I'm sure we've all been there. You're staring at someone across the room, maybe checking them out. You know, sizing them up, seeing if you think they're cute or not...or maybe they're wearing something interesting; you're like "Dang, I need to go compliment them on that shirt." There's no way they're going to happen to look in your direction...there's so much else going on for them to pay attention to.

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But then, out of nowhere, the person you were staring at turns their head and looks directly at you. You panic, turn the other way and try to pretend that you were doing something else. But I know, and they know and you know that you were giving them the old once over and there's nothing you can do to hide that. As embarrassing as it is, this happens to people in public all the time.

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Especially in high school, I remember looking at the back of someone's head in class for a little bit. They'd just be chilling there but, all of a sudden, would turn around and stare right at me. And the same is true of the other way around; I've caught people staring at me from afar. But how did I know that someone was staring at me?

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It turns out, science has a few answers for why this mysterious phenomenon occurs. You know, that feeling of being watched you get sometimes when you're surrounded by people? That small uncomfortable pang that your actions are being watched, maybe even assessed by someone around you? And then you look around to find that, yes, indeed, someone was staring at you.

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It's downright spooky when that happens. And, according to a new scientific study, this sixth sense actually hard-wired into our brains. Sometimes, in fact, we can feel as though someone's looking at us even when we're not being watched. One of the reasons this occurs has to do with humans' fascination with eyes. They're often called "the window into the soul".

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Keep reading to find out where this obscure paranoia comes from.

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We've all had those mornings when we've woken up and been too drunk to remember what happened the night before, yikes. Below people share some of the funniest, craziest, and just downright strange things drunk people have done or said in their presence...

15."Had to convince my friend not to jump in the pool because he thought "This water is 2016 water, I gotta jump before it becomes 2017 water!"

It wasn't even a pool party."

 

14.  "My girlfriend started puking, and between outbursts says 'At least this is all good wine, it doesn't taste so bad coming up!'"

13. "We had a bunch of friends over at our house last night for the new year's celebration. It was starting to wind down and a group of them were having trouble finding a cab home. So one of them passes out on the couch because the wait had been over two hours.

Finally when a cab is hailed, another friend rushes inside to wake up the girl to get her. My GF and I are saying goodbye to everyone at the door. She groggily stumbles over and begins to say goodbye to my GF. "So nice to see you guys, I had a great time. You guys should come over more, don't worry about the coat, we can meet up tomorrow and figure it all out."

"Yeah no problem we had a great time too! We'll talk tomorrow." She stands there in a blanket.

"Yeah, hope you guys come again. Again, we'll figure out the coats tomorrow. I'm going back to bed right now."

"Uhhhh" I start to clue in, "we live here, you're the one leaving."

"Oh." So she starts to put on some shoes at the door from the pile.

"I don't think those are your shoes, do you remember what you wore here?" She looks down and stood trying to fit into small shoes. She then moves to a red cup on the floor and sticks her foot in it. At this point I'm dying laughing, " I don't think you wore that either"

"Oh this is embarrassing" I think she walked away with our blanket too..."

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Haven't we all met someone that our only thought after meeting them was: "what the hell?" I mean, I've met a few. So, I'm dedicating this to those people! Please read this, and then, change! This one is for you.

5. The person that doesn't say thank you when you open the door for them.

What is wrong with you? Do you know how uncomfortable I feel right now? I stand there awkwardly, smiling at you, and you're just looking at me, without a word. I hope you get smacked in the face with a door. Now I'm the mean one, thanks.  

4. The "Oh my God, you don't love beer? I love beer" girl.

We get it, you're awesome. You're one of the guys, you love sports, you don't get along with other girls because there is just "way too much drama." Cool, bro. You want an award? I don't have one. 

3. The lady that called me a bitch because she received 9 chicken nuggets instead of 10.

Now, this goes for anyone that is rude to service people. I want to personally tell you that if you were rude to me while I worked in food service, I purposelessly messed with you, and I'm not lying.You suck, chill out, be polite and you'll get good service.

