21 Random Questions

21 Random Questions

Featuring Autumn Myers

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What hobby would you get into if time and money weren't an issue?

I would call it a passion more than a hobby but to travel the world and volunteering my services to teach, build with, and learn different cultures throughout the world. I feel the only way to succeed and be a great human, is to want to learn & help about the world around you.

Describe the perfect life.

It doesn't exist but the perfect life haha, would be me having a great company and employing other bad ass women. We come together and do great in this world. That's perfect to me, making money ethically right and making sure my whole girl squad eats!

What is the most annoying habit that other people have?

Ohhh this question is mean. I have a couple of habits…but the one I hate is fake listening. They only listen when something benefits them. I hate that. I had one occurrence when I was talking to this woman and she pulled out her phone mid convo, so I started talking to someone beside her and she heard something about an event, then turned interested. That is beyond rude to me!

What state or country do you never want to go back to? Why?

I've traveled a lot but (haha) I would say New York. Everyone comes and goes from this city. It's a jungle out here.

What song can you sing from top to bottom? No mistakes.

Love on Top -- Beyoncé. It's a classic to me.

What do you wish you knew more about?

The universe and what's out there. I mean billions of stars and and galaxies beyond out view. That's dope.

Would you rather be born young, and grow old? Or age backwards? Explain your reasoning.

I'm an old spirit. The wisdom and life lessons that come with being older helps you heal from trauma and mistakes.

What are some small things that make your day better?

Free coffee, packages in the mail, or just when someone says one of my articles made them feel joy.

What TV show doesn't exist anyone, but really wish it was?

College Hill was lit! The Heights was dope! Empire Girls too! Plus The Proud Family. It showed that people of color are more than just stereotypes. We have goals, dreams, and loving families.

What age do you wish you could permanently be?

23, I feel this age is not too old but not too young.

What was the most heartwarming thing you've ever seen?

My dad cry when my mom graduated from nursing school. He's a tough guy but seeing his wife work so hard and to have it be paid off made him tear up. I thought that was beautiful.

What is the best book series you've ever read?

Harry Potter! I am forever a Harry Potter fan.

What is the most annoying question people as you?

Where are you from…I tell them I'm Black and they are so intrigued that they want a full ancestry DNA background check.

Would you rather eat ants for a week or jump off a cliff?

Jump off a cliff. I did that once, so I would take that over ants any day.

What is something new you tried recently and loved?

Not allowing negative comments to phase me. I am finding my peace.

What movie title describes your life?

Ohh, Eat. Pray. Love. I am loving everything, I pray often, and I can tear up some food. Haha

What object would you save if your house was on fire?

My Laptop…that's my baby!

If you could talk to everyone in this world, what would you say?

Learn to accept each other and forgive the ones who once wronged you. Negativity is a toxin that can harm your life, your dreams, and your relationships with those who love you.

If you had 24 hours left to live, how would you spend it?

Eating In & Out and watching the sunset on the beach with the one I love. I'm a simple girl.

What do you spend too much time doing?

Stressing over perfection…seriously...

If you were given the opportunity to rename yourself, what would it be?

I like my name. It's different, not common and it represents me well. I am a woman filled with color and so is the season.

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8 Struggles Of Being 21 And Looking 12

The struggle is real, my friends.
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“You'll appreciate it when you're older." Do you know how many times my mom has told me this? Too many to count. Every time I complain about looking young that is the response I get. I know she's right, I will love looking young when I'm in my 40s. However, looking young is a real struggle in your 20s. Here's what we have to deal with:

1. Everyone thinks your younger sister or brother is the older one.

True story: someone actually thought my younger sister was my mom once. I've really gotten used to this but it still sucks.

2. You ALWAYS get carded.

Every. Single. Time. Since I know I look young, I never even bothered with a fake ID my first couple of years of college because I knew it would never work. If I'm being completely honest, I was nervous when I turned 21 that the bartender would think my real driver's license was a fake.

