Spring Break

So after one class and an exam tomorrow, it is finally Spring Break. Spring break for me is always a great time. I have an entire week to do whatever I want. No classes, stress, Shafer and other foods I always eat, etc. Spring break allows me to gather myself for a little bit and be stress free for a short amount of time. This spring break is going to feel different than all of the other Spring Break’s I have had in the past. This is the first Spring Break for college. This will be the first time I am going home until Winter break. I am extremely excited. I will see my parents, friends, and be able to relax in my own home for a little bit. This Spring break will also be very fun for me.

My Spring break will be very eventful. I will be going back home to Virginia Beach Friday night and will completely not think about school for a bit. After relaxing, at home and reconnecting with my friends back home, I will be going to the Outer Bank with my friends at VCU. I am extremely excited for this. We will be spending four days in my friends beach house and be having a lot of fun. Hopefully not too much fun though (if you know you know 😉 ) After I get back from our Outer Banks trip, I will head back home for a little bit and relax. After I relax, I will head back to Richmond and get ready for classes to begin again.

Spring break is not always about relaxing or having fun though, there are some bad things that can come with it. During Spring break, many students use this time to go back to work back home so they can have money when they come back from Spring break. Also, some students still have assignments that are due during their break. Another down side to Spring break is getting back to your normal routine after break. I find it difficult going back to classes after a break. My sleep schedule is always messed up, I did not get caught up during break and now I am behind right after break, and many other things.

There are also many other things that students do during Spring break. I have several friends that do other things than go home, vacation, or just chill for a week. For example, some people can study abroad for a week during Spring break, which is extremely cool and very eventful. Also, I know several people that are using their Spring break to help other people . They are taking a trip to help people build houses in another State. There is so much to do with your time during Spring break. What are you doing this Spring Break?

Social Media

Social media is most likely used by everyone that has access to internet. As time moves forward, social media is being used by younger and younger people. When I was a little kid, I never had social media. My free time would be used with playing outside, hanging out with friends, and just being active. In today’s society, people are glued to their phones. If someone had any spare time during the day, they would go straight to snapchat, instagram, facebook, etc.

 

How does social media affect us, the people who use it? As we are all in college, I can assume that the large majority of us use social media. It seems like we are on it religiously. Speaking for myself, I am on social media all the time. In between classes, I am scrolling through instagram, viewing people’s stories, and basically just wasting valuable time that could be used for more important things. We all procrastinate and social media just makes it way harder to not procrastinate. For example, and I am guilty of all of it, we scroll through our phones and look at memes for a long period of time when we can be doing homework or studying. Also, we keep streaks on snapchat that are basically useless but we think it’s so significant to keep and have a certain number, or keep certain people on our best friends list. As younger people, we seem to be glued to our phones because of all the things we can find with technology. There’s so much music, videos, games, etc that we can find on the internet. We lose track of time when browsing on our phones and we lose so much valuable time throughout the day due to social media.

 

Social media is not all bad or wasteful of time though. There are many pros to social media. Social media allows us to stay connected with people all around the world. We can understand what everyone is up to with their lives by seeing what they post, viewing their stories, etc. Also, social media now allows us to stay update with all new going on around the world. Every social media platform has pages or accounts that allows us to know what is going on with sports, politics, weather,etc. Lastly, many people have jobs that are based on social media. With the way the world and society is now, social media will never go away and we just need to be more aware of how and when we are using it.

 

