Everyone Has a Story to Share


You have a story to share. Have you ever realized that? Every one of us can teach, heal, and inspire someone else. You have the power to connect with others using your experiences. There is not a right and a wrong way to share your story. However, it’s important to include the good and bad times. This allows others to rest knowing things will get better. 

For me, my story is much more than just a chronological biography and yours may be too. I share my testimony. It’s the story of how I came to know Christ. Ultimately, this story has shaped and molded me into the woman I am today. 

Most people have the assumption, I grew up in a “perfect” Christian family, but that was far from the truth. I did not grow up with parents who believed in God. It wasn’t until I met a girl named Monique when I had any concept of faith. Her parents bought me the first Bible I ever received. My friend Monique, eventually moved. I started to get bullied non-stop throughout elementary and middle school. I was jumped at the end of 7th grade that prompted my family to move to Calaveras County. 

I was invited to go to a church camp called Radical Reality. We raised money, and I was able to go. I left with my parents fighting – contemplating divorce. I had no idea what home would be like when the camp was over.

During the church camp, I came face-to-face with the girl who jumped me. I learned the power of forgiveness and the love God has for me. I prayed that I could be a light in my family. When I went home, I told my parents about Jesus and the good news. They promised to go to church the next Sunday, and they did. My parents are still married to this day. 

This is a small part of my story. I’m currently working on a book that will be compiled with stories of God’s faithfulness in my life. I plan to release the book in 2020.  

There are many reasons why people should share their story or testimony.

1. It’s your legacy

Your story is your legacy. If you share your story – people will know what your life was like. I once interviewed a man named Lance on Shasta’s Journey, a faith-based television program. He was battling cancer and asked to share his story. He passed away a few weeks after. To this day, people still talk about the life he lived. Lance’s story continues to impact others. 

2. Inspire others 

Each of us goes through different things. Lance’s story can inspire people who may be battling cancer or have seen others suffer from it. Whereas, my story may connect with people who are being bullied, or have someone in their lives who don’t believe. You have been through things to inspire people who I may never be able to inspire. Not to mention, you meet people who I may never come in contact with. Isn’t it amazing? You have the power to inspire others. You can use your words for you. You can use your pain to give hope.

3.Gives perspective

Sharing your story gives you perspective on how far you’ve come. I’m always in shock with all the good things that have come from the bad. I wouldn’t have realized this, if I didn’t think about my story, or share it. 

The first step to sharing your story is realizing you have one. The second step is to think about what your life has consisted of and how you can relate to others. The third step is to realize the impact it can have and share your story!

Shasta Garcia is the founder of Shasta’s Journey. Contact Shasta at shastasjourney@gmail.com.

49ers Narrowly Escape Defeat


It wasn’t pretty, hell just tell it as it was, an ugly, ugly win. The 49ers had five turnovers with four of them coming in the first five possessions. Of the the four, two of the interceptions were tipped throws with one being an ill-advised throw. With so many turnovers on there own side of the field, the Steelers must have capitalized right? Wrong. If having Le’veon Bell and Antonio Brown jumping ship weren’t enough, Big Ben Roethlisberger was put on season ending IR with an elbow injury last week.

The Steelers offense played as good as you’d expect without their seventeen year veteran leader, poor to mediocre,  with there being a couple shining moments during the afternoon. Mason Rudolph had a rough first start accumulating a whopping 18.7 QBR. There first three possessions combined for just twenty-six yards of offense, but came away with six points due their starting field position because of the 49ers mishaps on offense. Juju Smith-Shuster had a short slant that turned into a seventy-six touchdown. Jason Verrett had a pair of poor defensive plays for the Niners defense, that led to Diontae Johnson streaking for a thirty-nine yard touchdown.

