#PettyWarz Is Back, Here's Why

#PettyWarz Is Back, Here's Why

The 2018-2019 season of the NBA is officially here.

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The NBA regular season is officially underway.

Everywhere you look, you can see monster slam dunks, Steph Curry bomb shots, and all things LeBron. It's like Christmas morning. With a brand new season to unfold, there are so many surprises that await us as we embark on this 82 game slugfest of a season. As usual, there will be highlight plays, and professionals doing professional things.

But what makes the NBA so much fun to watch? The drama, of course.

The NBA is unlike any other sporting league in the USA, scratch that, the world. It is nearly impossible to tap into another league that is so action-packed, and drama filled. Especially considering its wide international reach, new storylines can come from anywhere, at any time. Nothing that players do these days goes unnoticed.

Of course, the troll king, Joel Embiid will be back on his antics in the social media world, and on the court. But there are already a few developments that are brand new to this seasons NBA.

1. The Jimmy Butler Saga

As a Timberwolves (Timberbulls) fan, this whole situation is the murkiest and most messy thing in the NBA. Timberwolves great Kevin Garnett even went as far to call the current situation in Minnesota a "shit storm". Having that come from your franchises all-time player is not a way to start of the season -- I digress.

Jimmy Butler wants out of Minnesota, and Minnesotans want him (and coach Thibodeau) out of Minnesota. Until both those things happen, the wolves will be as unpredictable as a night in Vegas, keep your eye on this situation.

2. Kevin Durant's last season as a Warrior?

Klay Thompson said it, he thinks KD is out after this year. The evidence? Also there. After game one, KD's brother commentated on his brothers Instagram post, predicting a Kevin Durant departure. Will this hurt the chemistry of the Warriors? Probably not, but its fun to speculate.

3. Jayson Tatum blossoming into a great player, but an All-NBA level troll

During last weeks debut against the 76ers, Jayson went after the troll king, Joel Embiid, showing he's ready to troll anyone in his way. After a quick bucket, Tatum turned around and gave a wink to JoJo, and if that's not telling the king that there's competition for the throne, I don't know what is.

This season will be full of twists and turns, but per usual, entertainment will most certainly not be an issue.

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Professional Athletes Are Paid Too Much

Are pro-athletes really deserving of the monetary commission they receive?
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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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The Stress Of Searching For The Perfect Internship, As Told By College Students

College students need to start getting professional experience sooner or later, why not now?

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One of the most stressful questions to ask a college student is "What are you doing this summer?" The search for a summer internship is relentless, even if you start the process earlier than others. But it is not the reality of having a summer internship that stresses college students so much, but rather the unrealistic expectations associated with such internship and other professional opportunities.

For example, as an undergraduate student interested in law, most law firms do not usually offer many internship positions for undergraduate students, especially if you are entering your sophomore or junior year. Additionally, most internships require multiple years of experience in that specific career field in order to qualify for an interview. Yet, how can years of previous experience be automatically expected when most undergraduate students are unsure of what career path they want to pursue? Some undergraduate students do not even have a specific major let alone a binding career plan for themselves.

When companies tirelessly demand these unrealistic expectations of undergraduate students, specifically underclassmen, their list of requirements worsen the concerning levels of stress and anxiety amongst college students. According to a study by the American Psychological Association, 61% of college students who seek counseling services report being affected by anxiety, 49% to depression, and 45% to stress. Because stress and anxiety levels for college students are increasing at unprecedented rates, the pressures and frustration of landing the perfect summer internship only negatively contribute to these statistics.

As a result, any company, corporation, firm, etc. offering internship positions to college students need to acknowledge the effects of their job descriptions and guidelines on an undergraduate student's mental stability. Furthermore, companies must improve their standards for internship positions in order to grant undergraduate students first-hand experience that will gradually expand their knowledge of the career field of their choice. Officials responsible for reading and reviewing internship applications should considerably and realistically review the applications of undergraduate college students. These students have to gain professional experience in their career field sooner or later, so why not now?

Additionally, the frantic search for a summer internship perpetuates false expectations for an undergraduate's resume. Nowadays, college students are expected to be over-involved in various organizations. These extracurriculars, whether they be leadership positions, work-study options, or internships all contribute towards the image of the "perfect resume". This picture-perfect resume perpetuates the unrealistic expectations for undergraduate students, emphasizing their already high levels of stress and anxiety.

Realistically, a freshman or sophomore in college lacks years of experience working in their career field, but these students should not feel stressed or anxious about the lack of experience represented on their resume. There is a way to promote healthy competition as long as that competition is realistic. Underclassmen should not feel stress because they do not have the same resume as upperclassmen.

In moments of stress, college students need to realize what expectations are within their reach. Having multiple years of experience in their career fields by their sophomore year of college is extremely unlikely for underclassmen. However, students are not wholly responsible for recognizing this during their internship and job search. Companies, corporations, and hiring officials should be responsible for addressing realistic expectations for internship candidates. This recognition will address rising levels of stress and aniety amongst college students, spreading awareness about growing mental stability concerns.

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