It’s the Most Germ-i-ful Time of The Year!

So if you’re like me, you probably know this already. Once the air starts to get cool and crisp, your body suddenly decides, “Hey, you know what I haven’t had in a while? A nasty cold!” and some sort of nasty, boogery illness creeps into your every particle. Grrrrrreat, right? I started off the school year battling one cold for a few weeks, only to recently be bombarded with another one. I tell ya, my immune system is probably ticked at me for not doing a better job at cold prevention. 

So, what can you do to avoid being sick during school this fall, or at least, get sick less often? Here are some of the top ways to kick the cold to the curb:

Get Your Annual Flu Shot

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You may have missed UMD’s free flu shots last week, but a ton of places in Duluth offer free or low-cost flu shots depending on your health insurance. Why should you get a flu shot though?! According to the CDC, “Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently, but millions of people get the flu every year, hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized and thousands or tens of thousands of people die from flu-related causes every year. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others.”

Some places you can check out for your annual flu shot include any Walgreens, St. Luke Clinics, Essentia Health, CVS Minute Clinics, and many more. Also, St. Louis County public health nurses will be giving out free flu shots to people who are either uninsured or under insured, and are at least 6 months old. Dates and locations include:

  • Nov. 9, 9:30-11:30 a.m. at CHUM, 120 W. Second St.
  • Nov. 15, 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the New San Marco Apartments, 230 W. Third St.
  • Nov. 16, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Damiano Center, 206 W. Fourth St.

Wash Your Hands & Use Hand Sanitizer Often

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This seems like a no-brainer, but we actually don’t wash our hands enough. Think about all the surfaces and people you come in contact throughout the day; it’s a LOT! And with all that contact with other things, you are touching all the germs they carry. Then, you likely will end up touching your face in some way or another, which is how you usually become sick. Not all germs are “bad” and you are likely resistant to the majority of them, but with cold season, you should especially give your hands a good washing here and there for at least 20 seconds in warm, soapy water. Carry around a small tube of hand sanitizer (which you can find at the school store) in your bag to use during or between classes. 

Wipe Down Your Phone

On the same note of avoiding germs, your phone tends to carry a ton! You are constantly touching it with your hands (that have been practically everywhere) and then putting it close or up to your face. Grab a sani-wipe of some sort and give a good cleaning once a week. Careful not to get it wet however!

Drink Plenty of Water Throughout the Day

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Instead of constantly sucking down pop, juice, or some fru-fru coffee drink, try to drink more WATER! We are almost chronically dehydrated in this day and age, and that is not a good thing for your immune system. Drinking more water everyone knows is important in feeling better, but we don’t think about it enough as a preventative measure for the common cold. Try to drink at least one big glass of water with each meal, and 2-3 big glasses or bottles between them.

Stay Away From Your Sick Friends

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This also seems like a “duh” moment, but I am guilty of this myself. You can still be empathetic and comforting to your sick family members and friends, BUT, know that it’s okay to keep your distance. You don’t need to isolate them like a germ prisoner, but just be aware the further you are, the better!

Incorporate Leafy Greens & Fresh Fruits Into Your Diet

When you eat well, you feel well! Avoiding crappy junk food with too much salt or sugar and eating more fresh produce is a fantastic preventative measure against colds. These foods are full of nutrients, antioxidants and minerals that are extremely beneficial to your immune system. On the flip side, junk food is not good for it. Try to eat at least one serving of each a vegetable and fruit with each meal. They also make for yummy, filling snacks!

Wash Your Sheets Regularly

Also something we put by the wayside besides our health; our BED SHEETS! Especially if you are sick or have been sick, wash your sheets! Sheets soak up all of the “stuff” your body sloughs off during sleep, such as dandruff, old skin, makeup, sweat, etc (won’t continue into gross detail). Nothing makes you feel a little bit healthier than a fresh, clean pair of covers when you go to bed at night. 

When To See A Doctor

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In case you do get a nasty bug of some sort, know when you should go to the doctor by identifying one or multiple of the following symptoms:

  • a temperature higher than 100.4° F
  • symptoms that last more than 10 days
  • symptoms that are severe or unusual

Do your best to avoid those icky micro-bugs and STAY HEALTHY FOLKS!
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Written by Hannah Garrett on 10/17/2017

 

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Countdown to Bulldog Welcome Week 2017: 5 DAYS LEFT!!!