Other than those few instances, the Niners looked very stout on defense holding running back James Conner to forty-three rushing yards on thirteen attempts. With the additions of Nick Bosa, Dee Ford, and Kwon Alexander all to the front seven, this run defense has become one of the best so far in 2019. Seventy-five rushing yards allowed per game thus far, puts the niners seventh best overall this season. Another bright spot this season that shined on Sunday was counted domincace of the 49ers run game. They rushed for 168 yards averaging just over 4.2 yards per carry. The Niners defense came up with a enormous fourth quarter fumble in Steeler territory which led to a game winning catch from quarter back Jimmy Garropolo to a receiver that we all expected, Dante Pettis? After Pettis’s exile in the first two games, not many expected to do much in this game but he came up with a huge game winning catch with just 1:15 left on the clock to seal the 49ers third victory of the season. 

Going into the bye week, the Niners need to tighten up and put an emphasis on not turning the ball over. They are tied for the most turnovers committed this season. They have also committed twenty five penalties racking up 233 yards in just three games which will not hold up against teams like the Rams and the Packers later on this season. Most of these penalties have been ticky tacky holding calls, that can be easily be corrected. Some of these penalties have cost the 49ers important points whether it be from called back touchdowns or given the opposing teams extra field position. A good productive bye week will set them up nicely against a struggling Cleveland Browns team that just came off an ugly loss to the Los Angeles Rams. 

5 Tips to Reduce Stress as a College Student


College students deal with stress daily. I know because I’m a college student myself. We are constantly being bombarded with assignments, exams, and questions about our future. It can often make our college experience more difficult than it needs to be. That’s why I wanted to share 5 tips to reduce stress. These tips have helped me recognize what’s important and I hope these help you manage your college schedule and enjoy your time at Sac State.

1. Use a planner 

This may seem like a silly tip, but a planner can seriously make a difference in your stress level. Now, this doesn’t have to be a paper planner – even though I find it satisfying to cross off things I’ve done. I bought mine at Ross for only $2.99! Beat that. But, if you prefer something on your phone – there are plenty of apps you can download. Both methods with help keep your homework and exam deadlines organized. I find that a planner makes the craziness of the college workload manageable.

I suggest getting on the planner train at the start of the semester (ideally!) At the start of each semester, I usually read through each syllabus and write down all of the important dates. Right away this gives me an idea of what’s expected. Not to mention, this will also help you stay away from procrastinating because you have no excuse. You will know what needs to be done and when it is due.

Get yourself a planner!

2. Stop saying “What if…”

The two words “what if” are at the root of my anxiety about 98% of the time. No joke. What if I fail this exam? What if I’m late for class? What if I can’t find parking? What if I don’t have enough money my tuition next semester? What if I don’t make any friends? Ok. You get the point.

What if can create worry and leave you with crippling anxiety. I never realized how pointless it was to worry about something that hasn’t happened until it didn’t. I worried about failing my exam and kept saying what if, but I got an A. I could have saved myself stress if I just stopped saying what if.

Let’s face it…what if doesn’t help. So, stop saying it! You’ll thank me later.

Take time for yourself 

This tip can be hard to implement. I get it, you have so many other things to do! After you complete something on your to-do list – take a break. You will recharge, feel happier, and will be motivated to get work done. I usually try to set aside 15 to 30 mins between tasks. During that time, I do something completely unrelated to work or school. For instance, I pray, workout, or even play a board game with my little sisters. I have never regretted taking a few moments for myself.

If you don’t take time for yourself – you will be overwhelmed and ultimately S-T-R-E-S-S-E-D.

Set aside 15 minutes today.

4. Surround yourself with like-minded people 

We all want to be understood. Some people don’t understand the stress that college students endure. That’s why it’s so important to surround yourself with like-minded people. Making friends with other college students is the first step. You can vent to them and they will most likely understand. The second step is to find people who live their life similar to yours. For instance, if you’re an athlete – only another athlete will know how much time that takes up! You can study together between practices. If you are a Christian, you can meet other Christians on campus. You can pray and even read the Bible together. Go meet other people and join a club! 

You never know until you try.

***This tip will enhance your college experience! I promise. It’s hard to endure the college journey – alone.

5. Make it fun!  

You may be thinking to yourself….how do I make college fun? Well, there are many ways.

