Hailey Turpin

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Hailey Turpin is a Senior Communication Studies Major with a Public Relations Track and an English Minor. Hailey has worked for the paper for her entire secondary education career. She enjoys coffee, everything lifestyle related and sleeping. Hailey is also a member if Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity.

How NOT to make campus geese mad

Ever since my freshman year when my roommate got chased on campus by a nesting goose, I’ve made strict precautions not to disturb them because that scenario turned out to be quite scary. Here are some tips and tricks on how to keep yourself, and more importantly the geese, safe on campus.

  1. DO NOT PROVOKE. One of the main reasons people get attacked by geese is because they are provoking them. Leaving them alone to do what geese do is the best way to not piss off a goose who might think you’re going to hurt their goslings. A mad mother goose is probably one of the more dangerous creatures. If you leave them alone and avoid areas that are goose nests, there is not ever a reason a goose should come after you. Being Barstool famous is not worth it, just leave them be (also the Canadian geese we have here in America are protected by law, so don’t get yourself in trouble).
  2. Know what time of the year it is. By this I mean know when it’s mating, nesting (raising goslings), molting (shedding of feathers) or pond-hopping season. In my experience, I’ve found that geese are most hostile during the mating and nesting seasons because of their protective instincts. According to The Humane Society, when geese are molting, they decide not to fly because of how much they shed at a certain time, so this time is the most vulnerable for geese. Mating season is approximately mid-February to mid-April, nesting season is early March to mid-May, and molting season is mid-June to mid-August.
  3. Know why geese are the way they are. Did you know that Canadian geese were brought here as goslings in the 1970s-80s and don’t migrate to other countries because their parents didn’t teach them? The geese of today are not the same migrators as other North American geese because of how they got to America.
  4. Avoid them if you can. Like number one, the best way to not make the geese mad is to avoid them. They have done no harm to you and they won’t unless you mess with them. Know where they hang out around campus, when the seasons are to avoid them totally or figure out how to not disturb it when you come in contact with one.
  5. DON’T FEED THEM. Geese are animals who know how to forage for their own food. Often when given bread to eat, it can mess up their digestive system and even cause their feathers to ruffle out into what’s called angel wings, making them unable to fly. If you take away a bird’s ability to fly, it often enables them to die, which then could get you in trouble. Just don’t feed them. It’s not healthy for them and the goal of all of these tips is how to peacefully exist with the wonderful bird.

All in all, the goose is like a grumpy grandfather that you don’t really hang out with. You know when exactly to avoid them, how to not feed them with any type of food or thoughts and you understand why they are the way they are. These tips are the keys to keeping you, the UNC Charlotte geese and the geese across America safe.

15 things I learned in my four years of college

As I come upon my 22nd birthday and graduation on May 11, I have realized that there are quite a few things that I learned during my four years at UNC Charlotte. Each and every thing was either learned in a classroom, in my own head (through months of therapy) or simple trial and error. Please read the following in hopes to get some sort of valuable information to make your years here at Charlotte better.

  1. Plan everything accordingly. And when I mean everything, I mean everything you possibly can (because admit it, some things are out of your control). Yes, you can’t plan on immediately getting a job after college (or even anyone to hire you) because getting a job these days requires one to five years of experience at an entry level position. But to a degree, you should plan for your future so that you are not dependent on others. Plan to find jobs, a hobby, something you’re passionate about; just plan something (so that you have something to look forward to).
  2. Avoid all-nighters. SLEEP IS NECESSARY FOR YOUR BODY TO FUNCTION. This is where planning can get involved. If you plan your work accordingly, you won’t need to drink three Red Bulls and make 12 cups of coffee. You’re making yourself stressed for no reason.
  3. Wait until after syllabus week to buy books. Not all classes will require the textbook, and most professors tell you whether you need to get it. It will save you money because textbooks are not cheap! If you do have to get a textbook for a class, find more cost effective ways of getting the material. Sometimes, by a stroke of luck you, could find a PDF of it on the Internet or at a cheaper price (Chegg.com really saved me some dough).
  4. Get involved. I have an unfortunate problem of not being able to say “no” to things. Therefore, you can catch me at any event around campus. These involvements have meant a great deal to me and without them I wouldn’t be who I am today. Just do whatever you think you can handle because my two jobs, an internship, and a sorority all on top of a full class load is way too much for any person dealing with anxiety.
  5. You’re going to spend money, so plan a budget. If you have a job, plan on an estimate of income each week/pay period and divvy up how much you will spend on food, rent, emergencies and good ol’ spending money. It gives you a good frame for when you have a career and will actually have the full bills and responsibilities of an adult.
  6. It’s okay to ask for help. Whether it be in a class you’re struggling with or with an issue mentally or emotionally. If I didn’t get counseling for my anxiety, I don’t know where I would be. UNC Charlotte offers 12 free sessions with a licensed counselor on campus. FREE.
  7. Learn how to cook and limit your fast food. I get it, we all get tired and lazy, but even if it’s one dish, do it. All of your money can’t be spent on fast food because it adds up very quickly.
  8. Invest in items you want to last. My sophomore year, one friend at the time told me that I was a “spoiled brat” for spending $1,500 on my computer. I spent my high school graduation money on my Surface Pro and I knew that it would last me more than four years. I’m not spoiled, just thinking of the future. Even if it’s a nice coffee maker, a laptop, a car, or a pair of shoes, if you know it will last you, invest in it. It can be just as expensive to buy a cheaper-made one several times.
  9. Enjoy your time living on campus. I would give up a whole year of my degree to live on campus again, solely for the convenience of dining halls and access to other campus amenities. The dining halls were a huge lifesaver when it came to saving money because I didn’t have to buy that many groceries (or any for that matter). Also, going to study in the library is much easier if your walk to it is 10-15 minutes rather than a 10-15 minute drive.
  10. Go to campus-wide events. At these events, I met some good friends, hung out with friends I already had and just had a good time. Especially if you live on campus, take advantage.
  11. Don’t overwork yourself. Classes always come before a job or having fun. You’re in college to get a higher education, so make sure school is a top priority. There were some days over the past two years when I really regretted getting a second job because I was overworked and underpaid. Stick to school.
  12. Try to eat healthy. Choose the frozen yogurt over the ice cream. Become a vegetarian. Choose plant-based products over dairy. If something is going on with your body (acne, stomach problems, headaches, etc.), it means the food your body is putting in is not letting it function correctly.
  13. Be conscious of your grocery shopping. An easy way to find healthy food for cheap is to check places like Aldi, Trader Joe’s and Lidl. Aldi has great prices and a great produce section for a great price.
  14. Check your email and Canvas. Some days you’ll get an email of classes being canceled and other times you’ll find an assignment that’s due in 12 hours that a professor didn’t mention in class. Just check it.
  15. Don’t worry about what everyone else thinks. You’ll take off 15 years of your life by worrying if the person at Bojangles thought you were weird or not. If you let others run your life, you’re not living your life. Trust me, you lose all sense of yourself (what you like, dislike, who you hang out with, what music you listen to, etc.) when you let others run your life and thoughts.

