To The Person Unsure If They Should Chase Their Dream

To The Person Unsure If They Should Chase Their Dream

Don't let your dreams just be dreams.

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When we are younger and asked what we want to be when we grow up we typically change our minds each time we are asked. One moment we might want to be an astronaut and there might be a time we want to be a doctor. For me, I changed dream careers as fast as someone would snap their fingers or clap their hands. I never knew what I wanted to do all I knew was that I wanted it to be something I was good at and something I enjoyed.

As the college year begins new students will arrive on my college campus and begin their journey to not only find what they want to do with their life but who they want to be. Of those new students, there will be some who have no idea what they want to do and others who will be told that their dream is unachievable. I have fit into both of these categories before and at times still feel I do. There is nothing wrong with chasing a dream but don't let negative people try and tell you any differently.

To the new student,

Congratulations!

You made it to college. College allows us to express and explore different parts of our identity and gives us the opportunities to grow and prepare us for the future. You learn about your identity, the people you want to surround yourself with and what events may be easy and hard for you. You are always learning in college whether you are in the classroom or not and each day you understand certain ideas better.

However, there are going to be some tough times in college. You may enter college thinking you want to focus on a specific area to study and you will lose interest. This is completely normal as I immediately knew my major wasn't right for me and I wanted to change. Don't let the idea of changing your major make you believe that you still cannot achieve your dream career. There are many people who graduate from college with a degree in one field and end up working a career completely different from their degree.

If you want a specific career, begin reaching out to professors and people they may know who work in your area of interest. This is a direct look at how people can see what they would be doing in this career and will help determine if this is something you want to continue to pursue. Having connections such as professors and their colleagues will also allow you to connect with certain internships and lead to a job.

There are going to be people throughout your life who may try and get under your skin about a certain decision. It is up to you to prove them wrong. If you want to be a lawyer and there are people in your life who might not support that decision let that be your motivation. There are hundreds of people waiting for you to fail but find a way for you not to give them a reason to be excited about your failure.

Your dream job isn't unachievable. If you work hard in college and immerse yourself in different clubs and activities you will find ways to grow and be prepared for your career. There are many people who are ready to see you fail but show them why you won't fail. Let the people who looked down on you change how they see a situation. If you want to be an entrepreneur and you think you have a great idea go meet with other businessmen and women and see how that idea can be improved and if it can be used. There are people out there willing to help you and it is up to you to find them.

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I Am A College Student, And I Think Free Tuition Is Unfair To Everyone Who's Already Paid For It

Stop expecting others to pay for you.

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I attend Fordham University, a private university in the Bronx.

I commute to school because I can't afford to take out more loans than I already do.

Granted, I've received scholarships because of my grades, but they don't cover my whole tuition. I am nineteen years old and I have already amassed the debt of a 40-year-old. I work part-time and the money I make covers the bills I have to pay. I come from a middle-class family, but my dad can't afford to pay off my college loans.

I'm not complaining because I want my dad to pay my loans off for me; rather I am complaining because while my dad can't pay my loans off (which, believe me, he wants too), he's about to start paying off someone else's.

During the election, Bernie frequently advocated for free college.

Now, if he knew enough about economics he would know it simply isn't feasible. Luckily for him, he is seeing his plan enacted by Cuomo in NY. Cuomo has just announced that in NY, state public college will be free.

Before we go any further, it's important to understand what 'free' means.

Nothing is free; every single government program is paid for by the taxpayers. If you don't make enough to have to pay taxes, then something like this doesn't bother you. If you live off welfare and don't pay taxes, then something like this doesn't bother you. When someone offers someone something free, it's easy to take it, like it, and advocate for it, simply because you are not the one paying for it.

Cuomo's free college plan will cost $163,000,000 in the first year (Did that take your breath away too?). Now, in order to pay for this, NY state will increase their spending on higher education to cover these costs. Putting two and two together, if the state decides to raise their budget, they need money. If they need money they look to the taxpayers. The taxpayers are now forced to foot the bill for this program.

I think education is extremely important and useful.

However, my feelings on the importance of education does not mean that I think it should be free. Is college expensive? Yes -- but more so for private universities. Public universities like SUNY Cortland cost around $6,470 per year for in-state residents. That is still significantly less than one of my loans for one semester.

I've been told that maybe I shouldn't have picked a private university, but like I said, I believe education is important. I want to take advantage of the education this country offers, and so I am going to choose the best university I could, which is how I ended up at Fordham. I am not knocking public universities, they are fine institutions, they are just not for me.

My problems with this new legislation lie in the following: Nowhere are there any provisions that force the student receiving aid to have a part-time job.

I work part-time, my sister works part-time, and plenty of my friends work part-time. Working and going to school is stressful, but I do it because I need money. I need money to pay my loans off and buy my textbooks, among other things. The reason I need money is because my parents can't afford to pay off my loans and textbooks as well as both of my sisters'. There is absolutely no reason why every student who will be receiving aid is not forced to have a part-time job, whether it be working in the school library or waitressing.

We are setting up these young adults up for failure, allowing them to think someone else will always be there to foot their bills. It's ridiculous. What bothers me the most, though, is that my dad has to pay for this. Not only my dad, but plenty of senior citizens who don't even have kids, among everyone else.

The cost of living is only going up, yet paychecks rarely do the same. Further taxation is not a solution. The point of free college is to help young adults join the workforce and better our economy; however, people my parents' age are also needed to help better our economy. How are they supposed to do so when they can't spend their money because they are too busy paying taxes?

Free college is not free, the same way free healthcare isn't free.

There is only so much more the taxpayers can take. So to all the students about to get free college: get a part-time job, take personal responsibility, and take out a loan — just like the rest of us do. The world isn't going to coddle you much longer, so start acting like an adult.

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Writing Saved My Sanity

Write it all down when you can't talk to anyone.

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I love writing.

I have since elementary school, and I've dreamed of becoming a published author. I started off writing stupid plays in elementary school, then it grew it almost writing a full-blown novel in middle school. I have no idea where that thing went to. It was all notebook paper and bad writing. In high school, my writing was kinda pushed to the side so I could focus on school. When I entered college, I started writing small poems about my now ex-boyfriend.

I was scared to express myself to him sometimes, the intensity of my feelings for him scared me. So instead of telling him, I wrote them down. When I tried to share them with him, he hated it. He thought writing down feelings was weird and creepy. So I didn't share anything else with him. When we finally broke up for good, everything just poured out of me. What I couldn't express verbally, I wrote or typed out.

I always have ideas flowing through my head. They never cease and I wouldn't want them to. Writing gives me an escape, from stress, work, school, or fights. It gives me a place to vent and to be open with everything. This is a reason I love writing for Odyssey, not only has this place brought me amazing friends but revived my love for writing. I'm never without my notebook anymore, I'd get distracted in class by an idea and have to write I think then and there.

I love sharing my more personal writing with close friends, especially my poems as of late. I found that I have a voice for young women who find themselves in a toxic relationship much like mine was. I want to speak out and show them that you can grow from the bullshit. It may take some time, but you will be better.

Writing saved my sanity. It allows me to express myself without having to use my actual voice. Anyone who knows me, knows I hate public speaking. I tend to psych myself out leading up to it. My current projects include writing for Odyssey every week, I'm in the process of trying to continue my short stories, and I'm excited to announce that I'm currently working on my very first poetry book!

Writing has given me so much, and I'm so looking forward to making a career out of something I love so much.

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