Dear New President

Dear New President

Drop the BS and be true.
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Dear New President,

Come take a walk with me through the park. Let's pretend we're just two people and you’re not better than me. Let's get some coffee with scones on the way there.

I have some questions I want to ask you, if we can speak honestly. Be true for once. What do you feel when you see college graduates struggling to pay off their enormous debt from trying to better themselves? Who are you praying for before you lay yourself at night? When you look at yourself in the mirror are you proud of yourself? Are you proud of America? Put yourself in the shoes of a young child who is orphaned because their undocumented parents’ are deported back to Latin America. How would you feel if that was you?

Dear New President, do you really think that all Mexicans or Latinos in general for that matter are drug dealers and rapists? Are you that uneducated or do you just want to get a rise out of everyone? Do you really think that all African Americans live in poverty and have no jobs and no good schools? What if I was to tell you that I grew up in a middle-class suburban neighborhood with a single mom who worked endless hours as a CO at Rikers? What if I was to tell you that most of my fellow black family members and family friends are employed and have been for years. What if I was to tell you I have acquaintances who are immigrants or just Latino and are making top honors at colleges hoping to change the world one day?

What kind of president in the 21st century would have so much hate for a religious group that they would want to completely remove them from this country? Yes 9/11 was sad. Yes every al-qaeda and ISIS attack is sad. But every Muslim does not think like that–that is no excuse for exile. Your community–Caucasians–have wronged black people many times, but we all don’t persecute an entire community. How can you preach to America that you, a straight man, will dictate women’s rights or LGBT rights? How do you sleep telling America that you can grab women by their genitals without permission because of who you are? How do you walk in the public after saying you would sleep with your daughter? What was going through your head when you mocked a reporter that has a dis-ab-ility? Honestly who raised you because that is no way to live. Can you look me in the eye and say whether you can keep your head held high? Because I doubt so.

Ask yourself this question New President. If Barack Obama was white and accomplished some of the things he did, would you question his citizenship and put him down?

New President. You say that you want to “Make America Great Again.” Define great. Please because I really don’t know when America was great. Also tell me, were you lonely as a child or did you always live in a box? Do you think Chicago is the only city with high crime and issues in the African American community? If one of your children was killed as a result of police brutality would you finally sympathize with the #BlackLivesMatter movement? Do you have a strategy to tackle America’s issues? Because we’re a lot more than just a business entity. Will your 10-year-old son grow up to be a bigot like you? Are you proud that our new “First Lady” has done adult modeling? Do you think that you’re a good influence on you older kids like Eric or Donald Jr? You want to build a wall between here and Mexico that the latter will fund. I don’t think that will go well, all you’re doing is paving the country’s road to hell.

You said, “Life was hard, my dad loaned me a million dollars.”

Let me tell you about life being hard.

Life is hard when you’re a single mother being the breadwinner raising an autistic son.

Life is hard when you can’t walk in public comfortably because people want to charge at you for religious expression.

Life is hard when you’re making minimum wage while raising a child and trying to go back to school.

Life is hard when you’re a black person who is constantly reminded with every untimely death that their life has no value

Life is hard when you’re an undocumented immigrant who is constantly busting their butt trying to support their family by doing the most demoralizing jobs.

Trump you don’t know a damn thing about hard life. Not you, your wife and definitely not your children.

Look at yourself again and tell us, what do you think about people who refer to you as crazy and disgusting for getting this country all riled up? Look at me and tell me why I shouldn’t wish that you would just go straight to hell. Then tell me as a President with no political experience what’s going to happen if you agitate another country to the point they’ll bomb us or how you’ll handle a zombie apocalypse if that ever happens? God knows. Why can you run for president, just like that, but I, a 20 year old, gets turned down for every minimum wage job for lack of experience?

But new president

You'd never take a walk with me

Would you?

Sincerely,

Concerned American (by force)

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.

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To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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A Glimpse Of My Adventure In Germany & Poland

This why everyone should study abroad.

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Two days ago, I arrived back in the States from a two-week study abroad trip to Germany and Poland. This trip was entitled Experiences in International Justice. On this trip, we studied the Holocaust and its consequences through the lens of criminal justice. This trip changed my life in so many ways.

Firs, I really connected with all the other students on my trip, so I know that I can find friendship and understanding in them because we shared this experience.

Secondly, I discovered a newfound respect for life and need to work towards a more just world through learning more about Adolf Hitler's Third Reich and the Holocaust. We visited three infamous concentration camps: Dachau, Sachsenhausen, and Auschwitz-Birkenau. I don't know if I can explain to you the emotions I experienced, but I would like to try since I think it is very important to share my experience with others. It was so surreal to be in a place where millions of innocent lives were taken away. Seeing where the many Jews, Roma, and many other groups slept, worked, suffered, and died really put my life into perspective.

It got me reflecting on what I have to be thankful for, and the problems that I feel are a too big deal to handle. Nothing I could ever go through can be compared to what those poor people went through. Because of this realization, I have become empowered to do what I can to help those who are suffering and who do not have anyone to stand up for them. I know I can't effect change all over the world, but I want to help others in any way I can, in my community and in my future career as a Forensic Psychologist, as well as with my friends and family.

I also have been inspired to be a torch-bearer for the memory of the victims as well as the Holocaust itself, so that something like it never happens again. Knowledge is power, and so being educated about what happened and how it happened can help us take a stand for what's right. Because not everyone has the privilege to travel to the concentration camps as I have so I have an obligation to share my experiences there with the world. I do not want the victims to disappear, from the Holocaust or any tragedy. From a criminal justice perspective, it was also very interesting to read more about the perpetrators, how normal people can be so violent and destroy fellow humans without remorse. I think it is beneficial to study them because it shows that anyone can become overwhelmed with power and let it go to their heads.

My trip to Germany and Poland was an amazing experience that expanded my mind and my world, inspired me to continue down my chosen career path, and gave me great friends. I hope that everyone has a chance to study abroad and always be curious and open-minded because it will do so much good for you.

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