Dumb Questions Do Not Exist

Dumb Questions Do Not Exist

Can we please stop making people feel bad for inquiring ?
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I know. You read the title, and you are already disagreeing. Maybe you are thinking about a question a person asked in one of your classes that the teacher already addressed, or a weird question you had a kid ask you once. We have all had one of those experiences, trust me. The questions, although they may have been tedious or random, still had value. Every question has a reason and a basis. Dumb questions simply do not exist.

First of all, your idea of calling a question “dumb” is not original. Many of us were told by teachers and parents to stop asking “dumb” questions when we were kids, but they never really told us what a dumb question is.

What is a dumb question?

Making an inquiry into something, especially as a child, is a sign of intelligence. A child inquiring about anything whether it be simple or complex is a sign that they are interested in the world around them, and are willing to understand it. By telling them that their question is dumb, you limit any possible mental growth. Kids who are told that their questions are dumb, grow up to be teenagers who still think their questions are useless. These are the kids who sit in classrooms, and have no idea what is going on, but because of their fear of sounding unintelligent choose to sit in silence. These are the kids that are stuck with a copious amount of questions, but have no outlet for said questions. This leads to being academically left behind as well as being socially awkward. If only they had been told that their questions deserved to be heard.

These socially awkward, and possibly academically stifled teens turn into ignorant adults. When a person is not able to receive answers to their questions, they create their own answers. Sometimes, these answers are ridiculous, and are entirely generated by biases. Maybe you know an adult who is ridiculously ignorant to many social, political, and economic aspects of life. You should ask them if they were ever told that their questions were “dumb”. The answer is, probably.

Questions are the basis of human existence. It is the questions of “who are we” and “what are we” that fuels the sciences, english, history and even mathematics. Without proper inquiries, where would we be ? How mundane would our existence be ?

To put it simply, there is no such thing as a dumb question. The question can be rude, tedious, random, complex or simple, but the question still deserves to be asked. The only “dumb” questions there are, are the ones that go unasked.

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10 items I Threw Out After My First Semester Of College

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1. Storage bins

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2. Decorative pillows

A cute concept, but how practical is it that you are going to make your bed everyday and arrange your pillows so it looks like you have your life together? MAYBE once a week, so don't over kill it and get one or two.

3. Most of my wardrobe

Okay, maybe I literally didn't throw it out, but I did bring 75% of it home. Personally I dress very comfy at all times unless Im going to a party or off campus somewhere. Wardrobe spaces in dorms can vary, but overall are small so save yourself the frustration and don't bring that shirt with you that you haven't worn since 9th grade.

4. Cups, plates, and silverware. Basically anything that needs to be washed.

This is just a hassle and takes time and if you're lazy like me you will not want to go wash it right after you're done using whatever it is. If you do want to use cups, plates, and silverware start using paper or plastic ones!

5. A Keurig

I actually don't know why I even bought one. I don't drink hot coffee and get a Starbucks iced coffee everyday before class.

6. Office supplies

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8. Excessive decorations

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9. A planner

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10. Every type of medication, cough syrup, and first aid type thing known to man

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Joining Omega Phi Alpha Was The Best Decision I Could Ever Make

I will never regret founding this sorority when I was a freshman.
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Lately, my sorority sisters have been my rock. From my mental health to breakups, these girls are the best friends a girl could ask for and I am EXTREMELY blessed for finding my home at Virginia Tech with this lovely group of women. Here's a thank you letter to my favorite girls in the entire universe:

Darien, I want to thank you for teaching me how to be a strong female leader. You've taught me to be patient, kind, and best of all how to love myself. Your calm demeanor and your charming personality radiates to everyone around you. Thanks for being so fun to shop for and the sweetest president as well as for always being there for me when I'm down.

Aileen, thanks for always being such a ray of sunshine and listening to all of my boy gossip. You inspire me to look great every day just as much as your makeup and outfits are always on fleek. Thanks for being on the sisterhood committee with all of your fun ideas and for always being there to help me set up.

Amala, thanks for always hyping me up and making sure I make it to class. You'll always be my favorite panda worker <3

Amber, thanks for always showing me how to book an awesome event and being someone I can look up to.

Logan, you are the epitome of class and your T-shirt designs are always fire. Thank you for always getting in proofs even if I give you little time to do them and thank you for always being so patient with me.

Saige, your advice always is the best and I'm glad to have someone as warm as you leading the standards board.

Meredith, thanks for always dealing with me ALWAYS needing to have a DJ and being annoyed with the budget. You handle our sorority's finances so well and I wish you all the hedgehogs and hummus in the world.

Angela, from helping me tow my car to making me realize I deserve better than being treated poorly, I'm so happy to call you one of my best friends!

Erin, thanks for always being the absolute sweetest and listening to all of my problems and being my favorite lunch buddy!

Jasmine, thank you for always going with me to VT football games, being my shoulder to cry on and picking me up even at midnight after a booty call.

Taylor, thank you for being my absolute best friend, loving country music as much as I do and being someone I can always call on. I hope you know how much I appreciate you.

Rachael, thank you for being my mom and being that phone call I make when everything is going wrong. You inspire me and make me realize that things will get better and can get better. You show me hope when I can't find any.

Autumn, thanks for being the best little sister a girl could ask for, I'm blessed that I found someone that loves football as much as I do.

Melinda, thanks for always being my favorite carpool buddy and the sweetest <3

To all of my sisters: you guys are everything to me and I wish I could thank you all individually.

XOXO,

Brookie

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