First, you don’t have to do homework in silent. I usually blast worship music, drink coffee, and even sit with a facial mask on sometimes. I’ve even done my homework at Round Table with friends during the buffet hour – unlimited pizza and salad. Did I mention? There’s also Wi-Fi! Change up your study area.

Secondly, you don’t just have to commute back and forth or go back straight to your dorm. You can get involved on campus. Sac State always has events with food and activities. This will give you positive memories to look back on.

Time flies. Before you know it – you will be walking across the graduation stage about to accept your diploma. Your hard work will pay off! Don’t give up.

Remember…buy yourself a planner, stop saying “what if”, make time for yourself, hang out with people who get you, and have fun!

Finals Week Inspiration


Hello all,

May I begin this message by saying Thank Goodness It’s Finals Week (TGIFW)! I am so excited because it is the last week of school. I understand that some of you are stressed about finals, getting ready for graduation, getting prepared for that new job, getting ready to move out of town to a new place, or even getting ready to be lazy for the summer and catch up on some show. Many good things are heading our way for this summer, and it is best to stay focused this week on completing everything that is needed. For those of you who are done with finals, congratulations. To those of you who are almost done, just remember this week will be over soon. You can do it.

I must admit I was not this positive last week. Last week was that time of the semester where everything that was work and school related piled up. I was so overwhelmed with everything that I was ready to quit everything and just go to sleep.  I did not want to attend my classes because my body and mind were exhausted. I was exhausted from the workload of assignments and studying that I had to complete for finals week. I was tired of looking at the same assignments and study guides, and wanted the semester to be over without putting in any effort. However, I had to remind myself that I pushed myself to do well in all of my classes, and it was too late to quit now. Plus, I was not the only student stressing about something. I had to remind myself that I will not be alone in the last weeks of school. So, I am reminding all of you that you are not alone. It is the last week of school and we are all capable of completing everything. We just have to push ourselves and each other. If you are that person who is completed with finals, go to a friend and motivate them to believe that they can make it through this week. If you are a person who have not completed your finals, it is okay, you are almost done. It is okay to give yourself a push to complete everything, and it is okay to eat, and it is okay to take naps, or even take five minute breaks to give yourself a breather. However, failure is not an option, and giving up is not an option.

My final comments will be about summer. I do not have any plans, but I am looking forward to experiencing new things this summer. I usually go home with my family, and watch Netflix the entire summer. However, this summer I want to be adventurous and explore new places. Who knows, I may share a story about a new place I visited over the summer. Whatever happens, I am beginning my summer with a positive mindset. I hope all of you will begin your summer with a positive mindset as well. If you have a lot going on at the moment, I hope everything works out for you during the summer, or by the end of the summer.

Good luck with finals week, and congratulations to all of the Spring 2019 graduates. I hope you all have a blast this summer and eat a lot of Otter Pops. Stay positive.

Sincerely,

An awesome friend of yours.

Top o’ the Mornin’!


It’s a no brainer when it comes to St. Patrick’s Day ’round my parts… ALL THINGS IRISH. 

I am of Scotch-Irish blood, so naturally, I celebrate this green gathering.  While visiting Ireland last summer, I learned that St. Patrick’s Day is not a day of debauchery, drinking, and pinching, but it is rather a day of religious observance for the Saint Patrick.

***Quick History Lesson:  He was born in Britain, taken captive by Irish raiders and held as a prisoner/slave for over 10 years.  Upon his escape, he returned to Britain, became a priest, and was summoned back to Ireland on a quest where he converted most of the Pagan culture to Christianity.  Patrick is rumored to have died on March 17, which is where his observance was born.  [And how we made it into an international LET’S-GET-BOMBED day, I’ll never understand.]

My St. Patrick’s Day tradition consists of cooking up the famous corn beef and cabbage meal that was more popularly consumed by wealthy Irish.  It has become a pretty mainstream dinner for most of us who celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, including myself, but I do it anyway.  Prior to my European vacation, I would pair my meal with a frothy Guinness in honor of my ancestors; however, after having tried a fresh Guinness straight from the Motherland, never again will I consume a Guinness anywhere else BUT the Emerald Isle.  [I promise you, there is a HUGE difference!] So until then, Jameson – straight up – will have to do.