2. The "I have to ask my boyfriend first" girl. 

WHAT???????? SERIOUSLY NO, WHAT?????????? ARE YOU DATING YOUR MOM???? Okay, enough said. Don't be that girl, please. I'm horrified right now. 

1. The "send me a pic" guy

It's 2016, people have been making fun of you for years, but you still try. You're just a douche bag, and I'm praying for you. 

 

Some days it can seem like life just has it out for you. Everyone has had those days, and if you think you haven't then you're probably lying. On your shitty days even the smallest things can set you off, like when your favorite coffee shop runs out of the muffin you get every morning or something. You never know when someone is having a bad day or is going through some things so being the best person that you can be could benefit them too, not just yourself. Here are 5 easy ways to brighten someone's day.

 

5. Pay for someone's order that is behind you in line.

It doesn't have to be extravagant, the dollar value isn't the point. Just the idea of someone caring enough to go out of their way to pay a couple bucks for a stranger's coffee makes the world seem a little brighter.

 

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4. If you see a homeless person, give them something.

If you're like me and don't want to give cash because of some people pretending to be homeless, buy them a water or a burger! The $1 it takes to buy a McDonald's burger or a water bottle will make their day. Once I bought a homeless man two McD's burgers and he was so thankful that he cried. True story.

 

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3. When ordering something or checking out, don't use your phone.

This is such a simple thing. The 45 seconds of putting your technology away that it takes you to interact with an employee won't kill you, I swear. Employees find it super rude when you can't even make eye contact or tell them to wait because you're on a ~super important~ phone call, trust me, I am one of them. Unless you're on the phone with the president or Patrick Dempsey you can tell them to wait a minute while you order.

 

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2. Let someone go in front of you while driving.

We all know how much it sucks to wait for someone in a huge line of traffic to let you in. The feeling of gratitude for the person that lets you in is a mutual feeling for the person who let you in, as they did a good deed. Even if the person does a half-assed wave to thank you, they (probably) appreciate it.

 

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1. Smile.

Just having a smile on your face on general brightens people's day. No one likes to be around grumpy people; the appearance of happiness is a tad contagious as well! Smiling at someone while passing directly is also very uplifting and could make someone's whole day.

 

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Working In A Coffee Shop

Despite only working in a coffee shop (THAT ISN'T STARBUCKS), I've learned quite a few things about people and coffee in general.

3. People NEED coffee.

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I've learned the main reason coffee shops exist is to satisfy the need for this caffeinated drink. Some people have very busy schedules, so there's no time to make it at home. Others don't want to make their own or just prefer shop coffee to homemade brews. The shop I work in opens at 4:00am so I always see the same people who come to get their coffee to start their day. It's like a routine for them and I don't think they could live without it. Personally, I require coffee those morning shifts I work. If I don't have any coffee, the rest of the day is spent trying to stay awake and being rather grumpy.

2. Orders have to be exact

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Coffee shops have regulars, that I was aware of. What I didn't know was that some of these regulars have the most specific orders I have ever taken in my life! One person has a regular iced mocha latte with half and half instead of milk placed into a large cup and topped with whipped cream with a flat lid on top. Another woman orders a quad shot of espresso with six splenda added, and topped off with nonfat milk. I apologize if these orders are unable to be understood, most of the lingo is understood only if you've worked with coffee before.

1. The people, and the workers themselves are really interesting.

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The age range of the shop I work at is from 17-27. Some of my co-workers have been in the coffee business for years, others only months (like me). We all have unique and quirky personalities, and the people that come into the shop all have different and interesting lives that we have to privilege to learn about through conversation with them. I am always surprised at how many foreign customers I get, especially since I'm pretty far from the air.

 

Finding My Home

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Coming up on my freshmen year in college, a million things are going through my head. But the only thing I can feel safe about is my choice of school. I am going to be attending Colorado State University in August. And I am completely ecstatic! I didn't always want to go to school in Colorado though. My first memorable experience in Colorado, was a layover I had at Denver airport when I was a junior in high school. We ended up being stuck for a few days and decided to drive home. But little did I know, that event was the seed that grew into my life today.

