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OPINION: Federal loan repayments remain on ice, Biden loan forgiveness plan unreliable
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OPINION: Federal loan repayments remain on ice, Biden loan forgiveness plan unreliable

OPINION: Federal loan repayments remain on ice, Biden loan forgiveness plan unreliable Alejandro Carbajal | Bridge illustration By Alejandro CarbajalBridge IllustratorPublished Wednesday, May 18, 2022 Once again, federal student loan repayments and interest are frozen up until Aug. 31, as announced by Biden’s administration. Though it benefits the average individual, providing relief from repayment, the negatives fall upon the government and economy, which must bear the financial burden. Biden loan forgiveness plan unreliable By David Gomez Jr.Editor-in-chiefPublished Wednesday, May 18, 2022 About 43.4 million people hold federal student loans, according to the studentaid.gov website. Let’s let that sink in for just a moment. About 92% of most loans, according to a Ju...
OPINION: Editor unlike lightbulb
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OPINION: Editor unlike lightbulb

OPINION: Editor unlike lightbulb By David Gomez Jr.Editor-in-chiefPublished Wednesday, May 18, 2022 There are days I just stop what I’m doing and do nothing. It never feels by choice and it just happens. Trying to make sense of it, honestly, I think I just burn myself out–like a lightbulb. I remember when it first started happening–the third grade. David Gomez Jr. It was mid-fall in Mrs. Maldonado’s class at C.L. Milton Elementary and I was a little slow doing my math homework. She told me to take it home to complete, but I didn’t. I knew what I had to do as I looked at the few questions looking back at me. The moment lasted, for what seemed like forever. I didn’t do it. I went to school the next day. The teacher told us to separate into a small group. That small g...
OPINION: Take action, be passionate, be involved
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OPINION: Take action, be passionate, be involved

OPINION: Take action, be passionate, be involved By David Gomez Jr.Editor-in-ChiefPublished Wednesday, March 16, 2022 My dog sleeps in her kennel, the breeze setting is set on the tower fan and a powered on 55-inch TV casts a glow in my room late at night. It airs Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations.” I sit in what yoga enthusiasts call “the easy pose” while typing away at my Macbook Pro. David Gomez Jr. That is all you need to know to understand where I may go with this opinion piece. Yes, I should probably be informing the student body, or the handful of people who read my column–I’ve seen the online views and it’s sad–that they should be more involved with the University. Bourdain is eating street tacos and my mouth is watering now. Geez. I have many issues regarding ...
OPINION: Citizens order rapid tests
Editorial, Health, Illustrations, Opinion

OPINION: Citizens order rapid tests

OPINION: Citizens order rapid tests Alejandro Carbajal | Bridge illustration By Alejandro CarbajalBridge IllustratorPublished Friday, Feb. 4, 2022 The United States launched a website where anyone can get rapid COVID-19 tests right to their doorstep, per household. For those who can't get a test at a clinic, this could be a life saver to have just in case. Interested persons can learn more at https://www.covidtests.gov/
OPINION: Is it worth it? I don’t know, but it’s a struggle
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OPINION: Is it worth it? I don’t know, but it’s a struggle

WEB EXCLUSIVE DECEMBER EDITION OPINION: Is it worth it? I don’t know, but it’s a struggle By David Gomez Jr.Editor-in-chiefPublished Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021 As I get closer and closer to taking less credits per semester, I can’t help but think, so far: is earning a degree even worth it? I see my family getting older and impatient, my goddaughter growing up faster than I can blink, my body getting wider from malnutrition and my debt accumulating. Reaching near $30,000 now. Yup. David Gomez Jr.Editor-in-chief I am a part-time student, part-time worker and part-time editor-in-chief of The Bridge. Every day, I contemplate quitting one of the three and it’s taking its toll. Though, let me tell you all the things that make me believe I am on the right track. I’ll start wit...
OPINION: Halloween in moderation
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OPINION: Halloween in moderation

OPINION: Halloween in moderation Alejandro Carbajal | Bridge illustration By Alejandro CarbajalBridge IllustratorPublished Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021 As we continue to move forward, the gray area continues to grow. We are neither regressing nor progressing rapidly but we have obtained a middle ground so we can resume the moments taken away by the novel coronavirus pandemic.
OPINION: Halloween not the only spooky thing
Editorial, Opinion

OPINION: Halloween not the only spooky thing

OPINION: Halloween not the only spooky thing By David Gomez Jr.Editor-in-chiefPublished Monday, Oct. 11, 2021 Every year since returning to school, Halloween remains a stressful time for college students—or at least for me.  Midterms on the horizon, awkward group project meetups, deadlines for assignments that change from Sunday night to Friday evening at a moment’s notice? All this and more make me sweat through my ’90s dad-approved apparel, right down to the New Balance sneakers that I bought at Academy with my leftover financial aid refund. David Gomez Jr.Editor-in-chief If I’m gonna move, then it better be in comfort. As I approach the sweet young age of 30 this December, I better get used to it.  However, that’s beside the point: due to being in and out of...
OPINION: ‘Back to life, back to reality’
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OPINION: ‘Back to life, back to reality’

OPINION: ‘Back to life, back to reality’ By Gabrielle A. PratherAssistant EditorPublished Monday, Sept. 13, 2021 Another semester goes by; after a year and a half in the pandemic, TAMIU returns. Spending my junior year in the pandemic wasn’t something I actually thought would ever happen; nonetheless, I quickly adapted to my circumstances and tried to find some normality to it. The pandemic revealed a perspective on how I viewed myself as an individual. Gabrielle PratherAssistant Editor Despite the pandemic’s effects, I think this is what I needed—a time to self-reflect and re-evaluate my life. From the beginning of Texas A&M International University's response to the pandemic until now, I reached a certain point where I value and better understand myself as an individu...
OPINION: Lateness not always a bad thing
Editorial, Opinion

OPINION: Lateness not always a bad thing

OPINION: Lateness not always a bad thing By David Gomez Jr.Editor-in-chiefPublished Friday, Sept. 20, 2021 I have been late to work so much. So, so much. I have gotten write-ups and final warnings before being fired. This is not a “how to” guide to laziness, but it is a perspective opinion piece of how I have managed to keep myself afloat when my world was falling apart. David Gomez Jr.editor-in-chief Since my first job at the age of 18, at Chick-fil-A, I would go into work minutes late. Not only did that feel like a chip on my shoulder, because I was not trying to be late, but I was just trying so hard to wake up. Even now, at 29, I feel as if my alarm plays tricks on me and doesn’t go off when it is supposed to. It could be that I am losing my hearing. Who knows? Though, ...
OPINION: Return to parking woes
Editorial, Illustrations, Opinion

OPINION: Return to parking woes

OPINION: Return to parking woes Alejandro Carbajal | Bridge illustration By Alejandro CarbajalBridge IllustratorPublished Monday, Sept. 6, 2021 It’s been nearly a year and a half since we’ve all been back to campus and now we’re face-to-face again. Now comes that special time where we’re getting up at the crack of dawn for that sweet parking space or risk making our own.
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