[Opinion]

For those who dont know: Taxes 101 (Or maybe 102)


Washington State has one of the most archaic tax systems in the country.
For being such a seemingly progressive state – having an elected gay mayor, a well received marriage-equality law, and legalized pot – we can’t quite seem to figure out that our tax system, unlike our other chic merits, just doesn’t match our cool Washington vibe.
That’s because Washington has the most regressive tax system in the country.

Roommate from hell: the diva, the thief and the party pooper

Roommates – they epitomize the old adage “can’t live with ‘em, can’t pay the rent without ‘em” (that last part may have been my own addition). Most college students find themselves saddled with a roommate at some point in their college career, and while this generally works out okay, sometimes a roommate might seem like they’ve crawled from depths of hell just to torment you.

The disconnect between students, syllabi and bookstores

Relentless reminders to be prepared ahead of time feel hollow when students are punished for doing so.
This is the experience I had recently when I tried to purchase my textbooks a week ahead of class. I assumed that with so much time before the start of the quarter, information on what textbooks I needed and whether or not they needed some form of online access, would be readily available. Oh, if only.

Get connected with people on the other side of the earth

It was summer 2015—just a month after I graduated from high school— when I started collecting postcards. I still remember buying my first postcard when I went to Museum Kata Andrea Hirata, a literature museum in Belitung, Indonesia. The postcard cost $ 1.00, including postage.
I used to be an amateur philatelist – read: stamp collector – but I gave it up because good stamps are hard to find, and it was draining my wallet. After buying my first postcard, I told myself, “Hey, this would be a cool hobby; it costs less than stamp collecting.”

Challenge: meeting 150 strangers in 30 days

Could you imagine the ultimate stay­at­home nerd turning into a socializing machine in just 30
days?
Yes, you heard me right ladies and gentlemen: 30 freakin’ days! If you always struggle with your
pathetic social life like I did before these 30 days, then this story is definitely for you.
Three weeks ago, my host gave me a challenge: talk to five strangers a day for 30 days.
Since strangers won't just show up at my door, this meant I had to go outside and that’s why I

Sexual Security Increase

I find myself… in need of a condom.
So I mosey up to the third floor of the PUB building, into to the Women’s Center with its warm, bright lights and semi-friendly faces to greet me as I breeze in the door.
I see one of the visitors in his waiting chair glance over at me as I pass the first secretary, who sits immediately to the right of the entrance, and head for the glorious little condom basket at the back of the room. Next to the box sits another secretary, peering over his computer, readying himself to assist me.

A story of an international student: homesickness

When I left Indonesia, I didn’t think I’d get homesick like other international students. Whenever people asked me, “will you miss your hometown when you’re in the United States?” my answer would always be the same: “Nope.” I didn’t think there was something awesome enough from my city that I would miss when I arrived in the States. I wasn’t that close to my parents, especially my dad. I prefer to share my stories with my friends rather than with my mom or dad.

Advice for international students on meeting a homeless person for the first time


Imagine you’re all sweaty and thirsty because you just spent half of the day searching
for the mall with a map which looks as though it’s drawn in Hieroglyphics. And at just the
moment you mistake a bus stop sign for a pyramid (no joke, this is how dehydrated and
tired you are) a homeless person comes up to you and says she has no money to take
the bus home. What makes it even more dramatic is that you have only two dollars in
your wallet and your bus is coming.

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