Gaius Marius

Gaius Marius (157 BC – January 13, 86 BC) was a Roman general and statesman. He held the office of consul an unprecedented seven times during his career. He was also noted for his important reforms of Roman armies, authorizing recruitment of landless citizens, eliminating the manipular military formations, and reorganizing the structure of the legions into separate cohorts. Marius defeated the invading Germanic tribes (the Teutones, Ambrones, and the Cimbri), for which he was called “the third founder of Rome.” His life and career were significant in Rome’s transformation from Republic to Empire.

When you travel to Rome, you’ll see the letters SPQR almost everywhere. If you look down, you’ll see them on manhole covers; if you look up, you’ll spot them on buildings. The letters appear on pamphlets and papers, menus, taxis, on public buildings and other sites to remind us of Rome’s once-great strength as an empire and its place today as the Eternal City.

What do these letters mean? SPQR is short for a Latin phrase – Senatus Populusque Romanus, meaning the “Senate and the People of Rome”. Through these letters we are reminded as to whom Rome truly belongs: THE PEOPLE.

The words were symbolic of Rome’s identity as a state belonging to the people and the Senate, whose members were selected by the Roman citizens. So important was the marking SPQR, that the very letters inspired foreign nations and protected Roman citizens from harm based on their affiliation with the great city.

Sometimes I get down on myself for how little I’ve accomplished. But then I remember Lucius Cornelius Sulla didn’t start his path to the dictatorship of Rome until he was 31.

The poet seeks what is nowhere in all the world, And yet – somewhere he finds it.”

- Plautus

PROS AND CONS ABOUT DROPPING OUT FROM COLLEGE

DROPOUT

Pros:

1. Education- It’s something that can’t ever be taken away from you. Despite all the loans and money you must sacrifice, the degree is totally worth it.

2. Money- On average a person with a college degree will make more in their lifetime than one without one. (I’m talking average people, not movie stars or celebrities

3. Competitive Edge- Having a degree gives you that extra pow’ when in the running for a job.. there are sooo many companies that will pay more salary to the person with the degree

4. Real World Delay- Being in college allows you to not have to face the real world for at least 4 years (if you haven’t already). No rent/ mortgage,phone, electric, car insurance, cable, internet, or life insurance bills. At least your biggest worry will only be for food and gas. Most insurance companies will only keep a person the age of 21 or older under their parents policies only if their in school! Unless your parents will still pay all these for you.. you may want to stay in school.

5. Opportunities- There are so many opportunities that I have recieved while being in college, that I would not have found out about otherwise..especially god internships.

 

Cons:

1. Wasted Time- In college the average person spends two year of their 4 year track learning everything they basically learned in highschool. This is what I hated about taking Gen Eds. Unless you really know what study track you’re on.. this can be the hardest part of college.

2. Not for Everyone- I don’t even have to tell you how many people have been successful and have not gone to college! But.. it’s all about you being business minded! What do you have saved up? What kind of job will you do, and does it offer promotional opportunities? Will your ccareer choice allow you to retire at the age you want to.. or will you be working all your life!

3.Cash- It all comes down to the money!! You’ll be missing out on making real money while in college.. but again how much $$$$ will you be making compared to what you can make coming out of college with a degree. It’s about comparing your long and short term goals!

4.Finding a Job- Although companies do pay more to those with a degree, finding a job after college is extremely hard. I have known people who have waited 6 months after graduating to get a call back. That’s why internships are important.. they set you up with a job, to gain experience… while you look for another position..or give you a job right out of college.

5. Grades! – We all have to face the facts that we’re not all geniouses!!!! We won’t all make straight A’s and unfortunately a grade will not show what you can really do for a company (of any nature). Good grades only prove that you’re a good test taker, and that is sometimes the downfall of college. I wish it weren’t based on your grades, but by what you showed you can do!!

Walk Within You…

Walk Within You…

Written by Nicholas Evans

If I be the first of us to die

Let grief not blacken long your sky

Be brief yet modest in your grieving

There is a change but not a leaving

For just as death is a part of life

The dead live on forever in the living

And all the gathered riches of our journey spent

The moments shared

The mysteries explored

The steady layering of intimacy stored

The things that made us laugh, or weep or sing

The joy of sunlit snow,

Or the new unfurling of the spring

The endless language of look and touch the knowing,

Each giving and each taking

These are not flowers that fade

Nor trees that fall and crumble

Nor are they stone

For even stone cannot the wind and rain withstand

And mighty mountain peaks in time reduce to sand.

What we were

We are

What we had

We have

A conjoined past imperishably present.

So when you walk the woods where we once walked together

And scan in vain the dappled bank beside you for my shadow

Or pause where we always did upon the hill to gaze across the land

And spotting something reach by habit for my hand And finding none

Feel sorrow start to steal upon you

Be still.

Close your eyes.

Breathe.

I am not gone.

But merely walk within you

What Is Going On In Nigeria? #BringBackOurGirls

Originally posted on Thought Catalog:

I don’t even know where to begin. Nigerians are a lot of things, and amongst those things I believe that people who know our history, our politics, our government, our culture, etc. would describe us as a resilient people. Through colonization and after it, dictatorship government upon dictatorship government, corruption, ethnic divisions, religious divisions, the plight of the poor, the marginalized and the have-nots, that there somehow manages to be a Nigeria is some sort of miracle. That Nigerians are not a people with a broken spirit, but rather a formidable one, is nothing short of a miracle.

Now I often do not write about Nigerian current events or the political climate for several reasons. The most important one being that as someone whose father had to take his family into exile because of his political resistance through his writing, I feel that it would…

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socialism for a thought

Every Tuesday I have POLITICAL IDEAS, its by far one of my favorite courses this semester along with AFRICAN POLITICS & POLITICAL ECONOMY.

