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Moody Musings: Pushing through anxiety and doubt in college

Moody Musings: Pushing through anxiety and doubt in college

Jayla Moody, Managing Editor

November 5, 2018


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This column has always been a safe space for me because it allows me to dish out my experiences, reflect on what works and what doesn’t and encourage and inspire others to do the same. Recently, I’ve been dealing with the fear of what’s next or what’s unknown, and it has taken a toll on ...

Moody Musings: Choose Joy

Moody Musings: Choose Joy

Jayla Moody

October 19, 2018


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This summer, I stepped into a stage of my life that forced me to focus on my happiness and what it really meant to have true happiness. I found that everything that was exciting to and for me could be removed from my life at any time. I was relying on temporary circumstances and satisfaction to det...

Moody Musings: Fighting the academic plague

Moody Musings: Fighting the academic plague

Jayla Moody, Managing Editor

October 8, 2018


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I had an energy shortage this past week. I lacked inspiration and I felt like I was moving much slower than usual in everything I was doing. I even struggled with deciding how I wanted to share some form of encouragement and inspiration for my column. Then I remembered, it’s almost that time of the ...

Moody Musings: What’s so important about resilience?

Moody Musings: What’s so important about resilience?

Jayla Moody, Managing Editor

September 20, 2018


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I often think about the first test I took in college. I studied for weeks in advance. I made notecards, I changed my study locations, I took breaks, ate healthy snacks and even went to office hours to confirm what I was studying was correct. I did everything they tell you to do in your UNV 101 class...

Moody Musings: Creating good habits that will make every day a good day

Moody Musings: Creating good habits that will make every day a good day

Jayla Moody, Managing Editor

September 3, 2018


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Our habits can make or break our days and lives, but we have the choice to make them good or bad. In college, getting into a position where you’ve accumulated more bad habits than you came here with can have a negative impact on your experience. Procrastinating is one bad habit we may all have in common. If w...

Moody Musings: Being undeniably yourself

Moody Musings: Being undeniably yourself

Jayla Moody, Managing Editor

August 19, 2018


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I’ve written a couple of back-to-school articles that were designed to provide insight and advice, but I struggled to settle on what to share with readers this year. It’s year four, and while I am full of excitement about the finish line, I can't help but think back on what really heightened my ex...

Moody Musings: What Inspires You? With Sterling Conyers

Moody Musings: What Inspires You? With Sterling Conyers

Jayla Moody, Arts and Entertainment Editor

April 20, 2018


Filed under Moody Musings, Showcase

Sterling Conyers is a senior International Affairs and Spanish double major with minors in Asian Studies and Global Health. Conyers was originally born in Stone Mountain, Ga., but she moved to Fayetteville, Ga. at the age of five. Like many Mercer students, she chose to become a bear because of the s...

Moody Musings: Getting over the hump

Moody Musings: Getting over the hump

Jayla Moody, Arts & Entertainment Editor

April 4, 2018


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Guess what time of the year it is? That’s probably not necessary because we’re feeling it, more than ever. It’s that time right after spring break that forces you to either question everything you did this semester or hold on to it. It’s the hump, and if we can make it over the hump, we can see...

Moody Musings: The importance of practicing Mindfulness

Moody Musings: The importance of practicing Mindfulness

Jayla Moody, Arts and Entertainment Editor

March 19, 2018


Filed under Lifestyle, Moody Musings, Showcase

Every month, I try to set goals. It helps me reflect and recognize growth within myself, even if it’s just from a four-week span. For the month of March, I decided that I wanted to focus on mindfulness. I told myself that in March, I want to focus on appreciating the moments and the people who ...

Moody Musings: How patience can help us better understand each other

Moody Musings: How patience can help us better understand each other

Jayla Moody, Arts and Entertainment Editor

March 5, 2018


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I traveled to Cambridge, Massachusetts for a conference at Harvard Kennedy School sponsored by their Institute of Politics. The theme of the conference was “Facilitating Civil Discourse.” I thought the theme was very fitting for me because I had just traveled from a campus that was buzzing abou...

Moody Musings: What’s Inspires You? with Perry Hicks

Moody Musings: What’s Inspires You? with Perry Hicks

Jayla Moody, Arts and Entertainment Editor

February 12, 2018


Filed under Lifestyle, Moody Musings

Junior chemistry major Perry Hicks wants to use her skills and her story to make the world a better place for others. During her first two years at Mercer, Hicks served as a member of the Student Government Association as a committee chair. She’s also a member of Common Ground, the gay-straight all...

Moody Musings: Sustaining productive energy

Moody Musings: Sustaining productive energy

Jayla Moody, Arts and Entertainment Editor

January 29, 2018


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We have made it to a brand new year and a brand new semester. Regardless of how consistent people are with claiming the new year to be their year or the year that completely transforms them, their proclamation could, in fact, be true. This could be the year for you too. Whether this is the year tha...

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