The World In 10 Years

College Students From Different Majors Give Their Predictions Of Our World In The Next 10 Years

Is it all robots in rainbows in our future?


The idea of "tomorrow" was always a positive one.

My parents tell me stories of how when they graduated high school, they imagined the future to be filled with flying cars and robot assistants. This epic adventure of "the future" is supposed to be a grand one, right? It's supposed to be filled with unbelievable technology and unheard of possibilities... but is that true today?

I asked college students what they expect the world to look like in the next 10 years.

As they are ready to take off into the world and dive deep into adulthood, what do they believe their future will look like?

"I think a major influence on the world that will define ten years from now is social media. I believe social media will continue to make people feel more isolated because they don't spend as much time engaged in social interactions. So either social media will die off because we will see the problems it causes or we will be able to have healthy, smooth face-to-face interactions again. But, in more important news, In-n-Out will still bless our souls with their double-doubles." - Marketing. 23.

"More self-driving cars. A lot more, actually. Maybe even self-driving Ubers. I think there are so many different versions of technology between phones, iPads, computers... that eventually it will be compacted into one device. We'll just have one really expensive piece of technology that can do anything." - Communication. 21.

"Trump will still be president. Or we fled earth and we're living on Mars. Or we sent Trump to Mars." - Professional Writing. 22.

"Drones will be used for delivery or pickup of general items. And enhancements in virtual reality, hopefully for more than just gaming purposes." - Graphic Design. 18.

"I don't think much will change. I don't think it will get worse or better, actually. We're kind of stuck at this current economic state and will remain stuck for awhile." - English Literature. 20.

"I think quantum computing is going to become more prevalent, and it is going to be able to process things much faster. This is going to coexist with the rise of AI and AI is going to begin approaching human intelligence levels. Where that will lead is hard to say, however it will most likely be one of the biggest threats humanity has seen. Alongside with AI will be a crippled US dollar. As more things become subsidized by the government, money will become cheaper to acquire causing rapid inflation and a lower quality of life for people overwhelmed by debt. This debt will be hard to pay off because AI will take over a lot of good paying jobs which will divide people into the extremely wealthy, and extreme poverty. This might take longer than 10 years to unfold but we will start seeing warning signs within the next 10 years. The only way to slow and stop this cycle is deregulation of industry, and for the government to stop subsidizing things." - Finance. 20.

"Overpopulated. Our national parks won't be the same, as well as our overall environment. We suck as humans and we need to take better care of the planet." - Business Marketing. 22.

"I think in ten years the world will learn from its mistakes from the past. We will become a smarter, more caring world, not focusing on short-term problems with ourselves, but be looking towards the big picture of who we are as a human race. We will go forth and better prepare ourselves for what the future has in store. A whole new generation will grow up seeing the mistakes that we have made in our past, and be able to make sure we don't make those same mistakes. I also truly believe that God will have a stronger presence in our world, and will touch millions through miracles and love." - Sports Management. 21.

"There will be a lot of technological advances, people will be a lot more sensitive, and North Korea may or may not have nuked someone. It's really a 50/50 future we're looking at here." - Marketing. 21.

"I think we're gonna be bored in ten years. Society's moving faster than ever in terms of culture, technology, and connectivity. It's never enough though - never. We're always striving for bigger and better, always looking for the next horizon and when it's not immediately clear, we give up. Humanity is going to bore itself in the next ten years, the scandals, gadgets, and politics won't even be enough to sustain our attention anymore." - Engineering. 20.

"The idea of a career will completely change. Everyone my age is determined to live this epic internet lifestyle through YouTube, blogging, Instagram or whatever. Eventually, the 9-5 jobs will seem criminal and it will be hard to get people to try to commit to a company compared to making it 'big' on their own. We're all drawn to the idea of non-commitment careers and want to freelance or contract... but there are a lot of jobs out there that someone has to fill. We can't all be Instagram stars and bloggers, right? When does that eventually spiral?" - Communications. 20.

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I Might Have Aborted My Fetus When I Was 18, But Looking Back, I Saved A Child’s Life

It may have been one of the hardest decisions of my life, but I wouldn't be where I am today if I hadn't had done it.


Due to recent political strife happening in the world today, I have decided to write on a very touchy, difficult subject for me that only a handful of people truly know.

When I was 18 years old, I had an abortion.

I was fresh out of high school, and deferring college for a year or two — I wanted to get all of my immature fun out so I was prepared to focus and work in the future. I was going through my hardcore party stage, and I had a boyfriend at the time that truly was a work of art (I mean truly).

Needless to say, I was extremely misinformed on sex education, and I never really thought it could happen to me. I actually thought I was invincible to getting pregnant, and it never really registered to me that if I had unprotected sex, I could actually get pregnant (I was 18, I never said I was smart).

I remember being at my desk job and for weeks, I just felt so nauseous and overly tired. I was late for my period, but it never really registered to me something could be wrong besides just getting the flu — it was November, which is the peak of flu season.

The first person I told was my best friend, and she came with me to get three pregnancy tests at Target. The first one came negative, however, the second two came positive.

I truly believe this was when my anxiety disorder started because I haven't been the same ever since.

