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Students in the Red River College creative communications department are avid bloggers on a diverse range of subjects. Their thoughts are conveniently collected at http://crecommblognetwork.blogspot.ca/ Here are some excerpts from some of our favourites.

Winnipeg Transit Talks

If you had to describe your life in one song, what would it be? (1/9/2013)

"Where Have You Been, by Rihanna. Because WHERE is this BUS?!"

-- Delayn, Route 26

jacobsessions.

Well, the snow and the cold are here, and it's leaving me in a bit of a confused mental and emotional state.

On one hand, a lot of people my age (myself included) are finishing up their scholastic year, and there's nothing better. On the other hand, we're living in the death knell of the year, bundling our faces, our legs, our arms, our hands in layer upon layer of inadequate cloth. The sun retreats by 4:30 p.m. and we plug in our cars and pray that the cold won't claim another victim overnight; we sigh in relief every morning when Old Faithful sputters to a start.

Oh, winter. We drink to keep warm.

Lindsey Marie Dorie

I was craving lox and bagel one afternoon this past week and decided I would stop by Myers. I have only been here once before and remember going in to get the same thing -- a bag of bagels and a couple hundred grams of salmon -- and walking out. I went with the intention of doing this again, but when I walked in, I noticed that behind the line of people waiting for their cold-cuts there were three tables and several chairs. This place happened to double as a deli and a mini restaurant! My eyes widened with delight as I noticed I would be able to purchase a single lox and bagel without buying in bulk. I am, after all, a struggling student :P.

Lupe Taught Me

Many people who don't understand hip-hop often dismiss it as meaningless. And while there is definitely mindless hip-POP -- as with all other genres -- a lot of the great lyricism goes unnoticed. Enter Rap Genius.

Rap Genius is a website that breaks down lyrics in hip-hop. Much like Wikipedia, annotations are user-submitted but reviewed by a panel, and many artists have verified accounts so they can ensure the integrity of their lyrics remains intact.

I love reading lyrics on the site to gain a further understanding on the song, and often learn a lot from what the artists have to say.

megan's road not taken

I'm not a prude, I stay out late partying, and sometimes I break rules just for the thrill of it. I get it, I understand the excitement that comes with being a bad girl, especially when younger celebrities like Miley Cyrus, Lindsay Lohan and Rihanna make it seem cool and exciting to be bad. In high school, I got caught sneaking out my basement window, underage drinking and skipping class. However, these occurrences were not regular. I also got good grades, my parents loved my friends and I had a long-term boyfriend who was very well-behaved. I definitely did things that were considered bad, I still do, but I'm a good girl at heart and I'm proud of it. Being a bad girl can be fun, but it only takes one inappropriate picture online to ruin your reputation and your future. There's something to be said about being a good girl. I think it too often gets misinterpreted as being boring or square, but I think this idea is very wrong.

tickled peck

I heard the thing to do for New Year's is to set a few goals or something.

I also heard somewhere, amongst all the other bazillion tidbits of information I consumed in perfectly bite-sized, 140-character-or-less pieces during the wonderful and hectic year of 2013, that you have until you're about 25 or so to adjust your personality and then you're completely out of luck and stuck with what you've got, and the the big quarter-century mark is kind of around the corner for me (2015), but I'm a pretty slow worker, so it would be good to get a bit of a head start. And that way I can procrastinate for a whole year, because that's a skill I've been honing for the last 23 years and there's no way I'm going back on all that effort.

Taylor Cole

As I sit writing this alone in my hotel room, the thought crossed my mind that I am rarely alone. I live in a house with three roommates and a dog and the rest of my time is spent with classmates or at work.

This weekend, I had to travel by myself for the first time for a school project. I am enjoying the experience, but it made me realize how little I am truly alone. I found myself fiddling and pacing. I tried to pass the time by sitting in the hotel lounge, which ended with an inevitable $50 bill.

I am a true believer that you must love yourself before others will love you. But what about being alone? Do you have to be good at being alone in order to be good at being with people? I don't think so. I personally think I'm great at being with people, but not so great at being alone. I keep trying to fill my time with activities when really, I should be embracing this alone time for what it is -- an opportunity to push my personal boundaries of what's comfortable or easy. Perhaps this is the difference between an extrovert and an introvert. I am an extrovert and prefer to "charge my batteries" by being around people and in conversation. Introverts tend to prefer to be alone in their downtime.

Follow these blogs, and dozens more, at http://crecommblognetwork.blogspot.ca.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 5, 2014 A10

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