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Travel Tuesday: wanderlust

| October 28, 2014 | 0 Comments
Travel Tuesday: wanderlust

This word has become a pop culture reference, a tattoo and so many things that take the significance of the word for granted. The word “wanderlust” is associated with “the desire to travel.” It is that burning in your heart at 2am and you are dreaming about places you have only heard the names of. […]

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Motivation Monday: have a healthy Halloween

| October 27, 2014 | 0 Comments
Motivation Monday: have a healthy Halloween

With Halloween quickly approaching, the advertisements for candies and sweets have consumed our televisions, computers and social media. For those of us who are watching our weight or trying to live a healthy lifestyle, holidays like Halloween can produce intense food anxiety. By food anxiety, I mean anxiousness, nervousness or irritation caused by thinking about […]

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Travel Tuesday: time flies when you’re having fun

| October 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
Travel Tuesday: time flies when you’re having fun

Time is a really weird concept isn’t it? Einstein said that it all comes down to relativity. He proposed that all of time can be measured in the effect it had on oneself. For instance, putting your hand on a hot stove for a minute will make it seem like an hour, but sitting with […]

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Motivation Monday: staying healthy on a budget

| October 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
Motivation Monday: staying healthy on a budget

As university students, we are not the most wealthy population in the world. While some students maintain part time jobs or temporary paid-internships, most of us simply go to school. This means money is a factor in our everyday lives. We try to be careful where we spend each and every hard earned dollar, so […]

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Travel Tuesday: fall break

| October 14, 2014 | 0 Comments
Travel Tuesday: fall break

A very prominent change in nature can be noticed during Fall Break. The leaves change color, the weather turns colder and sunbeams become luxuries. Like a few of the trees that I saw over my Fall Break, I have only a few leaves on my bare skeleton. But instead of losing more, I make more. […]

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Motivation Monday: winter weight gain

| October 13, 2014 | 0 Comments
Motivation Monday: winter weight gain

Now that the air is getting cooler, days are getting shorter and oversized hoodies and sweaters are becoming clothing options again and you may find it increasingly difficult to stick to your health and fitness goals. Instead of abiding by your 6:00 am “gym time” alarm, it is easier to roll over and snuggle back […]

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Motivation Monday: 49 ways to workout on campus

| October 6, 2014 | 0 Comments
Motivation Monday: 49 ways to workout on campus

There are plenty of ways to get in a quick workout on campus, even if you have a tight schedule. If you’re commuting, park your car in Lot 6A, then walk to class. Take a jog around parts of campus that you’ve never seen before. Avoid all elevators, take the stairs. Avoid all shuttles, walk […]

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Travel Tuesday: homesick

| September 30, 2014 | 2 Comments
Travel Tuesday: homesick

It has been a little over two months since I have last seen my family, had Rooibos tea and slept in my own bed. I miss it all. There is so much that I would love to share with all of you, but there is just too much to share. So let us start with […]

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Motivation Monday: why so hungry?

| September 29, 2014 | 0 Comments
Motivation Monday: why so hungry?

Ever wonder why you feel hungry all the time? Does it seem like you eat multiple times a day yet you still feel ravenous? Is your constant hunger wrecking havoc on your weight loss or healthy eating goals? The key to satiety could be a change in the food you eat, as well as your […]

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Travel Tuesday: celebrating diversity

| September 23, 2014 | 0 Comments
Travel Tuesday: celebrating diversity

One thing that I really care about is perspectives. I love learning how other people think and act in situations, especially if it differs from what I would do. As a Religion major, I usually get my fill, but then it was time for the 39th annual UNCC International Festival. I was delighted. As I […]

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Motivation Monday: how to stay motivated during a plateau

| September 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
Motivation Monday: how to stay motivated during a plateau

One of the most common reasons why people fall off their diet and exercise program is because their weight loss progress becomes stagnant. Even though they are still eating and exercising in the same manner that caused them to shed pounds a few months ago, now the measuring tape and the scale will not budge. […]

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Travel Tuesday: ‘if you could read this, thank a soldier’

| September 16, 2014 | 1 Comment
Travel Tuesday: ‘if you could read this, thank a soldier’

As I was walking to my class the other day, I came across a sign that read “If You Can Read This, Thank a Soldier.” I read it in passing, and thought to myself “That is really American.” I did not understand. I was in the second grade when September 11 occurred. Far away from […]

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Well worth the noise

| September 9, 2014 | 0 Comments
Well worth the noise

Currently, renovations are underway at the Colvard building (in case you do not know which building that is, it is the one missing a few walls). Construction began on June 23 of this year and has a projected finish date of Dec. 19. During construction, not only will the offices in Colvard be rearranged to […]

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Motivation Monday: walking vs running

| September 8, 2014 | 0 Comments
Motivation Monday: walking vs running

What would you say is better for your health: walking a mile or running a mile? The popular belief is that running a mile would be more beneficial, however, this may just be a popular fable. Scientific and biological evidence shows that walking can be an equivalent alternative to running and may even be more […]

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Travel Tuesday: a home away from home

| September 2, 2014 | 1 Comment
Travel Tuesday: a home away from home

As international students we are constantly reminded of the fact that some time in our stay abroad, we will experience a period of time called the “hostility phase.” In this phase, we will be so home-sick and so culture-shocked that all we will want to do in retreat into our rooms, listen to the saddest […]

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Motivation Monday: preventing sports injuries

| September 1, 2014 | 0 Comments
Motivation Monday: preventing sports injuries

Are you a student athlete, lover of intramurals, an avid gym-goer, or have a certain sport as your favorite hobby? If so, then you have likely experienced a sports related injury before. According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskelatal Diseases, “sports injuries…occur during sports or exercise [and they] result from accidents…poor training practices, […]

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Travel Tuesday: finally a Niner

| August 26, 2014 | 1 Comment
Travel Tuesday: finally a Niner

During the party that the International Club hosted for all interested international and national students, there was a booth where you could take photos with all kinds of crazy props. One of these props was a cut-out that read “Finally a Niner”. As I picked it up I thought to myself, “Is this all it […]

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BYOB: Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands by Chris Bohjalian

| August 26, 2014 | 0 Comments
BYOB: Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands by Chris Bohjalian

Chris Bohjalian’s latest novel “Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands” was published this summer.  The novel follows a sixteen year old girl named Emily Shepard who lost both of her parents in a nuclear explosion in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont.  I know what you’re thinking, “so everyone turned into zombies.” No. Bohjalian masterfully writes a […]

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Motivation Monday: the power of the plank

| August 25, 2014 | 1 Comment
Motivation Monday: the power of the plank

It is a task more daunting than the one mile run. It is an exercise more demanding than the dreaded wall sit. It is a feat even more despised than a set of burpees. I am talking about the powerful position known as a Plank. With the numerous health and mental benefits that this exercise […]

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BYOB: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

| June 30, 2014 | 0 Comments
BYOB: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Suspense, romance and mystery — “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn has it all. When Nick’s wife Amy goes missing and a perfectly crafted murder scene is set up in their apartment, Nick becomes the prime suspect. While the novel appears to be following the typical “marriage-gone-wrong” mystery plot, Flynn quickly reminds readers that everything is […]

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