What to Keep in Mind When You Are looking For an Apartment

What to Keep in Mind When You Are looking For an Apartment

Because it's a pain.

Being an adult is hard. These are the times that I wish I could regress back to childhood, to the rip age of seven. My only worries would consist of what I was doing during recess, rushing to get my one thing of homework done before its one week due date, and racing to ballet practice on time for warm ups. Jeezs, life was just so ruff.

Now, in the peak of life, as I adventure into adulthood, I am faced with yet another obstacle: finding a place to live. For the past week, my mind has been swimming, or should I say drowning, with information overload. I feel like I am now at the point where all the information is clumping together, making one giant spitball that is hurtling towards my head, like a demented game of dodge ball. However, hold off on pulling your hair out and living in your car. I may not have a lot of experience house hunting, but there are a few things that you should keep in mind during your search.

  1. Research, Research, Research Make sure you look at your options: spend a day just Google-ing places in the area, go to a housing fair, join the local Housing Facebook page (VT has one, check it out if you haven’t) ask your friends about their apartments! Make sure that you explore all your options before choosing, because this is a big decision. Even when finding a roommate, look for someone who would make a good roommate, not just friend. You don’t want to settle, unless its July and you move in August and are still looking for a place to live, then just settle.
  2. Start Looking Now (Like Right Now) If you need an apartment by Fall 2017 and your ass hasn’t started looking, please start now. This will give you wiggle room to find a roommate, research different options of apartment, and breathe. Also, the longer you wait, the less options of apartment you have, so start looking soon, so you don’t have to live in a crack shack with some sketchy dude from Craigslist.
  3. Write Shit Down Trust me, it’s a lot of information. What I do is I write a note card for each place I am looking at. Write down the important information first, like rent, utilities and location, and then jot down some other key observations like washer and dryer included, bus stop convenient, etc. This allows for easy side-by-side comparison and prevents information overload.
  4. Its All in the Details Not only should you keep in mind the bigger picture, but also it’s the small things in an apartment you need to look out for. Things like roommate pet peeves, laundry options, closest space, cleanliness, location (location, location), and neighbors are just a few examples. Think about what you REALLY want in an apartment and things you can’t have. Write it down and stick to it
  5. Set a budget Because you know you are shit out of luck when you are looking at 1000 dollar a month apartments when your budget is 500 dollars (this was me).
  6. Don’t Stress, Relax Seriously. Don’t worry. You will find one person who is just as desperate as you are.
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To The Senior Graduating High School In A Month

"What feels like the end, is often the beginning."

It wasn’t too long ago that I was in your shoes. Just a little over a year ago, I was the senior that had a month left. One month left in the hometown that I grew up in. One month left with the friends that I didn’t want to leave. One month left in the place that I had called “my school” for the past four years. You are probably thinking the same things I thought whenever it came down to only 30 days left. You’re probably scared, nervous, worried, or anxious. Maybe you’re like me and are dying to get out of high school, ready to start a new chapter. Or maybe you aren’t so ready yet. Maybe you’re wishing for a little more time.

As scary as it is, this month you have left will fly by. You’ll blink and you’ll be standing in your cap and gown, waiting for your name to be called to receive your diploma. You’ll look back on your last four years at your school and wonder why time went by so fast. It’ll be bittersweet. However, trust me when I say that you have so much to look forward to. You are about to begin taking the steps to build your future. You are going to grow and learn so much more than any high school class could teach you. You are going to meet amazing people and accomplish amazing things. So, as scared as you might be, I encourage you to take that first step out of your comfort zone and face this world head on. Chase your dreams and work towards your goals. You are smart. You are brave. You are capable of achieving amazing things. All your life, the lessons you have learned have prepared you for this point in your life. You are more than ready.

There are times when you will feel alone, scared, or confused. There are times when it won’t always be easy. But those are the times when you will shine the most because I know you will work through whatever problems you may face. Don’t think of the bad times as a terrible thing. Use them all as learning experiences. As author Joshua Marine once said, “Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.”

You might think that this is the end. However, it’s not. This is only the beginning. Trust me when I say that the adventures and opportunities you are about to face are nothing compared to high school. Whether you are going to college, going to work, or something else, this is the beginning of your journey called life. It will be exciting, it will be terrifying, but it will all be worth it.

So, as you walk out of your high school for the very last time, I encourage you to take a deep breath. Relax. You’ll always have the memories to look back on from high school. But your time is now, it begins today. Embrace it.

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Let's Talk More About Lori Laughlin Facing Up To 20 Years In Prison When Brock Turner Got 6 Months

And he was released three months early for 'good behavior'... after sexually assaulting an unconscious girl behind a dumpster.


To start, Lori Laughlin messed up royally, and I don't condone her actions.

If you live under a rock and are unaware of what happened to the "Full House" star, here's the tea:

Lori Laughlin and husband Mossimo Giannulli — and like 50 other celebrity parents — were found guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud, and paid a $1 million bail on conspiracy to commit mail fraud, and honest services fraud. You don't need to know what these mean except that she paid $500,000 to get her two daughters, Bella and Olivia Jade Giannulli.

I know you're wondering why they did it — tbh I am too — however, these parents paid the University of Southern California to give admission to her daughters in through the rowing team on campus, despite neither one of them actually playing the sport ever in their life.

Yeah, Aunt Becky messed up and should face punishment, but why is she facing up 20 years when men like Brock Turner are sentenced only six months for raping an unconscious woman behind a dumpster at Stanford?

I hate to bring up the gender card, but I'm pulling it: Why is Lori Laughlin — a woman who with bad judgement who used money to give an upper-hand to her entitled daughters — face more prison time than a man who willingly raped a woman who wasn't in a right state of mine (or any at all!) behind a dumpster of all places.

The answer? Because the system is a mess.

Yeah, Aunt Becky paid for her daughters to get into a school, giving disadvantages to students actually deserving and wanting to attend a college. Her act was immoral, and ultimately selfish, but it doesn't even compare to what Brock Turner did, and it doesn't even effect others as much his rape survivor.

The most that will happen to the Giannulli girls is an expulsion and a temporary poor reputation, however, Emily Doe (the alias of the survivor) will feel the consequences of the attack forever.

There should have been a switch:

Lori Laughlin and the Target guy should have had to pay other students tuition/student debt while facing prison time, while Brock Turner should have had to face over 20 years with more consequences.

But, that'll never happen because our system sucks and society is rigged. I guess our society would prefer a rapist walking around more so a woman who made a poor choice by paying for her daughters to go to a college.

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