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Graduation Jitters

By Sara Gunn

As news of my pending graduation from college begins to get out to family and friends, I’m constantly asked two of the most simple questions that call for some very difficult answers.

  • What are your plans after graduation?
  • Are you excited to be graduating?

Before I attempt to answer these questions let me state some facts. According to the American Psychological Association’s Stress in America Survey, millennial’s are the country’s most stressed out generation due to the fact that we face high college tuition costs and exorbitant student loan debt compared to past generations.   There is also stiff competition for jobs as we enter the work force.

So is graduating from college really a reason to celebrate?

The best way I can describe my college experience is to compare it to going on a road trip for the first time.  When I first got to leave home after attending a community college for two years I was excited, anxious AND maybe a little nervous.  As I started my journey and got the hang of the quote “college life” it became a smooth ride, with a built-in GPS for when I got lost. Granted there were a few speed bumps during the journey but I experienced some once in a lifetime memories during the long ride.  I have now reached my final destination, graduation.

As graduation day approaches, I feel like everything is changing.  The thought of leaving behind my college days and entering “the real world” becomes a scary feeling. This is the first time I find myself day dreaming a lot more and constantly asking myself “what’s next in my life?” In high school, there were guidance counselors and parents around to help you decide your next step. Now as college comes to an end I start to realize that what once was a smooth ride down the street is now riddled with pot holes, the speed bumps are starting to become road blocks and the passengers that once filled my car are starting to be replaced with silence.

The pressure to find a job in my field before the 6-month grace period on my student loans will be soon approaching and the mere thought of those loans creep into my head everyday.  I also can’t seem to shake the possibility that I might never, ever work in my field and all of the classroom work, internships and projects that I did was all for nothing.  Even though I feel that my college curriculum prepared me for my field and all of my instructors shared their wisdom and provided me with whatever I needed, I still ask myself, am I ready? Can I do this? Will I make it?

How many of you soon to be college graduates feel the same way? I’d love for you to respond or call me during my show every Tuesday from 11am until 3pm.

Soon to be a college graduate,

Sara Gunn

Chance The Rapper Showed Love to Chicago

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By Abby Nelson

It is no secret that Chance The Rapper is from Chicago. He uses every opportunity to let the world know where he is from. His nickname is even Lil Chano from 79th.

I first learned about Chance when I moved to Chicago to attend Columbia College. His mixtape, ‘Acid Rap’ was just beginning to get recognition and my freshmen year came to a close after seeing Chance headline Manifest, Columbia’s urban arts festival.

Here is Chance performing one of the hit songs from ‘Acid Rap’ at Manifest 2013:

This Friday, is my last day as a student at Columbia College and the same date of Manifest 2016, so it’s only right that Chance The Rapper is releasing his third mixtape, ‘Chance 3’ on the same day, May 13th. Fans have eagerly waited for this mixtape especially after seeing Chance perform on SNL, The Stephen Colbert Show and learning that it’s Chance that co-wrote not one, but five songs on Kanye West’s latest album.  These accomplishments are huge for the 22 year-old independent, unsigned artist.

One thing that I love about Chance, is his love for his fans and for the city. The campaign behind ‘Chance 3’ is that you can order posters much like the album cover on the far right and post it around your city.

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You then post the image on a social media site with the hashtag, #Chance3 and #Nameofyourcity and you can win a chance to meet Chance the next time he is in your town!

In the music video for his latest single, ‘Angels’, Chance flies high over the Chicago skyline and rides on top of the el. When I first saw the video, I immediately wondered, ‘Did he really ride on top of the train?’ The answer is yes, he sure did. All while rocking a Chicago White Sox hat. The video closes out with him and featured artist, Saba dancing on the corner of LaSalle and Adams.

Check out the video for yourself:

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TRASH TALKING IN SPORTS, WHATS THE HARM?

TRASH TALKING IN SPORTS, WHATS THE HARM?

By: Tyler Bravo

We’ve all heard that there’s nothing wrong with a little friendly competition, but where do we draw the line between friendly, and frightening? Trash talking to me has always, and will always be a part of sports, not a particular game, or any specific skill level, but all sports.  Whether you’re playing a pick up game of basketball in the park, a beer league softball game, or watching the pros on TV, you’re going to hear some trash talking.

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One of the most iconic, and recognized photos of “The Louisville Lip” AKA Muhammad Ali clearly shows him trash talking his opponent.

The question for me is not if we should ban trash talking but to teach kids the difference between playful banter and trash talk that becomes a form of bullying.  As part of an anti-bullying initiative in New Jersey, high school athletes can now be ejected from a game for taunting opponents.  Many athletic officials think this initiative could serve as a model for other states.

From the time I can remember, any team I played on, or any gym class that I took provided an example of what was “acceptable” trash talking, and what was considered to be crossing the line.  We would all joke and goof on one another, but if someone said, or did something that crossed the line, the teacher, or coach, would immediately intervene. Granted there were times we were without adult supervision, but sportsmanship became part of the game proving that we learned what was ok to say to somebody and what wasn’t.

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And for the “Sanctity of Sport” argument, even Babe Ruth would chirp it up with the opposing team.

For anyone who says trash talking has never existed in sports, check out Babe Ruth jawing with the Cubs before, during and after his infamous “called home run.”

Let me know what you think about trash talking in sports in the comments below, or call into Sports Talk After Dark with Justin Leoni, Tom Okkema, and yours truly, Tyler Bravo at (312) 663-3512.  Check us out on Social Media at Facebook.com/WCRX or Twitter@WCRXFM.

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