10 Signs You Are a True Gemini

10 Signs You Are a True Gemini

You're a lover and a fighter.
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Geminis are born May 21st to June 20th, and are symbolized by the Twins. Although Greek mythology says the Twins are two brothers, sons of the Queen of Sparta, astrology depicts the twins as an angel and a devil, or, two sides of a face, thus implying a dual or split personality. The Gemini is an air sign, which is connected to intelligence, and ruled by the planet Mercury, which is connected to effective communication.

1. You’re two-faced.

This isn’t necessarily a bad thing! Geminis are inherently two-faced, meaning we are both, as well as either or, an angel and a devil. We can easily choose to be one or the other, if we want, depending on the situation. While we are an angel to some people, we can be quite the devil to others, and we can change in a second’s time. This is why Geminis are known as two-faced: one is as sweet as could be, and the other could eat your soul and not even feel bad about it. Geminis are ruthless, relentless, and wear our hearts on our sleeves. We Geminis are very in touch with our emotions, and aren't afraid to show it.

2. People don’t want to get on your bad side.

You are the queen of the cold shoulder, or, in my family, the Sicilian silent treatment. You have no problem cutting people off if they have wronged you or someone you love.

3. You are fiercely loyal to those you love.

You have no fear in sticking up for your loved ones, and you will surely defend them before you defend yourself from petty gossip. While you let people gossip about you unbothered, the second someone says the wrong thing about your friend, watch out!

4. You take relationships very seriously.

You fully invest your whole heart and soul. While this is great for healthy friendships and relationships, it can harm you when invested in the wrong person. This means us geminis are easily heartbroken, because we never hesitate to give so much to someone who turns out to be not the person we thought they were. We like to see the best in people, and believe that humans are naturally good. Often this comes back and bites us.

5. You are a communication queen.

For this reason, people often come to you for advice, and to mediate tense conversations with others. Although un-apologetically biased, you are great at seeing both sides of a situation and providing a fair middle ground. You also have a propensity to see someone’s true colors upon first impression.

6. You are a social butterfly.

While not always the most likable person in the room, Geminis are sociable people who enjoy good conversation and company, but just as much appreciate some alone time for deep thinking.

7. You seek solace in other people.

Because the Gemini sign is the Twins, we may feel as though we are missing our other half. This makes life a search for someone or something to make us feel whole. We appreciate loving and being loved more than we do being on our own. Although very independent, Geminis would rather have a companion along the way.

8. You overthink… a lot.

Geminis are known as intellectual and clever people, which is good in most cases (you're probably a good student and a good worker) but we have the tendency to overthink. Our minds sometimes work overtime, leaving us feeling stressed about things we can and cannot control in our lives. And Geminis like to be in control.

9. You're not afraid of a good fight.

Geminis are headstrong, and confrontational, because we stand up for what we believe in and what we think is right. We will never back down from a fight that's worth fighting. Geminis thrive on conflict, it keeps life interesting!

10. You hate just as passionately as you love.

You have a burning fire inside of you, and are intrinsically motivated to use it to the best of your advantage. You are fiesty, with a fiery spirit, with the power and the desire to change the world.

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Why Growing Up In Lynn Massachussetts Made Me Racially Color Blind

One girl's story about how her city made her realize how important diversity truly is.
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When I was in second grade at Hood Elementary School our teacher asked us to look at our classmates next to us and write down something that we all have in common. While everyone seemed to be writing down the same basic ideas, such as parents, clothes, fingers, toes, etc.., I wrote down "We all have hearts." As the teacher read my answer aloud, she was blown away and all my classmates sitting next to me came up and hugged me. Even at such a young age in such a diverse classroom, we all recognized the inside of a person's heart is way more important than how they look on the outside.

