Are Colorado College's Meal Plan And Forced On-Campus Housing Financial Slavery?

Are Colorado College's Meal Plan And Forced On-Campus Housing Financial Slavery?

Colorado College's Monopoly On Goods And Services.

The truck system is a system of paying workers that was widespread in England during the 18th and 19th century. In this system, workers did not receive standard money, but instead a currency that could only be used at a store owned by that particular factory. This system allowed for the factory owner to inflate the prices of his goods as much as he desired.

For example, if a worker was supposed to be paid the equivalent of three shillings a week in a separate currency, three shillings in that separate currency might buy much less at the factory store than it could buy the worker in the real world.

Personally, I can't help but see an obvious connection between this system and Colorado College's meal plan and forced on-campus housing.

The meal plan works as follows: every semester, a student living on campus at Colorado College must convert at least 2,334 dollars of real-world currency into Tiger Bucks. Through this system, the College administration is able to inflate prices any amount that they wish. From personal experience, I find that products sold at campus stores are roughly twice the price of the same products sold in a real-world scenario. Because the school has created a closed system, there is no competition, which allows the school to have a monopoly on their own products.

Along with this, the forced on-campus housing functions in a very similar way. Since a student here has no option but to live on campus for at least three years, the school can, once again, inflate the price of living by as much as they want.

The way in which the school punishes students who receive disciplinary probation also demonstrates the school's obvious desire to force students to give even more money to the college than they already do. Instead of forcing students to move off campus, which seems like the proper solution for a community member who is acting in a way that the school disapproves of and may make other students uncomfortable, the school actually gives the student a worse time slot for housing. This makes it harder for the student to move farther away from the community that they may be "negatively affecting."

Beyond the blatant unfairness of this system, this system has also caused unwanted health issues for me. I'm someone who greatly prefers to make his own food in a particular way, rather than constantly ordering food from a small variety of places.

As a result, I eat less food than I normally would, and usually live around 10 pounds under my normal, healthy weight. As for not being able to move off campus, this causes me much stress, nervousness, and paranoia. I am a person who highly values privacy, and being forced to live in an area where I am surrounded by other students, RA's, and an RLC is very damaging to my psyche.

We as a community need to stamp out this current system and introduce one where students have freedom, instead of the school having complete control over our lives.

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You May Have Worn The Prom Dress With Him, But I Get To Wear The Wedding Dress

You had him in high school, but I get him for the rest of my life.

High school seems like the best time of your life when you are in it. You think that all of your friends will be with you until the end, and that you will end up with whoever you are dating your senior year. For very few, that might just be the case. For all others, that is far from true.

You thought that you would marry your boyfriend and you thought that everything would work out how you had always imagined. I don't blame you though. He's great. You wanted everything with him, but you were just not right for him.

I wish I could say that I am sorry it didn't work out for you, but I can't. I can't because he is mine now, and I get to cherish him forever. You didn't do that right, and you were not meant to be together. You will find someone too, but I am happy that you were not the one for him.

Sometimes I have issues with jealousy, and I hate that you got all of the high school stuff with him. You got to go to games and support him. It kills me that I couldn't be there for him because I know I would have actually been there wholeheartedly. I would have done it out of love, not as a popularity appearance.

I hate that you got to go to all of the school dances with him. He got to see you all dressed up and probably told you how great you looked. I'm sure you did look great. Prom dresses were always fun to pick out and so colorful. It was exciting to match colors with your date. I am sure you had fun choosing his matching tux to your dress.

I find myself getting jealous, but then I stop. I am getting to match his tux with our wedding colors. I got to go dress shopping in a sea of white, and he doesn't get to know one detail about that dress yet. He will get to see me walk down the aisle and then every day forever. I get to love him forever.

I try to not get jealous of all of the things you got with him because it is all in the past. You had your time, and now I get the wedding. You got to dress up in high school, but I get to dress up for my wedding with him. He may have put a corsage on your wrist, but he will be putting the wedding ring on my finger.

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I Expected It To Have It All Together By 22 And I'm Still Far From That

What we expected and what reality actually is, are two completely different things...


Oh our 20s, how we expected them to be so different. We expected to graduate college at 22, have a career by 23, be engaged by 24, married with a house by 25, kids by 26-28, vacationing with the family by 30, and retired by 60. We expected college to be parties and cute boys/girls. Instead, we got late nights of studying and crying after a job that barely pays for our car, food, dorm, and textbooks. We get no social life and if we do our grades suffer for it.

Our 20s were expected to be all fun but all we got were struggles and stress. I mean I don't know about you but I expected, to have it all together and I'm nearly 23 and far from it. I had all the scholarships and great grades, and I still don't have any type of degree.

Reality hits after 18. Most of us don't have the help of mom and dad anymore. We have to find our way and make a path for ourselves. Sometimes our dreams and goals have to be put on hold for that. The 20s isn't fun. It's about discovering who you are, who you want to be, and where you want to go. Some of us serve our country, some become incarcerated, some of us parents, some teachers, others cops, others travel or study abroad, some dead, some ill, other managers, others homeless, some still living home, and some even addicts.

The weird thing about your 20s is everyone is doing something different, but yet everyone is confused and comparing themselves to others. People feel if they're not doing what others are doing, in their age group then they have failed themselves. What people forget is that with life comes obstacles and sacrifice and everyone's life and situations are different. You are where you need to be right now, for you, and I think that's something to remember in your 20s.

Another thing about your 20's is you're free to think for yourself now. No more having to follow a religion you dislike or hold back from things you love. The world is literally yours to discover and learn from. Possibilities are endless! I think your 20's are the years you create yourself to the best version of you and build the foundation for your future. Just remember, we all build at our own pace.


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