterns with whimsical faces nestle in bunches outside of people’s doors. The aroma of cinnamon scented pinecones and pumpkin spice fills the nostrils of many as they cuddle around their roaring fires. In October, autumn is casting about mini tornados of leaves, brushing the feet of those in its path as the trees dance in the wind. This month is witness to the increased purchase of candy, fake spider webs, and Batman costumes. Only few know why this month is so significant, but don’t worry, I’ll clue you in. Besides all of the fantastical autumn themed scents, ten-pound bags of Snickers, and funny-looking pumpkins, this month brings sports fans together. October marks the halfway point of football season and provides a map for predicting which teams will make it into the Super Bowl.

Football season usually begins in early September when the pungent scent of Kingsford Match Light charcoal lingers in the air and hot dogs and burgers sizzle on the grill. Families and friends come together sporting the jerseys of their favorite teams and players, finding community in those who support their choices and even those with whom they can argue. While the kids are slip-slippery-sliding and cannonballing into the pool, their parents engross themselves in the nearest television, chanting and hollering in support of (and on many occasions, at) their favorite teams until another chip bowl comes crashing to the ground. This time is the start of the season, the first four games in which all teams have something to prove, and if your family is nearly as competitive as mine, then you do, too. If you were disappointed in last year’s performance, it is during this time that you are most optimistic, hoping your players have had rest and practiced and are prepared to dominate the season. September proves to be just that for football fans: a phase of optimism.

By the following month of the season, players are competing in games five through eight, which, to me, is truly when the season begins. October marks the point at which all the teams have exposed their secret super stars, those who run sixty-five yards upfield to the touchdown or kick an eighty-five yard field goal. These super stars help us football fanatics gage which teams will most likely advance to the playoffs and ultimately compete for the title of Super Bowl Champions. Now, instead of the smell of burgers and franks on the grill, the aroma of a Glade Warm Flannel Embrace plug-in fills the room. With one obnoxiously large marshmallow topping their cups of hot chocolate and s’mores filling their bellies, groups of football connoisseurs and amateurs, alike, continue rooting for their teams. With a scorching flame from the fireplace keeping them warm and a hot season approaching, fans are on fire for football during the chilly month of October.

Written by Ashley

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Why College Is Awesome: A Blog By Yours Truly

After one whole year of college, I think we can all agree that I am, indeed, an expert on all things higher education. And because I am so kind and generous, I will bestow my wealth of knowledge onto you, dear reader. You’re welcome. Let it never be said that I was unwilling to help my underlings. Let us proceed, henceforth and so on and such which and heretofore and what have you, etc., with a list of ten awesome things I’ve noticed about my DBU experience.

  1. Studying the subjects I want to study is so much fun. I’ve learned so much in my classes so far that I can’t even imagine what kind of knowledge I’ll have once I graduate. Sure, I have to take some general education classes that I’m not really interested in so I can complete my degree plan, but I find I learn useful information even in those classes.
  2. The freedom to do (almost) whatever I want is really cool. Even though I know I should probably go to all my classes so that I don’t risk falling behind on the information discussed that day, it’s fun to know that I can skip all my classes one morning and sleep in if I so choose.
  3. Having responsibility over my life rules. I hear all the time about how people my age don’t want to be adults or don’t think they can handle all the hard responsibilities that come along with adulthood, but I for one enjoy being an adult. I like knowing that I’m capable of going to my job every day, paying rent on my apartment, doing my own laundry, and going grocery shopping. It’s empowering to know that I’m growing up and maturing.
  4. My professors all give me a syllabus for class. I like knowing exactly what I’m getting myself into in terms of classwork, and having a detailed plan of assignments and their due dates given to me on the first day of a class allows me plenty of time to get intimidated and drop the class for an easier one. (Just kidding: no class has been that intimidating. Yet.)
  5. I feel prepared to do all of my assignments. Though some of them have seemed impossible, or maybe just super difficult, I know that I’ve already been taught what I need to know. And if I have questions, there is always someone to ask—like the DBU Writing Center! I never feel like I’m stuck, alone, drowning in work I have no idea how to do.
  6. Doing volunteer hours for my scholarships is rewarding. I spend a lot of my free time directing the lighting for my church. I thought at first that required volunteering would be a chore, but my church is honestly one of my favorite organizations I’ve ever had the opportunity to get involved with. Volunteering isn’t a chore for me because I’m passionate about the work I get to do, from programming and operating a bunch of fancy lighting fixtures to talking and planning with the awesome people I work with.
  7. The DBU community is close-knit. At such a small school, I can’t go anywhere on campus without running into someone I know. In fact, I’m often late to classes because I get caught up talking with a friend on the sidewalk. It’s nice to see friendly, familiar faces everywhere I look.
  8. I get to live with my friends. A lot of the time, I feel like I’m a little kid at a never-ending sleepover. My roommates and I all have fun together and we all love each other.
  9. The campus is beautiful. This summer, I had two friends from Oklahoma come spend the weekend with me here at DBU, and they marveled at the majesty of the magnificent masterpiece I get to see every day. I sometimes forget how beautiful my surroundings are, but taking pictures in all the different photo-op spots with those two friends was a neat reminder of this.
  10. The people here are super cool. The faculty and staff, students, and friends I’ve had the pleasure of meeting are some of the most positive, affirming, loving people I’ve met anywhere.

