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Superficially motivated, but I’m feeling groovy

Applying for my first set of internships has gone from completely intangible to so close to my face that I’m cross-eyed. One of them focuses on social media and seeing that I spend too much time searching for random hashtags and incognitos, this internship seems to have fallen from social media god’s skies.

In my first ever cover letter (gasp!), I mention this blog. Well that awkward moment when I realized that I haven’t updated it in a while. No, obviously I’m not dead; just forgot how much I love to write and be a silly goose. I came back to look at what needed to be updated (turns out a lot) and I read some of these old articles. And weirdly, I still get random hits from random people. To random people: THANK YOU! I’ll try to entertain you some more. To my family/ friends/ stalkers: I doubt you even check this anymore.

Regardless, I love to write. I love to obsessively check my stats. I love this. I’m feeling invigorated to dedicate more time to my personal blog. I’m ready to begin Phase Two of miacolvin.wordpress.com! Stick with me and I’ll stick with this.

 

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Don’t Mess with my Movies

First off, I would just like to say that my thoughts are with the victims and their families during this heart wrenching period. This unexpected tragedy will not easily be forgotten.

James Holmes, the alleged shooter, managed to take a fat dump on America’s joy of going to the movies. Like the rest of the nation, I regularly go to the movies to see the latest on the big screen. But what Holmes has done will forever change the way Americans enjoy their movies. Remember the Columbine shooting (which freakishly happened less than 20 miles away from today’s massacre)? The aftermath saw an increase in schools’ security systems, additional guidance counselors trained to spot behavioral problems, and a nationwide spotlight on bullying. Remember 9/11? Now it’s simply impossible to get through airport security with anything on you. They can practically see you naked.

The Aurora, Colorado theater shooting will rank among these events as it will change the way we as a nation attend the movie theater. In light of the shooting, AMC Theaters announced that it will no longer permit attendees to wear costumes, masks or face paint into the theaters. Holmes was wearing all black–easily assumed to just be a Batman-themed costume. What can we expect next? Metal detectors before getting our tickets ripped? Bags looked through by security guards? A well-lit auditorium?

I anticipate that these probable changes will be received badly by the public. It just makes me uncomfortable to know that the victims couldn’t even watch a movie in peace. Is there no safe place anymore? Really, this could have happened anywhere, to anyone, but just the fact that it actually did happen sickens me.

But this should not prevent any of us from enjoying our weekends. The movies are an integral part of American culture and should not be avoided because of a psychotic loser. I, for one, will go see The Dark Knight Rises in theaters tomorrow with my homies. Not going to the movie just gives in to the terrorism Holmes was trying to accomplish.

I agree with what President Obama said in his public address. Today is not the day to talk about the politics of the shooting. What today is about is coming together as Americans and hugging our loved ones just a little tighter tonight.

On a side note, the police have detained Holmes, who was a neuroscience graduate student at the University of Colorado. The police have not released the alleged shooter’s motive. They are still trying to disable a bomb that has been wired as a booby-trap in Holmes’ apartment. As of late, there have been 12 victims.

You Have to Spend Money in Order to Spend Even More Money

I know for a fact that you seniors are pulling your hair out over college applications. You are stressing about the obviously superfluous fluff in your essay. You are stressing because your counselor has still not sent in required forms to your schools. You are stressing about which extracirruclar has more meaning to an admissions counselor.

Well, here is something else to stress about: fees. Think about it. For my personal college expenses, I’m positive that I’ve spent about $750. So let’s add it up.

Alright, first up is the application fees. I’m applying to eleven schools. Emory University and Mizzou are $50. Cal Poly SLO and Cal State Long Beach are $55. UC Davis is $60. Northwestern University, USC, and American University are $65. Syracuse University and Northeastern University are $70. And last but not least is Boston University at the highest of my list with a price tag of $75. Just right here that is $680!

Next are the costs of sending my SAT scores. Since I got to send my scores to four schools for free (bless you CollegeBoard, really, bless you), I only had to pay for seven schools. The cost for sending all SAT scores and AP scores is $10. It was a total cost of $70. I’m exactly at $750.

And I cannot neglect the community college transcripts, no siree! Those costs $3 to send to universities. But since UC’s and Cal States don’t want transcripts, I only had to send out eight transcripts. Add in another $24. Oh boy, my estimation was almost perfect.

My grand total is $774! And I’m not even paying tuition yet! This is absolutely insane! I could go into how CollegeBoard is a complete scam for money, but that’s a blog for another day.

