What can you do, when everything has a cost?

Hi friends!

There’s something that I’ve been thinking about recently with all the money related things going on in the world, the saying that “money makes the world go round”, and with the simple fact of life that money is needed for survival.  Even tuition here at USF this semester is $191.06 for every credit hour. With the school recommended that an average of 15 credit hours taken per semester each student is starting off with a bill of $2,865.90 for tuition alone. This thought is slightly depressing because you hear about all the good that needs to be done in the world and all the areas that can be helped but everything requires money. So what is a student to do? We’re not entrepreneurs like Mr. Zuckerberg or people who have found their niche in the “world of helping” like the Boy with the Little Red Wagon but you know what I realized? I realized that I may not be them, but I’m me.

Now, that may seem like a very obvious answer but really think about it. The goal of each organization and project is to reach a final project a tangible object that they want others to have. Well, some are more tangible than others but I digress. With our project what we want is something so simple and so accessible. The kids don’t mind if not all 80 sheets of the one subject notebook are there all they want is paper and I think that is what has been the most amazing and yet difficult thing for me to wrap my mind around for this project. The realization that not everything needs to be perfect and what we are used. The realization that what we are used to is not the same standard that the rest of the world feels is the norm.

We sit together with our friends and families once a year for 4 hours watching a football game with $3 million commercials* that last 30 seconds. Kids on the other side of the world just want a pencil to go to school. Why is it so extreme? I’m not degrading the Super bowl but I’m simply stating that if we really had a heart to help we could. A small effort on our end makes a lasting impact not just in a child’s life and the soldier who gives it to them but also in your own life, their community’s life the list goes on. It’s a combination of the butterfly effect mixed with paying forward what you have been given.

Coca-Cola's $6 million commercial on the left, Pack of 72 wooden pencils from Walmart for a little more than $0.10/ pencil. (Photo courtesy for pencil: Walmart.com)

We don’t need to pretend to have what we don’t have nor do we need to pretend to be what we are not but we shouldn’t shirk from our responsibilities as a member of this world. We can all work within our means to make a small impact because a benefit for one is a benefit for all of us. Thus, I will end this week’s post with a small request: “GIVE US YOUR PENCILS!!! Please? :)”

Until next time~

*The cost of the commercial was found on the CNN Money website:


About Phoebe

I'm a student at the University of South Florida majoring in Biomedical Sciences. I would like to be a Speech Language Pathologist in the future. In my spare time I enjoy learning new things, meeting new people, spending time with my family and traveling. Oh, and a good book is always a plus!
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