I'd rather be doing these things

The ABCs Of What I'd Rather Be Doing

I have no shame in admitting I didn't want to write this article.


As summer winds down to the last few weeks before school begins again, time for fun becomes limited. There's only so much time left to do something crazy, and instead, you're spending your time working or studying for the remainder of your summer class or preparing for the fall semester. I'm writing this article when I could be hanging out with friends!

Now, I often talk about how much I'd rather do something else than actual work, but I don't think anyone understands what I'd honestly rather be doing right now. I've always been one to think about what I could be doing with my time instead of being productive. To prove my point, I made an alphabetical list of things that I'd much rather be doing right now.

1. Applying for jobs.

I'm broke and bored. Those go hand in hand, right?

2. Bathing my dog.

It's no fun for me or him, so why would I rather do this? Oh, yeah—I'm basically desperate.

3. Cleaning my room.


I enjoy cleaning. It relaxes me.

4. Dropping a watermelon from the roof.


Yikes, I just hope people stay far away.

5. Eating some good food.

Need I say more?

6. Finding a good reason to stay home tomorrow.

I don't like doing things that I don't necessarily have to do, and I would much rather have a reason to not do them.

7. Going to bed early.



8. Having someone tell me that my outfit is tacky.

I've never cared much for the opinions of other people about me, so this one won't matter too much. Also, my fashion sense is pretty okay.

9. Inspecting a mystery bruise on my arm for three hours.

I need to know where it came from!

10. Jumping jacks.


Exercising can be fun, right?

11. Killing a spider with my bare hands.

I'm not even kidding about this one, but I sincerely wish I was. I'd risk my life if it meant I didn't have to write this article.

12. Listening to country music.


Hi, I'll be over here wishing I was deaf.

13. Making sure I don't go deaf.

I was kidding; I would definitely prefer to be able to hear things.

14. Noticing how tired I am.

Have you ever noticed that you aren't that tired until you think about how tired you really are? It's the worst.

15. Obliviously seeing someone eat the last slice of pizza.


Sometimes I watch it happen and don't realize what's happening. Then it's too late.

16. Practicing my instrument.

This one isn't a joke. I really should practice, and I actually want to for once!

17. Quitting going to bed so late.

Doesn't everyone want more sleep? I don't see how this could ever be a bad thing.

18. Reading a book.


This one says a lot about me. I rarely read anymore, so if I'd rather read a book than do something, yikes.

19. Snowboarding.

I love snowboarding! It's too bad it's August in Texas!

20. Trying tofu.

I've heard it's basically tasteless?

21. Understanding quantum physics.

I'm a fine arts major, so there's absolutely no way I'd be able to do this.

22. Vividly dreaming of watching paint dry.


I honestly don't even know if this makes any sense, but I can confidently say I'd rather do this.

23. Watching hockey!

Unfortunately, it's August. I'm counting down the days until October rolls around and hockey season starts back up again!

24. X-raying my own teeth.


This is another one that I'm not really sure makes a lot of sense, but if you've ever had an x-ray taken of your teeth, you know it isn't comfortable.

25. Yelling into the abyss.

No one will hear me, though. I think that's the point.

26. Zzzzz.


You guessed it! Making the list for the fifth time—sleeping! I absolutely definitely would rather be sleeping right now!

In conclusion, I'd rather be doing all of these things right now. Some are more boring than others, but that's the beauty of the list.

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I Am A College Student, And I Think Free Tuition Is Unfair To Everyone Who's Already Paid For It

Stop expecting others to pay for you.


I attend Fordham University, a private university in the Bronx.

I commute to school because I can't afford to take out more loans than I already do.

Granted, I've received scholarships because of my grades, but they don't cover my whole tuition. I am nineteen years old and I have already amassed the debt of a 40-year-old. I work part-time and the money I make covers the bills I have to pay. I come from a middle-class family, but my dad can't afford to pay off my college loans.

I'm not complaining because I want my dad to pay my loans off for me; rather I am complaining because while my dad can't pay my loans off (which, believe me, he wants too), he's about to start paying off someone else's.

During the election, Bernie frequently advocated for free college.

Now, if he knew enough about economics he would know it simply isn't feasible. Luckily for him, he is seeing his plan enacted by Cuomo in NY. Cuomo has just announced that in NY, state public college will be free.

