I have important news and wish to tell it as few times as possible. I also would rather someone heard directly from me, and it is next to impossible for that to happen with everyone. All right enough delay, drum roll please...
After much thought, I will not be returning to TCU in the spring.
Yes, I will no longer go to the only college I applied to for admission. There are several reasons, but primarily the degree I was to receive (a BS in Broadcast Journalism) is no longer offered there. Instead, I could get a BA in Journalism. Adding to my frustration, TCU waited until I was a student there to tell me this information. Note to all colleges and universities, please let perspective students aware of major changes that might affect whether or not they will choose your school. Notice the pun there? Har Har Har.
Sadly TCU isn't alone though: thanks to media convergence, other universities are offering only a BA in Journalism. Ten Second Explanation: The removal of specialization allows for journalists to have knowledge in writing, broadcast and online. Experience with all of these skills will come in handy with budget decreases and changes in how people obtain news.
It would be easy to stay at TCU and simply change my degree, but I am not going to pay over $160,000 for a degree I do not want. It isn't good business and not very nice to my parents. I also don't want to see what other surprises might be in store.
I would like to apologize to TCU's chapter of Circle K International. I was elected President of this club in August, and I regret that I won't be there when it will be officially recognized this January. I know great things will come of this currently small club and I look forward to hearing about them.
While I love the campus, my social organizations, and the friends I have made, I think this decision is for the best.
Yes, I will be moving back in with my parents. Yes, I will no longer attend a prestigious university. And yes, I am aware of how well the TCU football program is currently doing. But at the end of this semester, I will have 47.5 college hours. With that number, I think I can take a little time off to figure things out.
I enrolled in three classes at Austin Community College today, and I plan on using the spring semester to figure out my next move. And let me tell you right now, it will be great.
Pixar Studios has posted an "It Gets Better" video. While it joins the growing list of "celebrity" videos expressing the same message, this one seems to have genuine heart. Those interviewed are average people who happen to work for a large company, and are using this to reach out to their audience in a time of need. None of them are separated by their status within the company, and they appear to have no alternative motives for speaking. Overall, I think Pixar did a good job of putting this morality issue in perspective. Plus, it was nice to see Pixar's message of hope coming from real life lips for once.
With Halloween 2010 already fading into the past, Americans seem to have moved their focus towards the next big Holiday: Christmas.
Now, I'm sure some of you are asking, "What about Thanksgiving?" Don't worry I'm saying it too, but we need to look at the shopping season from Wall Street's viewpoint. Unless retailers sell cooking supplies, they make less from Thanksgiving than they will from Christmas. Hence, advertisements are going to showcase "amazing deals" for possible Christmas gifts.
While it is easy to get swept up into buying hundreds of dollars worth of presents, this year I have a challenge for those reading this blog: only ask for two gifts. Yep, you read that right: two. It might sound difficult, but the modern point of Christmas isn't just about presents; it's also giving to others and spending time with your family and friends.
Simply put, reducing the number of gifts you ask for will decrease the unnecessary emotional and financial stress of buying others the "perfect" gift. Asking for two gifts also helps bring back the importance of gift giving; presents are a representation of the gift giver and their relationship to the receiver.
Ralph Waldo Emerson expressed the importance of a personal connection with the gifts you give when he wrote:
"The only gift is a portion of thyself. Thou must bleed for me. Therefore the poet brings his poem; the shepherd, his lamb; the farmer, corn; the miner, a gem; the sailor, coral and shells; the painter, his picture; the girl, a handkerchief or her own sewing. That is right and pleasing... when a man's biography is conveyed in a gift."
There is something inside all of us that seems to explode with delight when we open a wrapped gift (or in Katy Perry's case whenever you're happy). This feeling is not enough to warrant excise items that we don't need. Adding to this, if you are going to ask for several gifts, why not make them things that others can benefit from as well, like donations to various charities or humanitarian efforts? Considering this is a blog, and not a professional journalism outlet, I feel comfortable saying that my charity of choice is The Humane Society of the United States.
Putting up decorations, baking cookies, and watching holiday movies are great ways of spending time with those you love, without breaking the bank. With many Americans, and humans, still facing tough economic times, who wouldn't celebrate this?
So, besides me, who is going to accept this challenge? Write comment below if you like this idea or if it makes your Christmas Spirit Radar scream "Scrooge."
P.S.-You might consider being nice to your friends and family by announcing this before they spend time and money buying various gifts for you.