The saying is that college is the best four years of your life, and whoever said it was totally right. You grow as a person and a human and learn so many things about yourself. Each day you get up and decide that you want to plan for the future, look out for your body and mind, and have fun every once in a while. You can hopefully take two steps toward your own happiness.

Podcast Review: Those Conspiracy Guys

Ever wondered what could have really went down on the day of September 11, 2001? Or what was the real reason for the Sandy Hook Shooting? Find out on this next episode of Those Conspiracy Guys.

(Opinions and theories mentioned are speculations and are not confirmed truths).

Those Conspiracy Guys is a podcast of Irish comedians that discuss the weird and quirky sides of different historical or theoretical events. Out of 120 episodes, the guys talk about everything from MK Ultra, the Sandy Hook shooting, the Columbine shooting, Jim Jones and the People’s Temple (including the premeditated mass suicide), life on Mars and many more. The guys also recently started shorter true crime episodes, featuring the Titanic sinking, the missing Sodder children, John Wayne Gacy, Ted Bundy, Amanda Knox and just about anything you can think of.

The main episodes range anywhere from two to seven hours. As much as I want to go into several details about some of their theories, it would be impossible to do because of the amount of information given in each episode (I commend them; they put a lot of work into each episode and I also commend myself for being able to listen to them in one sitting most of the time). The main episodes consist of the first half usually giving as much background as possible on the event that may have happened (along with lots of crude and dark humor) and the second half plays into some of the theories behind the event, for example the idea that the twin towers may have been rigged with explosives at the bottom (again, just a theory) because the towers were originally built to withstand plane crashes.

The true crime episodes are shorter running, anywhere from an hour to two and a half, and feature less conspiracies and more general knowledge and rumors around a specific event. They also feature some well known Irish men and women to come on the show and talk about either their thoughts or experiences with the event.

I will warn you, there is quite a bit of fowl language as well as some jokes that could be taken offensively, but they are comedians and they are all in good humor. They genuinely want to understand each part of the event and the theories around them, but do so in a way that’s not monotone and is actually enjoyable to listen to.

If you’re looking for a grand listening experience or want to get into more conspiracy theories, take a little bit of your time (or five to seven hours) to have a listen to the guys. They do weeks of research to get every angle of each event that could possibly help to understand a theory, and to the true lover of conspiracies, like myself, you’re in for a real treat. I’ve noticed with other conspiracy podcasts I’ve ran into they are either monotone or add dark music to add an extra listening element that makes it much harder to listen to. So good on y’all, Those Conspiracy Guys.

You can find the guys on Spotify, iTunes, Google Play Music, iHeart Radio and just about everywhere podcasts can be found. Check out their website https://thoseconspiracyguys.com/.

Review: 4.5/5 stars.

(SPRING FEVER) Spring destinations: Fort Lauderdale and Miami, Florida

When I found myself looking at spring break destinations, my roommate Janna looked at me and said, “Why don’t we all just go to Florida again?” Me, looking all puzzled at her, proceeded to say “I’ve never been to Florida.” That’s when I remembered her spring break trip from last year with our sorority sister. Rachel’s family is from Fort Lauderdale and her family graciously allowed her and Janna to stay at a relative’s place. A free place to stay and a new state I’ve never been to? My bag was already packed.

We chose to drive to almost the very end of the Sunshine State just because gas is cheaper than a flight (also Janna is afraid of heights). We left the first weekend of the break after I got out of work and then proceeded to drive 10.5 hours to get to our destination. Every three or four hours we rotated drivers until we parked our car in front of the house at 2:30 a.m. We then proceeded to fall asleep for almost 12 hours and decided that the first thing to do on the agenda was to head to the beach. Let me tell you, I haven’t ever been to the famous Clearwater Beach destinations (i.e. Bahamas, Punta Cana, etc.), but Fort Lauderdale Beach is probably one of the prettiest beaches I’ve ever seen. The water was much clearer than Dirty Myrtle’s and there are palm trees on the actual beach (like I said, I’ve never in my life seen that).

One of the things I recommend for Florida beaches if you’ve never been is that the Florida sun is a lot different that the rest of the country’s. If you wear the right type of sunscreen (anything over SPF 30 is a farce) and reapply every hour or two, you should be good to get that perfect crispy shade of brown we all love. However…being burnt in large areas is probably the worst sunburn I’ve ever had. It’s the kind of sunburn that is so ticklish/sensitive to the touch and nothing can make it feel better. And mine being right in my knee-pit (a.k.a. the back of the knee joint) just made my leg swollen and stiff, so WEAR SUNSCREEN.

We started our week with a few days of just hanging out at the beach until the spring breakers got there at noon. By then we went home, showered and relaxed.

On Tuesday, we decided to take a trip to Miami to explore since none of us had been. After the 45-minute drive and 20 minutes of traffic, we finally got to the city and planned our day out, beginning at a little seaside market. We pigged out on food and beverages from the Hard Rock Cafe and made new friends who also happened to be from North Carolina. For the rest of the day, we did a lot of driving/sightseeing, shopping and hunting for a good but cheap sushi restaurant. When we found one, we stuffed our faces with happy hour spicy tuna and crunchy monster rolls until we decided to make the trek back to the cheapest parking lot in all of downtown Miami.

Wednesday and Thursday included us tanning on the beach/back porch of the house, as well as food and libations. After meeting one of Rachel’s relatives for dinner on Thursday, we decided that the next and final full day would be spent letting our poor lobster skin breathe and explore more of downtown Fort Lauderdale. There we found the best sushi of the trip (that was the cheapest) and indulged on gelato until I couldn’t move from being so full.

Leaving Florida was hard; I wanted to stay for one more week to explore the state I had only spent a week in. The trip home was especially hard because of the cold and rainy weather in Charlotte. It’s true: the sunshine does make you feel a lot better, and I wouldn’t change my last spring break of college to have been anywhere else.

(Living Guide) The Konmari Tidying Method

I’ve always struggled with my living space being so cluttered. Is it dirty or is stuff just everywhere? Am I a hoarder? Why am I stressed out?

On one of my most recent Netflix binges, I stumbled across the show “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” and was immediately interested. I did a little research on Marie and learned about how well-versed her studies into the field are (and yes, it’s considered a field, and I hope you will consider it one too after reading this).

