COMIC BY WESTON HIRVELA
I feel like I did so awful on my midterms and just feel like me being in college during a huge
pandemic was such a mistake. I started school not being in a pandemic, so I don’t really want to
halt my college experience. How do I stay motivated to be in college?
-Covid College Student
Dear Covid College Student,
Being in college right now can be a stressful thing. Having to deal with the new campus
regulation while also dealing with different class formats and also not being allowed to be social
is definitely really unfortunate. Social interaction is one of the biggest ways we as college
students can have fun and grow but we can’t right now because of Covid-19. By following the
rules and being hopeful we can slowly move towards being a safer campus and not jeopardizing
the health of other students. I know it sucks but hopefully soon we will be able to go back to a
semi-normal way of doing college.
During these first two semesters at Alma, I have felt the most unorganized I have ever felt in my
life. How do I change that when I feel like I’m already so badly organized?
-A Big Mess
Dear A Big Mess,
It is so hard to stay organized right now. Dealing with online classes, so many assignments, and
canvas can be really stressful. I have a couple suggestions for you. First, you want to make sure
you are planning ahead. Maybe you have to take a day out of the week (maybe the weekend)
where you plan out your week. It might be a good idea to plan to focus on your due dates so
you can see what needs to get done first. Another thing you could do is find a way to visually be
able to see what you have to do. Maybe this looks like having a to-do list on your desk or even
on your phone. Getting a visual reminder throughout your day on your desk could be a
motivator to get at least a little bit more work done.
I have a lot of questions and concerns for allot of the policies and rules at Alma but don’t really know how to address them.
-trying to ask the school
Dear trying to ask the school,
I would make sure you are searching out all possibilities to be able to talk with the school. Make sure you know when town hall meetings happen with President Abernathy and also be aware of when he hosts his office hours. You can find this in the emails the administration sends out. I’d also have conversations with students and faculty so you are all aware of concerns and can share concerns if you are able to relate.
I feel like there’s nothing going on during the pandemic on campus. I want to have fun but I’m trying to be safe and follow guidelines. What should I do?
It can get hard not being able to do everything that was allowed pre-covid but the school and students are doing their best to give the students a great time at Alma with events throughout the semester. Follow ACUB on social media so you are aware of all the super fun events they are hosting. Also be on the lookout for events that clubs are having and fun fundraising events that Greek life is having!
The Signs as Books from High School English Class
Aries: The Crucible by Arthur Miller. Your short temper can quickly snowball and lead into false accusations. Be able to take a step back and look at multiple perspectives before speaking.
Taurus: Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. You may like to be by yourself, but loneliness can come if you don’t reach out to others. Interaction is a vital part of maintaining happiness.
Gemini: Lord of the Flies by William Golding. Who you are perceived to be and who you truly are don’t align at times. Focus on acknowledging the truest aspects of yourself and bring them into reality.
Cancer: Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. You can be swept up in your emotions but be careful to acknowledge the long-lasting risks of your actions. Sometimes what you see isn’t the truth.
Leo: Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. Valuing individuality is important, but too much so can lead others in believing you’re self-centered. Accept that you can be yourself while allowing others to shine as well.
Virgo: The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. You tend to be overly critical of others, but we all contain flaws. Look within yourself and recognize which ones are not worth obsessing about.
Libra: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Removing yourself from situations allows for an outsider’s perspective. While detachment isn’t always best, utilize that power to maintain a stable playing field.
Scorpio: Dracula by Bram Stoker. You consider yourself a true friend, but your stubbornness can be a boon at times. You don’t always have to place yourself in harm’s way for others.
Sagittarius: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. You resist conformity and control, and actively try to shape your world. These are admirable traits but there’s a limit to how much your world can be molded.
Capricorn: Night by Elie Wiesel. You might be overlooked sometimes, but not all foundations are meant to be noticed. Your innate sense of responsibility and strong discipline help alleviate other’s burdens.
