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Subject: Re: What does that solve?

Forum: What does that solve?

I think people are just blowing off steam and getting riled up. They are doing exactly what Colin did, in some twisted way. They are protesting through demonstration. Having volunteered at several homeless shelters and soup kitchens in the past, I agree with you that donating seems to be the better option. I have seen many homeless people without shoes in the dead of the winter, suffering from frostbite and worse. I don't think the people burning their shoes will think of donating them as an equally demonstrative statement, though, as the act of publicly burning their own stuff seems to be part of their protest.

Thank you for this post!

Monica M.

Subject: Re: Temperature of your working space

Forum: Temperature of your working space

Temperature is very important to me when I am trying to get things done. I usually wear light clothing and pack a sweater for school, as I am not in control of the temperature of the environment. This way, I can add/remove layers as necessary to ensure that I am learning in my ideal environment. It is certainly hard to focus on work when uncomfortable. I try to get to class a bit early so that I can settle in and get comfortable to ensure that I'll have the best chances at focusing and success.

Thank you for this post and welcome to Collegenet!

Monica M.

Subject: Re: Yes, it’s another motivation forum

Forum: Yes, it’s another motivation forum
Hi Gabriella,

I have a very long day ahead of me. I will be going to the gym, then heading to school for close to 8.5 hours. I have some mediocre professors this semester and I am not looking forward to sitting though some very boring classes. My bright spot will be the two classes that I actually like. I will also try to attend a club general interest meeting for the eco club at my school and I am a bit nervous for all the socializing. Hopefully, things will go smoothly! The day will be over before I know it.

Good luck dragging yourself to work, I know the feeling.

Monica M.

Subject: Moving

Forum: Moving
Hi Collegenet!

Hope you're having a fantastic week. This weekend, I will be moving apartments. This is my second time moving- the first time I moved, I was completely unprepared. I underestimated just about everything. I needed more help, more time, more boxes, more packing tape. I had way more things to move than I thought I did! It ended up being a tedious ordeal. This time, I am determined to move right. I hired actual movers and left enough time for the move. I ordered enough tape, boxes, and supplies. I hope this move will be easier!

Have you ever had to move? I think moving is one of the hardest things in life, like getting married. Do you agree?

Monica M.

Subject: Re: The National Anthem: Does It Belong in Sports?

Forum: The National Anthem: Does It Belong in Sports?
Hi Randy,

I like hearing the National Anthem before sporting events. It helps me feel patriotic, connected to my country, and unified with all the people at the game. I think it helps us all feel a certain kind of togetherness. It's an American tradition and it instills pride for our country, especially pride in our country's unique freedoms. Protesting is not a problem. It is part of American tradition as well. Much of the progress in the country and the pride that we have in it has been achieved through protesting. The suggestion to remove the anthem from sport games completely misses the point of the anthem- unity in our diversity (including our diverse political opinions), one nation no matter which political party we ascribe to, and united in the freedom to express ourselves in speech and protest.

Monica M.

Subject: Re: Your "quick and easy" breakfast?

Forum: Your "quick and easy" breakfast?

I like Cliff bars, too, as Jon mentioned. I find instant oats to be easy as well. Sometimes I'll have fruit, a peanut butter sandwich, a smoothie, or leftovers from dinner. I like to mix it up and eat anything that is quick, regardless of whether it's a "breakfast food" or not. I'll often have pasta for breakfast! I think it is vital to get carbs in your body in the morning in order to have energy for the day so a slice of bread would go well with any high-protein breakfast.

Happy eating!

Monica M.

Subject: Re: Do you believe in ghosts ?

Forum: Do you believe in ghosts ?
Hi Karen,

I don't believe in anything supernatural at all. I think it all was made up long ago when people were less aware of how things worked and needed explanations for things they were experiencing. Nevertheless, I find the supernatural genre of entertainment very interesting and I love watching supernatural shows.

I'm sure there is an explanation for what your daughter and her friend are experiencing- it could be as simple as a phantom effect or someone playing a trick on them.

Monica M.

Subject: Re: Is your sleeping schedule in sync or screwed up?

Forum: Is your sleeping schedule in sync or screwed up?
Hi Alex,

I just saw this post right after I made a post about sleep.. I guess there's plenty to talk about when it comes to sleep anyway!

I have months where sleep is super easy and months where I toss and turn for hours. I have made several changes that I have seen the biggest improvement with:

1. I got a new pillow. It was very pricey and actually an obscene amount of money, but I would spend it again in a heartbeat as it made the biggest difference in my sleep quality to date.

2. I set a schedule and stuck to it. Instead of going to bed at a different time every night, I get ready for bed and go to sleep at the exact same time every single night. On nights when I have more to do, this is challenging. It is certainly worth it, though.

3. I developed a strict gym schedule and do not deviate from it. I go to the gym for at least a half hour every single day, no matter what.

4. I stopped drinking coffee on the weekends to reset my tolerance for the week. This way, I don't need a second cup in the afternoon which could throw off my sleep ability.

I hope these will continue to work because a lack of sleep is one of the worst things for my mind and body.

Good luck this Fall!

Monica M.

Subject: Re: When was the last time you made a donation?

Forum: When was the last time you made a donation?

This Saturday I donated a bag of clothes to Housing Works. I donate stuff because I find it hard to let perfectly good things go to the trash. I like to donate time and money when I have them, and I prefer supporting LGBTQ rights and homeless rights when I can. For this reason, I do not donate to the Salvation Army because they have a long history of anti-LGBTQ discrimination and actually spent donation money to campaign against gay rights many times. When they are caught, they try to cover it up or make it seem like it was actually something else but their repeated actions tell the real story. I find this sort of hate to be un-Christian and horrible, so I make sure not to spend my time or money there.

Monica M.

Subject: Sleep

Forum: Sleep
Hi Collegenet,

Studies have shown that quality sleep affects everything from weight loss to job performance to grades to relationship satisfaction. Adults should be getting 7-9 hours of sleep for peak performance, yet many of us get much less.

Personally, I need 7 full hours of sleep in order to function well the next day. If I have less than that, I am tired and lethargic. Coffee can only help a little when I don't get my full 7 hours. Because of this, I am very careful to schedule my late nights for times when I have all morning to sleep in. If I have to be up early, I make sure to get to sleep early.

How many hours of sleep do you need? Do you usually get it?

Monica M.

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