Marie’s method is both simple and complex in the best way possible. I watched the whole Netflix series and read her book, “The life-changing magic of tidying,” and let me tell you, I now look at the living space and tidying completely different.

She starts her book with the acknowledgement that sometimes it can be hard to tidy and that you need to have a more positive frame of mind as well as proper training for how to declutter and tidy. Changing your mindset and being grateful for the stuff you have and that sparks joy for you is the lesson overall that Marie teaches. By doing this, you learn about what you need and appreciate in life, allowing you to stay tidy and neat.

There are five main lessons she teaches:

  • clothing
  • books
  • paper
  • komono (miscellaneous items)
  • sentimental items

Marie shares why you need to follow the process in this order. It allows the decluttering process to get easier and easier as you go along.

  1. Clothing

The first thing she has her clients do is take out every piece of clothing you have and put it in a pile on the bed. Here you allow yourself to see how many clothes you have and can overall make the process more realistic. Marie then says to pick up each item of clothing and hold it in your hands. If the item sparks joy for you, keep it. If not, get rid of it. Whenever you get rid of an item, however, you thank it. Thank it for protecting your body, for making you feel good at one point in time, or for existing. If you struggle with some items, set them aside and give them a little more thought, but ultimately, if the answer is not yes, then it’s no.

Other lessons within the lesson is how to fold and store clothes. She has several easy ways to fold things into neat rectangles that are to be placed in drawers vertically so you can see everything.

2. Books

Books are looked at fairly similar to clothing. Put all the books you own in a pile in the floor, hold each one, keep the ones that spark joy for you, and thank the ones that no longer do and get rid of them. From there, separate them out by categories: General, Practical (textbooks, reference guides), Visual (photography) and Magazines. By doing this, it helps keep everything of the same type together.

3. Paper

Marie’s number one saying for paper: throw it all away if it’s not currently in use, needed for a limited time, or must be kept indefinitely. Other than that, throw it away; it’s taking up too much space. Now, Marie discusses in her book that their may be types of papers you might have collections of, and the most important one for students is study materials. When I read her philosophy, basically if you have the materials so that you won’t forget it, you just need to take the course again because you don’t fully understand the material. If you actually learned the material, the paper wouldn’t matter to you because you can put that knowledge into practice (I know right, Marie Kondo is coming for my life).

Once done with the decluttering process, Marie suggests organizing it into two categories: papers to be saved and papers that need to be dealt with.

4. Komono

Here is the majority of the possessions we own. Here are the few items listed to go through next.

  • CDs, DVDs
  • skincare products
  • makeup
  • accessories
  • valuables (passport, credit cards)
  • electrical equipment
  • household equipment (stationary)
  • household supplies (medicine)
  • kitchen goods/food
  • other (hobby supplies)

The process is the same for the komono. If it doesn’t spark joy, thank it and get rid of it. Marie also lists things that we keep “just because.” These things include gifts, mobile phone packages, random cords, spare buttons, appliance boxes, cosmetic samples, broken TVs, extra bedding not in use, and free novelty goods. Remember, if it doesn’t spark joy, thank it and get rid of it.

5. Sentimental items

Marie dubs this lesson as the hardest lesson because of the emotional attachment we have to those things. The things we love and can’t part with, we can store in a place that sparks joy to us. Marie suggests a decorative box for the things and to store it in a place so that you can allow it to bring you joy.

Once you are able to trust the process, Marie ensures that the tidying method will change your life along with the way your living space exists.

I am really excited to actually do the process in my own living space. Stay tuned for an update on my Konmari tidying journey.

If you get the chance, read Marie’s book and watch the Netflix show. She is amazing and magical in every sense of the word.

Five beauty products that you need in your life

As an avid fan of beauty gurus, makeup tutorials, and skincare regimens,  I frequent the health and beauty sections of just about every retail and beauty supply store. Naturally, I grow a big selection of all different types of serums, creams and devices to clear acne, prevent wrinkles, keep hydration inside the skin, and keep skin healthy. Below I have listed some of my current favorite beauty products:

  1. Vitamin C serum. Let me tell you, I’m really, REALLY happy I bought this. Basically what a vitamin C serum does is gives hydration to the skin and helps build collagen, to prevent signs of aging. Even though I’m still young and don’t have wrinkles, it’s still good for the skin. Don’t think that because it’s a serum that it can be expensive, because the brand Measurable Difference (pictured in top left corner) can be purchased at any Marshalls or T.J.Maxx. Originally, the price of this serum on Measurable Difference’s website is $15, but I believe I purchased it for $10.99. And for it to be cheaper and be really good for my skin, I’m beyond happy with it.
  2. Too Faced HangoveRX 3-in-1 spray. I purchased this product over spring break at Sephora, and I didn’t realize at first it would be a great refresher to my sunburned skin. Applying this helped to cool down the surface of my face, and hydrated it in the process. Technically this spray is a primer and setting spray, but it’s also a refresher for the skin to keep makeup on, and make your skin feel great. Did I mention it hydrates your skin!? This product is also cruelty free, so it’s just even more amazing because it’s not hurting other living things. 
  3.  Clinique Dramatically Different hydrating jelly. I’ve been a lover of this product for a few years now, and I’ve tried the different formulas for this line (a lotion, a gel and a jelly). My skin has a tendency of being on the dryer side with an oily T-zone. I found the lotion too heavy for my skin, leaving me really oily in the morning, and the gel felt a little sticky. However, the jelly is the one I (and my skin) have loved the most. The jelly is clear and is good for all skin types, and helps protect the skin against pollution. It hydrates my dry skin parts and doesn’t make my oily parts oily. Just a universally smooth surface overall.
  4. Dickinson’s Hydrating Toner. I’ve tried this brand’s straight witch hazel before but I found it too drying. I happened to stumble upon this hydrating and alcohol free version at Walmart (I know, the price was only $3.50) and I knew it was worth the try. The first time trying it, I was blown away because other toning products had always dried out my face. But this one didn’t even hurt any pimples or large pores. THIS WORKS WONDERS IN YOUR SKINCARE ROUTINE. I use this right after washing my face and before the jelly.
  5. Derma Roller. I just recently felt confident enough to try this one out. I’ve been a little curious on how it would work with acne prone skin or redness. If you haven’t heard of microderm rollers, it’s basically a roller for your face and neck that has tiny needles that you roll over the skin to create slight openings in the skin (it does not draw blood at all). By doing this, it allows your skin to better absorb the products you use in your skincare routine, helping speed up the healing process. I’ve only tried it once, but the effects turned out to be really cool. After waking up the next day of the first trial, I noticed that my skin was a little brighter and was not oily at all. It’s something I still need to work with to understand how it can benefit my skin, but overall it’s something worth looking into for yourself (plus I found one from Walmart for $10). Be cautious though, remember to clean the roller before and after every single use by spraying alcohol on it, that way the use of it won’t lead to infection.

