How Social Media has changed the way things are

As a 90’s baby, I have seen a lot of changes in the world, especially when it comes to communicating. I’m sure you’ll laugh at me and say, well you haven’t seen anything yet. I know I haven’t. I’m sure as I get older, I’ll be laughed at, like I laugh at my parents for still trying to understand what Facebook, Twitter and all those other things are. Anyways, Social Media has become one of the ways we are able to communicate our thoughts, our feelings, we share the news, we hear about global issues, the last thing we’d think about is how it can change lives.

Social Media went from a crazy idea to something that consumes time but also helps us get through our day. You might argue that you some people need to get out more, but in a fast-paced environment sometimes all you have left is the online world. I am not tech-savvy and I know as much as the next person, but I do spend hours and hours on the computer, whether thinking of blogging ideas, or writing a paper, checking (or ‘creeping’) Facebook, uploading photos on Instagram or watching my favourite Youtubers. I feel like the internet has brought me closer to people I may not even know in person. So here are some things Social Media has changed things:

1) Remember when we all laughed and doubted at the people who said social media would be the next big thing, well it is. I don’t think it has lost its momentum. The social world, aside from its countless issues (drama, hate speech and other crazy things), has provided many people of my age to be creative. In a world, where we spend hours at school, working on papers and working hard to become part of that work force, we forget to be creative (minus those who actually get to be creative in their jobs).Everything is focused around structure, social media lets you “let loose”. How many times have you seen a vine over and over again because it was just too funny or you ask yourself “well, why didn’t I think of that? when watching a funny youtube clip. Yes, some videos may be pointless but tell that to the million of views cat videos have on the internet. I’m glad we have social media, I am able to express myself through my blogs, through my photos on Instagram even if they are mostly about food (I really like food!) or my little random rants on Twitter about stress or life.

2) JOBS….yep. Jobs. Who knew that social media would be providing many people with jobs. You see some famous you tubers and viners with amazing opportunities. Zoella, Pointless Blog, Robby Ayala, Jenna Marbles, Lilly Singh, all these social media “geeks” have become famous, have amazing book deals, make up launches, contracts with other branding companies. All because they took their free time and turned it into something productive. We see companies hiring people for their social media accounts, for social media posts and I’m sure you can think of many more titles. They’ve taught me that I can take my ideas ands turn them into something big. We see many bloggers becoming our main source of news, some provide us with a new perspective on different topics, some make us think and others make us feel. Who knew there would be jobs like this when I was younger? It has provided so many opportunities that I didn’t think would even be possible.

3) Social Media has allowed us to be ourselves. Though some people could use some limitation and some people we say too much and should be more private, I think being more open about things has brought up many important discussions on issues such as sexual harassment, global issues of war and poverty. It has allowed us to have an opinion whether we agree with each other or not. At least, we are being heard. It has allowed us to find an outlet in a world were sometimes we may not have a voice to speak out but can share it online. Of course, when too extreme there are repercussions. I always have so much to say but I limit myself in order to not cause trouble or start some weird online debate but sometimes it’s what people need. In other cases, some people who start to bully and harass or threaten should just stay away from computers. No one really likes a troll.

4) It has brought us closer together. So I know nothing beats hanging with people in person. But its nice seeing the adventures your friends find themselves going on, or reading a status about something that makes you wonder if they’re okay. Yes, sometimes people share too much but it’s not bad knowing how people are, especially if they live somewhere across the world. Sometimes that’s not possible, It’s funny how I have learned to be a better version of myself, to be happy and not to be ashamed of who I am from people who I’ve never met. Of course, I thank my parents for that as well. In a world, where there are so many societal standards of beauty, life and who you’re supposed to be, you forget to really be free. Then you watch a video of people going above and beyond to talk about weird topics such as school dances or first dates and you laugh because it brought up a funny memory  or you realize some weird event didn’t just happen to you. It happened to 500 other people.

5) Similar to jobs, Social Media has determined how successful things can be. Those millions of views, shares, those crazy random have made shows successful, they’ve made musicians, celebrities, politicians, etc., who they are today because someone one day shared a link then someone else did and so the domino effect began. You share so much information whether good or bad and someone  out there is already reading it and it can make you quite successful because someone out there will know your name. I think we’ve seen these with TV shows, people tweeting countless about how they love it or how good an episode was, or even provide suggestions to those in charge of the show that they have become part of the process when shows are being made. It again has allowed for interaction. It’s actually really cool.

Like everything, there are always pros and cons of it all. Some people share too much information. My advice is don’t share too much of your personal life but experiences are okay. You also have to be careful in this world, there are some people who don’t understand the concept of privacy and like to cause damage. So stay safe online, think about what you’re saying before posting, don’t be afraid to take risks because you might land a job or a book deal without even knowing it. Have fun! Don’t be too much of a troll.

Cheers,

Beingmaarthaa

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How to Survive Midterms

Here it is once again, Midterms. These dreaded exams that show the professor whether we have been paying attention in their three hour lectures and to show whether we have done the readings. Midterms…I hate them.

Since I prefer writing long-ass papers over midterms or any kind of exams. Here are some tips on how to survive exams.

1. Don’t be a late starter:

As a 4th year university student, this took me awhile to grasp. Don’t start studying a week before the exam. Study everyday since the class has started. Read, Attend lecture, re-read and ask questions. Don’t leave anything to last minute! Honestly, it is the best thing you can do.

