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Love Your Finals

Sometimes, I really hate school.

I know that as a student, I’m not supposed to say that, especially not in my column that’s published in the school newspaper, but it’s true. School is exhausting and stressful and sometimes even painful. But this column isn’t going to just be me ranting about hating school, I promise.

I say that I hate school because right now, as all college students know, is that dreaded time between Thanksgiving and finals—the last little stretch of classes before we get a month off for the holidays. We have five classes, but somehow we have seven papers to write and three exams. It’s insane.

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Senior Column

Rewind four years to August of 2012, and it’s the first day of preseason my freshman year. I was driving to school with my sister in the front seat and my parents in the minivan behind us, all of my belongings in tow. Not knowing anyone and going into something completely new, there is much apprehension of what has yet to come. It was the first moment of my next four years: pulling onto the Assumption College campus. I was so nervous, so excited, so many mixed emotions that you only experience when you have gone through this same thing. I was ready to see what my new home had in store for me for the next four years of my life and ready to continue my education and athletic career.

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Because Snapchat Hates You

So basically everyone with a smartphone has the app Snapchat downloaded onto it. The popular app is fairly simple, with its purpose being to just send funny pictures and videos back and forth to your friends. The app has made plenty of updates over the few years that it’s been active such as emojis that represent who you snap with most often and “Snap Stories” that let you post photos that can be viewed by all of your friends.

Recently, Snapchat added a brand new feature consisting of fun and crazy filters that can turn any selfie of you into an old person, a demon and many more. And for a while, it was a pretty fun update. I, personally, was a huge fan of scaring my friends with the demon filter, while others seemed to prefer the one that makes you throw up rainbows. Nonetheless, avid Snapchat users became pretty fond of this feature that brought a new sense of excitement to the app, which, I’m sure, was why the filters were created in the first place.

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FAA's "Orwellian" plans for drones

In the modern world, surveillance has become a part of society. The years following the attacks on September 11, 2001 created a heightened sense of security across the country. Thus, we have seen the introduction of drones into our society assisting in both civilian and military use. Some may consider drones to be revolutionary forms of surveillance, while others consider them to be nothing more than a trendy new invention with hobbyists and aviation enthusiasts. However, there has been some controversy associated with them, especially with recreational use.

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Technology and parenting: earning trust

Parents have earned many rights as the adults in charge of tiny humans who eventually grow up to be moody teenagers and (almost) autonomous adults. They are responsible for ensuring that their tiny humans make it to adulthood by feeding them, providing for them, clothing them and caring for them.

And good parents don’t take those responsibilities lightly.

In today’s technologically savvy world, parents’ jobs can be difficult. I’m not a parent, but I can imagine how tempting it could be to spy on my theoretical kids and make sure they’re not in a chatroom (if people even use those anymore) talking to dangerous strangers or sexting their peers, or worse, those dangerous strangers.

But before I hack into their accounts or scroll through their text messages, I would reflect on how it would feel to have my privacy invaded like that.

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Spying for safety's sake

I didn’t have a cell phone until I was 15 years old—at least that’s when I remember holding the device and feeling like I finally belonged in my generation. I remember that my friends and I would send texts like we were the coolest people in the school, but I do remember what every student was stuck grappling with: parental spying.

Not just the spying that involves reading over your shoulder occasionally and having a computer in a common area, I mean the hand over your phone and track your every move kind of parental supervision, and to be honest, I don’t see a problem with it.

I know it’s an invasion of privacy and children hate it; they have to hand over their phone and their most private secret (which is their crush at the time) is revealed. It’s embarrassing and mortifying to have your parents putting their nose in your business, but believe me when I say I don’t see a problem with such an invasion of privacy, and here are a few reasons why.

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Life-changing decision

I am going to college.

I never thought that would be a reality. Upon graduating high school, I had no intentions of attending college. My father never pursued a higher education and he seemed to be doing just fine, raising a rather large family without having to worry about our well-being. I had been homeschooled my entire life and entering an unknown atmosphere like a college campus was intimidating to say the least. College was too expensive, too challenging and I doubted my ability to adjust to this new setting. I was content with my job, my friends and my high school education.

One year after high school, my attitude towards life changed. My friends had left for college, my job had become tedious and my relationship with my family was strained. I needed a change. I needed to leave my family and small town to experience life on my own.

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Family and traditions

Thanksgiving is by far my favorite holiday. It always has been and always will be. The pro-con in the second issue was about putting up Christmas decorations before or after Thanksgiving, and just talking about the winter holiday before Turkey Day genuinely freaked me out. I’ve always had a soft spot for tradition, and quite frankly, I don’t handle change well.

At all.

My family has a ton of amazing (and even some embarrassing) traditions with which I have grown up. Every Christmas, I made reindeer food—which is really dry oatmeal, rainbow sprinkles and glitter—with my parents and spread it on the deck for their midnight snack (it magically disappeared by morning), and my mom put on red lipstick and kissed me while I was sleeping so that I woke up with a “Santa kiss.”

Every Easter, the Easter Bunny wrote me a note and signed it with a paw print.

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Please stop obsessing over celebrities' lives

Why should I care if some professional basketball player is married to a rich girl who is on a reality TV show? Why does that make him famous? These are the questions I always ask when people talk about Lamar Odom.

Unless you are an avid basketball fan, you probably first learned about Lamar Odom when he dated and then married Khloe Kardashian. While Odom was a successful basketball player with many NBA teams including the Clippers and the Heat, he became a household name because of his relationship with Khloe and his subsequent appearances on Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami and Khloe and Lamar.

I have to admit, I am not a Kardashian fan. I know very little about the family and until doing research for this article, I had no idea Odom was in a relationship with a Kardashian. To me, the Kardashians are a group of rich people who do somewhat interesting things. But I don’t really care what they do with their lives.

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Hire me, not my ink

There has always been a negative connotation with tattoos. They are a symbol for rebelling and living the outlaw lifestyle when that, quite frankly, is just not true. Tattoos have meaning; they represent something more than just ink on your skin. Yet for years people with tattoos have deterred employers. They are considered a threat to the workplace and represent a bad worker. Now I’m not saying every tattoo is okay or every spot you can get a tattoo is acceptable, but I strongly believe that a majority of young adults about to enter the workforce are not a threat to an employer’s company.

Society is changing. Tattoos aren’t just for bikers and tough guys anymore. There is a shift in the culture which should transfer over to the job field. If an employer doesn’t hire you solely based on the ink on your skin, there is a serious flaw somewhere. It wasn’t the employer’s decision to get the permanent ink; it was yours.


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