Let Us Stop Bullying.

Let Us Stop Bullying.

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Do you recall what you wore to school when you were young? The complications, the envy, the fear of being judged by your peers due to you sense of style or lack thereof? Take a moment and picture yourself wearing the same clothes as everyone else. You wouldn’t have had so many clothes to choose from in the morning, which would make your process of getting ready so much more efficient, and you there would have been less squabbling among your peers as a result of this uniform regalia. Therefore, should children in our public schools be mandated to wear standard school uniforms? Uniforms are believed by many to create a sense of unity and to place people in a particular mindset. However, the United States has failed to carry this notion into its public school system, regardless of the positive impacts it may have on the future leaders of the country for fear of infringing on student rights. But if there is the slightest possibility that such a rule could improve the lives of many, shouldn’t the government force children in public schools to wear uniforms? Yes, I think so because school uniforms can decrease bullying, improve the quality of education and reduce fashion-related stress in families.

Bullying in schools has been a major concern throughout the past decades because it poses risks to the health and emotional well-being of both victims and perpetrators. In recent years, many have reported that school uniforms can decrease bullying because they are great levelers, since children from schools with a uniform policy have fewer differences to point out in others How Ugly Uniforms Will Change Education. Even though many will debate this notion by stating that a person’s imperfections will stand out even more if everyone is dressed the same, others will disagree by reaffirming its equalizing factors:

With a strategically chosen uniform, body type disappears. And it's hard to distinguish who is cool and who is not. It's harder to discern the differences in socio-economic background. Nobody wants any item of clothing that the other is wearing; all are equally undesirable, so thieving and general adolescent covetousness are reduced. Every student can find commonality with another; repulsion for what they are forced to wear.

Thus, even though dissimilarities among children will still exist, removing some of the factors that may cause bullying from happening is worth considering. In the article How Ugly Uniforms Will Change Education, a middle school student points out that “nobody likes school uniforms. I wore one for 13 years, and cursed it every single day. […] But this is exactly why I'm such a fan. To me, it seems that almost any problem facing schools today could be solved by uniform. The keyword in that sentence is “almost.” It is accurate to say that there is no exact solution to the bullying problem in schools, but implementing a school uniform policy may just be a step in the right direction.

In conclusion, while it may seem limiting, perhaps even overbearing, the enforcement of a mandated uniform policy would greatly improve our educational system by decreasing bullying, increasing scholastic achievement, and providing a happier social dynamic within the family of each student. I had to wear school uniforms, and I loved every moment of it. I was able to focus more on school, and my grades improved tremendously, since I did not have to worry about what others had on next to me. I never had to argue with my parents in the morning about what I could or could not wear to school, and they even saved a lot of money since they did not have to buy clothes for my siblings and me to be accepted by our peers. I only needed five pairs of pants, and my school provided me with multiple shirts and different styles, and I was able to still show off my creativity and personality through various other venues. Before I went to a school that had a uniform policy, I sometimes came home with a black eye or a missing jacket…I was a victim of bullying.But after going to a school where everyone was dressed like me, I was never bullied again. I think that uniforms can make a significant difference.

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3 Reasons Why Step Dads Are Super Dads

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I often hear a lot of people complaining about their step-parents and wondering why they think that they have any authority over them. Although I know that everyone has different situations, I will be the first to admit that I am beyond blessed to have a step dad. Yep, I said it. My life wouldn't be the same that it is not without him in it. Let me tell you why I think step dads are the greatest things since sliced bread.

1. They will do anything for you, literally.

My stepdad has done any and every thing for me. From when I was little until now. He was and still is my go-to. If I was hungry, he would get me food. If something was broken, he would fix it. If I wanted something, he would normally always find a way to get it. He didn't spoil me (just sometimes), but he would make sure that I was always taken care of.

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2. Life lessons.

Yup, the tough one. My stepdad has taught me things that I would have never figured out on my own. He has stood beside me through every mistake. He has been there to pick me up when I am down. My stepdad is like the book of knowledge: crazy hormonal teenage edition. Boy problems? He would probably make me feel better. He just always seemed to know what to say. I think that the most important lesson that I have learned from my stepdad is: to never give up. My stepdad has been through three cycles of leukemia. He is now in remission, yay!! But, I never heard him complain. I never heard him worry and I never saw him feeling sorry for himself. Through you, I found strength.

3. He loved me as his own.

The big one, the one that may seem impossible to some step parents. My stepdad is not actually my stepdad, but rather my dad. I will never have enough words to explain how grateful I am for this man, which is why I am attempting to write this right now. It takes a special kind of human to love another as if they are their own. There had never been times where I didn't think that my dad wouldn't be there for me. It was like I always knew he would be. He introduces me as his daughter, and he is my dad. I wouldn't have it any other way. You were able to show me what family is.

So, dad... thanks. Thanks for being you. Thanks for being awesome. Thanks for being strong. Thanks for loving me. Thanks for loving my mom. Thanks for giving me a wonderful little sister. Thanks for being someone that I can count on. Thanks for being my dad.

I love you!

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My Simple Skin Care Routine That'll Keep Your Skin Clear All Summer Long

And hopefully glowing too, even if the glow is just sweat...

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Hi. So I am very proud of my skin and the journey that I have gone through to get it looking the way it does. I don't do much to my face, much to many of my friends surprise and in fact, I've noticed the less I do to my face the better it looks. Here are the five products I use on my face to keep my skin clear and glowing.

1. Simple Cleansing Wipes

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Sooooo, I don't actually wash my face. I know!!!!! Ok, ok, calm down. To cleanse my skin and get the dirt from the day off of my face I use the simple cleansing wipes. They work really well and you can actually see the dirt on the wipe which is my favorite part. I would've taken my own picture but I kind of ran out so I'm using baby wipes at the moment, which work just as well for me.

2. Milk Makeup Watermelon Brightening Serum

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The next few things are a little pricey, but totally worth it. I use the Milk Makeup Watermelon Brightening Serum as a moisturizer and I really like it because you just put it directly on your face and you don't have to rub it in or anything. It makes your skin look very glowy as well.

3. Bliss Ex-Glow-Sion Eye Cream

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I am a college student which means I hardly get as much sleep as I would like. I use the Bliss Ex-Glow-SIon eye cream under my eyes to help brighten my dark circles, especially after nights where I barely slept or on the days that I have an 8:30 am class.

4. Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen

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I never used to use sunscreen, especially not daily. But I have hyperpigmentation and have found that sunscreen really helps keep my skin tone even and helps prevent dark spots, so now I'm a big fan.

5. Mario Badescu Facial Spray

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I've tried the Mario Badescu Facial Spray with aloe and with rose, and I think so far the rose is my favorite. I love the way this spray feels and it's so good at revitalizing my skin during the day. It can also be used as a setting spray for the people out there that wear makeup.

Now, I don't always use all five products every day and sometimes I'm just super lazy and don't use any of them. I also only do the whole process only once a day, sometimes I wipe off my face twice depending on the day. But I haven't had a pimple in a very long time, so something must be working, right?

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