From The Safety Of Your Timeline

Photo by William Warby
Photo by William Warby

I let my fingers fall as they lightly tapped the computer keys on the black plastic board. I was quickly trying to finish up some work before leaving the office in the next couple of hours when the first, of some of the most horrific texts, came trickling in.

Someone from an ongoing group message I was in asked us to keep her sister and her husband in our thoughts and prayers as they were in Paris right then. She had let us know that there had been multiple terrorist attacks around the city and that there more were happening.

She quickly pushed out frantic messages in our message stream. “There are at least 30 dead and hostages have been taken. We haven’t heard from them and my parents are freaking out.”

A low gasp had emitted from under my breath as I changed my computer window to a Twitter stream of the trending hashtag, Paris. Some of my friends that were posting online hadn’t heard from their family or loved ones either, and some friends from the Palm Springs area spoke about one of their local bands also being held hostage at a concert that was taking place in the city.

The next batch of texts rolled in. Continue reading “From The Safety Of Your Timeline”

Why Tom Hanks And I Agree That Community College Should Be Free

Photo by Eric James Sarmiento via Flickr
Photo by Eric James Sarmiento via Flickr

Gone are the days when young adults didn’t need a high school diploma to get a great job. Many job requirements call for a diploma along with on the job training, a bachelor’s degree, some form of certification from a trade school, or an associate’s degree from their candidates. It is because of this that it has ultimately made it harder to get a job if you couldn’t afford some form of higher education.

A friend of mine has learned this the hard way. She wanted to make more than what she has made in the past at the numerous retail and fast food positions she has worked at, but as she looked at the job descriptions and requirements she realized that she wasn’t qualified. She confided in me that she felt stuck. The dilemma, however, isn’t that she knows she has to go to some form of school, but that she realizes that she can’t afford higher education and is afraid of falling into thousands of dollars worth of student loan debt. Continue reading “Why Tom Hanks And I Agree That Community College Should Be Free”