And as for the obligatory WEARING GREEN:  I have a tattoo of three four-leaf clovers on my right foot, so no pinching for this gal! [In addition, I have green eyes, but that never seemed to make a difference when it came to the pinching game.]

As the Irish say in Gaelic… Sláinte! =)

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Plans for Valentine’s Day?


Every year on Valentine’s Day I plan to have a friend date, take myself out on a date, or attend events on campus. However, this Valentine’s Day was different. I did not have time to plan anything with friends or attend events on campus because I had to go to class that entire day. So I made a plan to bring love to my job the next day on Friday.

If some of you are not familiar with Love Your Body Week, it is a special week that happens every year during the week of Valentine’s Day. If you go to The Well often, you would have seen post-its with pictures and quotes on mirrors and windows aiming towards boosting self-confidence. My assumption is that The Well does this to help individuals ignore the way that they look and think about how important their presence is to others, and bringing awareness to loving one’s own body. We all come in different shades, sizes, and shapes and we are all beautiful. It is okay to be reminded that self-love is the best kind of love.

With that being said, I went to work on Friday and shared love to everyone I interacted with. My job has a dessert station that I work at and I wrote quotes on the glass that surrounds my dessert . I wrote “Love Your Body”, “Good Vibes”,”Nothing is Sweeter Than Your Love” (which was a quote suggested by one of my customers so I put his initials underneath the quote) and I put up a “Free Hugs” sign.

The idea of writing the quotes was to bring happiness and self-love to individuals who did not attend The Well this week. The sign stating that I give free hugs was for students who had a long or rough week and needed a hug. Sometimes hugs are needed after a long week.

A lot of people had a date or a Valentine this week, some had neither, and some had exams and assignment deadlines. What a bummer.

My plan this week was to make at least one person smile, but as it turns out I made many people smile and feel good about themselves. It felt great to make people feel good about themselves and get them in a good mood after a long week of school. That way their weekend can start and end positively to prepare for the next week.

It is important to me that everyone had a good week. Some advice I could give is this: If you like a person, like them; if you want to speak to someone, speak to them; if you want to eat something, delicious go for it; if you want to go to the gym to flex your muscles in the mirror, do it; if you want to call your friends or loved ones, do it. Do something adventurous and fun this weekend, as long as it makes you happy.

Remember to love your bodies every day and that you are always loved by someone, especially Sparky!

Royal Rumble 2019 Review


World Wrestling Entertainment put on the 32nd annual Royal Rumble on Sunday January 27, an event that didn’t live up to my expectations.

Before the main show began, there were three matches on the kickoff show in which I only found one to be entertaining. This match was a fatal four way match for the Cruiserweight Championship that finished with the champion Buddy Murphy retaining his title. The crowd at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona didn’t seem too excited However, if this match were put in front of an NXT or 205 Live audience it would have been the best match on the show.

Smackdown Women’s Championship: Asuka (C) defeats Becky Lynch   

The main show began with what was one of the best matches of the night and it featured many great moves. Lynch hit an exploder suplex off of the top rope while Asuka delivered a swinging neckbreaker to the floor on the outside of the ring. After multiple submission attempts, Asuka submitted Lynch with a modified version of the Asuka lock for the win.

Smackdown Tag Team Championship: Shane McMahon and The Miz defeat The Bar (C)

The next match was for the Smackdown Tag Team Championship between the challengers Shane McMahon and The Miz taking on The Bar(Sheamus and Cesaro). This contest was quite boring for the most part until the finish which featured a shooting star press diving body drop by 49-year-old McMahon onto Cesaro for the pinfall thus crowning new champions.

Raw Women’s Championship: Ronda Rousey (C) defeats Sasha Banks

The third bout on the main show was between Ronda Rousey and Sasha Banks for the Raw Women’s Championship and I found this to be the best match of the night. Rousey hurt her arm early in the contest when she unintentionally hit the ring post. Banks took advantage of this, however, it wasn’t enough as even after multiple submission maneuvers it was Rousey retaining her title after hitting Banks with the Piper’s Pit slam.

