To Those Lost In The Trump Presidency

To Those Lost In The Trump Presidency

​Do not let anyone silence your resolve. We were born to change the world, not succumb to it. ​

I have been working in politics since I was 13-years-old. Now, almost seven years later, I continue to see and use politics as a force for change to help others. Politics are my identity.

I did not enter into politics as a matter of convenience, I networked and researched candidates and organizations whose platforms defended and believed in equal rights for all. When I was 13, I took a 90 minute bus ride to volunteer with a Congressional reelection campaign or intern with a voting rights organization. My first campaign job was vetting donors and coordinating field efforts. My first political internship was registering voters and educating citizens on voting rights - before I was even eligible to vote.

When I was 15, I testified on a bill in Colorado allowing 16 and 17-year-old to preregister to vote. As a senior in high school, I interned for my U.S. Senator and Governor. At 19, I interned for a refugee resettlement organization, a U.S. Senator's reelection campaign, and Hillary Clinton's Presidential campaign. I have volunteered with several other candidates, campaigns, and causes to advocate for refugees, immigrants, women, children, education, and equal rights.

That being said, I have found my seven year political resolve shaken to its core by this election, presidency, and administration. My resolve and hope in the people, in the country, and in the world ranges from devastation to inspiration.

Here are ten things to remember when you feel lost and defeated during the Trump presidency:

1. Be inspired, not defeated. When overwhelmed by devastation, pause and look for inspiration. Look to politicians, celebrities, children. Look to individuals who continue to fight for themselves, for others, for the country. Look to persecuted individuals who do not let hatred and fear stop them. Inspiration is out there as long as people continue to stand up for what is right. Inspiration still exists - we just have to open our eyes and look.

2. Do not let anyone silence your resolve. We were born to change the world, not succumb to it.

3. You are an incredible person. Do not let one man or administration ruin your hopes, dreams, ambitions.

4. Your voice, opinions, and actions matter. No matter how small you think your contributions are, remember that you are part of a bigger picture and all of your efforts are important.

5. Keep up the good fight. Do not give up. Keep fighting. Keep on keeping on.

6. It hurts - and that's okay. It is okay to be overwhelmed by all the changes in the country. It is okay to cry or be mad. Get emotional, feel the emotion, then channel the emotion into action. Passion is fueled by strong emotion and opinions.

7. Do not compromise your values. Stand by your values. Do not waver in your morals.

8. Never stop believing in yourself, in the people, in the United States. You cannot give up. You must believe in and trust the people.

9. You are not alone. Others are fighting for the same values as you. People will always be there to fight along side you or support you.

10. We will persevere. Onward!

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10 Reasons Your Big Sister Is The Best Person In Your Life

"There is no better friend than a sister, and there is no better sister than you."

As much as I hate to admit it, my big sister might be sort-of, slightly, cooler than I am.

Sometimes. She's the one I call when I can't call mom and the only one in the family who can properly handle my attitude. Big sisters are the people you'd choose if they weren't already family, and here's why.

1. She is your first and truest friend.

Big sisters are (literally) there from day one. They see every dirty diaper, every bad haircut, and every melodramatic breakup. They deal with every bad day and drama queen attitude and still love you in the most unconditional way.

2. Her closet is your closet.

For some reason, her clothes always look better on you. Funny how that works, huh? With a big sister comes a big closet, and who doesn't love having a double wardrobe? I'd also like to take this opportunity to apologize for the clothes I will never give back (but I'm not really that sorry).

3. She knows what it's like to deal with your parents.

Anything you could possibly be going through, they went through it first. It's kind of like having an instruction manual or a key to the future. Either way, it's always nice to have someone who will always understand the struggle.

4. There are no boundaries.

Wanna dance around in your underwear all day? Cool. Life talks while she's on the toilet? Also cool. There's no awkward moments or changing in the bathroom with the door locked. There's just the kind of freedom that only comes with siblings.

