When Artemis received her 2012 W-2 form from her employer, she figured there’s no time like the present to sit down and knock out her tax returns. She had no idea what she was in for, according to sources.
“She really got tripped up on the itemized deductions,” says Larry Booth, the CPA who eventually took on the cat’s filing. “When you factor in home improvements, charitable donations, the number of dependents — she has seven kittens — it can get pretty complicated. She was about to give up and just take the standard deduction, but I helped her maximize the return in the end.”
The beauty of the first semester being over is that feeling of relief at the end. When you leave that final, you know you finished something. weither you pass of fail; you gained a new experience and life lesson. You might have learned a new side of you that you never thought about or saw in yourself. Maybe you found out that you were an AMAZING writter or you were really good at math. Maybe you found a new self confidence that you never had before. Maybe you finally found the friends you fit in with. Maybe you learned college isnt for me or maybe you found out that this is the holy grail to your life and it is truly sweet. I know that even though I’m not perfect I figured out that I’m still learning. College has been the BEST place for me to discover what I ttruly want in life and I learned something. You don’t always have to appease the people in your life, just yourself.
I contemplation many things in life. For example, I contemplate what I want to be in life. For instance I wanted to be a Veterinarian ever since I was 3. I loved animals but as I found my passions I changed my mind. I wanted to be a dancer, a photographer, an entrepreneur an Actress, director, producer, and a dietetic We all change our minds all the time but we fear the Change. I have many talents and it is hard to tell which path is right for me because there are so many doors available to me. Yet like a flower there will be an end product to where I am in full bloom and then I will die. Really I have to look at is life is what you make it. I’m making mine full. I never will be bored.
A well known speaker started off his seminar by holding up a $20 bill. In the room of 200, he asked. “Who would like this $20 bill?”
Hands started going up. He said, “I am going to give this $20 to one of you - but first, let me do this.”
He proceeded to crumple the 20 dollar note up. He then asked. “Who still wants it?” Still the hands were up in the air.
“Well,” he replied, “what if I do this?” He dropped it on the ground and started to grind it into the floor with his shoe. He picked it up, now crumpled and dirty. “Now, who still wants it?”
Still the hands went into the air.
“My friends, you have all learned a very valuable lesson. No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it because it did not decrease in value. It was still worth $20. Many times in our lives, we are dropped, crumpled, and ground into the dirt by the decisions we make and the circumstances that come our way. We feel as though we are worthless; but no matter what happened or what will happen, you will never lose your value.
Dirty or clean, crumpled or finely creased, you are still priceless to those who love you. The worth of our lives comes, not in what we do or who we know, but by …WHO WE ARE.
It’s mid-semester and midterms have come and still coming. It’s not your typical 4 year college route but maybe it is. For those who are the 99% probably mostly do start at CC’s if they are trying to get a bang out of their buck because going to an in state 4 year usually ranges 10 grand per semester and that isn’t cheap. Yet there are those who get but loads of scholarships and grants who can swoop by without paying a penny. Then there are many of us in a student loan. In the end we are all trying to get one thing, the opportunity to a brighter future. We want to be able to make that 1% in the country larger. We want to help others, we want to help ourselves, we want to be well off individuals in this big world. After you graduate from High School you really are thrown into the world. You are no longer sheltered by the illusion your parents created for you and the free ride you used to get is now over and you learn it is a dog eat dog world. People will be willing to trample over you to get ahead of you. You have to learn to stand your ground and really focus on your goals you will do alright in the real world. I think a community college gives something a 4 year cant, which I feel like is the real world because you experience life outside of school more than students who go to a 4 year. Yet there are things CC students miss out on as well. Yet I love the path I chose and I hope everyone else has chosen the best one for themselves as well.