WEEK 9: ALL GOOD THINGS (ALMOST) COME TO AN END

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Well, it’s official folks. SALT’s summer internship program ended last week! There was a lot of looking back, gifts, cakes, and hugs: basically all the tear-inducing farewell standards.

So, why am I still writing this post if my internship ended?

Because I got an extension until I leave for Oxford! I just like SALT way too much to walk out the door right now, so you’ll be seeing posts from me until the end of September. I’ll miss my fellow interns tons, but I know they’re all going off to do great things.…

STUDENT LOAN UPDATE: DOWN TO $14,500

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I usually log into my student loan websites to check balances once per week. This is frequent enough for me to make sure payments are going through, but not quite enough to make me anxious from obsessing over the total.

My student loan balance now sits at $14,500. Looking at that number, I’m disappointed to admit I still feel daunted. How can I still owe so much after nearly a year of aggressive debt payments?…

ARE THERE FINANCIAL MISTAKES YOU CAN “TOTAL RECALL”?

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Get ready to start the reactors…

This weekend, the new Total Recall opens. And while the movie isn’t a remix of a remix, it is a redo of a redo. The first “redo” is easy: The movie remakes the Arnold Schwarzenegger classic (always an oxymoron, unless you’re talking about Kindergarten Cop) of the same name. The second “redo” is where things get a little mind-bending—though probably not enough to make Phillip K. Dick proud.…

WHAT’S THE COST OF HOME-BREWING?

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Ahhh, the Prohibition Era. The good old days when if you were looking for some alcohol-fueled fun, you had to make it in your bathtub and risk blindness, rotting intestines, death, and a few other minor side effects.

I mean, it’s not like I was alive then or anything, but I did take AP US History back in the day, so I know a thing or two about the moonshine era. Also, the movie Lawless is set to open this weekend, and I’m pretty sure even I’d make a better 1920’s gangster than Shia LeBeouf. The movie is about the infamous Bondurant brothers, bootleggers from rural Virginia who essentially made a living sneaking around and selling moonshine. That’s all according to their grandson Matt Bondurant’s novel The Wettest Country in the World of course, (the film is based off of it) but I’ve got no problems believing in historical fiction. If you ask me, there’s always a little bit of fiction in history anyway.…