The Senate Strikes Back: The Battle Over Taxes

As college students, we may not be especially interested in our taxes yet. However, if we plan on getting a promotion or scoring a higher paying job after we graduate, this is definitely an issue that is going to affect our pocketbooks. Tax reform, especially these proposed bills, impacts Americans of all incomes, from $0 on up.  

Taxes, although necessary for our government to run effectively, are something nobody enjoys paying. No matter their employment or economic status, most all Americans want their taxes reduced. Continue reading “The Senate Strikes Back: The Battle Over Taxes”

To Stand or Not to Stand: Thoughts on National Anthem Kneeling

For better or worse, one of the most discussed and debated topics across the country this past week has been the recent controversy over whether athletes should be taking a knee during the national anthem. The arguments over kneeling were ignited in 2016, when San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick chose to protest racism and police brutality by sitting during the anthem, later changing his strategy and taking a knee instead.

 

Players who take a knee are protesting racism toward colored people in the United States. SB Nation reports that Eric Reid, who protested alongside Kaepernick, wrote in The New York Times “We chose to kneel because it’s a respectful gesture. I remember thinking our posture was like a flag flown at half-mast to mark a tragedy.”  Continue reading “To Stand or Not to Stand: Thoughts on National Anthem Kneeling”

Gabbing with Grunt: graduation means leaving neverland

neverlandFor approximately 16 years I’ve been attending school. I’ve survived monkey-bars, drivers-ed, and college-level math. I beat the odds against the “freshman-fifteen,” and even had the honor of becoming the editor-in-chief of a newspaper.

All in all, school has been good.

So when it’s time for it all to end — at least for now, I just may further my degree someday — will it feel any different than graduating from high school? Am I going to wake up the first day after finals and feel like the adulting has officially begun?

I can think of at least 10 reasons off the top of my head as to why I’m not yet qualified for the “adult” position:  

  1. I am the WORST at remembering to do the dishes. Or putting my clothes away after they’re washed. Or taking out the garbage when it’s full. Or cleaning….vacuuming I’m a total champ at, but the rest just sucks. Pun intended.
  2. I hop aboard the struggle bus every time I have to open the lid to a pickle jar.
  3. I cannot “flic the bic” on a lighter, and I tend to break a match in half whenever I try to strike it. I would not survive in the wild. Not even if I had a matchbook.
  4. I’m not ready to stop wearing my fuzzy Cousin Eddie winter hat around Christmas time. Either the other adults comply, or I refuse to join their club.
  5. I enjoy staying up into the late hours of the night watching Netflix; my classes are all basically in the afternoon, so it has yet to become an issue. But it will be. Someday.
  6. I haven’t begun to “officially” save for retirement. I have so little money now…
  7. I never remember to carry an umbrella, even though there’s one in my car. I know it’s there, I’ve seen it.
  8. Sometimes I have a hard time pouring the water out of the macaroni when I’m cooking. There always seems to be a stray noodle that pops out, lands in the sink, and mocks me.
  9. I don’t take a vitamin, and I’ve heard that’s a thing “responsible” people tend to do.
  10. I always feel like chickening out last minute when it comes to calling to make appointments for things; I don’t mind being on the phone with people, I just would love it if my mom did it…

Not to say I won’t figure it all out as I go along — if our parents and grandparents and great-grandparents have figured it out, so can we.

There are hundreds of us graduating on May 19th; completing our time at Black Hawk College is just the next step.

I wish all of my readers the best of luck — it’s been absolutely fantastic being able to have a column where I can openly discuss things that I have found other people have similar distress in. For two semesters, I’ve been fortunate to interact with students at BHC who were excited to be quoted in the newspaper; they didn’t run away from the blonde girl running around from student to student, brave souls. Some students even signed up at the Promotional Fair to receive emails from me about the newest column idea; I couldn’t thank you guys enough.

If you were ever interested in journalistic writing, I have to say that there is almost nothing more rewarding than seeing your work printed in the newspaper.

I also know that if you are graduating this month and you still haven’t got a clue what you want to do for a career, you’re not alone. When I find the right niche for me, it’s going to be just like how Prince Eric expects he’ll realize he’s found the right girl. It’ll just hit me, “bam, like lightning.”

Don’t be afraid to grow up, even if you feel at times that you will never be ready. All that matters is that you’re happy; I’ll be staying up to unreasonable hours in the evening, and you do what you enjoy.

Peace out.

Gabbing with Grunt: Why your New Year’s resolution flopped

We’re only an entire month immersed into the New Year; however, I abandoned my New Year’s resolution about 28 days ago. Perhaps it says something about my character, or my lack of motivation, but it could also be saying something about the entire tradition itself. Continue reading “Gabbing with Grunt: Why your New Year’s resolution flopped”

Gabbing with Grunt

Grandpa wished for ANOTHER Farm & Fleet gift card for Christmas…

If you’re anything like me, you’ve been listening to Christmas music since October, have already planned out exactly how you want your Christmas tree to look this year, and are already calling people “ya filthy animal.”
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Navigating election season: Political advice from a political novice

A new President will be elected a year from now. If you are like me, the idea of performing your civic duty by voting leaves a knot in the pit of your stomach. Not because you don’t want to be a good citizen, but because understanding the myriad of issues through the extensive candidate-to-candidate tongue-lashings can be a bit difficult to navigate through. Continue reading “Navigating election season: Political advice from a political novice”

Gabbing with Grunt: What’s this free education you speak of?

The time to start applying for our next semester of classes is upon us, and with that, trying to figure out how the heck we’re going to pay for our education. While some students have scholarships and grants to support them, others may have to resort to loans, which at any age feels like lying on the ground and having someone shovel dirt on top of you. Continue reading “Gabbing with Grunt: What’s this free education you speak of?”