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STANLEY BREWSTER/ARBITER FILE PHOTO Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick scores against the Broncos during their 2007 season at Bronco Stadium

Three years ago, before the phenomena of athletes kissing their biceps after scoring a touchdown was deemed “Kaepernicking,” Boise State football was on the cusp of completely changing the structure of college football.

Only Nevada, one wacky new pistol offense, and Colin Kaepernick stood in the way of the Broncos.

Had Boise State defeated No. 19 Nevada in overtime that November Friday night in Reno, Nevada, the Broncos would have won the 2011 Rose Bowl, joined the eventual Pac-12 Conference and changed the entire destiny of Boise State football.

In case you didn’t already know, that didn’t happen. Two missed kicks ended a 24-game win streak and dropped the Broncos from their No. 4 out of the BCS bowl conversation.

It was Nevada’s best day in program history, and senior kicker Kyle Brotzman’s worst nightmare after missing a 26-yard field goal to win the game at the end of regulation, and a 29-yarder in overtime.

Brotzman inevitably became public enemy No. 1 in Bronco Nation for his miscues.

Boise State sat one spot behind No. 3 ranked Texas Christian in the BCS standings, and a win over a Top 25 opponent would have added yet another positive bullet point to the Broncos’ regular season resume.

On the other side, TCU defeated New Mexico on the road, one week after they pounded the overrated, No. 5 ranked, Utah Utes. Andy Dalton had a career-passing day in Salt Lake City, Utah and positioned the Horned Frogs directly in front of the Broncos for consideration by the Rose Bowl and BCS National Championship game.

If Brotzman accurately kicked one of his late field goals between the Reno uprights, Boise State would have defeated their third Top 25 regular season opponent and looked far more attractive to bowl selection committees than their equally undefeated counterparts.

To speculate that Boise State wouldn’t have been as successful if they played Utah in Week 11 is also off base, considering the Broncos didn’t allow an offensive touchdown to the Utes in the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas in their 26-3 at the end of the season.

One kick. One kick would have placed Boise State in the college football promised land that is the Rose Bowl, and TCU in the Fiesta Bowl. One kick would have given Chris Petersen his third BCS bowl game win in four years. And one kick could have caused the Pac-10 Conference to choose Boise State instead of the sorry excuse for football programs Colorado and Utah for the new super conference.

This season may have been Boise State’s last opportunity to make a bid for one of the four power conferences in college football, and with the new playoff system being implemented, the dreams Bronco Nation once had of a national championship have faded away.

Bronco fans called for a playoff for years as they watched Boise State get snubbed by BCS voters, but the development of a playoff system ironically killed the Broncos’ chances of ever finishing No. 1.

Nevertheless, Joe Southwick’s mustache grows on. So that’s something.

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Tasha Adams and Nicole Reither are graduating this Saturday. They conquered all things graduation and are proud to walk away undaunted. 

What is a reflection on your undergrad experience? Did it meet your expectations?

Nicole: It met my expectations and more. Even though sometimes I wanted to drop out and be done with school forever I always knew that was just a dream. And now with graduation in one week I am wishing I were on the five-year plan. Either that or I am thinking about re-enrolling again as a freshman. I had the perfect undergrad experience, from classes, friends, work and parties it was an emotional rollercoaster but one I would never take back.

Tasha: I had a different experience from Nicole. I actually envy her undergrad experience. But for being a non-trad, I am proud of how things went. I feel like I always knew I would get my college degree but never really knew how it would play out. It was tough to juggle jobs and bills and school for as many years as I did but I am satisfied with everything I have accomplished. And every other graduate should be too. It was tough and we freaking did it.

What do you wish you had done differently?

Nicole: There isn’t anything I would have done differently other than some typical bad decisions made by every college student here and there. However, everything I experienced in college from student organizations to being apart of The Arbiter has shaped me into the person I am right now. And that is why even though I am scared as hell; I know that I am ready to move on to become a real human.

Tasha: I wish I would have done it the traditional way. I wish I was just a little younger and able to justify house parties or all-nighters. Instead, I had to worry about paying bills I had accumulated while I was busy being an adult. I didn’t make a ton of friends in classes or clubs but the handful I did make are amazing.

What are you doing now after graduation?

Nicole: Becoming a real human? Sounds frightening to me. However, I fortunately have a job lined up in Arizona that I am very excited about. Moving away from this town and the people that have been my family for the past four years is all so bitter sweet.

The beginning of a new chapter and career for me is something I have been working very hard toward however the thought of paying bills and attending a nine to five is still giving me nightmares.

Tasha: I started my own business this semester so I am going to really focus on that. And I am going to enjoy every single evening I don’t have a test to study for or  a paper to write.

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Tasha Adams is a senior graduating in May. Like Nicole Reither, she is also terrified of all things graduation—failing a class, walking at the ceremony, not finding a job after receiving her degree. 

“The undaunted undergrads” is an account of working through last-semester fears and getting the most out of the college experience. My announcements are sent and I am passing all my classes.

I have (almost) survived my last semester of college and In less than three weeks, I will have to pack into the Taco Bell arena with all the other graduates and walk the line.

I am terrified.

I don’t want to and the only reason I am is because I have friends who have told me I will regret it if I don’t.

I know it is such a large ceremony that the only people who will pay attention when my name is called will be the people who are there for me.

But I feel like vomiting when I think about walking on stage in front of that many people.

While all my fellow graduating friends are deciding on what pretty dress they want to wear on May 18, all I can think about is the shoes I am least likely to fall in.

I am seriously considering just wearing jeans and my Toms; practical, comfortable, low-risk.

Beyond that, I am mentally preparing for the end of my college career.

I am excited for my post-college life free of tests, assignments or late nights cranking out last minute papers. But I am more excited about actually having my degree, and part of that excitement comes from the purely symbolic act of donning my cap and gown to walk the line.

So even though commencement is causing me anxiety now, I am hoping I will be so amped on the fact that I will be a college graduate that I can get through the ceremony without my knees giving out.

Honestly, it will be about 11.7 seconds of my life spent as the center of attention and when it is over, I will push through all the other graduates to join my family in the Student Union Building. By the way, in case you didn’t know in lieu of meeting up with family on the intermural field, each college will have a designated area in the SUB.

The Jordan Ballroom will host the Graduate College, Arts and Sciences & Business and Economics and the Simplot Ballroom will host the Colleges of Education, Engineering, Health Sciences & Social Sciences and Public Affairs.

I will smile, take deep breaths and possibly cry tears of joy knowing that I conquered college, despite all the roadblocks that happened along the way.

And unless all my nightmares about falling or tripping come true, I will come out unscathed and proud—proud of working my butt off for the last four years, proud of passing my classes, proud of not overdosing on caffeine.

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“Breaking Expectations” is staff writer Danielle Allsop’s first hand experiences and advice on dealing with mental illness.

A few weeks ago, I had an obligation to attend a birthday party for a good friend of my boyfriend’s.

The birthday girl and I have had our issues in the past and have been working on developing a relationship. So needless to say, I was not looking forward to dinner.

I woke up that day and was already in panic mode. I didn’t want to get out of bed, go to school or work, let alone this dinner.

My hands were shaking, my brain was cloudy, I couldn’t concentrate on anything besides dinner. I spent the entire day thinking about how awful it was going to be and working myself up.

I had an hour and a half break in between work and dinner, and I wasn’t going to drive all the way home, just to turn back around and drive to the other side of Boise.

Knowing I couldn’t just sit in my car and let my mind roam, I drove to Hastings to start my summer book collection (what English major doesn’t have a personal summer reading list?).

I allowed myself to become enveloped in rows and rows of books which would make their way onto my bookshelf. I felt like a kid in a candy store.

I was so wrapped up in the possibility of reading all the books I could hold in my arms that I lost track of time, and before I knew it, I was late for dinner. But I didn’t care.

The time I took for myself allowed me to concentrate on other things besides my anxiety. It was literally eliminated during my time at Hastings.

By the time I got to dinner, my panic started to return because my mind wasn’t occupied with which Ernest Hemmingway story I was going to re-read first.

However, I knew because I had indulged in some “me” time, where I pushed aside my thoughts, it wasn’t as bad as it could have been.

I was able to control it with medication and coping techniques.

One thing I want to make clear is it’s not easy to stop panic once it has started.

Some days, I can’t get it to stop no matter what I do. However, be proactive and try to prevent it.

It doesn’t go away by itself. YOU have to be the one to make the change, even if it’s difficult.

 

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“Slow down!” Meliha Kaya, of Turkey, said.

This phrase is uttered on an almost daily basis in our apartment. The tendency to talk fast and slur words together is one common to anyone speaking their native language, though it is apparently particularly prevalent in Americans.

“You have what people think of as an American accent,” Timothy Daniel, French, said. “You talk fast.”

A lot of misunderstandings can be avoided with proper enunciation and slowing it down. This is obvious to anyone who has tried to learn a use a different language with a native speaker, but it is very difficult to remember when you are the native speaker in question.

Excitement also makes it difficult to slow down. I challenge anyone to try and calmly and slowly say, “The huskies are here and we can drive the dog-sleds to the top of the hills to see the Northern lights let’s go!”

My self-control is not strong enough for that. In this case, sign language and dramatic gestures and grins get the point across just fine.

What else characterizes an American accent though? Though many seldom consider their natural dialect an accent, it is surprising to note that an ‘American accent’ doesn’t include the intra-American accents which come to mind. The southern drawl, or Boston Brahmin accent, are not well known outside the States, making a California-Idaho accent one which is “typically American” in the eyes of non-native speakers.

Despite speed, American English is characterized by being relatively easy to understand. This was a surprise to me and to non-native speakers as well, who thought citizens of the United Kingdom, being from the homeland of English, would be the easiest for them to understand.

“When the girls from Ireland start talking to each other I can barely understand a word. And there was this girl from Liverpool that I couldn’t understand at all,” Christian Gruber of Switzerland said.

This is not to say there aren’t moments of staring blankly at each other as we try to figure out what the other person actually meant. In these instances, I recommend a thesaurus.

American English is rhotic, meaning we pronounce our r’s. According to Oscar Rydblom, English professor, this r pronunciation (or lack thereof) is one of the main differences between English accents. This pronunciation of r’s makes it easier to understand some words and distinguishing between them for non-native speakers.

Another pronunciation point is the enunciation of h’s. This isn’t so much an American English thing as it is a general English characteristic which gives non-native speakers (particularly the French) difficulties. It results in amusing anecdotes though.

On a trip to Stockholm, Timothy asked our Swedish friend Erika Egonsson, “Are you hungry?”

However, due to a lack of h’s, it sounded more like, “Are you angry?”

What followed was a classic slapstick routine out of Saturday Night Live as each party got increasingly frustrated that the other just wasn’t getting it, until finally Timothy managed to pronounce an extremely guttural h as he demanded, “Are you hungry?”

The look of embarrassed enlightenment on Erika’s face was priceless.

Though it has been said repeatedly, it bears saying again. Speaking slowly and without mumbling will save a lot of blank staring, though some misunderstandings are inevitable. Just be patient and have a good sense of humor about the whole situation. Or, even better, try speaking their native language so they have something to laugh about too.

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Sports are one of the world’s oldest forms of entertainment. For centuries, fans have watched in awe and wonder as history has been made right before their eyes. But almost as entertaining as the sports themselves, is the age old contest of fans bickering and arguing over the hot button issues.

For years, one of the most debated topics for sports fans has been, “who is the greatest of all time?” While there is no clear-cut way to decide who is the greatest team, player, coach, etc. sports fans continually insist upon beating out heads against walls to prove that our point is the correct one.

With the beginning of the NBA playoffs, so to comes the argument of the greatest basketball player of all time.

Many people resort to the fact that whoever has the most championships is clearly the greatest ever. With this logic, the award would go to Bill Russell without any hesitation, as Russell won an unprecedented 11 NBA championships in just 13 seasons, all with the Boston Celtics.

But this would automatically rule out several players such as Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, and Larry Bird, who did not come close to matching Russell’s record. Therefore, other factors have to be added in.

Arguably the greatest player of all time, Michael Jordan had possible the most comparable dominant run to Russell, winning six championships in six seasons that included two 3-peats, averaging 30.1 points per game for his career, and 33.4 in the playoffs.

Another great player in NBA history who snatched up five NBA titles, while averaging a career double-double with 19.5 points per game and 12.3 assists per game.  Magic would also tack on 7.7 rebounds per game for his career, making him one of the most prolific all-around players the game has ever seen.

All this brings us to the argument of this generation and the potential of one the most special players we have ever seen, LeBron James. To many people, James has been seen as a bust due to him not winning championship for nine seasons.  But at 6’ 8”, 250 pounds, James is possibly the best overall athlete the world has seen since the great Bo Jackson.

