Breaking The Bank

Breaking The Bank

Buying textbooks may not be in your best interest...

Here I am, back again with another college student struggle that needs to be known. Can we talk about how expensive textbooks are? And for what purpose? To be opened once for a chapter 1 diagram for negative two seconds? I think not. Here's why I stopped buying textbooks from Winthrop's bookstore, Amazon, Chegg, etc.

The books may NOT even be required. You know how our wingspan accounts it tells us what books are "required" and which are "recommended"? My advice is to wait and go to the first class meeting, then decide if you really want to buy that $160 math book. Even though the WU Bookstore price matches (kudos), books still add up to be a pretty penny.

Books for online classes are tricky. This is up to you and how your preferences are. Either you decide to buy the book to be on the safe side or you just use the notes and PowerPoints that most online professors grant you.

For the last two years of my collegiate career, I've been buying my books from my fellow peers.They charge much lower than the $160. Maybe from a student, that book could be $80. It's cheaper and if they had that professor already, they can tell you if you will actually need the book.

I wish someone had told me this was an option before my freshman year and I spent hundreds in the bookstore renting/buying the "required" texts that are used only a handful of times, if that many.

College already breaks our bank and our parents' bank what with tuition, miscellaneous fees i.e computer lab fee, library fee, breathing fee, blinking fee etc, and all of the "necessary" things needed for each individual minor.

Shop carefully! Join your school's Facebook groups and when the semester starts, see what books you need, then ask your peers for them first before you hit the bookstore.

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12 Realities Of A Nursing Student

​​​Why being a nursing student is the best and worst decision you will ever make.

I am a nursing student. This is synonymous with lifeless, stressed, exhausted, compassionate, smart and a plethora of other words. If you are or were ever a nursing student (in which we can't blame you for switching majors, the struggle is real), you will completely understand these 12 reasons why being a nursing student is insanely painful and extremely rewarding at the same time. If you're debating becoming a nurse, then this might serve as a helpful list of pros and cons.

SEE ALSO: Why Nursing Is Different Than Any Other Major

1. Free time is nonexistent.

There is always a test, quiz, care plan or clinical that is demanding all of your attention, all the time. Say goodbye to friends, say goodbye to fun and say goodbye to your sanity.

2. Your schedule is insane.

You need to pencil in time in between studying for multiple exams, going to class and clinical hours in order to sleep or eat. When a non-nursing major complains about their 8 a.m. class, you just roll your eyes because you've been up since 5 a.m. and probably won't go to sleep until at least 2 in the morning.

3. You feel extremely stupid.

You perpetually feel unprepared for tests and you're disappointed that your grades won't be perfect any longer. You feel straight-up confused all the time. That 4.0 you had in high school? Yeah, that's not possible in nursing school, boo.

4. You also feel insanely intelligent.

When you spew out healthcare jargon and your non-nursing friends have no idea what you're talking about, you feel pretty damn cool. Plus, you now understand what the heck is going on in "Grey's Anatomy," so you're basically Derek Shepherd IRL.

5. Your teachers are disorganized and make classes practically impossible to pass.

Most of them grade harshly and make your life a living hell. And they usually don't have any sort of education degree or experience. Solid.

6. The two or three teachers you actually like already are, or will be, your friends.

The ones that help you get through the torture that is nursing school are keepers. They'll probably write you letters of recommendation or go out for drinks with you once you're no longer their student.

7. You have to pay to work.

You pay tuition for clinical hours, which essentially means you pay to work. Sure, the experience is invaluable, but that's a lot of time and effort to do for free.

8. Your nursing friends will be your friends for life.

There is a special bond between nursing students friends. You've studied together, you've laughed together, you've cried together, you've drank together. No one can understand the pain and glory that is nursing school like your fellow nursing students. And you know you couldn't have done it without them. No nurse left behind.

9. You see some really cool cases.

Some of the patient cases you see at clinical are nothing short of amazing. Knowing that you helped with an interesting and complex case leaves you with an invaluable experience and greater confidence in your knowledge and skills.

10. You will also see some really gross cases.

There are some images you just can't un-see (or un-smell) no matter how hard you try. I won't go into details, but nurses see some really icky stuff on a daily basis.

