Well, That's A Wrap! - End Of The School Year For College Students

Well, That's A Wrap! - End Of The School Year For College Students

Sweet, sweet relief

Praise. I have officially finished the 2015-2016 school year at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Well, with the exception that I have to turn in my final paper on Wednesday for Feminism, but hey - that's basically done. So, let the well-deserved relaxation of a new summer commence - at least very soon.

Reflecting on the over-all year

Because like, how can you not? So much can happen in one year, especially when you're at college. You can't tell me that nothing exciting happens. I've grown a lot in the past nine months, and I can safely say that I've made incredibly memories and changed for the better. Getting all sentimental, sappy, and overall relieved is my forte at the end of every school year. What's yours?

Packing everything up out of my dorm

I usually start packing really early, only because I'm super excited to get out of the closet sized room that I have become so used to, and have made my own for the past eight and a half months. Since this is my last semester dorming, it's a bit bittersweet, but I am so thankful. This will be the last time that I cram all of my boxes and bins into one side of my tiny room until it's officially time to go.

Returning to my beloved hometown

*Sighs* Hello old town, we meet again. Yes, yes, nice to see you. Nope, nothing has changed. Yep, there are those people I went to high school with. Yes, the coffee shop hasn't moved, thank god it's the only thing about this town that I truly appreciate. Okay, okay I can make it through these next three months. Oh man, living at home again and not by myself is so weird. This is going to take awhile getting used to again...

Anticipating my final grades...

*Bites nails nervously* I studied really hard for that exam, so if I didn't do well, so help me.

Making that summer $$$$

Honestly, the thing that I'm mostly looking forward to this summer, is making as much money as possible. I'm getting my first actual apartment (well, more like duplex, but you get the idea) and I have to make sure I have all the rents covered. I've never sounded so adult until I've uttered the words "I just want to work all summer". Welcome to adulthood. For real.

But of course - make new memories

Who knows what will be in store for me... Whatever it is, I'm ready for this summer and I'm going to embrace the new memories that await me. I deserve this, and I'm not going to waste anymore time thinking about whether or not "I should do something". Here I come, summer of 2016.

And then I get to do it all over again

Aaaaaaand we're back on! Let the college life, multiple papers, multiple exams, multiple reading assignments, coffee cram sessions, nights up until 3 am, Netflix binging, trying to balance a social life, as well as trying not to die, begin.

It's been a long run, but I am certainly happy that it's over, and I'll be ready for the upcoming fall semester to come at me. Bring it.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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Why Getting Financially Stable is Too Difficult

Becoming 18 and having freedom is every kid's dream, but the reality of it hits you hard. The problem is not the laziness of people, but the system is set up in a bad way.


Turning 18 is a big deal in life because you are finally a legal adult and your about to graduate from high school. It is a new experience for young adults because now all the pressure is on and you in control of your own life. The freedom and ability to choose your own path is a great problem to have because the opportunities are endless on what a person wants. The problem that kids do not realize and I think need to be changed is the cost of trying to get comfortable living in life.

One major problem is the number of bills that young people have to start paying for themselves. A car is a necessity to get a person to school or work and car insurance is the most expensive at a younger age due to the lack of inexperience and the increased risk of a child participating in poor behavior while operating the vehicle. Most people need a cell phone for many uses and that is another expensive bill. The more people on a plan the cheaper it is, but most people only get their own.

Some parents expect children to pay their own bills and get a job while they attend college or tech schools to learn responsibilities and start supporting themselves. Although some parents make children pay rent and utilities or ask them to get their own place and that is had to do when only working a minimum wage job without school experience. Getting a college degree or certified in a tech school can take 2 years, but if the student has to work a lot to support themselves then it takes longer to just get their basic knowledge for their job.

Establishing credit is something that many young adults struggle with because no place wants to give you the first chance to do it which makes no sense. People will apply for loans and credit cards and be denied because they have no credit, but you can't get any because you are not given the fair chance to work hard at making your payments on time and avoiding falling into a huge amount of debt. Credit cards can help teenagers with emergency situations and can help them attempt to establish their future credit when they need to make a purchase on a home or car. These are necessities in everyday life and the fact that nobody wants to be the first to trust you is extremely annoying and not fair.

The responsibility of learning to budget money and make the payments on time would be great if they were affordable for students. They should have small set limits to start out to teach them how to budget their credit card. Credit cards can be dangerous if you spend too much that is not within your financial means, but they are a good way to get established for the future. Buying a house is a big deal and if a younger adult does not have any credit they will easily be denied if they do not have good credit with tons of experience in paying their debt back.

Obtaining school loans is the hardest task I have ever had to deal with. I have struggled to get approved due to our absurd system of needing a cosigner to sign for the student. Most college kids are pretty responsible because they typically are maturing and gaining plenty of responsibilities and they have gained knowledge from their parents to become better. Parents have their own finances to worry about and being an adult at 18 or older we wanted to take the responsibility on ourselves to take out the loans. Taking out the loans in your own name can make a person feel good that they have been given the opportunity and work harder knowing you're doing this all by yourself and becoming a full adult.

The way the world is set up is a little too difficult for a younger adult to get established in their career and schooling to ensure they live a happy and healthy life. The key to a persons success is finding what they want to do and making sure they have the right schooling or certification to get in the career field they choose. People will all need to have money and credit to get necessities like houses and cars in their lives in order to provide for their families to ensure they are happy and healthy. Young adults have a lot of stress and change happening in their lives and they are still trying to gain the knowledge, experience, and opportunities they need to become stable with their money so they can enjoy their job and come home to their family and be happy.

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