Of course, there are the “fee waivers”. But let’s get real: we all know that the middle class does not qualify for financial waivers. At all. And my family is not uber rich to the point where we can be casual about $774.

So who ends up paying this lump sum? Not me, thank God. The burden lies with my lovely parents Emmie and Chris. Aw, how much I love them! I know that paying that much is not convenient, and comes at the price of eating bologna skins and eggshells for dinner sometimes. Thanks Mom and Dad for your support!

So all you cracked out stressed seniors should stop for a moment and give your Emmie and Chris a genuine thanks. And politely remind them that they will soon be dropping a “couple” more G’s.

$#*! My Dad (and I) Says

In light of recent events, a Colvin House Swear Jar has been established. Yet, the only Colvins being taunted with this negative incentative are me–for obvious reasons–and my dad. At first, it was more for me, but then I guess my dad felt bad and didn’t want me to suffer by myself.

Mom set up the rules:
1. Each time a potty-word “slips out”, ten cents are put into the Jar
2. That especially bad word (flying…) costs double
3. The monitors are everyone except my dad and me
4. Sign language counts as well (thanks for teaching me some ASL Kiefer)

So far, I think I owe $.70, which really isn’t that bad considering that it’s been just two days. Either I’m really good at catching myself or I’m very sneaky and quiet. I think it’s a little bit of both. But everyone is convinced that I will be broke soon and I will have to start carrying around rolls of dimes. Let’s see about that!

And there could possibly be corruption within this system. By naming Jenna a monitor of my language, she could potentially wrongly accuse me of cursing out of spite. After all, she is my little bratty sister with intentions to make my life miserable and enjoying every step of it. And also, does it count if I stub my toe? Naturally, a “bad” word will come out. That’s just the way people react to sudden, earth-shattering pain.

But this is all for a good cause. We established that whomever wins, gets the prize of selecting a charity or organization to donate the money. When I win, I’m going to donate the money to Beckman’s Mock Trial fund. That way, parking fees don’t have to be paid for and they can actually get T-shirts next year. To achieve that, I will make my dad really mad, thus forcing him to deposit mula into the Jar.

But in all seriousness, I do see what my parents are trying to achieve by threatening my wealth. Choice words are not always appreciated by some and they can determine one’s opinion of me. At first, I was completely reluctant to agree to see it from their perspective. But now, not only do I understand, I will comply with what they are asking. I will never know if someone is turned off by a colorful language so it’s important to gague how others will react to it. I know everyone curses, but I guess I’m just not in the enviornment where it is accepted by all.

So for now, the objective is to tone it down a little. But don’t be surprised if I ask you for some change.

Clearly there are some things wrong with this picture. First, I know for a fact that Dad owes more than 0. Second, the Colvin House Swear Jar isn't even a jar.

A warning for Collegeboard

Dear Collegebaord,
     Ah, so we meet again. Only this time, I’m not being faced against your AP test, yet your other, darker spawn of evil: the SAT. What makes your creation so feared is that it is 10 sections of doom and almost four dreadful hours. But what almost kills me is the fact that you choose to administer the test on a Saturday. At 7:45. Thus, I awaken at an ungodly hour to prepare myself for battle.
     My pencils are as sharp as a blade. My calculator is loaded with fresh batteries. My snack is tucked away in a Ziploc. I am ready with all my tools. Yet, my biggest weapon that I shall weild upon you tomorrow is my brain! Muhahaha! You may have prepared some crazy distractors, yet I will conquer them. You may have included an extra Critical Reading section, but that’s the one I studied most for. You may have ensured that an evil proctor minion with bad body odor will create a distracting environment. I don’t have anything for that, so one point for you.
     But despite your evil plot, I will succeed! My brain of steel will outsmart your smarty pants and conquer! So put anything at me, really. I have faced your ridiculous nature and photography prompts, so give me another stupid prompt, like food. Bring it! I’m ready Collegeboard.
     See you tomorrow promptly at 7:45. Watch out, because I will own you.

Mia Colvin
SAT Champion

PETA being stupid. Again.

There are a lot of things in this world that make me roll my eyes: spam mail, sixth-graders smoking pot, and the obnoxious price of college tuition.

But what I read in the news today not only has me rolling my eyes, but my jaw dropping, snorting in disbelief and exclaiming the classic, “Really, are you freaking serious right now?”

