Breaking The Bank

Breaking The Bank

Buying textbooks may not be in your best interest...
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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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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.
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Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.


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College Admissions Should Not Be A Game Of Who Can Pay The Most, Legally Or Illegally

College admissions is supposed to be a fair shot for all kids, not a competition of who can pay the most to get in.

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My mother taught me that education is the most important thing in my life and that education always comes first. My mother taught me that in order to succeed in life I had to work hard and learn how to become something on my own. I was taught to use everything that my parents have given me to make a better life for myself. Through these values, I learned just how vital getting a good education is and just how hard I had to work to succeed academically.

Unfortunately, there are those entitled parents that believe that money can buy everything. Money shouldn't be able to buy everything, especially college admissions. However, recent events have proven that a good amount of money can buy admissions into elite colleges. College admissions are supposed to be a fair shot for all kids, not a competition of who can pay the most to get in.

Recently, a huge college admissions scandal has been unfolded that involves celebrities and big names in the business, including Lori Loughlin, the actress who played Aunt Becky on "Full House." Basically, through a supposed non-profit, known as The Key, wealthy parents were able to "donate" money to this "college counseling company." Through the "donations" made, The Key was used to bribe athletic college coaches and test administrators in order to benefit the children of the parents. Events like this make me question if working hard is even worth it since privilege is so pertinent in this country. It boggles my mind the lengths that these wealthy parents went through to get their kids into big name schools.

It's crazy to me how these families had the money and resources available to provide their kids with world-renowned tutors, prep books or athletic trainers, but they chose to cheat the system and bribe their way into college.

Rich, entitled and privileged kids get into these amazing colleges and take spots from deserving, unprivileged students, who have worked their entire lives and overcome several obstacles to get where they are. It's unfair and appalling. These children already have privileges beyond most people. There are kids that literally depend on going to college to have any kind of future for themselves. Buying your way through life eventually catches up to you and I hope that these families are persecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

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