Making Informed Decisions


Dear TRENDS Diary,

I graduated from high school in 2020—a COVID graduate. My parents were pushing me to go to college. I definitely wasn’t interested. Instead, I wanted to pursue gaming. I gamed all during high school. I found it fun, engaging and relaxing. And I was good at it. Everyone said it was a dead-end pursuit. No one makes a living from gaming.

I thought about gaming like football: Most people never make a cent from playing football, but a few people make a living and an even smaller percentage of people make a lot of money from the sport. No one was interested in my comparison. Everyone wanted me to go to college.

I really wanted to see what I could do with gaming. From what I saw online, some were great; some were boring; some were weird. Just like everything else.

Eventually, a gamer let me play out his evening. Then others did too. I started getting a following. I have to admit there was some luck involved. But I also was a good gamer and a good talker. I even started making money. Not a lot, but as much as I was making at my entry-level job.

The City of Boulder is exploring a 15-year extension of the 0.30% Capital Resilience and Safety Tax currently known as the Community, Culture and Safety Tax (CCS).

Dear TRENDS Diary,

I'm a member of CU's class of 2020—the COVID class. It has been almost a year since I left school wondering where I was headed and quite uncertain about where I would land. I recently talked with two friends, class of 2021, who shared familiar feelings of uncertainty and confusion. I'm in a very different place now, but I cannot talk them out of their concerns.

I can tell them I figured out a place to land. It has to do with using the time of isolation and uncertainty as a springboard and asking the question: What matters to me? Asking it over and over.

My answers to that question led me someplace I didn't expect. This place involves creativity, self-care, community, food, and my passion for social justice. What do you do when you can't leave home? I cooked, and I shared photos of my cooking process on Instagram. That was fun and gratifying. I was surprised by the number of positive comments I received back from old friends.

Join us May 13 to discuss Evicted with EFAA's Julie Van Domelen.