Pee Tests Aren't Just for Drug Tests
Health |  Source:

Pee Tests Aren't Just for Drug Tests

There's a method to the urine

Let's talk about something gross and slightly annoying: pee tests. When you think about them, you instantly think of drug tests. Now for those of us who have had to provide a lovely pee sample at some point because we have had a nasty UTI (urinary tract infection), or a pregnancy, or other bodily issues, we know they are inconvenient, but they are meant to help.

Urine samples are meant to detect the following:

1. UTI

2. Your health while pregnant

3. Liver or kidney problems

4. Hydration levels

5. Drug levels

And these are just a few reasons to pee in a cup.

Everyone has probably heard that if your urine is a deep yellow, then you need to drink more water.

If you have a UTI, you will probably feel the burn when you pee, and feel like you have to pee more often. Yay. (If this happens, try popping some Cystex until you can get in to see your doctor, since it can help with that pesky burning feeling.)

If you have dark, smelly urine, you might want to get that checked out because that could be a completely different problem entirely.

If you're preggers, you might have to go to the doc to get a urinalysis done. This will keep your body for levels of sugar, protein, and other stuff, which also super important because you're essentially feeding two people.

Your doctor may also suggest a urine test if you drink an excessive amount that might lead to liver problems and the drug tests part doesn't surprise you.

To wrap up, there are several reasons why people recommend urine tests, so don't freak out if your doctor asks for urine test. More than likely, he doesn't think you're on crack... but but the doc's definitely about to find out if you are.

Image Alt
Health |  Source: @lindsay94ferris

Coming Down Off Love

Love is the most powerful drug out there.

When people are coming down off of drugs, they get irritable, cranky, and sometimes even flat-out angry. When you're up that high, coming down can be sudden and scary. But the most powerful drug there is, and ever will be, is love.

Love itself makes us feel things we've never felt before and makes us look at life in different ways. Just as we can get high off of being in love, we can also feel the pain when we start to fall out of love.

I wouldn't wish it upon anyone to fall out of love, but it's inevitable. As someone who has experienced this before, I can't explain a reason as to why it happens, it just... does. One day I'm counting down the seconds until I get to see him, and the next I'm cringing when his name appears on my phone.

When I fell out of love, nothing in particular caused it, but my symptoms resembled those of a cranky, old woman.

When you start to fall out of love, you'll know it. You become irritated at completely rational things. You'll be irritated when he calls you even if you are not busy at all. You'll be irritated when he takes long showers, even though he always has. You'll be irritated.

When you're falling out of love you'll find yourself getting angry and picking fights over absolutely nothing. You'll pick a fight over where you want to eat. You'll pick a fight over taking the dog outside. You'll pick a fight when they aren't exactly reading your mind.

When you're coming down off love, it's better to cut it off cold turkey than to let it painfully drag on. You're both wasting your time and nothing productive will come out of it. During times like these, it won't make sense as to how they made you so high in the first place.

The only way I could make sense of it to myself was to remember that everyone serves a purpose in one's life. Everyone you meet will teach you different things and bring you closer to where you're supposed to be. After all, love is the most powerful drug... and we're all addicted.

Image Alt
Health |  Source: Jacob Roeland

Getting Back Into the College Mindset

A few tips for getting back into the swing of things.

The first week of college is a strange thing. You've just come off a nice, relaxing break, they gradually ease you back into the role of student, and, almost immediately, you're expected to hit the books. What kind of noise is that?

We've all been there before, and we know the feels. We know what it's like to buy a bunch of textbooks, usually at insane prices, only to use them a few times and be done with them forever. On rare instances, you can get a few bucks selling them back. Maybe it's even a book you'll want for your personal library. Either way, here are a few tips for getting back into the swing of things.

Start early.
Don't be like a lot of people and cruise along, thinking, "It's only the first assignment. If I fail, I have plenty of chances to make it up." This isn't incorrect logic, and, indeed, you might be in a class where you have ten more chances before you start to feel the pressure. That said, it's a good idea to get into the habit as early as possible.

