A simple Activity Became A Misadventure

A simple Activity Became A Misadventure


Before one does a workout, an ideal water and food consumption is recommended before the exercise. Class readings are my ideal food and water consumption for a good class discussion and enhanced learning. Highlighters and pens are my protein bars.

All of my readings are printed out. Every year, I start with about 3,200 printer points. Three of my classes are text-emphasized. The binders containing these texts are expected to swell up at semester’s end. A week before final exams, I ended the semester with 120 printer points. A total of 60 pages would be printed. 120 points would not cut it.

One Thursday evening I found my friend Madeline at the campus center dining hall and joined her for dinner. I had asked to use her printer points to print my Communication Arts, Political Science, and Philosophy readings. Generally the process of printing papers takes three minutes(including stapling and hole-punching for binder assembly); this session took forty-five minutes. Here is what happened.

In order for me to borrow Madeline’s printer points. I needed her username, and password to log in to a school computer. Like in the cover picture above, an ID was also required to activate the printer. She came with me on my adventure.

We were on the campus center, which houses three floors. The second floor has two school computers, and the third floor has the printer.

On the second floor, I spotted the two computers, and remembered that one of them has been rendered useless. No computer technician has fixed the problem. The other computer was already occupied by a stranger. I asked the stranger, “Can I use your printer points? I have to print something.” The stranger replied, “yes, make it fast, please.” This was good so that Madeline didn’t have to print at all.

After preparing all my readings(which opened seven tabs total), the stranger noticed and bailed on the offer. Madeline logged in to the computer. Everything loaded three times slower than usual. Frustration grew.

The files were loaded and I placed them all in the print queue. We went to the third floor to the only printer in the building, and it read, “out of service.” There was a vending machine behind me. I wondered if the hulk could be hired to pick up the vending machine and pound the printer for me.

Our next destination was the library. I had tried to push a locked campus center glass door open with my hand and not my face this time. Placing the articles in a printing queue went smoothly this time. The pile of paper packed weight. Separating the articles took a minute.

I staple my articles whereas the staple is aligned vertically on the top left edge of the paper. The staple must also be as close to the edges as possible. This is to ensure that no text is trapped underneath where the staple situates. Madeline stapled the papers horizontally farther from the edges. The day before, I watched “Inglorious Bastards;” so I said “nein nein nein nein!” to her. In the end, I accepted the staple placement.

It was raining outside. All readings were concealed underneath my t-shirt to keep them dry. It didn’t hurt to wear a half-inch thick 8” x 11” extra layer on my belly button. The return-trip to the campus center was safe and without further event. The goods were delivered to my messenger bag, and the excitement to do my college readings never sapped.

Cover Image Credit: Confluence at Canisius College

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The Truth About Young Marriage

Different doesn't mean wrong.

When I was a kid, I had an exact picture in my mind of what my life was going to look like. I was definitely not the kind of girl who would get married young, before the age of 25, at least.

And let me tell you, I was just as judgmental as that sentence sounds.

I could not wrap my head around people making life-long commitments before they even had an established life. It’s not my fault that I thought this way, because the majority opinion about young marriage in today’s society is not a supportive one. Over the years, it has become the norm to put off marriage until you have an education and an established career. Basically, this means you put off marriage until you learn how to be an adult, instead of using marriage as a foundation to launch into adulthood.

When young couples get married, people will assume that you are having a baby, and they will say that you’re throwing your life away — it’s inevitable.

It’s safe to say that my perspective changed once I signed my marriage certificate at the age of 18. Although marriage is not always easy and getting married at such a young age definitely sets you up for some extra challenges, there is something to be said about entering into marriage and adulthood at the same time.

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Getting married young does not mean giving up your dreams. It means having someone dream your dreams with you. When you get lost along the way, and your dreams and goals seem out of reach, it’s having someone there to point you in the right direction and show you the way back. Despite what people are going to tell you, it definitely doesn’t mean that you are going to miss out on all the experiences life has to offer. It simply means that you get to share all of these great adventures with the person you love most in the world.

And trust me, there is nothing better than that. It doesn’t mean that you are already grown up, it means that you have someone to grow with.

You have someone to stick with you through anything from college classes and changing bodies to negative bank account balances.

You have someone to sit on your used furniture with and talk about what you want to do and who you want to be someday.

Then, when someday comes, you get to look back on all of that and realize what a blessing it is to watch someone grow. Even after just one year of marriage, I look back and I am incredibly proud of my husband. I’m proud of the person he has become, and I’m proud of what we have accomplished together. I can’t wait to see what the rest of our lives have in store for us.

“You can drive at 16, go to war at 18, drink at 21, and retire at 65. So who can say what age you have to be to find your one true love?" — One Tree Hill
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Like many other college students, I was ready for summer but was kinda bummed that I had to work. Its not that I didn't like where I was working, I actually was really lucky to be working in a hospital environment but I just hated being alone all summer from 9-5. I've had this job for a few years now and a few other paid interns came and went but I never really connected with any of them. This year is different though.

I got really lucky to have another intern work with me that was very similar to me. The tasks we got were always simple but they were made to be more fun because I got to do them while talking with someone else. Now I actually enjoy and look forward to going to work.

The key to finding a good job is finding one that you enjoy doing and one that will help you gain knowledge that will help you out with future career plans. Working with friends also make tasks enjoyable! I would be careful with working with your friend however because if your job needs you to be serious and focused, being around your best friends may distract you from that.

Another thing that definitely makes summer jobs more enjoyable are taking breaks! It is your summer vacation after all! I'm not saying don't take a day off just to sit around, but if you make plans with family and friends, take a Friday off and enjoy the warm weather and good company! Employers understand that us college students and on break and have lives, they are usually very lenient with days off!

If you have to do a summer job to make money to live off of or pay for college, the best thing to do is look at the big picture. If you don't enjoy your job but can't afford to quit, remember that the money if going to help you out a lot. Also, this job is probably only for the summer right? So it's not permanent my friend! Get through these annoying few weeks and you will be back at college, taking steps for a bigger and brighter future.

Summer jobs are tough, I know, but make the most of it! And don't forget to enjoy it whenever you can!!!


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