One of the main questions many students are asking in college is, “How will this get me a job?” And a lot of people will respond with a (somewhat condescending and redundant) response that it’s not for a job, but for a career.
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The question of privacy has been under scrutiny since gossip news and mass media have become increasingly popular social media formats. Until recent years, only celebrities were under the steady eye of shady entertainment in the guise of journalism, but now it seems there are more and more accounts springing up on social media that treat college students as if their lives are equal to D-list celebrity drama.
Thanksgiving has come and gone, and the holiday season is upon us. Retail stores are displaying Christmas trees and festive decorations, and storefronts are starting to resemble the inside of a snow globe that relays a warm and happy time of year. Cliche holiday movies are going for a more lucrative approach.
The saying: “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime,” has encompassed how people have viewed success for years. But what if the man does not have the tools to cast a line? What if he does not have access to a body of water? And what if he is taxed every time he goes to use the lake? In order to preach about the path to success, we must first agree where we are starting.
When you Google, “queer places in Columbia SC,” the first, and only, thing on the page is a list of clubs or bars: PT’s 1109, The Capital Club and Art Bar being the most prominent. All of these, however, do not open until 5 p.m. and are either exclusive to members or 18 plus. On top of that, most of the restaurants or coffee houses mentioned in the “South Carolina Gay Nightlife Guide” are not LGBTQ+ exclusive, but only “gay-friendly,” and while it is good to know where the gay allies take solace, there is still a major need for queer-only spaces that do not serve alcohol.
As of 2015, an average of 67 percent of all students enrolled full-time get financial support for their education. However, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) does not account for transgender students, or anyone whose sex does not align with the one they were assigned at birth. There are still many queer students who do get financial aid or scholarships, but only by often erasing a major part of their identity.
To this day, there are only seven states in America that have laws prohibiting the promotion of homosexuality in a classroom setting. South Carolina is one of them. While commonly referred to as "No Promo Homo" laws, these codes usually allude to the LGBTQ+ community as a whole, or as the state government calls them, “alternate sexual lifestyles.”