7 Amazing Things That Happened In 2017

7 Amazing Things That Happened In 2017

7. #MeToo Movement

2017 was quite the eventful year. Natural disasters destroyed major cities, the nation experienced a record-breaking mass shooting, and the American people have had to deal with one of the most controversial Presidents in history. To say the least, this year has been very difficult and outright awful for a lot of people. Although the nation's future may seem dim, there have been some amazing moments that prove the world is moving in a positive direction. Here are 7 amazing things that happened in a not-so-amazing 2017.

1. A very inclusive Oscars

Besides the mix-up for Best Picture that had everyone talking, the 2017 Oscars made history with nominees and winners from all different races and backgrounds. Just to name a few, Viola Davis became the first black person to receive the triple crown in acting, and Mahershala Ali was the first Muslim Oscar winner.

2. Australia legalizes gay marriage.

On December 7, 2017, Australia became one of the 26 countries to legalize gay marriage.

3. Rihanna's makeup line.

On September 8, 2017, Rihanna released Fenty Beauty. Offering 40 shades of foundation, Rihanna's makeup line includes products for women of all different skin tones.

4. Alabama says NO to Roy Moore.

In 2017, Alabama experienced one of the most controversial Senate races the nation has ever seen. Roy Moore, accused of multiple accounts of sexual harassment, lost the election to Democratic candidate, Doug Jones.

5. The royal engagement.

This year, the charming (and super handsome) Prince Harry proposed to American actress, Meghan Markle. As an American, and a biracial woman, Meghan is a new and refreshing addition to the royal family.

6. New rules on the runway.

This year, French modeling agencies required runway models to provide medical certificates in order to be eligible to walk in fashion shows. This regulation was implemented to prevent models from developing eating disorders.

7. #MeToo Movement

#MeToo was one of the most influential movements in 2017. This year, men in entertainment, television, news, and politics were accused of sexual harassment. Brave women from across the country have publicly and anonymously shared their horrific stories in order to get justice. This movement, however, does not just benefit those who told their stories. This movement benefits all women and brings public awareness to an issue that has been hurting women for centuries.

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To The Girl Who Isn't Graduating On Time, It Won't Feel Any Less Amazing When You Do

Graduating is something to be proud of no matter how long it takes you.


To the girl who isn't graduating college "on time,"

I promise, you will get there eventually, and you will walk across that graduation stage with the biggest smile on your face.

You may have a different journey than the people you grew up with, and that is OKAY. You may have some twists and turns along the way, a few too many major changes, a life change, you may have taken most of a semester off to try to figure your life out, and you're doing the best you can.

Your family and your friends don't think less of you or your accomplishments, they are proud of your determination to get your degree.

They are proud of the woman you are becoming. They don't think of you as a failure or as someone any less awesome than you are. You're getting your degree, you're making moves towards your dreams and the life that you have always wanted, so please stop beating yourself up while you see people graduating college on time and getting a job or buying a car.

Your time will come, you just keep doing what you need to do in order to get on that graduation stage.

Your path is set out for you, and you will get there with time but also with patience. The place you're at right now is where you are supposed to be. You are going to thrive and you are going to be the best version of you when you graduate and start looking for a company that you will be proud to work for. Don't look on social media and feel less than, because at least you're still working towards your degree that you are finally passionate about. You will be prepared. You will be ready once the time comes and you cross the stage, move away, and start your journey in whatever field you're going into.

Don't question yourself, and be confident in your abilities.

With love,

A girl who isn't graduating on time

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It's starting to hit me.

I've been in school, year after year, since kindergarten. Maybe even pre-school!

Now, I'm about to graduate with my bachelors in communication and I couldn't be more proud of myself. I'll say it. I often sugarcoat it or suppress it but d*mn it. I'm going to applaud myself. It was hard work. It took a lot of motivation, determination, (caffeine), and willpower to get to where I am today. I worked my ass off.

That being said, I can't help but think... What is life without due dates? What is life like without scrambling to turn in an assignment that's due at 11:59 PM? What is life like with actual sleep? Sleep? I don't know her.

Like I keep telling my boyfriend and my parents, I don't have it all figured out. At least not right now. But I will, and I'm in no rush to land my dream job right now. If anything, I want to take a year to myself. I want to travel. I want to sleep in if I d*mn well please! I want to read as many books as I want. I want to write till my fingers fall off (OK, maybe not that).

You get the jist.

I'm free. I can do and be whatever I want. And you know what? That's terrifying.

I'm lost. I've followed this structure for so long. Now what?

I don't have all the answers yet. But for now, at least right at this very moment, I'm so thankful to have been able to receive such an amazing education. And to be able to say I'm graduating with my bachelors in communication at 21 is an accomplishment in itself.

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