Enjoy that first weekend.
This one is crucial, so make sure you do whatever it is that helps you de-stress. For some, it's going out with friends. For others, it's staying in and reading. Whatever it is, be sure to enjoy it. This might be the last chance you get to really savor it.

Don't worry.
Even if you bomb that first assignment, don't stress out too much. I know this sounds contradictory to what I said earlier, but the people who tend to display the previous thinking can be those who never worry. I apologize if this is a bit confusing, but keep in mind you still have plenty of time to make it up

Don't stress over the first test.
Similar to not stressing out over the first assignment is not fretting over the first test. In most cases, you have at least one more test (unless the final is your only test), and even then most offer two more. And even if you bomb the first test - and sometimes the second, depending on your class - as long as you give your all on attendance and participation, and ace those homework assignments, you should be safe.

Hit those books.
Nobody wants to purchase textbooks. They're an expense we wish didn't exist. But you bought them, and for an important reason, so you might as well use them. Reading textbooks is a crucial step to passing assignments and tests, but reading a bunch all at once (what we all know as "cramming") is just not healthy. I suggest spreading your reading over a period of two days to ensure not burning out, and the first week can be a great opportunity to experiment with reading schedules.

Image Alt
Health |  Source: @cric_ab

5 Reasons Why Your Campus Library is the Sh*t

Are you making the most out of your campus library?

Your campus library - a place to unwind from the excitement (or boredom) of the classroom and study (or waste time). There's no doubt your campus library is a go-to source for enlightenment, from the bookshelves to the computer labs. But do you really make the most of this wonderful place?

Understand there's a lot more to your library than books on a bookshelf and computers in a computer lab. Explore your library in more depth, and find where the hidden magic lays. Here is a list of things to look out for!

Free Textbooks for Your Courses
Your campus library is a fantastic place to get free textbooks for your college courses. They best suit introductory courses, such as introduction to biology or sociology. Save yourself some money by going this route and still get some good-quality learning.

I recall skipping out on purchasing the required textbook for one of my sociology classes by getting a previous edition of the same book from the library. There weren't any huge differences between these textbooks.

If you follow this tip, make sure you take awesome notes in class to keep track of any information your library textbook lacks. Using editions of other book titles could be just fine, too.

Textbooks on Reserve
An awesome option is getting required course textbooks put on reserve in your campus library. Some professors have the textbooks they teach from made available in the library for students to use at no cost. If you are super confident in your studying abilities, it may be ideal for you to check out reserved textbooks instead of renting or buying them.

Keep in mind these textbooks can only be used within a few hours on average, so get all that you can out of your study sessions with them. Also, ask your professors to put their required textbooks on reserve if they haven't already - they may give in.

Free Literature
In addition to course textbooks, getting novels from the library can help you ace your English classes, for free. Putting to practice this tip kept me from purchasing any popular literature books for an English course I took back in community college. And I did well in the class.

You just have to be quick about getting your hands on these treasures before others. Or else, you may have to go to a nearby public library to get them.

Helpful Research Databases
Finding reputable sources to use for your research assignments can be a drag. But your campus library website can save the day. Go there and check for research databases that can help you explore the depths of any subject you need.

Some popular ones universities usually have listed on their library websites are JSTOR, PubMed, PsycINFO, and ERIC. Don't struggle with looking through page after page of Google search results to find the best academic journals - try this out instead.

Access to Special Rooms
Need rooms to hold your student club meetings on campus? Go to the library. You may find special rooms are available there to use for student organizations. Holding your meetings in the library is a great way to cut back on travel time for making your way to them if you're already on campus.

These quiet areas can help you focus on meeting members, exchanging ideas, and crafting plans with little distractions. But contact library staff before you go entering one to get permission first.

Interacting with your campus library is also a great way to make some money. Consider getting a job there. Check your school's job board, or ask library staff if they are hiring.

