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  • Undeclared: FREE MONEY!

    Posted on 06/19/2011 by Mary

    Hey kids! Did you know that once you get to college, banks give you FREE MONEY? It's true! I saw it on Undeclared! (Processing fees not included; finance charges may apply; please call to verify eligibility.)

    Ah, the freshman year credit card. So much freedom... for about a month, until you hit your credit limit, and suddenly you have no more spending money because you have to pay your credit card bill... and then they raise your limit! And you have freedom again! Until two years later when you suddenly look at your bill and realize you owe $6000 and it's costing you $100 a month in finance charges and it's going to take you 12 years to pay it off if you only pay the minimum which is all you can afford and you can't even remember what you bought with that $6000 because you don't even feel like you own anything nice and you suspect it was pretty much just $6000 worth of tacos because that one taco place took credit cards.

    Damn you, taco place! Damn you and your delicious credit tacos!

  • One reason to break up before college.

    Posted on 06/16/2011 by Mary

    Every year, thousands of recently graduated high school seniors face the same question: Should we break up before we head off to college?

    Eric on Undeclared is perhaps the most vivid (and funny) example of why the answer tends to be yes:

    True, not every boyfriend is as psychotically clingy as Eric and his "dreaming of you" pillow cases... but then again, I'm sure many boyfriends and girlfriends have surprised themselves with how psychotically clingy they sounded when trying to cope with hundreds of miles of distance, the specter of a thumping college hook-up scene, and their fear of the unknown.

    It's never all that popular to say so, because it's hard to hear for some couples, but a lot of colleges even go so far as to tell all their freshmen during orientation: just break up.

    The reasons why? Well, basically because the likely scenarios are: one of you cheats and feels horrible about it and takes way too long to admit it because it's so easy to hide it from so far away; you're in totally different surroundings and grow apart anyway; or you're so chained to your long-distance relationship that you don't experience all that college has to offer.

    We all know the odds are against anyone ending up with their high school bf/gf long term... but what we don't often hear is that: many of those who DID end up with their high school sweetheart took a break at some point and saw other people and figured out that they really were right for each other. AND many of those who never took that break from their high school sweetheart end up having a crisis at some point in their marriage over the fact that they've never really been apart and don't know what else is out there. Even if they're right for each other... they just don't know for sure because they've never tested it.

    Sermon over... I mostly just think Eric is hilarious. And I also think it's veddy interesting that Jason Segal seems to play variations on this lovesick boyfriend character a lot.

  • Degrassi Breakdown: "Holiday Road"

    Posted on 04/23/2010 by Mary

    POSSIBLE SPOILERS BELOW! Those who haven't seen the latest Degrassi episode yet, go watch it, and skip this 'til you have.

    Everyone else:

    1. How often do you ride your bike? (Emma's got a point... zero emissions; plus cheaper than a car; plus you don't need a license; plus it's good for the butt.)
    2. Are you a food-sharer or not? (Like do you mind someone else dipping their used fork into your food, or does that gross you out?)
    3. On a date, how do YOU think the check should be worked out: split 50/50; each pay exactly what they owe; whoever asked pays; guy always pays; or girl always pays?
    4. Have you ever seen a friend (or semi-friend) do a total overshare online, and quietly cringed for them? Where do you draw the line at what you'll say on facebook or wherever?
    5. In Europe, a lot of students take a "gap year" between high school and college -- to travel, save money, whatever. And research shows that students who take a gap year do better in college because they're more in tune with WHY they're in school. Would you want to do that... and do you think your parents would go for it?