Stereotypes Are Real No Matter What You Might Think

Stereotypes Are Real No Matter What You Might Think

Only people that have one associated with their name notice them, though.
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I have never been a fan of stereotypes. I dislike them mainly because it places a label on people, solely based off of a person's sex, race, religion, or personality. Instead of taking the time to get to know someone on an individual level, people make generalized assumptions based on what they "think" is relevant.

A couple of years back, I shaved my head into a "boy cut" (or at least that's what I put into Pinterest to find cute hairstyles) and suddenly I was a Lesbian. The rumors themselves never actually bothered me, it was the fact that suddenly people I thought were my friends no longer wanted to talk to me.

Looking back, I'm glad those people stopped talking to me because I realized that I don't want people like that in my life anyways. My point is, why did my hairstyle suddenly dictate my sexual orientation?

Growing up I was dubbed as the "quiet girl" in the classroom. I've always had pretty decent grades and that combined with "quiet girl" somehow meant I'm stuck up?

One time a new kid walked into my classroom and a classmate told them about me, "Oh that's Emma. She acts like she's better than everyone else." I didn't even talk to this girl, so how would she know I was stuck up?

I started cheering my sophomore year in high school. Before that time, I hadn't realized how many stereotypes were associated with the sport. For some reason, cheerleaders are automatically referred to as "dumb blondes".

Nevermind the fact that at most schools you have to have a minimum GPA to play a sport. Cheerleaders do all the same stuff everyone else does in class, but regularly throw people above our heads at the same time (I'm a base if you hadn't figured out!)

For some reason when a girl is independent and can handle her own, she's snobby? I understand people may be embarrassed when I tell them "Oh! No problem! I've got it!" or "It's okay, you don't have to!" but I honestly do "have it" and I enjoy doing stuff on my own.

I like not having to rely on anyone else, that's just how I've been brought up. There are occasions when I will let someone help me or do something for me, but it's a choice that I make. I need to point out at this point that when someone offers to help me, I am never rude.

I'm actually insanely nice about it and end up usually making a joke about the weather afterward (that's probably my awkwardness speaking.)

There are so many other stereotypes that people deal with on a daily basis. The ones I mentioned are just the ones I have dealt with in my life. I asked a group of my friends about what stereotypes they've faced and the responses were shocking.

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To The Girl Who Had A Plan

A letter to the girl whose life is not going according to her plan.
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“I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.” - William Ernest Henley

Since we were little girls we have been asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” We responded with astronauts, teachers, presidents, nurses, etc. Then we start growing up, and our plans change.

In middle school, our plans were molded based on our friends and whatever was cool at the time. Eventually, we went to high school and this question became serious, along with some others: “What are your plans for college?” “What are you going to major in?” “When do you think you’ll get married?” “Are you going to stay friends with your friends?” We are bombarded with these questions we are supposed to have answers to, so we start making plans.

Plans, like going to college with our best friends and getting a degree we’ve been dreaming about. Plans, to get married as soon as we can. We make plans for how to lose weight and get healthy. We make plans for our weddings and children.

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We fill our Pinterest boards with these dreams and hopes that we have, which are really great things to do, but what happens when you don’t get into that college? What happens when your best friend chooses to go somewhere else? Or, what if you don’t get the scholarship you need or the awards you thought you deserved. Maybe, the guy you thought you would marry breaks your heart. You might gain a few pounds instead of losing them. Your parents get divorced. Someone you love gets cancer. You don’t get the grades you need. You don’t make that collegiate sports team. The sorority you’re a legacy to, drops you. You didn’t get the job or internship you applied for. What happens to you when this plan doesn’t go your way?

I’ve been there.

The answer for that is “I have this hope that is an anchor for my soul.” Soon we all realize we are not the captain of our fate. We don’t have everything under control nor will we ever have control of every situation in our lives. But, there is someone who is working all things together for the good of those who love him, who has a plan and a purpose for the lives of his children. His name is Jesus. When life takes a turn you aren’t expecting, those are the times you have to cling to Him the tightest, trusting that His plan is what is best. That is easier said than done, but keep pursuing Him. I have found in my life that His plans were always better than mine, and slowly He’s revealing that to me.

The end of your plan isn’t the end of your life. There is more out there. You may not be the captain of your fate, but you can be the master of your soul. You can choose to be happy despite your circumstances. You can change directions at any point and go a different way. You can take the bad and make something beautiful out of it, if you allow God to work in your heart.

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So, make the best of that school you did get in to. Own it. Make new friends- you may find they are better than the old ones. Apply for more scholarships, or get a job. Move on from the guy that broke your heart; he does not deserve you. God has a guy lined up for you who will love you completely. Spend all the time you can with the loved one with cancer. Pray, pray hard for healing. Study more. Apply for more jobs, or try to spend your summer serving others instead. Join a different club or get involved in other organizations on campus. Find your delight first in God and then pursue other activities that make you happy; He will give you the desires of your heart.

My friend, it is going to be OK.

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Dance Marathon Helped Me Understand What It Is That I Stand For

What do you stand for?

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The weekend of March 1, 2019, I stood for over 20 hours for the kids. Yep, I am not lying.

Dance Marathon at FSU is a 40-hour event split into two shifts of 20 hours. My freshman year, I earned sit times throughout the marathon, which I was incredibly thankful for, but this year was something totally different. I was on the internal team this year, which means, I worked behind the scenes of Dance Marathon since September. Since I was on the internal team, I did not get the opportunity to get the set times that I did the year prior. I was worried about this because I was not sure if I would be able to do it.

Spoiler Alert! I did it.

There were many times during the marathon where I thought that I could not stand much longer, but then some thoughts came into my mind. Who was I standing for? I was standing for the kids who had to get their leg amputated because they had osteosarcoma and could no longer stand on both legs. I was standing for the kids who are bound to their hospital beds right at this very moment because they are not strong enough to walk on their own. I was standing for the children who needed me to help them win their fight.

This is what kept me standing. This motivated me so much that I did not complain once because I knew who I was doing it for, and I was not going to let them down.

There were multiple people who kept complaining. Every word out of their mouth was about how their feet hurt, or how they were so tired. A large part of me wanted to turn to them and tell them, "Do you know how tired Grayson was when he had to have his many rounds of chemotherapy when he was just one-year-old?" I did not say that to them because I realized something. I knew what and who I was standing for, but maybe they didn't. My goal this year is to help all of those people understand WHY they are doing it.

20 hours on your feet may seem like a long time, but to watch $2,210,165.21 go up at the end, nothing compares.

Like the musical group Fun. once sang, "What do I stand? What do I stand for?" To that, I say, "I stand for the kids."


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