Today we treated SOCIALISM. So often we tend to think about KARL MARX whenever we talk about SOCIALISM/COMMUNISM. But what most of us don’t know is that various philosophers talked about socialism long before Marx, he got his philosophical premise from them. It has its origins from the pre-revolutionary period in France.

LIBERTY . EQUALITY . FRATERNITY.

Basically socialism exposes the inhumanity and exploitative values of capitalism. So often we tend to view Socialism as negative and evil, but thats just cause its the view given by the West.

Enlightenment Philosophe’s like ROUSSEAU, FRANCOIS BABEUF AND CLAUDE HENRY SAINT-SIMON made a lot of contributions to Socialism. I learned all this in my MODERN HISTORY OF EUROPE class in my first year, so I guess I have that advantage over my mates, but apart from that, I have always loved researching.  I FEED ON INFORMATION as I have often said. 

Alhamdulillah for being able to understand and grasp things. Father’s back tomorrow Insha Allah :D I’m really excited.

My friend Aisha Modibbo passed away, I went to her house today to pay my respects, her whole family is being so strong Masha Allah! I knew her sister Fatima, through Sadiya. So thats how I knew Aisha. I hadn’t seen Aisha & Fatima in probably 3 years. When I moved to Malaysia we lost contact for a while until I was coming back, I remember chatting with Fatima when I was in the airport. When I got home I lost my contacts and that was that. It is true, when they say death brings people closer. Ya Allah, please forgive Aisha Modibbo and grant her JANNAH ❤ Ya Allah, please preserve Ya Hafiz and grant him nothing but PARADISE ❤

IN AS MUCH AS SCHOOL FRUSTRATES ME, I AM A NERD. I LOVE MY BOOKS, SO LET ME DO THEM JUSTICE.

Chao

Musli x

some time in january.

I wrote this in January, but I never got round to posting it till now. I CANNOT WAIT TO SEE MARYAM IN AUGUST :D excited isn’t even the word.

Hey Marlee :] I’m in the salon getting my hair ready for the reception :p reminds me of the first time I went to the salon was with you, sanda munkaje PYT and bumped into your mom at Maitama Stores which just reminded me of that time we went to Ceddi with Zee & Fati and your dad saw us getting into the taxi :p 

Marlee I am just soooo happy for you mannnnnn❤ At the Mothers Night event, you were just so happy, dancing your ass off 💃😂😭 surrounded by so many loved ones, it was such a beauty man. I just started tearing up mannn :’) I was genuinely happy yooo! Inata Allah Sarkii Mamaaa! Marlee’s actually getting married :’)

I wont make this long, cause I know how busy these past few days have been. I LOVE YOU MARLEE TA❤ I PRAY YOU ALWAYS STAY HAPPY AND YOU NEVER EVERR LIKE NEVER EVER DEPRIVE US OF YOOOO CAMEL/ALLIGATOR SMILE, cause cause potatoes gonna potate, alligators gonna alligate, tomatoes gonna tomate, and then Ukrainians gonna UKRAITEEE! You know what I’m saying *in a ghetto accent*

Allah ya baku zaman lahiya Marlee ta :) I over love yousssssssss❤And so does the whole walfammmmm. Thank you for being an overly awesome-amazing friend to me all these past years. Getting to know you was definitely the best part of Islamiyyah cause God knows I didn’t learn anything there, except that Malam knows how to use bulala -_-

Ehehehe, okaay Ill stop here now, cause I can write a whole book on our friendship❤️

HAPPY MARRIED LIFE HOMMIEEEE, THIS NIGGUH LOVES YOU ❤ Mw is LOVEEEE💜

its a sad life.

I really am fed up with life. I feel like it has nothing to offer me. I’m really frustrated to say the least. I don’t know, some days I’m okay, some days not so much. But I always have that one moment in a day when I feel like giving up, because I feel like all this isn’t worth it.

I barely sleep at night, and when I do, I have unpleasant dreams. I wake up like a zombie. Life just passes me by, you know. I think, I’ll follow the advice of Jack Kerouac 

“So therefore I dedicate myself to myself, to my art, my sleep, my dreams, my labors, my sufferance’s, my loneliness, my unique madness, my endless absorption and hunger – because I cannot dedicate myself to any fellow being.”

This probably doesn’t make sense, but you know what I tell myself; perhaps this is me getting punished for all my wrong doings. I want to be a better person, SOOOO BADLY! But I just cant, everyday I wake up with the intention, but I just can’t do it. I’ve been like this for so long, it’s in my nature. But perhaps it’s the environment, when I’m surrounded by all these people, I just don’t see it happening. I know I always say this, but I really can’t wait to graduate and move away to a far away place, Eastern Europe sounds nice. As much as I love the UK and UAE, I know way too many people there, and it would be running away from home but ending up in a similar place.

But you know what, ALHAMDULILLAH FOR BEING A MUSLIM, Ill say it again, ALHAMDULILLAH FOR BEING A MUSLIM! Allah creates pain and tears for a reason. Pain is to make us realize that what we were doing wasn’t beneficial for us. Tears are a part of His mercy so that we may let out some of that pain that is flowing from our hearts.

Honestly, Islam has helped me overcome the darkest parts inside me.

I’m not perfect. No one is. Insha Allah Ill keep on trying to be a better person, I won’t give up. If not for myself, for my mother, because she has always believed in me, when no one did, not even myself.

I actually wrote this last night, but I couldnt post it cause the wifi wasnt working. The flu is hitting me hard. I have school in 3 hours, Im going to have some breakfast, get ready then head to school.

M x