Five Reasons College Students Should Buy a Fitbit Alta

Getting healthy has been on my brain for a while now. I’ve only recently gotten more serious about it. A couple weeks ago I had the closing shift at my job (1:30 a.m.) and then I decided to stay awake with a best friend because we needed * needed * to go to Academy Sports and buy a hammock, that’s a different post for a different time. As I was trying to stay awake until Academy opened ( which was 8 a.m.) we went all over the place (there’s not a lot open between the hours of 2 a.m. and 8 a.m. in Stillwater, Okla.). One of the places we went to was Wal-Mart. To get to the point, I’ve been thinking about getting a Fitbit for a while now. They just seem like a cool tool that I can utilize.

Fitbits have been pretty much all the rage for a while now, at least everywhere that I see (Oklahoma isn’t the thriving tech capital of the world). A lot of people wear them and a lot of people like them.

Here are my five reasons to buy and use a Fitbit Alta.

1. It’s effective

Being active is never the foremost thought on my mind. The Alta (and most likely the rest of the Fitbit devices) tell you 10 minutes from the hour that you have a certain amount of steps left to reach the hourly goal of 250+ steps. The device sends little reminders that help motivate you to reach the desired goal.

2. It’s fashionable

They have different bands for different lifestyles. They can be cute or they can be strictly for utility.

3. It teaches

I’ve learned a lot about my sleeping habits and how much I actually move during the day.

4. It motivates

Just having it on my wrist makes me want to get up and move.

5. Add friends

You can challenge friends to a step-off and see who walks the most miles in a day or who is the most active during a week. It’s a fun way to get in shape or stay in shape.


Five Stages of Computer Failure College Students Go Through

I’m a millennial. I grew up with computers and I always thought that I could fix whatever problem I had with whatever electronic. There were a few times where I would root my android phone and add different ROMs to it or my laptop would malfunction and I could fix it via google and my technological intuition.

Today was a bad day for my computer-science-wannabe-self. I messed up laptop yesterday after a stupid decision to reset it after a failed attempt to connect to the WiFi. I don’t even understand what happened or why I did it but something corrupted my version of Windows and now I’m sitting using a borrowed Macbook Air (first world problems right?). I’m starting to calm down from my depressive state of no laptop but it still hurts.

1. Denial

The denial that your computer has the blue screen of death or won’t even turn on.

2. Hope

“I can fix it. I can fix it.” The hope for finding the cure to your broken device.

3. Denial

This step is repeated a few times during the course of the computer meltdown.

4. Expectation and Disappointment

There’s a point where you think it’s fixed or you just stop trying to make it work and you sit there expecting it work again.

5. Surrender

You finally concede the fact that you can’t fix it and you sit there in defeat while planning your route to the IT department and how to not get rain damage on your $1,000 laptop.

13 Reasons Why… College Students Are Excited About Summer

I’m not a summer person normally. The only good thing about summer to me is my job and the fact that I take one or two classes rather than five. Summer is a great time to catch some rays (while also drowning in sunscreen) and for getting cut up and bitten by things that lurk when you’re hiking. Here are the 13 reasons why I’m excited about summer.

1. Summer Job

My summer job is full of people I know and love. I’m a counselor at a day camp my church puts on. We talk care of around 80-100 kids Monday through Friday eight weeks of the summer. Sure there are times where I want to cry and pull my hair out but there are also times where I want to cry from how awesome the kids are.

2. The Lake

One of my favorite places. Lake Tenkiller (the best closest lake to my hometown) has become one of my most favorite places to go in the summer. It’s relaxing and an adventure each visit.

3. Family

Going nine months without seeing my siblings constantly is kind of difficult, of course, it changes when you only spend time with them and it’s for three months. Then I’m ready for the next nine again.

4. Parking

I constantly worry about parking when I’m at school. It’s a pain and it stresses me out when there is no need for stress. At home, I can park whenever and wherever -besides handicap, duh.

5. Summer Blockbusters

Good movies come out in the summer.

6. Barbecues

Getting together with friends and family over a plate of ribs and grilled chicken is a great way to end a weekend.

7. Fourth of July

The pyro inside me loves when things go BOOM! in the night. The buildings around my house have great acoustics for the boom of fireworks, it reverberates throughout the neighborhood.

8. Stressless Bingeing

Everyone starts a show in the summer. Most start a few different series or they re-start old flames. Either way, you don’t have to worry about watching a new series with homework piling up on your desk.

9. Sleep

The few weeks I have before and after my job starts are blissful. Going to bed at 6 a.m. (don’t ask me why) and waking up at noon or 1 p.m. is a great feeling after waking up for 8:30’s or 9’s and so on. I, personally, need a break from waking up in the morning.

10. Cooking

I live in a traditional dorm so I have no kitchen. Being able to whenever and whatever I want is something I dream about.

11. Family Vacation

The past couple of years my family has gone to Florida for vacation. Last year was the only time I got to go because they planned it around my work schedule. It was an amazing time. We had a condo that was within sight of the beach and it was quiet and wonderful and I’m so excited to go back.

12. Pool Parties

I don’t personally own a pool but I have a couple of friends who do and it’s an awesome feeling when they invite me to hang out and swim for a while.

13. Tan

My family does have a history of skin cancer but I still appreciate a good tan.