'Tis The Season Of Mixed Emotions

'Tis The Season Of Mixed Emotions

Summertime Sadness

Every summer up until this one the prospect of the warm months full of free time and zero obligations ending was greeted with resounding sadness: I was certainly not excited to ditch the beach for books and open air for high school hallways. However, now that I am approaching my sophomore year of college, the feelings are a little different. Rather than pure dread, there is a ton of excitement mingled in there. But, more than anything there is confusion because I have come to the conclusion that when it comes to home vs. college I will inevitably miss whichever location I am not in.

During the long days of May and June there was nothing I wanted more than to pack up my house and drive up to Syracuse. I longed for the days of making stupid decisions and being surrounded by friends and eating ice cream at 3 am. If someone had offered the prospect of moving in right then and there, I would have agreed in a second.

However, July came and left with the blink of an eye and suddenly it's the end of August. And I got used to showering without flip flops and coming home to my mom's' home cooked meals and sleeping in my queen sized bed. So sure, I still missed making stupid decisions--but didn't miss the regrets afterwards. And definitely didn't miss the school work.

Now we move-in in a week and I don't know what to feel. One second I am overcome with excitement, the next my heart is pounding with dread. Ultimately, it seems that the next four years may be a constant limbo between wanting to be in two places at once, but I will learn to live with it. After all, it's just a part of the ride.

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There Is No 'Right Way' To React To A Shooting

Everyone is different.


After the shootings this year in New Zealand, Brazil, and close to home for some of us Aurora, people have been reacting in different ways. With some offering their thoughts and prayers, donating money to help pay for the funerals of the victims, fighting for action in regards to ending gun violence, candlelight vigils basically anything that can help them in this time of grief.

There is no right or wrong way to react to a shooting — everyone grieves in their own ways. We should not judge one another for how we grieve in a tragedy.

People have been saying that thoughts and prayers won't do anything. However, maybe it can be a comfort to some people—a way to let people know that they are thinking of them and that they care.

Sometimes people may want to donate money or blood to help out any survivors who may have suffered from blood loss or create GoFundMe accounts to either help out with medical expenses or to pay for the funerals of the victims or even start charities like Islamic Relief USA. Donating your time and money is a good way to help out because you are making a difference that is a form of action you are taking.

There is also grieving in the form of vigils. One example of a vigil is this guy who makes crosses every time there is some kind of tragedy. Vigils are often a good way to remember the victims, to pray for the healing of the survivors, to talk about what they were like as people.

Some people even want to take action by demanding that the laws change a good example of this would be March for Our Lives, which happened after the Parkland shooting last year. This march was fighting for gun control or should I say changes in the gun laws America currently has.

Some people also do acts of solidarity, for example, wearing a hijab like the prime minister of New Zealand did when she went to go visit the Christchurch shooting survivors. My community college had something a couple of years ago called Hijab Day to help show solidarity with our friends. I participated, and it was quite an experience—no one should ever be afraid to be who they are.

There is never a right or wrong way to react, and no one should ever criticize one another for how they react. It's not a test where there is a right or wrong answer—everyone is different and that is okay.

No one should ever have to be afraid to go to school, go to work, or go to their place of worship or wherever they decide to go. Whatever we decide to do to make a change, as long as we are taking some kind of action, is good enough for me.

Nothing ever gets done by sitting around and doing nothing, so whatever it is you do, get out there and do it. As long as you are showing support it doesn't matter how you show it.

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