Food For Thought: Low Wage Jobs

In my Sociology class we’ve discussed how if everyone had a college education there wouldn’t be anyone to work the low wage jobs, and we need those workers. This is outside the fact that yes, people can make it without a college degree, but not everyone has the drive to do so.

So, here’s an idea. What if we lowered the working age to 15, and made college more affordable? Let’s be honest here, if we want independent children, they need to learn to earn what they have, and the only way to do so is work. If there had been jobs available to me, I’d have started working at 13. Well, technically I started working at 10 when I started babysitting, but I’m talking about a real job. I’ve always like having my own money, and my parents always encouraged me to work for it.

In high school, you really don’t need to make a whole lot of money, outside dire family circumstances. So, a part time, minimum wage job really isn’t all that bad for high school, and even college kids. Not to mention, most places want you to have experience before getting a job. You kind of have to have a job in the first place to even get experience.

Now, I’m not talking about management/shift supervisor/upper level sorts that can come from working those minimum wage jobs, I’m talking those entry level jobs that don’t really require much previous experience. Not only does it give experience, but then those low wage jobs are still filled, and it gives people a better chance of possibly affording college. Especially since college seems to want more and more to rob you blind.

There’s other ways to try and afford college, but that’s another post. This is focusing on the possibility of lowering the work age, and allowing high school and college students to focus those low wage jobs, so as to possibly strengthen the economy with more educated adults.

Food For Thought

It takes approximately 1,857 gallons of water to produce one pound of meat.

So, let’s say you decide, on some crazy whim to have 1 meatless meal a week, and if you’re a family of 4 you probably use 2 pounds of meat in that meal, or more. That’s 96,564 gallons of water a year, saved just by eating one meatless meal. Water is limited, and there are plenty of ways to have a delicious meal, consider it!

Lorry’s Coffee

Photo/Edit Courtesy of Me

 

Now this delicious concoction would be kind of hard for my Drexel friends to get ahold of, but for my friends back home it’d be pretty easy. In this mug was a piping hot mug of apple cider, and might I say, I never thought of putting whipped cream on top of apple cider. Though, I must say, BEST IDEA EVER!!!

So where might one find a delicious concoction such as this, that is only one of the many, and I really mean MANY, different options Lorry’s Coffee offers. As I grew up I saw about 5 different food places, stores, etc run through this particular building. None of them lasting for very long, and quite frankly, I didn’t really care. None of the places that were housed here looked all that intriguing to me.

When I came home for Christmas break I had a couple of dates set up with my cousin Lizzy. We never really spent much time together before, but had talked a little while I was at school, and I was going to help her with some of her photography stuff and go with her to her company Christmas party. It was her idea to go to Lorry’s, and since I had never heard of it and have always loved coffee/tea I was definitely all for it.

I’ve always had this weird coffeehouse fantasy of a really relaxed and chill place that’s easy to just hang out, socialize, and have delicious drinks. Most coffeehouses, caf├ęs, etc have never really fit my criteria for a cozy coffeehouse, but I knew Lorry’s was different the second I walked in the door. It’s a smaller building so it’s quite crowded, but you have to work with what you’re offered sometimes, and that’s just what Lorry did. Ideally, in my little coffeehouse fantasy there would be tons of space and comfortable lounge area, but hey, nothing’s perfect right?

Since I’ve been home I’ve been there three times. Once with Lizzy, once with the amazing Sexy Fish (Jessica), and once on my own. The first two times I was boring and had the same thing, but today I decided to try something different, and was definitely happy with that decision. I have a habit of getting a regular thing at different coffee places because it’s what I like from that specific location, but I feel as if I’d find I enjoy many different drinks here.

The atmosphere is very friendly, and Lorry himself is a great guy. He’s very energetic, friendly, and upbeat. Today, the only money I had on me was a discover gift card, and technically they’re not supposed to take Discover, but he was kind enough to take it since it was all I had on me. He’s a very genuine guy, and I hope this coffee place stays open for a long time, which judging by how packed it’s been every time I’m in there and the fact that it’s Drive-Thru, it will be.

So, if you’re ever in the Ames area, more specifically campustown, stop in and have a warm mug of coffee at Lorry’s.

Crazy little thing I call life

Oh well hi there stranger, it’s been a while huh? I mean, holy crap it’s November, I’m on Thanksgiving break and I’ll be home in 16 days. Where did that first term go??? I always told myself I’d get around to posting, but I just never did. It is actually kind of sad that I never got to post. I’ve had ups and downs, but overall I’m living my dream and nothing could spoil that.

I ended up switching my major, I’m now an Environmental Studies major instead of Environmental Science. The difference being that I’ll be in a more social, communications like major instead of a researched based major, and that’s perfect for me. I don’t want to sit in a lab the rest of my life and study one thing, I want to be out there helping people. I discussed what I wanted to do with my major with an upper level advisor and she suggested that I make the switch, so I did.

Not to mention, upper level bio with chem was totally and kind of still is totally kicking my ass. Thanksgiving break, one more week of class, two finals and I’m going to be home…

Ryan and I went to the Academy of Natural Sciences about a week ago, and it was pretty fun. It was for a class, but still I enjoyed it. It’s not something I could do often, it’s geared more towards younger children, but it’s worth going through at least once. The butterfly house was the best part, reminded me of Reimen Gardens at home. We also found this amazing little cafe called Darlings, and we’re addicted!!! They have the best cheesecake and really anything you get there will make you very happy!

