Free T-Shirts Are Addictive For College Students

Free T-Shirts Are Addictive For College Students

And I'm not sure there is a cure.
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Before I came to college, I remember someone telling me not to bring any T-shirts. I admit, I brought a couple, but I finally understand why I shouldn't have. Free T-shirts will hit you in the face (literally, at football games) once you arrive at college.

Within the first week, I gained at least eight free T-shirts, which I took as quite the accomplishment. I felt like I figured out some secret way to gain new apparel. Soon enough, every event promised free T-shirts, and I was the first in line to retrieve one. I would come back to my dorm and boast about the shirts I had acquired, as if my entire wardrobe is defined purely by T-shirts.

Some came from clubs I joined – or better yet, clubs I didn't join. Some came from random events like freshmen orientation, conferences, or hackathons. Some seemed like they just appeared out of nowhere. Some were even duplicates, which I cannot justify even if I tried. Some weren't the right size because even if it wasn't going to fit, it was still a free shirt.

However, after three months of college, I realized that free T-shirts are more of an addiction than anything. My drawer of short-sleeve shirts is overflowing to the point that I started packing away unworn shirts in a duffel bag to bring home. Yet, I find enjoyment in gaining another shirt, because I add it to my collection and tell my friends about my prowess in obtaining free clothing.

Others might think my collection of 24 free shirts is a little overboard, but at least I'll always have something to wear.

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Trying to Do It All?

How to Balance Work, School & Raising a Family
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It can be difficult to maintain balance when you’re working, going to school, and have a family. The key to achieving balance is to stay organized and flexible. Here are some ways to help you do it all.

Ask About a Flexible Schedule

Your employer may be sympathetic to the challenges in your life. Ask your manager if you can work a more flexible schedule. This would allow you to focus on your family and your education. You may even decide that part time is a better option until you’re done with school. This can give you more time in your busy schedule to handle everything else. You don’t want to burn yourself out. This won’t benefit anyone, your employer included.

Look Into an Online Degree

One solution for working parents is to switch to an online educational program. If you’re going to school for nursing, for example, you could switch to a DNP program online. This would give you greater flexibility in balancing the rest of your life. You could work towards your degree at your own pace and in your own time. This can be after the kids have gone to bed. You can even consider doing your coursework while the kids are doing their homework. It can be family school time.

Plan Special Family Activities

A part of creating balance in your life is to spend quality time with your family. On your days off, plan memorable family activities. This way you can still feel as though you’re connecting with your family. Make sure to set aside some time for just you and your partner. You want to maintain all of the relationships in your life. This also means that you need to create some time for yourself. You don’t need to feel guilty because you’re busy.

Create a Calendar Organizer

The best way to stay organized and on top of your life is to be organized. You can do this by creating a calendar. Consider posting this calendar on the wall of your kitchen. That way the whole family can see what is going on and get excited about any upcoming events. You don’t want to forget something that is important. This will allow you to capture all the things that need to done. You may realize that you’ve overbooked by looking at this visual display of your activities.

To maintain balance you need to limit your distractions so that you can focus on the task at hand. Look into creative ways to make the most of your time.

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Code Yellow

A place that gives me so much support for my ambitions now felt like hell.
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From the time I turned nine years old, I knew exactly what I wanted to do: get an education.

So, I forced myself to do just that. It seems as if I never get a break from studying or homework or waking up early to sit in three classes daily, but my education always comes first. As much as I refuse to admit it, I love school. But suddenly, it all changed for me. On Valentine's Day, a day to act on love, what was supposed to be a positive day turned into one filled with hate as Nikolas Cruz entered the doors of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and began to shoot at innocent students. Students like me, who just want to succeed in life. It didn't affect me automatically. The fact that Broward County neighbored my county, Miami-Dade, left me anxious. The fact that the school shootings approached closer and closer to my home put things in perspective because it never occurred to me that it could happen so close to home.

Then, on Friday, schools all around me went on lockdown. People on Facebook threatened to burst into high schools and shoot them up, my alma mater included in the list. The anxiety rose more and more as I realized that my best friends could easily get hurt in a place that brings me peace - a place that gives me so much support for my ambitions now felt like hell.

Just this morning, I awoke from a nightmare that I got caught in the middle of a school shooting. When I finally got up and spoke to my mother about it, I bawled. It doesn't seem right that students can't feel safe anymore.

Will we ever feel safe again? I can’t even sit in my classrooms without wondering if the shuffling I heard in the hallway came from an intruder. It hurts. As a matter of fact, it sucks.

I hate that evil people decided that a place where one can grow should now become a place people fear. I hate that this country can spend millions of dollars on constructing highways instead of using it to bring security guards into school. I especially hate that politicians pass nonsense bills to repeal Obamacare instead of tightening up our gun laws, something that plays a more crucial role in the security of our nation.

I refuse to live in a country where my peace will get compromised as a new headline announces another school massacre. I am tired. I am pissed.

America, you beautiful nation, answer the prayers and use the thoughts to your advantage. I want my bachelor’s degree from Yale and I want to feel tranquility doing it, but I will not feel that until you elect officials who will advocate for a change! Let us make the first step in allowing our students to feel okay again. I sure as hell know that my dream won’t go down without a fight.


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