Joining Freshman Forum Is One Of The Best Decisions I've Made

Joining Freshman Forum Is One Of The Best Decisions I've Made

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This is my first year of actual college, and we are now in the spring semester and I can honestly say I have had some fun times so far. I've met new people, and most of all I have been involved with Freshman Forum. An organization where a handful of upperclassmen who were in the organization the previous year help a number of freshmen become leaders in the community, as well as provide information and help for their first year on campus and in college.

To be in the organization who have to apply, and then you will receive an email later on stating whether you were accepted for an interview and when the said interview is. The Interview process is not very hard, but it is definitely nerve-racking, to say the least. You'll get to meet the mentors, and possible members of the forum it is super easy to make friends before, and during the interview. But as Long as you stay true to yourself and answer the questions honestly, You will do amazing.

If you get accepted into the organization you get a to be split up into groups where you will be assigned a mentor. Honestly, words can not describe how awesome it is when you get to know your group members and mentor, and really just everyone involved in the forum.

For the past few months I have got to hang out with some of the most amazing people, and I am so thankful for this opportunity. I've made friends through my group, and through the interview process, and not to mention all the really cool things the Forum does.

Freshman Forum has let me come out of my shell a great deal this year, I have done things I never have done before, I have done a lot of community service, and even helped out during out schools preview days. We have groups that go to the Boys And Girls club to play with the kids, and there are many more community service opportunities that are being planned out for this semester.

Last semester we painted a homecoming banner together as a group and helped to put together a five-kilometer run to raise awareness and money for a small non-profit organization that deals with Suicide Prevention and Awareness. We raised a lot of money for the organization, and it was one of the many happiest moments of my time with the forum.

We have had a few casual meetings here and there, during the week of Halloween everyone dressed up in costume and the top ten costumes got to dance it out for first, second, and third place. Not to mention our Christmas Tacky Sweater contest we held the Monday before finals week. It was truly amazing to receive and give support from/to this wonderful group of people.

From weekly Forum meetings to my first taco Tuesday at Loco Mex with my mighty group three, There's never a dull moment when I am with these guys and gals. I would not trade this for anything, and I can proudly say It was the best decision I have made.

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R. Kelly Faces New Accusations And Hopefully This Means The End Of His Reign Of Terror

"Surviving R. Kelly" helped to shed light on what was in the shadows for too long and now consequences have been dealt.

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R. Kelly is one of the most prominent R&B; artists of the '80s and '90s. However, his business as an artist is not the main reason his name is now resurfacing. Due to the attention brought on by a documentary, "Surviving R. Kelly", many started realizing what others tried to mention years ago.

In the documentary, the stories of numerous women who all have had contact with him talked in great detail about the terrors they encountered and horrors they still face. Included in those who took part in the documentary are Sparkle, Wendy Williams, Tarana Burke, and 50 others. Many talked about his obsession with pedophilia while mentioning his and predatory behavior toward women and abuse (physically, verbally, and sexually).

As of February 22, 2019, Robert Sylvester Kelly was charged with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse.

These charges are criminal, felonies, and were filled through Cook County in Illinois. "Surviving R. Kelly" shed light to what was in the shadows for too long and now consequences have just been dealt.

In the past, R. Kelly and his team have been able to slip through the grasps of justice. He was acquitted in 2008 for child pornography charges and numerous other incidents throughout the years. This time around, the R&B; artist is being investigated by three different federal law enforcement agencies surrounding evidence, testimonies, and statements made by those involved in the filming of the documentary.

A 45-minute tape including an underage 14-year-old girl and R. Kelly has been presented to prosecutors leading to the filing of charges. To note, this video is separate from the videos in which previously were used in cases on different charges. Along with this new video, two additional accusers have stepped forward to detail their encounters with the artist. These two women are a former protege and mother of a daughter who is presently involved with him.

Former protege, Lizzette Martinez went on to say when she was 17-years-old and forced into sexual acts numerous times with Kelly. Eventually becoming pregnant with R. Kelly`s child, Lizzette Martinez felt pressured by him to have an abortion; she ultimately miscarried later on. The other accuser, Michelle, explained her daughter`s ("N's") relationship with him. Michelle said that communication between her daughter and her is limited because R. Kelly`s enforced restrictions. R. Kelly and his team have denied all allegations multiple times as he is a "God-fearing man". While some still question the authenticity of these charges, others question if R. Kelly will actually face the consequences of his actions.

With these new charges and "Surviving R. Kelly" documentary, there is an important factor society must understand before his case continues and similar ones are filled. Between lust, fame, money, power, and more, there are hundreds of reasons why R. Kelly did not face convictions others would have easily. Yes, he is profitable, rich, and all of those hundred reasons but they are not suitable reasons that can come close in justifying these allegations.

AND EVEN MORE IMPORTANT there is NO reason for ANYONE to commit such crimes.

There is also no justifiable reason for anyone to commit such crimes and be able to get away with their actions time and time again. Over the course of his career, there have always been allegations and until the documentary, no one listened. It is time to give survivors the time and our ears for their story to be told and listened to.

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Skipping Class In College Is Different Than Skipping Class In High School

I literally can't afford to miss class.

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Starting college right out of high school is exhilarating. Especially if you move away from home. You feel free. You can do whatever you want. And even better, you choose your classes.

The real pain is actually going to class. I don't understand how I was able to wake up at 6am, be at school at 7:30 to 3:30 and go to drama club or sometimes work from 4-10 and STILL go home and do homework for 3 hours. After one semester in college, I can't even go to 3 1-hour classes without feeling exhausted.

There are times when you wake up, contemplating your whole existence. You ask yourself, "Do I REALLY want to graduate?" or maybe you even be like, "Dropping out sounds so good right now." And this is especially if you choose morning classes.

No one is there to force you to go to class.

You have to decide if it is worth it.

Some classes do take attendance, and you end up using all your skips anyways. But going to class really is a challenge. I, personally, feel more inclined to do something if my mom is making me do it.

However, here, no one is here to remind me. I then remember that I am paying for this and so I have to go. I think to myself that I don't want to be a disappointment so I force myself to go.

Missing one day, however, will kill you. Lessons move so fast, that you could blink and miss something that will be on your final.

In high school, you skip class, and first they call your parents. Sucks, right? But you can go back to the class the next day and still be learning what you were learning a week ago. You miss one day and people notice. Your teacher notices, your classmates notice. Your friends definitely notice. You have multiple classes a day where you see multiple people for multiple hours.

And more often than not, your teacher will always let you do make-up work.

I want the college experience to be exactly as it is now, BUT with more skip days. My mental tiredness is important too!

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