I have a few more products that I have more recently accumulated, so hopefully I’ll be back with more. Don’t be afraid to check out new trends for skincare and how they can help your skin!

(living guide) Living with spirits? No problem

For anyone that knows me personally, you know about my love for all things psychic, mysterious and spiritual (thanks to my wonderful roommate Emily who has always been connected to the spirits). Her experiences with the spiritual realm have always amazed me, and she’s taught me a lot about the ghost or spirit entities she’s encountered.

With all of that being said, Emily knew when we moved into our apartment that there was some sort of spiritual energy living here as well. That was almost two years ago, and up until recently, she didn’t show herself to us much.

About a couple of months ago, we (the four girls living in the apartment) started noticing little things, like doors opening and shutting, the feeling of being watched, and even hearing voices that sound like each other when we are not there. On one occasion, one roommate thought my significant other was in my room with me; however, I was at work and he lives in South Carolina. Later when we all heard the story, we all were finally understanding that the spirit was trying to reach out to us. I didn’t grow up believing in ghosts per say, but I saw this opportunity to cleanse our living space and allow the spirit to move on from this life.

The main thing that I took from researching online is that there has to be a direct level of respect for the spirit and the spirit world. Otherwise, the spirit could in return send out negative energy and create a bigger predicament, so I wanted to make sure that when I contacted the spirit, I went about it in a non-confrontational way. I’ve also done a little research into Voodoo practices and wanted to incorporate some of the ways that it uses to contact the dead (mostly offering a libation to the spirit).

Finally, I marked a day on my calendar when I was able to go out and gather some supplies I would need. I headed to World Market; from there I knew I could get some sage to fill the apartment with, candles and a particular libation (red wine).

When I got home, I set up a small area on our living room coffee table with candles, my personal voodoo doll for protection, the libation offering, and the sage to burn. No, I was not trying to perform any type of seance, but I wanted to show the spirits that I wasn’t trying to play around and that I took this seriously.

Next, the sage was lit on fire and brought to a small, continuous stream of smoke, and I then proceeded to walk every inch of our apartment, trying to say different words of kindness and respect. Anything along the lines of, “Thank you for making your presence known to us for a while, we hear you and can feel your energy; however, we’ve all been a little spooked and we ask you to let us be and live here.”

At the end of the sage walk, I poured the wine into a glass and offered it to the spirits for letting us talk with them, and I blew out the candles and ended the cleansing process.

After a few days we noticed an improvement with how often we heard voices or felt bad energy, and up until today, the spirits have respected our wishes and we respect theirs.

If ever given the chance, I would take the opportunity to get to know the spirits (if there are any) living in your home. Even if you can tell the spirit is not any sort of negative being, it establishes a connection to each realm. If anything seems really negative and out of order, talk with the previous owner or renter to get more information on who lived/died there, or consult a religious/spiritual leader or psychic.

Shoo, flu don’t bother me

It’s that time of the year in North Carolina where the weather doesn’t understand what it’s doing and everyone’s sick (including myself). You either feel like dying when you go outside from both extremities of the thermometer, or you’re dying on the inside. Because the surrounding area has already gotten hit with the flu virus (Ashe County Schools shutting down to be cleaned), and several students at UNC Charlotte are also having flu-like symptoms, here are some tips and tricks to help you maneuver your way through the 2019 flu season.

  1. CLEAN. Obviously stated, it’s crucial to set aside a little bit of time to remove dust, grime and any bacteria from the most-inhabited areas of your life. You may not be reacting to the air around you now, but when you’re coughing up a lung three days later, your body will be more susceptible to other bacteria or viruses. Clorox wipes and Lysol spray are your two best friends for this task. Also think of things that you use all of the time unconsciously: wash your bed sheets, wipe doorknobs and light switches, even sweep up dust and dirt to help your body in the long run.
  2. Over-the-counter medicines. If you don’t have the time or money to go to the doctor (which should be the first thing you should consider when you start noticing symptoms) head to your nearest Walmart, Target, CVS or Walgreens to pick up something that might help you relieve symptoms. The symptoms that I had/still have were sinus pressure, sore throat and a cough. Some of the things that helped me out were Vicks Sinex (sinus nasal spray that burns like crazy but opened up my head), Cepacol cough drops (these come in a small box and have an active numbing ingredient that makes your mouth and throat numb), and a humidifier with a few essential oil drops (I have both peppermint and eucalyptus oils; great for stuffed-up noses). Since I was able to go to the doctor, I was already given Tamiflu and was worried about mixing it with Dayquil.
  3. Rest and relaxation. This by far helped me the most with my recovery. I took off from my work and internship for a two day period and just about slept the whole time. Then I gave my body the chance to recover. I also took scalding hot showers and let the steam form so that I could breathe in essential oils and Vicks. I also have some medicine to help me sleep. Even adding a sleep aid to the flu routine will help your body sleep deeper and longer.
  4. Foods to eat/avoid. When I have a severe cough, I typically steer clear of dairy products because they can make your cough worse (not everyone would agree, but it’s all things I’ve learned about my body over the past few years which might be helpful to others). If you are having stomach pains along with your flu, stay away from spicy food that might upset it. Try to eat broth-based soups like the standard chicken noodle, minestrone and even ramen. Teas help temporarily sooth the throat, and honey (a natural antibacterial) by the spoonfuls work wonders. Plain foods like toast, buttered noodles and mashed potatoes all help get and keep food in your stomach. Also drink LOTS OF WATER.
  5. Read your body. The best way to understand how to help your body is to know your body. What symptoms do you have? Have you drank water? What is your body telling you it needs? Do you have the materials you need to help your body? If you don’t know what your body is going through, you can’t treat it, and this could possibly lead to a more severe virus like pneumonia.

This flu season is really hitting Charlotte so be prepared before you end up in bed for a full week and catch something more intense than the flu. Instead, catch some zzz’s, some healthy fruits and vegetables, and these hands (that you need to wash so you don’t spread diseases).

Story time: How I found out I am related to British royalty

It all started with my credit card number in the blanks of Ancestry.com. I’d tried to do the online family tree map before but sadly, I was 14 years old, I didn’t have $20 to call my own and my mother said no to using her credit card.

