17 Defining Moments Of 2017 That Will Resonate Into 2018

17 Defining Moments Of 2017 That Will Resonate Into 2018

Here are 17 things about 2017 you should look back on in 2018 and remember. And maybe cry.
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2017 has been a crazy year. We all had our ups and downs and twist and turns. Some events were good, some events were bad. However, as this year comes to a close, let's take some time and reflect back on what happened this year.

1. Rise And Fall Of Fidget Spinners

Fidget spinners (which is very similar to a portable top) became popular in April 2017. This “toy” was supposed to help those who have a nervous need (such as ADHD and Autism). This toy comes in many shapes and sizes. However, as of May 2017, there is no scientific evidence that fidget spinners are a treatment for those with ADHD and Autism. It has come from a “stress relieving” toy to distraction in various classrooms, resulting in schools banning them.

However, other schools incorporate them into their learnings. The result from school districts banning fidget spinners is their popularity decreased. Now, fidget spinners are integrated into everything from cakes to games to places dedicated to it.

2. '90s Continue To Make A Return

Did you live through the '90s and wanted to relive it? Well, this was the year for you! Numerous shows and movies were making a return, such as “Beauty and the Beast,” “Hey Arnold,” “Mickey Mouse” and “Duck Tales.” Today’s modern popular R&B/ Hip-Hop music can be traced back to this decade, if not earlier. From toys to hairstyles, the 90s is being brought back and modernized.

3. Living Like A “Royal Family”

Kensington Palace has confirmed that Prince Harry and his fiancé Meghan Markle will get married take in May 2018 at Windsor Castle’s St George’s Chapel. During this Historical wedding, Prince William will follow his Uncle Edward (who got married to Sophie in the same chapel as Prince Harry will).

Speaking of children, Prince William and his wife, Kate, are expecting a new child. This royal couple already is blessed with a son and a daughter.

4. RIP: Club Penguin, AOL, Vine

Remember Living in the 90s when you had AOL and Club Penguin to enjoy after school (that is after you do your homework of course). Well, March 29 marks the date when Club Penguin officially “died.” The reasoning was because Disney (who bought Club Penguin in 2007) is gearing all their games towards online gameplay (c’mon Disney).

In 1997, the popular AIM instant messenger was launched. 20 years later, on December 15, 2017, AIM is gone. The perfect after school chatting site (or aka the first social media) now gone. AIM helped popularize the use of friend requests, internet slang (such as LOL, BRB, OMG, etc.) and emoticons (or now known as emojis). To mourn its loss, we got Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and these other platforms. Because of these other social media platforms rising in popularity, AIM has not been getting many users like it had been, resulting in its demise.

With the rise of Vine, brought a lot of Vine Stars such as Thomas Sanders, and Lisa Koshy. However, on January 17, Vine officially shut down. The stars are not dead though; they are still popular. In fact, they are better than ever! Vine says that they shut down the app so they can move on to a new era of Vine with Vine Camera. #RIPVine

Sources are also saying that vine may come back, due to a tease Dom Hoffman posted on Twitter. All Vine lovers unite!

5. The Death Of Brexit

The UK has voted on June 23, 2016, to leave the European Union, which will take effect on March 29, 2019. There have been numerous reasons why the British voted for the Brexit. Some ideas could include globalization, immigration, low wages, de-industrialization etc. However, we don’t know yet. With every cause comes an effect, and the impact of the Brexit is substantial. Regarding their economy, UK has been growing comically. In the end, this looks like a good deal on United Kingdom’s end.

6. Total Solar Eclipse

This event was as popular as the Super Bowl, if not more. On the historic date of August 21, 2017, the total Solar Eclipse was visible from the United States and some other parts of the world. This happens only when the sun covers the moon. The only way to properly view it is with the solar eclipse glasses (not the fake ones that were going around). In the end, it’s a good time to get together for a couple of hours, then head back to our everyday lives.

