Finding your Hustle: Alternative Ways To Make Money in College

Published in the September 28, 2016 issue of The Bells College is filled with so many amazing moments. Academics may seem stressful, but there’s no doubt that the social part of college is a truly fun experience  There’s hanging with friends, playing sports, going to events, joining church groups and clubs, and so much more. But let’s be honest: college is hard to enjoy when you’re broke. There’s the cliché that after paying for tuition, room and board, books, and other necessities, college students struggle financially and consider themselves “poor, which sadly, most of the time rings true. It’s understandable. A lot of times as college students, we work minimum wage jobs. If you want to find a hustle (a clean, legal hustle) that does not involve flipping burgers, here are a few suggestions First, find what you are good at. Your best shot at making extra money is to find something you are good at. Get better at it, and network and advertise those skills. You can be a service to people, with a little effort and practice. There are plenty of jobs that come just from practicing the skill and having a little faith. That is usually how people make extra money on the side. Here are just a few jobs for an example: Barbering/Hairstyling This is mostly for the guys, but it can be for the ladies, too. All you need is some clippers, some sheen, and a mirror. Practice makes perfect, and soon, you can be cutting all your friends’ hair for a rate. Ladies, if you are also good at cutting or dying hair, your friends can come to you for convenience and a discounted rate compared to a salon. Babysitting or Tutoring Some people love working with kids. There are always jobs for aiding and helping kids, and babysitting or tutoring are incredibly needed, especially in the Belton/Temple community. Families are always looking for college students to help watch kids after school, and Temple ISD even has an afterschool program so you can help kids with their homework. It is a great way to make money while also making an impact on the next generation. Freelance Writer Although this would take some time to build traffic, companies pay for writing. You can either make your own blog and write about popular, relevant topics (such as how-tos or pop culture articles), or you can find someone who wants you to write a particular piece and will pay you for it. There are tons of media outlets looking for bloggers/ writers. These are just a few ways you can be a service to others and...

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49-ers quarterback refuses to stand for national anthem

Published in the September 14, 2016 issue of The Bells On August 26, 2016, before a preseason game against the Green Bay Packers, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick decided to sit down during the playing of the US national anthem, going against the age-old tradition of standing during the song. During his post-game interview, he explained his decision, stating, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.” Currently, Colin Kaepernick is still refusing to stand (he kneels instead of sits) during the national anthem, and says he will continue to do so and until he feels like social changes have been made. Kaepernick has received both support and backlash for his decision. While we could make this about the US Constitution and American rights, I believe the issue is much, much deeper. Critics are not mad because Kaepernick is sitting or kneeling. They are mad that he’s standing up for people of color who have had many injustices perpetrated against them in this country. Kaepernick has a platform that many do not have the privilege of having, and instead of just playing professional football, he is creating conversation—conversation has needed for a long time now. The deadly shootings of Black American citizens, often by police officers, has steadily increased over the last few years and it would be heartless and naive to ignore it. Michael Brown. Sandra Bland. Tamir Rice. Eric Garner. Jordan Davis. These names have not been forgotten. However, what is incredibly important is that the issue is not getting better, it is getting worse. Alton Sterling, Philando Castle, and Delrawn Smalls, were all shot in July 2016 by police officers. If you do not know these names, then learn them. If you do not know their stories, then learn their stories. These narratives need to be heard, so no more have to be written. It seems to me that when white and black Americans get together and talk about racism, some white Americans (not all) get uncomfortable. They sweep it under the rug and pretend it is not there. They would rather not talk about it at all because it is easier not to. It is easier to act like racism and prejudice does not exist in our country anymore. But it does. It has been around so long that Americans have become...

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Cru Culture: Stress-Away; The final Leg of the Spring semester
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Cru Culture: Stress-Away; The final Leg of the Spring semester

As the semester winds down, students become anxious and stressed to complete the school year. After months and months of study groups, late night snacking, and sleepless nights, it is time to say goodbye for awhile and enjoy the summer. However, at this point in the semester, many students feel burnt out and the finish line becomes hard to see. Don’t worry, you are not in this alone. Three weeks may feel like a lifetime at this point, but soon enough we will be walking out of our last final. And although stress is something you hear people say all the time, it is a real thing and can be affecting you more than you know. So, it’s important to find ways to de-stress. The university will have puppies on campus for the Play Day events on April 14, because they have been proven to lower your blood pressure. But if you can’t get out to pet the puppies, here are five de-stressors that will help you get through the rest of the semester. 1. Listen to Music Listening to classical music is a great way to slow down and de-stress. According to the Huffington Post, this type of music “slows your heart rate, lowers blood pressure and even decreases levels of stress hormones.” However, any music that you enjoy can “flood your brain with feel-good neurochemicals like dopamine,” according to the site. So, grab a pair of earphones, open Spotify and listen to your favorite songs. You can even make a Stress Relief Playlist. 2. Chew Gum According to a 2008 study, chewing gum can “relieve anxiety, improve alertness, and reduce stress during episodes of multitasking.” Another plus is that your breath will smell amazing. 3. Turn Off Your Phone I know it sounds crazy, (absolutely insane) but power your phone off. Take an hour or two and stay off social media, restrict yourself from texting or calling. When we are constantly on our phones, our brains are constantly at work and trying to take in what is all around us. When our phones are on, we feel pressured to respond to all of our messages and calls. Studies show that talking on the phone can raise your blood pressure. Taking time away from social interaction can give your brain a break and space to think. Plus, it is also a good way to actually get homework done. 4. Eat Candy (Reasonably) Consuming something sweet can reduce stress in a great way. This is because it “stems the production of the stress hormone, glucocorticoid.” While this may sound great, this is also the reason why “emotional eating” is...