For the first 14 days, Ancestry family tree access is free (with your credit card on file). I finally decided now that I have a bank account of my own and an income, I decided it was worth a shot. At first, it can be difficult to maneuver because there needs to be a little bit of information about your immediate family. I started with birthdays, and soon Ancestry was able to find my parents names in their data base. From there, I called my grandparents and got their information along with as much information about the family members they could remember (in a two-and-a-half hour phone call). I was able to get all of that information started and Ancestry gave me hints to see if the person they found in their database matches the person in my tree. It took a little work, but finally, about a week in, I was able to get my mother’s family name (Joyce) back to the birth of my 10th great grandfather, Thomas Joyce (originally spelled Joass) Lord of Banff. He was born in 1620 in Scotland and only lived to be 45. From there, it was hard to find his parents, but I was happy to get even that far (or so I thought).

Since my dad is the last living male with the Turpin last name, I called him and spent another two hours on the phone getting names of all his uncles and Turpin family members he knew. From there, I was able to add family members to those names and find the possible names of their parents through the records of others. You would think that all the information they have on your distant family is crazy, but honestly, it gets addicting five hours in.

This process of adding parents to each family member with the allotted name can take forever, but it’s worth it. It’s all about matching up birthdays and names of other family members around them, meaning that if you find someones records that has names for the parents of a family member and the names on their records match the names of people on your tree, it’s possible you have a match. The spelling of names also change over time, so don’t be alarmed if you try it out and the names look weird.

Now you might be wondering, where does the royalty come in? It in fact comes in on my paternal grandmother’s side (her maiden name was Bryant). With my father’s information on that side I was able to use the above method until I found a particular ancestor who caught my eye. His name reads in ancestry as “Lord Chief Justice FRANCIS ‘Vicar of Hell’ Bryan [Chief Gentleman of the Privy chamber King Henry VIII]” and I about had a heart attack. Thankfully, my roommate and best friend Emily is a King Henry VIII historian and fanatic, so I leapt out of bed and headed to her room to scream in excitement. Emily then googled his name and sure enough, his Wikipedia page pulled up all of his information, including the fact that his mother was half-sisters with Anne Boleyn, one of Henry VIII’s six wives. From there, I began to scream again because of how real this was. It made a deeper connection to me because my grandmother’s middle name was Frances, a family name that I also noticed all throughout that branch of the tree.

I spent the rest of the night tracking out all the relatives to get to Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII. I finally was able to find out further from Emily that Henry VIII is the current reigning Queen’s 12th great-granduncle. If two times two equals four, then this confirms that I am related to Queen Elizabeth II.

This here is my declaration to the British Monarchy for my slice of the dough; I take check, Venmo or debit/credit.

(I’m totally kidding). 

Even though it’s a stretch to say I’m British Royalty, It’s still pretty freaking cool that I was able to find an actual Tudor on MY family tree. This just goes to show how far you can actually get with 14 days and a free trial (even if I forgot to cancel my subscription and I still got charged the $20).

How to start off your new year right

If anyone knows me, I used to be afraid of change for a long time. That’s why I’ve declared 2019 the year of change, which includes major life changes like graduating college and crawling my way into the adult world as well as physical and mental changes that include lightening my hair to bright blonde. There are many ways that I can change myself for this new year, so here I am to share them with you.

(Opinions are my own and do not reflect the views of the Niner Times staff).

  1. Get out of your own mind. I wanted to name this first tip “Get out of your comfort zone” but the cliche connotation of that phrase doesn’t do the actual meaning justice. More importantly, the only person that typically keeps you from doing scary things is yourself. When you keep to yourself and don’t do physical or mental activities that may be uncomfortable, it’s usually the fear of what might happen in that situation. Allowing that fear to dictate what you do in your life is a bully. The great Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu once said, “If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present.”
  2. Work mindfully, not harder. To break down the word “mindfulness,” it basically means to be aware of the body, mind and world around you. Not to be confused with the first tip, mindfulness allows the brain to be present in the moment while not focusing on the past or future. A mindfulness meditation technique that helps you focus on the moment is the body scan exercise. The point of doing this is so the participant gets to be in their body in that particular moment and really refocus their mind on the self. UC Berkeley gives a full description of the process and even some audio so you can try it out: here.
  3. Do something you’re afraid of. Also known as “YOLO.” This doesn’t mean to do illegal, stupid or dangerous things but rather things that you’ve been on the fence about doing. For example, I’ve been on the fence about dying my virgin hair for about a year now, and finally 2019 said, “I’m here and you need a change.” I scheduled an appointment and within 48 hours I was a blonde balayage babe. Cut to 12 hours later at six in the morning and I’m lying in bed basically regretting the decision, but no, I told myself, “You are a beautiful woman with a new blonde hair-do and no one can stop you.” Not only did this change my physical appearance but my mental processes as well.
  4. Work towards a yearly goal. If you want to work at your dream job by the end of 2019, set that goal and plan how to get there. If you want to become really good at one of your hobbies, set a goal and plan how to get there. In 2019, there will be 365 (more like 350 by the time this is published) new days and new chances to get to where you want to be. Even if that means you have to start fresh every damn day, you still get a new day to start again.
  5. Make the changes you know you can. I get it, everyone has their things they wish they had time to change. However, we all can acknowledge that there is the problem, the difficult part is actually changing. Ask yourself what is the one thing you wish you could change, then ask if you can change it. If you can’t, let it go. If you can, devise the game plan for success. This may need help from a licensed therapist, but thinking that you are crazy for asking for help is so 2018. Therapists are trained on the mechanics of the brain and human interaction; let them help you.

2019 has already started but it’s not too late to have a game-plan to make your life easier. You can also add in some life hack Instagram videos for your entertainment. Life is too short and moving by too fast to not life your best life.

For advice on this topic or any topic, email your questions to askaniner@ninertimes.com.

Tips For Surviving Your Freshman Year

You’ve been thinking about your freshman year of college since the day you walked off the stage at your high school graduation, and if you’re normal, you’ve been thinking about it since before that. But you were never taught how life would be on your own, so how do you figure it out? I wish there was a simple answer to that, but unfortunately, you will always keep messing up and learning. So, until you can successfully sustain yourself, here are some tips on how to help along the first year of your college.

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Get organized

If you didn’t know, college is not like high school. In high school, it’s really easy to get by without studying or studying too hard. But before you realize it, you’re balls-deep into your midterm week and you have two tests and a paper due in 12 hours. Make sure to prepare and get organized BEFORE school gets too hard for you to handle. Go out and spend the money on a notebook, folders and storage units to get all your stuff in a way that works for you.