Growing up in a conservative, Catholic Italian household, teen pregnancy and especially abortion is 150% frowned upon. So when I went to Planned Parenthood and got the actual lab test done that came out positive, I was heartbroken.

I felt like I was stuck between two roads: Follow how I was raised and have the child, or terminate it and ultimately save myself AND the child from a hard future.

My boyfriend at the time and I were beyond not ready. That same week, I found out he had cheated on me with his ex and finances weren't looking so great, and I was starting to go through the hardest depression of my life. Because of our relationship, I had lost so many friends and family, that I was left to decide the fate of both myself and this fetus. I could barely take care of myself — I was drinking, overcoming drug addictions, slightly suicidal and living with a man who didn't love me.

As selfish as you may think this was, I terminated the fetus and had the abortion.

I knew that if I had the child, I would be continuing the cycle in which my family has created. My goal since I was young was to break the cycle and breakaway from the toxicity in how generations of children in my family were raised. If I had this child, I can assure you my life would be far from how it is now.

If I had carried to term, I would have had a six-year old, and God knows where I would've been.

Now, I am fulfilling my future by getting a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, having several student leadership roles, and looking into law schools for the future.

Although it still haunts me, and the thought of having another abortion truly upsets me, it was the best thing to ever happen to me. I get asked constantly "Do you think it's just to kill a valuable future of a child?" and my response to that is this:

It's in the hands of the woman. She is giving away her valuable future to an unwanted pregnancy, which then resentment could cause horror to both the child and the woman.

As horrible as it was for me in my personal experience, I would not be where I am today: a strong woman, who had overcome addiction, her partying stage, and ultimately got her life in order. If I would have had the child, I can assure you that I would have followed the footsteps of my own childhood, and the child would not have had an easy life.

Because of this, I saved both my life and the child's life.

And if you don't agree or you dislike this decision, tough stuff because this is my body, my decision, my choice — no one else.

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Abortion Bans Are Only A Small Part Of The Republican War On Women

These bans expose the Republican Party for what it truly is.


This week, several states passed laws that ban abortion after six to eight weeks of pregnancy, before most women even know that they're pregnant. The most egregious of these is Alabama — the state has banned abortion except for in cases of danger to the mother. Exceptions in the cases of rape and incest were actively voted against by the state legislature. Under the new law, any doctor who is caught giving an abortion would be sentenced to 99 years in prison, and the woman would be charged with murder.

Apart from the fact that this explicitly violates the decision of Roe v. Wade (which is the point), this is only a small part of the slow but steady degradation of women's rights by Republicans in the United States. To anyone who believes that this is simply about people being "pro-life" or "saving the children," then tell them to look at what happens after the fetus is carried to term.

Republicans oppose forcing fathers to be involved in the lives of their children that were forcibly carried to term, desires to cut food stamps and make it more difficult to feed said child, cut funding for affordable housing to make it more difficult for them to find homes, cut spending to public education so these children can't move up the social ladder, and refuse to offer the woman or her child health insurance to keep them both healthy. What about efforts to prevent pregnancy? Republicans also oppose funding birth control and contraception, as well as opposing comprehensive sexual education. To them, the only feasible solution is to simply keep your legs shut. They oppose all of these things because it is, in their eyes, a violation of individual rights to force people to do something. The bill also makes women who get abortions felons, and felons can't vote. I'll let you finish putting those two together.

If you view it from this framework, it would seem like Republicans are being extremely hypocritical by violating the personal freedoms of pregnant women, but if you look at it from the view of restricting social mobility for women, then it makes perfect sense. The Republican dogma of "individual rights" and "personal responsibility" is a socially acceptable facade that they use to cover up their true intentions of protecting the status quo and protect those in power. About any Republican policy, ask yourself: does this disperse power or consolidate it? Whether it be education, healthcare, the environment, or the economy, Republicans love to keep power away from the average citizen and give it to the small number of people that they deem "deserving" of it because of their race, gender, wealth, or power. This is the case with abortion as well; Power is being taken from women, and being given back to men in a reversal of the Feminist Movement of the 1970s.

Republicans don't believe in systemic issues. They believe that everyone has the same opportunity to succeed regardless of what point they started. This is why they love capitalism so much. It acts as some sort of great filter in which only those who deserve power can make it to the top. It's also why they hate social policies; they think that helping people who can't help themselves changes the hierarchy in a negative way by giving people who don't "deserve" power, power. Of course, we know that just because you have money and power doesn't mean you earned it fair and square, and even if Republicans believe it, it wouldn't change anything because it wouldn't change how they want to distribute power.

In short, Republican policies, including abortion, leave the average American with less money, less protection, less education, worse health, less opportunity, fewer rights, and less freedom. This is NOT a side effect. This is the point. Regardless of what Republicans will tell you about "inalienable rights" and how everyone is equal, in reality, they believe that some people and groups are more deserving of rights than others, and the group that deserves rights the most are the ones "that will do the best with them." To Republicans, this group consists of the wealthy, the powerful, and the white — the mega-rich, the CEOs of large companies, gun owners and Christians.

So, who do Republicans think deserve power and give it to? People who look and think like them. This, however, begs the question: Who do they want to take it from?

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