It Is Okay To Be Scared

It Is Okay To Be Scared

It's 2017 and "you're the bomb" has a whole new meaning.
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My normal morning routine of reading the Washington Post and New York Times has been flooded with horrendous events lately. I want to say that I am not scared for the future of our nation, but if I said that, I would be lying.

All I want to do at this very moment is give people who are affected by our worldwide violence a big hug. Usually, hugs make everything better, but in this case, I don't know what to do. For the first time in a long while, I feel helpless and lost about the uncertain future of our world.

I am normally the one who sees the world from a glass half full perspective. Right now, it is so hard to live that way when we are bombing innocent people and destroying lives. If that glass was filled with anything at this moment, it would be the tears of mankind. I am crying for the lives lost and affected by violence brought on by hate.

We have a saying at Southern Miss from the amazing Dr. Joe Paul, and it is to leave a place better than you found it. I want to do that for the world. I think that my generation is wondering how when so many terrible events have happened. It is impossible to know where to begin when we do not know how it will end up. However, as history shows, we have the ability to persist. Our world leaders have heavily discouraged the idea of a resistance, but in order to initiate the change we want. we must. In the words of the fabulous Hillary Rodham Clinton, we must "resist, insist, persist, and enlist. It is through the help of our worldwide resistance that things will start to point in the right direction.

I am proud to be an American, but I cannot be a proud American when our president is breaking up families and harming innocent people. If he is doing it to innocent people, what will happen when he steps on enemy lines? Another war is almost certain to happen at this rate, and I am scared of what is coming to us. With failed missile strikes already happening and directed at the United States, it is scary. What I have had to come to the realization of is that it is okay to be scared. Just as it was fine to get upset over the election results, it is okay to be scared. It's what we do with the tears that will define our millennial legacy. While we could easily turn our tears into bullets, let's turn them into hugs.

I know how easy it is to want to stick your middle fingers in the air and take a dose of Screwitol, but we cannot afford to do that. We have to become the architects for future generations and build the structure of our future on the foundation of our ancestors. We may build walls, but there will always be a window to let light in.

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18 Things That Happen When You Get A Good Roommate

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Whenever you hear about roommate stories, they're almost never good, and they usually scare you into never wanting a roommate. "Did you hear her roommate steals her clothes?" "Her roommate doesn't shower!" "Wow, her roommate doesn't talk at all, and doesn't do laundry." From what I hear, there are more bad stories than good. That is why I consider myself lucky, because my roommate is nothing like one of those bad stories. When life hands you a good roommate after talking to about 40 girls through Facebook, a few things happen.

1. You always have someone to talk to.

2. You know each other's schedules, and whenever you both have a break is an exciting time.

3. You'll never have to dance alone.


4. You always have someone to do something with, even if it's just walking down the hall.

5. You both look out for each other, because this is your first time without your parents.

6. You always have a shoulder to lean on when things get tough.

7. Borrowing each other's things is a daily thing.

8. You TRY to help with each other's homework and assignments.

9. They're encouraging when it comes to boys. (Unless they're a f*ckboy.)

10. They're your biggest support system and your personal cheerleader.

11. They never forget to wish you luck on a big exam.

12. They accept how gross you are in the morning and not so pleasant sometimes.

13. You both know each other's favorite and least favorite things.

14. Leaving each other notes saying goodbye before class if you don't see them is normal.

15. Saying goodbye for breaks is upsetting.

16. Not seeing them all day is upsetting.

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18. You found a best friend for life.

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What A Decade-Long Friendship Has Taught Me

A letter to my best friend, and a reflection of the past ten years.

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Thank you for being my best friend these past ten years.

It's somewhat of an overused phrase, but friends really do come and go. It's crazy to realize how many people we lose touch within our lifetimes. Sometimes the loss of a friend is really hard to get over; sometimes you don't even realize the friendship is gone until it hits you years later. Even though many of the friendships I've made over my lifetime have ended, they taught me a great deal — for better or for worse. I'm thankful for everyone in my life, whether I'm still close to them or not because I wouldn't be who I am today without their impact on my life.

But I truly believe there are some people who are meant to be your friends for life.

To think our friendship started when we were just awkward seventh-graders and now we're almost college graduates — and you're still the greatest friend I've ever had. Despite different schools and friend groups, we never lost touch, and we continued to grow together. Our friendship had only strengthened, despite everything. I don't think people are as lucky as you and I to find a friendship like ours.

Ten years of our friendship have taught me a lot about what kind of friend I want to be, and I think everyone should strive to be the kind of friend that you are.

You are the kind of person who gives your whole heart to someone, the kind of person who will stay up the entire night trying to comfort someone. You don't give up on your friends, even when they don't deserve your kindness. You give your strength to people who can't find their own. You forgive and forgive and forgive everyone, even the people who may not deserve it. You deserve the world for all you do.

Ten years of our friendship have taught me a lot, but the most significant realization is that I'm a really lucky person to have you in my life.

Thank you for teaching me what it means to be a friend.

Thank you for supporting me, for laughing with me, for crying with me and for never giving up on me. Thank you for the Target runs, for the random late-night drives, for listening to me complain about the toxic people in my life, for reassuring me about my worries. Thank you for your patience, your encouraging words, and most importantly, for the many laughs we've shared.

Thank you for a decade-long friendship. Thank you for being my forever friend.

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