Jackson Is The New Washington, Franklin Is The New Jackson

Jackson Is The New Washington, Franklin Is The New Jackson

In other words... $100 is the new $20 and $20 is the new $1.


I'm pretty sure when my parents gave me 20 dollars as a kid I could have bought a whole house, reserved the next "Call of Duty," and still has some left over to treat the family to Golden Corral. (OK, maybe that is a little bit overboard, but as a kid, it seriously felt that way). It didn't seem like money was that big of a deal because you had money without worries. No bills were due at the beginning of the month. You didn't have to worry about the water dripping in the shower or setting the AC to 80 while no one was home.

You lived life and life lived itself.

Then it happened. (I'm really not sure what happened, but this is for dramatic effect.)

Somewhere along the line that 20 dollars began to vanish quicker and quicker each time you got one. Whether it was the ten dollar meal you got at the restaurant. God forbid you don't forget to tip, so that 20 is poof, gone. Maybe it was the snacks you decided to load up on along with a six-pack cause tonight is a binge-watching night. How about that Netflix, Hulu, Spotify, Apple Music, Clash of Clans, Youtube TV, and World of Warcraft subscription?

It seems as if 20 dollars doesn't stretch out as much as it uses to. Mine usually go to filling my tank about halfway because that is all I get out of a 20 at the station. (For the next generation... 20 bucks at the gas station was a full tank running over and thirty-two-ounce drink for free because the clerks were always feeling generous). Now 20 bucks will get you enough gas to fill the edger and the weed-eater.

Being good with money is a must nowadays, but even the smartest of finance gurus have to know that the value of a 20 dollar bill is not the same as it once was. If you want to conduct your own experiment on the value of a 20 dollar bill just go pull you out one and see how much you can get out of it. I was able to get one meal, a few snacks, and a lottery ticket in the hopes that I could get another one.

(There just isn't much to it anymore. It's like getting one kid a bicycle and the other a tablet. See which kid is going to bringing their present back.)

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Yes, I Want To Be A Teacher

"You know you don't make that much money, right?"

Yes, I want to be a teacher. Yes, I know what the salary of a teacher is like. Yes, I know that people will view my future career as “easy." No, I would not want any other job in the world.

I am sure that I am not the only future educator who has had enough with hearing all the critiques about becoming a teacher, we are tired of hearing all the negative aspects because it's obvious that the positives will ALWAYS outweigh those judgmental negative comments.

So, why do I want to be a teacher? I am sure that I speak for many other future teachers when I say that I am not doing it for the salary, benefits, or even the summer vacation (although that is a great plus!).

I want to be a teacher because I will be able to wake up on Mondays and actually be excited. Saturday and Sunday will be a nice break to relax, but I know that I will be ready to fill up my apple-shaped mug with coffee on Monday morning and be ready for a day full of laughs and new lessons for my students for the upcoming week.

I want to be a teacher because I get to have an impact on tomorrow's leaders. No, I don't mean that I'm predicting my future student to be the president of the United States (but, hey, that would be a pretty cool accomplishment). I mean that I have the job to help students recognize that they have the power to be a leader in and out of the classroom.

I want to be a teacher because I don't want an easy day. Challenges are what push me to greatness and success. Although many people think teaching is an easy profession, I know that it isn't easy. It's very hard, every day at every moment. But it is worth it when a student finally understands that math problem that stumped them for a while and they have a huge smile from ear to ear.

I want to be a teacher because I want to work with kids. I mean, come on, what else is greater than a kid having fun and you're the reason why? A picture might be worth a thousand words, but a child being excited and having fun while learning is worth a million.

I want to be a teacher because I don't want a high salary. If I really cared about making a six-figure income, I would have chosen a different profession. Teaching is not about the check that I bring home every week or two, it's about what I learn and the memories that I make, the memories that I get to share with my family at dinner that night.

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I want to be a teacher because there is nothing else in this world that I'd rather do for the rest of my life. Sure, there may be other jobs that are rewarding in more ways. But to me, nothing can compare to the view of a classroom with little feet swinging back and forth under a desk from a student learning how to write their ABCs.

Teaching may not be seen as the perfect profession for everyone, but it is the perfect profession for me.

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I Want A Career With Disney

August 5th can't come quick enough.


Sometimes I get dirty looks or weird stares. Sometimes these reactions are caused by one statement:

"I want a career with Disney."

When most people think of Disney, they think animated films, oversized mice, princesses, and rollercoaster rides. However, this top employer is so much more than that.

"The mission of The Walt Disney Company is to entertain, inform and inspire people around the globe through the power of unparalleled storytelling, reflecting the iconic brands, creative minds and innovative technologies that make ours the world's premier entertainment company."

To those who tell me that my goal is silly or just a childish fantasy, you couldn't be more wrong.

I recently got accepted into the Disney College Program, a prestigious internship that will take up my upcoming fall semester. It's kind of like starting college all over again. New dorms, new roommates, new social system. I will admit, I am nervous, but I couldn't be more excited to add The Walt Disney Company to my resume.

So to make things more clear, here are just a few of the reasons I want to land a career with this amazing company:

1. The attention to accessibility.

This is so important. A company grows when all types can use and enjoy their products and services.

2. The messages behind each and every one of their films.

Disney has been adding new meaning to family, friendship and true love for decades.

3. The company values.

4. The attention to detail, big and small.

5. How much they care about every single one of their guests.

I could go on and on, but I think my point is pretty clear. Disney is an incredible company to work for, and I'm so excited to start my journey with them in a few short months.

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