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Community colleges help students develop life skills

Community colleges help students develop life skills

Susan Whaley

February 21, 2017

It felt like the first day of kindergarten. I was nervous and shaking but so excited to finally enter a different world. A world that I considered to be that of grown-ups.This spring is my first semester as a transfer student at Chico State. I went to community college for eight years. Eight whole yea...

Adulting and figuring it all out

Photo credit: Jessica Johnson

Sophia Robledo-Borowy

February 15, 2017

After successfully completing 18 years of existence since emerging from the womb, you are now a legally an adult.You can legally get married, vote, get a tattoo and make various other life-changing decisions all by yourself. Abandoning all familiarities from the comfort of your childhood bedroom and immersing i...

14 going on 25

Photo credit: Dongyoung Won

Brittany Mcclintock

May 11, 2016

People are always making fun of Tyga and Kylie Jenner dating since they have an age difference of seven years. Then he got caught up in a 14-year-old’s DMs. But when the pictures of the 14-year-old were released, I could then tell it was an honest mistake. That girl looked nothing like a young t...

Princes, stop saving the damsel in distress

Illustration by Katherine Kurz Photo credit: Katherine Kurz

Elizabeth Ernster

September 1, 2015

When I was 13 years old, I was told over and over again that one day I would find the perfect guy for me. He was going to be able to build me up in ways that I could not. While this thought can be a wonderful one, it is can also be harmful, harmful in that it created a pattern of thinking within myself. It pushed me to believe that any love interest could pote...

Real World: Adulting

Illustration by Nicole Jackson Photo credit: Nicole Jackson

Megan Mann

August 31, 2015

My hands are cold and clammy. My heart's racing I'm pretty sure I'm on the brink of having a panic attack. I click on the online link and meticulously scan the article, devouring every word as my hair starts to fall out from the anxiety. It seems like I can't breathe until I get to the end, at which ...

The depressing trend toward desensitization

Illustration by Miles Huffman

William Rein

April 17, 2015

Maybe this is the only serious thing I’ll ever write. I’m taking a child development class this semester, and last week we watched a videotaped live birth, with the stretching and blood and screaming and crying and every factor essential to escaping the uterus and entering a world of more co...

Aging should inspire growth, resilience — not terror

Allison Galbreath

March 22, 2015

It’s ironic that people are both simultaneously afraid of dying and afraid of getting older.Think about this for a minute.Afraid of death. But afraid of getting older. One would think that in a society so terrified of dying, it would celebrate the elderly and prize older generations. But that’s not t...

Family will always stay number one

Julianna Eveland

October 23, 2014

My mom said something to me the other day that made me think about the connections I'll keep with my family as I get older. "Janie, I'm not always going to be here to help you take care of these things," she said. She was speaking in reference to sending off my passport to get a new visa for Saudi A...

Money management gets easier with age

Matt Murphy

October 8, 2014

Ah, it's that time of the month again. Bills and rent are due and it's time for me to find out just how much I've spent on my weekly Domino's Pizza binges. I dread opening the banking app on my phone. Even when I know how much I've spent, I still don't like to see the number. It's something I'...

Coping with adulthood is difficult

Matt Murphy

September 11, 2014

I dislike responsibility. Traditionally, I have done my best to shirk it wherever I can. It's scary and I've concluded that I would be much better off without it. It's quite unfortunate for me to report that at this point in time, given my status as a normal person who was not born with a trust fund, it's ...

Student leaves behind friends but keeps unforgettable memories

Yessenia Funes

May 12, 2014

I recall tears streaming down my cheeks at the tender age of 10, only because my dad suggested we move. I couldn’t even imagine leaving my friends then. As I’ve grown up, however, I’ve realized life is a cycle of constant hellos and goodbyes. It’s full of enlightening beginn...

Age marks milestones, not maturity

Julianna Eveland

Julianna Eveland

April 1, 2014

I was wearing a complimentary sombrero and eating free ice cream the day I turned 18.The joy and excitement that came from something as simple as free dessert and a cool-looking Chevys Fresh Mex sombrero made me question that I was legally an adult. When I think of being an adult, I think of my pare...

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