The 2018 World Cup Was EASILY One Of The Best We've Seen

The 2018 World Cup Was EASILY One Of The Best We've Seen

Upsets galore and exciting soccer. What is there to ask for?


There have been many legendary games across the entire storied tradition of the World Cup; Germany-England, Italy-West Germany, and, as a recent addition, France-Argentina. Yes, this past World Cup has produced some spectacles to behold. Many World Cups have provided much excitement, but so many of the previous World Cup games have lacked the shine of this prestigious competitions. Games marred by violence, poor conduct, and just overall poor play. This World Cup? Beyond classic. SO many things went into this that made this unpredictable and fun.

For one, so many powerhouses bowed out early. Germany, Mexico, Spain, Portugal, etcetera. That is huge to see football powers disappear into the abyss of elimination. Even larger teams such as Brazil were eliminated early relative to their past performances. Smaller nations came out to play this year; Croatia, Russia, Belgium, and others surprised us this year. Even in the group stages, Iran, Senegal, and Morocco nearly surprised us. Japan quite nearly knocked off one of the aforementioned teams as well. This year was as capricious as it was exciting.

Another aspect of this year that made the World Cup more interesting was how exciting the games were. Japan-Belgium was easily one of the best games I have seen; Japan went up on two phenomenal goals, only to squander the lead in the dying minutes of the game. Sweden-Germany ended on a wonder strike from Kroos. Croatia-Russia went to the death, then to penalties, with each player attempting to give it their all. Even the final was the best of the modern era; six goals, some nice strikes, mistakes, crisp passing, defensive stalwarts, etcetera. A phenomenal set of games.

The narratives that defined the cup, and the subsequent memes, also strengthened my belief that this World Cup was phenomenal. France and the flourishing youth movement in the nation that could (eventually would) carry the team to the finals. England, off the back of an atrocious performance at the Euros, finished fourth and punched above their weight. The giants who could collapse, such as Germany and Brazil, as well as the stunning underdogs, such as Croatia and Belgium. The dark-horses came to define the tournament, and that narrative improved just about everything. The memes were also enjoyable (It's Coming Home? Nah).

Overall, the World Cup electrified a set of nations, disappointed others, and provided an entertaining outlet from this world that is inconstant. From the narratives, to the giants collapsing, and the exciting games providing entertainment for BILLIONS. This isn't even touching on the youngsters, who rode the backs of their nearly impeccable club seasons (well, for many of them), to a place in the roster, and, eventually for some, a World Cup victory. France earned their win off the backs of youngsters who provided new life and rejuvenated the team, as well as the steely veterans who helped provide the team with leadership. Congrats to France.

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Professional Athletes Are Paid Too Much

Are pro-athletes really deserving of the monetary commission they receive?

For generations, children have aspired to become professional athletes. In the 1920's children wanted to be Babe Ruth; in 2012 children wanted to be Derek Jeter. The list of pro-athletes that influence the younger generation can go on and on. Looking back on elementary school yearbooks, the most common profession for youths has (and will continue to be) a professional athlete. Whether it involves the MLB, the NFL, the NHL, or any other professional league, children tend to pick this profession out of love for the specific sport. Yet, these innocent and uninformed children seem to strike gold by choosing one of the most economically successful jobs in the world.

While professional athletes dedicate most of their life to their respected sport, the amount they are paid to simply play games is absurd. For example, the average salary for a professional football player in the NFL is $1.9 million per year. Keep in mind that that is average, without external endorsements. Therefore, some athletes make much more than that. The crowd favorite Peyton Manning averages $19 million a year. Sports other than football also have averages that are incredibly generous. In the world of golf, the popular Tiger Woods makes more than $45 million a year. These pro-athletes make millions of dollars, most of whom have not received an outstanding education. In fact, some have not even received a college diploma.