Woohoo!! Only FIVE days are left until Bulldog Welcome Week 2017 begins! Are you ready? Are you excited? Are you nervous? Whatever you’re feeling, just know that you are about to enter into a week of fun-filled activities that you (hopefully) will gain something awesome from.

Day 10 of the countdown series talked about how to stay organized for the week, such as what to wear, what to bring, and to download the mobile app. Today, for day 5 of the countdown, we’re going to talk about how to make the best connections with these complete strangers you’ll have as your “Rock Group”:

Make an Effort to Remember Everyone’s Names

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You’ll likely do a “name game” anyways to try to get to know everyone else in your Rock Group, but really try to remember them all. You may not befriend everyone in your group, but you may recognize one of them later on in one of your classes and become study buddies. Maybe you and another Rockie join the same club! Even if you just see them occasionally in the hallway, it’s nice to be able to say “Hi!” to someone during you first few weeks at UMD.

Actively Listen to One Another

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You’re going to have plenty of opportunities to talk about random things throughout the week, but try to pay attention if you’re talking more than you’re listening. Listening to others, especially strangers, is critical in order to make a solid connection. You will learn more about someone else by listening closely to what they are saying. Also, showing non-verbal cues such as nodding is an important indicator that you are paying attention to them. So basically, don’t be glued to your phone when someone else is speaking. (RUDE!) You’d want someone else to do the same for you!

Just Be YOURSELF!

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This seems obvious, but every now and then we may catch ourselves not paying attention to this phrase. Sometimes when we meet new people, we try to match our behavior and conversation to what we think they would like in another person. If you want a truly good connection with another person though, you have to drop the façade and just be whoever you already are. There’s no harm in being polite to strangers, but remember to stay true to YOU!

That’s all for today folks! Stay tuned for one more countdown series to BWW 2017 in a few days.

 

Written by Hannah Garrett on 8/16/2017

 

 

 

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3 Easy Back-to-College Tips

Happy August everyone!

That’s right, I said AUGUST. It’s here now, which means the chaos of “back to school” is too. Unfortunately, next you feel like strolling around Target looking at things you didn’t go there to buy, you’ll start encountering everything marking the end of summer (*tears*).

Although you probably don’t want to be thinking about it at all right now, I have a few ideas for you to slowly prepare ahead of time for going back to school…specifically, back to college. Sure, you could wait ’til the last minute to get on top of things, but why when you have all of the time in the world right now? Soon, your schedule will feel overwhelmed again with full-time class, extra-curricular activities, and maybe even a few part-time jobs if you’re like me. Nothing feels better than going into your first day of class fully prepared to take on the semester, so consider the following to help you stay on a successful path:

Start Planning Out Your Semester

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Investing in a nice, organized planner is seriously worth it if you always have a lot going on, or have a horrible memory like me. Giving yourself an easily accessed visual representation of what is coming up in your life keeps you focused and attentive to what you need to be preparing for.

If you already have dates for family events, get them in your planner. If you already know about what times and days of the week you’ll be busy or have class, write them all down.

You’ll feel more productive and less flustered at the start of the school year (which is 27 days from now, eek!) when crunch time starts to kick in. Also, take a look at UMD’s academic calendar to help you note important dates throughout the fall.

Do Some “Fall Cleaning

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I’m not referring to cleaning your house here. I’m talking about purging your closet and junk drawers of all of the “stuff” you’ve been collecting but not using. Start with one category at a time (clothes, shoes, old books, school stuff, random items) and make three piles: Sell, Donate and Throw.

Some things you’ve been hanging on to could still turn you a profit via a consignment store, garage sale, or a Facebook marketplace post. It may not be much, but having some extra cash for when school rolls around is always a perk.

Other items you have you may not necessarily be able to sell, but you don’t want to throw them in the trash either. Donate them to your local shelter or Goodwill so that they can actually be used by someone else.

Last but not least, throw away some of the stuff that is just down-right gross. Pair of dirty sneakers you haven’t worn in a few years? Toss. Half-eaten bag of stale Cheetos you find under your bed? Garbage. That pile of coffee-stained papers from your 10th grade writing class? Throw it away! (Well, actually you should recycle it if it is paper but…you get the point). Stop using up your precious space with things that hold no value anymore.

Organize Your Backpack

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Your backpack may look exactly how it did on your last day of spring semester classes, and you probably don’t want that for this fall. Go through it, organize your supplies, and toss the stuff leftover you really don’t need.