Don’t stress

You’re definitely going to get stressed. What “don’t stress” means is to not get more stressed than you need to be. A good friend from my childhood always said, “Life’s what you make it,” so if you make yourself aware of what is stressing you, you can adapt better to the stressful situation. Say that you have three tests and a paper due all in the same week. You’re freaking out, but acknowledging that these things are stressing you out and planning your study/work time ahead, you can easily move throughout the week with the minimum freak attacks.

Don’t use all of your DB

Self explanatory, but difficult in practice. If you can, only use your DB for small things like snacks on the way to class or coffee from Peet’s. Using your DB for your bigger meals (dinner or lunch) will use more at one time and will deplenish quicker than you think. The occasional meal is okay when you only have $5 in your bank account, but if you use it frequently, you’ll only have 20 bucks on your card after the first two weeks.  

Find your comfort zone

In this context, the meaning of a comfort zone is anything (anyone, anywhere, any group) that you enjoy and feel the most comfortable in. This could mean a club, a room on campus, a friend group, a job, and literally anything else that makes you the happiest. Having a safe space where you can be grounded in your values, beliefs, lifestyle or your personal convictions. It will help you a lot when times get rough and you need help or encouragement.

Use the resources given to you

To help put it into perspective: YOU’RE PAYING FOR THE RESOURCES PROVIDED TO YOU. The teaching assistants, tutors, study sessions, health resources, library resources and many more things around campus are only there to help you. It’s tough getting through a major life change like moving to college, and lots of places around campus are here to help you succeed. Don’t waste your money.

Life at a major turning point can be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. Take time to learn your surroundings, budget your time and money and don’t be afraid of missing out.

Retroactive: The Pop Culture that Shaped Us

Photo courtesy of Nickelodeon.

Jeffrey Kopp (A&E Editor)

Movie: “Tarzan” (1999) – This is a film that hits me in the feels every single time that I watch it. The soundtrack by Phil Collins adds so much emotional depth to the movie; “Two Worlds” and “You’ll Be in My Heart” are the definite standouts. This is by far my favorite Disney movie of all time; just thinking about it makes me want to find my copy of the VHS tape and take a trip back to the jungle.

Song: “Hey Ya!” (2003) by OutKast– The lyric, “shake it like a Polaroid picture” has been repeating on a loop in my head since 2003. The catchy beat immediately transports me back to the simpler times of elementary school; the deeper meaning behind the song flew over my head as a child, but I’ve been able to appreciate it more as an adult. This is a song that has stood the test of time and is definitely one of my all time favorites.

TV Show: “SpongeBob SquarePants” (1999-Present) –  Every generation has something that culturally defines them. In the case of millennials, that is Nickelodeon’s most iconic cartoon. I have so many fond memories of watching “SpongeBob” with my parents and friends, laughing at the absurd scenarios and jokes that have evolved into memes in recent years. Without any doubt, “Pizza Delivery” and “Band Geeks” are two of the greatest episodes in television history.

“Breakaway” album cover courtesy of Walt Disney/RCA

Stephanie Trefzger (Assistant A&E Editor)

Movie: “Twister” (1996) – Granted, I only saw this movie once as a child, but it probably had the biggest impact on my life.  It scared the absolute hell out of me, and I had nightmares about tornadoes ripping through my house. In an attempt to assuage my fears, my mother encouraged me to learn more about tornadoes, and suddenly I was obsessed with weather.  Despite the science in the movie being outdated, Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton inspire a love and fascination for storm chasing in me to this day, and it has been my dream job for the better part of my life. If only my mother would let me.

Song: “Breakaway” (2004) by Kelly Clarkson – I love drama, and this song, as well as the album by the same name is full of it.  When I was in the car and I heard the opening notes, I would immediately stare out the window like Clarkson describes and acted like I was in a music video.  This album is also part of the reason I have trust issues; upon its release in 2004, it was the only Christmas gift I asked for from my parents. My dad, however, bought 2003’s “Thankful.”  While this is an excellent album, I felt disappointed and betrayed.

TV Show: “Shark Week” (1988-Present) – Ok, so this is more an annual event than an actual TV show, but I got super hyped for it every year (and still do).  Maybe it’s because I’m a Pisces, but I have always loved the ocean, and after my disillusionment with dolphins, I became enamored with sharks instead. Due to my obsessive nature, I learned and accumulated enough knowledge about them over the last few years that I am able to take the fun out of any shark movie fairly quickly.

Photo courtesy of Paramount Home Entertainment.

Hunter Heilman (Editor-in-Chief)

Movie: “She’s the Man” (2006) – At the time, “She’s the Man” was basically the funniest film I had ever seen in my entire life. This 2006 teen adaption of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” was Amanda Bynes at her most charming, the 2000s at their most iconic, and teen comedies at their most genuine. Everything about this movie is peak nostalgia and perfect memories of a much simpler time.

Song: “The ABBA Generation” (1999) by A*Teens– There is no album I have listened to and loved more in my life than Swedish pop group the A*Teens’ 1999 debut album, The ABBA Generation. Comprised of nothing but ABBA covers, I was exposed to the magic of both teen pop and disco music all in one go. Personal favorites of the album are “Mamma Mia,” “Voulez Vous” and “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight),” the latter of which still remains my favorite music video of all time. I love this album so much I can get emotional over it.

TV Show: “What I Like About You” (2002-2006)– I had a bit of a thing for Amanda Bynes when I was younger, as I simply found her to be the funniest person working in media targeted to people my age. I didn’t discover “What I Like About You” until shortly after it was canceled in 2006, but like “She’s the Man,” it showcased Bynes’ talents as more than just a child star. The chemistry in the hilarious cast and absolute lunacy of much of the show’s plot only cemented it more as my favorite sitcom ever.

Photo courtesy of Disney.

Kathleen Cook (Sports Editor)

Movie: “The Lion King” (1994)– I loved the songs and the characters – Timon was my favorite. I’ve actually never watched the scene where the dad dies though.

Song: “Come in Eileen” (1982) by Dexys Midnight Runners– I thought it was actually “Come on Kathleen,” because my mom would always sing “Kathleen.” I was heartbroken when I first heard the song without my mom singing it and realized it was Eileen and not Kathleen.

TV Show: “Dragon Tales” (1999-2005)– I had the stuffed animals for all of the characters and had a dance routine I would do to their song.

Album art courtesy of Universal Records.

Alex Sands (News Editor)

Movie: “Beethoven” (1992)– I had three St. Bernards growing up and they all were as crazy as Beethoven in this film. They’re big slobbery messes with really big hearts and lots of love. The film is not only a nostalgic early 90s film, but it hits home.

