LOVE: Leave Out Violence Everywhere

LOVE: Leave Out Violence Everywhere

Love doesn't hurt.

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In my school district, I helped raise awareness about domestic abuse by creating the "Leave Out Violence Everywhere," or "LOVE" project through student council. My project highlighted the silent damage within dating violence, promoted self-worth, and ultimately encouraged others to speak out against domestic abuse. We educated our student body about dating abuse by posting informational posters around school. We created a "Beauty Week" when putting on our first Sadie Hawkins dance to encourage young women to step outside their comfort zone so they can be more comfortably courageous.

I created a video where I interviewed a number of students and recorded their reaction after telling them they were beautiful and broadcasted it in school to encourage others to spread love rather than to destroy it.

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My platform inspired other schools to hold their own Sadie Hawkins dance for other outstanding issues within the community. If people know where domestic abuse leads, I want to inspire others to prevent a beginning. My project enabled me to branch out and combat larger issues within other communities. It feels rewarding to learn about different obstacles, teach people, and make a difference. My project truly inspired me to further guide others in my future career path, and I am motivated to bring change and closeness to the community from one place to the next.

There are many amazing opportunities in the community that I can learn from and take to others. I would like to help underserved areas through the areas within the city so I can be around kids more often and help their dreams grow. With strong public service opportunities like working with children to the elderly, I will be able to take back unique lessons and learn more about my interests. My passion for helping others will grow as I help my surrounding communities grow.

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Let's Just Say It, Online Dating Can Be One Of The Worst College Experiences

I don't even know where to begin.

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The smartphone took away the human need for in-person contact without addressing a desire for intimacy, creating a kicking, screaming baby: the dating app. While some experiences can be worthwhile, dating apps such as Tinder and Bumble have caused distress in the college dating community.

Many students find it challenging to stay interested enough to meet the person they've been chatting with in person. Conversations are harder to keep alive, intentions aren't clear enough and it's easier to be judgmental toward someone when you're speaking to them for the first time online.

Speaking from experience, when you finally do find someone worth meeting in person from Tinder or Bumble, the first date can often times be different — and worse — than expected. Most of the time, this is because the image created in your head of your newest match usually doesn't add up to how they are in real life.

According to Psychology Today, the variety of potential partners offered through dating apps can make it even more difficult when it comes to searching for a relationship. With so many virtual profiles to consider, many single people find that online dating isn't as helpful as originally thought.

A quarter of 25- to 40-four-year-olds use online dating apps, but only about five percent of users are able to successfully form a relationship from them. If you have ever been on Tinder, you can already agree to the fact that its focus is more toward instant satisfaction rather than a long-term, healthy relationship.

"Dating today is a nightmare," says Behavioral Psychologist and Author Barry Schwartz told Psychology Today.

For each first meeting, you don't know what to expect — so expect the worst. Many women who are dating tend to send their current location to their close friends, bring along pepper spray and mentally prepare. While not all first dates are awful enough to take action, it's better to be safe than sorry when a date goes south.

There are bad experiences involved with online dating as a college student, but we can't let that keep us from looking for relationships. If you aren't a fan of apps like Tinder, try being more friendly to peers during class, club meetings or parties. You never know if sparks fly unless you try.

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