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Strangerland Sights

This idea was given to me by the daily prompt: http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_prompt/greetings-stranger/

Please go to the link above to see the beginning:

I say, “You must get mixed up, there’s a lot of people with my name out there.” The stranger nods and says, “Your last name is here” and shows me a piece of paper. Boy, do I get freaked out! I’m about to dial 911 when the stranger pulls me away into the kitchen. He shoves a key into one of the cabinets and the wood inside the cabinet reveals a door. I crouch inside the cabinet while the stranger bangs on the door. Just when a lady comes to see what’s happening the door opens and we crawl into the biggest building in the world! The stranger says, “Welcome to Strangerland, the land of strangers.”

Note: Before reading ahead follow these directions (if you want):

1. Create a post continuing on from this one.

2. Pingback to this post and the daily post one

3. Read my ending and other people(s) via pingback!

(I will continue with the ending as soon as 2 people write a continuing post. This is experimental and I am having fun!

College Tuition: Best Way To Pay

If you’re planning on going to a college like Harvard or Stanford, you might need financial aid:

Harvard: $62,000 tuition/yr; Financial Aid Eligible for total wage under $150,000

Stanford: $42,000 tuition/yr; Financial Aid Eligible for total wage under $100,000 (Estimation)

If you need financial aid, the scholarship will depend on your wages/income and taxes, etc.  Harvard and Stanford both have a handy calculator for this. 

Let’s say Person A is qualified to go to Harvard, but his parents don’t have the money. They fill out the calculator and they expect to pay $13,000/yr because their parents earn about $70000 per year. Person A also may work part-time with Harvard so he can get $1000 every year, to pay the remaining $1000/yr.

However, Person A’s parents don’t know whether to save up for the tuition or put the money in the retirement account and they will use the money. I, in order to solve the problem, filled out the calculator twice and looked at the difference. If you save up $10,000, the price will go up $4000 to $13000, while if you don’t put that in, it will be $8000. 

However, putting the money in retirement would be risky because the money could be earned or lost. 

 

How will you pay off college? Speak in the comments!

Life vs Forsight?

First of all, I would like to thank The Daily Post for the idea!

I am in a bedroom deep asleep. Suddenly a wind gusts through the door. I wake up to see the death fairy on my desk. He says in a misty voice:

“One of a million, you have been granted a superpower for predicting the future, however, I had to get a consequence for using it so you don’t hijack the world: You will be marked one day less alive every time you use this super power.”

 

I am surprised, confused, but when I open my mouth, the dream blows away, yet the power remains. I strive not to use it unless in an emergency. I am counting down my days of life slowly and marking all the attempts I have used the power. 

Okay, Okay, enough with the dream talking. What if I actually HAD the power?

Life is a treasure.

You should be sure of that, life must be used wisely, it’s a finite amount of time you can stay in real Earth. It hurts my soul when I talk about it. But… it must happen. Simple answer:

“No”

 

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_prompt/advantage-of-foresight/

 

4 Reasons Schools Should Stop Compliment Awards

This year, the school announced GRIT. It’s fancy for “Do something good and you could win a prize!” While the idea is good, there are some bad ends to this:

1: A teacher needs to catch you in order to get a card:

Of course, the teacher must catch you in order to get a “raffle”, sorry, no robots! Although this is obvious, it’s not good for the children because, say, I did something nice but the teacher doesn’t see me, what’s the use of doing it again (I’m not like that, but it will mold into the minds of other kids)? Yep, it just backfired 😦

2: It’s not written in stone:

It’s unfair if your friend gets a teacher who gives out tons of compliment “raffles” while your teacher doesn’t often! Most of the time, schools don’t have a “stone” guideline or anything like that that teacher’s must follow, so it’s up to the teachers.

3: When you win it, it’s not an even win:

If you’ve been quiet and obedient all day, and worked very hard to earn a compliment award, and the teacher next door gave out awards to everybody because they got in on time and didn’t work at all? It’s not all even, and students will feel bad because they have uneven scores, for example, somebody scores a 3-pointer while somebody does a free throw, yet the both count for 3 points. How would the 3-point scorer feel? How would the free-thrower feel?

4: It’s not like that in real life:

When you get older, obviously your boss isn’t going to give out candy bars for people that help 🙂 A senior is not going to give out a pizza party because you helped them open the door. When you do the awards, kids are unintentionally trained to not help unless they get an award/expect an award when they help.

 

Are you against this or support this argument? Write your soul out in the comments!