Keeping Children Safe Should Be A Priority

Make Schools Safe Again

We can only "Make America Great" if we have future generations to do so.


Kendrick Castillo. 18.

Riley Howell. 21

What do these two young men that live 1,649 miles apart have in common?

They were both killed by an active shooter seven days apart from each other at their own school.

Both Howell and Castillo heroically charged the shooter and attempted to stop the heinous acts each shooter had mapped out in their sick and twisted minds.

These young men are heroes, but they shouldn't have to be.

School shootings are plaguing our nation, and there is little to nothing being done about it by our national government. Yes, there's a federal ban on bump stocks, but obviously, the issue isn't solved.

The solution isn't clear. Banning guns completely will only result in the illegal transaction of guns and more violence. However, sitting idly by as students are practically sitting ducks in their desks and classrooms will only allow for the violence we already see to spread and grow. Something needs to be done, and the politicians in Washington need to sit down and do something about it. Regardless of your party— children are dying. This should not be a debatable issue.

These kids have their whole lives ahead of them. They could be teachers, doctors, lawyers, electricians, but they are being robbed of their future every day that this issue goes without discussion in Congress.

I'm not here to preach what I think the solution should be. I'm here to preach that there have been too many young, innocent lives lost due to gun violence in school settings. When are we going to step up and do something and prove to the younger generations that we DO care about their safety and wellbeing?

Those two young men lost their lives in a heroic way and deserved to be honored for their bravery, but their actions should be catalysts in making some sort of reform or new legislation to help prevent such horrific events from happening again. This is not a political discussion that needs to be argued over in regards to "what conservatives want" and "what liberals want." This is about what our children want. The future of this country. All they want is to be safe. We owe them at least that.

You can stand up and fight for what's right. You can also sit idly by and do nothing. But when you get that gut-wrenching text from your child while they are at school, just to let you know they love you one last time because they aren't sure if they'll make it out of such a preventable situation alive, you will have to deal with the sadness and grief that so many families across our country have already dealt with. Protect our future

generations. Make a difference. We need change.

Rest In Peace Kendrick, Riley, and every other victim of such a horrific tragedy. We will make change for you, in your honor.

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The Truth About Young Marriage

Different doesn't mean wrong.

When I was a kid, I had an exact picture in my mind of what my life was going to look like. I was definitely not the kind of girl who would get married young, before the age of 25, at least.

And let me tell you, I was just as judgmental as that sentence sounds.

I could not wrap my head around people making life-long commitments before they even had an established life. It’s not my fault that I thought this way, because the majority opinion about young marriage in today’s society is not a supportive one. Over the years, it has become the norm to put off marriage until you have an education and an established career. Basically, this means you put off marriage until you learn how to be an adult, instead of using marriage as a foundation to launch into adulthood.

When young couples get married, people will assume that you are having a baby, and they will say that you’re throwing your life away — it’s inevitable.

It’s safe to say that my perspective changed once I signed my marriage certificate at the age of 18. Although marriage is not always easy and getting married at such a young age definitely sets you up for some extra challenges, there is something to be said about entering into marriage and adulthood at the same time.

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Getting married young does not mean giving up your dreams. It means having someone dream your dreams with you. When you get lost along the way, and your dreams and goals seem out of reach, it’s having someone there to point you in the right direction and show you the way back. Despite what people are going to tell you, it definitely doesn’t mean that you are going to miss out on all the experiences life has to offer. It simply means that you get to share all of these great adventures with the person you love most in the world.

And trust me, there is nothing better than that. It doesn’t mean that you are already grown up, it means that you have someone to grow with.

You have someone to stick with you through anything from college classes and changing bodies to negative bank account balances.

You have someone to sit on your used furniture with and talk about what you want to do and who you want to be someday.

Then, when someday comes, you get to look back on all of that and realize what a blessing it is to watch someone grow. Even after just one year of marriage, I look back and I am incredibly proud of my husband. I’m proud of the person he has become, and I’m proud of what we have accomplished together. I can’t wait to see what the rest of our lives have in store for us.

“You can drive at 16, go to war at 18, drink at 21, and retire at 65. So who can say what age you have to be to find your one true love?" — One Tree Hill
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Summer And Jobs

Working summers doesn't have to be tedious.


Like many other college students, I was ready for summer but was kinda bummed that I had to work. Its not that I didn't like where I was working, I actually was really lucky to be working in a hospital environment but I just hated being alone all summer from 9-5. I've had this job for a few years now and a few other paid interns came and went but I never really connected with any of them. This year is different though.

I got really lucky to have another intern work with me that was very similar to me. The tasks we got were always simple but they were made to be more fun because I got to do them while talking with someone else. Now I actually enjoy and look forward to going to work.

The key to finding a good job is finding one that you enjoy doing and one that will help you gain knowledge that will help you out with future career plans. Working with friends also make tasks enjoyable! I would be careful with working with your friend however because if your job needs you to be serious and focused, being around your best friends may distract you from that.

Another thing that definitely makes summer jobs more enjoyable are taking breaks! It is your summer vacation after all! I'm not saying don't take a day off just to sit around, but if you make plans with family and friends, take a Friday off and enjoy the warm weather and good company! Employers understand that us college students and on break and have lives, they are usually very lenient with days off!

If you have to do a summer job to make money to live off of or pay for college, the best thing to do is look at the big picture. If you don't enjoy your job but can't afford to quit, remember that the money if going to help you out a lot. Also, this job is probably only for the summer right? So it's not permanent my friend! Get through these annoying few weeks and you will be back at college, taking steps for a bigger and brighter future.

Summer jobs are tough, I know, but make the most of it! And don't forget to enjoy it whenever you can!!!


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