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I only have two real goals for my life: pay off my student loans before I turn 60 and marry Daryl Dixon.
Unfortunately, it looks like the latter, of matrimony to a fictitious zombie slayer, is the more realistic of the two.
Maybe one day, I will realize the reason behind an institution charging $40,000 a year and maybe one day I will stop pretending that a portion of that goes toward funding a bunch of young men and women who would not give me the time of day to play sports on fields that are better taken care of than the old building where I take most of my classes.
I think somewhere down the line, colleges forgot, or consciously chose to ignore, that most people cannot afford $40,000 a year for aeducation that they are only getting so that they can join the job market where they will make $25,000 a year.
I think that that little fun fact has been forgotten/ blatantly ignored because for those of us whose parents are not CEO’s, there are terrible things called student loans, which, to add another fun fact, are one of the only types of loans that cannot be written off when declaring bankruptcy.
Personally, I take out around $25,000 a year in federal and private loans, because regardless of what the FAFSA says that my family is going to contribute, I am on my own in this academic nightmare that I have found myself in.
So, when I graduate in roughly a year and a half, I will be in a debt hole of about $100,000 and I cannot possibly imagine ever saving up that much money.
Right now, my choices for financial stability are becoming a gold digger, winning the lottery or the Viking apocalypse mercifully wiping me, my debt, and every living thing away in a flood of fire because I know for sure that my degree is never going to make me a millionaire.
So, my question is: why do people let this happen? Why do we just blindly accept that some school is going to suck us dry and make us thank them for it?
We should be telling high schoolers that private four year institutions are not all that they are cracked up to be.
We should tell them that community college and public university are just as good, and not quite as evil.
I don’t think when I am 40 and living in a studio apartment with a roommate and at least six cats I am going to look back at my college days and think “I am so glad I experienced the power of a small college.”
Paige Jurgensen / Columnist
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Welcome back Wildcats! Spring semester is finally underway and you know what that means… rain, rain and more rain.
But this is not to deter you from enjoying the outside.
As a matter of fact, you should be outside, specifically in the Linfield Community Garden!
If you had no idea that this existed, do not be alarmed, but yes, our campus does in fact have its own little green paradise right next to Renshaw for those of us who have a green thumb, and more importantly, for those of us who don’t.
As I’m sure you could have guessed, springtime is the best time to be in the garden.
The garden is a student-operated project that began in the fall of 2009.
It is supported, by the Linfield Garden Club, and has since been a hotspot on campus for sustainable activity by providing healthy, local and organic food options to the Linfield Community.
For those who want to get involved in the rapidly spreading “Go Green” initiative, this is the perfect opportunity for you to, literally, get your hands dirty.
The progress in sustainable agriculture they have made since their initial takeoff is quite remarkable.
For those who don’t quite understand the concept of sustainable agriculture, it’s simply the way of producing food that is healthy for both those who consume it and the environment.
Key ideas in sustainable agriculture are organic, local, natural, etc.
It puts real emphasis on production practices that do not use pesticides, growth hormones and chemical fertilizers, things that are commonly seen in industrial agriculture today.
Our garden is also a great example of self-sufficiency because what could be better than being in control of the quality and quantity of the food you consume?
The produce options provided by the garden are extensive and for the 2014 season will include beans, cantaloupe, carrots, cilantro, corn, cucumbers, gourds, herbs, honeydew, lettuce, onions, peas, peppers, radishes, spinach, squash, strawberries, tomatoes, watermelon, zucchini and more!
Long term goals for the garden include operating a booth at the local Farmer’s Market and working with Sodexo to provide produce to Dillin Hall.
Don’t know anything about gardening? No problem!
The garden provides garden work parties about once every month.
The next one is March 8 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Visit the new and improved Sustainability website for links to the garden website and more information.
We hope to see you out in the garden in the coming weeks!
Marisa Specht / Office of Sustainability
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As college students, it is not always easy to find time to exercise.
Even when the day allows time for exercise, most students are feeling sluggish by 3 or 4 p.m.
Making a schedule for the week ahead is essential to achieve any fitness goals during the week.
Being regimental is crucial in achieving and maintaining a desired level of fitness.
While looking at the week ahead, first decide which days are the fullest with classes and activities, then select what time of the day will work best to fit a workout into your schedule.
Working out in the morning is not always fun, especially when it is still dark outside at 6 a.m.
As hard as it is to get up before most students have even thought about getting up, it’s worth it.
By working out in the morning, your body is more awake than it normally is, which makes your outlook on what can be accomplished in the day increasingly positive.
It’s also probable (and likely) that you will be in a better mood because of the “high” most people encounter from working out.
