Well, That's A Wrap! - End Of The School Year For College Students

Well, That's A Wrap! - End Of The School Year For College Students

Sweet, sweet relief
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Praise. I have officially finished the 2015-2016 school year at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Well, with the exception that I have to turn in my final paper on Wednesday for Feminism, but hey - that's basically done. So, let the well-deserved relaxation of a new summer commence - at least very soon.

Reflecting on the over-all year

Because like, how can you not? So much can happen in one year, especially when you're at college. You can't tell me that nothing exciting happens. I've grown a lot in the past nine months, and I can safely say that I've made incredibly memories and changed for the better. Getting all sentimental, sappy, and overall relieved is my forte at the end of every school year. What's yours?

Packing everything up out of my dorm

I usually start packing really early, only because I'm super excited to get out of the closet sized room that I have become so used to, and have made my own for the past eight and a half months. Since this is my last semester dorming, it's a bit bittersweet, but I am so thankful. This will be the last time that I cram all of my boxes and bins into one side of my tiny room until it's officially time to go.

Returning to my beloved hometown

*Sighs* Hello old town, we meet again. Yes, yes, nice to see you. Nope, nothing has changed. Yep, there are those people I went to high school with. Yes, the coffee shop hasn't moved, thank god it's the only thing about this town that I truly appreciate. Okay, okay I can make it through these next three months. Oh man, living at home again and not by myself is so weird. This is going to take awhile getting used to again...

Anticipating my final grades...

*Bites nails nervously* I studied really hard for that exam, so if I didn't do well, so help me.

Making that summer $$$$

Honestly, the thing that I'm mostly looking forward to this summer, is making as much money as possible. I'm getting my first actual apartment (well, more like duplex, but you get the idea) and I have to make sure I have all the rents covered. I've never sounded so adult until I've uttered the words "I just want to work all summer". Welcome to adulthood. For real.

But of course - make new memories

Who knows what will be in store for me... Whatever it is, I'm ready for this summer and I'm going to embrace the new memories that await me. I deserve this, and I'm not going to waste anymore time thinking about whether or not "I should do something". Here I come, summer of 2016.

And then I get to do it all over again

Aaaaaaand we're back on! Let the college life, multiple papers, multiple exams, multiple reading assignments, coffee cram sessions, nights up until 3 am, Netflix binging, trying to balance a social life, as well as trying not to die, begin.

It's been a long run, but I am certainly happy that it's over, and I'll be ready for the upcoming fall semester to come at me. Bring it.

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I'm The Girl Who'd Rather Raise A Family Than A Feminist Protest Sign

You raise your protest picket signs and I’ll raise my white picket fence.
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Social Media feeds are constantly filled with quotes on women's rights, protests with mobs of women, and an array of cleverly worded picket signs.

Good for them, standing up for their beliefs and opinions. Will I be joining my tight-knit family of the same gender?

Nope, no thank you.

Don't get me wrong, I am not going to be oblivious to my history and the advancements that women have fought to achieve. I am aware that the strides made by many women before me have provided us with voting rights, a voice, equality, and equal pay in the workforce.

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For that, I am deeply thankful. But at this day in age, I know more female managers in the workforce than male. I know more women in business than men. I know more female students in STEM programs than male students. So what’s with all the hype? We are girl bosses, we can run the world, we don’t need to fight the system anymore.

Please stop.

Because it is insulting to the rest of us girls who are okay with being homemakers, wives, or stay-at-home moms. It's dividing our sisterhood, and it needs to stop.

All these protests and strong statements make us feel like now we HAVE to obtain a power position in our career. It's our rightful duty to our sisters. And if we do not, we are a disappointment to the gender and it makes us look weak.

Weak to the point where I feel ashamed to say to a friend “I want to be a stay at home mom someday.” Then have them look at me like I must have been brain-washed by a man because that can be the only explanation. I'm tired of feeling belittled for being a traditionalist.

Why?

Because why should I feel bad for wanting to create a comfortable home for my future family, cooking for my husband, being a soccer mom, keeping my house tidy? Because honestly, I cannot wait.

