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September 14, 2013

A Word of Advice: Make time for fun, friends

Summer may be over, but that doesn't mean the good times should die. No, not at all. In fact, the death of the good times may actually be the death of your sanity.

 People are interesting creatures, ones with needs. Without eating, sleeping, drinking or socializing, they will fail either physically or mentally. This goes most for times when your life goals are dictated by bells and numbers — school. With school here it’s important to remember that you’re not just a student, you’re also a human being.

“All work and no play makes jack a dull boy” — an old quote with plenty of modern relevance. While hard work is important, hard play is a necessary supplement to make the work worthwhile. Real-life experience is what fuels creativity in writing and work, after all, no story is truly and 100 percent made up. As any English professor with say, all works of fiction are derived from other works of fiction, blended together in just the right way to convey a certain message the author has had bouncing around his head for a while. There are other ways to unfold stories besides reading them — one good way of doing this is experiencing them.

Think about all of the works of fiction and non-fiction alike that revolve around human strife, struggle and challenge. While some experiences may be stressful, or even downright bad, there’s nothing that can happen that can’t be learned from. Some of the greatest literary works derive from awful experiences.  “Angela’s Ashes,” “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas,” “Schindlers List," all stories of hardship that inspire others and make them reflect on their own life and experiences, either making them want to be better people or making them feel fortunate for their relatively pleasant circumstances. Without these experiences, none of these great things would have ever been put onto paper.

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