If working out in the morning doesn’t work well for your schedule, the lunch hour is also a great time to workout.
Working out in the middle of the day is a great way to break up the day.
It can serve as a “refresher” leading you into the second half of your day.
Lastly, there is the option to work out at night.
For most people, this is the time of the day that seems to work the best.
It is usually the time when most students are done with classes for the day, allowing them to take a little bit of time to themselves to do what they desire.
A word of caution, since this is the time that most people work out, getting to use the fitness equipment you want to use may be difficult.
A positive aspect of the upcoming months is that daylight lasts longer and the sun will be rising earlier.
This allows for more people to feel the urge to get out of bed before class and possibly run outside on the wellness trail.
Additionally, March and April are months that often see copious amounts of rain.
Often, the idea of running in the rain is exhilarating, but some also see it as a great reason to ditch their run.
An option for students who are tired of doing the same thing, is to take advantage of the aquatic center on campus.
It is open from 11-1 p.m. and 5:30-9 p.m. Monday-Friday along with hours running from 12-8 p.m. on Saturday and 1-9 p.m. on Sunday.
Swimming is a great workout, it’s one of the few sports people can do their whole life, and it’s always fun to swim with a friend or group of people.
The key to engaging in worthwhile exercise, is picking the right time to go, and participating in a form of exercise that is maintainable.
Jonathan Williams / Opinion editor
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I have discovered the magical secret to surviving college: budgeting your time well.
Simple, yes I know. But for me, being told over and over, by pretty much every teacher ever, was not enough. Instead, I had to figure it out for myself.
Actually it was not so much that I had to figure out a need for budgeting, but more like I had to figure out a strategy of how to budget time that worked for me.
I experimented for a while and finally decided that a half-hourly schedule of my day in written form works best for me.
Writing it all down is the key. I have had great success with this.
That means scheduling everything from when I will be in class to when I intend to eat, to when I plan to take a break, to when I intend to run errands.
I know what you’re thinking, “Wow, that’s great and all, but won’t your life turn to routine? Where is the excitement in that?”
I have found that I actually have more free time in my day to have fun and explore McMinnville since I’m accomplishing more in less time.
A caveat to that, is I have to schedule reasonably.
Obviously I am not going to finish a five-page paper as effectively at three o’clock in the morning as I would earlier in the day, even if it was scheduled to be done at that time.
How do I know that? I guess the world will never know.
My point is there is a learning curve involved with scheduling.
It took me a while to figure out just how much I could accomplish in a half hour, but once I found that equilibrium, I was surprised at everything that I was able to accomplish.
I also found that I reach my maximum efficiency on assignments and projects while working in hour increments.
If I work for longer than an hour at a time, I become bored and my work quality and efficiency plummet.
I combat this boredom by planning either to work on a different assignment every hour or planning breaks every half hour or so.
Speaking of breaks, I have found that when I am working on schoolwork, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube breaks are not helpful.
Those mediums disengage the brain and made it that much harder for me to get back into the swing of things when I returned to my work.
That is just something to consider.
Here is a radical idea I tried: I read instead.
Reading engages the brain and I found that it kept me in an alert mindset, while still enjoying a break (so long as you are reading a good book).
Sure, it takes a little more time to schedule your day, but in the end, isn’t more free time and more work completed in less time worth the extra ten minutes to plan your day out?
Ryan Morgan / Culture editor
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Recently, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) did a coin drive in hopes of raising money to build a track for orphans in
The committee had tables ran by student-athletes from the committee during sporting events the weekend of February 22- 23.
Additionally, members of the committee went through dorms informing students about what was going on, and how they could
“We raised $854.86 that will be donated to Open Arms International in efforts to raise funds to build a track and soccer stadium for
children in Eldoret, Kenya,” junior Audrey Frazier said.
Frazier is a volleyball player and member of SAAC.
Frazier also mentioned that, “this year was the largest amount of money the committee has raised for Open Arms International.”
Coin drives do not occur very often anymore.
However, sporting events are a great venue for student groups to collect donations.
Most students do not usually carry around spare change with them, which is why it was helpful for the members of the SAAC to go
through the dorms informing students of a time and place that they could donate spare change and in turn, raise awareness to support
Junior swim team captain, Ian Coker, commented that the event went well, and noticed that, “it was mainly parents and Linfield
athletic patrons who donated the most coins.”
This brings to light that students today, unless notified previously as they were, do not come to events with coins in hand.
The amount of money the committee raised should be attributed to the students who went through the dorms informing students of
the coin drive.
Sporting events are a top venue to hold coin drives because of the athletic patrons, whether they are students or supporters of the
Linfield community, who may have purchased concession items and are willing to donate their spare change to the cause.
-The Review Editorial Board