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TIPS ON HOW TO SUCCEED
A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS: CAMPUS LIFE
HOUT MT. DEW
IN THIS ISSUE:
7LIVELY AND SUCCESSFULL Tips on How to Succeed
6 | How to Survive Finals
LIVELY AND HEALTHYUC student lives without soda pop
4 | An Addict's Experiment: A week without Soda
LIVELY AND INVOLVEDA picture is worth a thousand words: Campus Life
8 | Students show their UC spirit 2 | Lively Fall 2013
LIVELY FALL 2013, ISSUE 01
LIVELY STAFFEditor in Chief Christin Miller
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AN ADDICT'S EXPERIMENT: A WEEK WITH-OUT SODABY: MATTHEW WILLIAMS
A part of me is almost embar-rassed to admit that I drink more soda in a week than I do water. Now, that is just a guess really, but thats what it feels like. Most days, I return home to my apartment after class, flop down on the couch, and open an ice cold Mountain Dew, while doing some meaningless activity, like hitting home on Facebook over and over or watching videos of cats on YouTube. When I sit down to eat a meal, I drink a Mountain Dew. When I have a headache, I drink a Mountain Dew. When Im thirsty, I for some reason drink a Mountain Dew. I drink a lot of Mountain Dew. Thats when I decided to go without it and see how I faired. A week seemed just, at least to start with. I would avoid Mountain Dew, along with any other soda I might drink like Coke or Sprite, and decided to put coffee and Sunny Delight (which has almost as much sugar as a soda) on the list, too. A week without these unhealthy drinks would do me good, only indulging in water, juice, and the occasional glass of milk. A week would be no problem. Right? Unfortunately, old habits die hard. Originally planning to start my immersion experiment on Saturday, November 10, my plans were hindered when I subconsciously found myself with a Mountain Dew in my hand that afternoon. How had it got there? I hadnt even noticed Id opened it. With a sigh, I finished it and decided to wait one more day to begin. Not only had the myste-rious soda appeared in my hand, but also that night, a mysterious coffee appeared. So, waiting another day became the clear option. Sunday night, I was sitting in Hud-dle House with three friends, proudly ex-plaining to them my new experiment. They thought it was a good decision (as who doesnt want to drink healthier?) but thought that the fact that it was for a class seemed odd. I was lost in my words, explaining the class, the project, and my goal to go without soda or coffee for a week to them. What will you have to drink? the
waitress asked me. I didnt even glance up. Coffee. As quickly as she had appeared, she was gone, and I continued explaining to my friends the process and the deter-mination I had to complete this week of healthier drink choices. My teeth already felt cleaner, going a whole day already without a soda. The waitress sat my coffee on the table. I thanked her and looked at my friends, having finished my last thought. I smiled confidently as the mug neared my lips. Hey, dumbass, one of my friends chuckled, pointing his finger toward the mug in my hand. This was when I realized how difficult this experiment might be. Without re-alizing it, I had ordered another coffee (just as I had done the previous night). This time, though, I did not drink it. I slid the coffee to one of my friends who enjoyed it instead and I had water that night. Tasteless, sugar-less, bland water. By day two or three, I felt like a mil-lion bucks. Its kind of amazing how much cleaner you feel after just a few days of not drinking soda. Monday and Tuesday sailed by, and the thought of a soda never even crossed my mind. The only tough times were during meals, in which I need a drink with flavor and water just wont cut it, but I resisted, and had juice instead. Then, the storm began. Wednes-day and Thursday crept up on me and pounded me in the face. When even the smallest light hit my eyes, my head erupted into a relentless migraine, incurable by any medicine. My mood was declining and my headaches got worse. I could hardly stand it. I was miserable. The only thing that could help me was getting it off my mind. But, I would soon find that to be impossible come Saturday. A couple weeks before, my girl-friend and I had gone to visit her parents, spending a day with them in Lexington, at her brothers cross-country meet. It was here that her mom explained to me that they would be having an important family dinner on Saturday, the 17th (the day before the last day of my experiment), and she wanted to know what I wanted to drink. I requested one thing, and one thing only: Mountain Dew. Now, Saturday had come. My girl-friend and I drove to her hometown, and for some reason, this problem hadnt crossed my mind yet. It wasnt until her mother let me know that the Mountain Dews in the fridge
that the light bulb went off in my head, and then shattered, throwing glass shards shooting all throughout my brain. A head-ache formed, and this one was worse than all the others combined. I had made it so far, going six days without a soda, which I must say, was quite the achievement for me, a person who relies on the stuff to avoid an eye-splitting headache. But now, my girlfriends mother was offering me the drink that I had with-out a doubt requested two weeks before. Declining one would not only be rude, but might even make me kind of look like a jerk. I accepted the soda. I drank a Mountain Dew (probably more than one) and I failed my immersion project, but not by much. It was simple bad timing that ruined me in the end.
It was simple bad tim-ing that ruined me in the end. That Mountain Dew, though, was the greatest tasting one I had experienced. I felt dirty for losing, but at the time, I didnt care. Looking back, Im sure I could have gotten around the problem, and maybe it was my subconscious thankful that there was finally an outing and it took it. I may not have gone a week without a soda, but I went six days, and Im confident that I could have gone one more, had it not been for that prior request I made concerning the Mountain Dew. So, all in all, I feel decently proud that I stuck to my guns for the most part. And hey, I had might as well reward myself. A Mountain Dew sounds pretty good right about now, too.
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DRINKING SODAOF ANY KIND CAUSES A LOT OF HEALTH PROBLEMS
Water Diet Soda
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Over the course of finals week students usually have two goals: (1) Do well on exams and (2) keep stress to a minimum. Students are usually seen double-fisting caffeinated beverages, munching on sugary snacks, shuffling around papers and books to find a place to lay their head, and it's not uncommon to sleep as much in a week as one would in a single night. Dr. Michael Colegrove, vice president of Student Services, said: Staying stress-free is important, but stress is not in-herently bad for students. There is an ideal level of stress for each one of us, which that helps motivate us to do our best. When we are functioning at that ideal level, we are sufficiently pushed to do our best, yet not para-lyzed by the results of excessive stress. The goal is to find the ideal stress level and then try to stay there. External stress emerges because studying should be one's
top priority and unfortunately, no young adult likes to admit that their social life has to be set aside for a bit, he said.In order to perform best on final exams, one must re-member the basics: stay active, get plenty of rest, eat a good breakfast, all those healthy study-tips that students have been told since grade school. In addition to that, one must find time to escape studying and take time for themselves.From a student perspective, surviving the gauntlet of oral presentations, exams, essay writing, and projects, in the weeks ahead, here are some techniques UC students suggest will successfully minimize stress and maximize efficiency. Take advantage of on campus programming during and prior to finals week Many colleges help their students to de-stress during finals week by offering school-sponsored events. Check into what UC offers; The Campus Activity Board and the Stu-dent Government Association offer special student events, and free midnight snacks in the dining hall. Area church-es like Main Street Baptist Church offer free coffee and organized study breaks.
WORK OUT Short exercise breaks can help relieve stress, socialize, and burn off the extra sugary calories you may consume. Take a jog downtown, ride your bike to campus, do yoga, take a kickboxing class, play pick-up basketball, or go to the wellness center and get your fitness on. Exer-cise helps you focus, it gives you additional energy, and it releases en