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Subject: My return to CNET

Forum: My return to CNET
Hello, everyone!

My name is Jared. I was an active CNetter during 2015, but I had to take an extended hiatus due to some unexpectedly personal circumstances. I lost someone close to me, and it was very tough on me. My life also got crazy busy with the pursuit of my second master's degree, which I'm on track to finish this December. I enjoyed being part of the CNet community, and I miss being active on it.

I look forward to meeting the new CNet community! I'm going to officially return on Wednesday of this week with the start of the new session. I look forward to getting involved again!

Subject: CNet hiatus until 8.16.2015!

Forum: CNet hiatus until 8.16.2015!
Hey everyone,

Congratulations to today's election winners, and best of luck to everyone in the upcoming election.

I have decided that it's best for me to take a mini hiatus from CNet for the next few weeks. My schedule has been rather hectic with my archaeological field school (which started Monday). It's a condense summer course, so it requires extra long hours to fit everything in, plus the digging process is hard work. I have a lovely sun burn, dirt just about everywhere, and some aches and pains. However, it's a lot of fun at the end of the day!

As a result, my CNet posting hours have been pushed to late in the evenings, so I've decided that it'd be best if I just took some time off until my field school has ended. I will still be stopping by in the evenings to read up on discussions and to place my votes. :) However, please don't vote for me for the next few weeks! I also have a family wedding immediately following the end of my field school, so that should be a fun way to celebrate!

I'll be back on August 16th! I'm surely going to miss being around here on a daily basis. The CNet community is awesome!

I hope everyone is having a great day! Best of luck to everyone in the coming weeks! :)

Subject: Re: How Many Siblings Do You Have

Forum: How Many Siblings Do You Have

I'm an only child as well. There have been plenty of times where I wished I had a brother or sister though. I do have a very large extended family, so many of my cousins are like my brothers and sisters to me, but it's still not the same. My mum was unable to have any more children after my birth due to medical complications. I turned out to be healthy and happy, so I don't have any issue with being any only child. However, it would have been nice to have an older sibling to look up to, and/or a younger one to mentor. However, I'm very grateful that I have such a wonderful family. I also have a best friend that I've had since grade school. She's very much like a "sister" to me. So, even though I'm an only child, it's not so lonesome. :)

Subject: Re: First Memory

Forum: First Memory

I was just thinking about this the other day, so I'm glad you made a forum on it. I vividly remember one of my birthday parties when I was just a small child. I'm honestly not sure what age I was turning, but I remember smashing into the cake with my hands to test it out. It had white frosting with blue icing, and I just kept looking at my hands trying to figure out what was happening. My hands were tinted blue, and I was quite messy with the cake crumbs. I then decided to taste it with the persuasion of my mother.

I really don't know how this memory relates to my personality. Perhaps I could say that it relates to my desire to get out there and try new things. I'm a rather adventurous person, so that sort of fits in with my desire to "test" out the cake. And, my mum and dad have always been there to encourage and support me through my adventures, so that equates to part of the memory as well.

Awesome topic idea. :)

Subject: Re: Famous last words...

Forum: Famous last words...
"Thank you & I love you."

I know it's quite simple, but I think those words pack a powerful punch within their own simplicity. I'm not sure how/when/where I will die, but I'd ideally like to be a position to know when it's "time" (ex. old age). I really have a lot to be thankful for in my life, and I'm surrounded by the love of my family and friends. It'd be my final chance to say goodbye, and the best way to show my appreciation for the impact that they've had on my life. I try to remember to say "I love you" at least once a day, especially when I'm talking/texting my mum or someone close to me. In that part, I agree with dedee's sentiments. You never know when it's the last chance you'll get to talk to someone, so I want to be sure they know I love and appreciate them.

Subject: Re: Are you able to tell?

