Everyone knows that college is expensive. With tuition and board easily surpassing $60,000 for private colleges, families are finding it even more difficult to send their kids away to the school of their dreams. After working for hours on end for the past four years, students are finding that their options are limited due to money. Many are battling the question: Should I go with the more affordable state school, or a more expensive private college?
“Thankfully, I have supportive family and friends. At first, I felt a little pressured to go to a school with a strong academic reputation like UVA, but that doesn’t make me happy. The University of Alabama makes me happy,” Nicole Baldwin (‘19) says.
Overall, this is a decision that is different for everyone. What is more important: happiness or having less debt? If you have less debt, will you be happier? Is going to your dream school worth it all?
Camille (Cami) Minier, a senior at Brien McMahon, was very confident by starting her new hair journey with a “big chop,” as she cut most of her hair off.
“The moment I cut my hair off I knew it was the right thing. I was so happy and still am. I never regret cutting my hair. I wasn’t afraid of what people would say because it was something I did for me, that I knew would make me happy in the long run.”
A big chop is an act of cutting your hair to be in a natural state. It starts a new hair journey where you are transitioning to be officially natural where there is no chemicals, like relaxer, perm, or any of the sort in your hair.
In the Dominican Republic, most women straighten their naturally curly hair. It’s more of a “thing” in their culture, and has been established due to some racial identity.
“Instead we had to restrict ourselves into having our hair straightened, little did I know this was me hiding my own identity.”
She started to realize while she was in Norwalk 2018, her being presented with straight hair all the time was hiding her own identity. She also noticed that all the heat made her hair unhealthy, dry and thin.
In the summer, besides having her hair straightened, she did different hairstyles that she liked. Minier says, “Last summer was the first summer I changed my hair up and did different styles.”
“I need to be my own person and not try to hide my identity behind my hair to seem like everybody else.”
This is when she decided to cut her hair. November 27, 2018, Minier started from scratch and she made a life changing move to cut off her hair.
“Their deep conditioner keeps your hair moisturized and leaves your curls hydrated and formed.”