The Columbia Chronicle

Getting Around Safely

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June 6, 2018

I’m going on a vacation with some friends this summer, and--for the most part--I’m looking forward to it. However, I must admit that I also have some concerns about the trip. My friends are a lot of fun, but they don’t always make the best decisions. We’re a hard-partying bunch, and while we’re pretty careful, I’m worried that the vacation atmosphere could hurt our decision-making. The main issue I’m considering is ...

Staying on Track

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June 6, 2018

I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished in school, and I’m on track to graduate soon. But, despite having some success, I’ve never really felt like I was comfortable as a student. I don’t think my habits are very good: I don’t study regularly enough, I stay out late partying, and so on. I’m hoping that I find that the working world suits me better (no homework!), but I also think that I might end up back in school someda...

House Hunting

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June 6, 2018

I’ve always planned to one day own my own home. I guess that’s just because my family did, and it seems like it’s the smart thing to do financially speaking (it is--right?). But the older I get, the more I think of home ownership as daunting and frightening. I’m graduating and entering the working world soon, but when I look at when I expect to make and what houses can cost, it freaks me out! And there just seem to be so m...

The College of Undecided

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June 4, 2018

I am in my third semester of college and have still not decided on a major. Everyone keeps pressuring me to decide, but my interests vary. I don’t want to end up like my parents, who hate what they do and complain about work all the time. I love writing, enjoy philosophy, but I am also a technology person. I love working with computers, and I do understand that this area has a higher demand regarding jobs and earnings. I am obvi...

Auto Maintenance 101

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June 4, 2018

I could use some insight. I’ve recently graduated from college and moved across the country for my new job. I’m now considering whether or not it makes sense to get a car, but I wanted to make sure it’s the right decision. I arrived in Dallas, Texas a couple weeks ago from Washington, DC--where I definitely didn’t have a car. More importantly, I haven’t relied on a car since I was in high school, and that wasn’t very ...

Investing in Property, Close and from Afar

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June 1, 2018

My dad is big on real estate investment and has been pushing me for years to invest in some properties so that my finances stabilize by the time I finish college. I followed his advice a couple of years ago. I bought an apartment in Florida and now I want to investigate investing in real estate properties nationally and internationally. I wonder if there is a way to finance this without having to use all my capital and how to go abo...

Moving Forward and Improving Life

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June 1, 2018

I was recently involved in a motorcycle accident. Although it was pretty bad, I know that it could have been a lot worse. The physical injuries will heal, but I think I am scarred for life when it comes to jumping back on a motorcycle. We don’t think I can ever do that again. Even though We love the feeling of freedom that a bike provides, I don’t think We can put myself through that again. Plus, I ended up almost flunking out...

Totally Triumphing in the Trucking Trade

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June 1, 2018

I have always been an entrepreneur, and I am serious about starting my own businesses. I’m the guy who would sell the most candy bars for our class field trip. My latest side hustle is moving people out of their apartments. I have a cheap pickup truck, and a bunch of friends from the hockey team. We get together to move people’s apartments. What can I say? It’s easy money, and people have a great deal of stuff they need move...

The Confounding Case of the Serial Striker

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June 1, 2018

There’s a guy in my dorm parking lot who keeps hitting my car. And other people’s cars as well. Call him the Serial Striker. We have assigned parking spaces. This guy is right across from me. Not only has he left multiple paint marks on my bumper and door, but I’ve seen him nudge my car. The other day I heard other people who live in my dorm complain about him as well. Some people have complained to parking services. I don...

Rustic Road Trip Reticence

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June 1, 2018

This summer, my boyfriend and I are going on a road trip. I’m very excited. We’re going to his family’s reunion. He hasn’t been since he was little, and what can I say, I’m excited to meet some of his relatives. Still, there’s something I’m a little worried about: they live in a rural area. It’s so rural, there aren’t any stop lights, and many of the roads are unpaved, according to him. I’m not from any place l...

How Do I Get My Gut Back on Track?

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June 1, 2018

Have you ever heard the term “gut bomb?” And I’m not talking about those cinnamon rolls you get at airports. I’m talking about medicine: I got really, sick on my study abroad. I had to take drugs that wiped my guts clean, hand sanitizer for your intestine. It gave me a big health scare and I haven’t felt right since. Not ill, just exhausted with lots of stomach problems, as well as trouble eating. I keep getting little c...

Hit by a Drunk Driver

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June 1, 2018

A college buddy of mine was driving home from work and was hit by a drunk driver. I keep insisting that he should hire a lawyer and take legal action as, even though he did not suffer major injuries, there was property damage and he had some minor injuries that required medical attention. And that does not include the emotional toll of having experienced an accident that should have never occurred in the first place. How can I con...

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