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Cru Culture: On your own or with a date, five things to do on Valentine’s Day

One day, in third century B.C., there was a Roman priest named Saint Valentine. He served under Emperor Claudius. Emperor Claudius believed that single men would be better soldiers than married man. So, he passed a law making marriage illegal for all young men. Saint Valentine saw how horrible this law was, so he began marrying young couples secretly. When Claudius found out about Valentine’s rebellion, he had him killed. Valentine was brave and defiant, ultimately choosing love over war. For this, Valentine was canonized by the Vatican, and two centuries later he was given a feast day, the day the church honors and commemorates a saint’s life. Can you guess what day this was on? February 14. There are several other traditions related to Valentine’s Day. In France and England, the holiday marks the beginning of the bird’s mating season. This symbolizes love, fertility, and the promise of spring. Valentine’s Day rose to popularity in the United States in the 17th century, where friends would exchange small gifts and notes of affection. The first Valentine’s Day card was sold in 1840 by “The Mother of the Valentine,” Esther Howland. Today, over one billion cards are sent each year. But want to do more than exchange cards? Do you want to go all out for your significant other? Well, keep reading on and we’ll give you a few ideas for this weekend. Are you single? No problem. These five things you can do by yourself or with friends. Trust me, you’ll “love” it. Before we get started, the weather on Valentine’s Day (a Sunday) is looking a little bit rainy (50% chance). Warm, with a high of 75, but rainy. So, if you want to do anything outdoors, you may want to try Saturday. Go on a picnic Yes, it’s simple, and cliche, but it’s effective and fun. Make sandwiches, don’t forget candy and drinks, bring your ice cooler, and turn on your ultimate romantic Spotify playlist. You can’t go wrong. (Bonus: Bring chocolate covered strawberries, pineapples, or an Edible Arrangement.) Go to the Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum There’s plenty of interesting exhibits, artifacts, and a locomotives to check out. Call their hotline for information on admission and hours. Or visit their website at www.rrhm.org. Plan something together A lot of times, people think the gifts and presents given on Valentine’s Day have to be a secret. However, with your significant other or friend, you can openly talk about how you are going to spend the day. You can go to the spa, go to the movies, or simply stay in and watch Netflix. It takes the pressure...

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Cru Culture Ring by Spring, or so it Goes

Do you have aspirations? Goals? Of course you do, you’re in college. Every college student dreams of the day they walk across the stage and tell their momma and papa that they have earned their college degree. But here at UMHB, female students might also be looking for something else as they finish their college career. Some of these students don’t want to cross the stage and just grab their diploma. They want to grab their diploma with a ring on their finger. And not just any ring. That ring. The ring. If you’ve been on campus long enough, you know a roommate, classmate, or friend that has gotten engaged or taken a trip down the aisle. And if you haven’t been around long enough, you should get to know the term “Ring by Spring.” This term wasn’t originally coined here at UMHB, but in Christian college culture in general. Many students grow up in a household where marriage is a great thing to look forward to in life. Many brought these ideals and values to UMHB with them. But while some may be looking forward to finding their soulmates while they’re finding their careers, some students feel like this aspect of our school’s culture is overwhelming at times. “[Ring by Spring] is rather hilarious and a bit ridiculous. As soon as I got [to UMHB] I knew,” said junior English major, Rebecca Pesqueda. “There were so many details with it, too. Getting married in Manning Chapel, going around Burt Pond three times to find ‘The One.’ Sometimes it can be a bit much.” Many students can relate to Rebecca. In an environment like Cru Country, influence is inevitable. Friends begin dating other friends, and you may be the odd man out. And no matter how hard you try, peer pressure can be very real. One day you look around and see everybody has their “somebody.” Not only are you trying to juggle classes, work, and extracurricular activities, but you have to be in a relationship too? Although it’s just a silly slogan, the unspoken pressure can weigh on your mind without you even realizing it. Senior Political Science and Speech Communication major Kelzye Isham, who is recently engaged, explains what “the ring” should truly be about, and why students shouldn’t lose sight of the seriousness of finding a lifelong mate. “I fully believe that college can be a great chance to form relationships, both romantic and not,” she said. “However it is crucial that forming a lifelong relationship should not be the center of focus. This focus diminishes opportunities to find lifelong friends and experience such a fun...

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