It is no secret that in 2017, I went without wifi for six months in my apartment. The intention was to save money, but after relying on my phone’s data plan, I ended up with more than I expected, an archive of forgotten Google searches in my Safari app.
One of the rules when relying on a limited phone plan is to only use the internet if you are 1) contemplating if you should call the landlord or fix it yourself, 2) seeking resources to create a personal project, 3) looking for cooking tutorials from strangers, or 4) in dire need of a laugh because you live alone and have already called everyone in your phonebook. Otherwise you run the risk of being charged an overage fee.
With that mentality, here are a few of the questions that were relevant to me within the last year:
This winter has been cold, sometimes with daily highs in the single digits, and at times, my radiator has been equally bad. If you find yourself in this situation, learn from my experience. Check if the water boiler is turned on in the basement and, if it is, call the landlord immediately. Don’t bother Googling this until after the repairman has left.
This is one of the best Google searches I made last year. A few months ago, I posted a photo online for a personal project and realized that my location might have been attached to the backend of the file. Luckily after using an article I found online, I could verify it wasn’t sharing that information. But as a generation that publishes frequently, this is a skill we should have for our own awareness and safety.
Unsurprisingly, enough people have asked this question that Google’s autofill mode kicks in. From what I’ve read, doctors suggest having three cups of low fat dairy a day, which includes your cheese intake. I’m still figuring out the right amount for me, but I can wholly confirm it is more than three cups.
The joy of owning a car! To this day, I still don’t know how my windshield got a five inch scratch on its surface. But the takeaway from this search is that you shouldn’t ignore anything that could harm yourself or property. Even if the scratch is small, do your research and get it fixed sooner than later.
As it turns out, there are some questions that Google can’t answer and this is one of them. I searched this entry in October 2017 and have since realized that if I want a response, I have to write it myself.
Apart of growing up is being aware of what you have control of. If you feel a certain way, you can’t will yourself out of it. You can, however, intentionally complete tasks that reduce the uneasiness. My actions include learning more about world history from different national perspectives and participating in conversations regardless of discomfort.
Call your loved ones and give them a compliment — it will make their day. Maintaining relationships has become a staple in my time after college. I’m still working to make this a consistent part of my week, but even with the busiest schedules, I have found time to drop a note or leave a voicemail. Sitting in traffic has turned out to be the perfect place to catch up with long distance friends.
With an ever growing to-do list, there doesn’t seem to be time to get sick anymore. The basics for avoiding a cold haven’t changed since elementary school: drink water, wash your hands, exercise, go to bed early. It sounds so simple, which makes it even harder to understand why you end up with a fever two weeks later.
From my experience, the best solution is a blend of the tasks listed above and listening to your body’s needs. If it’s Friday night and your friends are going out but you’re tired, plan to meet them another time. It’s not an ideal situation, but it’s apart of the process. And if you have to get sick because of classmates, roommates, or co-workers, try to let it happen as early as possible in the season.