Crazy people will do crazy things, but you don’t have to be a victim.

As a current college student, I’ve become really aware of the sexual assaults that are happening all over the country. Young men and women everywhere have been victims, and that leaves a lot of people scared. While these events should not be happening, we can’t entirely stop crazy people from doing crazy things - we can only prepare ourselves to handle them. So, for those of you who sometimes would rather wait things out in a bomb shelter, here’s what you need to know.

• Travel in packs. There’s a reason your parents always told you to use the buddy system; there is safety in numbers. Traveling on your own makes you more vulnerable. With more people around, the chances of any of you being assaulted drop dramatically.

• Use local transportation. Even safer than walking with others is riding with others. Many campuses offer student transport or buses that run into the wee hours of the night. You can even look into calling a cab or using Uber - what’s a couple bucks for a ride when it means you get home safe?

• Be prepared. That means different things for different people. Whether you’re carrying a pocket knife or you take defense classes, you should be ready to handle yourself in the worst possible scenario. Make sure to also check your campus’ rules on weapons.

• Keep your wits about you. When you’re walking somewhere, don’t play on your phone the whole time. Keep one ear bud out. Be aware of your surroundings, and don’t act carelessly. The “shortcut” through the woods may not seem like such a great idea later.

The point of this isn’t to be scared; it’s to be prepared. Crazy people will do crazy things, but you don’t have to be a victim.

Things to Spice Up Your Life

With the school year getting into full swing, you can feel like you’re falling into a bit of a rut. Don’t get stuck in a daily routine - shake things up with a few of these easy tricks!

• Color your hair. Nothing makes you feel like a new person like changing your hair color. Whether you go for a wild and crazy color or something a little more subdued, you’ll be sure to make waves as you rock your mane - you’ll feel so fresh and ready to go!

• Try a new sport. Everybody’s played soccer and baseball, but have you ever played squash? Work out different muscles, learn a new game and maybe even pick up a new hobby. Plus, you’ll have skills to show off to all your friends you introduce to the game.

• Put the phone down. Take a break from being glued to a tiny screen, and give your phone a break for a day. You’ll be amazed at the conversations you have and the things you miss every day when you’re busy texting. This is a new way to appreciate things.

• Study a language. With apps like Duolingo and Rosetta Stone, there’s no reason not to try something other than your native tongue. You have lots of options as well as practical uses. You can become fluent, or just learn a whole new set of swear words.

• Talk to someone you don’t know. Stranger on the bus or person sitting next to you in class, chat them up! There are people from all different walks of life and have all kinds of insight to offer. You also have the chance to make a new friend.
 

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Falkirk Wheel - Falkirk Scotland

The Falkirk Wheel takes about as much energy as it would to boil about 8 kettles of water


What? WHAT? What? WHAAAT?

Wait isn’t that the thing from that movie with Jodie Foster and the aliens?

Apparently this is a real rotating boat lift from Scotland and according to the UK tourist website it is indeed so well balanced it actually takes only 1.5kWh of electricity per rotation and that makes me so happy.

Engineers are magicians.

i live in this town. why does a gif of a place that i live in have 14,500 notes wtf

whovianpotterlocked:

kawinslow:

sentientcitizen:

zillah975:

deducecanoe:

neopetcemetery:

Falkirk Wheel - Falkirk Scotland

The Falkirk Wheel takes about as much energy as it would to boil about 8 kettles of water

What? WHAT? What? WHAAAT?

Wait isn’t that the thing from that movie with Jodie Foster and the aliens?

Apparently this is a real rotating boat lift from Scotland and according to the UK tourist website it is indeed so well balanced it actually takes only 1.5kWh of electricity per rotation and that makes me so happy.

Engineers are magicians.

i live in this town. why does a gif of a place that i live in have 14,500 notes wtf

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