An Open Letter To the Outgoing SGA Officers

An Open Letter To the Outgoing SGA Officers

You rock, never change.
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On Tuesday, our new Student Government Association Officers will take their oaths and officially become the next student representatives for our amazing university. It is kind of sad that we will not get the amazing chance for another year with them, but I know that the new ones will do amazingly. Before the old ones departed, however, I thought I would write a little something. Enjoy!

Caroline,

I am so glad that you were our president. Not only did you have a passionate love of Southern Miss, but you have a way with making people feel that they are important. You have had a large impact on my life, and I know that your impact on Southern Miss will forever be felt. While I am sad to see you go, I really do hope to get another chance to work with you in the future. I mean, as pastor's kids, we need to stick together, am I right? Thank you for being one of my biggest cheerleaders as I navigated the new world of being an English major. I know that I can sometimes be a lot to deal with, but you never made it seem like I was. Love you!

Franky,

You must be given some sort of accolade for having dealt with me for the past two years. It has been awesome to watch you go from our Freshman Associates director to our Treasurer. Thank you for seeing all of our ideas. While we may not be getting our Founder's Fest, at least we can say that we had an amazing year as Philanthrophy Commission. I hope that you continue to be involved with SGA in the future!

Christen,

Bless your sweet soul for choosing me for Election Commission. I know that I can sometimes be a lot to handle and deal with, but if you were annoyed, I really could not tell. I hope that you know that all of our Election Commission and what it was would not have been made possible without you (and Shelby). Thank you for putting up with me, my tardiness to meetings, and never making me feel like I was not important. Do not forget to slay very hard in the future. With yours being so bright, however, you just might need a pair of Ray Bans.

Jesse,

As sad as it may be, I did not get to know you all that well. However, from what I heard, you were the Joe Biden of Vice Presidents. I know that it has to be a bit painful for you to have lost the recent election, but have no fear, you will slay at whatever you do. You're not leavig, just defying gravity! (Was that reference not Wickedly awesome or what?)

Autumn,

I did not really get to know you that well, but I know that you are a Cubs fan. It's a big deal to celebrate your graduation, but still, winning the World Series was pretty amazing, right? #GoCubsGo

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To The Teacher Who Was So Much More

Thank you for everything
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I think it's fair to say that most people remember at least one teacher who had a lasting impact on them. I have been incredibly lucky to have several teachers who I will never forget, but one individual takes the cake. So here's to you: thank you for all you have done.

Thank you for teaching me lessons not just in the textbook.

Although you taught a great lecture, class was never just limited to the contents of the course. Debates and somewhat heated conversations would arise between classmates over politics and course material, and you always encouraged open discussion. You embraced the idea of always having an opinion, and always making it be heard, because why waste your voice? You taught me to fight for things I believed in, and to hold my ground in an argument. You taught me to always think of others before doing and speaking. You showed me the power of kindness. Thank you for all the important lessons that may not have been included in the curriculum.

Thank you for believing in me.

Especially in my senior year, you believed in me when other teachers didn't. You showed me just what I could accomplish with a positive and strong attitude. Your unwavering support kept me going, especially when I melted into a puddle of tears weekly in your office. You listened to my stupid complaints, understood my overwhelming stress-induced breakdowns, and told me it was going to be okay. Thank you for always being there for me.

Thank you for inspiring me.

You are the epitome of a role model. Not only are you intelligent and respected, but you have a heart of gold and emit beautiful light where ever you go. You showed me that service to others should not be looked at as a chore, but something to enjoy and find yourself in. And I have found myself in giving back to people, thanks to your spark. Thank you for showing me, and so many students, just how incredible one person can be.

Thank you for changing my life.

Without you, I truly would not be where I am today. As cliche as it sounds, you had such a remarkable impact on me and my outlook on life. Just about a year has passed since my graduation, and I'm grateful to still keep in touch. I hope you understand the impact you have made on me, and on so many other students. You are amazing, and I thank you for all you have done.

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3 Things i learned at pride in NYC

The people, the flags, and the glitter are even more magical in person.

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On Sunday, June 24th, my girlfriend, my best friend and I, all hopped on a train to the World Trade Center in New York City. After a short subway ride, we arrived at 16th Street, where the parade festivities began. Dressed in our decked out rainbow attire, we entered a vibrant crowd of flag wielding, self-loving having, beautiful people. Pride is something the LGBTQIA+ community knows how to celebrate well. Lesbihonest, I think its safe to say that the LGBTQ+ community essentially created loving yourself, along with embracing those around you, whether you know them or not. While at Pride, I learned a few things about myself, about how to love others, and what it means to be apart of a community.

1. Love thy neighbor

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Because pride is such an important event to the LGBTQIA+ community, the number of people that attend each year is increasing by the thousands. There were an expected 48,000 people this year and when you're amerced in such a large crowd keeping your cool is super important. I learned that in most cases, giving love will result in receiving it, especially in 84-degree weather. So when I was making my way through energetic crowds, I used my p's and q's and was met with the same energy from strangers.

2. At pride, the dress code is no dress code

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If you're in the mood to wear your birthday suit, glitter, or witty t-shirt and celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community as a member or as an ally, pride is the place to be! The extravagant outfits and expression of self-pride through clothes and even lack of clothes made me feel extremely comfortable in my own outfit. I think we all have had our share of being uncomfortable in our skin or clothes, but being around thousands of people dressed in whatever made them most comfortable that day was a beautiful experience.

3. Pride is not solely about the LGBTIA+ community

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Heritage of Pride, the nonprofit organization that organizes New York City's LGBT pride events each year, strives to work towards creating a future that consists of equal rights for all under the law. The march is an annual civil rights demonstration that brings awareness to the fight against aids, the Black Lives Matter movement and memorializes those who have lost their lives to illness, violence and neglect. This year over 450 different organizations participated in the march and about 110 floats were shown, each float bringing awareness to different organizations.

As an Afro-Latina, lesbian, I felt very represented and extremely grateful to participate in a civil rights event such as pride. The opportunity to educate myself and even feel more comfortable in my own skin, and enjoy myself with the people I love most, is something I will truly cherish. Hopefully, my experiences and knowledge will expand next year at the 2019 NYC pride!

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