Song: “Leave (Get Out)” (2004) by JoJo– I recently rediscovered this banger song. The only problem is the real version is not on Spotify. So whenever I want to listen to it in the car, I force myself to listen to D-Money’s remix. You may ask “Who is D-Money?” I don’t know, but he should stop rapping.

TV Show: “Lizzie McGuire” (2001-2004)– I would like to give a shout out to Bitmoji for fulfilling my childhood dream of having my own animated version of myself like Lizzie McGuire. I was a die-hard Hilary Duff fan when I was kiddo and watched the episodes over and over. To this day, I still ship her and Gordo.

Photo courtesy of Nickelodeon/Viacom.

Josh Worley (Video Editor)

Movie: “Gone With The Wind” (1940)– Growing up, I first remember watching this movie with my grandma. The movie takes place in a time period that I am most fond of from a historical perspective.

Song: “Africa” (1982) by Toto– Whoever says it’s not, can choke.

TV Show: “Hey Arnold!” (1996-2004)- The greatest cartoon to ever grace this universe. There were deep moments that, when you were a kid you didn’t really think about, but they hit home now.

Photo courtesy of Jive Records.

Hailey Turpin (Lifestyle Editor)

Movie: “Peter Pan” (1953)– I wanted to be apart of Peter’s Lost Boys and I would jump off the couch to try to fly like him. I couldn’t get enough of it.

Song: “Oh Aaron” (2001) and “Not Too Young, Not Too Old” (2001) by Aaron Carter– My sister and I religiously listened to Aaron Carter back in the 2000’s. I have no other words besides talented, brilliant, incredible, amazing, show stopping, spectacular, never the same, totally unique.

TV Show: “The Fairly Odd Parents” (2001-Present) and “My Life As A Teenage Robot” (2003-2009)– As an elementary school kid I was very particular about the shows I watched, and those two were the most interesting to me! The graphics and storylines were so good, and still are. I will always love Chip Skylark.

Photo courtesy of Cartoon Network.

Pooja Pasupula (Photo Editor)

Movie: “Toy Story” (1995)– While Toy Story is not my number one favorite Pixar movie, it’s the movie that always reminds me of my childhood and brings me the most nostalgia. This movie was always playing on every TV when I was a child and there are so many iconic characters and scenes encased in it. It made childhood seem like the best thing ever to be apart of. The whole series is centered around the inescapable circumstance of growing up, and being hit with that inevitability as a child was always hard for me. The whole series brings back memories of clinging to childhood and not wanting things to change.

Song: “… Baby One More Time” (1998) by Britney Spears– A timeless classic that never fails to make me smile or sing along. I was never exposed to music as a child and when my aunt found out she started to play Spears’ album around the tiny townhome she shared with my family. It’s the first song I have any memory of. At the age of four, I had no concept of what dancing was, so I would skip around our townhome to the beat of this song as my way to jam along to it. Hearing this song throws me back to that memory and the nostalgia of what the 90’s/early 2000’s era felt like.

TV Show: “Teen Titans” (2003-2006)– I’ve always been enamored with superheroes and watching this show as a child was what sparked my adoration for them. While Wonder Woman and Batman have been my core favorites for most of my life, the Teen Titans were my first love. I used to feel very vulnerable and helpless as a child, but watching teen superheroes kick ass gave me hope to one day be as strong and brave as they are. They were who I looked up to and idolized.

Photo courtesy of New Line Cinema/Warner Home Video.

Leysha Caraballo (Photo Editor)

Movie: “Elf” (2003)– Watching “Elf” every Christmas season with my family was one of my favorite traditions growing up. Will Ferrell is so over the top ridiculous, as usual, but in a heartwarming way in this movie.

Song: “Numb” (2003) by Linkin Park– Linkin Park’s “Numb” showed me that music didn’t have to fit the pop music mold. I may have been a bit melodramatic, but I connected to the sound and message of the music. They were my absolute favorite band throughout my adolescence.

TV Show: “That’s So Raven” (2003-2007)– This show never got old for me, to the point where I watched multiple all-day marathons. Raven had sass, attitude and confidence – all of my favorite things!

Photo courtesy of Nickelodeon/Viacom.

Mia Shelton (Opinion Editor)

Movie: Seventeen Again” (2000)– Not the one with Zac Efron, but the one with Tia and Tamera Mowry. I loved this movie because it was a unique and fun concept; grandparents using soap that their grandson accidently spilled his science experiment on that makes them seventeen again was fun to watch. I also love Tia and Tamera and seeing them on television and acting started my passion for acting. Also the grandfather is very cute when he turns seventeen.

Song: Circle of Life” (2004) by the Disney Channel Circle of Stars– I loved it because it had all of my favorite actors and actresses sing in the song like Raven Symone, Christy Carlson Romano, Hilary Duff, Tahj Mowrey and many more. Hearing their unique voices combined on one of Disney’s greatest song from its most notorious movie was very moving and fun to sing along to.

TV Show: Kenan and Kel” (1996-2000)– I loved this show, because they always made laugh. Kel’s obsession with orange soda and Kenan’s elaborate plans to make money made my stomach hurt from laughing.

Photo courtesy of Reprise Records.

Emily Hickey (Managing Editor)

Movie: “The Wizard of Oz” (1939)– When I was four, I watched it every day for a year and insisted that my mom dress me up in my Dorothy dress and put my hair in the two braids. Every time I watch it now I am reminded of my childhood love for the movie and for the amazing soundtrack (that I still know by heart).

Song: “Landslide” (1975) by Fleetwood Mac– My aunt used to burn her favorite songs onto CD’s and give them to my mom, and as soon as my sisters and I listened to “Landslide,” it was immediately our favorite song and has been throughout our lives. When I was three, I put on a performance of the song in front of all of my extended family.

TV Show: “Ghost Whisperer” (2005-2010)– Starting in elementary school, every Friday my dad and I would watch the new episode aired at 8 p.m. Despite after a few years it scared me too much to continue watching it, it’s still my favorite because of the time spent with my dad.

Photo courtesy of Lucasfilm/20th Century Fox.

Daniel Head (Technical Director)

Movie: “Star Wars: A New Hope” (1977)– Duh! I watched this movie and fell in love with the “Star Wars” universe. I was obsessed with the idea of intergalactic travel and warfare, and loved the characters. Everything about the movie was great to me, and I’m still obsessed with “Star Wars.”

Song: “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” (2005) by Panic! At the Disco– I loved the sound song, and pretty much all of my friends did too. Just singing along with all my friends makes it memorable.

TV Show: “Stargate SG-1” (1997-2007)– I grew up with it and, again, I was obsessed with science fiction and the characters. I think that just the depth of the characters and the universe was enough to make me look forward to next week’s episode; to see some awesome new world, new alien race, or new piece of technology. A good plot was just the cherry on top for me back then.

