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We’re in this together: Five ways to be a better roommate

By Logan White

You’ve graduated high school and now you’re finally headed off to college and getting ready to move into the dorms — and that means you’ll be living with a roommate soon. Chances are you’ve spent at least part of your life living in your own personal room, and it might be daunting to accept that your living conditions are about to change. Don’t worry— moving in with a roommate can be a great experience. Here are five keys to a successful roomie relationship.

1. Meet and greet: One of the best things you can do is get to know the person you’ll be living with before you move in. Find a fun and friendly way to break the ice before school starts, like meeting for coffee or going to see a movie. The more you know each other, the easier it will be to build your relationship.

2. Plan it out: Having a schedule can make all the difference when it comes to shared living arrangements. Know when your classes are, who’s doing housekeeping tasks, and if you plan to meet for meals. Things will run a lot smoother if everyone knows what’s happening.

3. Know your limits: It’s OK to say no to roomies. If they’re going to a party and you have a study session planned, don’t feel pressured to abandon your plans. You don’t have to hang out with your roommate all the time. Know when to take a break and give each other space.

4. Talk about it: Communication is undoubtedly one of the more important pieces in a smooth-sailing relationship. If there’s a problem that either one of you has noticed, don’t be afraid to address it. Sit down and face the issue head on. It will be easier to find a solution or compromise if both of you are willing to discuss the problem instead of clamming up.

5. The golden rule: This is the rule of thumb for any relationship. Treat others the way you’d want to be treated, and you’ll eliminate a lot of bumpy areas before they appear. If you respect each other’s time and space, you and your roommate can have a successful year.

College can be one of the more defining times of your life, and there’s a good chance you’ll spend most of your college years living with a roommate. With a little bit of effort and mutual respect, you and your roommate can have the time of your lives and develop the friendship of a lifetime.

Logan A. White is a rising home-schooled senior and a Teens & 20s writer.

Review: Logic concert worth going to

By Lily Pope

Rapper Logic came to inspire and entertain fans Thursday night at Red Hat Amphitheater in Raleigh, and that he did.

Performing alongside Big Lenbo, DJ Rhetorik, his piano teacher, and other people, he certainly provided plenty of surprises and sent the crowd home with full hearts and minds. He talked about race, religion, mental health and other topics, sticking close to his saying: “Peace, love and positivity.”

Logic did disappoint fans when he announced that Joey Bada$$, one of his companions on his Everybody’s Tour, would not be performing with him on Thursday for unexplained reasons. But an appearance made by Logic’s wife, Jessica Andrea, during “1-800-273-8255,” a song about his struggle with suicide and self-love (the song’s name is the number of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline), made the concert a grounding experience.

Thursday’s venue, Red Hat Amphitheater, made the concert even better because of its amazing acoustics, convenient parking and overall easy space to enjoy. It appeared that the concert was far from sold out, but everyone who did attend were intense fans.

As if all of this weren’t enough, Logic made the concert even more fan-centered by talking to members of the audience. He even brought some on stage to rap part of a song with him. At one point, he played (and won) a game of Mario Kart with a crew member and encouraged the crowd to cheer them on as they played.

Overall, Logic impressed and touched his fans with his messages, views and, above all, music.

Lily Pope is a home school ninth-grader and a Times-News correspondent.


WHAT: Logic Presents: Everybody’s Tour

WHEN: 8 p.m. Tuesday

WHERE: Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre, 1000 North Carolina Music Factory Blvd., Charlotte

COST: $45-$139. Available through Ticketmaster


[Nick Mahar/Wikimedia]



Make a splash: Wet ‘n Wild’s biggest chills & thrills


Thunder Bay wave pool at Wet 'n Wild Emerald Pointe in Greensboro is a great place to cool off during a hot summer day. [Cynthia White / Special to the Times-News

By Logan A. White
Times-News correspondent

GREENSBORO — It’s an adrenaline rush, a relaxing oasis and a day packed full of fun for everyone. Wet ‘n Wild Emerald Pointe water park, 3910 S. Holden Road, is undoubtedly the best place to beat the summer doldrums with a splash.
With more than 36 attractions, including slides, splash zones and pools, this 41-acre water park is the perfect blend of amusement park thrill and poolside chill.
Since it opened more than three decades ago, the park has undergone a metamorphosis from a local family-owned business to a nationally recognized attraction.
Wet ‘n Wild (also known as Emerald Pointe) has won several major awards, including being named as one of the top 10 wild water parks in the U.S. by the Travel Channel and “Good Morning America.” It also received a USA Today’s Readers’ Choice best 10 water parks in America award.
“All together there are 414 waterparks in the United States. To make it into the top 10 or top 15 is a real treat,” says Jamie Workman, the director of entertainment, marketing and sales at Wet ‘n Wild. “It’s kind of like Disney on water.”
What makes this watery attraction so awesome? Here are five of Wet ’n Wild’s biggest chills and thrills:
• Dragon’s Den: Surrounded by a steamy cloud, this red- and yellow-striped slide can look menacing at first glance. Made for two riders, it’s a rollicking raft down a narrow tunnel that opens into a speedy, open air spiral before finishing with a splash.
• Lazee River: If you’re looking for relaxation, this is it. Wind your way around the watery path on a leisurely flowing current.
“People flat love Lazee River,” Workman says. “We’ve had people fall sound asleep.”
• Daredevil Drop: This body slide is a moment of pure adrenaline. It takes 128 leg-burning steps to reach the top and only a few breathtaking seconds to speed back down.
“It’s 76 feet tall, and it’s basically like falling down the side of a eight-story building,” Workman says.
• Thunder Bay: This is perhaps Wet ’n Wild’s most legendary attraction. Both a thrill and a chill, the 1.9 million gallon pool pumps out one massive wave per minute, a wall of water that breaks gently onto a simulated, sandless beach.
“That wave pool is the biggest one on the entire East Coast,” Workman says. “It’s like you’re genuinely at the ocean.”
• The Edge: Unassuming from below, this ride is similar to Daredevil Drop in its plummet but differs in its fear factor. Made for single and double raft riders, it begins with an absolutely heart-stopping four-story plunge that then rockets you toward the sky above. It feels as if you’re going to fly right off the slide’s “invisible” edge — hence the clever name.
Wet ’n Wild is definitely the place to go this summer. With an impeccable safety record, friendly staff and more than 3 million gallons of water, it’s the best place to make a sensational splash.
“This is one of the places that you can come where literally every single person, regardless of age or anything, can find something enjoyable to do,” Workman says with a grin. “If it’s on water, it doesn’t get any bigger than this.”

Logan A. White is a rising home-schooled senior and a Teens & 20s writer.

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