“Can I get a rain check on that?”

“Can I get a rain check on that?”

“Let’s touch base later.”

“I can’t believe they dropped the ball on this.”

“You’re going to hit that interview out of the park!”

“Can you give me a ballpark figure?”

Have you ever heard these phrases used in conversation before? Odds are, you probably have. Many Americans regularly use these idioms, but where do they come from? The answer is baseball. Baseball, considered to be the national sport of the United States, is a big part of American culture. Some Americans may not even realize that the idioms they so often use in conversation originated from Baseball.

Now what do these idioms mean? Let’s talk about a few of them.

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Forgive Others, Heal Yourself

It is no secret that feelings of bitterness, anger, and resentment cripple our relationships with others and affects our own emotional, mental, and sometimes, physical health. While it is impossible to get through life without being hurt by another person, our own emotional healing and growth are up to ourselves.

The main question is, how can we forgive those who have hurt us? To forgive means that we are not going to seek revenge on the person who hurt us. We decide to let go of the anger and resentment we feel. It does not mean that we forget or that we don’t protect ourselves from those who harm us.

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What is Vision Conference?

Where are you on your life journey? We’re all trying to find our way through life. But how do we know the right way to go? Who, or what, do we follow? There are so many big questions in life with little time to actually think about them.

The Vision Conference is an annual 5-day gathering hosted by Bridges International. It is a place where you can consider these questions and have fun bonding with old and new friends. As one student attendee said, “I can recommend this conference to all international students in the US.”

Imagine being in a room with international students from over 70 countries! Hundreds of students from around the world will gather together at Vision. This global community is an incredible experience of unity and diversity. You will experience other cultures, and share yours, through social events:

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Sitting with Sadness & Disappointment

Sadness is a mysterious character of my inner world, masking herself as almost any other emotion. Guilt often has an inflictor and anger can be inflicted upon someone else, but sadness? She just is…sitting quietly in the corner of my consciousness, waiting to be acknowledged. Leaning against the wall not far from sadness, is her slightly more complicated twin sister, disappointment. I’ve discovered the sweetness of not fearing, but sitting with, sadness. And now I’m trying to match wits with disappointment.

I’m a dreamer, an optimist, an enthusiast, historically confused and surprised by the punch-in-the-gut feeling when things don’t turn out like I had hoped, or prayed, they would. When applying for internships in college, it only took a couple of those “we’re moving forward with alternate candidates for this position” emails for my sister to find me on the floor of our pantry in tears. Another day, I lost my temper with my roommate on my way out of our apartment. That time, my disappointment in myself for how I had spoken to her didn’t punch me in the gut, but sunk in, slowly and purposefully, like standing in wet sand on the shoreline, leaving me stuck in a state of self-pity.

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How to Survive an American Cafeteria

Cafeterias: some people love them and some people love to hate them. Some students can’t imagine feeding themselves because Mom has always been there and they can’t imagine anyone cooking as well as she does. Whether you are looking to stay healthy or starting to feel homesick, hopefully these tips can be helpful for you.

Running out of time…
You just had 3 classes, a meeting with a professor, a group project, and a trip to the bank. Time for cooking has quickly disappeared. Cafeterias prepare food for you, and this makes a big difference in a busy schedule! Most American cafeterias have different stations where you can get various types of food. A salad station with lettuce, raw vegetables, cooked eggs, and other toppings are commonly found. A grill station might have burgers, french fries, chicken or other ready made items. A station with rotating menu items that change every day and consist of vegetables and meats prepared in different ways. Many cafeterias also have a station where you can select raw ingredients and have a chef quickly cook your selection to pair with noodles or rice.

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“Have you been stressed lately?”

The nurse practitioner handed me a box of tissues as she broke the terrible news to me that there was nothing wrong with my heart.
“Have you been stressed lately?” I told her no, as if that were the craziest thing I’d ever heard. After a series of more specific questions, she no longer gave me the option to diagnose myself.
“You’re stressed. What you’ve been experiencing are physical manifestations of anxiety.”
As I reached for a tissue, I marveled at her forethought. Clearly, this kind of conversation was not a first for her.
Next thing I knew, there was a piece of paper in my hands, and as I skimmed it, the phrases, “breath out for 8 seconds” … “prayer” … “yoga and exercise” … and “no caffeine” leapt off the page.
The racing heartbeat, uncontrollable shaking, numb limbs and shortness of breath indicative of a panic attack came over me 3 times over the course of a couple months before that nurse helped me realize that’s what was happening. I have never felt so fragile as I did in the aftermath of that discovery.

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