Back to School: The Countdown Begins

18 07 2008

It’s that time of year again when you start getting mail from stores advertising their Back to School sales and line of merchandise.  I looked at my calendar the other day to see how much time I had left at home, and I was shocked to see there were only 5 weeks left!

Soon enough, you’ll start seeing friends Facebooking each other and saying, “See you in a few weeks” or “Only 4 more weeks”.  It happens every year, and I think this week is the official start of the back to school countdown when everyone realizes there summer is coming to a close and they start keeping track of the time left.

Going back to school isn’t all that bad, but I’ve really enjoyed this summer.  It seams unreal that I’m still in college and I have to once again face the stressful enviorement of classes, projects, and the drama.  Oh well, you only get 4 years of it (unless you’re John Falzone), and college is where we’ll make some of our best memories.

Are you ready to go back to school?  I hope so, cause it’s coming in 5 more weeks.

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Don’t Waste Your Summer: Save

17 06 2008

Yes! The summer’s here and you’re working again. Finally, you can afford to buy that awesome video game or get your own car. It’s nice being able to have some cash on hand after a whole school year of spending money but not making any. By the title, you already know where I’m going with this post, but don’t just write it off yet; here me out.

I’m not going to tell you you shouldn’t spend money during the summer because money is meant to be spent; but recently, I’ve been saying this a lot, “there’s a time and a place for everything.” What I mean is, eventually you have to get a car, but do you really need it this summer? If you really need a laptop, can you afford to be buying that new video game?

There are certain responsibilities that we have and priorities that must be placed in the right order. For those of you in college, you already know how much money is being drained from your pocket. For those of you who are still in high school, you may think you know what to expect financially, but there’s nothing like experiencing it.

There are some major investments coming up for all of us as young people, no matter what stage we’re at in life. They just keep getting bigger, and you need to be ready to face them. But how can you face the financial wall with no money to help you get over it?

Figure out what you really need and what you can afford, then start looking for the best price. Sometimes there are big needs, but you’re going to have to learn to forgo those needs if it’s something that’s holding you back from a bigger priority like your school bill. Think about it, what good is a laptop meant for school if you can’t even afford to go to school?

Even the small things add up. If you take a sack lunch instead of spending $5 at a restaurant during the work week, you can save at least $250; and that can buy you a nice camera, a desktop computer, some new clothes, or even some good books. Just by making lunch for yourself.

In addition to that, part of saving is doing the research before you buy. Researching helps insure that you are getting a quality item that will serve you well and last for a long time. Good and bad quality can be found in anything you buy, so research accordingly.

That’s a very practical way of not wasting your summer. You can take it or leave it.

Just don’t waste your summer!

Previous Posts:

Don’t Waste Your Summer: Read Books
Don’t Waste Your Summer: Speak Truth
Don’t Waste Your Summer: Do a Study
Don’t Waste Your Life: Get in a Bible Study

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The Influence of College

30 05 2008

It’s hard to believe, but I’m already half way through my college career.  I’ll admit, my family and my church don’t see eye-to-eye with me on a few things.  They’re definitely more conservative, and I’m a lot more open minded.  Before I started going to Northland, a pastor friend of mine from another church that is more like-minded with me, asked me why I was going to a conservative school rather than a more liberal school?

Besides the fact that my parents wouldn’t let me go to a less conservative school, I really wanted to go to a place that leaned more on the conservative side so I could compare my views with theirs and be able to better know where I stood on certain things when I graduated.

As I went to the school, I actually started leaning more to the left, and drifting farther away from where the school stood (or so I thought).  Especially this last semester the Lord revealed to me my own ignorance, and I came to realize how close I actually am to where my school stands.  He also taught me that a lot of what I did was to be different for different’s sake, but that’s not why we should do things.

So now I’m actually coming back to the more conservative side of certain things.  Some of the stances I’m starting to take I never would’ve thought I’d be taking a year ago, and some things I know I never would have taken a stand on had I gone to a more liberal school.

I remember in high school having lunch with an evangelist friend, Will Galkin, and he told me that you come out thinking like the school you go to.  I went into school determined to make my own decisions, and for that reason I was blocking a lot of what others were saying and building unstable philosophies.  Now I’m starting to listen, and I’m actually finding myself agreeing with what they’re saying, and I’m beginning to change. I’m half way through, and I can already see the affects that my school is having on me; and from my perspective, it’s not a bad thing.

College has an influence on how we think.  For that reason it’s important to choose wisely.

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