Holiday shopping made simple
Follow these tips to have a less-stressful holiday shopping seasonBy HILARY THORNTON
With “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” completed, the 2009 holiday shopping season is in full swing. Black Friday was as crazy as ever, with people flooding stores as early as 4 a.m. to cash in on some of the great bargains being offered. There were several stores where customers actually camped out Thanksgiving night to make sure they were among the first in the store. For example, at Best Buy in Lexington, customers began lining up as early as 4 p.m. Thursday afternoon.
While the crowds were bigger than previous years, they weren’t there for major shopping extravaganzas. This year, early bird bargain hunters were out in full force to clean up on the Black Friday deals that were offered. However, the crowds seemed to dwindle as the day went on and the deals ran out. Many consumers are still cutting back their spending and many Americans observed Nov. 27 as “Buy Nothing Day.”
Most Americans are on a tight budget this year, but a successful holiday shopping season is thankfully very achievable. For college students especially, the holiday shopping season can be difficult and stressful financially. This doesn’t have to be the case. Here are some sensible tips for making an enjoyable and responsible holiday shopping season this year.
•Make a list of who you need to buy for.
•Put a dollar amount by each name.
•Figure out your holiday shopping budget.
•Organize your list for easier and more productive shopping trips.
•Be patient and look for deals.
•Don’t buy more than you need.
•If possible, pay in cash.
•Avoid crowds— shop during early and late store hours.
•Save all receipts.
Meet the Tiger Cubs: GC Freshmen IntroducedBy VICTORIA ENGELHARDT
This week’s featured fresmen are Julia Smith and Benjamin Aspillaga.
Q: What town are you from, and what high school did you attend?
Julia: Casablanca, Morocco—George Washington Academy.
Benjamin: Santiago, Chile—Saint Sebastian High School.
Q: Why did you choose GC?
J: It was close to homein the US and because it was a Christian school with good academics.
B: My brother went to school here and I can be closer to my family that lives in the U.S.
Q: Do you have a major in mind?
J: Computational Science.
Q: What is your favorite class this semester?
J: French with Brill.
B: I like all of them except for College Algebra.
Q: How do you like Caf food?
J: I don’t eat at the Caf much because I have a weird eating schedule, but I love their pancakes!
B: I think it’s good, sometimes.
Q: What has been your favorite experience so far?
J: Getting involved in the United Nations of Georgetown, especially the dance lessons.
B: The opportunity to meet new people and learn about a different culture.
Q: What are you looking forward to this year?
J: Reading Day and Christmas.
B: Playing with the tennis team and making as good of grades as I can.
SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: JACOB PRICEBy WHITLEY ARENS
When Senior Jacob Price was asked to explain why he came to Georgetown College, he quickly answered that coming here wasn’t ever part of the plan. “Why did I come to Georgetown? To be honest, I never wanted to come to Georgetown. Ever. But some things happened…and I ended up at Georgetown, and it’s been fantastic. I do not regret coming here at all,” he said. “Last Spring I had the chance to study in Oxford for a term, and that was wonderful. It was totally different than anything I had done before, but coming back I felt so refreshed (I was totally burned out when I left) and had greater direction for where I wanted to go with my life.”
So basically, this senior Political Science major; Religion, English (and possibly History) minor from Somerset, Ky. has spent a transformative past four years at GC. Part of this is due to the intense amount of involvement this guy has maintained while a student at Georgetown College. Obviously, with a major and two— maybe three—minors, plus a semester abroad, he’s an academically- devoted bloke. Price is also very involved with the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. As he, undoubtedly accurately, explained, “I am a member, officer, and RD— more or less I run the whole house; it’s my castle.”
In addition, Price has also been very involved with Campus Ministry in the past. “For my first three years, I worked very closely with Campus Ministry and Freshman Ministries. I was a ‘kid’ in FFG, then a ‘parent,’ then a ‘grandparent’ when I directed the whole thing. That was a great time and something I wish I had continued with.” To cap off Price’s list of extracurriculars, he has worked with the Writing Center and the Georgetown Review, he’s a Park’s Scholar and also was a member of the Academic Team for a year. That’s possibly the end of the list, though Price admitted that “[he’s] done a lot that [he’s] probably forgotten.”
Though each and every item on this list of involvements has no doubt contributed to Price’s growth as a GC student, he counts his semester at Oxford, along with a few mission trips that he’s taken in the last few years, as the most influential. “I’ve gone on several mission trips since I’ve been in college, too. With school I went to Arlington, Texas as a freshman, and then outside of school I went to Vanuatu in the South Pacific twice.” He added, “If you have no idea where that is, it’s okay. North of New Zealand, east of Australia. They staged a season of Survivor there. Outside of GC, those trips, along with Oxford, may be some of my most formative experiences.”
Though Georgetown has been a great starting platform for Price, he is aware of the next step of his journey. Ideally, he’d like to go to grad school and get his “Masters in International Relations/ Affairs, hopefully specifically studying International Development.” Also, with this subsequent step just waiting to be taken, Price is becoming increasingly aware of his senior status. He explained: “Being a senior has hit me, although I’m not sure it if has fully hit me yet. I think about things being my last whatever all the time, but I probably won’t totally understand until after I drive away for the last time.”
Along with this continual revelation comes some worldly words of wisdom that Price would like to leave to underclassmen: “If I had any advice for undergraduates it would be: Don’t let your life end here at Georgetown. What I mean is, we’re often told that college is to be the time of our lives, and we should make the most of it. I agree that we should make the most of it, but what I have learned is that college should really be a time to discover yourself and find direction for the rest of your life. If your best times are the four years you are an undergraduate, then most of your life will be spent trying to regain what you had, and that sounds miserable. I would like to think of my life as continually getting better.”