Forum: Are you able to tell?
Hi Heather,

I was actually going to do a forum on personal "breaking points", but I think this topic is relative enough to what I wanted to discuss. :)

I always find it interesting how we each have our own limits, which are usually based on physical or mental restraints. Our body can only take some much stress, pain, exhaustion, etc. before it tells us to retreat and/or give it a break. I often push my limits when it comes to exhaustion and stress. Yet, I can feel that 'breaking point' approach when I come home and simply want to lay down and take a long nap. I did that today. I haven't been sleeping all that well, and my schedule has been quite packed throughout the day. Restless nights and hectic days do not mix all that well, and there's only so much caffeine and energy that can get me through the day. I remain focused on the tasks at hand during the day, but once I return home my body lets me know that it's time to re-energize itself. It's a rather subconscious thing that I don't always have a precise control over.

The same goes for stress and physical tasks/exercise. When I get overly stressed out I become OCD about things, or I get a random panic attacks every now and then. They usually happen during the quietness of the night when my mind is supposed to be settled down for sleep. If I notice that I'm not regulating my stress well, I do start to notice changing in my physical and mental well being. I become sluggish and my mood starts to slump. It's not a fun feeling, so I find ways to manage the stress. Swimming, music, and talking to my mum (even via a phone call) are three ways that really help out.

In a way, we can sense when we're reaching our breaking point through bodily cues. It's just a matter of acting upon them, or allowing our subconscious mind to tell us when enough is enough.

I really would like to read more feedback and viewpoints on this topic. It's definitely interesting.

Subject: Re: Go Set a Watchman

Forum: Go Set a Watchman
Hi Melinda,

To Kill a Mocking Bird was definitely a great read. Like Heather, it was a required book for me during high school, but I still enjoyed it nonetheless. I hadn't heard of the of the sequel release until you brought it up in this forum. It would be terrible if the family is only doing it for money. I saw Lee's name floating around in the media, but I didn't get a chance to read into it further. They shouldn't have "forced" her to publish it, and it's sad to think that they did just that. She obviously was hesitant about releasing it after this long, so maybe she just wanted the written work kept to herself. I certainly would like to give the sequel a read. I'm hoping it's just rumors surrounding its release. I'll have to look out for some reviews on it, but it won't hinder my decision to purchase/read it.

Subject: Re: College Calories.... YUCK

Forum: College Calories.... YUCK
Hello Dessmar,

Welcome to CollegeNet!

One way that I avoid unnecessary calories is by avoiding highly processed foods. I often cook and prepare my own meals (like Destin), and I will only eat out when I'm having a particularly rushed day. Even when I do eat out, I try to make smarter choices (ex. avoiding tons of fried/greasy foods). It helps save money over time, and it keeps my calorie check in count. I avoid buying a lot of "indulgent" foods like sweets, because I know I'll turn to them when I'm craving something (especially when I'm feeling stressed out). I'll buy them every now and then, but it's not good to stock up on them. Plus, I like to reserve my budget for healthier foods. I also enjoy swimming for exercise. When I'm feeling stressed, I'll go to the university pool to do a few laps. It gives me a good workout, and it helps me burn away some stress.

Subject: Re: First Thing You Notice in a Person?

Forum: First Thing You Notice in a Person?

I usually notice people's eyes and smile first, however as Makaela mentioned, I'm probably analyzing more of the facial features as a whole on a subconscious level. There's something that draws me to those particular facial features when I'm first meeting someone new. I try to make eye contact with the person in order to catch their attention. It also lets them know I'm interested in the conversation and listening to what they have to say. Plus, there's a lot that you can pick up from a person's facial expression. If I'm unable to pick up specific cues from a smile (or lack thereof), the eyes can often help infer how a person is feeling.

Subject: Re: 4 Letter Word Sentence Game

Forum: 4 Letter Word Sentence Game
Hi Heather,

I hope you're having a great end to your Monday! :)

Mariah's 4 Letters: CLOP

Cows live on pastures.

My 4 letters: BAED

This candidate's