E-mail reminders and bills berate not only the mailbox, but also my skull. Within my mind resonates a high-pitched "KA-CHING," personifying their proverbial call and the deft answer of funds as they leave the collective hands of my family. I can't wait to get back to East Lansing, but I can't help but cringe over the thought of the money going into that transition.
I hate money.
Can we just go back to using rocks and shiny things?
What bugs me most about tuition payments is that they don't go toward paying only the best teachers and funding rewarding research projects, but instead to a corporation. McMSU. I love the place, but it's no secret that they really don't care about the students because no college does. I know this isn't the case at all schools, but the fact that there's no attendance policy says a lot. Sure, they pass it off as granting you freedom and teaching you responsibility, but if the teachers (yes, I realize that there are exceptions) don't even expect you to be in class, how can we be expected to think that they care at all about our education?
Spoiler alert! They don't.
I don't blame them, of course, because that's just how business works. They are being compensated for providing a service, and that's the end of it. On the surface, colleges exist to make money. But at the heart of it, colleges exist to make money off of you.
So, am I mad about this?
I don't know.
I'm certainly not as bitter and pessimistic as I sound; I'm simply taking note of the phenomenon. Perhaps this is just another part of the college experience? To have our eyes opened to the truth of the world and know that it is not love, but money that makes the world go 'round? To be stripped of innocence and freed of any thoughts of kindness within the business world? To be shown that hopes, dreams and luck play no part in success and to become completely obsessed with money?
Nice try, MSU, but that's not happening.
Money isn't everything.
So... Who wants to help me sue for mental anguish damages?!?!
That ought to fix things, right? ;)
Some people call this a salsa, but I eat it by the bowlful. Canned or frozen corn can be substituted for fresh.
Kernels from 2 ears corn, cooked and cooled
4 roma tomatoes, diced
1/2 large vidalia onion, diced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 bunch cilantro, chopped
1 can (15 oz) black beans, drained and rinsed
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. You can serve it immediately if you like, but I think it tastes best after it chills for a few hours. Sprinkle with salt just before serving so the tomatoes don't get soggy.