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Every roommate situation in college is going to be different.
All you can do is hope and pray that they'll just leave you alone for the most part. A lot of the time, you can get a hint about what kind of roommate they'll be just knowing their first name.
Her dad pays her rent. She can't cook. Litters the kitchen with take out boxes from the local vegan joint.
Totally wants you to go to SoulCycle with her at 6 a.m. on a Saturday. Room is littered with leggings and sneakers.
Comes home at 3 a.m. after a night of heavy drinking. Loudly makes some sort of frozen meal. Sleeps through her noon alarm.
Probably has dark hair and an acoustic guitar. Keeps pretty much to herself. Does homework in the living room at obscure hours.
Was on the dance team in high school and has not stopped telling you about how great it was. Does work out videos on the TV in the living room.
Brings her boyfriend over every night of the week. Brings different boys home on the weekends.
Actively avoids cleaning the bathroom. Leaves her dishes in the sink. You haven't seen her shower in four days.
Normal. Quiet. Wants to be a high school English teacher.
Wild. Emotionally distraught always. Is always hosting the pre-game. Never comes home with all of the clothes she left wearing.
"Definitely should have got into Harvard, but I ended up here instead." Too into trying to get a 4.0 to pay attention to you.
Studies music performance. Screams expletives at her keyboard. Cannot play the trumpet, but still tries really hard.
So tall she almost hits her head on the doorways. Plays basketball. Raps to old Kanye in the shower.
Should not be allowed to go out. Goes out every weekend anyway. Throws up in your bathtub and doesn't always address it in the morning.
Stressing about her internship. Is currently failing all of her classes. Will somehow still get a 3.5 GPA this semester.
You never see her, only the hairballs she leaves all around your place.
Only has guy friends because "it's easier." Guy friends who leave empty beer cans out after every sporting event on TV.
Has a 4.0 as a biology major. Is going to med school. Sterilizes her room, the bathroom and the kitchen sink every four hours.
Always has a paper about feminism to write. Rosie the Riveter poster in her room.
Is probably dating her boss. Has straight Ds in all her classes.
Is somehow always home when you're home. You know nothing about her other than where she's from.
Trying to become the next big YouTuber. Has lighting equipment all over the place. You constantly hear the phrase, "Hey guys, welcome to my channel!" She squealed because yesterday she hit 25 subscribers.
Is probably plotting your murder. Lurks around like a cat.
School's out for summer, but not forever. Let's get caught up on some stories I found really fascinating this week.
Over 60 killed in protests near the Israel and Palestine border(developing):
The arrival of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem has been debated for decades and now that it's officially there, (no less on the anniversary of Israel's independence) Palestinians have come out to protest. According to the United Nations Human Rights Commissioner among those killed were women, children, journalists, first responders, and bystanders. Israeli Defense Forces estimated 40,000 protestors were at the protest. Israel military forces air-dropped leaflets warning protestors to stay away from the eastern border of the Gaza strip near the security fence.
The use of live ammunition and force is being called into question as to whether or not that was the best course of action for the protest. I have a feeling this will continue to develop in the future weeks. Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights condemned the "appalling, and deadly violence".
Social Security Secrets: Some information on SS.
Although I'm quite far from being anywhere near retirement age I found this article on some basic information about Social Security to be very fascinating. This article covers topics like when you can receive your full benefit depending on the year you were born, what spousal benefits can tell you about your experience, and other curious odds and ends most people don't know about Social Security.
A new think-tank suggests combining Medicare and the ACA: a revolutionary idea on Healthcare?
The plan is called "The Healthy America" plan, and it's being lauded by those from the left-of-center think-tank "The Urban Institute". Their proposal doesn't suggest we change our market to a system focused on healthcare for all. Instead this plan suggests we offer public options with private plans by creating a new market. It would cover children, and the disabled the same, and it would provide more cost coverage for those on the Affordable Care Act. Among other policies on the plan, it would cover Low-income people if they were found to be uninsured, and also keep the pre-existing condition prohibition ban from the ACA.
Department of State lifts hiring freeze: A change in the air for foreign policy?
New Secretary of State, and former CIA director Mike Pompeo has lifted the hiring freeze at the State Department of the United States. This is a shift from the former policies of former Sec. of State Rex Tillerson. This shift may be a sign that the United States is making a change in how it approaches foreign policy, or it could signify Pompeo gaining favor with the President.
Supreme Court strikes down law banning gambling on Sports
The New Jersey law prohibiting gambling on sports has been struck down by the highest court in the United States. This could open up gambling on sports more throughout the nation, and will help increase growth in a burgeoning industry.
Africa's Free Trade Future: A story in the works
African nations have started signing a new free trade agreement in Africa aiming to eliminate 90% of tariffs within the continent for commercial trade.Talks started in 2015 to establish what the nations are attempting to call the "African Continental Free Trade Area". If successful in the negotiations, the continent could see its GDP grow to $3 Trillion making it one of the larger economies in the world, comparative to Germany.
In other news...
Elon Musk shares video of Tesla pulling Jet
This is pretty neat! Who says Electric cars don't have torque?
Tenacious D announce tour, and new album
Ever since the pick of destiny, many of our lives have felt the impact of Tenacious D. Their music serenades the heart, and solidifies the soul. With the recent announcement of a new tour, and a new album it's hard to contain the joy resonating from myself. With it being their first album in six years, i'm sure there are plenty of others prepared for the LP later this year.