Aquarius: Into the Wild by John Krakauer. You may struggle with your beliefs of how to be accepted, and how self-love can conflict with societal expectations. Have faith in yourself, as acceptance comes with time.
Pisces: Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe. Trusting too much will eventually lead to your demise. It’s okay to be cautious, as long as fear doesn’t overtake you and ruin potentially good outcomes.
Last week, the frigid Texas weather, threatened not only the residents of South Padre but the sea turtles as well. Thousands of sea turtles were rescued by volunteers and Sea Turtle Inc., the South Padre Island Rehab center, who helped them warm and recuperate from cold shock. Thanks to the center, in partnership with other sea-life centers, over 2,000 of the sea turtles rescued have been released back into the Gulf of Mexico in what was a 24 hour process. Though the center is still working to rehabilitate and release the rest of the turtles, they are very optimistic each one will be back in the water very soon.
The Signs as Lines from Arabic Love Poems
Aries: “Through her, in a rush of musk and saffron, beauty falls into disarray.” – Ibn Al-Arabi
Taurus: “Because my love for you is higher than words, I have decided to fall silent.” – Nizar Qabbani
Gemini: “You departed from my sight and entered my thoughts, travelled from my eyes to my heart.” – Al-Abbas Ibn Al-Ahnaf
Cancer: “I would split open my heart with a knife, place you within and seal my wound, that you might dwell there and never inhabit another.” – Ibn Hazm
Leo: “I felt like kissing the swords because their glimmer reminded me of your smile.” – Antara
Virgo: “I memorized her in every alphabet and memorized my memories until they multiplied.” – Adonis
Libra: “Love rests on no foundation. It is an endless ocean, with no beginning or end.” – Rumi
Scorpio: “And if the devil was to ever see you, he’d kiss your eyes and repent.” – Farouq Jwaydeh
Sagittarius: “Your eyes are like palm-groves refreshed by dawn’s breath or terraces the moon leaves behind.” – Badr Shakir Al-Sayyab
Capricorn: “There is water in my eyes and fire in my heart. Do you want a drink? Or a spark?” – Al-Shareef Al-Radhiy
Aquarius: “My temptations in your eyes, and the cities of your grief.” – Ibrahaim el-Kahwaji
Pisces: “They asked ‘Do you love her to death?’ I said, ‘Speak of her over my grave and watch how she brings me back to life.’” – Mahmoud Darwish
This is a reminder that everything is temporary, and you are strong enough to persevere through the hard times. Though it is even more difficult now, take charge of your life and make the most of each and every day. Don’t sweat the small stuff but take note of the little things, remembering that but one second can change your life.
It only takes 14 muscles in your face to smile, as opposed to the 26 muscles it takes to frown – and it only takes a second to smile. Smiling, even when unhappy, has been proven to stimulate the brain to produce more dopamine, causing you to become happier. With everyone wearing masks, it may be a challenge, but a smile can be conveyed through the eyes or tone of voice as well. So let’s all find a spare second to share a smile – with a friend or even a stranger – and make our world a happier place.
“Use your smile to change the world; don’t let the world change your smile.”– Chinese Proverb
It’s my first year and I came to college to have an experience but Covid has made it really difficult. I find that I’m having troubles with my mental health because I am all alone in my room because of these guidelines that the school has. How do I fix this?
-alone during Covid
Dear alone during Covid,
With all of the guidelines that we have to follow, it can be really hard to get the social aspect of college. The best thing you can do is make sure that if you need help with a mental health issue, reach out to the Wellness Center and see if there’s any way that they can help. There are so many different ideas on the Internet about what you can do in your own room by yourself. If you want that social aspect of college you can also check out the events that organizations put on on campus.
I’m thinking of rushing a frat but don’t really have friends that I know in frats so I’m going in knowing no one. Could I still join one?
You should definitely consider rushing! Rush week is the week for you to get to know the fraternities and get to know what they are about. I would say go to as many of the events that week that you can and get to know the people that make up the fraternities on campus.