I’m at Ryan’s this week for Thanksgiving, and I’m just happy to have a break from campus for a week. I ALSO GOT TO DRIVE YESTERDAY!!! It’s been so long and I felt like I was just starting to drive all over again, but I was still very happy about it. Today I think we’re going to King of Prussia Mall, which won’t be near as much fun as if I had money, but it’ll still be hella fun!

I’ve made some really amazing friends and honestly I don’t know what I’d do without them. I’ve always been that strong, independent girl, and I was getting to the point that I was very unhappy with my decision to go to Drexel. As it turns out, I just needed a little taste of home, someone from home who understands me and knows everything about me. I was just getting stressed and things were crazy, and I needed a rock, and while she doesn’t know everything about me I met this really amazing girl on my floor who doesn’t have to know everything. She’s that girl that everyone loves because she’s just so nice and amazing, and she doesn’t ask questions, if you need something she’ll do what she can to help.

That helped my homesickness a lot, but I’m still extremely excited to go home in 17 days. Justin is picking me up at the airport, and I have so many people to see! It’ll be a break well worth it, a month at home and I think I’ll be good.

Thinking Outside the Box

This video makes a lot of valid points. Watching it brought me back to a conversation I had 2 years ago with the new associate principal at Boone High. We were supposed to be interviewing him on something for the school paper, and we got soooo off topic. First in the obesity epidemic in America and what causes it, then to how our education system is stuck in the 1900s production line education that is no longer working. Sure, some people test high in their standardized testing, but as this video shows, interest in school has gone down in correspondence to the increase of standardized testing.

I could not agree more with the point made here, there needs to be major changes in the education system if people want to avoid total failure, and creativity is almost totally extinct. There are a few students who survive the monotony, and even those ‘artsy’ students are now becoming very mainstream. No one thinks outside the box anymore, everyone’s done something someone has already done. Honestly, where is the fun in that?

Personally, I LOVE the thrill of creating something new and knowing it’s mine. Sometimes my best work comes out of a crazy jumbled mess, there’s plenty of order in chaos, you just have to know how to look at it. In the words of Robin Williams in the movie Dead Poets Society, “We must constantly look at the world from a different point of view,” or something along those lines. It is in fact sooo true, why would you want to look at something the same every time? There are no new ideas created that way. If you look at a picture of a scribble and all you see is a scribble, then there’s nothing special about it. If you look at a picture of a scribble and see an idea, that’s when your creativity blooms.

Creativity and change are two things that need to hit the education system hard. Not only that, while a degree is a very good thing to get, you are no longer guaranteed a job with one. This is why so many people are asking, “Why get a degree then, if I’m not guaranteed a job?” Good question.

Think about it.

A Change of Temperature

This is probably one of the most simple changes that can be made to be just a bit more environmentally friendly. Heating and Cooling systems in the U.S. together emit 150 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere each year. By turning the thermostat back 10-15 degrees at night, it can save about 5-15% a year on your heating bill.

In warm weather, set the thermostat at 78degrees, and in cold, set it to 68degrees. It’s not all that hard to put on some warmer clothes or to turn on a fan. I’m sure you won’t be complaining when your heating/cooling bill isn’t as high. If you really want to go nuts, set the thermostat for 85degrees when no one is home during the day in the summer and down to 55degrees at night in the winter. An extra blanket never hurt anything.

At home, I can’t control the temperature of the house, I can only ask my mom to follow these guides, but at school, as long as it’s alright with my roommate, I can easily do it. Air conditioning and heating systems weren’t always around, and there are plenty of fun and creative ways to cool down, so don’t be lazy, and while it doesn’t cost me anything extra to blast my heat or air conditioning at school, why not save them a little money?

Season of Change…

I wish that it was fall all year round. There’s many aspects of this season that I absolutely love, and adore.

1) The COLORS!
-This is when people are rushing to be festive for the multitude of holidays ahead, and for many different religions.
-This is when the leaves start to change, and you’re surrounded by a multitude of reds, yellows and oranges.
-This is when all the late summer fruits and vegetables come to harvest and fill the farmers markets with wonderful colors and flavors and smells.

2) The Weather
-Cold enough for hot drinks, but not so cold you can’t sit and sip and enjoy them.
-Shorts and t-shirts are still acceptable, but so are light jackets, jeans, long sleeves, and leggings.
-It’s a perfect in between the bitter cold of winter and the stifling hot of summer.

3) The CHANGE
School starts in the fall. You finally get to see the changes you’ve made over the year, physical, emotional, personal, etc. It seems as if the slow, constant state of change we are in momentarily speeds up and many things happen all at once. It’s a thrill, it’s scary, it’s nerve wracking, and exhilarating. I’ve always loved, encouraged and embraced change, so naturally a state of acceleration is going to excite me.

I love fall, and everything it brings with it, and while I do love it, I wouldn’t be able to appreciate it near as much if I didn’t have the other seasons to compliment it. Not to mention, I do enjoy the other seasons as well, Fall is just m y favorite. I leave for school in 5 days and move into my dorm in 6, I could not be more excited than I am right now. My environmental post, along with my try something new post, will be happening, hopefully, later on today. I was planning on doing the Environmental post yesterday, but I just didn’t happen, but I have an amazing one planned out now!