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College students accomplish extraordinary things, both inside and outside of the classroom. In order to be successful, it takes time, discipline and hard work. We see this among Gamecock athletes and Honors College scholars, but what about the students who sacrifice their time to financially sustain themselves? Perhaps you have seen them wearing their work uniforms around campus, or even jogging with their backpack and textbooks because their shift starts in thirty minutes. Maybe you yourself have scrolled through Indeed.com during class to see which employment options could benefit you. Tons of restaurants and corporations are handing out signing bonuses, wage raises and more benefits right now to gain back what they have lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They are offering what they can to keep their current staff and hire new employees. These benefits are undoubtedly alluring, especially to a young adult wanting or needing to find a job, but is now really the best time for full-time students to take on part-time jobs?
Walking into a lecture hall on the first day of classes is terrifying enough, but what about when you’re one of ten women in a room of 90 males? Your mind goes racing. Will you be taken seriously? Will you be included? Will you be treated fairly? Will you be spoken to? Female engineering, sport management, or computer science majors must get used to these classroom ratios, as they’re all at least 70% male-dominated. As intimidating as this may sound to a college-aged woman, there is much less to worry about than you might think.
Whether you loved or feared them as a child, the villains of beloved animated films aren’t characters you’ll forget any time soon. Their unique character designs, sassy comebacks and exaggerated gestures have cemented them into a generation of childhood minds. But these characteristics aren’t just for comedy’s sake-- many of them point to the harmful phenomenon of queercoding. Queercoding is when traits and mannerisms typically associated with the LGBTQ+ community are assigned to a character in order to subtextually code them as queer. This concept is not new, though it has gained critical attention as the issue of LGBTQ+ representation in the media has become more mainstream. This is harmful because it creates the association between queerness and immorality in a society that still struggles with positive queer representation.
Clocks are strange, they don’t have agendas but move promptly.
When you go on social media nowadays, you might see a new addition to users' profiles. On Instagram, it's now an option to put pronouns next to your profile name for everyone to see. To a cisgender person (someone who identifies as the sex they were assigned at birth), they may not understand why putting your pronouns in your bio is important. However, to people who are transgender or non-binary, it’s a lot more significant than many others would think. In LGBTQ+ spaces, it's become just as important to introduce your pronouns as it is your own name. It's necessary to understand why the normalization of pronouns is happening and why cisgender people have to do it, too.
Student names have been omitted due to the sensitivity of the subject matter.
We, as a society, have finally reached a point where we truly understand the cure to a horrible hangover is a lot of sleep and a lot of water, but those are no fun. Sure, some people have their go-to greasy fast food breakfast or cleansing smoothie, but no one I’ve met has had some kooky mixture they stand by. Growing up, there were always those terrible scenes in movies where someone would make a concoction of hot sauce, grease and a raw egg and call it the elixir of life, and I always wondered if they actually did anything. In the name of science, I decided to find the top three oddest, grossest hangover cures and see if they do anything.
We have all unintentionally begun living a minimalistic lifestyle. Games don’t need their own cabinet anymore – they don’t need the pieces, the box or even the board. Music is floating down the digital stream instead of swirling on shining black mountain ridges. Thousands of moments and memories are available to relive with just a few taps, and your best friend from across the world is right in your pocket alongside your mom, your roommate across the hall and that random kid from freshman year biology. Friendships, work, relationships and even fights are all tediously recorded in the online interactive museum of almost every significant moment of your memory. It's been this way since you opened that little white box in 2014 and decided to pour your life into its somewhat unlimited storage.
Walking down Richland Street to interview the co-founder, Nell Fuller, of Femme x Columbia and I pass by tall historic buildings shaded by trees. It is the definition of southern charm. I reach the end of the street and look up when the GPS tells me that I have arrived, and I see a huge historic building painted pink. Pink.