7. From Cuisines To Cookies, These Foods Definitely Define 2017

You think 2017 got crazy, wait 'till you hear about the foods that made everyone go crazy. From cuisines to cookies, these foods are over the top. Some of the crazy trending foods may include coffee art, unicorn themed foods, Zucchini Pasta, Cauliflower Pizza Crust, Gold Flakes etc. 2017 was the year of experimenting new types of food.

8. United Airlines: Passenger Removal

On April 9, 2017, United airline asked David Dao to give up his seat, but he refused. So, four officers came on board and brutally forced David off the plane. The reason for the removal was so they can make room for four airline employees on the plane to travel to the destination. David wasn’t the only passenger forced off his seat; three other passengers were forced off the plane as well, involuntarily. This incident put a huge disloyalty in United Airlines and other airlines that had similar situations.

9. Repeal Of Net Neutrality?

Net Neutrality affects pretty much everyone who uses the internet. For those who don’t know, net neutrality is a set of rules that were put in place to give us free and open internet. However, since the newly appointed chairman Ajit Pai (who formally worked for version) he wants to demolish net neutrality. If this vote passes, it will give internet services providers like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon the ability to speed up, slow down and block any content or websites. Basically, the companies control how the internet works. If this vote does go through, it gives internet service providers more power to slow down certain websites they don't want, forcing the user to pay to the provider to make access the site faster. Not only that, it also violates Americans' First Amendment. The FCC Voted on Pai's Proposal on December 14 and as of this article, the FCC voted to get rid of net neutrality with a 3-2 vote. However, this does not mean Net Neutrality is dead. The vote still has to fight it out in court. Don't panic, and don't stop fighting!

10. #metoo Movement

In October 2017, various users on social media used this hashtag to protest against sexual assault and harassment. This happened in result of the sexual allegations against Film Executive Harvey Weinstein. This movement was made popular by Alyssa Milano to show that other people had the same kind of sexual experiences while being anonymous. This term has become viral and used over one million times on social media, from Facebook to Twitter to Instagram to even YouTube!

11. National Kneeling Anthem

Since 2016, various athletes in the professional field has been kneeling for the National Anthem. This created controversy. One side thinks it’s considered respectful because it supports our fallen troops and our police force. The other side thinks its disrespectful way to gain attention to social issues and disrespect to the police and military. Some athletes mentioned they kneel to protest because it calls attention to the inequality that keeps occurring in the U.S. But in the end, this resulted in President Trump calling for all players who were protesting to be “fired” because the protest is “a total disrespect of our heritage.”

12. Deport Them All And Build The wall!

In 2016, President Trump kept campaigning about building a wall to bring “immigration control and security” to the U.S. He wants to prevent terrorism from happening in the U.S. like it did on 9/11. First, he put a travel ban on certain countries to prevent from people coming into and out of the US. However, the supreme court denied it twice, before accepting the third version in early December. This travel ban now puts restrictions on eight nations (six of them predominantly Muslim). This allows the Trump Administration to continue with the building of the wall along the southern US border without having to spend any our money.

13. Further Advances In Technology

2017 was full of advances in technology, with some of them breaking through. This year we have seen a lot of automation, from smart home technology to a rise in machine learning robots. Not only that, but new smartphones (like the iPhone X, and the Galaxy Note 8) have started implementing more AR and VR functionality and “Digital Wallets” into their operating systems, which both are becoming more popular. The VR has risen in popularity, especially in the gaming industry (i.e. PS 4). Finally, Nintendo released a brand new console, called the “Nintendo Switch” that redefines portable and home gaming. Not only that console, but some of the popular games such as "Zelda: Breath of the Wild" and "Super Mario Odyssey" were released for the Switch.

