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#FearlessFebruary: Filing Fears

29 Feb

This month, I did something just about every adult in North America does this time of year: taxes. While this might seem to be a mundane task, it was quite frightening for me, as it is for many first time filers. Now that I have filed though, I see that it was not as bad as I thought it was going to be and I started wondering where the stigmas and fears come from.

Part of the fear stems from the fact that this is something “adults” do. While I am over the age of 18, it has not seemed to hit me yet that I am considered an adult. I am still in school and doing many of the same things I was doing when I was underage; as a result, I have not yet fully transitioned into “adult mode”.

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Another part of the fear comes from the stigma that filing taxes is hard and takes a long time. Growing up, at least for me, February-April was a time of stress and anxiety. My parents would pour over every receipt looking for ways to get more money back, and as a result they noticed all the frivolous money they had spent over the year and the tension in the house was high. Luckily for me, I keep a pretty good track of what I spend, and the actual filing was fairly easy because I used an online program. I filed mine within two hours, which considering I had no clue what I was doing, it went pretty fast.

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The final fear people have when filing their taxes is that they will mess up and they will owe money or be accused of fraud (or at least this was my fear). In the end though as I said before, filing was fairly simple and while you may end up owing some money, every case is different, at least you’ll know that you passed this large milestone.

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-Chrissy Ellis

Eager Beaver: How Much Effort is too Much?

29 Aug

Here we are, the second week of class and you’re beginning to get a feel for your classes. But are you really? A common mistake first year students make is taking too much stuff to class. These Eager Beavers are known for being far too overprepared for class. I did this myself my first year in college.

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Everything in my backpack had a purpose; what if someone needed to use my stapler or worse, what if I forgot to staple my math homework together? Somehow, the world was going to end if I did not have my stapler with me. I often found myself making excuses like this to carry around basically my entire stock of school supplies until one fateful day I forgot my stapler in my dorm! I was already late for class and there was no way I could turn around and get it so I went to class stapler-less and… everything was fine.

It turned out that I was taking all of this unnecessary stuff to class because I was still nervous about being in college. I knew what would happen if I wasn’t prepared. I saw Legally Blonde, I did not want to get thrown out of class! It turns out that 1) teachers aren’t nearly as scary as the ones portrayed in the movies, and 2) if I stopped worrying about having every pen I own in my backpack (just in case the entire class needed one) that I would be a lot more comfortable in my skin and at the university.

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Now, I am not saying that you should come to class unprepared. But there’s a fine line – you don’t need to be prepared for everyone else! You should have a notebook for the classes you have that day, 2-3 pens and pencils, maybe a highlighter, a schedule of your classes, some gum, reading materials you need for the day, and of course, the staple of any desert dweller, water.

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So take a page out of my book: the world will not end if you don’t have a hole punch, no one will hate you for not bringing a pencil sharpener to class, and your back will thank you for not carrying around 60 pounds of paper with you wherever you go!

Just relax, be yourself and know everything will be okay.

-Christine

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