11. You will learn useless information.

Just like every other major, you have to take stupid classes that won't ever help you in life. I know for a fact I will never use the knowledge I gained from Healthcare Economics or Computer Skills for Health Sciences ever in life as an RN.

12. When you do have "free time," you kill it.

No one can party like a nursing student. No one. You drink so you can save lives.

No matter how hellish nursing school can be, you'd never change it. You know that being a nurse is what you're meant to do. No other job can handle your crazy, your feels, or your brains. You've been trained for this. Keep trucking through this bitch of an undergrad degree, we are all in this together. Now go out there, it's a beautiful day to save lives.

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Sorry, Tim Tebow, But College Is About More Than Football

So, apparently, UA students have done nothing for the university because they don't attend the football games. At least, that's what Tim Tebow said.


Tim Tebow. UF quarterback, Heisman Trophy winner, All-American kid.

Tim Tebow. I always liked him. His commitment to the sport, even though I don't really care much about the sport, his determination to continue being an athlete even when the NFL didn't work out, and, most of all, his faith.

I always loved his fearlessness to show his faith on the field, crediting God for everything. It made Tebow unique, special - a real shining light in a stereotypical environment.

But, once he left UF and, ultimately, the NFL, I never really paid much attention to where he was going. I hadn't heard much about him, honestly, until now.

When the coach of University of Alabama's football team made a controversial comment about Alabama's lackluster fans, Tebow stepped in. Here's what he had to say:

"Listen, I agree with (Saban), I love it. I think the fans are getting so entitled there at Alabama, specifically the students. Listen, as a student, you've done nothing to win all of these titles, okay? You spend a little bit of daddy's money to show up at a game and to go to school there. You say you're the best fans in college football, but you need to show up. I don't care if you're playing Louisiana-whoever or Hoover High School. You show up to the game and you support the team. If you want to say you're the best fans in the country, you show up every game no matter what. Coach Saban is right. Alabama students, you need to show up for your team. Nick Saban's not entitled at all. That's what happens when you win championship after championship and you're also at a place that says they're best fans in college football and the best fans in football. Guess what? Your students need to show up to the game. You're 18- 19- 20-years old. You've done nothing for the University of Alabama. It's your job to show up so you can live out the claims that you're the best fans in college football because we see it in signs all the time. Alright. They need to show up for their team."

Now, I'm not here to bash Tebow. He seems like a great guy, really. Honestly, that's why this struck me so hard. I never expected him to say something like this. But he did, and I think a few points need to be given to the hard-working college students instead of the precious football team for once.

1. Not all UA students, or college students in general, are getting everything paid for by their parents.


Not even close to the case. Does Tebow even realize that students who do not attend school on an athletic scholarship don't have a money tree back home? Some work more than one job or take out student loans to get their degree. Some are going on academic scholarships... scholarships that require a ridiculously high GPA to maintain. Which brings me to my next point...

2. UA students have done plenty for their university.

Tim Tebow did not just say students have done nothing for the university, just because they don't go to the games. Seriously? Like, seriously? That sentence was a lot to take in because, from my experience at a university without a football team, there are hundreds of other ways to contribute to your school without being a football player or a football fan. Including, maintaining a high GPA and making your school known for something more than its sports team.

3. It is most definitely not the job of all UA students to show up to the games.

I get it, he's trying to prove a point. He's trying to bash the fans for calling themselves the best when they don't act like it. But, maybe he could've been more specific in his statement instead of generalizing all UA students into one big group that has a "job" they have to pay for and might not even enjoy. Because, shockingly enough, not every college student can afford to attend the games and/or they might not even enjoy football! No, their job is their academics. Football is extracurricular for most people. If they have time, great, but it is not their job to go to a game.

SEE ALSO: Tim Tebow, You Dragging The UA Student Section Was Ignorant And Hurtful. I'm Forgiving You Anyway

All in all, I still like Tebow. But this statement was not the most eloquent thing he has ever said. It is not the job of a college student to go to a football game; if anything, it is a privilege and reward. Because not all of them are going there on "daddy's money" as Tebow suggests.

Overall, Tim Tebow, please just be kinder in your statements to college students in the future. We're stressed, OK? What you said was not cool.

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