Flag Day: One Of The Most Underrated American Holidays

Flag Day: One Of The Most Underrated American Holidays

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Flag Day is one of those holidays we don't really put much thought to. June 14 th, for most, goes by like just another ordinary day; but it's more than that. Too often, we take days like these for granted, like seemingly insignificant holidays. But those holidays are there for a reason.

Flag day is a day to celebrate American history, American patriotism.

The American Flag stands for many things: life, liberty, freedom, and the pursuit of happiness; it is a symbol of our country and the America dream.

Every year, people look forward to the 4 th of July, Independence Day, but no one celebrates Flag Day. When July 4 th comes around everyone is quick to make plans and have a fun BBQ or picnic, but why not Flag Day? I bet most of us don't even know what it is.

In June of 1777, Betsy Ross is said to have created the flag and on June 14, 1777, America adopted it. Flag day is also the day the army celebrates its Birthday. All of America's flags should be celebrated on flag day, present flags and past flags. Before the America flag got to where it was today, there were many before -- 27 of them -- each symbolizing important stages in American history. Though some cities are known for hosting wide celebrations for the American flag, most cities never do. During the whole week of June 14 th, Americans are encouraged to fly the flag.

Even worse than not acknowledging Flag Day is that some people go so far as to burn our flag! If people more understood the importance of American history, more people would probably think twice before burning a flag and they would appreciate the day that celebrates it. People undervalue the meaning of the American flag and Flag Day is there to remind us. Just because a holiday is not widely celebrated, doesn't mean it's not important. America is our home and the flag stands for us. In times of war, tragedy, and triumph, the flag has always been there, the flag has always flown.

Not celebrating Flag Day or acknowledging it as a legitimate holiday gives people an excuse to diss our flag and, in turn, diss our country. When soldiers went into battle, some dying and never making it out of battle, the American flag always did. Our flag gives us a feeling of hope and accomplishment—it is proud to be an American!

So many soldiers have died for our flag and for our country, and yet people, Americans, still don't celebrate Flag Day. There are no Flag Day sales at stores, little flag day parades, and no Flag Day fireworks. Just because society doesn't celebrate or make Flag Day widely known, doesn't mean it's any less important. No value can be placed on the American flag, no value can be placed on America and American soldiers who were killed defending it. They believed in our flag and all that it stood for, so why don't you?



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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.

Cover Image Credit: Lauren Margliotti

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The Struggle of Taking Classes During the Summer

It can put a bit of a damper on summer fun

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To everyone reading: I hope you're having a nice, relaxing summer. Even if you're working I hope you can get a few days off to hang out with friends, go to the beach, and have some nice downtime. Not me. I am currently in the process of completing two four-week long summer classes. I'm taking them now to get ahead for next semester and to keep my overall schedule on track. It certainly isn't fun, but the reminder that it is only four weeks is what really keeps me going. If you are in the same boat as me, you'll relate to this list like no one else can; if you're not taking summer classes, don't let this list scare you, but use it to mentally prepare yourself for any you may have in the future.

1. Studying and homework

The homework isn't too bad with some summer classes just because you don't have time for a lot of intense projects. Still, since the class is so short you have to do some kind of homework pretty much every day. Make a schedule and spread it out so you don't get too behind.

2. Actually going to class

I am in two classes. One meets in person every day from 10 am to 11:45 am. The other is online. Let me be the first to say that getting up for class during the normal semesters is hard enough, but knowing my little brother gets to sleep in while I have to wake up early and go class is a real motivation suppressant.

I will say, though, it's kind of nice being on campus when it's basically empty.

3. No going out...

You'll probably be a little down because you might not be able to really go out at all during the time you're in class. For me, I go to lecture every morning, come home and do homework for that class, then do homework for my online class. I have some free time on the weekends, but I try to use those lecture-free days to study or work on papers.

4. But being super busy

Even though you might not be able to go out like a summer off, you'll be keeping yourself busy with all that super fun homework I mentioned.

5. Stress

Yes, summer classes can be a little stressful and it's pretty much all thanks to how fast-paced they are. Just do what I do: make a homework and project schedule as soon as you can and remind yourself how short it is.

Summer classes are not the worst thing in the world, and if you choose to take one at some point it won't be absolutely horrible. The nice thing about them is it's like ripping off a Band-Aid; it may be a little painful and annoying, but it's over so fast you don't suffer. Pick your class and professor wisely and get down to business; taking the class means you're one step closer to graduation!

So, to anyone else taking a summer class: good luck and you got this!

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