14. Protests That Went From Peaceful To Prominent

2017 consisted of a lot of protests, from the women’s march to the protest against Donald Trump. But there was one protest that clearly defined 2017. On August 11- 12, 2017, the Charlottesville rally (or known as the “Unite the right” rally) was to oppose the removal of the confederate statues from a park. However, events have turned real quick. This rally went from a peaceful protest to a taunting, brawling protest. Not only that, after the rally disappeared, James Fields, who drove a car barring an Ohio license plate, plowed into a crowd near the city’s downtown mall. He killed a 32-year old woman and injured 19 others.

15. Mother Nature Takes A Toll

Mother Nature defiantly took a toll in 2017 physically, emotionally and financially. Most of it probably had to do with how President Trump withdrew from the 2015 Paris Climate agreement on June 1, 2017. His reasoning was that it will affect the U.S. Economy in a negative way and also to put “America First.” The Paris Climate Agreement, which 195 nations signed in December 2015, set a global goal to prevent global warming from happening.

However, this led to other natural disasters that happened in the U.S. This lead to some massive and destructive hurricanes such as Harvey and Maria being the deadliest in 2017.

Not only that, a lot of fires took place in California. From Fresno to LA to San Diego, fires have been happening since April 2017 and still going on. Over 65 wildfires took place this year in California alone, Los Angeles being the most noted as it had quite a few fires over the year. As Smoky The Bear says, “Only you can prevent wildfires.”

16. A Lot Of Tragic Shootings

Throughout history, there has been a huge increase in the number of mass shootings that occur. This year, in 2017, that was the case. We had mass shootings left and right, seamlessly non-stop. This year in the U.S. alone, there have been over 300 mass shootings. On October 1, 2017, over 58 people died and over 515 people got wounded. from a 64-year-old man in Las Vegas while at a music festival. Not only that, but on November 5, 2017, 26 people were killed, and 20 got injured at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. These two incidents were considered the deadliest shootings in history.

17. TRUMP: The Face Of 2017

President Donald J. Trump. Where do I begin? Oh yeah, on January 20, 2017, President Trump officially got inaugurated into office, which brought America to a downward spiral. He is one of the mainstream reasons why America is having a hard time right now. From appointing the wrong people (i.e., Betty Devos and Ajit Pai) who are making decisions alongside Trump results in putting America into panic mode. One remarkable thing that Trump did was that he coined the term “Fake news” into the world (although, it's technically been around since the dawn of news). However, he achieved some good in 2017, such as the tax cuts and his donations to Harvey relief. Love him or hate him, President Trump is our leader. Hopefully going forward in 2018, he can “Make America Great Again!”

Let’s Reflect On What Happened

This year many things came, and they went. Some of them were good, some of them were bad. However, in the end, 2017 wasn't the best! Facebook and Twitter's year in review proved this. If I were to sum up 2017 in one word, I would say chaotic just because of how crazy (good and bad) this year has gone. As we close out this year, let's raise a toast and ring in 2018 hoping to make it better (maybe the best year ever)!

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22 New Things That I Want To Try Now That I'm 22

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"I don't know about you but I'm feelin' 22," I have waited 6 long years to sing that and actually be 22! Now 22 doesn't seem like a big deal to people because you can't do anything that you couldn't do before and you're still super young. But I'm determined to make my 22nd year a year filled with new adventures and new experiences. So here's to 22.

1. Go sky diving.

What's crazier than jumping out of a plane? (Although I'll probably try indoor skydiving first.)

2. Go cliff jumping/diving.

I must be the only Rhode Islander who hasn't gone to Jamestown and jumped off a cliff.

3. Ride in a hor air balloon.

Up, up and away.

4. Try out skiing.

Cash me in the next Olympics, how bout dat.

5. Try out snow boarding.

Shawn White, I'm coming for you.

6. Go bungee jumping.

Because at least this time I'll be attached to something.

7. Go to Portugal.

I mean I'm Portuguese so I have to go at some point, right?

8. Go to Cape Verde.

Once again, I'm Cape Verdean so I have to go.