I really wanted to go to school in California. It was my only option. I planned on applying to over 10 schools out there. When the surprise road trip occurred I didn't think anything had changed. As the months went by into senior year, I started to get into the application process for college. I remember the epiphany moment clearly. I was in the gym lifting with my friends. I thought to myself, "I think Colorado would be a cool place to live. I like the mountains and stuff!" So I pulled out my iPhone and googled, "Colorado colleges". University of Colorado was the first link. I looked at it for a good 20 minutes, wasting my time in the gym in a state of awe. I was amazed what this school in Colorado was like. So I decided to apply there. Then my hair dresser mentioned Colorado State University. Her cousin was a senior in high school, and she was going to apply to CSU. I didn't think it was a school I would be interested in. But I looked at it to humor her.

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As the weeks passed, I fell out of love with California and fell in love with Colorado. I applied to both schools, and was forced to sit and wait. The torment that is waiting, was eating me alive. So I, obsessed with the state, decided to learn everything I could about Colorado. I learned about the 14'ers, the national parks, the extreme activities you can do, the style, and way of life. I even went so far as to learn the map of Colorado like it was my home state. I have always loved nature and being active, so this place was perfect. CU was my top choice and CSU was my second. The time for decisions came and I was notified that I was waitlisted at CU. CSU asked to see my 7th semester transcripts before they made their decision as well. Bummer! I didn't know what to think. I became very worried. I had to wait until spring to find out what my fat would be. I didn't want to have to attend my backup school.

As spring came CSU was first to make their decision. I was in! (obviously) Something in me changed. I had talked to my advisor a little bit, and learned more about the school. It seemed to have this effect on me, that I couldn't understand. So we decided to visit Fort Collins to see CSU for spring break, and hop down to Boulder after to see CU. On the trip out there we got stuck in a snow storm. We were forced to pull over into the small town of Yuma, Colorado to seek shelter for the night. The next day we made it to Fort Collins.

We did the touristy stuff the first day, and second day we toured the school. I had never been happier than I was when I was in Fort Collins and at CSU. I had such a good experience, and I felt such a good vibe that the decision was made then and there. I will attend CSU. The next day we saw Boulder, a very beautiful town, but didn't even bother tour the school. A week later I found out I was not accepted into CU. I guess things really do happen for a reason.

The next time I was out there, was for orientation. I had such a good time during orientation that I was truly upset to leave. I met the coolest group of people, and the school had an awesome improv group come up from Denver to entertain us at the end of our first day. I cannot stress enough, how easy it is to talk to people and how friendly they are at CSU. It was truly and amazing experience. I knew that I have found my home. Nothing will change that.

Now I have just one month to go until I leave for move in. The excitement keeps building and building. I know that whatever happens in the future, it is happening for a reason. None of this would have happened if it weren't for that botched trip home from California last summer. And I definitely wouldn't have found true happiness like I have with CSU.

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Written by: Drew Teumer

A Letter To The Girl I Used To Be

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I'm reminded on an everyday basis of the "old me."

"I miss the old you."

"I liked you the way you used to be."

Sometimes you can't find the old you, sometimes you change and the "old you" is gone forever. People don't realize that you can't be something that isn't there anymore. It's part of growing up.

Dear "old me,"

I miss you, but only because people make me feel like I have to be you in order for them to like me. The "old me" was naive, and I believed crying was for the weak. I believed the world was perfect and that I would find the perfect friends easily. I was selfless without even thinking about it, and I treated people better than they deserved. I guess this is why they want me to be the "old me;" they want me to submit to being treated differently than I treated them. I know the old me, I know who she is, but I don't want to be her. She was a child, she got hurt. But now I'm wiser, now I know things about people I would have never known being the "old me." So I don't miss being naive, I don't miss being stepped on, or treating people better then they deserve, I don't miss being dead of emotion.  I actually enjoy crying, because I actually feel things I didn't feel as the "old me." I have to leave you behind and move forward, and the friends who like the new me are my true friends. Im still a caring person, that has never changed, I only stopped caring for people who didn't care about me. Friendship is mutual. So to all those "friends" who left, I'm sorry that I grew up, I'm sorry I became the real me. I'm sorry if you don't like it, but I'm happy and that's better than anyone's opinion.

