I Want To Change The World We Live In But I Am Clueless Where To Begin

I Want To Change The World We Live In But I Am Clueless Where To Begin

Possibly by being a teacher because teachers can change the world.

Today, we live in a world filled with school shootings, scandals, and hatred. We live in a world, where it feels like there’s breaking news about something atrocious every minute. We live in a world where not many people feel safe.

I don’t want to live in that world. I don’t want to live in a world where I have to fear for my life about a school shooting possibly happening because it is so common. I don’t want to live in a world where at least once a week, I hear about another atrocious attack.

I want to live in a world filled with peace. I want to live in a world where we all love each other, and everyone could be friends. However, I know that is unrealistic with reality, and I know that hatred is bound to happen, which will most likely to lead to violence.

My question is why? Why do we live in this world? Why is our world and society so messed up that when I bring my future kids into the world, one of the first things I have to teach them is about how people are ruthless and mean.

I cannot let my future kids about naïve about the world. I cannot let them enjoy and live a childhood where happiness and butterflies are all that exists. Basically, I cannot let them ignore the harsh realities of the world because they are bound to find out if they ever were to step foot in public. My kids might not understand it, but to be honest, neither do I.

I don’t understand why the world has to be so harsh. I don’t understand why bullying has to exist. I don’t understand why people want to be and why they think they have to be mean.

Because they don’t.

Don’t get me wrong, I get why things happen. I understand why wars between two countries exist, and I accept the fact that there are bad people on this planet. Just because I understand it doesn’t mean that I want to preach about it, and share it, simply because that’s the last thing on my mind.

I shared those links above for everyone to see how much this has happened. Look at the Wikipedia page (the first link,) and see how there has been an increase in the occurrence of school shootings alone. Look at what Trump and his staff are allegedly doing, whether or not you agree with it is one thing but look at what is out there about our president.

I don’t want my kids to live in a world like this. I don’t want my kids to live in this brutal world because I don’t like living in it myself some days. I love my life, but I don’t like how there is so much tension from everyone in this world. It’s disgusting.

For these reasons (and so many more, but I am not writing a novel here), I want to change the world. I want to create a better place for the future generations to live in. I want to make someone’s day, so they can be nice and hopefully spread that joy.

I want to live in a world where acceptance is naturally given, and not something that we fight for. I want to live in a world where bullying doesn’t exist. I want to live in a world where our President isn’t in the news about a possible scandal.

The best part, I can help the change the world and help fix or minimalize 2/3 of those things. Unfortunately, I have no control over the current President, nor do I want any. Besides that, I know I can do all of these things.

How? That is the million-dollar question. To be honest, I don’t have the best answer for a direct plan. I have some ideas that I know I will be able to implement in the future, but as of something that I can start tomorrow, I don’t quite know yet.

However, in the future, I know that as a teacher I will be able to embrace acceptance in my classroom. No matter who you are, no matter what you look like, you are welcomed into my classroom, as long as you are respectful of others. This is a community effort, and once you’re in my classroom, you’re a part of the community.

Tying with that community factor, this also prohibits bullying from my classroom. This applies with any classroom that I have been in, but I will be strongly enforcing and implementing this in my future classroom.

As a teacher, I want to change the world. I want to change the world in a place where kids feel safe and they feel like they’re in an environment where they are ready and comfortable to learn. My hope is that one day, I get a student turned onto science and they choose their major and career because of my class.

It’s a longshot, but teachers have the power to do that.

As for today, what can I do to change the world today? Well, I am in 2 clubs around campus that are centered in service and giving back. That creates this direct change, and this summer I will be working as a camp counselor at an amazing day camp.

How can camp counselors change the world? Well, they can be role models for kids and be that face of hope if a kid is going through a rough time in their lives. They can mold the minds of future generations, and that in itself is changing the world, but will also lead to changing the world further.

Also, even beyond that, I am writing for The Odyssey. It’s a huge outlet for voices to be heard, and voices getting heard is the first step to starting change.

With all of this being said, changing the world is a community effort. I can’t do it all by myself, and I want everyone who reads this article to join me in this in the mission. All you have to do be nice to people and to give someone new a compliment. It’s that simple.

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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.
“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.

Cover Image Credit: Megan Beavers Photography

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Change sucks.

I've gone most of my life convincing others (and myself) that "I love change!"

Or saying "I like to think I'm adaptable, so spontaneity is something I love."

To give you the cold, hard and honest truth: All of that is a bunch of shit. Aside from when I still wore diapers, I have never been more full of shit than when I say these things.

There comes a time in life when we grow tired of our own lies and until that point, nothing generally changes. Except, change sucks, right?

I like when the weather changes from freezing cold to invitingly warm.

I like when someone else changes my sheets for me and I don't have to jump and sprawl my 5'3" body to secure the fitted sheet onto the farthest corner of the bed (which generally ends unsuccessfully).

I really like it when the stoplight changes from red to green (because I have a need for speed).

I even like when someone asks to change seats with me on a flight because the reality is that there is no such thing as a good seat on a flight. If you're on the window, you can't get up easily (but you can rest your head) and if you're on the aisle, you can sit there and get up as much as you want, as long as you don't mind your elbow being taken out from under your head while you sleep every time the drink cart passes by.

The point is, these trivial changes are fine, expected and some can even be enjoyable.

It's the changes that we do not expect, the ones that go against our status quo and our life flow, that knock us off balance and send us into a spiral of confusion, excess chocolate consumption and challenge.

As I've mentioned in previous articles, I am a big believer that all stress is a result of something being different than what we want or expect.

Big changes are no exception to this stress.

The coolest, most amazing, incredibly awe-inspiring part about life is that change is possible. Everything around us, at all times, is constantly changing. Unfortunately, this means that we too are subject to this change.

So, what kind of change am I talking about?

Am I talking about the change in your pocket you thought you lost and then found? No.

After all, nobody likes to lose anything besides weight these days.

And to that point, our bodies are constantly changing too. Our hair, our face, our skin, everything physical about us. These are the types of changes I'm talking about. Our relationships change, our jobs, our friends, our understandings of life, all of this changes. These are the big guys, the "uh-ohs," the "I didn't want to learn another life lesson this week" kind of changes.

However, despite the fact that I am 21 and those of you reading this are a range of ages (which I am so grateful for), one of the many qualities that unite us is that we have all experienced change.

Individuals of all ages experience loss and grief. Death plays no favorites and spares no ages. Physical changes happen to all age groups too. Life changes that alter our emotions and mental states are constantly happening to everyone, at all times.

The last three years of my life have been laden with changes. More specifically, the last six months have mentally worn me out but there's a quote that I keep going back to that my mom shared with me over the summer, it says: "an arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. When life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means it's going to launch you into something great. So just focus, and keep aiming."

If you want to rearrange it, you've got to change it.

My hope is that we realize that we don't have to love change. In fact, we don't even have to embrace it because some changes are just too tough. What we do need to do is hold on and keep aiming and acknowledge the fact that we all are constantly going through changes.

Whether we talk about those changes or not, they're present because they are a sure fact of this wildly amazing life we live. One of the few things that remain constant in this life is the fact that things will constantly change.

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