Do you really know what you’re made of?

Do you really know what you’re made of?

The human body is a complex thing—composed of approximately 640 muscles, 260 bones, and 78 organs of which the average person knows very little about. Most of these body parts function instinctively on a daily basis and require very little attention so it seems to make sense that we might not know that the levator palpebrae muscle opens the eye or that the left parietal lobe is allowing you to read this. However, it’s humorous to discover that majority of adults also don’t know the basic anatomy of sexual organs even though these body parts are given tremendous attention.

Open dialogue within sexual education programs might foster more conversations about the basic anatomy, which could educate youth on the correct anatomical locations of body parts that are regularly encountered. Maybe then people will be able to identify that “cool cave” with “flaps” and a “bean,” or that the prostate isn’t a “pecan” nor is it “chewed up gum.”

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Do early birds really get the worms? Teaser


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I have always heard the saying, “early birds get the worms”, and this saying has been the ideology my parents and teachers in China followed for years. But as I grow older, I started to think waking up early is not the only way to get the worms in our lives.

Being in school in China, I had to wake up at 5 o’clock everyday to get to school and not be able to go home until 10 at night because I had to practice math problems after school. I worked so hard everyday and now that I look back at it, I wondered if all that effort I put in was worth it. I have to admit though, being in the Chinese education system helped me get really good at mathematics and memoizing theories and definitions I needed to get high scores on tests. But after I came to US, I do not think these are the things that will help me get through life more smoothly.

When I first came to the United States, I was shocked at how creative the students were. Teachers in the US give their students a lot of room to express what the students had in mind when it came to writing and creative arts. But I on the other hand, was lacking the creative side because I was so used to obeying the rules and do exactly what my teachers in China told me to do. I was jealous how the American students can create something unique and special on que. Here is the twist: American students usually do not wake up for school until 7 o’clock.

Kaylie- Teaser

Is that late night pizza pie really a death sentence, or is an extra trip to the dining hall all part of the college experience? We’ve all been warned about the notorious “Freshman 15,” but it turns out this drastic weight gain might be a cultural myth. The term was first introduced on the August 1989 cover of Seventeen Magazine, and has since found its way into all facets of pop culture. The truth is that most college students, boys and girls alike, do gain some weight during their first year at college or university. After all, it’s hard to balance school, work, a social life, new people, and a new living situation, let alone finding time to eat balanced meals (especially when living in a dorm room, without amenities like a stove or oven). A recent study from The Ohio State University found that the “Freshman 15” should probably be called the “Freshman Five.” The study included data from 7,418 young people over four years at university, and found that, on average, men and women gained around three pounds during freshman year. Less than ten percent of freshman students gained fifteen pounds or more. Most surprising was the fact that over a quarter of the students lost weight during their freshman year.

The study did find that most students slowly gained weight while at college. On average, women gained between seven and nine pounds by graduation; for men, it was between twelve and thirteen pounds. The most common culprit behind weight gain was almost always booze: students who “drank heavily” during their four years were about a pound heavier than their friends who drank less than four days each month. The Ohio State study ultimately concluded that weight gain doesn’t happen overnight, or even in one year, and that if often has no correlation with attending a university in the first place.



Where, Why, How- Teaser

Where, Why, How- Teaser

Exercise is our companion in times of need. For many, running is a time in which the legs do the thinking and the mind is free to wander. The pain and the gain all become worth it as the final legs of the run come to a finish. As your heart pounds and you catch your breath, you find yourself accomplished and numb to all pains which may find you later on that day. The “runner’s high” is one of the many addicting reasons runner’s find themselves craving and yearning to run again and again, always in search for the final moments when their physical exertion meets the sensation of relaxation and success. Why does this happen? Is it all in our heads? In our bodies? Is it harmful? Is it helpful? Where does our mind really take us?

Where, Why, How – Teaser

Where, Why, How - Teaser

How does depression feel?

Sad. That’s an obvious one.

Alone. I do not have many friends. Well, let’s rephrase that: I do not have many friends that I trust enough to share my innermost thoughts with on a regular basis. When a good friend makes an exit, it hits me pretty hard: typically, I do not even bother looking for a replacement. It might be better that I am alone.

Unpredictable. I was sociable and happy yesterday, but today I am withdrawn and ominous. In general, my sociable self is moderately acceptable. But what I am today is, in a word, frightening. I know that I am intimidating those around me with this frown.

TEASER: Who To Bully Next?

Originally, the word bully was synonymous with the word meaning “sweetheart” either from a Dutch or German background. How did the meaning of the word “bully” completely switch and take on the opposite meaning? It has always people how words were made, and then how the meanings could always change throughout history. This could allow one to infer if maybe the original act of bullying could have been something different as well. How did one decide who to bully? Did they automatically decide the duration of bullying as well? Does it always start off with finding someone inferior to us or does it start with a need to feel superior? Generally, some risk factors indicated for being a victim of bullying include being considered different whether it is being new or acting differently from societal norm, being depressed, and being perceived as weak, etc. These types of perceptions have allowed everyone to target people who were considered those types without regards for these people’s feelings.

Where, Why, & How? — Teaser

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A piano is a strange thing. In reality, it’s just a collection of keys and strings and tiny hammers sealed in a coffin of wood and propped up on legs. In the eyes of a child, it is so much more. At first, it takes on the form of a playground: a place to explore, play, and grow; young, stubby fingers tripping over keys and plinking out melodies that are at the same time sharp and flat, forte and pianissimo, though the youth in question has no idea what these words mean just yet.

A short time later, the piano becomes a classroom. Songbooks become textbooks and the notes within them become a mathematical equation. You didn’t know music theory was really based upon mathematical principles, did you? Mathematics is the basis of all sound. Even to early philosophers, harmonics and rhythms were fundamental to physics and the understanding of ourselves as human beings and the world in general. The depths of music theory will remain unexplored for now; the youth must first teach his fingers to walk across the keys before they are able to run



That feeling you get right before a test? When you are staring down every single word that you need to memorize, reciting each sentence in your head, begging the world for a grade decent enough for you to pass? That sinking, drowning feeling, like you cannot breathe. Where you are afraid to- in fear that when you inhale, it may be your last? So you take short little breaths, because that is all you can do. In the back of your brain, you can remember advice to breathe in slow. Hold it for one. Two. Three. And then let it out. But all of your papers are in front of you, the notes that you mechanically jot down, not really paying attention. And your back begins to tense, head pounding, and you wish for anything to make it stop. Is this stress?
Or is stress when you are sitting surrounded by friends or family, and someone asks you what you plan to do after school. After? When you are just trying to make it through now? And you panic because you have been told all your life how hard it is to get a job. How competitive. Knowing that you desperately need one because student loans are piling up around you and the only work you have ever done is seating someone at a table, ringing them up, cleaning up after. There is so much out there, but would you even be qualified? Your chest aches- pain where your heart is, like a hand is clutching it tight. And you know you can plan all you want, can study your hardest, but all of this is in your head. Its just plans after all, not real, not concrete. What if you never go anywhere in life?