I will have no problem taking my future husband’s last name, and following his lead.

The Bible appoints men to be the head of a family, and for wives to submit to their husbands. (This can be interpreted in so many ways, so don't get your panties in a bunch at the word “submit”). God specifically made women to be gentle and caring, and we should not be afraid to embrace that. God created men to be leaders with the strength to carry the weight of a family.

However, in no way does this mean that the roles cannot be flipped. If you want to take on the responsibility, by all means, you go girl. But for me personally? I'm sensitive, I cry during horror movies, I'm afraid of basements and dark rooms. I, in no way, am strong enough to take on the tasks that men have been appointed to. And I'm okay with that.

So please, let me look forward to baking cookies for bake sales and driving a mom car.

And I'll support you in your endeavors and climb to the top of the corporate ladder. It doesn't matter what side you are on as long as we support each other, because we all need some girl power.

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This is Cyntoia Brown And THIS is Why She Deserves To Be Freed, Immediately

A glimpse inside the incarceration of a Tennessee woman who was sentenced to life behind bars for killing a pedophile who solicited her for sex.

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In 2004, Cyntoia Brown, a Tenessee woman, was sentenced to life in prison for killing a man who solicited her for sex when she was only 16 years old. Now, 14 years later, the court has ruled that she must serve 51 years in prison before she is eligible for parole.

So, what happened to Brown all those years ago? Brown says at the time of the murder, she was living with her abusive boyfriend who would often physically and sexually abuse her, force her to sell sex for money, and pump her full of drugs to make her more controllable.

Brown was picked up on the side of the road by a 43-year-old insurance agent named Johnny Mitchell Allen. Allen brought Brown to his home, showed her his extensive gun collection, and then came onto Brown. Brown then resisted Allen's sexual advances. After being rejected, Allen reached below his bed. Brown assumed he was reaching for a gun, and then shot Allen with her own gun out of fear of being shot herself. On the morning of the shooting, Brown's abusive boyfriend advised her that she better come home with money that day. Out of fear of her boyfriend, Brown then stole money from the dead man's wallet and left the home.

Since then, prosecutors have argued that Brown's intentions were to rob this man from the very beginning, though Brown and her lawyers insist that the shooting was done out of self-defense. It's worth noting that Tennessee law states that any sex work done by minors is ruled sex slavery. Brown was 16 years old, and practically in the custody of a man who is said to have repeatedly raped and solicited her to have sex with other men for money. She was under the control of someone stronger and more threatening than herself. She was scared and did what she thought she had to do to make it out of that situation alive.

I'm in no way condoning murdering someone. It's just pretty appalling to me how courts are so quick to send this woman to prison for the rest of her life when proven sexual predators like Brock Turner are given six-month sentences and only made to serve three for raping an unconscious woman in a park. How in the world does shooting a pedophile out of self-defense warrant a more severe punishment than raping a defenseless woman? Does this make sense to anyone? If so, please enlighten me.

Now, people across the country are pleading Tennessee governor Bill Haslam to grant Brown clemency before his term is up in a few weeks. Celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Rihanna have shared their sympathy for Brown on social media, which has garnered a lot of publicity from a younger demographic.

On Monday, Governor Haslam gave a speech on education at the Nashville Public Library. After being asked about the amount of justice within Brown's case, Governor Haslam said: "We're reviewing a lot of cases, and while Cyntoia's case has gotten a lot of publicity, I don't think you want us to treat her's any different than a whole lot of cases that I think people want us to review."

Haslam said everyone in his office is looking very deeply into Brown's case and he will make a decision on whether or not to grant Brown clemency before his term is up in a few weeks.

Haslam's conservative reputation could be impacted by his potential decision to show Brown mercy. It all comes down to how he wants to be remembered as a governor. My hope is that justice is shown and that Brown is treated as a victim of sex-slavery, rather than a killer and a thief. No person should be sent to a life behind bars for trying to defend themselves.

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