Zooming out from the glamorous and indulgent world of professional athletics, taking a look at other professions seems to be much less appealing. How is it that jobs that are vital to the success of the public receive much less commission than jobs that revolve around running to catch a ball? The average pediatrician makes $173,000 a year. The average teacher salary is $50,000 a year. This does not mean that a professional athlete is any less of a hard-working, devoted, deserving professional. This also does not mean that the athletes have not pushed themselves and worked incredibly hard throughout the years to get where they are, but it does mean that there is a line where inequity takes over. Fame and fortune are showered upon athletes. Is it truly necessary to average out millions of dollars per year when people spend massive amounts of time researching and developing new policies, cures, or other ways to improve the condition of the world? The salary and status of professional athletes seems to be a major power imbalance in the world of careers.

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From The Girl Who Kept Getting Denied Internships, Keep On Trying

"Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again." - Richard Branson


The idea of applying to graduate school or applying to a job in your intended field after college is a daunting experience. In an applicant pool of thousands of other students who majored in the same exact thing as you, how do you set yourself apart from everyone else?

The skills and knowledge you learn in a classroom setting can only help you so much unless you actually apply everything you have learned outside of the classroom. Clubs and organizations are a great way to find groups of individuals who are seeking the same experiences you are, but the most supplemental way to make the best out of everything you have learned and stand out as an applicant is to get an internship.

Internships are honestly a part of the college experience, and having an amazing internship can change your life for the better in ways you never would have imagined possible. An internship can open more doors for opportunities related in your desired field, you can network among individuals who can mentor and guide you, and sometimes, you meet people who will be a part of your life for a really long time.

I am going to be blunt here, the process of securing a great internship can be difficult at times; it can especially be more difficult if you have zero experience correlating in that field. Take it from someone who changed their major from the different side of the spectrum—biology to English—and the only professional experience I had was being a co-manager at a retail store.

I cannot begin to tell you how many internships I applied to in content creating, editing, or research opportunities, only to be flat our rejected or never even hear back from. My favorite rejection e-mail was from a publishing agency questioning why I even bothered to apply with the little experience I had and commented plentiful on the science courses I had taken, practically mocking me. I am not being dramatic when I say for an entire two semesters—summer and fall—that I applied over and over again only to be continuously rejected as my peers were securing some of the coolest internships locally and out-of-state.

It is exhausting to constantly feel defeated every time you receive an e-mail along the lines of "Thank you for applying to our company for this desired internship position. Unfortunately, …" You put out the best version of yourself and it's hard not taking it personally. Despite all the rejection emails you might receive, no matter how defeated you may feel, I can promise you that eventually, someone is going to look at your application and really see the potential you possess and take that opportunity to hire you onto their team.

For every rejection e-mail I received, I kept telling myself "this is a blessing in disguise." I will admit, there were periods of time that got the best of me and I stopped applying as frequently as I usually did, but I never genuinely stopped applying. After two semesters of continuously applying, I finally received a paid internship that was willing to work alongside my school schedule, and this opportunity was better than any other internship I applied for in the past combined. Someone finally took a chance with me and all the months of rejections leading up to this point were worth it.

My advice?

1. Apply as early as internships allow you.

The earlier you apply, the faster you will hear a response.

2. Apply to positions even if you're under-qualified.

Take a chance and never settle. Sometimes, companies are willing to train you even if you don't meet all the credentials they're looking for!

3. Connect unrelated experiences.

If you're like me and you have absolutely zero experience in a field you're applying to, try making connections with things you have experience with. For example, for my biology courses, I would say in interviews for internships in content creating that I have the ability to create different content on various topics and that I was very detail-oriented.

4. Apply to many internships.

Don't just apply to one and hope for the best. Apply to as many opportunities you come across because someone is bound to call you back eventually.

5. Sell yourself in your interview.

Show them the best version of yourself and what you can bring to the company. Not every company is going to be the best fit for you, but this is your time humbly brag about all the hard work you have done so own it.

The process for applying to internships can be bittersweet, but I never gave up and you shouldn't either.

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