Music

I love music. Music plays a big role in my life. I do not know how to play any instruments or make music, but having so much music around me all the time is amazing. Music is something I honestly think I need to function every day. I believe that I have my Airpods in my ears more than having nothing in my ears. Listening to music allows me to get lost in the song and just not have to worry about everything around me. There is also so many different kinds of music to listen to. Every single person can find a genre that suits their unique personality. There is jazz, rock, rap, pop, country, electric, soul, and many more. This is one of my favorite things about music. I basically listen to all kinds of music. If you were to play my entire song list on shuffle from Spotify, you would find all kinds of different songs. For example, you could be listening to Drake one minute, then Taylor Swift, then somehow Paramore, or Young Thug starts playing. Another thing why music is so special to me is because everyone can listen to whatever they want. Sometimes people will say that someone has bad taste in music, but I think their is no such thing as bad music. Yes, I can have songs or genres that I am not a fan of, but that does not mean it is bad. Something I do not like, someone does, and that is why music is special. Music is all based on people’s opinions and their is no such thing as bad music because what I dislike, someone believes is really good. Another thing I really like about music is making it. People can make music out of anything. Many people make music in studios, but as I am now living in Richmond, I noticed people can make music in interesting ways. When there is an event at the Altria Theater, there is always a group of men that make music out of hitting buckets and it is just amazing that they can make such good noise out of it. One more thing thing I love about music is that there is music and songs that can be played for whatever mood I am in. When I am sad, I will play some Drake, or when I am trying to hype myself up, I will play Shek Wes or Travis Scott. Music is universal and will always be important to me. I am just really glad I have music and Airpods to listen to music to.

CCM Summit

This weekend, I attended a catholic conference for college students called CCM Summit. This was a very impactful and wonderful experience. This conference consists of all the college catholic campus ministries in the diocese of Richmond. There are hundreds of college students that attend this conference from a bunch of different schools in Virginia. We started the weekend off by going to a church and hearing a very impactful talk from one of the speakers and the bishop. The weekend consisted of many talks, music, and events. The conference is held right here in Richmond at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. This conference is also great because it is held at the same time as DYC which is the high school conference that is held at the same time and place. This weekend is just filled with a bunch of Catholic kids that just want to grow more in their faith. The second day of the retreat was also very exciting. We had more speakers that allowed us to retrieve many new information about being Catholic and to grow in our faith. Something I really liked about the conference was that I was able to meet new people and reconnect with my friends from other colleges and high school. The conference also allowed us to go to confession. If you did not know, confession is when you talk to a priest and confess your sins and you get them resolved. When you are done with confession, you will have one of the best feelings ever. You just feel like you have a brand new slate because you are completely clean after confession. All of the talks from the weekend were very good. My favorite talk would probably be the one that was given by Sean Forrest. He was not raised Catholic, but converted, he was at first an atheist, then followed Buddhism. He talked about his experiences on why he converted and how God has helped him throughout his entire life. My favorite thing about the conference would probably be adoration. Adoration is when the priest brings up the monstrance, which represents Jesus Christ. You would usually use this time to just reflect, pray, and let God talk to you. Many people respond to adoration in different ways. For example, some students would stand up, cry, kneel, or just stay completely silent. This weekend was very needed for me. It allowed me to get closer to God, which I felt like I was slowly getting distant. I can not wait to go to this conference again next year.

Intramurals

I am a part of three different intramural teams this semester. I play on two basketball teams and flag football. I play in an open league for one of the basketball teams and in the open league for flag football. Playing intramural sports is very fun, but also competitive. Playing for a team is a great way to also meet many different people. You can even create your own teams with your friends or join student organization intramural teams. The games for this semester all started this week. All three of the teams I played for lost this week sadly. In my men’s competitive basketball team, we lost by only five points though. We were down by twenty in the first half but managed to come back, but we could not finish it out. The men’s and women’s basketball team I play for suffered a terrible loss in our first game of the semester. We got mercy ruled. Being mercy ruled is when the referees of the game call it because the score is way too far apart and they feel that one team can no longer catch up or compete. The other team if I remember correctly beat us by forty points. Flag football would probably be my favorite team to be on. Last semester, our team made it all the way to the semifinals of the playoffs. Our first flag football game was very fun and competitive. We were down by eight points but Erik, our quarterback, threw an interception and ended our chance of tying the game.

I think if you are not on an intramural team then I highly recommend it. It is fun, you’re being active, and you get to meet a lot of people. There are so many options, teams, and sports you can pick from. There are volleyball, basketball, flag football, and soccer teams you can join. One of my favorite things about being on intramural teams is that it is all mostly for fun. Many people on teams do not even actually play the sport, but just join to have a good time. Intramural sports is probably one of my most favorite things in college.