Does college-freelance life balance exist? Yes, and it’s worth the hustle

first_imgThere are a lot of things that a college student has to deal with; a heavy study workload, papers and projects, managing their health, finances and relationships — and that’s not even counting extracurricular activities. When you add working as a freelancer, achieving work-life balance gets tricky. Here’s what you should consider. What does balance look like?If you manage to learn to balance work, studies, and life in college, then you will definitely be able to manage any job plus family responsibilities that come after. It means you will have learned: 1) Finance managementImagine working hard and pulling all-nighters just to complete a job and still going to college classes the next day. Every freelance working student who goes through that at least once (ouch) will take their hard-earned money seriously. 2) Work experienceWhether you work online or offline, there are a lot of dynamics that you can only understand with experience. For example, how to deal with customer dissatisfaction and complaints. Theoretical knowledge can only take a student so far and this is why many companies prefer to recruit candidates with work experience.3) Networking smartsA freelance working student who can find a work-life balance will also be able to build a professional support group more easily. When you work, you make contacts that and clientele contacts that can benefit you in life after college.4) Time management skillsThere are 24 hours in a day but very few people know how to maximize them. A freelance working student will be able to combine schoolwork and assignments, and keep both lecturers and clients happy.5) Soft skillsA student managing college and work is bound to gather and learn communication skills, marketing skills, management skills and decision-making skills. All of these will come in handy in a professional setting later  — and can entry-level employees years to gain.But does a college-work-life balance exist?This is the question many freelance working students ask, because they find that either their academic, work, or social lives suffer. But the answer is yes! Despite the different challenges, you can find a flexible freelance side hustle.last_img read more

