Reflection Of My First College Semester: I Wouldn't Change A Thing

Reflection Of My First College Semester: I Wouldn't Change A Thing

I wouldn't change a thing about my time so far at Purdue.
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After much reflection on my first semester of college, I can't help but feel blessed.

I have had so many awesome opportunities through Purdue already. I have joined multiple clubs and organizations, met people from all across the country, and been a part of Purdue traditions I had always wanted to participate in.

Your first college roommate can sometimes be your worst. I have heard horror stories from multiple people and can honestly say I wouldn't change my freshman roommate situation for the world. Jessie and I get along so well, and I know she will always pick me up when I am down at the end of the day.

When I came to Purdue, I made it a point to be involved. I am a part of Purdue University Dance Marathon (PUDM) and Association of Industrial Management Students (AIMS). I have met some of the most amazing people in these organizations that I know will be huge parts of my life as I continue at Purdue.

The Alumni networking I have already done, especially through AIMS, still leaves me speechless that I have these opportunities on a weekly basis. I also go to Campus House and am in a Community (small) group. I have grown closer to God this semester which honestly surprised me. It can be easy to stray away and not make God a priority in college and I feel that I have done this.

As for my major, I am enjoying being in the Krannert School of Management in Industrial Management. I know the path could change a few times down the road, but I know it's all in God's hands!

College is hard, academically and personally. At times I missed my friends and family from home so much. It was easy to always reconnect with them but there is always something about being home. I met some of my best friends this semester at Purdue and they helped me stay grounded in my school work and still have fun.

Purdue is such a great university. I have loved going to all of the football games and basketball games thus far. If you know me, I get into sports so being able to be at a Big 10 school with the sports programming we have is so fun for me! Purdue has shown me that the hard work going in now will pay off in huge dividends in the future. I know I made the right choice going to Purdue and do not regret anything about my first semester of college.

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To The Teacher Who Was So Much More

Thank you for everything
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I think it's fair to say that most people remember at least one teacher who had a lasting impact on them. I have been incredibly lucky to have several teachers who I will never forget, but one individual takes the cake. So here's to you: thank you for all you have done.

Thank you for teaching me lessons not just in the textbook.

Although you taught a great lecture, class was never just limited to the contents of the course. Debates and somewhat heated conversations would arise between classmates over politics and course material, and you always encouraged open discussion. You embraced the idea of always having an opinion, and always making it be heard, because why waste your voice? You taught me to fight for things I believed in, and to hold my ground in an argument. You taught me to always think of others before doing and speaking. You showed me the power of kindness. Thank you for all the important lessons that may not have been included in the curriculum.

Thank you for believing in me.

Especially in my senior year, you believed in me when other teachers didn't. You showed me just what I could accomplish with a positive and strong attitude. Your unwavering support kept me going, especially when I melted into a puddle of tears weekly in your office. You listened to my stupid complaints, understood my overwhelming stress-induced breakdowns, and told me it was going to be okay. Thank you for always being there for me.

Thank you for inspiring me.

You are the epitome of a role model. Not only are you intelligent and respected, but you have a heart of gold and emit beautiful light where ever you go. You showed me that service to others should not be looked at as a chore, but something to enjoy and find yourself in. And I have found myself in giving back to people, thanks to your spark. Thank you for showing me, and so many students, just how incredible one person can be.

Thank you for changing my life.

Without you, I truly would not be where I am today. As cliche as it sounds, you had such a remarkable impact on me and my outlook on life. Just about a year has passed since my graduation, and I'm grateful to still keep in touch. I hope you understand the impact you have made on me, and on so many other students. You are amazing, and I thank you for all you have done.

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3 Things i learned at pride in NYC

The people, the flags, and the glitter are even more magical in person.

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On Sunday, June 24th, my girlfriend, my best friend and I, all hopped on a train to the World Trade Center in New York City. After a short subway ride, we arrived at 16th Street, where the parade festivities began. Dressed in our decked out rainbow attire, we entered a vibrant crowd of flag wielding, self-loving having, beautiful people. Pride is something the LGBTQIA+ community knows how to celebrate well. Lesbihonest, I think its safe to say that the LGBTQ+ community essentially created loving yourself, along with embracing those around you, whether you know them or not. While at Pride, I learned a few things about myself, about how to love others, and what it means to be apart of a community.

1. Love thy neighbor

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Because pride is such an important event to the LGBTQIA+ community, the number of people that attend each year is increasing by the thousands. There were an expected 48,000 people this year and when you're amerced in such a large crowd keeping your cool is super important. I learned that in most cases, giving love will result in receiving it, especially in 84-degree weather. So when I was making my way through energetic crowds, I used my p's and q's and was met with the same energy from strangers.

2. At pride, the dress code is no dress code

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If you're in the mood to wear your birthday suit, glitter, or witty t-shirt and celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community as a member or as an ally, pride is the place to be! The extravagant outfits and expression of self-pride through clothes and even lack of clothes made me feel extremely comfortable in my own outfit. I think we all have had our share of being uncomfortable in our skin or clothes, but being around thousands of people dressed in whatever made them most comfortable that day was a beautiful experience.

3. Pride is not solely about the LGBTIA+ community

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Heritage of Pride, the nonprofit organization that organizes New York City's LGBT pride events each year, strives to work towards creating a future that consists of equal rights for all under the law. The march is an annual civil rights demonstration that brings awareness to the fight against aids, the Black Lives Matter movement and memorializes those who have lost their lives to illness, violence and neglect. This year over 450 different organizations participated in the march and about 110 floats were shown, each float bringing awareness to different organizations.

As an Afro-Latina, lesbian, I felt very represented and extremely grateful to participate in a civil rights event such as pride. The opportunity to educate myself and even feel more comfortable in my own skin, and enjoy myself with the people I love most, is something I will truly cherish. Hopefully, my experiences and knowledge will expand next year at the 2019 NYC pride!

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