Syria is way more important that a politician’s weiner.

I’ve been hearing a lot about Rep. Anthony Weiner’s (D – New York) indiscretions in the news. Now, I understand why there are so many media outlets focusing on the story: Sex Scandals sell. Especially political scandals. What gets me though, is his lewd photos and sexting conversations are overpowering a more shocking and horrible story of what is happening in the nation of Syria.

According to CNN, children are allegedly being tortured and killed in Syria and peaceful protesters are being shot at from helicopters. How can a man’s sex-driven antics be overpowering tragedy and disgrace in another nation?

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First Semester for a First-Year

Finals Week is fast approaching on campus. I can see my fellow students rushing into the library to hide in study cubical or in the Reading Room to soak in knowledge before their time is up in classes and they have to go back home for a month.

It’s weird to think that my first semester is already coming to a close. Just a few months a go I entered campus for Welcome Weekend and watched my life change almost instantly. Looking back on those few days when all of the First-Years were brought together to share experiences as we started transitioning into our lives on campus I feel a certain pang of  hopeful glee. By the end of it, I was tuckered out, but it was definitely worth it.

I know for me, there have been some big changes in my life since coming to Drake. I’ve gotten out of my shell from high school. I’m a lot more open to opportunities here than I ever was back in New Ulm.

I distinctively remember getting up to speak in front of my entire entering class of 864 students on one of the last days of Welcome Week. I was given the task to talk about one of the pillars of Drake’s mission statement. There I was, standing on the floor of a gymnasium nervous and just waiting for my time to come. My hands were sweating and I could feel my heart beating in my chest. Once that microphone was in my hand though, it all disappeared. My pillar of the mission statement was “The Drake experience is distinguished by collaborative learning among students, faculty, and staff…” I don’t exactly remember what I said, but I do remember Vice Provost Everage saying the mission statement out loud as she assigned the separate pillars.  I’ve never realized how important a mission statement could mean until today, and how much Drake takes it to heart.

So, here I am, preparing myself for my finals and wondering what next semester will hold for me. I’ve had some great experiences, and some not-so-great experiences. I’ve met some of the most wonderful people who have already influenced my already, and have create a pseudo-family in my residence hall.

Maybe I’m being reflective. Maybe I’m just being strange, but college has been way better than I expected it to be. My goals are falling into line perfectly actually. I was recently offered a job to be a copy editor at the campus newspaper The Times-Delphic. I’ve been writing stories for them for most of the semester and will hopefully be doing some more writing next semester.

What next semester has in hold for me is a mystery, but I’m more than excited to start it. I’m taking some phenomenal classes and will be hopefully figuring out what I’m doing with my life at some point.

But for now, I’m going to put on a pot of coffee and just do some good ol’ studying and hope for the best.

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