12 Times You Were April Ludgate From Parks & Rec In College

12 Times You Were April Ludgate From Parks & Rec In College

"Deep down, everyone is just faking it until they figure it out"

For those "Parks and Rec" fans out there, you know Ms. Ludgate isn’t the most charming or optimistic of characters. She’s actually weird as hell and a little crazy -- in the best way possible. That being said, I think we can all agree that there are times in our lives, especially at college, where we feel a little bit like April.

1. That One Class With That One Professor

We all know this feeling.

2. Your Feelings About Your Roommate

You love them. You hate them. You love to hate them. But you wouldn't want to live with anyone else.

3. Going Out

"Thank you, alcohol"

4. Awkward Situations

College is full of them.

5. Class Ice Breakers

Ice Breaker. Classes are full of them. They will follow you into all of your endeavors and it's almost guaranteed that you will never be able to come up with a fun fact about yourself other than your favorite color.

6. When You Ace A Test You Didn't Study For

If this hasn't happened to you yet, I hope it does soon.

7. That Moment Called Life Where You Have To Be An Adult

College is about becoming independent and making your own decisions. And that just really isn't too fun.

8. PDA or Any Kind of Affection On Campus

If you're like April, then you hate all types of affection -- especially if it's public. The thought of someone hugging you actually makes you cringe.

9. Walking To Class

It always sucks when you have to leave your warm bed to walk to a lecture, especially since it means you have to be outdoors.

10. When You Talk About Your Hobbies

It's okay if you aren't into sports or the arts or interacting with people in general.

11. Pretending To Enjoy Dining Hall Food

We all know dining hall food sucks, but you gotta push through with sarcasm.

12. When You Find Someone Just Like You

You aren't the only April Ludgate in the world (or on campus).

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Black History Month Dos and Don'ts

Here is an open letter to let non-black people know what is and is not acceptable during Black History Month.


Hello readers.

Here is an open letter to let non-black people know what is and is not acceptable during Black History Month.

Do not say the n-word. I don't care if it's in a song or if you say it to mean "friend," just don't do it. Warning: you may feel entitled to say it if a black person nearby says it. STILL DON'T DO IT. Black people have warranted the right to choose whether or not to say it. The creation of the word was used to oppress black people since slavery. Therefore, black people are allowed to feel disrespected when other people say it. And due to its history, you are NOT allowed to say it.

Do support black business. This is incredibly important for both non-black and black readers. These businesses will most likely be more expensive than department stores or other big name businesses. However, if you are willing to pay extra money for adidas or nike brands, you can put money towards the African American community. This is especially important because many companies do not hire black designers which perpetuates a narrow-minded perspective going into the manufacturing of clothing. Black people are often not given a seat at the table of opportunity - so when people try to build their own, support them.

For those living in LA, check out black owned businesses here:

African-American Owned Business Directory Los Angeles — Black Book LA – The Black Millennial's Guide to Los Angeles

African-American Owned Business Directory Los Angeles — Black Book LA – The Black Millennial's Guide to Los Angeles www.blkbkla.com

Our favorite stand-out black-owned businesses in Los Angeles that you should know about. Mention BBLA sent you.

Do be an ally. Call people out for racially biased actions. Whether or not a black person is in the room, there is power in having empathy and compassion for other people. This includes calling someone out for saying something racist or opening a conversation for something that you may or may not be sure whether or not their comment or action could be offensive. By sticking up for the people not in the room, you are practicing integrity and making other people aware of their own bias and ignorance. This is especially important for non-black people who have privilege that many black people do not have. When black people address issues they are often seen as being sensitive and over-emotional whereas non-black people have the privilege to not be seen in that light.

Do acknowledge the contributions black people have made to society. Every other month of the year (and during February) students are taught about history based on a non-black person's perspective. All I was taught in grade school was American history and the contributions of non-black people. However, there are many everyday appliances such as the traffic light, toilet, and digital computer that have progressed society that get no light. For some odd reason, this is the only month where people decide to talk about these inventions. Do your research and become more knowledgeable about these advancements.

Do have more conversations with non-white people. The solution to ignorance and cultural divide is simple: talk to people that look different than you. Rather than staying in own your personal bubble and shying away from difficult conversations, ask people about their opinions or experiences. In doing this, it is okay to ask and say "I am ignorant about this topic and would like to discuss it further". This conversation would be best to have if a safe and vulnerable space is already established between you and that person. Also take into account these conversations can be very triggering, and it is not the other person's responsibility to educate you about their experience. So if they do not want to explain it, they do not have to. Likewise, it is not your place to become offended or sensitive about their experience. You should not question their perspective and persuade them to feel differently. The situation happened and their perspective is valued. So you should enter that space with an heir of curiosity. In this same vein, it is not your responsibility to validate their perspective. Just take it for what it is, similarly to how you would not want anyone to question your perspective in a tough situation.

These tips could go on for days, but there is one key factor about this list. These are things not only to do during February but 365 days a year. The black community is constantly facing issues of not being supported and appreciated by non-black and black communities. So celebrate black and minorities all throughout the year.

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