Buy a few things from the store for classes. You’ll want to make sure your backpack is stocked with at least one pencil so you’re not that person asking to borrow one on the first day of school. Have a couple of notebooks, and your handy-dandy planner.

Also, it might not be a bad idea to throw together a small “emergency” pack to keep in your bag. This can include all the stuff you wish you had with you during school in a pinch, like different medicines, a mini-umbrella, facial tissues, a pair of extra socks, back-up headphones and non-perishable snacks.

 

Hopefully these ideas come in hand when thinking about what you need to do before school starts. And whatever else you think may help you prepare for this fall semester, do it! You’ll thank yourself later.

 

Written by Hannah Garrett on 8/01/2017

 

 

 

UMD Transfer Students

Hey everyone!

This will be a very quick post letting you know more about the ah-MAZING transfer student experience you can and will have at UMD. On the university’s main website, you can read updates and news related to what us Bulldogs are up to. One of the most recent articles, which you can read here, talks about how one transfer student not only adjusted to the UMD atmosphere, but thrived in it.

For more information about the transfer student process at UMD, please go to: http://www.d.umn.edu/students-transition/transfer-students

 

Written by Hannah Garrett on 7/30/2017

Meet the Rockstars: Dalton Klein

 

  1. Name: Dalton Klein 
  2. Hometown: Layton, UT & Hudson, WI
  3. Major(s) and Minor(s): BBA- Finance Minor- Philosophy
  4. Year in school: Senior
  5. If money and practicality weren’t an issue, what would be the most interesting way for you to get around town? I would inch around like an inchworm.
  6. Your hands-down favorite place to eat in Duluth: West Taphouse
  7. One thing you absolutely need to do before you die: Wingsuit down a mountain
  8. What you wish you would’ve known when you began your first year at UMD?Getting really involved and staying busy is the best way to open up your future and stay on top of things. Also Kirby student center jobs are nice.

 

 

Written by Hannah Garrett on 7/6/2017

5 Things You Can Do Before 8AM to Have a Better Day

As I was laying in bed at 5am this morning, rubbing my barely open eyes, I listened to the birds and the occasional car go by. I was so tired. Every cell in my body was telling me, “Go back to sleep! Please!” Since I have one of the most comfy beds imaginable, I badly wanted to listen to that inner, sleepy voice. Despite the bright sunshine already leaking into my room, I felt like I could sleep for another 10 hours. What a chore, I thought to myself, wishing I could wrap back up into my blanket-burrito. I always dread getting up that early for work.

It got me thinking though. Whenever I have to wake up this early, whether it’s for work or class (or maybe a fitness class if I’m feeling that motivated), I get a lot done. Yeah, I may be extremely tired, but usually my body perks right up after a hot cup of coffee and a list of to-dos I need to accomplish. But, I could be doing a lot better. I usually hit snooze over and over until I absolutely need to get up and rush around to get ready.

I don’t ever have much time between scrambling out of bed and flying out the door. It’s a bad habit that lets me get every last millisecond of sleep I can. Noticing there’s a lot of great articles and books out there about a so-called, “Miracle Morning” or ways to make the most out of that early sunrise time, I decided to brainstorm. What are the top 5 things I could do before 8am to make my days much easier, more productive, and overall, just better?

1. Prep the Night Before

It’s easy to want to just immediately crash once you get home from work, school, the gym, or whatever other crazy schedule you may have (like me). All you want to do is rest, maybe watch some TV or read, and go to bed. The last thing on your mind is likely laying out everything for the next morning. Trust me though, it makes all the difference. Here are some things you can prepare the night before to make your morning so much easier and less frantic racing against the clock:

  • Lay out your clothes you’re going to wear
  • Pack your lunch in its bag
  • Prepare your breakfast ingredients
    • Pre-cook/chop/slice/dice anything you need to make cooking/eating faster
  • Organize your coffee materials
    • Put K-cup in slot or grounds in filter, place mug next to machine, preset the brew timer
  • Pack your gym bag, your backpack, and your day bag/purse
  • Fill up your water bottle and stick it in the fridge

2. Jump Out of Bed to Your Favorite Playlist

One thing that always helps me get out of bed with more pep in my step is by quickly hitting both of my feet to the floor, jumping up out of bed, and blasting my favorite and most energizing tunes. If playing your music out loud isn’t an option, you can still pop in some headphones to get your mind buzzing and your heart pounding. Trying to facilitate more energetic movement into your body and listening to some upbeat songs can help you start your day less grumpy and more positive.

