Collecting Minorities is NOT Diversification.

You should treat people differently based on skin color.

That might be what you're stance is, and you don't even know it! You decide based on the following story.

I was sitting in my discussion section for my Professional Development course at the University of Missouri; as usual. The course covers various professional competencies that the professor finds important. One of those is the "Valuing Differences Competency." I knew where it was going, knowing the subject matter, so I was prepared for things to be pretty bad.

Treating minorities like Pokemon? Probably racist.

Little did I know walking into that class; things were about to get very, very racist.

Textbook Tactic 2: How to Save $120 on a Single Compilation Textbook

Saving Hundreds of Dollars on Textbooks is my Favorite Passtime

The first blog post in the series (link below), was very effective for all the people who used it and continue to use it.

But there are a couple scenarios in which the first textbook tactic is not possible, one of which will be discussed in this blog post.

Imagine a professor that is so heartless toward her student's wallets, that she decides to compile 4 various textbooks into "her own" compilation textbook. That's the book seen in the image above.

That book costs $157. That's right. A thin, cheaply made, paper back book that a teacher quickly threw together costs $157.

Guess what? I bought it. I had to... or so I thought.

How to Turn Anger into Creativity

How to Transform Anger into Creative Energy

I done did got ripped off.

My demeanor expelled frustration as I sadly trudged out of the Mizzou Bookstore with 2 cheaply built textbooks in hand.

Not only did those textbooks run me over 3 Benjamin Franklins, but the bookstore decided to up-charge me $40 to give me a new textbook rather than a used textbook without my consent.

I was angry at the Mizzou bookstore's scammy tactics, angry at my professor's book assigning practices, and angry at Pearson publishing company for their logo being on the books I was not happy with.

I drudged down the street to my usual hangout spot and plopped down in a chair next to my buddies. Whipping out my laptop, I ragefully opened my web browser and declared to everyone who wanted to hear my woes, "I will now write an angry email to my professor about her textbook."

Never Sell a Cheap Jesus

Take up the cross just as Jesus did..."All you have to do get into heaven is believe that Jesus existed." That's the sort of thing you'll hear when you walk into churches around the US; it's not true.

Of course the only technical requirement to getting into heaven is to have Faith in Jesus, but Faith requires so much more than believing that Jesus existed. It requires belief; yes. More than that, it requires acting upon that belief.

Think of what James 2:19 says: You believe there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that; and shudder.

So maybe it isn't only 'belief' that saves a person's soul.

Why I Will NOT be Drinking on my 21st Birthday

Somehow, 21 is an age where we are supposed to decide to do unhealthy things to our bodies. At least that's what people keep telling me. Sure, they haven't yelled "Hey J.T., do unhealthy things to your body!" but they have decided that my decision to remain sober on my 21st birthday is highly unusual.

Beyond drinking, I'm expected to get completely plastered on my 21st birthday.

That's what I'm told by my coworkers at least. That's what they did, that's what their friends have and will do, and that's what they generally expect everyone to do. Getting plastered on the 21st is a societal norm.

The government's restriction on underage drinking of alcohol has created an extremely unhealthy and dangerous tradition. Getting plastered is no longer immoral; it's expected and I'll explain how underage drinking laws have done serious damage to society.

Ridiculous Tweets... for Jesus

We've all been there; we browse Twitter and come across something that doesn't quite sound right. We look at the bottom of the Tweet, and it somehow has hundreds of re-tweets and we're left with our brains hurting from the mishap in logic that decided to make an appearance in our feed.

It gets worse. There are those who will post ridiculous things, in hopes that it will bring more people to Jesus. I follow lots and lots of people on Twitter who are very strong, passionate Christians. Unfortunately, that doesn't always translate to the ability to make logical Tweets.

Tell me How to Live my Life!

I have no idea the origin of the phrase, "Don't tell me how to live my life." It probably came from a bad rap song or something, but people have taken it to heart and I therefore must debunk it.

Before you comment, Don't Tell me How to Make my Images!

Usually people just use the phrase when joking around, but as with everything these days, there are people who take it as a life lesson. It's become an excuse to do the stupidest things possible to themselves.