You Are Worthy Of Being Known

You Are Worthy Of Being Known

Each person is so much more than a label.


According to my friends, I am the 'cute' girl.

Okay, so it's not always the 'cute' girl. There are in fact many variations on what I am labeled. Sometimes it's 'adorable' or 'a ray of sunshine'. Sometimes it's even 'the epitome of a Hufflepuff' or 'a cupcake in human form'. During the Christmas season, I was deemed 'an elf' roughly seven times, and on Valentine's Day, my friends called me 'cute' approximately eight times. Even before coming to Emory, I was deemed "the nice girl" by my confused classmates (true story: one of my classmates, after exclaiming that she had no clue what to write for me in my yearbook, wrote nice three times in her comment). But whether by friends, acquaintances or interested boys, the label placed on me remains consistent. 'Cute'. Not 'beautiful'. Rarely 'intelligent'. Just 'cute' and 'sweet' and 'nice', until I have a reputation sweeter than a candy shop.

Although it genuinely warms my heart whenever someone calls me as 'cute', being labeled the same attribute, day in and day out, often becomes redundant. With some of the people that I know, I feel that every single one of personality traits is overridden by "adorable" I am. In their eyes, I feel I am no longer a multi-faceted human being, full of dreams and interests and thoughts that have the potential to set the world on fire. I feel like I am a one-dimensional piece of paper with all of my being and potential boiled down to one singular character trait. Yes, I am cute (thanks, we get it). But I am also a writer who expresses her emotions in late-night poetry that she rarely lets a single soul see. I am also a traveler who has a whole world behind her in Europe and who has many more adventures to come. I am also someone who listens to Dutch rap, who loves Sartre and World War II films, and who desperately holds onto the hope that time travel is true (thank you, Doctor Who). I am also so, so much more.

But my frustration at being labeled myself is put aside when I look at other people. You see, even though I'm irritated as being viewed as a one-dimensional being, I join those around me in viewing others the same way. People in class, in the cafeteria and walking past us are summarized with a snap-judgment, described with a declaration, and belittled with a blanket statement. Loud. Slow-walkers. Know-it-all. We ourselves hate being labeled, so why do each of us label others? Is it because it is easier to reduce each person's personality to a single word? Is it because it is less of an effort to assume we know everything about a person rather than take time to get to know them as an individual? Our insights may be true (or they may fall utterly short), but they can never encompass the world of meaning and beauty that exists inside each person's soul. No person can be reduced to an adjective, a passion or an attribute. Each person exists far beyond the time and space that we interact with them to fill a colorful life full of dreams and interests and thoughts that can never be summarized. Every single one is so, so much more.

College has taught me that to restrain from labeling other people, because I will never be able to know their full story. It has opened my eyes to the fact that each person, regardless of how they are viewed, is worthy of being known. Being part of an organization named Bread Coffeehouse, a campus ministry that focuses on loving and accepting each individual, has encouraged me to engage with other people rather than judging them. Being a tutor at a primary school for Emory Reads has allowed me to pour into peoples' lives patiently with the knowledge that they are worthy of being taught. And dealing with the incessant variety of individuals all over campus and beyond has shown me that each person has a beautifully unique story and soul that can never be encompassed by a single snap-judgment.

For me, every day is a struggle between leaning towards acceptance and curiosity about those around me, rather than dismissal or rejection. This struggle isn't easy, but I have a lot of inspiration to live up to. I am inspired by those around me, especially at Bread Coffeehouse, who treat individuals with love for who they are. I am inspired by my friends, who love me unconditionally despite my brokenness. And most of all, I am constantly inspired by Jesus, who died for each and every one of us, no matter our backgrounds or quirks. Thanks to Him, we are all the same in the playing field of Heaven, regardless of our prejudices and judgments. If He loves each of us equally, should we all then not decide that each person around us deserves the same worthiness of friendship and acceptance?

To each person reading this – you are worthy of being known. You are more important than labels and you are bigger than prejudices. And you, too, can make the change. In a world full of stressed college students, maybe it is up to us to view others through the eyes of compassion rather than the narrow confines of a label. Rather than pass judgment, we should acknowledge that each one of us is made of so, so much more.

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50 Common Pet Peeves

The things we love to hate.

Pet peeves - those little annoyances that get under our skin and we just can't ignore, no matter how hard we try. Although everyone has their own unique pet peeves, there are a number of things which most people can't stand. Not only do we hate these things, but we love to bond over how much we hate them. It is surprising how entertaining it is to think of all the habits and activities that drive us mad. Take a second to think of your pet peeves. Now read on and see if any appear on this list of 50 common pet peeves (and be reminded of those pet peeves you forgot you have)! Share with friends and see how many people can't stand the same things as you!