Averaging 27.6 points per game, 6.9 assists per game, and 7.3 rebounds per game, James is arguably the most dominant players on the planet and a close overall comparison to Magic Johnson.

With the playoffs upon us, a second title for James could increase the argument for greatest of all time, but the age old question will live on forever.

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Nicole Reither is a senior graduating in May with a degree in Communication and a certificate in Public Relations.
Like Tasha Adams, she is also terrified of graduating–missing out on free food at the BRC, student tickets to events and the luxury of the free gym.
“The undaunted undergrads” is an account of working through last-semester fears and getting the most out of the college experience.

Four weeks, four weeks is all I have left of being an undergraduate student here at the great Boise State.
So, as the day approaches my bucket list dwindles down.

With a big road block of deciding what to do next, I was surprisingly taken aback when a good friend texted me telling me she had purchased a massage for me for my graduation gift.

It all seemed like too much but shout out to my girl Annella Kelso for such a generous gift.
Have you ever gotten naked in front of a complete stranger?
Yeah me either, until today. The masseuse was very professional but I still felt extremely anxious and awkward at first, especially because it was a man.

I have never thought of myself as a very conservative person and I’m usually not uncomfortable with the idea of massages.
However, as the hour approached I found myself feeling weird about the idea of having a strange man rub my back and legs while trying to relax.
In the beginning I was very tense and not sure how to act.

However as the hour played out I found myself settling into a sea of not thinking and total mitigation.

The fifty-five minutes was up way too soon and before I knew it I was putting my clothes on and driving away with only the smell of the oils left on my skin.
Reminiscing on the gift I was given from my dear friend, I realized stepping out of your comfort zone is something everyone should partake in.

With finals around the corner and my personal fear of starting a new job and not feeling fully prepared, a massage was exactly what I needed.
It helped to center me and get lost for an hour out of the day.

College has taught me how to think logically and to problem solve.
But most importantly it has taught me what it is like to take a leap of faith on something and hope for the best.

So if you’re graduating and starting your life just like me, then I challenge you to jump out of your box too and go get a de-stressing massage before finals.
It will be a good way to calm the nerves before reality really sets in.
You may not be comfortable with the idea. But trust me, in the end it is all worth it.

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Encountering stereotypes is an inevitable part of meeting new people. Meeting new people from other countries just means there are more stereotypes to work through and be aware of.

For Americans, there are two big stereotypes to be aware of.

First, Americans are stupid. This one is interesting because I have yet to encounter it directly, but I have been asked if I have had any problems with people who believe this stereotype. This implies one of two things: either people are aware that the stereotype is a ridiculous overgeneralization so no one actually believes it, or I have a flashing sign saying ‘not stupid’ floating over my head making people think I will disprove the stereotype every time I encounter it.

When asked what it is that perpetuates the stereotype that Americans are morons, the most frequent answer is reality television. Understandable, if my only encounter with America was Jersey Shore, I wouldn’t be impressed.

Another component which is actually rather amusing is geography. We are notorious for not knowing where places are in the world. Europeans are okay with not knowing the location of Estonia or Serbia, but claim we should be able to pick out the major European countries out on a map with no problem.

A valid point, but should you not be aware of the difference between Austria and Switzerland on a map, just whip out a blank map of the U.S. and ask them to pinpoint Colorado. It makes for not only a silencer on the matter of geography, but a fun drinking game.

This stereotype is easy to disprove and isn’t that prevalent for direct encounters. At this point it seems to be more of a stereotypical stereotype than an actual judgment.

The second stereotype is American arrogance. I will freely admit that I didn’t understand this for a while. While here I met far more arrogant Swedes and given the reputation of Swedes for humility that was a surprise. A Lithuanian friend ended up explaining it.

“I kind of envy you. You all (Americans) are just self-confident and willing to put yourself out there. We’re not,” Lijana Songailaite said.

In the interest of avoiding stereotype 1 subsection insensitive moron, I did not ask her if “we” meant Lithuanians or non-Americans in general. After a few questions to other Europeans, the conclusion was drawn that she probably meant Lithuanians in general, or at most, former East-bloc nationalities.

So this self-confidence and assertiveness translates into arrogance. Easily done really, just throw in some overbearing tendencies and fast-talking and the impression is left that Americans think they can do it better than anyone so just get out of their way. Arrogance personified, that’s us.

The best way to dodge this one is to make sure to let other people talk. Sometimes this requires sitting in silence for a good five minutes while everyone stares at each other to try and get someone else to speak up. Torturous, but if you break the silence every time people will just step aside and let you run the show. Not only does this perpetuate the arrogance stereotype, it leaves you with a lot more work to do than you would otherwise.

Supposedly there are other stereotypes of Americans out there. I am certain there are, but since I haven’t encountered them, I have no advice for you. Just be sure to talk coherently and let other people have their turn to speak, that pretty much takes care of them both.

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“Breaking Expectations” is staff writer Danielle Allsop’s first hand experiences and advice on dealing with mental illness. This particular installment is in response to recent feedback to “Breaking Expectations.”

Just a clarification, this column is intended to give advice to those suffering with a mental illness. It is in no way a column that disregards what having a true panic attack is like.

I’ve never discussed any of my personal experiences with panic attacks, what they physically feel like, because I am still uncomfortable with doing so. Just because I haven’t posted how it feels doesn’t mean I haven’t had one, or experienced the aftermath of it.

The column is meant to induce a positive spin on a horrible situation, not create more fear in those who don’t know how to deal with their own anxiety.

This may come as a shock, but my intention of this column is to HELP, not put others down.

For those of you who say I am implying you can just “get over” a mental illness with breathing exercises and medication are wrong. To put me down for trying to help those who are experiencing minor panics and anxiety is, as some call, “nauseating.”

Yes, there are many, many times when getting out of bed is impossible because you’re so wound up you can’t even move without causing more anxiety. Trust me, I’ve been there MANY times. And yes, there are times when trying to breathe is out of the question because you’re so past the point of no return that the only breath’s you can take are shallow. You’re only worried about coming out of it alive.

I’ve had to drop out of school because I couldn’t go to class without having a panic attack. I’ve had massive panic attacks while driving, in doctor’s offices, even in an admissions office where paramedics were called.

This column has been running for only a few weeks. Give me time to open myself up to you. Like I wouldn’t expect you to tell me your deepest, darkest secrets after only knowing each other for only a few weeks, please don’t expect me to do the same.

Like I’ve said in previous articles, don’t judge someone if you don’t know their situation. So please don’t judge me because I haven’t fully let you into the deeper part of my anxiety. I’m still coping with it.

