Why You Should Cut Your Hair Off

I Pulled A Britney And I Don't Even Regret It

I accepted the fact that like my life, my hair would briefly be unrecognizable.


Pop star Britney Spears is known globally for a variety of reasons, whether it be for her hit songs, having dated Justin Timberlake, or having a little sister that was the star of a past children's show. Although she could be recognized for all of these reasons and more, perhaps her most memorable moment was in 2007 when she shocked the world by shaving off her luscious blonde hair.

Tabloids were all over the situation in order to benefit financially. They made Britney out to be deranged and focused on the peculiarity of the situation instead of what caused it. The public was left knowing that Britney Spears had essentially lost her mind, but many weren't informed about what she was going through at the time. She had just gotten divorced and was in a heated custody battle over her child. Shaving off her hair was really just a cry for help.

A little more than 10 years later, this incident is used as a meme and is often accompanied by a comment that it's easier to understand her meltdown now that us generation X kids have grown and have had struggles of our own. I especially can understand the way that hardships can cause someone to want to change something, anything, about themselves.

Maybe I didn't go as far as shaving my head, but similar to Britney, I decided to change my look when my life took a sudden turn. I was entering my junior year of high school, which everyone warned would be the most challenging. I had just experienced my first major heartbreak, changed my entire circle of friends, and stopped playing the sport which at one point had helped to define me. All of this caused me to no longer feel like myself and I figured that if my personality was suddenly reforming, my physical appearance should accompany that.

It all started with a rash decision to dye my hair blonde. It wasn't something I'd planned on doing or thought much about, I just suddenly found myself at the hair salon at the point of no return. I'd never dyed my hair before, not even temporarily. I knew it would be something drastically new, but that felt necessary.

It took about three times dying it to get the color I wanted. The first two times were too brown; it felt too much like my natural look. I wanted to reinvent myself, and a few highlights weren't going to cut it.

Just weeks later, I decided to take my new look one step further and cut the hair that had grown down to my abdomen all the way up to my shoulders. It hadn't been even close to that length in over five years which terrified me and even caused me to cry when I saw it for the first time. Eventually, I accepted the fact that like my life, my hair would briefly be unrecognizable.

I continue to change my hairstyle and color when my life abruptly transforms. Less than two months ago, I cut my hair back to that short length and dyed it red when I was stressed about beginning college. I'd never been away from home for even a few days at a time and I've never had such a heavy workload, so life felt drastically different once again.

Maybe the blonde or the very short hair wasn't my best look, but I'm glad I did it and I recommend that other people do something of a similar fashion when their life begins to reform. It can be very therapeutic to see yourself in a different light, no matter how drastic the modification is. Changing your hair can be seen as symbolic because it's a temporary adjustment, just like whatever obstacle you're suffering through at the time.

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The End Of The Semester As Told By Todd Chrisley

Because we're all a little dramatic like Todd sometimes.

The last 3-4 weeks of every college student's semester are always crazy hectic.

We have last minute assignments, group projects, and exams all squeezed into the last few weeks before break.

Sometimes we all need a little humor, and sometimes we are all a little dramatic, so why not experience the last few weeks of the semester as told by the king of drama himself, Todd Chrisley of "Chrisley Knows Best."

1. Sitting in class listening to your professor explain upcoming assignments/exams.

2. When your group project members refuse to do anything until the night before it's due or just show up the day of to present.

3. When you and your roommate try to cook with whatever few ingredients you have left in stock.

Because we definitely want to avoid going to the grocery store at the end of the semester if we can.

4. When your parents get tired of you calling them about every little inconvenience in your life.

5. Sitting down to work on assignments.

6. Your thoughts when the professor is telling you what they want from you out of an assignment.

7. When you've had about 30 mental breakdowns in two days.

8. Trying to search out the class for the right group members.

9. The last few days of classes where everyone and everything is getting on your nerves.

10. When your friend suggests going out but you're just done with the world.

11. This. On the daily.

12. When all you want to do is snuggle up and watch Christmas movies.

13. Studying and realizing you know nothing.

14. When your finals are over and it's finally time to go home for break.

You're finally back to your old self.

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Kim Kardashian West: Attorney At Law

People are underestimating her, much like how Warner Huntington III underestimated Elle Woods.


If you've been paying attention to social media, then you may have noticed the little announcement that Kim Kardashian West is participating in a 4-year law apprenticeship with the intention of taking and passing the bar by the end of it. Yes, you heard that right. THE Kim Kardashian. Armenian bombshell, reality show star, businesswoman, and most importantly, the most famous crying meme you'll ever see around.

I'll be honest with you, I don't particularly like the Kardashians. I used to watch their show religiously, but then they got super into promoting appetite suppressants and waist trainers in their social media and I wasn't about that unhealthy body-image life and I stopped following them. However, I do have a certain level of respect for her and how good of a businesswoman she is, because as much as people hate her, they can't deny that she has an empire built around her, no matter how superficial and expensive it is.

Beyond all of that, a lot of my respect for her comes from her and her husband Kanye being loud and unsubdued voices on Criminal Justice Reform. Many people have heard about Kanye's unabashed support of Donald Trump, but putting those feeling aside (however hard they may be), much of what Kanye has done by schmoozing up to Trump, is bring attention to the bigger picture of our broken justice system.

Back to Kim, in May of 2018, she went to the White House and spoke to Trump about prison reform as well as the possibility of pardoning Alice Marie Johnson. One week after her talk with Trump, Johnson was pardoned from a life sentence and was set to be released from prison after serving about two decades for a first-time drug offense. It was this instance that really drew Kim towards law.

This past week, Kim announced that she was going to become a lawyer and since then I've heard many jokes and comments about her and these particular ambitions. These comments mostly come from people who are not of color. These comments come from people who don't understand the hardships that this justice system imparts disproportionately against people of color. These comments come from ignorant people, but I get it. I was taken aback by it too. However, she is using her money, name, and fame to do some really necessary good in this world and for that I applaud her.

So join me in welcoming and wishing her the best at using her fame for something good. Kim Kardashian West, Criminal Justice Advocate and Lawyer.

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