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Obviously, as a college expert, I could continue giving reasons why DBU is one grand university experience, but I’ll stop for now so that you readers aren’t overwhelmed. Seriously, though, be encouraged. College is fun. Have fun doing everything you do.

Written with all sarcastic seriousness by Becca

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Mending Failing Friendships

To put things plainly, friendships are hard. While friendships with little difference of opinion can be fruitful, those with many differences are incredible character builders. At times, it may feel like a friendship isn’t worth your time and only brings stress, but through communication, patience, and putting pride to the side, a friendship can turn a corner and prove to be worth the effort.

It is important to have people to turn to in times of trial, but when the people chosen to be a source of comfort turn into a source of hostility, ending the friendship seems to be the logical thing to do. However, cutting all ties with people we are friends with can be more detrimental than staying in that toxic relationship and trying to resolve things.

Recently, the girls in my friend group, myself included, have been experiencing a strain in our friendship. I will not mention names or events that have occurred, but I will say it has led to avoidance, awkwardness, anger, sadness, and bitterness.

One of the girls and I decided to talk to our RA about the things we have been dealing with and discuss whether or not we should discontinue being friends with the other girls or not. She encouraged us through a quote: “Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, and small minds discuss people.” She said to talk about ideas or ways to resolve the situation instead of talking about the other girls. Talking about what the girls did wrong is merely gossip. It only spurs on the harboring of bitterness. We decided the best way to smooth everything out is to have an open conversation with our RA as a mediator.

There are many obligations demanding our attention: busy schedules, academics, work, volunteer responsibilities, etc., so it can be hard to find time to put aside for spending quality time with friends. Yet, quality time is so important in keeping the lines of communication open. It is important to recognize that sometimes the problem in a relationship can be personal pride. When trying to decide if a friendship is worth the time to fix, we have to not only look at what the other person has done to make us feel a certain way but also discern how we got to that point in the first place.

As a Christian, I am called to love. In the Bible, 1 John 4:20 states, “Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.” If I don’t show at least some effort in understanding how the other person in the relationship feels, then I am being prideful, and for me, pride leads to anger. I struggle with anger. And, when I feel neglected by people, I shut them out and push the idea of repairing the friendship to the side. However, when I do this, it just causes me pain because I lost what could have been a valuable friendship.

Not trying to repair a broken friendship and, instead, removing a person from our lives causes us to have unresolved problems in our past friendships that haunt us and affect us negatively on an unconscious level. Fixing a friendship is usually worth the time and effort. Communication and expressing yourself are essential in cultivating a great relationship, and human relationships are really the foundation of our civilization and a true source of happiness.

Written by Cheyanne

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The Beauty of Road Trips

I love road trips. Whether there is a set destination or not, the path I take to get from point A to point B is entirely up to me. I could leave the day before and get to stay an extra night, I could leave a couple of days early to extend my drive and visit other cities and towns, or I could simply leave late enough to get there just in time. The options are endless when it comes to the route and duration. Of course road trips are fun when I am by myself; however, when two or three others join in, the entertainment never stops. (Plus, we can switch out drivers whenever one of us gets tired.) No longer is it only me singing along to the radio while trying not to fall asleep, but it is a whole car full of crazy, tired, and delirious people jamming out to the random stations we can find in backwoods towns. Friendships are strengthened and memories are made on road trips.

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In this age of technology, it is quite easy to simply take a selfie, put a hashtag about the moment, and save that memory forever. However, as effective as that method is, I would like to recommend a different one. Throughout a road trip, I journal about what has happened so far. Although that may seem a bit inconvenient and time-consuming, I find that it further solidifies my experience. When my pen connects to paper, the sights, smells, and thoughts that occur suddenly become more and more real. After I return home and reread my entries, it is as if they had just happened the day before. There is something magical that happens when I write things down. When looking back, I also learn new things that I had not noticed before. Although I do not want journaling to take up precious time during a road trip, it is a simple way to combine all that happened. Journaling is not only great for road trips, but also for all experiences; so JOURNAL! Write anything and everything down, whether good or bad, because there is so much to learn from memories. I definitely recommend any and all road trip opportunities.

Written by Maddison

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