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is suing SeaWorld claiming that the amusement park is enslaving its orca whales, thus wanting the animals to be protected under the 13th Amendment. Of the United State’s Constitution.

Gays can’t even get married and you want whales to be entitled to given a human right? Gays, whom are human, are being denied human rights to equal opprotunity and the pursuit of happiness.

It’s a little too soon to classify animals as humans, don’t you think?

PETA has sued SeaWorld on behalf of five orca whales. Last time I checked, you can’t sue on the behalf of someone else. So unless Tilikum and the four other orcas ask PETA to help them, they are going to have to continue being “slaves” to SeaWorld. Sorry.

And there is no way you can call SeaWorld a slave master or even compare it to the slavery conditions of the 19th century. These whales are domesticated, they are given a luxurious domain, they are fed constantly. Yes I know they were taken out of the ocean to be used as entertainment, but welcome to the Circle of Life/the food chain.

By going off of PETA’s argument that the marine animals are being used as slaves because they are “kidnapped from their homes, kept confined, forced to perform tricks for SeaWorld’s profit” (according to Jeff Kerr, PETA’s general counsel), dogs are slaves. Dogs were taken from the streets, kept in shelters with cages, forced to sit, shake, roll. But I don’t see PETA filing a complaint for Fido. All domesticated animals could be considered slaves. But that’s simply ridiculous, isn’t it? Exactly.

PETA is just an outright extremist animal group. Your “I’d rather go naked than wear fur” campaigns are extreme and raunchy. Your suggestion that Maine should educate children about the ills of lobster catching is extreme and idiotic. You are just extreme and idiotic.

Animal rights in general area joke. First off, chickens on a farm don’t have feelings and don’t know that you will be cutting off their heads in two seconds. And secondly, if it tastes good, why are you so concerned? Again, it’s called the Circle of Life/food chain. Humans are on top, animals are not. Plain and simple.

The PETA v. SeaWorld law suit will not go very far as the motion has no validity. PETA, find something else better to do with your time.

This doesn't look like slavery to me...

Truth v. Media

Well, there you have it. After four years of being locked in  prison, Amanda Knox has been acquitted after a 10-month appeal process.

Now the true question is whether or not she did it. I personally don’t think she did. Knox’s main argument for the appeal was the fact that her DNA was not found on the knife that slit victim Meredith Kercher’s throat. And the prosecution analysis of the weapon was declared shoddy and unreliable during the appeal case. Um, if this doesn’t scream reasonable doubt (thanks, mock trial), then I don’t know what does. How can someone be guilty of a murder if they didn’t even hold the murder weapon?

 Exactly.

Throughout the trial, Knox has been named “Foxy-Knoxy” and even “she-devil” by lawyers. There were so many interpretations of Knox’s character, it was hard to decide if she was “angelic” or “diabolic”. I’m sure that the “diabolic” side could have been attributed to the fact that Knox was doing cartwheels outside the police station or making out with her ex-boyfriend and co-defendent at the crime scene. But last time I checked, these are not signs of murder. At all.

As with the Casey Anthony trial, the media played a ginormous role throughout the trial. Thanks to Nancy Grace (and her loud mouth), the media convicted Anthony as a baby-killer. But in Knox’s case, the American media portrayed Knox as innocent and as a victim of a corrupted foregin justice system. Knox is a Seattle native who was studying in Perugia, Italy. So is there a sense of bias in American journalism? Um, probably.

England (the victim’s home country) portrayed Knox as guilty. Italy (where the crime occured) portrayed Knox as guilty. When the verdict was read, shouts of “Shame! Shame!” could be heard outside the courtroom. This is exactly what happened in the Anthony trial: outburts of anger at the verdict.

What’s going down here is that people are too lazy to read into the respective case itself. They rely on the media to give them the whole details. This really shouldn’t be an issue, seeing as though journalism should represent an objective, unbiased perspective. But, in both Anthony’s and Knox’s cases, this didn’t happen. I’m not saying that the media shouldn’t be relied upon (especially since I want you to rely on me when I become a journalist); I’m saying that people should research each case on their own before making a decision. This includes reading about both sides and what each side has to offer. Don’t just jump to conclusions because Nancy Grace gives her heated argument. Obviously, it is biased.

The media has a powerful influence: people all over the world depend upon it to give them the latest news. It is a disservice to the profession when only one side is represented in an only positive or an only negative way.

So if you are angry at Knox’s accquittal, can you provide any reason that has presented in the case as to why she is truly guilty? I would love to be enlightened.