Becky Lynch wins the 30-women Royal Rumble match

The first of two Royal Rumble matches of the night I found lacked action and dragged on a bit too long. Still, the ending of the match was phenomenal as Lynch replaced an injured Lana and won the match last eliminating Charlotte Flair. This will give Lynch a title match at Wrestlemania 35 on April 7, 2019. Due to the crowd reaction of Lynch’s victory, I believe this match should’ve gone on last.

WWE Championship: Daniel Bryan (C) defeats AJ Styles

The finish of this match was terrible, which is unfortunate since the action in this bout was tremendous. Styles delivered the Styles Clash to Bryan and would’ve likely won if it weren’t for a returning Erick Rowan interfering and chokeslamming Styles. Bryan then pinned Styles for the victory.

Universal Championship: Brock Lesnar (C) defeats Finn Balor

The last championship match of the night was for the Universal title between champion Brock Lesnar taking on Finn Balor and while I was glad this wasn’t a quick squash match like ones we have seen from Lesnar in the past, the finish was still a disappointment. Balor hit his finishing move, the diving stomp Coup de Grace, on Lesnar and when it looked as if the title was going to change hands, Lesnar kicked out and put Balor in a Kimura lock submitting him for the victory. This was a great bout, however, with how Balor has been booked as of late they could have made him look a bit stronger.

Seth Rollins wins the 30-man Royal Rumble match

In a match that typically features a number of surprise entrants and returns, it was only Jeff Jarrett and Kurt Angle that fit into those categories.

The lowlight of the match was when Nia Jax took out R-Truth and entered herself into the match at number 30. Some may have found this entertaining, but I for one did not. The Women’s Division has been booked so strong in today’s WWE and I found it unnecessary and quite honestly tasteless from the booking side of things.

The contest ended when Seth Rollins eliminated Braun Strowman after curb stomping him off the apron. Rollins will get a title shot at Wrestlemania 35.

Overall, Royal Rumble 2019 was a bit of a mixed bag. There were highs and lows in each the men’s and women’s matches, but there are moments that are definitely worth a watch if you get the chance.

The worst & best Halloween costumes I’ve seen


The worst Halloween costume I have ever seen is a banana costume.

When I was in high school I saw both a student dressed up as a banana and one dressed up as a banana with the peels split down. It was not funny to me until I sat down to hang out with my friend at a table.

When I looked up from my food, I saw the student dressed up like a banana with the peels split down running across the school yard getting chased by a student dressed as a gorilla. Not only that, the gorilla was roaring as it was chasing down the banana.

I realized that the other banana was hiding on the side of a building to avoid being chased by the gorilla and I just couldn’t stop laughing. Even though this was years ago, I could never forget the costumes of the three students because of that movie-style chase scene. Even without the hilarious chase between the bananas and the gorilla, I could not accept the idea of me wearing a banana as a costume for Halloween. Everything is not meant for everyone, and a banana costume is not something meant for me to wear.

The best Halloween costume I have ever seen was when rapper “The Game” dressed up as vocalist Jidenna for Halloween.

For those of you who do not know who Jidenna is, he made the hit song ‘Classic Man’ in 2015. The same year, The Game dyed his hair, wore a suit, and looked similar to Jidenna. The following year, Jidenna dressed up as The Game for Halloween by putting a fake tattoo on his face, wearing a baseball hat with comfortable clothing and jewelry. There was a similar resemblance to The Game as well.

These were such great Halloween costume choices for both celebrities because it has been over two years and it is still shared all over the internet. If any of you have not seen The Game and Jidenna dress up as each other for Halloween, I would recommend you take a look, it is bohumorous and mind blowing how similar they look.

If anyone has a great or horrible costume experience in mind please share your stories. I love Halloween and enjoy the stories that come along with it. If you do not have any humorous stories to tell, meet up with friends or family this year and make some amazing memories.

Have a great October!

