The beauty of Tabaccomunication

There is a place called “Slam of Gaidai” in our language. Gaidai is the name of my College and slam is, as zombbook_slamyou can imagine, is where criminals, robbers and homeless people gather in general. The reason why we named the place like this is due to the people who tend to assemble there. Those who walk into the place like a zombie have a one track mind always: Smoking a cigarette. And this is crazy to say, but most of the time when I go there, I see people in clothes which gives you the impression that they are bad or delinquent for sure. That is why we started to call the place “Slam of Gaidai”.

You might find it crazy, however this place is a mecca for those who need USF_Lecture_Hallfriends and want to meet new people. Here is how it works. First off, I would like you to imagine yourself taking class just like usual. Chances are that you might not be planning to say a word during the class, and surely there is no time for you to make new friends or meet new people because of the nature of class in school. You do not say “hey pretty, you wanna go out with me?” to the innocent girl sitting right next to you because it doesn’t make any sense and it only makes you look an idiot. Please imagine that you are forced to be in a group in class due to the group discussion your professor told you to do with others. You are not going to say something like “Let’s hang out sometime later” to the members of your group.

With all the efforts to be friendly/ make new friends, you are not going to have anything but study-dude-group.  However, once you step outside of the classroom with たばこ (cigarette) in your hand to take a break, something miraculous will likely happen to you.b548bd976eb95eef0fa4e8a51bbb0e04  You will be able to meet new people and be friensd with them and it does not matter if they are boys or girls. And I call this phenomena “Tabaccomunication“.

Tabaccomunication is the mixed word of Tobacco and Communication. It describes the phenomena and the way of communicating with others through experiencing smoking tobacco with someone new/strangers.

Tabacommunication initiates with one word “Hi/ Hello” from one of two sides. This likely happens when both sides are alone smoking a cigarette. If one of you forgot to bring a lighter, you or the other probably will ask for a lighter without any hesitation. It goes like “Hey can I use your lighter/ Can I bum a cigarette? ” and you respond with either ” Yeah, Let me light it up for you” or “Sure you can have one“. If you are funny guy/a comedian, you might want to make a joke, and probably it will break the ice and tensions between you two.where-can-i-buy-electronic-cigarettes-in-stores

The beauty of tabaccomunication is that you are capable of making conversation a lot easier than you are in class or in other situation. Both sides are relaxed for the most part. You will be able to talk about your life, and you also can ask them to hang out later by all means. The reason behind this is that once you get to know them, it is easier for you to have conversation with them next time. And the point is that they show up there almost everyday. Exceptions occurs= when one of the sides is minding one’s own business, totally spaced out or listening to music with earphones put in their both ears.

With this communication, you will have the opportunity to meet not only new people but also have another connection through people you meet.girl-happy

It is not that I am propagating smoking cigarettes, but it’s just that smoking a cigarette at a designated area for it might bring you better chances to meet new people and have a brand new connection with someone new. Even if you do not smoke cigarettes, why don’t you step in the place with your friends who smoke cigarettes; you will be able to broaden your life and spice it up.

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Service in Costa Rica

Hey, my name is Jamel McNeill, and I’m discussing my international volunteering trip. In the midst of this vast world we live in, I’ve always found myself going beyond the tight boundaries of my backyard. During college, my participation in an international organization helped me do so. Rotaract, which is connected to the International Rotary club, is a club at my school, the University of South Florida, that focuses on volunteering and community service. Their motto is “Service above self,” and they provide services anywhere from our local area to other countries. We usually plan for a once a year trip that allows us to volunteer in another place, and this time, our destination was Costa Rica.


I was quite excited to learn that I’d be going to such an interesting country. I’ve been out of the U.S. before (twice to Japan) so my experience in new places was not something that came to be difficult. I enjoy meeting new people and seeing new things, and adding an opportunity to give to a foreign community was thrilling to think about.


During my week-long trip, we stayed in the mountains of Alajuela, not too far from San Jose. Our mission was to build a playground in a nearby neighborhood to help support the community and give people a place to enjoy their environment in peace.




I have to say that building a playground in a week was one of the toughest things I’ve involved myself in, and I won’t go too much into details as to how tough it was. It was a slow but successful start. We dug into the ground to make the area flat, and moved rocks and glass to clean it. We scraped the brick walls and painted over them with colors and symbols of positive things like rainbows and flowers. We even helped clear an area so a jungle gym with swings could be put up. It was all coming together nicely with the help of my group, and even with the community around us.


Sometimes I think that all it takes is one match to start a fire, and I mean that in a good way. When we started fixing the playground spot, it was only a small group of us. The community watched us from a distance out of curiosity and were eager to see how this all would turn out. But like a fire of encouragement, we made them want to get involved and help us out in anyway possible. The family directly next to the site made us homemade lunch everyday, and threw a birthday party for our group member. And some of the locals helped us build the playground, sometimes even cleaning the site before we arrived in the morning!



For me, Rotaract has taught me to be aware, to give back, and most importantly work together. It’s very hard at times to imagine how people can come together and build something important, especially when you can all be from difference places. I value the chance to go to other countries and meet people with big or even bigger hearts than my own. The memories and accomplishments I had in Costa Rica made me a better person. I hope to continue to build more memories and inspire people to go beyond their boundaries as well.


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