Yes I'm Black, But I Don't Like The Idea Of Black History Month

Yes I'm Black, But I Don't Like The Idea Of Black History Month

Black history is more than just MLK Jr., Rosa Parks, Emmett Till, Barack Obama and other famous names.

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Up until my senior year of high school, which seems like forever ago now, I always cared about Black History Month. I always thought it was interesting and exciting to get to learn about all the people of African decent, who have had a lasting impact on the country and even the world. During my senior year though, I took an African American history class and it completely changed my perspective on things. Don't get me wrong, I am PROUD to be half African American, and I embrace it to the fullest, but that entire class taught me that Black history is American history. But its more than just American history it's WORLD history too!!

So, if black history is just history in general, why do we only really talk about it during the month of February?

It just seems strange to me that the only time we really hear about black people who have, and are currently, doing amazing things for the greater good during the shortest month of the year.

Also, why is there a black history month and there's no Asian history month? Or Latino history month? What makes black people so different from other minority race groups? Or just other people in general?

Let me tell you, and hear me out on this, nothing.

Now nothing might seem harsh, because of the entire slave trade, the civil rights movement, how black people are still discriminated against and everything else in between. BUT so were, and still are today, other minority groups, whether its race, religion or something else. Every single group has its own struggles, some way more intense and way more serious than others, but still, none the less every group has faced some challenges and difficulties along the way.

But anyway, back to the point, why do we only talk about it the incredible things people who are African are doing one month of the entire year when the past history impacts the entire world? And the people who are African and doing incredible things now will have a future impact on the entire world. Why don't we talk about black history ALL the time? Why isn't it incorporated into our history books more? Why don't we talk about all the other minority groups and all the great things that they're doing more often?

The idea to me that the only time that we get to hear about black history during 28 short days is mind-blowing to me. I want to have black history all the time because it has been around since the beginning of time. But I don't just want black history, I want ALL history! We as an entire world, from every country, should be learning about each others history's and how the impacted or is currently impacting us. We should get rid of the generic history and start branching off to expand our knowledge and open up our minds more.

If everyone did this, think about how much we could learn and what we could do with what we've learned. Think about how much you don't know about other groups history? Now think about much people don't know about yours? I personally believe that it was interesting to learn more than just what's in our textbooks and that we all need to dig a little deeper and branch off of what is taught to us.

While yes the concept of Black History Month is great, and the fact that people get to learn about it is great...but history is history is history and it should be talked about A LOT more than it currently is.

So let's get rid of this stigma that we can only celebrate and be proud of black history during February. Let's celebrate, and be proud of it all the time from now on. And while we're at it, let's include all the other minor groups as well. Because let's be real Mexicans are NOT being treated and talked about the way they should be right now and a huge part of that comes from President Donald Trump...

We should be teaching and learning everyone's and all history, all the time, and maybe the world will be a more understanding place

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To The Nursing Major During The Hardest Week Of The Year

I know that no grade can possibly prove what kind of nurse you will be. I know that no assignment will showcase your compassion. I know that no amount of bad days will ever take away the empathy inside of you that makes you an exceptional nurse.

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To the Nursing Major During Finals Week,

I know you're tired, I know you're stressed, and I know you feel like you can't go on. I know that no part of this seems fair, and I know you are by far the biggest critic of yourself. I know that you've thought about giving up. I know that you feel alone. I know that you wonder why in the world you chose one of the hardest college majors, especially on the days it leaves you feeling empty and broken.

But, I also know that you love nursing school. I know your eyes light up when you're with patients, and I know your heart races when you think of graduation. I know that you love the people that you're in school with, like truly, we're-all-in-this-together, family type of love. I know that you look at the older nurses with admiration, just hoping and praying that you will remain that calm and composed one day. I know that every time someone asks what your college major is that you beam with pride as you tell them it's nursing, and I know that your heart skips a beat knowing that you are making a difference.

I know that no grade can possibly prove what kind of nurse you will be. I know that no assignment will showcase your compassion. I know that a failed class doesn't mean you aren't meant to do this. I know that a 'C' on a test that you studied so. dang. hard. for does not mean that you are not intelligent. I know that no amount of bad days will ever take away the empathy inside of you that makes you an exceptional nurse.