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Tasha Adams is a senior graduating in May. Like Nicole Reither, she is also terrified of all things graduation—failing a class, walking at the ceremony, not finding a job after receiving her degree. “The undaunted undergrads” is an account of working through last-semester fears and getting the most out of the college experience.

We are down to the wire, seniors. Less than five weeks until the graduation ceremony and if you haven’t already, now is the time to send out those announcements.

I hadn’t even planned on walking at the ceremony, let alone send out lame cards flaunting my achievement, but since I have had my mind changed about walking (thanks mom) I am now also sending out those lame cards.

However, when I got my commencement packet in the mail listing prices of said cards, my jaw dropped. Eighty freaking dollars for 25 announcements? Yeah, no thanks. So I did what any digital-age student will do, I Googled my own options with student-friendly prices.

From Walmart to Snapfish, the Internet is full of alternatives. And with prices in the $10 to $20 range for the same number of announcements, it leaves a lot of extra cash for other graduation necessities, such as that cap and gown I still need to purchase.

Another ethical dilemma I ran into was who the heck I should send the announcements to. With the only six (maybe ten) tickets available to me, I didn’t want to send announcements to everyone I knew and then say, “Hey, just kidding, you can’t actually go to the ceremony, but thanks for any money you want to send.”

But a friend had a good solution; after making her announcements at Office Max, she added a message on the back that said, “Due to the limited number of tickets available for graduates, I invite you to watch the ceremony in the comfort of you own homes with the live broadcast at boisestate.edu.”

So as we finish out our final weeks and wade through all the responsible things we need to do before we can actually walk on May 18, I encourage you to consider other options for your announcements. We have already spent thousands on our education, don’t spend more than you have to when you announce you completion of it.

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Share with Cher is a recurring feature taking student queries to a whole new level by publishing student concerns or questions about campus and going straight to the source. Contact Cher at culture@arbiteronline.com to get your answers.

With spring upon us, it’s hard to miss the construction happening around campus. Obviously Boise State needs to take advantage of the nice weather and get some of these projects completed, but where is the line between university growth and student inconvenience?

According to Suzanne Seigneur, traffic demand management (TDM) communications and outreach coordinator, Boise State does their best to minimize the impact construction has on students.

Seigneur went to the source for further details and spoke with architecture and engineering services in order to get specific answers to the questions going around about the construction inconveniences on campus. She said they looked at the map in regards to the Student Union Building (SUB) field and the complaints about early morning noise in that area.

The good news, according to Seigneur, is the usage of heavy equipment and thus heavy construction noise is finishing right now and will be complete by the end of April 9. She said this should alleviate most of the noise that students are hearing. However there will still be some of the backup beeping, which is inevitable, while they finish installing the sprinkler system and sod.

“So we’ll have a quieter construction area, starting on Wednesday and it should be completed by the beginning of May,” Seigneur said.

But as much as some students are inconvenienced by the noise and detours, this is actually a positive thing according to Seigneur.

“We know that it’s hard on students, but the good news is the campus is growing and we’re able to offer more facilities for students,” Seigneur said. “So in the end it’s very positive.”

Speaking of facilities offered to students: Do you have the Testing Center woes? Do you think testing in the Testing Center brings your grade down? Do you ever stress over getting into the Testing
Center?

Maria Shimel, online testing center manager, took a moment to respond to the question about lines at the Testing Center.

“There’s actually pretty rarely any lines here,” Shimel said. “When students make appointments and keep their appointment times, the computer spreads everybody out so that we’re not overcrowded and there aren’t any lines. If you ever do see a line, usually it’s one of our busier days, such as during midterms or finals week.”

Shimel explained how they try to minimize the lines by having those appointment times. But if, for whatever reason, students decide not to make an appointment and just walk in or when everybody’s trying to come in at the last time slot on the last day for their exams, the Testing Center can potentially see some rushes. But she said there’s never anything more than just a few students in a line.

To make it even easier to access the Testing Center, Shimel said they even added more hours.

“We actually extended our testing center hours this semester Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.,” Shimel said. “So as long as students are being responsible and making appointments, they should never run into a problem.”

Shimel also elaborated on the comments about testing in the Testing Center making testing more difficult and possibly costing students a grade level.

“That is just individual perception,” Shimel said. “It’s the same as people taking a scantron test or taking a paper test, this is just a computer test.”

Shimel added everybody has their own way of taking tests. She said if students know their weaknesses or if they’re aware they have a difficult time taking computer tests, students can plan ahead by studying harder or maybe even bringing earplugs to help block out distractions.

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Sometimes you just need to get away, even if it’s just for the night. My get away this week was aboard a party bus to Jackpot, Nev. And let’s just say they call it a party bus for a reason. The three-hour ride to hop the border was filled with everything you find at a house party. Jell-O-shots were in abundance, music was cranked up high and it wasn’t long into the trip when the isle became a dance-floor.

By the time the bus rolled into Jackpot, I was nearly partied out. But one look at the Roulette table and I was back on my game.  An hour in and I turned my 20 dollars into 140 dollars. Take my advice, once you are up a significant amount, cash out. I started out taking this advice, but soon enough the gambling got me and I was back down to what I started with.

Before I knew it 3 a.m. rolled around and it was time to head to sleep, after a soak in the hot tub that is. After a short snooze, it was time to get back on the party bus back to Boise. I’m not sure if this is the case with every party bus, but there wasn’t much party on the way home. Everyone, including myself, were completely partied out.

While I didn’t walk away with any big winnings, the quick trip to Jackpot aboard the party bus was quite an adventure, leaving me 20 dollars poorer and with a headache no amount of aspirin can cure.

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Nicole Reither is a senior graduating in May with a degree in Communication and a certificate in Public Relations. Like Tasha Adams, she is also terrified of graduating.  “The undaunted undergrads” is an account of working through last-semester fears and getting the most out of the college experience.

With the end of the year approaching rapidly and my pre-post-graduation crisis at an all time high, spring break could not have come at a better time.

An epic senior year spring break trip with all my friends was something I always knew was a part of the college experience but I didn’t realize just how epic it could really be.

Of course, my first thought was we all must go to Cabo or the Dominican Republic.

However, once reality set in that there was absolutely no way I or my friends could afford such a trip, a compromise was in order.

Our alternative was to partake in the adventures of Lake Havasu, Nev.

After a 12-hour car ride, countless throwback songs on the radio and the nonstop chatter of six girls we had finally made it to the 90 degree weather.

I know what your all thinking, Lake Havasu? Trashy. Well yes, extremely.

However, if you like to swim, play beach volleyball, drink at local bars and meet tons of college students then I highly recommend this place for your college bucket list.

After five days of late nights and early mornings my body was starting to reject me.

Not only did two out of the six of us completely loose our voices but also “mush mush brain” was beginning to set in.

The week at the lake flew by but we knew we couldn’t be done with our spring break trip quite yet. So we decided to be bold and drove the mere two hours to Sin City to spend two more nights.

At this point none of us knew why we had made such a decision.

We had officially lost our minds. What turned out to be the biggest rally of my whole life along with the largest struggle fest ended up resulting in another two nights of pure laughter, dancing and memories I will never forget.

Reminiscing on the past week I realize we as college students should be allowed to have these trips with our friends where we go crazy and have the time of our lives before it is completely unacceptable to wander around in a swimming suit for four days straight or to contemplate getting married to a stranger on Las Vegas Boulevard (don’t worry, that didn’t happen).

Everyone needs a week to let loose and stay up all night.

As for me, I’m going to be in a state of PPD (post party depression). Oh and I’ll need another week to recoup. SB13, you did me well.

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Nicole Reither is a senior graduating in May with a degree in Communication and a certificate in Public Relations. Like Tasha Adams, she is also terrified of graduating–missing out on free food at the BRC, student tickets to events and the luxury of the free gym. “The undaunted undergrads” is an account of working through last-semester fears and getting the most out of the college experience.

As Boise State students we all know what it is like to get free stuff and it is no surprise that I am not going to know what hit me once I am no longer a student.

One of the best free activities that comes along with being a student is the sporting events. With everything from football to tennis there is always something you can go watch if you are bored on an evening or weekend.

So as I walked into the Taco Bell Area on Saturday, it hit me this would be the last time I entered this area as a college student at Boise State. The basketball game against San Diego State University would be my very last basketball game and would top off my career as a student fan forever.

I know people say things are bitter sweet. However, this was just bitter. As a freshman the student section at the men’s basketball games consisted of probably 20 people; the crowd was boring which made the games less thrilling. However, at this last game the student section was holding an estimate of 2,000 students.  Participating in the flash mob and yelling at the ref along with everyone else is something I will never forget.

And as the lights go down before the game begins and the fight song turns up, there is nothing that makes me have more pride in my school than that moment right there.

So if you are on the path to graduation and haven’t attended a sporting event or a men’s basketball game then I strongly urge you to give it a chance.

As for me I am not going to lie when I say a tear or two will be shed when I watch the Broncos play from my television because I can’t be there in person.

A special thanks to the men’s basketball team for making this season so exciting to watch. But mostly, thank you to the boys of The Corral who made the student section at the basketball games so memorable for my senior year, you know who you are. Its been fun.

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Dealing with the pressures of school is enough to overwhelm any student, but throw in diagnosed anxiety and panic, well, you’ve got yourself one heck of a time trying to keep up with the daily pressures of not just school, but of life.

Over the course of my time here at Boise State (five years and counting), I’ve learned a few things on how to eliminate, or at least downgrade, the effects of anxiety.

Even if you’re not diagnosed, but still have days where you feel nervous for no reason at all, these home remedies may help calm your nerves.

First, try to eliminate all caffeine from your diet.

Yes, I realize coffee and sugary drinks are often essential when pulling all-nighters or trying to wake up from a sleepless night, but the caffeine does more harm than g sood.

According to Livestrong.com, “Caffeine is a stimulant that increases heart rate and can lead to nervousness and agitation, increasing anxiety levels.”

There are a few options if cutting caffeinated drinks out of your diet is impossible (though it shouldn’t be):

First, switch to brands of soda that produce similar products with no caffeine.

As a Diet Coke fanatic, I was bummed when I learned I would have to give up my vice, but because they offer a caffeine-free version, I am still able to have my soda without any side effects.

Coffee, on the other hand, is a little trickier.

But there are options. Most brands and stores carry decaffeinated coffees.

Be careful though. When a brand labels coffee as “decaffeinated,” it doesn’t mean it’s free of caffeine.

According to coffeefaq.com, “coffee must have had its caffeine level reduced by no less than 97.5 percent.”

However, decaffeinated coffee is still better than regular coffee.

I am by no way saying I don’t indulge in these sugary and salty sweets.

But when you get to a point where the caffeine is causing more anxiety than you’re comfortable with, it’s time to make a change.

Give up caffeine for a week and I guarantee you’ll feel less anxious.

Come on, it’s not that hard! If I could do it, you can do it!

 

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Tasha Adams is a senior graduating in May. Like Nicole Reither, she is also terrified of all things graduation—failing a class, walking at the ceremony, not finding a job after receiving her degree. “The undaunted undergrads” is an account of working through last-semester fears and getting the most out of the college experience.

Sometimes we are so consumed by school we forget there is still life outside school. And sometimes life comes and tragically slaps us in the face.

On Feb. 28, a close friend of my family passed away. She was only 12. I got a phone call from my mom crying, telling me “Lauren’s brain dead, she’s dying.” I spent the entire day in the hospital only to hear there was nothing the doctors could do. I watched as a mother lost her child and two little girls lost a sister.

The last week and a half has been a haze of crying, mourning and, unfortunately, schoolwork. Regardless of how broken my heart is, I still need to pass my classes to graduate.

The day after she passed away, I had a midterm to take. That weekend I had a group project to do. Life has still been going on around me.

Now, I will admit, there have been a couple assignments I haven’t done and a couple of classes I missed but I was careful about what I was neglecting at school. I took the midterm and I finished the group project. I didn’t participate in an online discussion and I didn’t do a reading response. Those were worth little compared to the time I spent with family.

I have also seen my counselor since it happened. It has helped to have her there to emotionally spill on. She has helped me remember to balance my sadness with my responsibilities.

Things happen despite our focus on school: we get sick, people break up with us, we get evicted. It would be great to press pause so we can deal with our non-school problems but we don’t have that option.

Be sure to take care of you. Cry if you need to. Skip a class for a job interview. Take a night off to find your sanity.

I am not suggesting you lose control and neglect all things school-related. But it is important to let go of something little in order to focus on the bigger things.

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Nicole Reither is a senior graduating in May with a degree in Communication and a certificate in Public Relations. Like Tasha Adams, she is also terrified of graduating–missing out on free food at the BRC, student tickets to events and the luxury of the free gym. “The undaunted undergrads” is an account of working through last-semester fears and getting the most out of the
college experience.

After a week of a lack of motivation all I wanted was the weekend.  With graduation tickets already going out for reservation, my need and want to be a freshman again was at an all-time high. So what better way to relive this time in my life than to throw a house party?

As the night approached we realized how small our house really was. We spent the evening moving furniture around so we all wouldn’t be breathing down one another’s necks.

Friends slowly but surely began to pile into our small three-bedroom house. With the crowd growing I ended up finding people standing in the bathroom just off the kitchen because it was the only space left. However, as the night got darker and the drinks got heavier, the need for more space didn’t seem to matter anymore.

My roommate’s pet snake, JoJo, was out to play and I caught one guy crawling around in our attic.

With the music blaring Usher’s Confessions, the obvious choice for this throwback party, I looked around the house and realized everyone should continue to experience house parties until it is absolutely necessary to grow up.

The one good thing about throwing a party at your own house is you can change into sweats at any time in the night. Which I did around 2 a.m., in hopes for the few lingerers to take the hint.

It wasn’t until 4 a.m. when I went into my room and crawled into bed.  Which had clearly been confused for the trashcan as I found about seven crushed beer cans snuggled up against my pillows.

Waking up to the smell of Four Lokos and a sticky floor is exactly what you don’t want when you are hung over.

I suggest if you haven’t house partied in a while to take the plunge, blare some music and cross your fingers that the police don’t show up.

Or hope they do since you happen to be old enough and this time you can show them your ID proudly unlike all the times you couldn’t when you actually were a freshman. Oh the joys.

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Share with Cher is a recurring feature taking student queries to a whole new level by publishing concerns or questions about campus and going straight to the source. Contact Cher with questions at
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A question that came my way is that of left-handed desks. Why, even when planning ahead and arriving early to class, is it nearly impossible to score one of these highly coveted seats?

In my quest to find answers to this particular question I ended up running across someone who offered to help get the answers we’re all looking for. Mike Sumpter, director of Facilities, Operations & Maintenance, on my behalf, contacted the campus space and planning folks about the left-handed desk issue.

“The good news is the campus is working hard to eliminate that inconvenience. All current classroom upgrades and renovations use hand dominant neutral design so, ultimately, that concern will be eliminated,” Sumpter said. “In the meantime, we would hope that anyone who needs help would let us know and we’ll do our best to make sure they are accommodated.”

Another issue I usually can’t get through the month without hearing about is that of parking. Where are long bed pickups supposed to park and why do students pay for permits when they can’t use them on game days? So again I went to the source who was all too happy to answer these questions and offer some handy info that I didn’t even know about.

JC Porter, assistant director for Transportation and Parking services, commented on the long bed parking issues by saying that campus spaces are already larger than standard spaces. He suggested parking long bed trucks up against Broadway because those stalls are longer and you can let your pickup bed hang over onto the grass. He also recommended the larger spaces up against the grassy area in the East Stadium.

“A general permit is what’s needed to park in those spaces,” Porter said. “There’s also some parallel parking off of Michigan which is also a general permitted area and that way they can parallel park and it doesn’t matter how long the bed is, it’s just the cars around it that will affect it.”

Porter continued by addressing the permit-related parking issues. He said the only permits affected during events are general permits, because those do not guarantee you a space on campus.

“If you want a guaranteed parking space, those permits are called reserved permits,” Porter said. “They cost a little more because we guarantee a parking space on campus and we only sell as many (reserved) permits as we have spaces which is how we can guarantee them a space. The reason why general permits are the least expensive permit is because we also say it’s the least convenient, because all our general parking is kind of on the outskirts of campus.”

The good news, according to Porter, is on weekends and evenings you have other options. Reserve permits have guaranteed parking Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. However on the weekends and after 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday there’s also cross parking. This means that if you buy a general permit and have night or weekend classes, you can park in the reserve lots and still only pay the lesser permit fee.

“The general or reserve permits can (cross) park in the general or reserve areas. The only places that can’t be cross parked into are the pay lots, which are the Lincoln and Brady Street garages, the Admin area parking and also the student housing
parking lots.”

Porter ended by noting that the T-Lot is also a cross parking lot which can alleviate Saturday game day parking issues, but added that there is never any overnight parking except by students who live on campus.

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Nicole Reither is a senior graduating in May with a degree in Communication and a certificate in Public Relations. Like Tasha Adams, she is also terrified of graduating–missing out on free food at the BRC, student tickets to events and the luxury of the free gym. “The undaunted undergrads” is an account of working through last-semester fears and getting the most out of the college experience.

The beauty of attending college is making the best friends of your life.

Boise State has all sorts of different people from all walks of life. Yes, you learn an immense amount from all the different classes you take throughout your time here, but I believe you also learn and grow from all the people that you encounter and interact with.  I came to college with my two best friends from high school and I will be graduating college with six more girls I know will be in my life forever.

As college ends for some and continues for others causing people to move away from this town and start jobs, get married or have babies, it is natural to lose touch for some. However, for others, this is a fabulous excuse to impulsively buy a plane ticket to new places to go see the friends you once spent time watching trashy television on the weekends with and stressing over the amount of work still left to do at 10 p.m. on a Thursday night.

So to knock it off my pre-post graduation crisis bucket list, I decided to not only venture to other parts of Idaho I have never seen before, but to do so by going to visit my best friend who recently got married and moved to Coeur D’ Alene.

This was an impulsive buy two weeks ago when I found an extremely cheap ticket to Spokane.

I wasn’t sure when I would get to see her and her new husband again considering I too will be graduating and moving away from Boise in three months. The clock is ticking.

My weekend consisted of helping the newly-weds move into their brand new house, venturing around town and getting to know the area. I got to catch up with someone I hold very closely to my heart and of course do what girls do best, shop. Over all, my weekend getaway was more than a success.  And with spring break right around the corner it is the perfect excuse for you to pick a destination and jet away to go visit someone you haven’t seen in a while.

I’m a strong advocate for continuing relationships with your friends once your life paths have separated ways. It just makes it that much more fun to get to see new places and catch up with the people you love.

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This is bound to happen to every student at some point in their college career. They will be arriving for their first week of class and their professor will give out his or her syllabus where it will list a series of group work projects.

Professors need to get over this group work kick they seem to be on. Nobody likes group work, it is not always valuable and it is an unnecessary time-suck.

While the professor might say, “I know you have a lot on your plate, but this shouldn’t add too much to your schedule,” they don’t take into account any or all of your other professors did the same thing. Great, a full class schedule packed with group assignments. Goodbye sleep and sanity.

Very few students are involved in just school. Most have jobs, most are involved in some sort of campus group and many are part of some sports team. Those who aren’t sometimes have families. Really, anyone who isn’t learning to work with others is probably living under a rock. So if the goal is to teach students to work as teams, that mission is already being accomplished in other parts of their life.

A group of students working together on a single project long-term is one thing, but professors seem to love pairing up students to do just about anything. Want to write a paper? Better do it in a group of five because Google Docs is just so cool.

We don’t need a team of five students working on every assignment.

Why any professor thinks a whole group is needed to assemble a presentation on a topic one person easily could have covered is baffling.

The best part is professors like to throw in ways of allowing students to grade each other. Some professors have set up Blackboard quizzes which are strictly for grading your peers and not even on the merits of the work, so much as what they contributed to the group.

Some professors don’t seem to understand students don’t pony up thousands of dollars a semester to grade their peers. If undergrads were experts on the subjects they study in college, they wouldn’t be seeking a degree or attending class now would they?

With some students having so few hours left in the day to meet with a bunch of other people, groups often are forced to meet late in the evening and with that comes the joy of sitting with five other exhausted, starving students. Who then waste half the meeting complaining about how long their day was and why they had to waste even more time meeting a group for an assignment which should have been asolo assignment.

It is okay to just assign something and expect students to do the work alone. They’re not going to be missing out on some amazing college experience if they don’t have four other people working on the same assignment for every single assignment.

Whatever the reason may be professors need to stop acting like they’re the only ones assigning these wasteful and irritating projects. Group work only serves to raise stress levels and kill hours in the day which could be used for real studying or getting much-needed sleep.

We may be Broncos, but working as a herd on everything shouldn’t be a theme.

 

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Tasha Adams is a senior graduating in May (if everything goes as planned). Like Nicole Reither, she is also terrified of all things graduation—failing a class, walking at the ceremony, not finding a job after receiving her degree. “The undaunted undergrads” is an account of working through last-semester fears and getting the most out of the college experience.

I went to the Career Fair last week, dressed in my best professional attire, curled my hair and actually did my makeup. I walked away with one business card for a packaging company—not something I am remotely interested in.

I will admit I was one of the attendees the Career Center warned employers about when they posted on their webpage that “(Some people) may wander around for a while with a friend before deciding to leave. They may feel intimidated and nervous about starting a conversation with a stranger.” I didn’t have a friend with me but for some reason my heart just wasn’t in it and I can’t figure out why.

On one hand, I need a job once I graduate but on the other, it still seems impossible this is my last semester. It just doesn’t feel real enough to take as seriously as I need to.

The one person I did stop to talk to was from the packaging company and the only reason I stopped was because their brochure had a picture of a dog on it and I love dogs. The man who was at the booth noticed my nametag had my major on it and because it said “Communication-English,” he suggested a customer service job. Do you want to know what I am really good at because I have more than a decade of experience? Customer service. Now do you want to know what sucks the happiness out of my soul? Customer service.

I know I shouldn’t be picky because a job is a job. But I still have a job right now so, again, my heart just isn’t in it.

Maybe I will have more motivation to gainfully employ myself when graduation is within reach. Or my insurance is gone. Or I can’t pay my rent. Until then, I am going to focus on school so I can actually graduate.

Midterms are coming up and I know after spring break, my desire to be in school will decrease exponentially.

 

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What has happened to Titus Young?  All it took was 10 days for two seperate teams to say “thanks but no thanks.” What gives?

For four years, Young was known as the “big-play” guy that could explode for a touchdown at any moment. The guy was plain and simply, the most dynamic football player Boise State has ever had.

After graduating from Boise State in 2011, Young was selected in the 2nd round of the NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions. Young’s momentum was at an all-time high.

Young would go on to have a stellar rookie campaign for the Lions, playing in 16 games while having 48 receptions, 607 yards and 6 touchdowns. The next year, in only 10 games, he had 33 receptions, 383 yards and 4 touchdowns; things were looking up for Young.

But on Dec. 4 2012, the Detroit Lions placed Young on the Injury Reserve (IR) list, ending his would-have -been great season. Technically, he was placed on the IR due to the knee problems he had been having throughout the season.

But if you were to ask any of the Lions management, it was because of his behavior on the team. The “last-straw” for the Lions’ management came when Young purposely lined-up in the wrong place on an offensive play due to him not getting the ball thrown his direction enough.

Adding to the list of behavioral or attitude problems Young has had in his professionial career, these antics have started at a young age.

In a 2007 video interview back in high school, Young’s uncle talked about Titus getting in trouble with his high school administration and football team in his 9th and 10th grade year.

In 2008, Young was suspended three games by Boise State Head Coach Chris Peterson for violating team rules. The 3-game suspension turned into a season-long suspension, ending his season after only playing in 3 games.

In May of 2012, Young was in an altercation where he “sucker-punched” teammate Louis Delmas. Young would also go onto to have several verbal disputes with Lions’ wide receiver coach Shawn Jefferson.

In December of 2012, Young told his High School football Head Coach E.C. Robinson that he was better than Calvin Johnson; Johnson being one of the most physically gifted and dominant receivers the NFL has ever seen.

Then, as said before, the Lions placed put the troubled Titus Young on IR for disciplinary reasons; which eventually lead to his release from the Lions on February 4th, 2013.

But all hope wasn’t lost for Young. Just one day after being cut from the Lions, the St. Louis Rams decided to pick-up Young from the waivers in hopes that he may get his act together.

Just 10 days after being added by the Rams, Young was cut once again.

“We spent probably four or five days with him, and as an organization, at the end of the interview process, you might call it, we felt it was best to go in another direction,” said Rams Head Coach Jeff Fisher.

So what will come now of the disgruntled former star of Boise State football? Will he ever play in the NFL again? Only time will tell.

Maybe the Canadian Football League.

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“Get involved” is the mantra of any college or high school advisor. “Set foot on campus and become fresh meat for clubs and organizations that need new suckers to do heavy lifting” is a little long to fit on motivational posters.

The mantra stays in the background, like those ‘buy shirts’ songs that play in Kohl’s, but it never quite leaves. After nobly resisting, the boredom of the previous semester fueled a desperate application for a Växjö International Students board member position, which I got.

New suckers? Check. Did I get some heavy lifting or tedious jobs shoved onto me? Yeah, that happened too.

Since I was expecting it, I thought a preemptive volunteering gig would be less risky. Turns out the trip I volunteered to arrange got its date changed, so instead of a month to arrange it, I had two weeks.