The city of Lynn, Massachusetts is known for its rare, beautiful diversity. I had the privilege of growing up there and honestly I would not have wanted to be raised anywhere else. The unique acceptance of such diversity in a big city is the reason I am the woman I am today. When I first meet someone, I see no color. If I am judging someone, I am not judging their race, their clothes, or how they look but I am judging how they talk to me and how they treat others around them.

Growing up in Lynn gives you the advantage of viewing people inside out, race having no value in how you see a person. The melting pot that is my group of friends has truly given me such insight on how different cultures live and celebrate their lives. Yes, I am a white girl who knows how to Bachata, a specific Spanish dance, and I thank diversity for that. Even at only 20 years old, I feel like I have lived a lifetime due to all of the different cultures I have been able to embrace while living in Lynn. I have seen strangers, and even friends my age experience all different walks of life. From the bottom end of the spectrum on Union and Essex street, to the highest end moving toward Ward 1, I have seen it all.

As I moved away from Lynn and into the spectacular city of Boston, I realized something. Making roommates with strangers from towns I had never heard of before made me realize how much I missed Lynn. I have met people here in the city who never even had a black person in their school and when I try to converse with them about race or politics they are so one-sided because they have only ever seen one side. I feel sorry for them because they were never able to experience all the amazing people and cultures I have been able to experience. They have never gone to a party with Spanish, Cambodian and Jamaican music playing all at the same time. They have never tried a pastellito. They have never danced Bachata. They have never seen how truly beautiful diversity really is.

In the wake of everything going on in our country lately between Black Lives Matter and Blue Lives Matter, I ask you to stop, take a second and picture the other side. Take your one-sided mind and open your eyes because the only way we can save ourselves from this is to be unified. Diversity is beautiful, and you are, too.

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10 Reasons It Is Hard AF For Native Americans To Carve A Space In College

Everyone knows that the struggle is real in college. BUT not everyone knows about Native Americans or their struggles. Less so about Native Americans in higher education. Here are some reasons why it is hard for Native college students to feel comfortable in places that were never meant for them.

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I grew up being surrounded by Natives and now I'm in my second year of college with less than five Native American students on the entire campus. Here's a few things that I've noticed in my efforts to reintroducing Native students to primarily white institutions.

1. Minority-Minorities

It is no secret that Indigenous people are the smallest population almost everywhere. In the U.S., Native students in college are spread out across the country while only making up less than 3% of the entire U.S. population. To have enough Native students to form a cohesive and relatively large community is hard to do. AND there's so much cultural diversity within the Indigenous community (560+ federally recognized tribes with different languages and cultural customs).

2. Other POCs don't get ALL of it

Natives are people of color too and we have so much in common with Black, Latinx, and Asian students. We understand one another... but to an extent. While we can share inside jokes about the shocking things that white people do, we can't joke about things that happen in Native communities with them.

We can't turn to other POCs and expect them to joke about accidentally dating our clan cousins or tease one another in our Native languages. Yes, we are connected, but still disconnected. It's an annoying constant reminder that you're still different from people who are also different.

3. Educating vs. Enjoying

Okay, say you establish a club that is Native oriented. Who can be in it? Everyone is welcome, but you have to teach students. No, we're not teaching people how to be Native American (Just NO).

We are trying to make a space where we can be ourselves and feel connected to our lifestyles.

How do you do that? Native Americans have been exploited since European contact, how do you explain who you are without fear of exploitation?

It's hard to celebrate yourself and people similar to you without excess emotional labor to educate people you want to share it with.

4. Getting a club, but not knowing how to grow it

Adding to the idea of a Native American club, there's a form of identity politics that occurs. (Keep in mind the small amount of Native Americans in college.) Now imagine if those natives graduate and there's a long gap between admitting new native students. Who will continue the club?

There's limitations to what Indigenous people choose to share with those that are not part of the tribe/nation. Don't forget, there's a small native student population but we want to include others into our community, yet still careful not to give them power to exploit us. How do you grow a club with so many limitations?