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3. Mentally Prepare Yourself for the Day

This is by far one of my favorite things to do right away in the morning. Whether you do it before or after your mini-music session, it doesn’t really matter. Take five minutes to sit cross-legged on your bed or the floor, lay in child’s pose, or sit up straight in a chair and just breathe. Focus on inhaling and exhaling, and re-center your thoughts on how you want your day to go. Visualizing what you want to do can spark immense motivation to stay productive all day long.

4. Write Down Your Top 3 Priorities

Sometimes it’s easy to get on a productive cycle and want to do absolutely everything you ever have needed to get done. “WOW I’M SO MOTIVATED!” you may think to yourself, “I’M GONNA SEE THE DOCTOR, GET MY HAIR DONE, READ TWO BOOKS AND FINALLY BUILD THAT TREE HOUSE!” Woah, woah, woah…take it easy champ. Don’t drain all of your motivation and excitement to get things done by taking on too much. Pick three things you need to do and make them your priorities for the day. Once you’ve completed them, then you can move on to more. You’ll feel much more accomplished this way!

5. Ease Your Body Into Light Movement

If you ever have worked out early in the morning or attended a 6am yoga class, you know what I’m talking about. Doing some light movement and stretching before you start your day can seriously help you feel a thousand times better. Getting your blood pumping through all points in your body can help you wake up, become more alert and feel just great. Nobody likes it when they feel stiff and sore all day sitting slouched over a chair. I guarantee you that you’ll feel much more active and productive throughout your day by simply moving more. Whether it’s going for a run, doing some pushups, or practicing some yoga, whatever makes you feel good you should stick to it. Here’s a link to a quick, 5 minute sequence you can do right when you wake up.

Maybe not all of these suggestions work for you, but I’m sure at least one of them does. Pick the ones you like and slowly apply them to your morning routine. Work them in gradually, one at a time each week, and you’ll adjust to this new-found habit of getting more done before 8am. It’s not perfect for everyone, but it definitely is a step in the right direction.

Have a great day everyone!

 

Written by Hannah Garrett on 6/15/2017

 

Why It’s Perfectly OK to Retake That Class

I woke up this morning bleary-eyed and tired, despite getting plenty of sleep. The sun was shining bright (for once!) through my blinds and I slowly but surely got out of my bed to make some coffee. If you know me personally, you know I have quite the obsession with a hot cup of joe to perk me up. So I made my coffee, ate my breakfast, grabbed my backpack, and hopped in my car to go to class

Yes, I do know that it’s summer, and I did just say go to class.

This summer I am retaking not just one, but two classes; General Chemistry I and II. I am going into my junior year at UMD this fall and I am retaking two freshman year courses. Why? Because I barely passed them. I didn’t have my head set on straight freshman year with Chemistry. I didn’t ask for help when I needed it, I didn’t study enough, I got frustrated easily by confusing concepts, and I didn’t put my 110% into it like I did with my other classes at the time. So here I am today, retaking them.

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Another reason why I am retaking them is because of my unbelievably strong goal of being accepted into Physical Therapy school next school year. Chemistry courses are one of the most important pre-requisites for graduate programs such as Physical Therapy, despite its not-so-related subject area. It is a hard class, period. And graduate programs know this. They want their future students to be people who can step up to the plate when faced with a challenge. Some of the schools I am hoping to apply to require these courses to have a minimum grade in order to even be considered for admissions. Let’s just say I did not meet those minimum standards for both of these classes.

So yeah, I didn’t do so hot. And now I’m retaking them. Big whoop! Besides feeling mad at myself for having to shell out more loan money to pay for them (which I am responsible for paying back later on), it isn’t as bad as you’d think. Here’s the little secret about retaking classes…

…a TON of people do.

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If you think you need to retake a class, don’t discourage yourself. Don’t say, “I’m stupid,” or “How could I get that grade? I’m a failure” and feel bad about your academic progress seeming to move backwards. Instead, say to yourself, “It’s okay, it happens,” and “I have learned something extremely valuable from this”.

And you have! Relating this back to “the real world” is important. You will fail and that’s just a fact. One day, you might get fired. You might invest in a lousy stock. You might lose a competition you trained months for. You might completely mess up a project at work. Who knows what it may be, but the fact is that failure is inevitable.

