Don’t Pack Away That SPF Yet
There’s still plenty of time to bare your shoulders. And hey, Sundays aren’t too bad. Think of August as Sunday Funday all month long!
In the Cabinet
This week I made an animated chart of butterflies! These are all butterflies that you can find throughout North America, and I picked the 42 that I thought were the most colorful and unique.
Mahatma Gandhi (via feellng)
Khaleesi & Jon Snow
You may be asking yourself, “What’s with all these ice bucket challenges?” They’re blowing up your feed, your friends are risking pneumonia and you don’t know why. You’ve heard of ALS, but you don’t necessarily know what it is. So before you get involved (or not), here’s what you need to know about the ice bucket challenge.
• ALS stands for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, which is also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
• This disease affects motor neurons in the brain and the spinal cord, causing them to die. When motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to control muscle movement stops. This can lead to paralysis and death.
• The reason for the ice is so that you understand, for about a second, the inability to control your muscles. They feel numb. You know what it feels like to have ALS for a moment in time.
• ALS only affects approximately 2 in 100,000 people, so they often go with little to no funding.
• The ice bucket challenges have created more than 1 million new donors, as well as brought them over $50 million since the end of July. Comparatively, they made $19 million in all of 2012.
So before you talk about how sick of this trend you are, be aware that it’s doing a good thing. You might event want to donate - whether that’s your experience, your money or both is your call.
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Whether you’re headed back to the old grind, or you’re on a new adventure at a new school, there are ways you should be getting ready before that first period bell rings. Here’s what you can do to make sure you get an A+ in preparedness.
• Get your supplies together now. What will you need on the first day? Minimally, a pen, paper and something to hold all the handouts you’ll be getting. It’s also helpful to carry your schedule around; I like to tuck this into a book or put it on my phone so people don’t necessarily know I’m looking at it between classes. You don’t want to be scrambling on the first day.
• Talk to your teachers. This is the time to set your reputation - even before you get to school. This correspondence can show them how invested you are and how much you care; that is never a bad thing. Your professors will appreciate that you put in the effort, and they’ll be more willing to grant you special considerations if you need them later.
• Be flexible. Things will change. That “blow off” class might have gotten harder since last semester’s students told you about it. Assignments change, syllabi change. Be willing to roll with the punches, but also remember that you’re in control of your own life. If you don’t like the professor, drop the class.
• Have fun. Being a student generally means you aren’t working full-time at a desk. Enjoy this! Homework sucks and tests stink, but this truly is the time to live it up. Stay up late sometimes, even if it’s because you procrastinated. You’ll be telling these memories for a long time.