Image Alt
Health |  Source: dotshock

So You Failed... Now What?

Hint: Don't give up.

For as long as I can remember, making mistakes was acceptable in preschool. Somewhere between kindergarten and first grade, though, students are encouraged to make as few mistakes as possible. Adults argue that failing holds us back, and in a sense, I agree.

Continuous failing and not learning from one's mistakes does hold one back. However, failure is a part of life. The problem with discouraging failure is that, when students eventually do fail, they have no idea of how to cope with what happened. I'll use myself as an example.

Back in elementary school, I got my first F on an assignment. I'm not kidding when I say I had a meltdown. There were tears and questioning my worth. Thinking back on it, I'm always both amused and annoyed. I'm amused because now I realize how much I was overreacting. What irks me about the situation is that no one at any age should have that reaction. One failing grade doesn't make or break you.

I continue to hear stories about college students who completely freak out over not doing as well in college as they did in high school. Believe it or not, this is going to happen again and again and again.

If it isn't a test, it's a paper or a report or a task that your boss has given you. Instead of discouraging failure, we should teach students how to move on from it. I know in college, especially in a major that requires one to be continuously on top of one's grades, it feels like failing can derail your entire plan, so sometimes you lie about why you failed.

Failure makes us stronger. It teaches us what not to do. Sometimes it even helps us see things with more clarity. You thought you wanted to be a journalist but failed that writing course and aced your computer science course. Being a programmer is something that would never had crossed your mind had you not failed the other course.

Through failing, we make fewer mistakes in the future and think through our next tasks with the new knowledge we've gained from failing. Think of it like this. When we prevent students from failing, we keep them from growing. That's the exact opposite of what students need to do.

The next time you fail, don't freak out. Don't shut down. Go back. Learn from your mistake. It's not the end of the world.

Image Alt
Health |  Source: @SteveAllenPhoto

5 Things You Didn't Know About Drug Tests But Should

They're not just checking you for marijuana.

Most people, at any point in time, might have to take a drug test; whether it be for a job, admission to a certain school, for a sports team, or a volunteer position. Whatever the case may be, drug screenings are becoming a necessity in the process of doing anything in society.

Many people think they can slide by a drug test and not have any consequences, and others might just assume that they're no big deal because they'll pass with flying colors. But there are some things about drug screenings that you might not know that you probably should. Especially if you're an occasional smoker who might get tested, you'll want to know some of these lesser known facts about drug tests.

Three strikes and you're out.
This is a harsh fact that I personally learned when I was being screened one time. I went into the clinic knowing for certain that I had to go pee, but one try came, and then the second try, and still nothing.

The nurse then told me that I had one more chance, and that she would have to fail me if I wasn't able to go. Needless to say, I burst into tears. So beware, you have three chances or three hours, whichever comes first (I passed, btw).

Drug screening doesn't always mean urine tests.
Urine tests aren't the only method for screening for drugs. In fact, you can also do a blood test, saliva test, sweat test (ew), and even a hair test. They all can trace drugs up to a certain point, but urine tests are usually the easiest and show the most results.

They don't only look for marijuana.
No, they don't collect your urine to only test for one type of drug at a time. They have machines that can actually screen urine for 10 drugs at once (called a 10-panel drug screen). They look for marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines, PCP, opiates, hallucinogens, inhalants, and even MORE if they have reason to.

Consuming ridiculous amounts of ridiculous things does nothing for you.
Maybe you think you have success using things like Niacin or vinegar, but it's probably a certain coincidence. Drink or eat anything you want in bulk, but it may not change the results from the drugs you've done.

The results don't lie.
Don't even try to argue against a positive drug test. There's no chance that the machine or screening agent will get it wrong. What's there is there, and the incidence of a false positive is as small as your chance of getting that new job.

Do the smart thing and refrain from doing drugs for a long while if you know for certain you will be screened in the near future. And even more appropriate, stop doing illegal drugs altogether. Decide what's more important for you, and go from there.