5. Thanks to her, you know about all of the cool movies/music/fashion trends from years back.

Thanks to my sister, I have every Too $hort and Ludacris song you could ever think of downloaded on my phone. I've seen every cheesy '90s movie, and when a fad from 10 years ago comes back in, I already have the hookup.

6. She tells you like it is.

We all have those friends who tend to sugarcoat everything. Yeah, sisters don't do that. She's the first person to tell me when I'm making a terrible decision and that I really shouldn't triple text that boy again. She keeps it real with me and deals with my attitude, and that's why she's the best.

7. Her home is always open.

Sometimes you just need to get away from life and binge watch Netflix, and sometimes you need all of that plus your sister. She always has her door open when you're two seconds away from losing your mind, and she also has good takeout and a dog.

8. She knows what you're capable of.

My sister knows exactly who I am and what I can do. She knows when I'm not doing my best, and when I need to be set straight. She's always there to remind me who I am and what I'm capable of accomplishing. She's always been my biggest fan.

9. She's a lot cheaper than therapy.

For some reason, my sister always knows just what to say. Even if I don't see it at the time, she's usually right (don't tell her I said that). Big sisters are like wizards, somehow they always magically make you feel like life's gonna turn out alright in the end. If she wasn't already awesome at everything else, I'd suggest she be a therapist.

10. She will always be your go-to gal.

No matter the situation, she will always be by your side. There is nothing you could say or do to make a big sister leave, and that's why they're the best. Whether it's a speeding ticket, a mean girl or you just need to laugh, big sisters are always going to be there to lift your spirits and set you straight.

I couldn't make it without ya sis, I'm sorry for ratting you out on Thanksgiving that one time, and for running away at the zoo. Thanks for taking me to see Aaron Carter even though he's way too old to still be singing "I want Candy," and thank you always for being the best role model, sister and friend I could ask for.

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A Little Skepticism Goes A Long Way

Be informed citizens and verify what you see and hear.


These days more than ever before we are being bombarded constantly by a lot of news and information, a considerable amount of which is inaccurate. Sometimes there's an agenda behind it to mislead people and other times its just rumors or distortion of the facts. So, how do you sift through all this and get accurate information? How can you avoid being misled or brainwashed?

This is an important topic because the decisions each of us make can affect others. And if you are a responsible citizen your decisions can affect large numbers of people, hopefully positively, but negatively as well.

It's been said that common sense is not something that can be taught, but I am going to disagree. I think with the right training, teaching the fundamentals behind common sense can get people to have a better sense of what it is and start practicing it. All you will need is to improve your general knowledge and gain some experience, college is a good place for that, then add a little skepticism and you are on your way to start making sensible decisions.

One of the fundamental things to remember is not to believe a statement at face value, you must first verify. Even if you believe it's from a trusted source, they may have gotten their info from a questionable one. There's a saying that journalists like to use: "if your mother said, 'I love you' you should verify it.'" While this is taking it a bit too far, you get the idea.

If you feel that something is not adding up, or doesn't make sense then you are probably right. This is all the more reason to check something out further. In the past, if someone showed a picture or video of something that was sufficient proof. But nowadays with so many videos and picture editing software, it would have to go through more verification to prove its authenticity. That's not the case with everything but that's something that often needs to be done.

One way of checking if something sounds fishy is to look at all the parties involved and what do they have to gain and lose. This sometimes is easier to use when you're dealing with a politics-related issue, but it can work for other things where more than one person/group is involved. For example, most people and countries as well will not do something that is self-destructive, so if one party is accusing the other of doing something self-destructive or disadvantageous then it's likely that there is something inaccurate about the account. Perhaps the accusing party is setting the other one up or trying to gain some praise they don't deserve.

A lot of times all it takes is a little skepticism and some digging to get to the truth. So please don't be that one which retweets rumors or helps spread misinformation. Verify before you report it.


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