9. Vist one of the seven wonders of the world.

I mean hey, Egypt's on, my bucket list.

10. Try out surfing.

It's only natural that somebody from the Ocean State knows how to surf.

11. Learn a new langauge.

Because my little bit of Portuguese, Spanish and Latin isn't cutting it anymore.

12. Travel to a state that I've never been to before.

Fun fact: I've only been to 17 of the 50 states.

13. Go paddle boarding.

Pretty boring but I've never done it.

14. Go scuba diving.

I'm from the Ocean State so I guess I should see the ocean up close and personal.

15. Learn how to line dance.

There's actually a barn in my state that does line dancing, so this one will definitely get crossed off.

16. Go kayaking.

All this water around me and I haven't done a lot of the water activites.

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I bet if I got my friends to come with me, it would be like the Suite Life of Zach and Cody episode, minus the ghost coming out of the wall but you never know.

18. Get my palms read.

Because who doesn't want to know their future.

19. Go to a medium.

Like a medium that can communicate with people that have died.

20. Take a helicopter ride.

Air plane: check Helicopter:....

21. Sleep under the stars.

Because sleeping in a tent is more like glamping than camping

22. Just to try new things in my everyday life.

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5 Reasons My Staycation Is WAY Better Than Your Fancy European Vacation

You don't need a big, expensive vacation to enjoy your summer. Staycations can be just as rewarding.

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Going on vacation during the summer is always a great time. You get to experience a new culture, try delicious new foods, learn about a different part of the world. Vacations are an incredible way to get away from all the important tasks you have. You can hop on a plane and just forget about everything for a week or two and enjoy what life has to offer.

But do you know what is better than going vacation? A staycation! Yes, you read that right. And I know you what are thinking, "Um, no it's not. You're just laying around at home doing nothing." To which I say, yes, you are correct, but there is so much more to a staycation than just laying around the house.

Here are 5 reasons why a staycation is just as fun as a vacation:

1. Money

Let's be real, going on vacations are all fun and games until you have to spend your life savings just to make it happen. You have to spend money on food, drinks, Ubers, souvenirs, etc. Staycations are a lot cheaper and your bank account won't cry for months. You can relax the entire time without having to calculate how much you need to spend on dinner or if you can afford that super cute dress at a store that is only in the country you're in.

2. Home-cooked meals

As college students, this is something we take for granted while growing up. As soon as we're in college, it's ramen noodles and fast food 24/7. A staycation at your parents house in the summer means an endless amount of your favorite home-cooked meals from mom. Sure, authentic Italian food sounds SO good, but what's that compared to your mom slaving away in the kitchen to make sure her child is well fed?

3. Be a tourist

Okay, be honest, you've never gone full tourist in your own city. And that's okay! I get it. Why would you want to go around the town you grew up in and do things that tourist usually do? But here's the thing, it's actually kind of fun. I grew up in South Florida, and every time I get the chance to go home, I find myself doing touristy things with my parents that I never thought I would do. You learn more about the town or city you grew up in, and it's a lot cheaper than flying half-way across the world to see a statue or building.

4. No packing

One of the most stressful things about going on vacation is packing. You have to think about what to wear during the day, for dinner, and something to wear when you go out at night. Let's not forget about the "just in case" items that we always end up packing but never need. Staycations are great because you can roll right out of bed and change into a pair of sweatpants for the 3rd day in a row. You don't have to worry about the airports charging you because your bag was over 50 pounds or making sure you have enough room for anything you purchase on your trip.

5. 24/7 laziness

The best part about summer is all about the level of laziness you can achieve. You've worked endlessly during the school year to get good grades, and now all you want to do it relax. Going on a vacation may be relaxing at some points, but there will still be times where you may want to rip your hair out because of all the (other) tourists around you. Staying at home and watching movies all day and night is truly the best way to reach the maximum level of laziness we all want.

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