You Got This!

You Got This!

Take a deep breath!
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Going to college is scary, especially when you're “dis”abled. A million questions pop into your head. Like, who’s gonna feed me, or what if my aide doesn't show up? I'm not going to sugarcoat this, and say it's going to be easy peasy lemon squeasy. Truth is, it's hard as hell! But you got this! Take it from me, I have Cerebral palsy which means that I can't talk or walk. After I got my acceptance letter from the University of Wisconsin in Whitewater, WI, I had the same questions that you probably have. Deep down inside, I was a scared little girl. I wanted to hide behind the covers, and never come out. But I have a semester under my belt, I got this! Here's some tips that can help you through this transition, and hopefully it can reassure you that you can do this.


1. You can do this!

When you want to give up, DON’T! You can do this! Keep your head up high, you don't want that crown to fall!


2. Be friends with your aides.

They aren't robots, they're just there to help you.


3. Your aide might not come.

Calm down, take a deep breath. This definitely tests your patience. Just email or text the company and they should get someone ASAP! If they don’t, then kick some butt!


4. When you're feeling overwhelmed

I know you have a zillion things on your mind, but it's okay! You're going to be just fine. Take it like a grain of salt.


5. You procrastinated.

Calm down, it's okay.… do it now, and drink Mountain Dew!


6. You don't think that you can turn the homework on time.

Just email your professor and be honest. Professors love when you contact them because it shows “responsibilities.”


7. Be social.

Forget “don't talk to strangers.” Talk to them! It isn't high school where the “cool” kids didn't talk to you. College is a wonderful world where people are accepting.


8. Go out for clubs and organizations!

This leads you to more friends that could lead to more opportunities. AND it's looks great on your job applications!


9. Midterms and finals week aren't that scary.

Sorry, I lied. They're just horrible!


10. DON’T GIVE UP!!

You can do this. I believe you can kick ass! It's hard, I know but it's all worth it.


11. When you get your diploma, think of Lydia! Yeah, she believed in you and she didn't even know your name!

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I'm A Woman And You Can't Convince Me Breastfeeding In Public Is OK In 2019

Sorry, not sorry.

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Lately, I have seen so many people going off on social media about how people shouldn't be upset with mothers breastfeeding in public. You know what? I disagree.

There's a huge difference between being modest while breastfeeding and just being straight up careless, trashy and disrespectful to those around you. Why don't you try popping out a boob without a baby attached to it and see how long it takes for you to get arrested for public indecency? Strange how that works, right?

So many people talking about it bring up the point of how we shouldn't "sexualize" breastfeeding and seeing a woman's breasts while doing so. Actually, all of these people are missing the point. It's not sexual, it's just purely immodest and disrespectful.

If you see a girl in a shirt cut too low, you call her a slut. If you see a celebrity post a nude photo, you call them immodest and a terrible role model. What makes you think that pulling out a breast in the middle of public is different, regardless of what you're doing with it?

If I'm eating in a restaurant, I would be disgusted if the person at the table next to me had their bare feet out while they were eating. It's just not appropriate. Neither is pulling out your breast for the entire general public to see.

Nobody asked you to put a blanket over your kid's head to feed them. Nobody asked you to go feed them in a dirty bathroom. But you don't need to basically be topless to feed your kid. Growing up, I watched my mom feed my younger siblings in public. She never shied away from it, but the way she did it was always tasteful and never drew attention. She would cover herself up while doing it. She would make sure that nothing inappropriate could be seen. She was lowkey about it.

Mindblowing, right? Wait, you can actually breastfeed in public and not have to show everyone what you're doing? What a revolutionary idea!

There is nothing wrong with feeding your baby. It's something you need to do, it's a part of life. But there is definitely something wrong with thinking it's fine to expose yourself to the entire world while doing it. Nobody wants to see it. Nobody cares if you're feeding your kid. Nobody cares if you're trying to make some sort of weird "feminist" statement by showing them your boobs.

Cover up. Be modest. Be mindful. Be respectful. Don't want to see my boobs? Good, I don't want to see yours either. Hard to believe, I know.

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Easy Interview Tips to Help You Stand Out

Here are some quick tips that will help interviews go by way faster and make you seem confident.

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I recently interviewed for an organization on campus and this process makes it so much easier.

1. Look at your interviewer.

A simple way to attract one's attention is to look straight at them. I know sometimes its very nervewracking and getting distracted or getting your mind off of the subject seems like the best option. However, by listening to them, you seem more interested and attentive. It also shows off how much confidence about the subject.

2. Be clear and concise at what your trying to say.

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Its easier if you try to be more specific on a subject than being general about it. It's okay if you mess up on some words but try to pick the pace back up. An interviewer will be more interested if you actually are making a point.

3. Make bold points to stand out.

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Take on those difficult subjects that some people have hard times talking about or make a statement by using another point of view. There are endless possibilities to some questions so just go with your instincts and you'll do amazing!

4. Know a lot about yourself.

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Many personal questions about your characteristics or interesting facts are usually asked during an interview process. Knowing most things about yourself such as personal qualities or weaknesses show that you're a well developed person. Be confident in knowing yourself the best and be sure to honest as well.

5. Try to be prepared and know a lot about what your interviewing for.

If your prepared, then it's easier to talk to your interviewers. You're more fluid when you communicate and there is less fear of not knowing what to say. If it's a job make sure you make interesting points about their company and if it's an organization, then make sure you know what it is exactly that you made you want to interview in the first place.

6. Be dressed for the part.

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Usually jobs or organizations like it when you dress up in the desired attire. It makes you seem more professional and neat as a person. If a certain dress code is required, make sure you adhere to it and dress your best!

7. Ask for help!

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At many colleges, there are places that offer free or paid mock interviews that allow you to get better at communicating. Through these programs, you actually get feedback and experience. If there isn't something like this around, then ask a couple of friends to ask you potential or general questions. Doing this has helped me so much!

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