5. Visibility is still Invisibility

This is probably the most interesting point. Natives look phenotypically white, Black, Hispanic/Latinx, Eastern/Western Asian, or however we look externally.

People do not see us as Native American first unless we dress in traditional regalia or until we choose to say or show who we are - people assume what they want.

When you're invisible, you hear other people's voices more than your own. Micro-aggressions which probably don't seem like a big deal. For example, seeing dream catchers, hearing offensive/stupid phrases ("Let's have a powwow!", "Oh you know, I'm part Native..."), or just general cultural appropriation by other minorities (i.e. native designs on EVERYTHING, dreamcatchers, "Indian" themed Greek parties, spirit animals, stealing spirituality, etc.).

The point is, we're a small group and we feel even smaller because we don't feel seen as we are, unless we dress Native.

6. Tokens

Anthropology, religion, philosophy, and other classes study what happened to the natives, but forget to mention that they're still here. But when native issues come up, they look at you automatically. (I have no hard feelings to any of these classes BTW.)

OR when you speak up and say you're native, you're instantly tokenized.

Honestly, I'm not sure how to best address this, but I can tell you how annoying it is.

7. "Rez Kids" are a whole other kind of kid

Okay, I'm going to try to explain this as best I can. Reservations are their own separate worlds and anything outside of it is hard to feel connected to.

Rez kids come from rural areas like "country kids," but know that struggle of people trying to touch your hair.

Rez kids can sing a song by George Jones then change to George Strait, and change it up to Mike Jones all the way to J.Cole and trap rappers. Oh you thought that's all? Give them a playlist with some hair band, rap, RnB, hip hop, metal, Western country, pop country, pop, and maybe some reggae - they'll know 80% of that.

Rez kids ran far and unsupervised like you probably did and have some crazy asf stories to tell.

Rez kids work hard. They're outside in that 100 degree heat, herding livestock, hauling water, building fires, planting, taking care the land, etc.

They can flip tortillas by hand and bake their traditional foods underground or in their outside ovens (@my Latinx and Hispanic people).

I say this because Rez kids can blend in any situation and talk to someone who will assume their identity. It's a strength, yet in some ways it feels like a barrier in getting someone to understand you.

8. NO TRADITIONAL FOODS/MARKETS

There's Asian restaurants, Hispanic/Latino food sections, organic stuff, Caribbean foods, a lot of different variety of foods... BUT there's no Native food stores!

Understandably so, no one else but Natives would buy it. Regardless, when a college kid is homesick sometimes all we want is a home cooked meal from home.

Nope. Can't get that until they're home for break. The dining hall won't serve anything similar so these babies are SOL.

Another reason why it's difficult to make a space that feels like theirs.

9. "Walking in two worlds"

*eye roll* Everyone I know has heard this. Though I'm tired of hearing it, it's still true.

You have one foot in this Western world of competition, education, and constant change. While also having one foot in your traditional world of healing, traditional knowledge, its own issues, and a place where it seems like nothing really changes.

You gotta be the best Native while being the best student you can be. It's hard to maintain both without one slacking more than the other.

We have to navigate two opposite worlds and try to walk simultaneously in a straight line to your goals and dreams. Navigating both becomes hard when you want to be yourself at college, but people do not understand that.

10. Hopeless feeling

I know in the end it's supposed to be worth it because our ancestors overcame worse, but damn… college is on a whole different level of having to prove yourself not just to others, but also to yourself.

Native students want to be more and do more than what we were given, but at times - it's too much.

To my Native kiddos - I feel you. I know what you're going through, trust me.

If I could, I would "buss out" my Rez accent and make jokes with you. I would laugh loud enough to make you smile. I would give you hope that we'll get through this together. I'll reassure you that this pain of loneliness will pass and we'll be home to embrace our true selves once again.

So stay strong. Raise your head. Pray. Hold your medicine close. Smile past the odd looks and be who you are.

Click here if you need more encouraging words. I know it's hard.

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