It is about what you do after the fact that matters the most. Will you pick yourself back up? Will you try again and again and again until you get it right? Will you put more time and effort into your goal? Will you gain insight about yourself and change your habits for the better? What will you do when you fail?

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Retaking a class shouldn’t be as scary as it sounds. Maybe you get a much better professor who can articulate the content to you in a more understandable way. Maybe you take a summer class – like me – and realize you can have a more one-on-one relationship with your professor due to the small class size. Maybe this time around, it’ll be easier for you now that you know what’s coming in the course (the fear of “the unknown” has been completely abolished at this point).

What you should take away from this is the plain fact that when life hands you lemons and a poor grade in a class, squeeze up some fresh lemonade and retake the class. You’ll gain much more than you thought.

 

Written by Hannah Garrett on 5/24/2017

 

 

 

Snapshot Sunday: Duluth Coffee Company

Welcome back to a new year of Snapshot Sundays from Kate and I!! We are excited to show you all more of what we got. This semester, we have decided to focus on surrounding Duluth businesses and places to go nearby that offer secret study spots or a get-away from school. If you have any recommendations of places to do a Snapshot Sunday post on, please shoot us an email by clicking on the contact tab on the blog. We’d love to hear your feedback and suggestions!

Today, we are visiting Duluth Coffee Company, a well known coffee shop in the downtown area. Kate took some amazing photos and has a quick snippet about it for you all to digest:

Destination: Duluth Coffee Company, 105 E Superior Street

Everyone loves a good cup of coffee, whether it be in the morning, middle of the day, or late at night. I myself am an avid coffee drinker and love finding hole-in-the wall coffee shops every chance I get. Being a barista, I have high expectations for a good latte, cold press or plain dark roast (of course cut with a little cream and sugar).

Not everyone is a coffee drinker and most go through a slight panic when walking into a coffee shop having endless options on what to pick. For those of you who aren’t coffee drinkers, don’t worry, they offer a great selection of herbal teas and some pretty amazing Duluth Coffee Company merchandise.  So when you decide to visit the Duluth Coffee Company, down on Superior Street, here is what to expect.

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Duluth Coffee Company started their wholesale bean roasting in 2011, and added the coffee boutique in 2012. Eric Faust, the owner and roaster of the coffee company, has worked hard in providing the greatest quality coffee by hand-selecting certain types of beans. He has traveled around the world visiting select roasteries that meet his vision of quality coffee. The Duluth Coffee states, “Coffee is our passion and roasting our craft. We strive to provide our wholesale customers and clients with the best quality product possible”.

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So whether you want to stop into the site location for a business meeting, friendly get together, or to hunker down for some exams, Duluth Coffee Company is your place. The warm and welcoming atmosphere is what makes this place a 10/10. If you don’t have time to enjoy a cup of coffee at the site location ,you can always stop in quick and grab some beans to grind and brew at home. The Coffee Company is open daily from 6:30AM-7:00PM, so don’t hesitate on stopping by.

-Kate Shelley (AKA coffee fanatic) 

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The Best (and Realistic) New Year’s Resolutions for College Students

Happy New Year, people of 2017! I hope you all had happy holidays and an even greater New Year enjoying Mariah Carey’s awkward lip-syncing.

Now that it is officially a brand new year, why not set yourself up for some brand new goals? A lot of people negatively reply, “Resolutions fail 99% of the time anyways! Why bother!” Although they pull that statistic from their seemingly not-peer-reviewed mind, don’t let others discourage you from challenging yourself in 2017. You can do anything you put your mind to; whether you start doing it at the beginning of a new year or halfway through it.

As a college student however, it may seem very unappealing to challenge yourself with other goals besides passing classes and making enough money to get by. I totally get it – you already feel overwhelmed, why the heck would you want to stress yourself out more by making “dumb goals”?

The thing is…don’t see them as “dumb”! Simple as that. Making realistic challenges for yourself while at school is healthy when all you do is focus your life on “surviving” through work, class, eating and sleeping. Why not thrive in 2017 and try some of these realistic and fun new years resolutions for college kids:

Start Hoarding $5 Bills

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This is a goal I have for myself during 2017. Every time you get a $5 bill, don’t spend it. Make a little savings box or jar for yourself and save those Abe Lincoln’s away. You’ll finally have the cash for something important at the end of the year instead of feeling like your pockets are always empty.