Before we go any further, it's important to understand what 'free' means.

Nothing is free; every single government program is paid for by the taxpayers. If you don't make enough to have to pay taxes, then something like this doesn't bother you. If you live off welfare and don't pay taxes, then something like this doesn't bother you. When someone offers someone something free, it's easy to take it, like it, and advocate for it, simply because you are not the one paying for it.

Cuomo's free college plan will cost $163,000,000 in the first year (Did that take your breath away too?). Now, in order to pay for this, NY state will increase their spending on higher education to cover these costs. Putting two and two together, if the state decides to raise their budget, they need money. If they need money they look to the taxpayers. The taxpayers are now forced to foot the bill for this program.

I think education is extremely important and useful.

However, my feelings on the importance of education does not mean that I think it should be free. Is college expensive? Yes -- but more so for private universities. Public universities like SUNY Cortland cost around $6,470 per year for in-state residents. That is still significantly less than one of my loans for one semester.

I've been told that maybe I shouldn't have picked a private university, but like I said, I believe education is important. I want to take advantage of the education this country offers, and so I am going to choose the best university I could, which is how I ended up at Fordham. I am not knocking public universities, they are fine institutions, they are just not for me.

My problems with this new legislation lie in the following: Nowhere are there any provisions that force the student receiving aid to have a part-time job.

I work part-time, my sister works part-time, and plenty of my friends work part-time. Working and going to school is stressful, but I do it because I need money. I need money to pay my loans off and buy my textbooks, among other things. The reason I need money is because my parents can't afford to pay off my loans and textbooks as well as both of my sisters'. There is absolutely no reason why every student who will be receiving aid is not forced to have a part-time job, whether it be working in the school library or waitressing.

We are setting up these young adults up for failure, allowing them to think someone else will always be there to foot their bills. It's ridiculous. What bothers me the most, though, is that my dad has to pay for this. Not only my dad, but plenty of senior citizens who don't even have kids, among everyone else.

The cost of living is only going up, yet paychecks rarely do the same. Further taxation is not a solution. The point of free college is to help young adults join the workforce and better our economy; however, people my parents' age are also needed to help better our economy. How are they supposed to do so when they can't spend their money because they are too busy paying taxes?

Free college is not free, the same way free healthcare isn't free.

There is only so much more the taxpayers can take. So to all the students about to get free college: get a part-time job, take personal responsibility, and take out a loan — just like the rest of us do. The world isn't going to coddle you much longer, so start acting like an adult.

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Writing Saved My Sanity

Write it all down when you can't talk to anyone.


I love writing.

I have since elementary school, and I've dreamed of becoming a published author. I started off writing stupid plays in elementary school, then it grew it almost writing a full-blown novel in middle school. I have no idea where that thing went to. It was all notebook paper and bad writing. In high school, my writing was kinda pushed to the side so I could focus on school. When I entered college, I started writing small poems about my now ex-boyfriend.

I was scared to express myself to him sometimes, the intensity of my feelings for him scared me. So instead of telling him, I wrote them down. When I tried to share them with him, he hated it. He thought writing down feelings was weird and creepy. So I didn't share anything else with him. When we finally broke up for good, everything just poured out of me. What I couldn't express verbally, I wrote or typed out.

I always have ideas flowing through my head. They never cease and I wouldn't want them to. Writing gives me an escape, from stress, work, school, or fights. It gives me a place to vent and to be open with everything. This is a reason I love writing for Odyssey, not only has this place brought me amazing friends but revived my love for writing. I'm never without my notebook anymore, I'd get distracted in class by an idea and have to write I think then and there.

I love sharing my more personal writing with close friends, especially my poems as of late. I found that I have a voice for young women who find themselves in a toxic relationship much like mine was. I want to speak out and show them that you can grow from the bullshit. It may take some time, but you will be better.

Writing saved my sanity. It allows me to express myself without having to use my actual voice. Anyone who knows me, knows I hate public speaking. I tend to psych myself out leading up to it. My current projects include writing for Odyssey every week, I'm in the process of trying to continue my short stories, and I'm excited to announce that I'm currently working on my very first poetry book!

Writing has given me so much, and I'm so looking forward to making a career out of something I love so much.

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