Photo courtesy of Disney.

Angie Baquedano (Assistant Lifestyle Editor)

Movie: “Hercules” (1997)– I love Disney and I practically grew up on it, and when they introduced the movie they brought in my love for Greek mythology. The music was exceptional and I had the BIGGEST crush on Hercules (or should I say HUNK-ules).

Song: “Jailhouse Rock” (1957) by Elvis– I’ve had this really weird obsession with him since I was a kid. I can’t explain why or how this happened, but it did and I’m actually his wife, so…surprise.

TV Show: “Rocket Power,” (1999-2004) “Cat Dog” (1998-2005) and “Hey Arnold!” (1996-2004)– It might be impossible for me to choose just one for this. Apart from being a Disney kid, I was definitely a Nickelodeon child.

Album art courtesy of RCA Records/Columbia Records.

Madison Dobrzenski (Assistant Opinion Editor)

Movie: “The Ultimate Christmas Present” (2000)– I loved this movie so much as a kid, and to this day I can’t really explain why. I think it’s just because I also didn’t experience a lot of snow, so I empathized with them? I also loved anything Brenda Song was in when I was a kid, so that might have had something to do with it.

Song: “Girlfriend” (2007) by Avril Lavigne– I used to blare this song with my friends when I was in elementary school, despite being absolutely no one’s love interest, because we were like 12. I can still throw down to it to this day.

TV Show: “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody” (2005-2008)– I loved this show for a lot of reasons. One, there was a smart character with the same name as me. Secondly, I always felt “different” because the show paints Zack out to be the cute and cool twin, but I had a crush on Cody.

The Subsecreto’s Out

Over the weekend of St. Patrick’s day, I spent the day exploring Charlotte, and happened to stumble upon the coffee shop that would soon be my favorite. Subsecreto is located directly across the street from UNC Charlotte Center City campus, an unmissable black-brick building with a signature gold snake dawning the brick above the door.

When entering, the customer is met with antique wall of Freemason memorabilia, along with the anatomical scroll of the snake. Next to that, a bookshelf built into the wall full of books, incense, essential oils and pictures for sale. No spoilers, yet, but visit the shop and ask about the bookshelf. The secret lies within.

When my significant other and I made our way to the counter, I noticed a table in the center of the lounge full of notebooks. As a stationary freak, I immediately picked up the first pack I found and noticed that the notebook was backwards: meaning that the notebook was designed for left-handed people. Also as a left-handed person I then proceeded to freak out, and I knew I was in love with this place. They also had ‘normal’ notebooks, but I felt like i was finally at home and welcomed. The cover said “Field Notes” and my journalistic side squealed like a baby goat. Not only did they have the 10 percent left-handed population represented, but the journalists and investigators as well.

After my mini-freakout, I finally made it to the counter to order coffee. The man behind the counter not only greeted us when we came in, but continued to talk with us as we browsed. As we prepared to order, looking at the coffee concoctions for sale, he told us that on Saturdays, customers can roll a 20-sided di to get a discount on their order. Feeling lucky on that day, we rolled to see the fate of my bank account. We got a 10 percent discount, and then we proceeded to order our drinks. I ordered the Darkside, made with El Paraiso Espresso, Onyx Chocolate, Cardamom, Sea Salt, Cane Sugar, and Whole Milk.

Photo courtesy of Niner Times

My partner stuck with the classic Subsecreto, made with El Paraiso Espresso and topped with Onyx Chocolate whipped cream. When we got our drinks (we told him to take his time so we could look around more) we sat in rustic leather chairs and soaked in the aesthetic. The Darkside can be best explained as a fusion between a chai tea latte and espresso. The cardamom added a warmness to the bitter coffee, and honestly was the best coffee I’ve ever tasted. I tried a bit of the Subsecreto and it was perfectly brewed and created. One thing I will say is that the coffee is a little expensive. However, If all coffee tasted like that, I would pay that much for it. It is 110 percent worth it.

Also, we found out that you can become an exclusive member by purchasing a small gold snake pin dawned with Subsecreto’s logo to unlock discounts and member benefits. Next time I visit I will get one and wear it proudly.

We spoke more with the barista about the area and the shop itself. We sat for another few minutes as we finished our coffee, and thanked him for the amazing time we had. As we left, we both looked at each other in shock for a good 5 minutes as to how amazing this place was.

Over all. This place is mysterious, inviting and totally worth the drive and the money. Even though my time there was short, I can promise you I will be back very soon. The coffee and vibe is unforgettable and one that everyone needs to experience. Do yourself a favor if you love coffee and all things aesthetic, go to Subsecreto.

Rate: 5/5 Stars

Easy Ways To Learn A New Language

If you’re anything like me, I have always been fascinated with other languages and the people that speak them. I spend several hours at a time watching people speak other languages  (with subtitles), so I am more than willing to learn a language. But how does one have the time or the resources? I’m here to give you some tips that I have learned in my discovery of other cultures and languages around the world.

  1. Look for apps. This may seem a little cheesy or crazy, but trust me. When I took spanish in high school and continued it through college, I used several apps to refresh my memory and help me learn further. If you’re curious, Duolingo and Rosetta Stone aer a great place to start. They are easy to use and with practice, they really work.

    Courtesy of Hailey Turpin
  2. YouTube. The world is your oyster, and the internet allows you to find and learn anything. A simple YouTube search could help you perfect your french, as well as start another language for completely free. If you are struggling financially but find time to learn a new language, YouTube will be one of your best friends. Not only limited to YouTube, search the internet and find the ways to learn for free. It’s completely possible if you look hard enough. Even while I am writing this article I have watch four videos of polyglots (people who speak several languages) fluently moving from one language to the other.
  3. Be patient. You will not learn a language in a week. Each one has many words and verb conjugations, so understand that the process is hard and takes a while. But persistence and patience is the best way to stay on track with your progress. There are times when we get busy and it’s hard to stay on track, but knowing that it is a long process will help you know that it’s worth it.  
  4. Start a language journal. I have a love for both journaling and learning languages, so if you feel most inclined, write down your words and phrases so that you can refer back to them and remember them better. Adding drawings and cool layouts make the experience more fun and easier to continue.
  5. Join a club. Especially for college students, we have language learning opportunities on every single place on this campus. UNC Charlotte values and strives for diversity, so take a look at some of the clubs and organizations that are offered on campus and join! Meeting and taking with native speakers of a language will help you learn to speak it.

Disclaimer: I am not an expert on learning languages or languages in general. If you know what works for you, do that. However if you are struggling in your language learning journey, hopefully these tips will help you with your learning!