Why do I find myself…

Mary Margaret Stewart, Carpe Diem, editor

Eating ice cream on snow daysicecream

“How are you possibly eating ice cream when it’s 30 degrees outside?”

“Why do you eat pizza when it’s 90 degrees outside?” is sophomore Eric Broner’s response.

In Broner’s eyes, eating ice cream is “a year-round sport.”

Broner’s consumption of ice cream stays consistent, no matter the season displayed on the refrigerator calendar or the temperature on the thermostat.

Turkey Hill, a prominent dairy brand, acknowledges that while warmer months encourage more people to eat ice cream, “watching a movie with a big bowl of your favorite flavor is just as enjoyable when it’s freezing outside.”

Broner agrees.

“You might not eat it outside, but you have heating in your house . . . and ice cream tastes amazing,” Broner said.

Local ice cream shops like Broner’s favorite, Butter & Cream, won’t have to worry about losing his business during the winter. He’ll still be eating coffee ice cream in the cozy temperatures behind the B&C door.

Sitting through scary moviesscarymovies

Scary movies appeal to 64.7 percent of American teens, according to Stage of Life for high school.

Senior Armistead Thackston confesses to watching “a lot of scary movies” because of directors’ ability to make him scared for himself and for the fate of the main characters.

According to TIME magazine, fear triggers dopamine and a sense of euphoria, the same hormones that come from “feel-good” situations.

Not only does Thackston like watching for “the thrill” – he hopes to work on the set of a scary movie someday.

“More and more teens are starting to get into shows, such as ‘The Walking Dead’ and ‘American Horror Story,’” Thackston said, “and scary movies are slowly gaining popularity among teens in America.”

While some parents may nag their teens to turn off the television and stop scaring their younger siblings with “Insidious II,” TIME proved the healthy side of scary films.

Some evidence supports that “experiencing fear can bolster your ability to handle high-stress situations,” TIME said.

Next time, jumping out of a sibling’s bedroom closet might not be such a bad thing – it might even help them.

Only wearing half my wardrobecloset

Out of approximately 50 shirts, junior Braylen Dixon admits to wearing only eight on a regular basis.

She’s not alone. A goodtherapy.org study suggests a “strong link between clothing and mood state,” and the majority of people surveyed believe that clothes affect their confidence levels.

Dixon agrees, adding that she only wears shirts with positive memories attached to them.

“I only like the select few, and I’m most comfortable in them,” she said.

UK newspaper The Guardian recently published an article which displayed dumping old clothes as an activity that brings anxiety to many.

“Often, we keep clothes not because the ‘keeping’ is desirable, but because the discarding is undesirable,” Guardian journalist Barbara Brownie wrote. “We do not need these clothes, but we fear not having them.”

Like those surveyed, Dixon holds back from giving away any part of her wardrobe.

“I’m just scared that I will get tired of the [shirts] I do wear and want to change things up . . . even though I haven’t come across that yet.”

Throwing away changecoins

As of 2014, it costs 1.83 cents to make a penny, according to the U.S. Mint.

What seems like endless amounts of coins dispense from the cash register and junior Carson Stuckman thinks, “The U.S. is wasting money on coined currency. Stop making them, except for quarters . . . those are okay.”

He believes they are the only change worthy of creation.

“It’s a lot more logical to show up with four quarters rather than 10 dimes or 20 nickels.”

When the cashier hands Stuckman change, he gives surrounding strangers a late Christmas present of his unwanted coins. Either that, or the pennies, nickels and dimes he received sit on his desk in a jar, collecting dust.

“I probably have at least 5-10 dollars, but who wants to go to the store with a jar full of pennies?”

For Stuckman, the inconvenience of coins is too much to carry around.