Trying To Set Up Permanent Residency

Trying To Set Up Permanent Residency

Discussing the barriers to home ownership.


A few weeks ago, a good friend and I were talking about the horrible state of the housing market currently, but we still want a house. I've wanted to own a house since the early 2000s when I saw that the rent I paid went to nothing but simply the permission to store my belongings somewhere.

I always wanted a ranch house. A place with no stairs. Therefore a place without an attic or a basement. Like an independent apartment with more bedrooms.

There are SO many abandoned houses in Cleveland that aren't being restored and given to the homeless. So much land that isn't being used to build new streets and neighborhoods. People in similar situations in life that are also tired of just throwing thousands of dollars to landlords every year.

We're not the only two to notice the bad housing state. Rent-To-Own companies have popped up out of thin air, and disappear as fast as they come. People end up giving them money but never get a house. What's the purpose of getting paid $20-$40 from each person you scam then leaving the scene? Wouldn't it be better to give people what they want and build business and money due to being a quality company of one's word?

We could always own a home the traditional way, but there's nothing but really expensive roadblocks. One needs like a ridiculously high credit score, $10,000 down plus at least $3,000 in the bank to show that your down payment didn't completely wipe you out. This doesn't include the $100 for the moving truck and the $300-$800 moving help expenses.

What happened to the ancient American tradition of simply finding a place to move and then moving in? No red tape, no thousands of precious dollars lost, no sucking up required. Did "Grapes Of Wrath" hold those secrets?

My friend and I also looked into Recreational Vehicles (RVs) and the Tiny Houses phenomenon. Not only are these a bit cheaper methods to home ownership, these alternatives are easier to obtain. For under $1000 Home Depot can build someone a tiny house/shed.

Yet, of course, there are barriers. Lots of places forbid RVs or restrict them too far away trailer parks and RV parks. And because the tiny house phenomenon has caught on so quickly, states are starting to ban their building. What the bottom line is to prevent growth is beyond me.

I feel homeownership should be part of an adults' quality of living. To have a permanent residence somewhere that one feels completely comfortable and can thrive in. I also know that home ownership requires a lot of work. If an appliance breaks down, you have pay someone to fix it. You have to do lawn care or pay someone to do it. You can plant flowers or pay someone to do it.

Replacing the roof and the gutters when they deteriorate. Painting the house or replacing the siding when needed. But are all these requirements really enough of a stop sign to complete independence? I don't think so. People will do extensive amounts of maintenance to keep a car, but not invest in a state of permanent residence.

I don't really have a point or a solution to this quandary. I just wanted to put my thoughts out there about this issue.

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To The Nursing Major During The Hardest Week Of The Year

I know that no grade can possibly prove what kind of nurse you will be. I know that no assignment will showcase your compassion. I know that no amount of bad days will ever take away the empathy inside of you that makes you an exceptional nurse.


To the Nursing Major During Finals Week,

I know you're tired, I know you're stressed, and I know you feel like you can't go on. I know that no part of this seems fair, and I know you are by far the biggest critic of yourself. I know that you've thought about giving up. I know that you feel alone. I know that you wonder why in the world you chose one of the hardest college majors, especially on the days it leaves you feeling empty and broken.

But, I also know that you love nursing school. I know your eyes light up when you're with patients, and I know your heart races when you think of graduation. I know that you love the people that you're in school with, like truly, we're-all-in-this-together, family type of love. I know that you look at the older nurses with admiration, just hoping and praying that you will remain that calm and composed one day. I know that every time someone asks what your college major is that you beam with pride as you tell them it's nursing, and I know that your heart skips a beat knowing that you are making a difference.

I know that no grade can possibly prove what kind of nurse you will be. I know that no assignment will showcase your compassion. I know that a failed class doesn't mean you aren't meant to do this. I know that a 'C' on a test that you studied so. dang. hard. for does not mean that you are not intelligent. I know that no amount of bad days will ever take away the empathy inside of you that makes you an exceptional nurse.

I know that nursing school isn't fair. I know you wish it was easier. I know that some days you can't remember why it's worth it. I know you want to go out and have fun. I know that staying up until 1:00 A.M. doing paperwork, only to have to be up and at clinicals before the sun rises is not fair. I know that studying this much only to be failing the class is hard. I know you wish your friends and family understood. I know that this is difficult.

Nursing school isn't glamorous, with the white lab coat and stethoscope. Nursing school is crying, randomly and a lot. Nursing school is exhaustion. Nursing school is drinking so much coffee that you lose track. Nursing school is being so stressed that you can't eat. Nursing school is four cumulative finals jam-packed into one week that is enough to make you go insane.

But, nursing school is worth it. I know that when these assignments are turned in and finals are over, that you will find the motivation to keep going. I know that one good day of making a difference in a patient's life is worth a hundred bad days of nursing school.

Keep hanging in there, nursing majors. It'll all be worth it— this I know, for sure.

So, if you have a nursing major in your life, hug them and tell them that you're proud of them. Nursing school is tough, nursing school is scary, and nursing school is overwhelming; but a simple 'thank-you' from someone we love is all we need to keep going.


A third-year nursing student who knows

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To The High School Graduating Seniors

I know you're ready, but be ready.



I am not going to say anything about senioritis because I was ready to get out of there and I'm sure you are too; however, in your last months living at home you should take advantage of the luxuries you will not have in a college dorm. The part of college seen in movies is great, the rest of it is incredibly inconvenient. It is better to come to terms with this While you still have plenty of time to prepare and enjoy yourself.

Perhaps one of the most annoying examples is the shower. Enjoy your hot, barefoot showers now because soon enough you will have no water pressure and a drain clogged with other people's hair. Enjoy touching your feet to the floor in the shower and the bathroom because though it seems weird, it's a small thing taken away from you in college when you have to wear shoes everywhere.

Enjoy your last summer with your friends. After this summer, any free time you take is a sacrifice. For example, if you want to go home for the summer after your freshman year and be with your friends, you have to sacrifice an internship. If you sacrifice an internship, you risk falling behind on your resume, and so on. I'm not saying you can't do that, but it is not an easy choice anymore.

Get organized. If you're like me you probably got good grades in high school by relying on your own mind. You think I can remember what I have to do for tomorrow. In college, it is much more difficult to live by memory. There are classes that only meet once or twice a week and meeting and appointments in between that are impossible to mentally keep straight. If you do not yet have an organizational system that works for you, get one.

I do not mean to sound pessimistic about school. College is great and you will meet a lot of people and make a lot of memories that will stick with you for most of your life. I'm just saying be ready.

-A freshman drowning in work

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