The Importance of Faith

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This morning, while trying to pay attention in class (which, let me tell you, is significantly more difficult at 8:30am on a Saturday), my best friend texted me “I need your help.” Knowing her, she could’ve needed anything from a sweater from my closet or a ride to the emergency room. Today, she needed help analyzing a conversation between her and a boy she likes. Since I’m an expert on this subject, I happily obliged.

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What 2016 Taught Me

If you’ve been on the Internet at all throughout the past month, I’m sure you’ve seen at least twenty different people talking about all of the bad things 2016 has brought. Whether they’re referencing the presidential election, the death of a celebrity, or sharing a meme of Kermit the frog – everyone seems to collectively agree that this past year hasn’t been a great one. Well, this may come as a shock to the rest of the Internet, but I don’t feel the same. Of course, I didn’t have a perfect year, either, but throughout the last 365 days, I’ve changed exponentially. Continue reading

Be All There

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I’m sure that everyone who reads this can remember at least one time in their life that someone has told them to pay attention to a task at hand. This person was probably a teacher or a parent reminding you to get off your phone, and this probably annoyed you, and you probably went right back to your social media within a few minutes. Well, you’re not alone – I’ve absolutely done this a million times. Until now. Continue reading

On Being a Verbal Minority

When my mom woke me up the morning after Election Day and told me the results, I should have been happy. The person I voted for was elected to be the next President of the United States, and my party now controlled both the Senate and the House. But instead of being filled with joy, I was immediately overcome by nerves. I knew that once I returned to my classes, the only thing people were going to be talking about was the election, and how devastated and outraged they were by the result. One of my three majors is Sociology, and the majority of the classes I am taking this term revolve around the concept of race and the constitution. All semester, my professors and classmates alike have been badmouthing Trump and the entire Republican party, and I have kept my mouth shut for fear of them reacting negatively. Continue reading