College Student

College Student

Overcoming the obstacles almost every student faces
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Why do we do the things we do, say the things we say? Lay waste to our fellow man because of feelings of dismay. Barbarians from the beginning of time and to this day. We inherit a lack of awareness so in disarray we will stay.

Love thy neighbor the commandments say, but yet we all still hate then, to the heavens we pray. Sinful nature on heavenly earth, iconic. Man playing his own creator, ironic. The free will we are given is a blessing and a curse. We know not of its worth.

Our hearts are filled with despise, our eyes filled with lies, our tongue curse the same rules in which should be used to survive. God is not dead and the devil is surely alive. The temptation of human flesh won't be our only demise.

We cry for help, but only on the inside, some of our stomach can't digest our pride. Our morals are southbound while greed arise, but what becomes of the materialistic things when we die? We lay waste to the place we lay our heads. Sleep with our shame, guilt, and indiscretions in our beds.

Why do we do the things we do in our lives? What is the purpose that we so deeply need to contrive? What is the meaning of our frivolous lives, if not to help one another, innovate, and survive?

Each of our cultures are like delicate flowers that can wither and die, but by our strength and generations to come we can keep them alive. The precedents of unity can truly be revived. If we all come together we could change all lives.

So, what is the purpose of your actions? Do you live for today or tomorrow? Is the time that you have earned or borrowed? Like a leaf in the wind are you taken by another or are you the engine made to lead others.

Whatever your option may be, never doubt your calling. Rush into it with precaution and stop the stalling. Do what you do. Be who you are. Hypocrisy will not get you very far.

Like the banks of the river will you wither in the storm, anti-social college student will you not come out of your dorm? Education is a trust, but the books you should not rely.

Your eyes are deceiving, but learning through experience is a must. Your mind is misleading so guide your own thoughts. An adventurer on foreign ground, your instincts will you trust? The structure from which you are built is it concrete or dust?

To test the tales of time will you leap forward with a thrust or take baby steps for superstitious you are. How can you reach for the stars if your mind doesn't reach as far?

Time will test your true grit or are you one to only survive by pure wit? You find yourself in a never-ending abyss, are you falling or gliding in it? Stop. Now think for a bit.

Cover Image Credit: Philip Kulo

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I'm The Girl Who'd Rather Raise A Family Than A Feminist Protest Sign

You raise your protest picket signs and I’ll raise my white picket fence.
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Social Media feeds are constantly filled with quotes on women's rights, protests with mobs of women, and an array of cleverly worded picket signs.

Good for them, standing up for their beliefs and opinions. Will I be joining my tight-knit family of the same gender?

Nope, no thank you.

Don't get me wrong, I am not going to be oblivious to my history and the advancements that women have fought to achieve. I am aware that the strides made by many women before me have provided us with voting rights, a voice, equality, and equal pay in the workforce.

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For that, I am deeply thankful. But at this day in age, I know more female managers in the workforce than male. I know more women in business than men. I know more female students in STEM programs than male students. So what’s with all the hype? We are girl bosses, we can run the world, we don’t need to fight the system anymore.

Please stop.

Because it is insulting to the rest of us girls who are okay with being homemakers, wives, or stay-at-home moms. It's dividing our sisterhood, and it needs to stop.

All these protests and strong statements make us feel like now we HAVE to obtain a power position in our career. It's our rightful duty to our sisters. And if we do not, we are a disappointment to the gender and it makes us look weak.

Weak to the point where I feel ashamed to say to a friend “I want to be a stay at home mom someday.” Then have them look at me like I must have been brain-washed by a man because that can be the only explanation. I'm tired of feeling belittled for being a traditionalist.

Why?

Because why should I feel bad for wanting to create a comfortable home for my future family, cooking for my husband, being a soccer mom, keeping my house tidy? Because honestly, I cannot wait.

I will have no problem taking my future husband’s last name, and following his lead.

The Bible appoints men to be the head of a family, and for wives to submit to their husbands. (This can be interpreted in so many ways, so don't get your panties in a bunch at the word “submit”). God specifically made women to be gentle and caring, and we should not be afraid to embrace that. God created men to be leaders with the strength to carry the weight of a family.

However, in no way does this mean that the roles cannot be flipped. If you want to take on the responsibility, by all means, you go girl. But for me personally? I'm sensitive, I cry during horror movies, I'm afraid of basements and dark rooms. I, in no way, am strong enough to take on the tasks that men have been appointed to. And I'm okay with that.

So please, let me look forward to baking cookies for bake sales and driving a mom car.

And I'll support you in your endeavors and climb to the top of the corporate ladder. It doesn't matter what side you are on as long as we support each other, because we all need some girl power.

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Educate Yourself And Spread Facts, Not Bias

Do you know the truth? Or are you allowing rumors to cloud your judgement of the political arena?

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In our society, the government has grown to be a capitalistic effort. Payout, backroom deals, we are unaware of many actions those that represent us take behind closed doors. The transparency we think we see is unrealistic and just not the way that politics actually work. In the entire world, governance has become essential to the survival and future of society. No two governments are the same, and they are essentially ever changing as many people of power change constantly.

This being said influence from these individuals rule the political sphere. Whether it be a local councilperson, senator, governor, or even the president.IN the U.S. our daily lives and wellbeing rest in the hands of the few. Some of these politicians are honest and work genuinely for the people. However, agenda frequently takes over the arena and leaves the decisions of our livelihood to the gains of politicians.

Our generation has the lowest voter turnout, leaving the decisions that we do have to older generations. Some of those hold ideologies that are not relevant nor acceptable to the climate we live in today. This is not a call to action but more of a thought. As someone who was incredibly uninvolved in politics, I wanted to look at why I lacked the care that other people my age held so passionately. I believe it starts with my distaste of conflict, which many people my age also agree with. Politics can lead to confrontation and negative conversation.

Therefore, who would want to make friendships and interactions awkward with an avoidable subject. I found myself straying from these conversations and becoming uncomfortable when friends assert opinions that I do not agree with. However, in taking classes where this environment hinges the change in industries I study. I was forced to form some type of opinion in the matter.

From here I decided to change the lens on how I looked at politics. Instead of shying away, I really listened to what my professors felt about it and their assertions. I then did my own research, looking into the history of matters that my peers and professors talked about. Educating myself on what the facts were, versus believing in rumors that I heard through the grapevine.

I started engaging friends in a positive manner, as opposing opinions are valuable in a holistic situational viewpoint. I became comfortable in the discomfort of politics and worked to learn what may be in store for our world. My point for this is to educate yourself on genuine fact. Do not assert opinions based on information that your friend or even a professor gives you, keep your knowledge on the subject relevant.

You never know when legislation may come out that seriously effects your way of life. Most importantly, knowledge is power and power is what those that leave us in ignorance have over us.

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