Speeding into Bad Behavior

by Kate Meyers Many people do not think that speeding is a huge deal. Most try to justify breaking the speed limit because they are running late or they claim to know what they are doing on the road. In general, people know that speeding is dangerous and may cause a deadly accident, killing either…

Lying face to face versus lying in a video game

Growing up, I’ve always been a huge fan of reality competition shows. I loved the concept of strangers being locked in a house or being trapped on an island together, having to do whatever was necessary to escape possible elimination and win the money at stake. I was exposed to these shows at such a…

How people rationalize procrastination

Human beings are not rational beings, but, rather, rationalizing beings and we strive to maintain our ideal self-image. When we act in ways that contradict the concept of our ideal selves, we undergo a kind of mental tension called cognitive dissonance. When we are experiencing cognitive dissonance, we feel uncomfortable and upset. In order to…

Going Green With Rebecca

Many people can agree that protecting our environment is important and that we should make an effort to do so, but many people also have not taken any initiative to live a “greener” lifestyle. Why is this? Why do people say they want to help but end up doing nothing to support the cause? The…

Why Do We Choose the Couch Over the Gym?

Everyone has experienced that feeling of sitting down on the couch after an exceptionally long day and thinking to yourself, “I’m exhausted, I’ll hit the gym tomorrow.”. This happens frequently, even though all day you told yourself that the minute you got home, you were going to change, grab water, and hit the gym. What…

American Social Media Use

According to figures attained by the PEW Research Center, a large amount of adults in the United States use various forms of social media, which consists of 79% of whom use Facebook, 32% that use Instagram, 31% who use Pinterest, and 24% who use Twitter. The presence/amount of users on these various platforms have also…

Fast Food: Guilty Pleasure or Cognitive Dissonance?

by Victoria Caruso Eating fast food is a common behavior among college students, because it is both cheap and convenient.  In an environment with little money and little time, many college students self-justify their consumption of fast food regularly, despite knowing the health risks.  When individuals act opposite of their beliefs, they undergo a common…

Sleep Deprivation Crushes Grades

College students are sleep deprived more often than not because they spend most of their nights staying up late cramming to finish assignments and get some last minute studying in for exams. Most students believe that staying up late, or even all night, to do this will help them receive better grades, but according to…

Get a Life, Not a Career

Essay and Infographic by Ashley Herman Edited by Haley Carnahan When job searching, of course we want a job that pays well to have nice luxuries. However, it is more important to be finding enjoyable meaning in our work. Most people work about 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. That is a great…

“Healthy Eating Habits”

Healthy Eating Habits by Ellen O’Neil; edited by Nicholas Dormihal When it comes to eating healthy, there are so many health benefits that will come with it. Healthy diets improve livelihood, productivity, decreased risk of heart disease, weight loss, and you would have greater self esteem. Unfortunately, some people don’t have healthy eating habits because…