I just finished reading a very good article in the NY Times titled “Another Go at a Women’s League, but Not Going It Alone “ by Jack Bell. Basically, this article is about how there will once again be a professional women’s soccer league. The Women’s United Soccer Association ended after the 2003 season, depleting their allotted $40 million in seed money — which was supposed to last for five years — in only one season.
This is very exciting for me, as I love soccer. Soccer was my life growing up (this was before I discovered my love for golf), and to this day I love a good competitive game of soccer. Mia Hamm (a former player of the Washington Freedom and US National Team) was my favorite player, as with every other soccer playing pre-teen in the nation. Hanging in my room were numerous posters of
Hamm and other women’s soccer players frozen forever in intense soccer action on my walls.I remember watching the 1999 Fifa World Cup finals– United States vs. China– with my soccer jersey on with the rest of my soccer team. I also remember twisting my fingers with anticipation and excitement as the game went into a shootout, and screaming and shouting as Brandi Chastain scored the cup winning penalty shot and ran to the middle of the field ripping off her jersey… personally I think that’s the only reason guys knew who the heck won the women’s world cup that year since the pictures of the topless Chastain were all over the place.So when the US decided to discontinue their professional women’s league, I was upset to say the least… especially because women’s soccer was just about the only women’s sport I loved watching (I’d watch women’s soccer over men’s soccer any day).
Once 2008 rolls around, women’s soccer can once again be a part of my daily sports intake. And even though Michigan won’t have a participating team (at least not as of yet), I’m loving it.
I’ve been MIA lately, but here is the promised sequel to one of my previous posts titled ‘campus etiquette’… classroom etiquette!
- When you are one of the first to arrive to class… DO NOT sit in an aisle seat. As much as you may like a butt/crotch in your face, as the room fills up and people have to climb over you to get to their seat, it’s annoying. **I must admit however, I am a common violator of this rule… I can’t help it, I love the aisle.**
- Class is for many things, attendance points, pop quizzes, and occasionally even learning. But one thing class is not for is socializing. If I make the effort to roll out of bed early, brush my teeth, maybe, just MAYBE even put together an outfit that is somewhat presentable, and walk to class… I want to actually learn the material being presented. Because after all, who knows when I’ll have enough motivation to make it to this class again. The people who are always talking in class, disturbing all those around them, are usually girls. These girls are usually talking to people that they spend endless amounts of time with anyways… so why does accounting class seem to always be the perfect time to talk about how drunk you were last night?!
- Number three is related to number two…. but number two was getting too long. When in class socializing, do NOT ask the most ignorant questions possible. This also includes people that only go to class about once a month. Not only will you piss off the prof. but also the students that take the time to attend the class (and pay attention) every time. Ignorant questions include, but are not limited to: – “I missed last class, did we do anything important?” -“Will this be on the test” -(and for the sorority sisters who spent the last 10 minutes trash talking all their other ‘sisters’) -“Could you repeat that?” -(and for those who dicked around for the first half of the semester and are now realizing that your grade is in fact screwed) “Is there extra credit in this class?”
- When there is an exam, or a pop quiz, or anything that goes on where the entire room is quiet, think about what your doing before you open and begin eating what could possibly the loudest food on earth (think chips, pretzels, cereal, etc…). Seriously, you can wait.
- Here is a really big pet peeve of mine: saving a seat for someone, or even worse yet, saving more than one seat for people. When someone is saving more than one seat… go far away, because that is a sure sign that they are the ‘socializers’ as previously discussed in rule #2. Anyways, I can see saving a seat if you have arrived really early to a class… but I think after class has been in session for at LEAST 5 minutes, and the person is still not there, that seat is fair game for anyone.
- Finally, the last rule (for now). If you plan on leaving class early, for any reason… sit in the back. This kind of correlates to rule #1. Not only does getting up and making everyone move their stuff so you can leave disturb the people in your aisle, but it distracts everyone in the class… because everyone starts looking around the room to see who is making the noise.
**If you have anything else to add, feel free to share.
Ok, so I’m not really that narcisstic… but according to a recent article in my school’s newspaper, vanity among college students is on the rise. For those who are completely lost with my post right now because you don’t know what narcisissm is, here is the definition according to dictionary.com:
||inordinate fascination with oneself; excessive self-love; vanity.
Now, back to the point… I have noticed that with all of the shows on television like America’s Next Top Model, The Academy, and pretty much every reality show right now, it is basically just a bunch of pretty people talking about how pretty they are.
On campus, there are groups of *unnamed* people that always seems to be competing with each other to be the most beautiful. These people always think they are gorgeous because they have spent their whole life being told how ‘special’ and ‘wonderful’ they are by their parents and close friends. Think about it… how many girls do you know that complain about themselves just to hear people oppose them and tell them how great they are.
Now, it’s not only being self-obsessed with one’s beauty that qualifies them as a narcissist… we can put self proclaimed genius’s on the list too. We all know who I’m talking about, the ‘I’ve studied abroad seven times and just finished my 11th prestigious internship’ people. I’m pretty sure that these ‘genius’s’ are lacking in other areas of their life… maybe things like an actual life. Also, half the time these people are lying about their accomplishments anyways to make themselves feel superior.
Being a narcissist can also be a good thing, although it needs to be in moderate doses or people will start talking behind your back. Expressing confidence and love for ones self is what helps people reach goals and maintain a happy outlook.
‘ugh, I’m so fat’…. c’mon people, tell me I’m not!
Shameless plug: The March issue of the online magazine I write for came out a couple of weeks ago… here is a link to my article, so read it!
Do you ever wonder if sorority girls purposely conform to their stereotypes (w/o admitting it of course)?
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**Disclaimer: This is not meant to offend anyone in any way. I have friends in sororities, all of whom are great girls. Also, I did go through rush in the fall, and it just wasn’t for me (partly for the about to be said reasons). I do not believe that sorority girls buy their friends, but sometimes watching them together is just funny.**
- First true stereotype: They travel in packs.
I don’t think I could find one person to prove this stereotype otherwise. Sorority girls go to class together, sit together once they get there, go to the bathroom together, eat together, sleep in one room together in some cases, party together, etc.
Now that’s fine, b/c everyone has their groups of friends they do the most with, but I feel that since sorority girls spend SO much time together, they start to become the same person in a sense, losing their individuality. You could talk to a sorority girl in class one day, but then when you see her meet up with her ‘sisters’ she warps into a completely different person.
- 2nd true stereotype: They dress alike
Leggings.Uggs.Letter totes.The North Face.Burberry scarf.Pink Razr phone attached to ear.
- 3rd semi-true Stereotype: sorority girls are easy/clingy
You hear all the stories about sorority girls hoping from bed to bed, or only going to college to get their MRS degree, or any other stories about how girls change once they join a sorority. I don’t want to judge… but facebook photos I see tell me otherwise.
Now I don’t know how true this is, but it IS a stereotype… and stereotypes tend to stem from truths. A quote from one of my friends “Being in a sorority is just a girls excuse for being a slut”.