The views of this article are the perspective of the author and may not be reflective of Confessions of the Professions.
As a human being, you are a lifelong student of this Earth and will always learn lessons. The wisdom you achieve over the course of your life is not something you can ever truly teach or get paid for, but what you know is what makes you a human being, and allows you to pass wisdom in spurts down to those interested in listening to you. As you grow throughout life, you realize that life is a linear pattern, in which you are born, learn what your parents teach you, learn what your schools and teachers teach you, and then you are off to college, doing the same exact thing, followed by achieving the goals you had in mind for your career, and hopefully meeting love along the way. Life, of course, is unpredictable, and maybe you might not find someone, get divorced, or that girl you’ve worked up the courage to finally ask that girl out that you have been chasing for past five years, but she rejects you, and you realize, life still goes on.
As you will go through life and learn one of the most apparent lessons: nothing in life is free. That free ride you got from your parents? Best 17 or 18 years of your life and being treated like an entitled piece of shit that the world owes. Life also has that great lesson too: as entitled as you may think you are, the world doesn’t owe you a damn thing. Fortunately, you can still make the best of your life. I, for one, used to scour the campus for groups and meetings going on, and eat some free food if I could, as well as keep good company and conversation when I could. Yes, I too once had the same thoughts as most college students: in my own bubble and the world was all mine for the taking.
Don’t get me wrong: the world is still all mine for the taking. Except now that I have been out of college for 10 years, I’ve learned to develop the actual skills that put me in demand and keep me employed. I have actually never been unemployed *knock knock*, save for one time during a 2-week stint which I worked as a contract security officer and we were in between contracts. But I do feel I have developed enough skills that companies do request my services. This is not to say that every job interview I had went successfully, but to be honest: if I didn’t get the job, I probably didn’t really want it or need it. Then again, even when it came to college, I applied to eight of them and was accepted to all, so I did have my pick.
Anyway, I was a student always looking for ways to save money. Open source software was new over a decade ago. Yes I’ve been out of college for a long time. And I miss it along with the people who were my friends at the time. So any way I could get a leg up, get a free meal, or not pay for something, I was always appreciative, but an opportunites. If you are a student who likes free, well I have free for you. This is a list of free software that you can find by typing in any search engine and it will help you. While I will not list everything here, nor the actual products themselves, this software will provide note taking, Word processing, appointment reminding, group study and organization, design and animation software, video editing, health, time management, password managers, and much more.
You may not have use for all of these tools as a student, though most of the products on here are definitely for students. Have a gander! Ha, yes, I said gander. Isn’t that what the college students say nowadays?