The worst time of the year for me is from February to the beginning of April, and it’s not because of the weather. Tax time is my kryptonite; it makes me want to crawl up in a little ball and hide. When it comes to filling out, I have no clue what I’m doing. I just imagine the whole time that the Government is going to lock me up if I make a mistake. This year I’m in the clear! I finally found a way to beat the system! NIU is having a FREE tax preparation and filing event. It’s every Wednesday, in the Founders Memorial Library, from Noon to 5:00 p.m. Don’t be a sloppy mess like me, and forget your social security card/earning statement (or else you’ll have to go back home and get it). Did I mention it’s FREE?! The tax specialists who were there answered any and, all of my questions. It took me half the time it takes me to fill out my taxes by myself, and had no more fears of filling it out incorrectly. Take advantage of this opportunity and make these wintery months a joyful experience!