Tuesday, July 27

Turn - {Corn Salad}

As the summer nears its end (Oh yeah, I'm going there), my thoughts turn back to school.

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.


Duh.

So... Who wants to help me sue for mental anguish damages?!?!

That ought to fix things, right? ;)

Corn Salad
Some people call this a salsa, but I eat it by the bowlful. Canned or frozen corn can be substituted for fresh.
Printable Recipe

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.

13 comments:

  1. Money is the DEVIL!! I've always said that I HATE money. I, too, would much rather have rocks and shiny things. Life would be so much simpler :)


    Jess
    asugarhigh.blogspot.com

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  2. tasteabove@aol.comJuly 27, 2010 at 6:22 PM

    I make something similar called Texas Caviar. I barely get it into a serving dish before it's scooped up into corn chips and devoured.
    Grams in Oregon

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  3. You're so right about college and money. And that's not to even mention the racket known as the textbook industry. Whew. I'm with you--how are students supposed to learn anything if they never have to show up for class?

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  4. I think, probably, corn salad will ease your mental anguish.

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  5. Corn salad looks delish! We made a variation of this over the weekend for dinner - so many ways to incorporate farmer's market corn while it's sweet and available!

    I had the same thoughts when I was in college (which was not so long ago, believe it or not) and I spent a lot of time being upset at the "unfairness" of things at my school. Now that I'm back in school (like the education-masochist I am) and seeing people who are going through it for the first time, I realize that's what it was - time spent. Not to offer you unsolicited advice (isn't it funny how we all start out our advice like that?), but honestly - enjoy college, money or no. You'll make more money, eventually, but you don't get that time back. You pay into it, and you can get whatever you want out of it, which could be whatever experience you want. Because that's what you have control of - even if you're surrounded by apathy (like at my college). Embrace as much of it as you want. And if sometimes what you want is nothing...that's ok, too.

    OK, unsolicited advice is over now.
    :-)

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  6. wow, how many colours! beautiful :)

    Have a nice day!
    Paula

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  7. corn in everything, I totaly agree. Just yesterday we strolled along the Danube and had corn on the cob perfectly charcoled on the grill while walking. Great salad. And kids, put corn in anything and they are attracted to it like bees on honey.

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  8. can't believe you said that summer's nearly over... broke my heart, couldn't read the rest!

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  9. I hate to tell you this but wait till you get a job out of college - it gets worse! ... KIDDING... The truth is, I love your outlook on life - it is, like the salad, very refreshing. You've got a blog that makes me drool and think at the same time.

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  10. YUM!! I keep trying to post comments to your posts but my net does NOT want me to. That really has me craving salad now, I love it when people get me wanting healthy food :) amazing!

    http://notsocountry.blogspot.com/

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  11. This recipe looks simply amazing - so FRESH! beautiful photos! I hope you will submit this to http://www.findingvegan.com! ~Kathy

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  12. I agree, money is the root of all evil. I picked a bunch of cherry tomatoes from my garden yesterday and the first thing I thought of when I looked at them in my colander: "that's about $4.00 worth of tomatoes. Too bad tomato and zucchini can't be used as currency because right now, I'd be rich" (I've got zucchini practically coming out my ears!)

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  13. Oh I hate money so much, trust me. As a student I struggle with money. It sucks that it's so hard to get a job, most places aren't looking to hire students int he summer, because they want people who work full time. Screw that, my studies come first. But the high tuition costs are killing me, I'd like to know where it all goes.

    As for your recipe, I'd definitely have it as a salsa, although I might eat it with some rice or something too, maybe in a tortilla wrap!

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