I am excited to start Lone Conservative’s first column series that answers questions from our supporters and followers. Every Monday, Lone Conservative will post on either Twitter or Instagram so you can submit your questions that you want answered. It can range from issues on campus to general life struggles.
After growing up in a small town, I decided to attend Penn State Altoona and major in political science. I am certainly not an expert on any topic, but great advice doesn’t have to come from some far-away expert. Often, the best advice comes from those struggling through the same thing. I’ll also get a little help from other members at Lone Conservative, who do have some expertise. Enough about me, let’s get to the questions you guys submitted on our Twitter this past Monday.
Nate – Do you try to keep a balance between reading fiction and non-fiction books?
I don’t, but it’s probably a good idea. I am a slow reader, so whenever I start a book, I want to spend my time learning something new. I usually get my fiction from TV shows or movies. That being said, many people need a balance of fiction and non-fiction. They don’t want to be reading a serious topic with every book they pick up, and that’s respectable. The most important thing is that you are reading at all. Read whatever brings you joy.
Okweda – What’s a creative first date idea that most women will love?
Truthfully, any first date that doesn’t involve dinner and a movie would be a nice change-up. In the summer, I would recommend taking a girl out for a picnic at a park. In the fall, go to a pumpkin patch. In the winter, go ice skating or to a trampoline park. Girls are not that hard to please. If you pick something they don’t often do, it will signal that you put genuine thought and effort into the date.
Anonymous – Is college worth it?
I would say, sadly, yes. Many jobs shouldn’t require a four-year degree, but within our system, they do. As such, it’s a necessary evil. I couldn’t do the job I want without a college degree. Also, the college experience has given me so many opportunities I would have never received if I didn’t go to school. Get your education.
Todd – What percent of pre-tax earnings do you suggest saving?
There isn’t really a set answer for this one. This all depends on how much money you make, how much of that money you need for bills, and what type of lifestyle you have. Saving more is always better. I would suggest saving as much as you can without killing yourself to be cheap. There is a rule of thumb that saving 15% of your pre-tax income is a good idea, but again this depends on your situation and what you are saving for whether it be a house, retirement, or a trip.
Clay – Tips for self-care?
While the answer varies greatly from person to person, there are some universal tips that help most people. To start, put away your phone. Technology is great, but it can be exhausting. Second, do a calming activity you love. This can be painting, reading, meditating, or just anything that is relaxing and doesn’t require much emotional energy. Third, have some days where you go all out on certain things. This can be having a day to eat whatever you want, go shopping, or just anything you wouldn’t normally do for yourself. Don’t do this often but taking one day for this out of a month wouldn’t hurt.
What it all really boils down to, though, is a matter of what you enjoy doing. I like to read and talk with my friends to relax. Some people prefer more excitement. Figure out what those things are that help you unwind and feel fulfilled, and then set aside time to do them.
These are all the questions that I can answer this week. Thank you to everyone who submitted questions. If your question wasn’t answered, don’t worry, you still have a chance to get it featured in next week’s column! Or you could resubmit your question on Monday on our Instagram when we post about it. You can check back next Friday to see if it has been answered. Hope this advice was helpful and I’ll see you guys next week.
The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.