To The Rest Of The World: Just Because I Am From America Doesn't Mean I Agree With Donald Trump

To The Rest Of The World: Just Because I Am From America Doesn't Mean I Agree With Donald Trump

No matter who I did and didn't vote for, I want the world to be proud of the United States—and by the looks of it, we are far from it.

And the controversial topic is on.

While living in the United States, it has always been such an interesting theory to me that I, ____ (whoever you are), have the freedom of speech...we all do. But, I have grown up not being allowed to ask my teachers, neighbors, friends, or sometimes even family members about politics, religion, or let's just go there, who they voted for.

Every time there is a new election, I know that it will start a very bumpy road leading to several strong different opinions—and that is something that I know not to mess with. Literally, I can't remember the last time I "chose" to go out of my way to bring up politics. It is such a strong topic that makes people so heated; we all know to not ruin friendships or the moment by bringing that up.

Since being abroad, I have had a very hard time with this. Before I left, my advisor gave me specific instructions. He said (quote on quote) "Do whatever you want, go where ever you want to go, but 100% do not talk about Donald Trump. If they ask you, tell them you were told not to share your opinion."

He said it very sternly, and to be honest with you, I did not think it would be that bad.

At bars and movie theaters, while meeting new friends, and in class and on several other different occasions, I have been poked and very bluntly am asked who I voted for.

I don't blame any of these people. I am a part of one of the largest exchange schools in the world and have met people from the coolest places and have quickly learned that no matter where these people are coming from, they all know and want to talk about Donald Trump. How are they to blame?

While this is one of the most controversial topics on the planet (which I did not know how extreme it truly was until coming here), people are just curious to hear the "insider's" opinion.

At this point, no matter what side I am on, I am so disappointed. I have never been so embarrassed to frequently be saying that I am from the United States. I am so embarrassed that my country is being questioned every single time I open my mouth and people can tell where I am from by the way I speak.

I feel so bad for the United States; now that I am an outsider, I wish that a lot of things could be done differently. It hurts knowing what used to be such a strong, loyal, and looked-up to country is now being laughed at as a joke and seen as pathetic.

To everyone else out there in this crazy world, yes, I am from the United States. Yes, I love my town, I love my state, and I love what the United States has to offer. But I do not agree with all of the actions that are making our current situation. I am proud of where I am from, but that doesn't mean I agree.

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9 Reasons Crocs Are The Only Shoes You Need

Crocs have holes so your swag can breathe.

Do you have fond childhood objects that make you nostalgic just thinking about your favorite Barbie or sequenced purse? Well for me, its my navy Crocs. Those shoes put me through elementary school. I eventually wore them out so much that I had to say goodbye. I tried Airwalks and sandals, but nothing compared. Then on my senior trip in New York City, a four story Crocs store gleamed at me from across the street and I bought another pair of Navy Blue Crocs. The rest is history. I wear them every morning to the lake for practice and then throughout the day to help air out my soaking feet. I love my Crocs so much, that I was in shock when it became apparent to me that people don't feel the same. Here are nine reasons why you should just throw out all of your other shoes and settle on Crocs.

1. They are waterproof.

These bad boys can take on the wettest of water. Nobody is sure what they are made of, though. The debate is still out there on foam vs. rubber. You can wear these bad boys any place water may or may not be: to the lake for practice or to the club where all the thirsty boys are. But honestly who cares because they're buoyant and water proof. Raise the roof.

2. Your most reliable support system

There is a reason nurses and swimming instructors alike swear by Crocs. Comfort. Croc's clogs will make you feel like your are walking on a cloud of Laffy Taffy. They are wide enough that your toes are not squished, and the rubbery material forms perfectly around your foot. Added bonus: The holes let in a nice breeze while riding around on your Razor Scooter.

3. Insane durability

Have you ever been so angry you could throw a Croc 'cause same? Have you ever had a Croc bitten while wrestling a great white shark? Me too. Have you ever had your entire foot rolled like a fruit roll up but had your Crocs still intact? Also me. All I know is that Seal Team 6 may or may not have worn these shoes to find and kill Osama Bin Laden. Just sayin'.

4. Bling, bling, bling

Jibbitz, am I right?! These are basically they're own money in the industry of comfortable footwear. From Spongebob to Christmas to your favorite fossil, Jibbitz has it all. There's nothing more swag-tastic than pimped out crocs. Lady. Killer.

5. So many options

From the classic clog to fashionable sneakers, Crocs offer so many options that are just too good to pass up on. They have fur lined boots, wedges, sandals, loafers, Maryjane's, glow in the dark, Minion themed, and best of all, CAMO! Where did your feet go?!

6. Affordable

Crocs: $30

Feeling like a boss: Priceless

7. Two words: Adventure Straps

Because you know that when you move the strap from casual mode chillin' in the front to behind the heal, it's like using a shell on Mario Cart.

8. Crocs cares

Okay, but for real, Crocs is a great company because they have donated over 3 million pairs of crocs to people in need around the world. Move over Toms, the Croc is in the house.

9. Stylish AF

The boys will be coming for you like Steve Irwin.

Who cares what the haters say, right? Wear with pride, and go forth in style.

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10 TV Shows You Need To Watch On Hulu

Hulu is slept on


I have recently moved to watch shows and movies on Hulu and Netflix. Hulu has a lot of great shows and movies to offer that aren't on Netflix. While Netflix is still great, Hulu is definitely starting to grow on me. Here are some shows that I have watched or have started watching on Hulu that I think are pretty great!

1. 11.22.63

If you love James Franco and Stephen King, you'll love this show. The first episode is a bit long, but all the other episodes are only 45 minutes. The plot line is pretty interesting. I also like that it doesn't tell you everything, it shows it to you and you piece things together.

2. The Act

The fact that this show is based on a true story is just insane. The acting is really great, especially if you watch actual videos of Gypsy, Joey King does a great job.

3. Castle Rock

Another Stephen King masterpiece. This show is riveting and really makes you think about what the truth is in the context of the story, and brings in some ethical questions.

4. Future Man

I've only recently started this but it's pretty interesting and funny.

5. The O.C.

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This show was great. Sometimes it was a bit annoying, but it is a classic show from the early 2000s. You really become invested in all the characters and your opinion may change on some characters because they grow and develop throughout the show.

6. The Handmaid's Tale

If you've read the book, you should definitely watch the show.

7. Obsession: Dark Desires

I just love true crime stories and this really dives deep into crime stories and the darkest parts of humanity.

8. Intervention

This show can be really sad or frustrating, but I think it's good for people to see the reality of addiction.

9. Smallville

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I also started this one very recently and I've always wanted to watch it. It can be cheesy but it's pretty entertaining.

10. Brooklyn Nine-Nine

This is a great show if you want to laugh. I love all of the characters and everything they bring to the table.

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