Studying Any Way I Can

I study economics, my passion, as I want to go places in the years to come in some capacity in this subject area. I love turning the pages covering John Maynard Keynes and Milton Friedman. I know the history of the Great Depression, the oil embargo, and Federal Reserve Board and each and every chairman and his policies. I relish historical economics as much as I do modern theory. What is going to carry us successfully into the future, who knows? There have been times of great crisis if I doubted we would survive a depression such as in 2008. I watched the country almost crumble. But basic principles prevailed miraculously in the long run and no doubt will keep us safe and secure in the future now that we have learned a great lesson.

So, I ponder the problems, domestic and international, and I ready myself for a career in the field. I hope to be no less than a presidential advisor someday. I am putting in my time now in preparation. It is particularly exasperating when the power goes out when I am in the middle of a fascinating chapter about Alan Greenspan. I have to resort to reading by flashlight which is not my preference. The AAA flashlight of have by my desk is small, but surprisingly effective. It is better, however, than an Itty Bitty Book Lite. The small flashlight, given to me as a gift since I only have an unwieldly large one, reminds me of when I read undercovers after the lights went out as a child. I was never ready to enter slumberland. I had to read at least a chapter of a story. This became a strong habit over the years, one which I never abandoned. I always felt a bit sneaky about fooling my parents, but that feeling of curse has gone. Now I use the flashlight in emergencies, and power outages are not infrequent. I am ready with the small tool at close hand all the time.

A larger flashlight feels too heavy and I can’t hold the book easily while I manipulate my source of light. I am always mindful to keep extra batteries around in case it is going to be a late-night study session. A power outage can destroy concentration and ruin your schedule. I usually plan to read to many pages at a time. Now that I am prepared to handle any sudden outage, I can stay focused and make my goal by the morning light. When I study with a friend and there is a break in the power, my flashlight is unfortunately at home. Thankfully, this does not happen very often. It is usually part of my personal environment. But, my friends, you can see from this blog that things are nicely under control. Get yourself a small AAA flashlight and see for yourself that during a power outage, you can take back control.

Never Leave Home Without It

Books on economics can be weighty tomes. When they need to be transported, you need the right item for the job. I am fortunate to have a good, spacious backpack for such toting purposes. I couldn’t lug my thesis around, either, if it weren’t for this functional fellow. I have had it for ages—since high school actually—and it has never let me down. It keeps everything clean, dry, and wrinkle free, which means protected and preserved.

I didn’t know what I would be doing with this original item when I first forked over the cash some years ago. I wanted to be like everyone else and just have one over my shoulder. I was careful about the appearance and size, however, so that I would not regret my choice later on. I wanted a stylish (but not too) but workhorse model. I apparently was spot on. I still love its many hidden compartments, the adjustable strap, the roomy interior, and the waterproof and sturdy fabric. It is well made and will no doubt live to see many a new day ahead as my ubiquitous companion. It is a survivor to be sure.

Economics is my passion and I study it in its macrocosmic context as applied to the western world. But I have my own personal sort of economics as well. This has to do with staying frugal and avoiding an unnecessary strain on my meager budget—at least for the moment until after graduation. Thus, my reliable but cool backpack serves me well. It fulfills its purpose and I don’t have to start saving for a new one any time soon. I could recite a paean to it: it is that good. It wasn’t that expensive either; just looked well-made and dependable. I was right!

My books have found a happy home within its cozy confines. They seem to fall into place like magic. I can fit most all my books inside along with a fold-up rain jacket, my cell phone, a wallet, and some cosmetics. Yes, all that in one medium-sized model. I love the way it never shows dirt as it is a dark grey, almost charcoal, color. I wouldn’t care if it did. It is all about sturdiness and reliability. Frankly, if I had to get a new one, I am not sure what I would select.

So I never leave home without it. It goes to the movies, restaurants, class, on vacation, to the gym, shopping, to mom’s house, and more. It has a constant place at my side. It replaces the need for a handbag or fanny pack. It does double duty as a mini suitcase as well. It is all purpose and totally utilitarian. Practicality is its middle name. If I had to advise students of one item to splurge on before starting college, it would be to purchase a great backpack for their every need. As one for high school graduation at the very least and have it ready to do its work freshman year.