  1. Slow walkers.
  2. The word “moist.”
  3. When a computer or phone won’t load a page fast enough.
  4. People who talk loudly on the phone.
  5. Noisy eaters.
  6. People who talk while their mouth is full.
  7. Couples who sit next to each other (instead of across from each other) in a booth.
  8. Having to repeat yourself multiple times.
  9. When the toilet seat is left up.
  10. When someone leaves the water running.
  11. When a light is left on in a room that isn’t being used.
  12. When someone messes with the car radio or AC without asking the driver for permission.
  13. Whiners.
  14. Slow drivers.
  15. Rude drivers.
  16. Sunlight creeping in through the window in the morning.
  17. When someone says “gross,” “ew,” “yuck,” or something else along those lines in reaction to a food you like.
  18. Tourists.
  19. People who interrupt when you are speaking.
  20. Being referred to as “boy” or “girl” when you are legally an adult.
  21. Loud noises on planes – crying babies, angry passengers, videos played over speaker.
  22. When people watch videos or listen to music on public transportation without using headphones.
  23. Know-It-Alls and Attention-Hogs.
  24. Getting gum on your shoe.
  25. Tapping, fidgeting, clicking pens, and bouncing knees.
  26. Smacking gum.
  27. Sucking at a straw until it makes that gross vacuum, slurping sound.
  28. When people clink their teeth on forks when they take a bite of food.
  29. Dirty dishes in the sink.
  30. When you’re talking to someone and they won’t stop staring at their phone screen.
  31. When someone says to a girl “Must be that time of the month…”
  32. When people talk over a movie or show…then ask “Wait, what happened? I’m confused.”
  33. When someone says “No offense, but…” and proceeds to say something offensive.
  34. Being chased down the stairs – When you are walking at a decent pace, but the person behind you is late getting somewhere, and they are barreling down the stairs after you. You start fast walking and pray that they pass by you, because you don’t want to die by stairway collision.
  35. When people sneeze or cough without covering their mouths.
  36. When motorcyclists or truck drivers rev their engines unnecessarily.
  37. When your door is closed, then someone walks into the room, but leaves the door open when they exit.
  38. When you’re in a public bathroom but there is no toilet paper in the stall.
  39. Buzzing noises.
  40. When you’re watching TV and someone turns on the garbage disposal, blender, vacuum, or another loud appliance.
  41. When nail polish chips or smudges right after you had your nails done.
  42. When someone says, “You wouldn’t believe what just happened,” and then they refuse to tell you.
  43. When someone bashes your favorite book/movie/show, but they’ve never even read/watched it.
  44. When you need an outlet to charge something, but there are none available or none exist.
  45. When you are wearing sunglasses or prescription glasses and the bridge of your nose builds up sweat and grease.
  46. When someone wakes you up in the middle of the night or ungodly early in the morning and asks, “Oh, did I wake you up?”
  47. When you have a roommate who is addicted to the snooze button, or who doesn’t wake up to their alarms, but you wake up…every…single…time.
  48. Slow elevators.
  49. When people stand too close to you in line so that they’re breathing down your neck. They inch closer and closer to the point that you feel claustrophobic, even when you typically aren’t.
  50. When people bite or pick their nails and it makes a loud *click* noise.
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Not Having The 'Picture Perfect' Body Shape Doesn't Mean You Can't Wear A Bikini

All shapes and size are acceptable and beautiful.


Summer has finally come again and it's now the time where everyone regrets not working out to get their "perfect" summer body. I'm here to say that these summer bodies everyone has been talking about are an unhealthy way to look at yourself and can hurt one's body image. If you're a size zero, that's great for you. If you're not a size zero, that is still great for you. There is no defined size that is required to wear a bikini during the summer, and there shouldn't be these unrealistic society norms on who can and can't wear them.

My entire life I was never worried about my size or how I look in a clothing item such as a bathing suit during the summer. I had always maintained a small figure from being active in grade school all the way through high school. Now that I am in college with no daily or weekly (and sometimes even monthly) exercise routine, I have gained weight and started to feel self conscious in what I look like in certain items that show my stomach. I don't look like the swimsuit models that are posted all over Instagram and started to feel that when summer came along I shouldn't be caught dead in a bathing suit or a shirt that showed any part of my stomach. I was beginning to feel bad about my body image because I didn't have the body shape or size that is considered to be a "society norm" and let it get to me. This is when I knew I needed to change my mindset, and not my physical appearance.

Just because someone isn't a certain size doesn't mean they should be shame into not wearing something they like or makes them feel good about themselves. Summertime is all about being in the sun at the beach or at the pool and getting a tan and getting in the water. This things require a swimsuit of some sort. The size and shape of someone's body shouldn't put a restriction on what type of bathing suit they choose to wear, and no one should comment on how they look in it in a negative manner. For some people, it's hard to lose weight just as it is hard for some people to gain weight. Society is always making remarks about girls being "too small" or "too big" or comments that are similar to those and it's putting a negative effect on how women view themselves which makes it harder for them to have a sense of self love.

Let a woman feel good about herself in what she's wearing no matter her size and leave the rude comments to yourself. Whether she is a size 0 or greater, she is still adding beauty into the world. If you want to wear a bikini, then do it. Don't let the negative people in society harshen your summertime fun.

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