It may seem like everyone is spending a daily meal swipe at the Chick-Fil-A, but more students than ever before are following plant-based diets. Plant-based doesn’t necessarily mean that someone is vegan or vegetarian, but that plants are the focal part of their diet. According to a survey by College Pulse, 14% of college students are plant-based. This is almost four times the percentage of plant-based adults.
POV: It’s 2014. You’re getting dressed for school and reach for black tights, your new skater skirt from Kohl’s and a pair of black combat boots. You scroll through Tumblr while you wait for your parents to drive you. "Chocolate" by The 1975 is playing on your iPod. Life is good.
Thrift culture has become incredibly popular among teenagers and young adults. A day with your friends spent sifting through the remnants of somebody’s grandma’s closet from the '80s is a day well spent. There’s no better feeling than finding a new favorite piece hidden in the corner of a dusty thrift store— especially with a price that no college kid could turn down. The demand for unique, affordable and, most importantly, thrifted clothing has skyrocketed over the past few years and when there’s high demand, the market will rise to fill its needs. Recently, there has been an explosion of second-hand reselling businesses among college students. These young business owners flood their social media stories with posts about pages where they sell thrifted items from graphic tees to sneakers at a low to standard market price. While some use their shops as a casual hobby, others have amassed thousands of dedicated followers and a steady platform.
Fake parking tickets, sidewalk pavement, public buses. These are just a few places Ed Madden has inserted poetry as Columbia’s poet laureate. He has two main goals: to make poetry a public art and to promote the voices of local writers.
I don’t have very many childhood memories, at least not at surface level. Most require some strange, nostalgic trigger, like the mention of a Scholastic book fair or the movie Spy Kids, and some gentle coaxing before they come swimming back to me. One memory, however, stands out in my mind with inexplicable clarity. I was young, in elementary school, out on the playground with my little girl clique. I remember balancing unsteadily on top of those black plastic dividers that kept the wood chips in the playground when suddenly, someone said, “I’m starting a club, but you can’t be in it unless you hate pink.” Without hesitation, a chorus of our little voices rose up with refrains of “pink is gross,” and “pink is for girly girls.” I remember feeling oddly validated, as if I could hold my head a little higher having denounced such a vile color.
There are a select few things in life that just hit different: the sound of rain whilst vibing, flipping to the soft side of a pillow and that first sip of matcha tea. The drink is a Japanese green tea variant that takes young tea leaves and grinds them into a fine powder. When prepared in drink form, it has a smooth vegetal yet sweet taste with faint chalky undertones. The unfathomable wonder that is matcha tea ascends the planes of comfort and finds itself seated at the zen throne.
Being a college student doesn't mean it's normal to power through the whole day with just an iced coffee. Many of aspects of the college lifestyle actually reflectdisordered eating behaviors. According to the "National Eating Disorders Collaboration," disordered eating refers to a multitude of eating disorder behaviors and symptoms that don't match the full criteria for an eating disorder. Examples include fasting, bingeing and restriction, and these behaviors can evolve into a full-fledged eating disorder.
I skipped the last day of high school to go to your funeral.
Recently TikTok has started to feel a little too much like my middle school Tumblr feed. All of a sudden, I’m watching 14-year-olds rehash all the drama I’ve already dealt with, and I am getting so tired. From random unneeded discourse, to an overwhelming amount of misinformation, there is nothing that hasn’t been mentioned. One of the worst things to be rediscovered is the “I’m not like other girls” trend. Or, as it’s called now, “pick-me girls.”
Unity can be difficult to envision in a world
Believe it or not, Valentine’s Day isn’t the only made-up holiday we can celebrate in February. Valentine's Day endorses buying cards, candy and overpriced flowers for your sweetheart, but what about those of us that don't have one? It's unfair to expect us to miss out on the fun. Since we are celebrating our significant other, we might as well celebrate our significant others too. Galentine’s Day started out as just an episode of "Parks and Recreation", but has become a movement for "lady friends" everywhere. It takes the pressure away from those of us that aren't in a relationship, but still allows us to celebrate the lovey-dovey month of February. Here are some fun ways you can celebrate this holiday on Feb. 13: