The Red Ribbon

Well, I’ll admit it. I have definitely been slacking on my blogging duties. However, here I am and ready to make another one and what better than to blog about Remember the Ribbon Week. For those of you who are new to campus, Remember the Ribbon Week is when multiple student organizations team up for a week of HIV/AIDs awareness, charity work, and of course lots of prizes. It starts next Monday, the 19th of November, and it goes until Friday. There are events almost everyday as well as the famous HIV/STD free testing sponsored by the Gay Straight Alliance. Everyone will be getting emails as the week begins with details on what is happening everyday. I encourage everyone to participate. The importance of HIV/AIDs awareness of course goes hand-in-hand with our profession of becoming pharmacists. There are a lot of misconceptions and myths that are associated with how this disease is contracted and what ends up happening. As health care providers, it is our job to be well-informed and to be capable of informing others. So, make the effort to attend some of the events next week. It won’t kill ya.

With love,

Meredith

Just Puttin It Out There…

Every now and then, events happen on school that get people talking. In leu of these events, I also like to voice my opinion as many of you all know. This past Monday there was the annual Variety Show which hosted many talented students. I was amazed by how much talent our campus has. However, I am still hearing people talking about some of the acts, but not in a good way. I hear certain people talking about one of the musical acts who said “offensive” lyrics in their music. I just want to point out the fact that some of you who are getting “offended” say way more vulgar and hateful things in your daily life and social media. Also, clearly some of you do not actually listen to that genre of music like you think you do. I hope none of you attend a concert because you will come out of there with your ears bleeding. Plus, those were the correct lyrics to the song. Please do not try to act high and mighty with trying to say what they did was wrong, when in fact you were wrong. Finally, let’s all just get over it. All the acts were amazing and let’s not try to take that away from those students.

With love,

Meredith

Tweetbook

Social media. The twitter and the facebook. Lately our campus has been buzzing about some potential changes in regards to the school’s rules on what students should and should not be posting. While I have mixed feelings about the situation, I am not going to use this post to fully express my opinion. However, I do have the strong urge to tell you some rules of thumb when it comes to social media. First rule of thumb, do not harass other students. Nothing sickens me more than when people use social media to fight their battles. If you could not man up and say it to their face, then do not wimp out and do it on social media. Second rule of thumb, do not post things about professors. I am not saying that I have never said something bad about a professor, but the detail some people go into about hating their professors is quite sickening. These professors are actual people. Most of them have children. If you saw someone talking smack on your momma, would you like it? Hell no you wouldn’t. So do not do it. My final rule, is the overall rule. If you hesitate before you post or even have the slightest thought that you should not post it, then YOU SHOULD NOT POST IT! It is better to be safe than sorry. These are just some basic rules that I believe everyone should go by on a daily basis. Whether there are rules in place or not, how you behave on social media is a reflection of the type of person you are. And some people are looking pretty bad…

With love,

Meredith

I’m BaaaAAaack!

Let me start off by saying welcome back! To those of you who do read my blog, I hope you will enjoy this upcoming year of me still blogging with our school. For those of you who are new to my blog, let me say just say that this is your only warning. I like sarcasm and giving my opinion. So with that being said, here goes my first post this year. I want to talk about the parking garages and parking lots. Holy heck people! This is not Fast and Furious Tokyo Drift nor are you Vin Diesel. This is a parking facility. I get really scared walking to my car in the garage because I’m paranoid that someone is going to whip around the corner and knock me off my feet. I understand that you have somewhere to be. Maybe you have a hot date or maybe you are running late to school. However, speeding in the parking garage is not really going to save you that much time in the long run. Just try to leave five minutes earlier and you will not feel the need to speed through the garage. If we all slow down and become aware that there are other people in the parking garage besides us then I think it will become a safer environment. Unless you really feel the need to ram the gas pedal so that my ears bleed from the sound of your engine. Then you can go right on ahead and ignore this message.

With love,

Meredith

Be Safe!

In my last post, I talked about getting involved and participating in the fun activities coming up around campus this second half of the semester and now I am here to tell you just what this week has in store for you. This week is Safe Sex Week brought to you by Kappa Psi, SNPhA, and GSA. So, I just wanted to give you all a little head’s up on what all events are taking place. Starting off on Tuesday, Kappa Psi will be having a bake sale in the Student Center from 12-2 pm and will also be giving away some free goodies. So go get yourself something sweet and get some free things in the process. Also, if you went on spring break and happened to bring the “fun in the sun” back with you in your pants then make sure to stop by Carlisle Room C this Thursday from 11-1 pm and get yourself tested for any and all STIs for free! If you get tested, you can also enter the raffle for free goodies as well. Finally, do not forget to submit any questions you have about sex and relationships in hot pink box in the Res Hall by the column. These questions will be answered by a professional speaker coming in Thursday from 7-9 pm in the Whelpley Atrium. And of course there will be free food at this event! So don’t miss out on this sexual week!