I have to say goodbye to the girl I used to be, you were the person I needed to be to send me in the right direction, you were the person I needed to be stronger. Without you I would not be who I am today, so thank you for sticking by me for so long, but I'm ready to move forward, I'm ready to say goodbye to the girl I used to be for good. I could not achieve my dreams being you, I have to move on. I had to become this strong person in order face life's challenges. I had to let go of you, but not entirely, because I kept the good qualities, I'm still caring, I still have faith in the world and keep a positive attitude. I still strive to be selfless, and I try more then ever to surround myself with friends who treat me equally. I kept my determined nature and my belief that I could achieve anything with hard work and dedication. Thank you old me, for helping me achieve peace inside myself. I'm finally happy without you.

Sincerely, "New Me"

There have been many disagreements within, not just in the United States, but in the world about equality between everything: race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, and almost anything you can think of. The most previous event that hurt so many people is an extremely difficult subject to talk about, but I am writing about it because it deserves the recognition.

The Orlando Mass Shooting is marked as the worst mass shooting in United States history. It is heartbreaking and sickening to know how many lives we lost. Of course any type of shooting is horrible, regardless of who is targeted, but nobody should have to live in fear every day because of someone that feels it necessary to wake up one morning and decide to take the lives of innocent people that simply just want to live their life. The sexual orientation of someone shouldn’t be the reason that they are scared to leave their home. One man thought that it was okay to ruin the lives of so many people, that’s all it took, just one man. Why is it okay for someone to do that? Why does it matter if a man loves another man or a woman loves another woman or if a man wakes up one day and decides he wants to become a woman? It shouldn’t matter because it THEIR life, THEIR personal choice, THEIR happiness. Leave them alone, they haven’t caused any harm.

We as human beings should work together as a whole and stop fighting over everything. I only have one voice, one opinion, one choice, but mine should still count for something. Mine should count just as much as the next person. You don’t know who I am, what I do, but what you do know, I am a person, I have feelings, morals, views, family, friends, pets, and I have a life that I am happy with. My best friend hasn’t had it so easy, and it pains me to see what he’s gone through. I have been there since day, and there hasn’t been a moment where I would ever think of leaving his side. It hurts me knowing that he’s lost friends and family, because of who he chooses to love. He should be allowed to love someone just as much as I should. He shouldn’t feel scared of what other people may think about him.  

The LGBT gets one day to feel safe and comfortable going out, whereas everybody else gets their whole life. Getting one day isn’t enough, they should feel safe and comfortable their whole life, but instead they’re judged everyday, and laughed at, and kicked out of their home because their parents don’t want anything to do with them. It’s unfair because I can love my boyfriend, but my best friend is not allowed to love his without feeling like someone might make a rude comment. In the end, we are all human, we are all people that have feelings, and we will all end up the same, we are just bones.

Every group has that one stupid friend that will do and say whatever they are thinking. This person, while dimwitted, is absolutely essential to the group. Without him or her, who would be the one to jump out of the third floor window because the bushes looked soft? Who else would you give extremely low amounts of money too to do disgusting and life-threatening things? He/she has more value then anybody will ever give him credit for. The group could not function properly without someone who would do next to anything for the rest of the people in the group. We all have a friend who is taken for granted because of their lack of intelligence, and if you don't then there is a good chance it's you. 

10. They will always make you feel better about yourself in your academic life.

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9. They tend to be the nicest of the friend group.

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8. It goes without saying, but they are the easiest to make fun of.

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7. The majority of the time they are the most endearing of all your friends.

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6. They do the stupid things that you would never, ever do.

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5. Worst case scenario, you can always just ignore them.

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4. Their opinions are invalid and you can always at least think of yourself as right.

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3. A good stupid friend will embrace their stupidity, which lets you not have to embrace any of your own.

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2. You never have to take them seriously when they speak, and can just enjoy their stupidity.

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1. They are always a source of entertainment.

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Written by: Michael Blair