Once upon a time, a mother bird had hatched six heavenly younglings.
Many of us go to college with the dreams of getting an education in order to make our dreams come true. We do this with the hopes of landing a job immediately after we graduate. However, according to rumors from friends of mine who have graduated, that’s not the case. But, I beg to differ; I believe that if you were active in college and social—or at least friendly to everybody—then you should at least have some form of a job lined up after college. One of the things that perplexed me about one of my friends was her completely asinine idea that college was supposed to both train you for your job and provide a job for you after you graduate—amazing, right? Unfortunately, I have been in college for six years—pursuing one degree, two minors, three certificates—and I have learned a thing or two. One of the things that I have learned is the power of relationship building or networking. I believe that the whole purpose of college, in addition to providing you a quality education, is to also allow you to network with other like-minded individuals—and those who aren’t so like-minded. Networking gives the power to get a leg up in the world because in these times, it isn’t about what you know or who you know, but, who knows you.
We all know the basics about FAFSA, or the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. We know that we have to apply for it by a certain time after January so we can receive our award letter for the next semester. We know that it gives us money; we know that its long; we know that we get confused and tired just looking at it. Hell, like I said, we know a lot. However, there are many things that we do not know about that FAFSA that could prove to be beneficial—if we actually knew them. No worries, however, allow me to let you in on a little secret about FAFSA—or 4 secrets, rather—and they are:
What does it cost to be a friend? Five dollars? Ten dollars? Or, maybe $1,000,000? Fact of the matter is that we cannot pay for everything in this world with a green piece of printed government paper. The answer to this question is not measured in dollar signs, but in certain actions. In reading a book titled What is Worthwhile by Anna Robertson Brown Lindsay, I discovered an answer to this question that I feel must be shared. In the book, Lindsay states that the cost of friendship is: