If I won the lottery, what would I do?
Today’s lottery jackpot is 99.9 million, and I honestly don’t know what I’d do with that much money. I could buy a yacht or go on a massive shopping spree, but that’s for chumps. I already have financial goals that I’d like to achieve.
Still, I want to have fun today, so I’ll avoid talking about my finances in great detail. Let’s focus on the ways I would absolutely spend the money. In no particular order, here’s a list of 10 ways I’d spend some of that money.
1. Pay Academic Costs
The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas, is definitely my favorite book. I related to Starr in ways I never related to a character before.
Most of the books I’ve read with black leading ladies are over 20 years old, and from the perspective of 40-year-olds. In this story, the main character is a high schooler.
The Black characters all speak like real Black people too (African-American/Black Vernacular English). The characters physical descriptions are very clear, so you can easily imagine their appearances. Of course, the plot is exceptional as well.
Starr is trapped between two worlds: the world of the privileged, upper class white kids she goes to school with, and the people from her own neighborhood.
Her childhood friend was killed by a police officer and she’s the only one who knows the full-extent of what happened. Not only must she face grief, but also the injustices that lead to and follow this tragic event.
2. Pay Student Loans
The Complete Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi, was one of the first graphic novels I ever read. I never knew anything about the Middle East, except that’s where the tales of Aladdin and The Arabian Nights (One Thousand and One Nights) come from.
I grew up learning about 9/11, but mostly from the perspective of why my country was constantly at war in the Middle East.
The story is a memoir that follows the life of Marjane as she grows up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution in 1978.
In the introduction, Marjane writes “an entire nation should not be judged by the wrongdoings of a few extremists” in reference to Western propaganda that pushes the idea that all people from Iran are terrorists.
We don’t learn anything about Iran or the other Middle Eastern countries in school, which is a shame. At least we have this book to see a new perspective.
3. Sorority Life
I remember reading Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson, in about the seventh grade. At this time, I was reading a lot of books from the perspective of survivors.
From sexual assault to other traumatic events, I wanted to learn about the world from their experiences. Many women, men, and children took the time to be interviewed or record their stories so people all around the world could read and learn.
I believe it’s important for people to try and understand trauma from the perspective of those experiencing it, whether they’re fictional or not.
4. New Wardrobe
I was hooked on this story from the very beginning. In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote, led to the most fun in-class discussions. You could say I’m desensitized to the violence described in this book due to my love of murder mysteries, but that belief isn’t necessarily true.
The story follows the lives of the Clutter family before and after their death, as well as their murderers, Dick and Perry. The more you know about the perpetrators and the victims the more complete the picture.
It’s important to learn how criminals think and how they act to prevent more atrocities from occurring.
I relate to Capote, in that we both value curiosity and see the power of knowledge. The two murderers and thieves, each have their own side to the story, and Capote feels rather sympathetic to one in particular – no spoilers.
By collecting info from as many sides to these murders as possible, Truman Capote forces readers to see new perspectives.
Killers are not monsters with fangs and fur, they are people who do horrible things. There’s nothing to be gained by neglecting this fact.
5. Driving Lessons and My Own Car (Probably Used)
Written by Viet Thanh Nguyen, The Refugees follows the lives of several Vietnamese refugees who moved to American for their own reasons.
As part of my first-year seminar, Immigrants and Aliens, we read various books focusing on different cultures and perspectives.
This book was my favorite because I like stories that go straight to the point. Sometimes I want to know every single detail about the lives of characters, but sometimes I just need to know what they want to share.
Despite being a work of fiction, the characters are realistic, and have their own distinct voices. My favorite story is “Someone Else Besides You”.
6. Passport (& My Own Suitcase)
I found this blog through Kori A. Winters’s sister’s YouTube channel Erin on Demand. I originally planned on starting a blog and becoming a YouTuber this summer.
After watching a video where Kori and she discussed the differences between blogs and YouTube channels, I accepted that I only needed one commitment.
Kori gives great advice on how to write blog posts that attract readers and maintain their attention. Not to mention the fact that her motto “writing my wrongs and editing yours” is super catchy.
What can I say? I have a thing for the color brown. Their brand colors remind me of my own. I mean I never go out of my way to seek this site, it just happens to be the link I click on. It also answers all of my questions.
This site explains how to market your brand on Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, and TikTok (and more)! These are all tips and tricks that I need to know, since I’m learning how to create my own brand.
8. Save for Grad School
I found The Bliss Bean through her YouTube channel. She made a video explaining how she edits her videos and photos.
I find her both her channel and her blog to be aesthetically pleasing. She has a set color scheme that she sticks to with all of her social media.
I aspire to have that level of consistency someday. Though, I’m not a photographer, so it’s not a priority.
9. Catch Up on My Adulting
I wanted to find a blog related to student life. I’ll be heading off to post-grad (most likely) once I graduate next year, and could use some words of wisdom.
While it’s helpful to look at women that have been bloggers for years now, it’s just as important to look at my peers (nearly).
10. Sell, Sell, Sell
This is one of those websites that always popped up when searching for college advice. I never considered casually reading posts every once in a while. I suppose I should get into the habit. Essentially, I trust this website because it’s focused on young women, and I’m a young woman.
This list was a lot harder to make than I expected. I mean the idea that I’d randomly receive enough money to make all my financial worries go away is unbelievable. It was fun to imagine, though.
Make sure to check out my previous post on this month’s 30-Day Writing Challenge!