The Creepiest Video Game Cults

first_img This week sees the release of an indie title we’ve been excited about for some time, The Church In The Darkness, which lets you infiltrate a Jonestown-esque cult compound and try to save your brainwashed nephew while not getting found out and forced to drink some special Kool-Aid. Cults have been a popular choice for video game antagonists for decades, from role-playing to all-out action, but not all cults are created equal. In this feature we spotlight ten made-up religions that really push the evil.The Healing ChurchFrom Software’s Bloodborne takes place in a terrifying, decaying Victorian city called Yharnam that is infested with corrupted humans and eldritch beasts that will kill you faster than you can scream. Why is that? Thank the Healing Church, who discovered the hidden Pthumerian blood in tombs beneath the city and experimented with it, resulting in the entire population becoming addicted. They claimed the blood had healing properties, luring the sick and infirm to Yharnam. Things got so terrible there that the whole city was quarantined in a dream realm to keep the Old Ones awakened by the blood from destroying the world.Get Bloodborne at AmazonUnitologyMany religions start as an attempt to find meaning in the unknown, and Dead Space‘s Unitology is no different. In the world of the gory limb-severing video game, the crash at the Chicxulub crater brought the first sign of the Markers to Earth, and although most of the scientists at the site were driven to madness, one man, Michael Altman, was able to resist. He was murdered for his troubles and dubbed the “Reluctant Prophet” by the group that would soon be called Unitologists. The cult believes that all life is prologue for the “convergence” that happens after death, when human corpses transform into ravaging Necromorphs, and their end goal is to convince all of humanity to commit suicide and be reborn.Get Dead Space at AmazonChildren Of AtomCults thrive after tragedy, so it’s not surprising that the post-apocalyptic world of Fallout 3 has some religious wingnuts. The Children of Atom, who you first meet in the ramshackle hamlet of Megaton, have built a whole belief system around the nuclear destruction that ravaged the Earth. In their doctrine, every time a nuke is detonated it creates an entire new universe, and the lingering fallout isn’t cancer – it’s “The Glow.” Members seek out heavily irradiated areas to build shrines to their deity, and stockpile and protect unexploded bombs to usher in even more glorious creation.Get Fallout 3 at AmazonThe OrderThere are few things in the gaming world that make us sadder than Konami keeping the Silent Hill series in limbo. It’s one of the survival horror genre’s keystones and the mythos behind the isolation and fear is top notch. Case in point: the Order, the malevolent cult behind so much of the series’ bad times. Founded in the early days of the American colonies, in the 1800s a quartet of pioneers entered a contract with a dark god from the Otherworld to overturn human civilization and create a new world “free of sin.” Over the years, the Order has splintered into numerous sects, each of with is creepy and abusive in its own way.Get Silent Hill at AmazonLos IlluminadosResident Evil 4 was a major turning point from the series, as Capcom moved away both from the slow-paced mounting terror of previous games as well as the long-running adversary in the Umbrella Corporation. When Leon Kennedy gets dropped into the mountains of Spain, he mets the Illuminados, the descendents of an ancient pagan group that believed forcible implantation with the Plagas parasites was the one true path to enlightenment. Led by Osmund Saddler, the group planned to kidnap the President’s daughter and infect her as a vector to seize control of the United States government and, eventually, the world. Having literal mind control parasites definitely gives them a leg up in the brainwashing game.Get Resident Evil 4 at AmazonCult Of KefkaAfter the malevolent jester ushers in the World of Ruin in Final Fantasy VI, the few survivors realize that Kefka has enough power to mess them up whenever they want so they decide to form a quasi-religious organization to worship him and hopefully keep his ego satisfied. The Cult operate out of a tower in the Serpent Trench that their leader has enchanted to forbid the usage of physical attacks within (unless you’re smart and bring Umaro), and at the top is the priceless Soul of Thamasa that lets a magic-user cast spells twice in a round. The Cult are so single-mindedly devoted to their evil master that they ignore all communication from outsiders, but rumor has it they can be raised from their trance if somebody closely related calls out to them.Get Final Fantasy Anthology at AmazonThe Mythic DawnA popular use for cults in gaming is to provide underlings for the player to smash through on their way to the Big Boss, and Oblivion‘s Mythic Dawn are a classic example. Formed to worship the demonic Mehrunes Dragon, their end goal is to bring down the sorcerous barriers that insulate Tamriel from Oblivion and let the Daedra run rampant over the land. What the point of enslaving the whole planet isn’t made clear, but this is one of the few cults on this list that you have the option of joining, but if you don’t eventually betray them you can’t, you know, finish the game. If that’s important to you.Get Oblivion at AmazonThe Order Of The Harvest Moon1996 cult classic Harvester is one of the goriest and most disturbing point-and-click adventures ever made. In it, you play an amnesiac man who wakes up in a small town and is told that all of his questions will be answered if he joins the Order of the Harvest Moon. The path to do so takes him through a series of increasingly illegal and amoral initiations. Once you’re in, you learn that the Order is actually an evil murder cult with a very terrifying mission: to transform you, the player of the game, into a serial killer by desensitizing you to brutality, pain and violence. The complicity you play in the cult’s actions is the big reason why they land in such a sweet spot on this list.Get Harvester at AmazonThe OroThe Condemned games start out pretty down to earth, with the player controlling Ethan Thomas, a FBI crime scene investigator on the hunt for a mysterious serial killer. As you progress, though, it becomes apparent that this is more than a lone nut — in fact, Metro City is under siege by a group called the Oro, an ancient cult of mutated humans who are born with an alteration of their vocal chords. Aided by metal implants, they can use their voices to plant suggestions in people’s minds and even cause physical harm. Ethan tracks the group to their lair and manages to destroy it, but in a final cutscene it’s heavily hinted that the tendrils of the Oro reach all the way up to the President of the United States.Get Condemned at AmazonTemple GateThe Outlast series is one of the shining lights in horror games right now, as they perfectly capture the feeling of helplessness and dread necessary to inspire true terror. The second game in the series puts you in the shoes of a cameraman investigating the murder of a young woman in Arizona, only to discover that the whole town of Temple Gate has been taken over by a violent, apocalyptic cult led by a man named “Papa” Sullivan Knoth. Knoth believes that your wife is pregnant with the Antichrist and pursues you in a nerve-wracking adventure that features tons of atrocity. The madness is eventually traced to a chemical leak that has driven the populace mad, but by that point it’s already too late.Get Outlast Trinity at AmazonWatch: Nintendo Reveals Portable Switch Device Called Switch LiteMore on Geek.com:PlayStation 4 Becomes Fastest Console to Sell 100 MillionHands-On: ‘Oninaki’ Is an Emotional Action RPG ExperienceReview: ‘Fantasy Strike’ Is A Fighting Game That Understands What Matters Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech Suits Stay on targetlast_img read more