Daily Archives: October 20, 2010

A New Outlook on Sharing

Another lovely update to the ole’ bucket list. My time at Linfield is quickly coming to a close (and not soon enough, I might add) and I’m double and triple checking my mind, trying to think of things I’ve always wanted to do while here.

I found something else. I’ve never been a particularly good student (actually, the word abysmal comes to mind) and one of the reasons is my flat refusal to include myself in most discussions. I’m usually well prepared, but I’m so bad (think George W. bad) at speaking that I generally convey something completely different from my intended point.

In high school, I took this to heart early, letting my work outproduce my classroom presence and calling it good. However, in college participation is far more important and much of my grades have reflected my inability to communicate even basic facts intelligently. When I am forced to speak, I always look and sound unprepared, leading me to rarely even try anymore.

Which leads me to my next goal. I’m going to be working on talking more. Because I don’t have the wherewithal to do that of my own accord, I’ll be utilizing the number one form of courage I have at my disposal- alcohol. A few shots and I become way more talkative, and I think it’s time to see if I can jumpstart my own studies. I’m not condoning getting before a class obviously, just a few shots to loosen up (for a 21+ person of course).

So one my goals is get a little tipsy for every one of my classes this year. I’m inclined to think it could help. Should be fun either way.

Bailey can be reached at linfieldreviewopinion@gmail.com.

Choose Your Own Intake

What’s always been intriguing to me is how little we seem to care about the food we put in our mouths. We’ll pretty buy anything that sounds good, caring much more about the presentation of the food than where it came from. Sugary foods, fattening foods, foods made entirely out of artificial ingredients… we’ll eat anything and everything.

That alone should be concerning. I’d hate to say the food industry has completely control over us, but they’re definitely winning the battle for our wallets over natural, healthy, more expensive food. Americans aren’t fat because they’re cheap (not explicitly true, as many lower classes do experience this problem), they’re fat because they make bad choices.

And who’s to blame? It seems like American culture always needs someone to blame. We get fired and we sue the employer. We flunk out of college and we protest our terrible school system. We have a disorder for every form of deviant culture known to man. We love dumping our problems on somebody else.

Well, in this case we might be one to something. The system set in place isn’t exactly conducive to healthy eating, and it’s difficult to know how food was prepared at your local grocery store. Rarely do we find truly organic things beyond a few markets and its way more expensive usually.

This means the burden of eating healthy falls entirely onto the thinking individual. You can’t just go to the store and find a healthy diet aisle. You need to constantly plan and budget this extra food in. I actually get a copy of the food pyramid and attempt to plan out my meals in advance, which gives me time to buy and prepare everything I need for a healthy meal. It’s smarter, simpler, and forces you to eat better.

Give it a shot for a week or two. I guarantee you’ll feel more comfortable knowing what you’re eating and probably lose a few pounds too.

Matt Olson
Matt Olson can be reached at linfieldreviewopinion@gmail.com.