Read a Book for 10 Minutes a Day

I’m not talking about your textbooks here – I’m talking about a good old-fashioned book. I know you probably have at least one that you’ve been saying, “I’ll get around to”. This is the year where you will give yourself at least 10 minutes to just sit down and read it. So what you’re “busy”? Everyone has 10 minutes. Before class starts, at the gym while on a bike machine, or right before you hit the hay.

Travel Somewhere New

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It could be a new coffee shop in downtown Duluth or it could be a road trip up to one of the amazing places we’ve posted about in our Snapshot Sunday series. Wherever it is, try to get out there and explore more this year. Life isn’t only about studying your butt off, it’s about enjoying the special moments you have with yourself in the world around you.

Say “Yes” More

If you’re like me and leaning towards trying to be more positive in your everyday life, try to say “yes” more than you say “no”. Granted, this can’t be applied in every situation, especially ones that pose a potential danger. Overall, trying to give up your excuses for everything and just going ahead and doing it will help you feel positively empowered.

Spend 1 Hour or Less Each Day on Social Media

I’m sure we’ve all heard from our parents about how we are “those self-absorbed millennials who are addicted to their phones”, but maybe we should take a hint from the older adults around us and look up every once an awhile. Try to aim for spending an hour or less each day on Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, and all those other apps you may have. Focus on living in the real world with face-to-face interactions. Put your phone away – power it off even!! – when you sit down to have coffee or dinner with a friends. I promise you – everything will still be there on the internet when you log back on later.

Find a Hobby that Keeps You Active

Being a health nut you can understand why I threw this one into the list…cause it’s important! This year, try to pick up a new and fun activity that keeps you moving. Trying something completely different every now and then is great for sparking your life with newfound excitement. If it also involves making your heart pound and breaking a sweat, that’s awesome since college students are so prone to being couch potatoes.

Be Yourself & Love Yourself

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This is a little cheesy, yes, but it’s definitely a good goal to set. Nowadays, everyone wants to be someone else. They see somebody on social media that they desperately want to be like, or envy the person they sit next to in class for their natural ability to succeed. Stop comparing yourself and just be YOU. This year, do what you love and love what you do. Don’t worry about trying to fit any sort of mold. There’s only one unique you out there, and it’s time for you to love them unconditionally.

 

Written by Hannah Garrett on 1/4/2017

Snapshot Sunday: Bentleyville USA

Destination: Bentleyville “The Tour of Lights”  Duluth, MN

Christmas time is among us, and with a blink of an eye it will soon be gone. But before the season, passes I encourage everyone to take a trip to Bentleyville. You might ask yourself, what exactly is “Bentleyville”? Well a short definition of it would have to be a magical place filled with millions of lights, hence the name “The Tour of Lights”. At Bentleyville you will be able to walk trough tunnels of lights and check out great light displays. 
Bentleyville is named after Nathan Bentley, who first started it in 2001. It started off with the decoration of Nathan Bentley’s house in Esko, MN. Nathan put on a spectacular light show that people would drive by and look at. It got to be so popular that Mr. Bentley decided to make it a tour of lights once he moved to Cloquet, MN. Year after year, Bentley continued to add to his light creation,  and finally in 2009 the Mayor of Duluth contacted him to bring Bentleyville to the Bayfront Festival Park. After having more than 150,000 people visit in 2009, there was an agreement for Bentleyville to return. 
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Bentleyville is a great opportunity for EVERYONE! Bentleyville doesn’t charge people to come and see the lights, although there are donation boxes to help keep the lights on. What makes Bentleyville so original to Duluth is how throughout ‘The Tour of Lights’ there are displays of Duluth’s famous hot spots. A few of the light shows range from the Glensheen Mansion, Split Rock Lighthouse, Enger tower, and the famous Duluth lift bridge. 
When heading to Bentleyville there is so much to do. Mr. and Mrs. Claus are there to take pictures, as well as a few reindeer friends roaming around.  Make sure to dress warm, and don’t forget your hat and mittens. There are a few pit stops that you don’t want to miss when going though the tour. There is free hot chocolate, cookies, s’mores, and popcorn. It is truly an amazing organization, that gets everyone in the Christmas spirit. 
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So even though how crazy busy your holidays get, take some time to take your family and friends out to Bentleyville. They are open until December 26. Check out the website link http://www.bentleyvilleusa.org/ to find out more, and even information on volunteering so you can be part of the Bentleyville experience. 
 
Happy Holidays! 
-Kate 
Written by Hannah Garrett on 12/11/2016