Handling A Difficult Landlord Is Tough But Possible

Handling A Difficult Landlord Is Tough But Possible

Sometimes it's best to keep your distance.

Welcome to the first steps of growing up! The college house/apartment is one of the first things you can't wait to move into. The dorms were so drab - ugh having all your friends nearby and walking distance to class and food - lame!

You and some of your current closest friends are now on an adventure of finding a place, and then learning to live in a house/apartment together. It is all so exciting and scary then you learn to compromise and create routine. The house/apartment you find is PERFECT!

Then tragedy strikes. Something in your house breaks. For this instance, lets say a burst pipe. There is water everywhere in your basement and someone is exiled from living in their bedroom. There have been 20,000+ gallons of water filtering through your house.

Of course you call your landlord and they are desperate to tell you that it was just a fluke incident from the weather, and that if we had purchased renter's insurance, he'd be willing to fix it, but we did not.

Long story short, buy renter's insurance. Short story long, dealing with a difficult landlord can make or break your living experience. When dealing with a difficult landlord, the main thing is to stay calm. If you freak out they tend to get frustrated and then will be less likely to help you.

Another tip is to make them think that fixes are a good investment and are their idea. They are most likely sticklers about money, so showing them that it is worth the money to have smoke detectors, they will most likely buy some. Speaking from experience on this specific example. ha.

Chances are you want to be left alone most of the time, and they also don't want to keep coming over to your house. So, when they come to fix something ask them to do a couple other tasks to keep his visits scarce.

Last tidbit. If you have a old house that has chronic problems, learn to just deal with it. That funny smell in the basement corner is probably never going to be fixed since it first appeared in 1998, so the landlord is never going to fix it. Unfinished bathrooms will always be unfinished, and it's best to just suck it up and not be a diva.

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The Truth About Young Marriage

Different doesn't mean wrong.

When I was a kid, I had an exact picture in my mind of what my life was going to look like. I was definitely not the kind of girl who would get married young, before the age of 25, at least.

And let me tell you, I was just as judgmental as that sentence sounds.

I could not wrap my head around people making life-long commitments before they even had an established life. It’s not my fault that I thought this way, because the majority opinion about young marriage in today’s society is not a supportive one. Over the years, it has become the norm to put off marriage until you have an education and an established career. Basically, this means you put off marriage until you learn how to be an adult, instead of using marriage as a foundation to launch into adulthood.

When young couples get married, people will assume that you are having a baby, and they will say that you’re throwing your life away — it’s inevitable.

It’s safe to say that my perspective changed once I signed my marriage certificate at the age of 18. Although marriage is not always easy and getting married at such a young age definitely sets you up for some extra challenges, there is something to be said about entering into marriage and adulthood at the same time.

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Getting married young does not mean giving up your dreams. It means having someone dream your dreams with you. When you get lost along the way, and your dreams and goals seem out of reach, it’s having someone there to point you in the right direction and show you the way back. Despite what people are going to tell you, it definitely doesn’t mean that you are going to miss out on all the experiences life has to offer. It simply means that you get to share all of these great adventures with the person you love most in the world.

And trust me, there is nothing better than that. It doesn’t mean that you are already grown up, it means that you have someone to grow with.

You have someone to stick with you through anything from college classes and changing bodies to negative bank account balances.

You have someone to sit on your used furniture with and talk about what you want to do and who you want to be someday.

Then, when someday comes, you get to look back on all of that and realize what a blessing it is to watch someone grow. Even after just one year of marriage, I look back and I am incredibly proud of my husband. I’m proud of the person he has become, and I’m proud of what we have accomplished together. I can’t wait to see what the rest of our lives have in store for us.

“You can drive at 16, go to war at 18, drink at 21, and retire at 65. So who can say what age you have to be to find your one true love?" — One Tree Hill
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Summer And Jobs

Working summers doesn't have to be tedious.


Like many other college students, I was ready for summer but was kinda bummed that I had to work. Its not that I didn't like where I was working, I actually was really lucky to be working in a hospital environment but I just hated being alone all summer from 9-5. I've had this job for a few years now and a few other paid interns came and went but I never really connected with any of them. This year is different though.

I got really lucky to have another intern work with me that was very similar to me. The tasks we got were always simple but they were made to be more fun because I got to do them while talking with someone else. Now I actually enjoy and look forward to going to work.

The key to finding a good job is finding one that you enjoy doing and one that will help you gain knowledge that will help you out with future career plans. Working with friends also make tasks enjoyable! I would be careful with working with your friend however because if your job needs you to be serious and focused, being around your best friends may distract you from that.

Another thing that definitely makes summer jobs more enjoyable are taking breaks! It is your summer vacation after all! I'm not saying don't take a day off just to sit around, but if you make plans with family and friends, take a Friday off and enjoy the warm weather and good company! Employers understand that us college students and on break and have lives, they are usually very lenient with days off!

If you have to do a summer job to make money to live off of or pay for college, the best thing to do is look at the big picture. If you don't enjoy your job but can't afford to quit, remember that the money if going to help you out a lot. Also, this job is probably only for the summer right? So it's not permanent my friend! Get through these annoying few weeks and you will be back at college, taking steps for a bigger and brighter future.

Summer jobs are tough, I know, but make the most of it! And don't forget to enjoy it whenever you can!!!


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