 

With Safe Love,

Meredith

Boost

As most of you have probably already realized, February is coming to a swift end. Soon, we will all be enjoying a week free from school. Some of you all might even get the chance to enjoy some warmer weather down south. I personally love spring break, but it seems to end in about two days. That week goes by so fast that suddenly I am back in class. However, this made me realize that there are a bunch of fun events that are going to be popping up on campus in these next few months. I don’t know about you all, but my moral could do with a good boost right about now. The cold weather and stress of school is not the best combination on my mojo. I suspect I am not the only student on campus feeling this way. To help you get out of this funk, I suggest that you attend many of these wonderful events that are going to be coming up. I also suggest that you read your emails and not just delete them immediately. I know sometimes it is just easier to clear everything out by just going through and pressing delete, but I encourage you to read them so that you can hear about these opportunities to have some fun. I know trying new things can sometimes be scary, but you have to step outside your comfort zone every now and then because real life is happening outside of the zone. I challenge you all to step outside of your own zone at least once this semester and see what happens.

 

With love,

Meredith

Warm Up

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I honestly cannot believe it is already February. Even though it is still freezing, March and April are right around the corner just teasing us with the thoughts about warmer weather. However, it is still really cold so I wanted to help you all out by giving you a way of warming up. While most people would say to just wear more layers and to fatten up around the edges for insulation, I suggest that you might as well find a boyfriend or girlfriend. Let’s face it, Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and nothing warms the soul more than actually having someone to be with on Valentine’s Day. Plus, it would create a sense of love all across campus and ultimately warm us all up. Just think of your new love interest as your treatment from having withdrawals of your addiction to want to wear shorts and flip-flops. When the warmer weather finally arrives, do not feel bad if you suddenly have the urge to detach from your boyfriend or girlfriend. This just means that the “heat of your love” is too intense to go along with the heat and humidity of living in Missouri. I guarantee that this plan will warm you up over the winter or I will refund you in full and pay for the return shipping cost.

 

With love,

Meredith

Staying Ahead

As most of you know (or at least I hope you know) it is a new year which means new years resolutions. For most people losing weight is the most common new years resolution. However, mine has been to be more focused on school. Last semester, I found myself falling behind. I was having to chase time in order to maintain the grades that I was at least decently happy to have. So this semester, I have decided to stay ahead of my classes. I finally caved and decided to use Microsoft Outlook to schedule all my school work and events. Even though I am usually not capable of using technology, I realized that without being organized and having reminders that I do not use my time to its fullest. So, I have put all my exams into Outlook and I am ready to tackle this second semester. Other than being organized, I suggest being prepared before going to class. I have recently started to do various things, whether it be reading or taking notes ahead of time, before I go to certain classes. This has helped me to have an understanding for what I am about to learn in class that day which has ultimately prevented me from walking out of the classroom not knowing anything about what just happened. These are just a few tips that I have found to help me with my new years resolution to tackle this school semester. However if your new years resolution was to lose weight, I cannot help you there whatsoever.

With love,

Meredith

Finals….

Its that time of the year again. Where everyone buckles down on studying just to pass a class. I certainly am no stranger to the late nights of little sleep just so I can squeeze out that grade on the final I need. It amazes me how determined everyone on campus gets during finals week. Not studying is never an option for our school. Or rather, it is an option, but typically one that is not taken. The students on campus do not accept defeat. Instead, we all fight to stay alive. The only thing that irks me during finals week is when I know hard everyone here on campus is studying for numerous finals and then I see people who do not go to our school posting on Facebook about how they have no finals. It seriously makes me want to slap the mother out of them. I’m happy for them that they go to an easy school that treats you like you are still in high school, but please quit posting it to Facebook or Twitter. All it does is remind me of how much more difficult my life is at this moment than yours. So, if you could refrain from reminding everyone about your brilliantly easy life, I can probably refrain from putting my fist in your face. Also, many of you know or at least have seen the people touring on our campus during finals week. I understand that this is a good time for them to tour since the campus is literally flooded with people, but when these people come to our campus they probably think they found the source of the zombie apocalypse.  I actually feel bad for the kids touring. There is no way seeing my tired, decrepit face is helping them with the decision to come here. However, seeing them does remind me of why I chose to come to this school in the first place. It reminds me that I am here to do what I love even if it means a little extra work than normal people my age. So, I wish you all good luck with finals and have a restful winter break.

 

With love,

Meredith

Remember the Ribbon

This week on campus you might notice people wearing red ribbons. That is because this week our campus is recognizing and raising awareness for AIDS/HIV. The official World AIDS Day is December 1st, but many organizations have come together to make a week full of events to lead up to this day. IPSF, SNPhA, KY, and GSA are all sponsoring this week. As someone who helped to put this together, I would encourage you to try to attend some of the events. Today, Kappa Psi is hosting a blood drive from 10-3 and there is a lunch-n-learn with Dr. Wilson at 12. I know needles freak some people out, but there is a shortage of blood and your donation could save someone’s life. Tomorrow wear your Support Love shirts to get a free rainbow waffle from GSA from 10-12. There are many other events, but that is just to name a few. I apologize for this post sounding like another email, but I feel so strongly about AIDS/HIV awareness that I wanted to dedicate this post to the cause. So, I hope you all attend the events or at least buy a ribbon and wear it on your book bag to show your support.

With love,

Meredith