A $15 minimum wage? Not so fast

Supporters for a $15 minimum wage in the U.S. are on the rise, and it has been a big issue debated between Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. She recently switched her stance on the issue, supporting the … Continue reading

A Modern View on Lent

Lent has been a continuous debate among Catholics, Christians, and even families for years. My own family has multiple views on the traditions of not eating meat on Ash Wednesday and Fridays during Lent. My Catholic grandmother always followed the rule. It was a rule I was taught in Sunday School and was heavily enforced in the church and by my grandmother. For my mother, a Protestant, the only day not to eat meat on was Good Friday. But, because of my father’s Catholic background, she still tried to help my brothers and I abide by the Catholic rule. In recent years, fewer Catholics are following this rule, my family included. I’ve heard people say things like, “They only invented the rule because the fish market was down,” or “Poultry isn’t meat.” Whatever you’ve heard, make your own decision. There are other ways to acknowledge your faith during this time of the year.

Not eating meat on Fridays is just one tradition for Lent for Catholics. Many will “give up” something for Lent, like sweets or chocolate. Others will choose to “be a better Catholic/Christian” for Lent, whether this means helping others or attending mass more often. For those of you who have no idea what you want to do (or not do) for Lent this year, I will share ideas with you that I, myself, am going to do for Lent or ones that I have heard others are doing for Lent. Continue reading

Intolerance – Do you think before you speak?

Despite America’s reputation for being a “melting pot” of cultures, not every American — or college student — lives up to this reputation. Intolerance is a recurring theme in America. Historically, we have “overcome” intolerances based on race, religion, and gender. Laws were created to make racism and sexism illegal. And yet, these intolerances, among many others, continue to remain prevalent in American society.

Being intolerant is hard to define. Intolerance is shown through racist, sexist, or homophobic comments. It can be treating others of a different race, ethnicity, or religion differently. It can be as simple as joking about someone being “retarded” or saying “that’s so gay.” An intolerant comment does not necessarily make someone intolerant to another group, but perhaps ignorant or misinformed. Being intolerant or ignorant is common. Many of us don’t consider these types of comments or jokes to cause harm, and we say them without even thinking of their meaning or consequences.

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Mother’s Day – Have you thanked your mom today?

To all of the mothers out there: We (your children) don’t thank you enough for the things you do. We take every little thing you do for granted, and we forget our thank yous, and we expect too much of you. While Mother’s Day is yet another “Hallmark” holiday, it is a necessary one, but we shouldn’t only dedicate one day of the year to our mothers, and the hard work they do. Continue reading

Senior year chaos

The end is near. I can see it now, graduation day, only a month away. But the distance in time between now and then feels like forever.

I often feel an overwhelming feeling of panic and anxiety. The number of papers and assignments to complete before graduation feels unreal and everything is creeping up on me. I just want it all to be over…to be able to feel a sense of relief and excitement to finally graduate and be finished with college.  Continue reading

Advice wanted: The battle between Windows 8 and iOS

Going into my senior year of college, it has come time to buy a new laptop, and I am faced with the dilemma of what to buy. I purchased an HP laptop before my freshman year along with 2 year accidental damage protection, which I used multiple times, having to get motherboards and hard drives replaced among other problems. As the 2 year mark got closer, the service got worse and worse, and by the time the warranty was over the laptop was basically unusable. It is now sitting in my house, unable to turn on, with little hope. Continue reading

Really, America?

The events that have occurred over the past two days in America really make me question why I am going back to America. I mean, yes, my program is ending and I already have my ticket booked for Thursday. But beyond that, I really wouldn’t mind staying in Spain and avoiding what’s been going on in the U.S. It is on days like these that I really understand (and agree with) the negative perceptions of America in Europe. There is also, of course, the way Americans often act when they are abroad, but that’s a topic for another day. Continue reading