can’t believe college is already over. I never thought it was going end. when you first start, 4-5 years seems like forever. but as you get older, you realize time doesn’t stop. it continues to keep passing, and nothing stops it. scary to think that I’ll start to think nostalgically about OSU soon. considering how nostalgic I get over other things, I can’t even begin to imagine how much I’ll think back on my days at OSU.
In modern America (the last 30 years or so) liberals have saved our country every time we start to drift towards what is known as the biggest criticism of capitalism: an Oligarchy. The Clinton’s (Bill AND Hillary) saved us after Reagan/Bush, and President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are again saving us after the epic disaster that was George Bush.
When conservatives are in power, class warfare is launched against the poor and middle class. Wealth is transferred from the 99% up to the top 1%. This is done by lowering taxes on the rich and deregulating corporate America, while simultaneously cutting social programs that benefit the vast majority of Americans. We would have plenty of money to pay for all these liberal programs if the wealthy paid their fair share and we didn’t waste billions on wars that ultimately make us less safe. Most Americans work hard but still don’t have a shot at the American dream because of the unequal distribution of wealth and education. Government programs such as welfare are meant to help the weakest and most vulnerable among us. Ironically, government programs that help the working-poor are stigmatized, and government subsidies (welfare for the rich) is seen as good business that will trickle down to the rest of us (have you seen the unemployment numbers lately?). How ironic that government is only good when it helps the top 1%, and bad when it helps those who work hard but can’t make ends meet in the richest country on earth.
Just remember…there are more registered Democrats in the USA. Liberals are in the majority and liberalism is what represents the values of most Americans. Don’t be fooled by conservatives trying to paint the picture that they represent ‘real’ America. They don’t. We are a country that truly does care about the weakest among us, and we recognize that business needs to pay their fair share so we can all have a piece of the American dream.
We are only as good as the weakest among us. No one living in the United States of America should be working and living in poverty. Either business needs to be required by the government to provide better benefits and a higher minimum wage, or we need to require that those at the top pay their fair share so the government has the revenue to provide a social safety net for those that are at the bottom of what is a natural capitalistic society. We will always have people at the bottom in a capitalistic society. So until everyone has an equal shot at the American dream, it is our duty to help those at the bottom…you know, the people that make it possible for only a select few at the top to achieve the American dream.
All good things must come to an end, right? I’ve prolonged and extended my stay at OSU and I’m contemplating staying even longer if my university job allows me to work without being a student. Finishing up in June with all my friends seems like the way to go.
I get extremely attached to places and people, and let’s face it — Corvallis is my home. I’ve been here for 5 years and I’ve established a life here. It’s where I’ve made and lost friends, matured (somewhat), learned about myself, experimented, and created some of the most amazing memories I’ve had so far in my life.
I’m not ready to leave, but it’s time to leave. Facing this reality is a lot more difficult than I thought it was going to be. Corvallis, even with all its flaws, is a college bubble that’s all about learning and having fun. It’s an extremely safe place that’s full of kids my own age, doing exactly what I’m doing. There is a certain amount of comfort and security that comes with being surrounded by people your own age that are headed towards the same goal. It’s the classic college experience and I wouldn’t have had it any other way.
But now it seems everyone around me is moving on, or talking about moving on to bigger and better things. I’ve realized that no one is going to plan their future around me, so I need to do whatever it is I want to do and not worry about what everyone else is doing. It’s scary and sad all at the same time. I don’t want college to end, but I know it has to. I just wish I could take all my friends with me wherever I go and have OSU Part 2. But even if that were possible, it wouldn’t be the same because nothing is like Corvallis. Even though this town can cause you to party too much, and can become boring and repetitive, you always seem to miss it whenever you’ve been away for too long.
I’ll never forget my time at OSU, and I truly hope college isn’t the “best years of your life,” like so many people often say. But based on how much I’ve enjoyed myself here at OSU, they just might be right.
I really hope Hollywood doesn’t raise Adele to god-like adoration and then tear her down like they do to so many stars. the higher they raise you the farther you fall. Elvis. Michael. Whitney. Monroe. Dean.
when you make it in the united states, you’ve made it everywhere. period. adele knows. same reason why the UK paparazzi stalked princess di. they had the huge american market to sell the stories to and make millions. USA makes or breaks you — even look at the beatles, pokemon, spice girls and justin bieber. if you make it here, you’ve made it everywhere. the USA influence more than we can ever know. hillary clinton has so much power and influence because she represents us around the world as secretary of state. thank god we have people like her in position of power and not people like sarah palin. hillary is keeping us the #1 country around the world. and thank god for that!