Any Plans For Halloween? BOO! SF 2018


With Halloween just around the corner, Insomniac Events returns to San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. Historically, Insomniac Events have been known to throw some of the best parties in California all year ’round. From ringing in the New Year with “Countdown NYE”, and a Valentine’s day rave called “Crush”, you can never go wrong with buying tickets to a party hosted by Insomniac.

This year’s Halloween themed rave “BOO!” returns for another year. Much like last year, it will be a two day event. Since the line up for this year’s event has been released there has been a clear divide on the types of genres being represented this time around.

Day One features some of the world’s most celebrated House DJs and producers. Featuring the likes of Habstrakt, the creator of last summer’s festival anthem “Chicken Soup” this first day is full of bass lines and House records that are guaranteed to have you dancing all night. What I find the most interesting is that Malaa is headlining the show and is scheduled to preform right before the well known DJ Afrojack.

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Malaa is signed to the label Confession, pioneered by the French electronic producer Tchami. The Confession recording label has gained a reputation of putting out a number of House records which bring the exotic and seductive sounds of Europe to the United States. Making his debut to the electronic music scene with his single “Notorious”, it is no doubt that the western rave culture has taken a liking to the Future house sound.

I have noticed that a new trend is starting to take over in the Western Electronic Music scene here in Northern California. Around the time of my first rave in 2016, I saw the Trance and Progressive house DJ ATB. In 2016 Big Room House music was trending here in California through the sounds of Calvin Harris and Swedish House Mafia.

Fast forward to present day and in 2018 I’ve noticed a number of California raves and festivals are moving away form the Big Room House sound. Instead, there seems to be a trend of Bass House and Future House talent being booked for most of the events here in California.

I am excited to finally see a whole lineup dedicated to the House genre and I am the most excited to see Malaa live, as well seeing Afrojack closing out the show. BOO! SF’s day 2 line up is more of heavy, head banging sound with GTA and Flosstradamus. Be on the look out for my Day 2 preview. Till then, keep it locked here on KSSU.

What is My Favorite Candy and Why is it Not Skittles?


No Blog Boi, my favorite candy is not Skittles (although they are delicious, especially the sour ones). As of right now, my favorite candy is white chocolate Reese’s. My interest for this candy began last semester during the last week of September when I went to Target with a friend and I saw a white chocolate Reese’s in the Halloween section.

It was shaped as a pumpkin and I was interested in trying this new candy so I bought it. Once I had a taste of it, it was so good that I had a craving for white chocolate Reese’s for the rest of that day. The next morning I went to 7 Eleven searching for the candy and lo-and-behold, it was there.

It did not have the Halloween pumpkin on the wrapper similar to the one at Target, but it was on sale at 7 Eleven so that made up for the lack of a fun wrapper. The sale was “buy two King Size Reese’s (milk chocolate, white chocolate, or Reese’s sticks) and get one King Size Reese’s for free”. I assumed it was my lucky day because the sale was a perfect chance for me to get enough Reese’s to take care of my craving so I grabbed it without thinking twice.

I bought the candy and once I returned home I ate the entire pack of King Size Reese’s. I was tempted to open another pack, but then realized I could enjoy the candy for two more days so I saved my two packs of King Size Reese’s and ate one pack for the next two days with pleasure.

I used to enjoy milk chocolate Reese’s, but I have to say that I enjoy white chocolate Reese’s more. I have always had an interest for the taste of white chocolate and so I HAVE to say: whoever thought of combining white chocolate and peanut butter was a creative genius. There are some people that I know who are not interested in white chocolate Reese’s due to personal reasons and I am okay with that, especially if a person is lactose intolerant or they have a peanut allergy.

Not figuring out a favorite candy is okay because there is such a wide variety of candy to choose from, it almost seems crazy to pick just one! I would recommend eating whatever candy makes the body feel satisfied and relaxed after a long day. When doing this, a realization may come to mind that Skittles do fall into the category of being a top favorite candy. However, do not eat too many Skittles as I hear they are addicting. You do not want to get Skittles Pox from eating too many! “Are these contagious? I don’t think so.”