2. Sleep:

If you’re like me, you stay up late reading or studying all the time. Don’t do that during midterms. It’s okay when you write papers but not when studying for exams. Your brain does need that extra rest. Also take breaks between studying, take a nap.

3. Eat Healthy/Be Healthy:

If you’re like me, sometimes I have time to make myself some food, while at other times I just grab some cookies. For me, since I don’t eat meat, I can avoid eating fast foods but sometimes you do want fries and donuts to go with that coffee. Give yourself five minutes and cut up some veggies and fruits, keep them in front of you while you study, this way you don’t go and buy candy. If you live alone this might be harder, but try and prepare for exams this way. Think of it as meal planning (for those who are gym-goers). I also go for walks when I feel a little overwhelmed, it also helps clear the mind before going back in. Have a little fun!

4. Study Group vs Studying Alone:

I usually study alone but when I don’t get a subject, I find studying with people who do is super helpful. Sometimes your classmates explain things in a way that your professor or teaching assistant can’t. Studying alone is also good because exams are not group efforts so getting used to that is also great. Find what works for you.

5. Help:

Don’t wait till the day of or a few hours before to email your prof or TA questions about the exam. Get help before hand, I usually like to meet up a few days before the exam to just make sure I didn’t miss anything.  Always ask questions!

6. Water:

Drink water. Sometimes we forget to even eat when studying but the body functions better with water.

7. Don’t stress out:

Okay, so I’m the queen of stressing out but in reality a little stress never hurt anyone. Just watch those stress levels because it can do quite some damage.

8. Take a break:

Whether it’s a full day, a few hours or even a couple of minutes, your body will thank you. So will your brain.

There are so many other tips I could provide and obviously I am not an expert. We all learn in our own way, we all cope in our own way. I just thought sharing some of my tips might be helpful. It’s okay to not know all the answers, it’s okay to fail, its okay. That is all I have to say. I’ve learned to fail exams (it’s happened before) but it means I ended up studying smarter and finding ways that work for me. For example, I prefer written exams over multiple choice. I find ways to make sure I study for them such as index cards, review questions at the back of textbooks and talking to classmates.

 

Good luck everyone!

–BeingMaarthaa

Types of people at hockey games (or any other applicable sporting event)

Okay, so with the NHL season just around the corner and having attended a pre-season game, I decided to write about the types of people you see at hockey games ( and other applicable sporting events).

There are always interesting people that you meet, there is nothing like coming together to support your favourite team, whether you’ve been supporting them since you first opened your eyes or you just jumped on the wagon.

Anyways, I was at a pre-season game and it brought back so many good memories of past season games. So let’s get started, here are some of the people who I notice at hockey games.

 

1. The sleepers– these are the people who actually fall asleep during a hockey. Well, we can’t blame them half of the time, sometimes the game is just that boring but I mean, if you’re paying that much money for a seat down in the lower bowl, I wouldn’t fall asleep. Life is hard for everyone and taking a nap at a hockey game seems quite right.

2. The parents–these are the people who actually bring their young ones to the game to share their love of the game. Unfortunately, some of them just don’t share their parents love for the game or that team…or maybe are too young to care and prefer to be playing at home.

3. The business date–these are the people who bring their future business partners to the game and aren’t just interested in the game just showing off to their business partner or trying to close a deal. You don’t see them celebrate as much as the other fans.

4. The talker– there are two types in this section for me, there is the one who just wants to talk about life at a hockey game. Don’t get me wrong, if you’re on a date it’s okay to want to chat during breaks or intermission but I actually am there to WATCH the game and talk hockey –That brings me to type two, the ones who talk about hockey or poke fun at everything. they make the game much more interesting.

5. The questioner(similar to number 4), this person has never been to a hockey game or just doesn’t understand the game. they are constantly asking questions about who that player is, what just happened or what is hockey…..I’m sure we all know someone.

6. The sorry-excuse me person: if you have sat in the aisle seat, you will understand this. These people go in and out every 3 minutes to either go to the washroom, to grab more food or to buy more drinks. they’re not annoying in anyway, its kind of funny to some degree unless they start actually blocking you from seeing them score.

7. The nosebleed fans: they tend to be the loudest, start off cheers and well work really hard to get unto that jumbotron.

8. The bandwagoner: everyone knows of one each season, the person who started off liking the team but they start losing consecutively and this person loses all hope and decides half way that they are done. They throw down their gear and just start cheering for the other team.

9. The mini fan: these are the youngsters whose parents have taught them about hockey from such a young age, that they can name every player past, present and maybe even the future. they know all the lingo, they probably know more than you do. They amaze you by how much they know and you wonder if they are that good with every other thing in life, like school.

10. The Love-birds: people who show their affection during games. They are so passionate about the game and themselves. They kiss every time the team scores, these are the people who get proposed to at hockey games. Hockey is this couples thing. Sometimes they’re all cute like and some just annoy you.

These are some I notice, I am not saying they are accurate and this was just for fun. I don’t mean to offend anyone because well this is just like my journal. I just write what I feel. Anyways, I wish your teams the best! If you have any more you think are not on the list, feel free to comment them!

 

The season begins in a very few days! Have a great season hockey fans!

& if you were wondering who I cheer for, I’ve been cheering for my Vancouver Canucks.

(P.S Be Nice!)