3. People look at your driver's license for an awkward amount of time.

So no one has actually thought my real driver's license is fake but that doesn't stop them from doing a double take and giving me *that look.* The look that says, “Wow, you don't look that old." And sometimes people will just flat out say that. The best part is this doesn't just happen when you're purchasing alcohol. This has happened to me at the movie theater.

SEE ALSO: 10 Things People Who Look 12 Hate Hearing

4. People will give you *that look* when they see you drinking alcohol.

You just want to turn around and scream “I'M 21, IT'S LEGAL. STOP JUDGING ME."

5. People are shocked to find out you're in college.

If I had a dollar for every time someone had a shocked expression on their face after I told them I'm a junior in college I could pay off all of my student loan debt. It's funny because when random people ask me how school is going, I pretty much assume they think I'm in high school and the shocked look on their face when I start to talk about my college classes confirms I'm right.

6. For some reason wearing your hair in a ponytail makes you look younger.

I don't understand this one but it's true. Especially if I don't have any makeup on I could honestly pass for a child.

7. Meeting an actual 12-year-old who looks older than you.

We all know one. That random 12-year-old who looks extremely mature for her age and you get angry because life isn't fair.

8. Being handed a kids' menu.

This is my personal favorite. It happens more often than it should. The best part of this is it's your turn to give someone a look. The look that says, "You've got to be kidding me".

Looking young is a real struggle and I don't think everyone realizes it. However, with all the struggles that come with looking young, we still take advantage of it. Have you ever gone to a museum or event where if you're under a certain age you get in for a discounted price? Yeah? Well, that's when I bet you wish you were us. And kids' meals are way cheaper than regular meals so there have definitely been a couple times when I've kept that kids' menu.

So, all in all, it's not the worst thing in the world but it's definitely a struggle.

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How Growing Up In A Culturally Diverse Environment Changed Me

We are all human.

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I can proudly say that I am from Montgomery County, Maryland, more specifically from the city of Gaithersburg. According to a 2018 study by WalletHub, three of the top 10 culturally diverse cities in the United States are located in Montgomery County. Those cities include Gaithersburg, Germantown, and Silver Spring.

I have lived in Montgomery County ever since the day I was born. Growing up in such a culturally and economically diverse area has educated me with the value of accepting differences. Since I was exposed to an assortment of cultures at such a young age, I hardly ever noticed differences among my peers and I. The everyday exposure to various cultures taught me to embrace diversity and look beyond appearances such as the color of someone's skin. I was able to open my eyes to other ideas, lifestyles, and backgrounds.

Ever since I was a child, I was not only taught to welcome different cultures and ethnic groups, but I was always surrounded by them. From my elementary to high school years, every classroom was filled with racial, ethnic, and linguistic diversity. Coming from someone apart of the Caucasian race, I was often the minority in school. Not everyone is as fortunate to experience such a multicultural society.

Since being from Montgomery County, I have grown up as a person with an open mind and strong values. Diversity has not only taught me to be more mindful but has also helped me become more of a respectful person. Learning about other cultures and backgrounds is essential to help societies strive, but experiencing it firsthand is something that no one can teach you.

After being in countless culturally diverse situations, I have been provided with many lifelong advantages. I was taught to be inclusive, fair, and understanding. I am able to be comfortable and accepting of all cultures and religions. After growing up in such a culturally diverse environment, I now develop culture shock when I'm not surrounded by diversity.

Our world is filled with numerous different kinds of cultures, ethnic groups, and religions. Being raised in a diverse environment has prepared me for what the real world looks like and taught me exactly what equality means. As I was growing up, I was always taught to be nonjudgemental of others and to embrace all individuals for who they are.

Diversity molds our identities. Every individual is unique, but each of us shares at least one trait — we are all human. Who would rather experience a homogeneous society, when they could constantly be learning about other cultures and building diverse relationships? When growing up, I never realized how impacted and truly thankful I would be to of had the opportunities to experience diversity each day. So here is a long overdue thank you to my parents for choosing to raise me in such an incredibly diverse place all of my life.

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