Family, Friends, Food, What More Could An Overworked And Underpaid College Student Want

Family, Friends, Food, What More Could An Overworked And Underpaid College Student Want

I'll bring the sweatpants. You bring the pie.

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Let's not kid ourselves. We are that point in the semester where the papers are piling up, professors have lost all regard for our sanity and need for sleep, and life has become this big, scrunched up ball of stress. So, what do we need?

All of the food.

The stuff that your average college student deals with on a regular basis is actually laughable. A lot of us have part-time or full-time jobs and those jobs. For the most part, are in retail where the bosses firmly believe you don't have a life outside of your job and because you are a college student, you're replaceable so you have to plaster a super fake smile on your face, and just take the ridiculously small paychecks, rude encounters with customers, and the unneeded stress that comes with the job.

When you think about it, Thanksgiving is actually perfectly timed. It's towards the end of the semester and right before the stress of the holidays. Right before finals, college students get to indulge in huge vats of mac and cheese and all of the carbs. Granted, you do have to brave the awkward family questions about the direction of your life and whether or not you're seeing someone. Think about the stuffing and the mashed potatoes to get you through it. It'll make it worth it.

Thanksgiving is like the timeout where we, college students, gather strength through carb-loading and much-needed sleep to power through the end of the semester. Don't get us wrong. Seeing our family again and our friends is amazing. We just got distracted by the food and the comfy bed.

The past three months have been filled with ridiculous assignments, numerous deadlines, and for a lot of us, a job on top of all of this. We push through the long weeks caffeinated and determined. We are complete bosses at juggling our social life and workload. Well, for the most part. This is a pep talk so bear with me.

We handle all of this stress and tension and you know what the perfect reward is? Gravy. Lots and lots of gravy.

So, college students. Enjoy your Thanksgiving feast because babe, you one hundred percent deserve it. And to all of our lovely family members, if you see our eyes start to get that vacant sheen or any sign of emotional turmoil, pass the biscuits and the mac and cheese. We love in advance for it.

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Netflix broke everyone's heart and then stitched them back together within a matter of 12 hours the other day.

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What Do You Do When Tragedy Strikes Your Former Home?

In my desperate attempt to figure this out, I'm writing about it.

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On November 8th, I woke up with a voicemail from my mom. It went a little like this,

"Hey, it's Momma. I'm sorry it's really early your time, but I wanted to have you hear from me before you got the news on. There was a mass shooting in Thousand Oaks last night at a country bar about ten minutes from where our house was in Moorpark. There are 12 people dead, the shooter is dead, and a cop. It was college night at the bar, so anyone over 18 could go in. There were students from multiple colleges there, that's all they know so far. It's just horrible." And so on. I made it about halfway through the voicemail before I pulled out my laptop.

A thousand thoughts ran through my mind. This is what is referred to as one of the safest towns in America. This town was a short drive away from my home in Moorpark. These people are mostly my age. Then, the worst one occurred to me. What if when they display the victims' pictures, I recognize a face?

According to USAToday, the Thousand Oaks shooting is the 307th shooting on the 311th day of 2018. Are we supposed to allow ourselves to be desensitized to this gun violence? I sure hope not. I'll save you the agony of listening to how the rest of my day went. Long story short, I watched the news and cried more than I'd like to admit.

As the day carried on, I watched the pictures come up on my computer screen. I scrolled through social media and looked at my friend's posts of their friends being safe. Somehow, that did not calm me down. I watched the victim's faces pop up one by one on my laptop, and I listened to the stories.

All country music lovers, all college students, all heroes who helped save the lives of others before they lost their own. It was not until Friday that I realized I did recognize one of the faces. I logged onto my Facebook to get rid of a notification, and there it was. A picture of my childhood swim coaches, and Noel Sparks. Now, I understand that it's been years, but that doesn't make it any better. Each victim of the shooting had so much more life to be lived, and my heart breaks for each one of them. I send all of my love to the family, friends, and everyone affected by the Borderline shooting.

Not even a day later, there was news of a fire that is rapidly spreading. According to CBS News, The Woolsey fire has burned 98,362 acres of land and is only about 57% contained. While this fire has only 3 confirmed fatalities, the second fire that is burning in California has taken the lives of 56 people and burned 140,000 acres of land. I can spit out as many facts as my fingers can research, but it doesn't change the fact that my heart aches for my former home. When all of this tragedy happens and I'm 1,835 miles away, I have never felt so helpless. I donated to the victim's families, but I have not found a way to make sense of this in my mind. Why do these things happen? There's no concrete answer to this question, so am I going to wonder it forever?

If you would like to find a place to donate to the Borderline victims' families, click here. If you would like to find a place to donate to the victims' of the fires, click here.

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