“So close and yet so far.” I’m convinced there’s no better way of describing finals week than this. Every May of college, I remember staring longingly at the calendar as summer break crawled closer and closer. With great anticipation, I looked forward to the day the...read more
Do you know the real you?
Take a moment to think about yourself. What would you say is true about you?
Do you prefer to study alone in the library? Or do you want to study with friends in a coffee shop?
Have you settled on major and career? Or have you tried several majors and keep open all career options?
Do you seek to finish your work before you have fun? Or do seek to have fun while you work?
Your answers to these questions likely reflect your personality. Your personal preferences reveal the “real you”. Most psychologists agree that everyone has a unique set of characteristics, traits, and preferences. Your personality influences how and why you think, feel and behave the way you do. Your personality motivates the choices and decisions you make at school, work and home.read more
It happened suddenly.
The reds and pinks of Valentine’s have faded into yellows, purples, and greens. Chocolates have morphed from hearts to eggs and rabbit-shaped things have started appearing everywhere!
For Americans, these are visual reminders of Easter. Bright colors mirror those of blooming flowers. Eggs and rabbits represent life emerging from the gray of winter. In many ways, these images remind us that Easter is a celebration of new beginnings.
But while it’d be easy to think of it merely as a festival of spring renewal, Easter, like Christmas, has much spiritual significance as well. In fact, it is rooted in many elements of the Christian faith. Though picnics, and egg hunts are popular ways to spend Easter, church has traditionally also been an important part of the Easter experience.read more
Have you ever wondered what bathrooms, kitchens, and indoor temperature have in common? If you guessed they are the most common causes of a roommate conflict, you are right. Fortunately, these issues are easily solved if, and only if, everyone is willing to work on the problems. Some will want conflicts solved for the sake of peace and others will want them solved because it is cheaper than moving and going through the hassle of finding a new place to live or finding someone to take over their lease.
Often in a conflict, there is only one person in the situation willing to address the problem. Usually, it is the person who is the most bothered by the mess or uncleanliness of the apartment. However, this person, though bothered must be extra careful as to how to approach the problem. If you begin yelling at the other person, calling them names, or blaming them for making your life miserable, you will not solve anything. In fact, these behaviors only makes things worse.read more
I am a big practical joker. For many years, my brother and I have had what we affectionately call a “Prank War” declared on one another. The jokes we play are completely harmless, and our main goal is to make each other laugh. For example, one day my brother returned to his car to find that I had filled it to the ceiling with inflated balloons. The next week I walked into my room, only to find that my brother had re-hung all the photos on my wall — upside-down!
Are you a prankster? Do you like playing practical jokes on friends or family? If so, then April Fools’ Day is a day made just for you. On this day, people of all ages may choose to make jokes or play tricks on other people, and follow it by saying “April Fools’!” This may seem like a strange tradition, but the origin goes back several centuries!read more
How a country approaches dinner often reflects their approach to the rest of life, and America is no different. When attempting to understand a new culture the first step is often to learn about their food and the traditions and rituals that surround a meal.
As one of the world’s largest and most culturally diverse countries, popular cuisine in America is eclectic and evolving. While it is difficult to define exactly what constitutes “American Cuisine” the American approach to a meal can reveal some interesting and important aspects of American culture as a whole.
American culture is founded on an individualistic identity which is different than what many other cultures value. Rather than being centered around community or family, the average American has a high priority of being an independent individual. In fact, in American English, there are over 100 words beginning with the prefix “self”. This priority is reflected in the food culture here in America.read more