Having grown up in San Francisco, I have been a 49er fan my entire life. This was a hopeless fandom for decades, until the star who is Colin Kaepernick burst onto the field and into the hearts of 49er fans everywhere. However, during his short career, Kaepernick has traveled a road of highs and lows. In 2013, he was pulled off the bench only to lead his team to a Super Bowl that same season. A national sensation for his dynamic playing style and skill, Kaepernick continued to start for San Francisco until last season, where his talent began to fizzle and he lost his starting position midseason.
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I hail from the Golden State, where the temperature is mild and the beach is near. Many people ask me why I traveled all the way across the country to Wisconsin for college. Why not just go to a cheaper UC school? There are a plethora of answers to this question. I wanted to get out of my comfort zone, see new parts of the country and more. However, one of the biggest players into my decision to attend UW-Madison was the appeal of their strong journalism program.
Last week, I was sitting on the grass with my co-workers, training to be camp counselors for the summer. During our lunch break, we all naturally checked our phones and were bombarded with news that there was an active shooter on the UCLA campus. Being a San Francisco native, this news hit very close to home, as dozens of my close friends and family have connections to UCLA. However, despite the horrific news, we all were somber for a moment and then moved on to the next topic.
All my life, my parents told me that I was smart. They told me that I was going to go to a top-ranked university and become rich when I was older. I realize that I am not alone in this experience; as high school seniors, many of us felt tremendously pressured to get into the highest-ranked university we possibly could. We had been brought up to believe that our futures were in the hands of our SAT or ACT scores, personal statements and grade percent average—our dreams were in the balance of what college we graduated from. American society places a high value on white-collar jobs, which mostly require a high level of education. This “American Dream” of a high-paying job and white picket fence is something that everyone wants to achieve but is unrealistic for many. However, there are alternatives for a fulfilling future.
I am a proud member of the millennial generation. I meet many of the stereotypical expectations of being a millennial; I consider myself to be tech-savvy and plan on voting for Bernie Sanders in my home state’s primary. However, millennials are often written off by members of other generations as entitled, lazy and unable to deal with adversity. While this is obviously a blanket statement and not true in many cases, it is not a stereotype without foundation.
While the college experience is one of the milestones that many Americans reminisce about for the rest of their lives, the main reason students go to college is so they can get a job once they graduate. While college is a time for meeting new people, trying new things and learning how to live without our families, it is also a time for us to become skilled in a profession that we could be taking on for the rest of our lives. The importance of college in this new and uber-competitive job market is critical, and many students and their families are willing to put themselves in hundreds of thousands of dollars of debt so they can have a diploma. However, what if you can’t find a job after graduation? Was the sacrifice worth it?
The race for the Republican nomination has offered the American people endless hours of entertainment since their campaign started last year. From nonsensical debates to defamatory sound bytes, the nominees have brought their mudslinging into the media in a way the American public has never seen before. However, we are no longer able to shrug off the Republican candidates and their antics. Now that the general election is rearing its head and primaries are beginning to stack up, the race for the official nomination is becoming frighteningly real.
In today’s job market, applicants cannot be competitive without digital fluency. For most people, that means proficiency in Microsoft Office and other Internet platforms. However, with the tech industry booming, more and more jobs are requiring more sophisticated digital know-how such as HTML or CSS coding skills.
In early December of 2015, Syed Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik shot and killed 14 people in the now infamous San Bernardino shootings. During their investigation, FBI officials found Farook’s iPhone on the scene of the crime; however, it was passcode protected.
This past Saturday, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia passed away at the age of 79. He was known for being a stalwart conservative on the bench who disagreed with topics such as the Affordable Care Act, affirmative action and immigration reform. He was lauded by conservatives across the country for his staunch views, whereas he was mocked by liberals for being a grandfatherly curmudgeon against social progress. But despite what the public thinks about Scalia, the need to fill his vacancy could prove beneficial for President Barack Obama's administration.
In America, it seems as if the National Football League owns a day of the week. Every Sunday, our lives are put on pause so that we can don our jerseys, start up the grill and watch our home team get a win. Players become household names and heroes. But over the past few years, incidences of NFL players abusing their wives and girlfriends have become more and more common. However, it was only recently that league officials began to punish players for such actions.
Every year, millions of people from around the globe tune in to watch the Academy Awards. Not only does this annual awards ceremony celebrate the best in this year’s film; it features celebrity red carpet looks, interviews and more. Any popular culture buff worth their salt has a countdown for awards season, and the Oscars is the cherry on top of the sundae.
Families across the country gather at the Thanksgiving table every year, heads bowed and hands joined, taking a moment in their hectic lives to be thankful for the things they have in life. However, this tone of humility and thankfulness is quickly overridden by the sales and chaos of Black Friday.
There is no question that campaigning for political office in this country is a daunting venture. We just passed the one-year mark before the 2016 presidential election, but that won’t stop the plethora of potential candidates from hitting the campaign trail with full force. However, with this zeal for campaigning comes a whopping price tag that not everyone can afford.
Days ago, the World Health Organization released findings in which processed meats were categorized as Group 1 carcinogens to humans, the same ranking that is given to asbestos and cigarettes. Additionally, the WHO released findings that people who regularly eat red meat are 18 percent more likely to contract colorectal cancer.
As current college students know, a college diploma is just about mandatory to succeed in the highly competitive job market after graduation. However, obtaining that diploma is an extremely costly task. It costs nearly $25,000 for Wisconsin residents to attend UW-Madison each year, with tuition for out-of-state students soaring to nearly $45,000. Under the current system for higher education, families either have to save for decades or plunge into the black hole of student loans to afford the cost of a college education. However, during this current election cycle, candidates are batting around the idea of a free public college education for students. This would not only alleviate the financial and emotional stress from millions of families across the country, but would also jump-start the American economy.
Campus shootings are a horror that are unfortunately becoming a common occurrence in today’s society. Within 2015 alone, there have been 53 campus shootings across the country, killing 30 and injuring 53 people, according to The Kansas City Star. There are multiple schools of thought on how we can overcome this problem: increased gun control, improved treatment of mental health issues or fighting fire with fire by making it easier to defend oneself with a gun. This is the option that Wisconsin lawmakers want to make a reality on University of Wisconsin campuses, with state Rep. Jesse Kremer,R-Kewaskum, and Sen. Devin LeMahieu, D-Rostburg, proposing a bill to the state Senate that would allow students and faculty to conceal carry weapons on campus.
This year has been a year of great progress for the transgender community. Caitlyn Jenner coming out has not only brought positive light to the community, but has also opened the floodgates to the conversation on gender identity and how we, as a society, can be more accommodating for people who fall in different places along the gender spectrum.
In recent years, the taxi industry has been taken by storm by newcomers such as Uber and Lyft. With their user-friendly apps, strong customer service and cult following among youth, these companies seem like the wave of the future when it comes to getting from Point A to Point B. However, there is more than meets the eye when it comes to these companies, and maybe you should second-guess your decision on how you’re going to get to that party before you call Uber.
For the first time in 33 years, the sun, moon and earth aligned perfectly in a row, bringing us a super moon total lunar eclipse. Such a rare and awe-inspiring event deservedly attracted lots of hype around the world, with billions of people looking up to see the cosmic beauty.