Back to school

I guess it’s that time of year again. All the kids are going back to school to continue their education. I won’t be joining them though, I’m done with school. At least I think I am.

What I’ve noticed during my years in college is that, back to school doesn’t feel the same as it use to. In elementary school, I would anticipate the back-to-school shopping that I’d go on with my parents and my brothers. We all got $100 to spend on clothing and school supplies. I remember the feeling of that first day. I got to wear your cool new clothes and your new backpack, oh yeah, I made sure I got a cool backpack with a gillion pockets! It was a feeling of joy! I always looked forward to going back to school, but once school started, I looked forward to it being over. It’s funny how the mind of a kid works. Anyway, the feeling of going to a new class, meeting new friends and learning new things, that feeling isn’t the same in post secondary.

In college, the first day was like, “ooooh, cool! I’m a grown-up now and I get to see all these hot college chicks.” But after a while, it’s more like “Goddamnit, I gotta go to school again! Phack!” There was no back-to-school shopping this time around. I couldn’t afford it. Every college student out there will tell you that they’re on a tight budget. We would do whatever it takes to avoid paying for things. And if we do have to pay for things, we look for the best deals. McDeal days are always a popular item during college. Whatever the deal was for that day, that’s what we ate!

Way back in elementary school, we didn’t have a care in the world. Everything was provided for us. Our parents were there to make us breakfast, lunch and dinner, give us a ride to school during a snow storm, give us money when we needed it, everything was there. All we had to do was ask nicely. My mom would buy me anything, as long as I added “it’s on sale.” Beacuse, if there’s a sale going on, heck you’re getting a deal!

Now, as you grow up, you’ve got loads of responsibilities to worry about. You gotta find a job, pay for the bills, rent, food, just about everything. There’s no way out of it this time, you’re no longer a kid. I try to save whatever I can, but money seems to burn a hole in my pocket, no matter what I do. Heck, one time, on payday, I was down to 39� in my bank account! There’s nothing I can do with that. I can’t withdraw it because the machines only dispenses $20 bills. Unless Tim Horton’s starts accepting Interac, I can’t even afford a timbit! So I had to make that 39� last until the next payday.

I tell ya, it’s hard to make ends meet these days. I know a lot of people who are having financial problems. I try to help out when I can, but I’m in kinda deep my self. I can’t help everyone because the last time I did that, I dug myself deeper into the hole with no signs of getting out of it any time soon.

Here’s a little hint for everyone out there. Do not lend money to your friends. No matter how much they ask for! $5, $10, $20, just say no! There’s a slight chance that you won’t get any of it back. And if they ask you for more, make sure you find out what they want it for. If they need it to buy a sound system for their car, tell them to bugger off. If they need it because they want to get themselves out of debt, make sure that the amount they’re asking for won’t push you further into debt.

And on a final note, if your friend makes more money than you and one day he decides to borrow money from you, tell him “No way Jose!” If his name is Jose, this will work juss fine. If that’s not his name, just say it because it rhymes. Anyway, there is no reason for him to be asking you for money when he’s making twice as much as you are. If he’s trying to borrow money from you, he’s gonna take the money and run!