Thankfully, last semester’s crew did a lot of the legwork on the trip so I just had to pursue their old contacts to renew some old deals the board had going. Still rather stressful since I hadn’t done something along these lines before and everyone just flapped their hands when I asked for help, saying, “Oh no, you’ll be fine.”

Since that failure in preemptive volunteering, one would think I learned my lesson and stopped doing it. That didn’t happen. Instead, I sign on for being secretary, leading a week-long trip in March, being toastmaster and managing a crew at the Welcome Dinner.

Volunteering generally means you, at some level, want to do whatever it is you volunteered for. The only one of those I wanted to do at any level is the trip in March.

The rest came about because board meetings happen once a week, usually lasting an appalling three hours. This time could easily be cut in half if every question regarding “who wants to do…” didn’t end in ten to fifteen minutes of staring in awkward silence.

If someone does volunteer, they generally sound as enthusiastic as voluntarily providing target practice for a firing squad. The toastmaster position needed one male and one female; none of the girls wanted to step up to the plate. I certainly didn’t because it was my first board meeting, why should I be a toastmaster representing the board?

Ten minutes of awkward staring and “I guess I can do it” finally came to an end when my patience snapped and I said, “I’ll do it. Sign me up. Yaser, we should meet later for details.”

Two days later the meeting resulted in me getting the boot and the girl who kept repeating “I guess I can do it”, Erika Egonsson, getting it. I was thrilled; toastmaster was a lot of work that I didn’t want to do, so she could have at it.

The annoying bit was the five-minute lecture on the benefits of letting other people get the jobs they wanted, because Erika had really wanted toastmaster but got swept aside. This bit of culture clash completely blind-sided me: when I raised an eyebrow and asked, “So why didn’t she say so?” Yaser Hadi, fellow board member, informed me she had.

Maybe it’s the American in me, but my impression of “I guess I can do it” is one of reluctance and unwillingness. Those two features are not desired traits in a toastmaster candidate for a sponsored dinner and party that’s supposed to be fun, dynamic and exciting.

If you want to do a job, say, “I want that job”. No guessing required.

The lesson was learned though. In later meetings as soon as someone hesitantly put forth their name for a job, I shut my mouth and doodled for the now twenty minutes of hemming and hawing about whether they should really be the ones to do it.

The people who went on Facebook and annoyed me the first few meetings have my utmost sympathies. At least I’m only here for a semester.

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Nicole Reither is a senior graduating in May with a degree in Communication and a certificate in Public Relations. Like Tasha Adams, she is also terrified of graduating–missing out on free food at the BRC, student tickets to events and the luxury of the free gym. “The undaunted undergrads” is an account of working through last-semester fears and getting the most out of the college experience.

Ever been downtown on a Saturday night? If your answer is no, you are seriously missing out. Some of you might judge me and say downtown Boise is the most boring activity to partake in on the weekends. However, this is a column about what I believe every college student should do before they become a real human and have real human responsibilities.

To those of you who are living the 21-year-old life, I strongly advise you to bite the bullet, take the risk, throw on a pair of heels and venture on down to the abyss of Tokyo Teas and late night hot
dog stands.

Eight months into my 21-year-old life I have to admit I’ve had some of the best times of my life down there.  If you’re new to this scene, let me give you my oh-so-expert advice on where and when to go.  You have to start off at Café Ole. Drinks are cheap and strong and you can order chips and salsa. I’m sold.

From there we usually head to Bistro or Humpin’ Hannahs.

It’s when it hits around 1 a.m. when we all stumble to Dirty Little Roddies. And no, the name doesn’t lie. If you like 90’s wedding music, mechanical bull riding and a whole lot of dancing, then this is the place for you.

When the lights finally turn on at 2 a.m. everyone seems to bolt. Probably for the reason of being sweaty from fist pumping, guzzling fireball shots all night and mainly not wanting the attractive male or female to see what you really look like in the light.

The wise choice after you ditch the hunk is to head on over to Jimmy John’s where the party continues until all the drunken folks have decided it is time to cab it home.  And if you’re really looking to top off your night and not have a hangover the next morning, then I also advise you to spend the nine dollars for a number 16. I promise it will save
your life.

So brush out those tangles and throw a little lipstick on. You never know when and how you’re going to have the best night of your life. But I can promise you if you have the right attitude when hitting the town it sure won’t disappoint.

The best part about it? Unscrambling all of the stories the next morning over a big greasy breakfast at Elmers.

I’ll see you this Saturday. Cheers!

 

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Tasha Adams is a senior graduating in May (if everything goes as planned). Like Nicole Reither, she is also terrified of all things graduation—failing a class, walking at the ceremony, not finding a job after receiving her degree. “The undaunted undergrads” is an account of working through last-semester fears and getting the most out of the college experience.

 

I really need a job when I graduate. My student job ends the day I throw my cap and with it, my only source of income—which is why I am so thankful for the Career Center.

Not only does it provide job interview prep and resume help but it also hosts multiple career fairs throughout the year and, fortunately for graduating seniors such as myself, there is one this Wednesday in the Student Union Jordan Ballroom from 9 a.m. to
3 p.m.

To prepare, I spent the weekend doing laundry and ironing the professional attire I have had stuffed in the back of my closet since I quit my
bank job.

I could have just picked one outfit to wear but I am a girl and I know myself well enough to not leave myself with only one option the morning of.

However, I know I am going to wear something I am comfortable and confident in. Additionally, the Career Center website suggests a business suit is most appropriate.

Now on to my resume. I actually re-vamped it over winter break but it is geared toward a job in the communication field and, since I am so desperate for a job anywhere, I went back through to make it more generic in order to appeal to the variety of employers slated to be at the Career Fair.

And even though I am proud of my resume as it is, I will still be making a trip to the Career Center on Tuesday during walk-in hours between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to have them take another look.

I did call to schedule an interview coaching session at the Career Center but it seems I wasn’t the only one to do so because they were totally booked.

I will admit I am a little nervous about my interview skills since I haven’t had a real job interview in almost seven years. Oh well, I guess I just have
to deal.

For those of you who are planning to attend the Career Fair, be sure to triple-check your resume, get the wrinkles out of your nicest shirt and visit the Career Center website at career.boisestate.edu to look over the list of employers that will be there and glance at the list of sample questions to ask company representatives.

Don’t forget to prepare a quick introduction for yourself and bring your student ID card.

This is an awesome opportunity to get some face time with potential employers so don’t go just for the goodies. Keep an open mind and good luck. I hope to see you there!