Speak_Out

Freedom From Fear

Life is a battle that we all have to face. You can’t just turn away and give up. (Well, you can, but that won’t be very productive.) Life is so full of opportunities that with every second that goes by, those opportunities will disappear if you don’t take ahold of them now.

Take life with all your force: Charge forward and face your fears. Fears do not define you, because everyone has the power and the choice to face them. Many people hold back and don’t even try new things because that fear is holding them back.

Going for that dream job but fearing you will fail at it. Going to the gym but fearing that everyone will judge you. Answering a question in class but fearing you will answer it incorrectly. We all fear, but very few will conquer their fears. You don’t need to be an expert on something, you just have to try. Practice makes progress. If you try and fail, it’s okay — you learned, grew and conquered your fears.

You may have struggles along the way trying to surpass your fears, but this is for everyone, so don’t feel alone. Every tick-tock on the clock counts down to your deathbed. Don’t let fear strangle you and hold you back. You only have one life, so live it in freedom.

Dear Maniac Driver

You are not better than anyone else. So don’t think you have the right to speed, cut people off and not let people into another lane. You don’t have the right to honk at other drivers for no reason. You have no right to get angry when someone is driving the way that you don’t like.

You have no reason to go 50 miles over the speed limit on the highway. It’s doubtful you have a place that important to be.

You have no right to text and drive. You have no right to put someone in danger because you feel the need to text someone at that moment.

You have no right to turn on your brights when it’s dark to make people in front of you drive faster. No one likes it when you get on their tail and drive really close to them, just so you could drive a little more over the speed limit. And why can’t you use your turn signals? Why do you constantly, with an ignorant attitude, put other people in danger?

You are a jerk, and no, you are not better than anyone else on the road. So stop your inconsiderate thinking and drive the way considerate people drive.

Sincerely,

Every driver everywhere

Ways to Save Money

You may be in a situation where you are stuck in a financial situation, but don’t fret; there are many ways to save money! There are four simple ways you can start saving money as soon as possible!

The first way is to budget. Now, this seems obvious, but many people neglect this. They get their paycheck and instantly go out and buy something they want. They do not focus on what they need first. One way to budget is to write down your necessities first, then your wants second. Pay off the necessities first, and then whatever you have left over, you can spend on wanted items.

The second way is write down everything that you buy. Writing down what you purchase brings attention to where all your money is going. If you notice that most of your money is going to dinners out, then you may need to cut that out in order to help your bank account. Just simply writing purchases down can absolutely help you manage your money better.

The third way is to look at what you have already. Let your home speak to you, rather than the store shelves. Let’s say you need new clothing; before going to the store, look in your closet and see what you need. Listening to your home will help you cut your spending on unnecessary items.

The fourth and final way to save your money is to write lists of what you need when you go shopping. Writing lists is not just limited to the grocery store. Write lists when you go clothes shopping, toiletry shopping, etc., etc.

Hopefully you now have the tips and tricks you need to start saving your money.

Freedom From Fear

Life is a battle that we all have to face. You can’t just turn away and give up. (Well, you can, but that won’t be very productive.) Life is so full of opportunities that with every second that goes by, those opportunities will disappear if you don’t take ahold of them now.

Take life with all your force: Charge forward and face your fears. Fears do not define you, because everyone has the power and the choice to face them. Many people hold back and don’t even try new things because that fear is holding them back.

Going for that dream job but fearing you will fail at it. Going to the gym but fearing that everyone will judge you. Answering a question in class but fearing you will answer it incorrectly. We all fear, but very few will conquer their fears. You don’t need to be an expert on something, you just have to try. Practice makes progress. If you try and fail, it’s okay — you learned, grew and conquered your fears.

You may have struggles along the way trying to surpass your fears, but this is for everyone, so don’t feel alone. Every tick-tock on the clock counts down to your deathbed. Don’t let fear strangle you and hold you back. You only have one life, so live it in freedom.

Dear Maniac Driver

You are not better than anyone else. So don’t think you have the right to speed, cut people off and not let people into another lane. You don’t have the right to honk at other drivers for no reason. You have no right to get angry when someone is driving the way that you don’t like.

You have no reason to go 50 miles over the speed limit on the highway. It’s doubtful you have a place that important to be.

You have no right to text and drive. You have no right to put someone in danger because you feel the need to text someone at that moment.

You have no right to turn on your brights when it’s dark to make people in front of you drive faster. No one likes it when you get on their tail and drive really close to them, just so you could drive a little more over the speed limit. And why can’t you use your turn signals? Why do you constantly, with an ignorant attitude, put other people in danger?

You are a jerk, and no, you are not better than anyone else on the road. So stop your inconsiderate thinking and drive the way considerate people drive.

Sincerely,

Every driver everywhere

Ways to Save Money

You may be in a situation where you are stuck in a financial situation, but don’t fret; there are many ways to save money! There are four simple ways you can start saving money as soon as possible!

The first way is to budget. Now, this seems obvious, but many people neglect this. They get their paycheck and instantly go out and buy something they want. They do not focus on what they need first. One way to budget is to write down your necessities first, then your wants second. Pay off the necessities first, and then whatever you have left over, you can spend on wanted items.

The second way is write down everything that you buy. Writing down what you purchase brings attention to where all your money is going. If you notice that most of your money is going to dinners out, then you may need to cut that out in order to help your bank account. Just simply writing purchases down can absolutely help you manage your money better.

The third way is to look at what you have already. Let your home speak to you, rather than the store shelves. Let’s say you need new clothing; before going to the store, look in your closet and see what you need. Listening to your home will help you cut your spending on unnecessary items.

The fourth and final way to save your money is to write lists of what you need when you go shopping. Writing lists is not just limited to the grocery store. Write lists when you go clothes shopping, toiletry shopping, etc., etc.

Hopefully you now have the tips and tricks you need to start saving your money.

“Speak Out” is a new regular column by the Beacon’s Arts & Features editor and inspitational writer, Jessica Spoto, Communications & New Media major

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