I know that nursing school isn't fair. I know you wish it was easier. I know that some days you can't remember why it's worth it. I know you want to go out and have fun. I know that staying up until 1:00 A.M. doing paperwork, only to have to be up and at clinicals before the sun rises is not fair. I know that studying this much only to be failing the class is hard. I know you wish your friends and family understood. I know that this is difficult.

Nursing school isn't glamorous, with the white lab coat and stethoscope. Nursing school is crying, randomly and a lot. Nursing school is exhaustion. Nursing school is drinking so much coffee that you lose track. Nursing school is being so stressed that you can't eat. Nursing school is four cumulative finals jam-packed into one week that is enough to make you go insane.

But, nursing school is worth it. I know that when these assignments are turned in and finals are over, that you will find the motivation to keep going. I know that one good day of making a difference in a patient's life is worth a hundred bad days of nursing school.

Keep hanging in there, nursing majors. It'll all be worth it— this I know, for sure.

So, if you have a nursing major in your life, hug them and tell them that you're proud of them. Nursing school is tough, nursing school is scary, and nursing school is overwhelming; but a simple 'thank-you' from someone we love is all we need to keep going.

Sincerely,

A third-year nursing student who knows

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Body Image Lessons That I Didn't Learn From A Professor

What I realized about body image my freshman year of college

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Girls usually struggle with self image in general. But the game changes when it's time to go to college. When you are constantly surrounded by your peers, you begin to compare all of the little things they do to you. You compare their bodies to yours. You try to figure out what they are doing that you're not. Or vice versa, why they don't have to do anything to look the way they do. But by the end of my first year, I realized that I would never be happy with myself if I kept thinking this way. So I recorded some realizations I had throughout the year that helped me to improve my body image.

My body is, and never will be the same as any other girl... and that's okay

Different sized and shaped strawberries

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It can be so easy in college to compare your body to the girls that surround you. Like the one's live with and you see on a daily basis. There is no point in comparing apples to oranges, so why would you compare your body to a girl who was made completely different? So what you can't fit into her party pants, you can rock another pair just as well.

What works for her, might not work for me

Daily Planner

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With different body types, comes different food and exercise needs. Some girls don't need to work out or eat healthy to keep a slim frame. Some girls are naturally muscular. Your routine needs to be catered to you, and there is no need to analyze what someone else eats or does to try to attain their stature. You have to do what feels right for YOUR body to have a good self image.

Don't spend too much time on istagram

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Obviously social media effects our body image because of how easily and frequently photos are edited and then presented for the most likes. So if there is a certain account that always makes you feel bad when you see their content, unfollow, and take that aspect out of your life. However, because social media is unavoidable you can't completely escape all the provoking images. So when scrolling, think positively about those who's pictures you see, don't compare, and be aware of the previous lessons.

It's okay for your body to fluctuate

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The weight and look of your body can easily fluctuate, It's just natural. And in the same way your life fluctuates, your body may follow along and thats not a big deal! In exam season, there might not be enough time to go to the gym everyday. Or during the holidays there might be an increase of indulgence in treats. But its all okay as long as your getting things done or enjoying life. The only time it becomes an issue if the fluctuations turn unhealthy.

Cut out the negativity

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If a friend is constantly complaining to you about their body, it can trigger distress in you, and set you back. So if someone else's body image issues are interfering with you mentally, you need to call them out on their B.S. or stop allowing them say those things in front of you.

Wear clothes that you feel comfortable in

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If you wear things that you feel comfortable in, then you wont constantly be thinking about how your stomach, legs, or arms look throughout the day. Wear something that you are confident in, even if it means wearing leggings every day of the week!

I'm not a little kid anymore, therefore my body is not going to look like one

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Curves and changes that come after high school can take anyone by surprise, but it's supposed to happen. You can't really be mad at biology...you can only find the beauty in it.

Everyone has their own insecurities

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Even if someone has your ideal body, odds are they still despise theirs. I have met friends in college that are stick skinny, yet are self conscious about it. I know curvy girls that are very insecure. And even an "average" body type has a thousand things that they nit-pick about themselves. No one has their dream body and never will, which is why I had to learn to love the little things about mine.

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