Why We Should Take Pride In Individuality

Why We Should Take Pride In Individuality

Should we conform for social acceptance?

Social acceptance and conformity are ideas that many people have struggled with since our youth. We follow trends and try to stay current on what is “in” and what is not. However, is it possible that we may be following them too closely?

Taking pride in your individuality is something that more people should be able to do. It is sometimes difficult to do because of worries about what others may think. Individuality can be expressed in many different ways, whether it is your hobby, your style, your favorite music, or your ideas. No matter what it is, these differences are what make up your entire existence.

Our generation seems to be particularly interested in following trends. I began to notice the regularity of trend following when I started college. As a student at a historically black university, I frequently observe trends and conformity. When you go to class, parties, or even the cafeteria, you will often see students wearing certain outfits or sporting a popular shoe, and they could be sitting right next to each other. Trends at an institution like Hampton University spread like wildfires. This can be due to a number of reasons, whether it is the proximity, the variety in cultures, or people’s desire to want to stay current.

Style is not the only form of conformity that people uphold. Anther way that you may notice it is when you hear the music that people enjoy listening to or artists that they think are hot at that time. However, have you ever listened to artists like Drake, Kendrick, or Future and thought, “What is all the hype about?” If you have, then this is just fine. You may find other artists that you appreciate, and you may even prefer to listen to other genres instead. This is what contributes to your individuality. Although people may love mainstream artists that are hot now, some may also appreciate your different taste and may be curious about what you are interested in. There is still beauty in being unique and maintaining your individuality.

At Hampton, one of the biggest ways that students conform is within the MBA program. One of the requirements of the program is for male students to have clean cut hair, and natural styles, such as fros or dreadlocks are not permitted. Because the Business Administration program is so beneficial, many people look past this requirement and enter the program. However, some people choose to take other academic routes and study entrepreneurship, finance, or other programs in the school of business because they did not want to give up their styles, and they wanted to conform to fit into the program. It is understandable why some people choose to continue within the program because all of the preparation and life changing opportunities that can be presented for its students. However I am just as able to understand why someone would choose to take a different route. At the end of the day, it is most important for you to make the decision that is best for you.

Having your own personal style, beliefs and interests is what makes a person interesting and important in their community, family, and amongst their peers. So instead of trying to stay updated on what is popular now, own what you think fits your personality and lifestyle. In the end, you will be happier with yourself and find more enjoyment in life overall.

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22 Post Malone ‘beerbongs & bentleys’ Lyrics College Kids Will Use As Insta Captions This Summer

It's here, and it's fire.

If you didn't know, I am really not sure how you wouldn't know, but it's fine, Post Malone's new album FINALLY came out! Posty has time and time again proven that he's a trailblazer in the music industry. His genre is a mix of everything, from rap to acoustic guitar, and he sounds like he's at home in both settings.

Here it is, a list of Post Malone lyrics you'll use or see as Instagram captions. I can already feel it, this summer is Posty's summer –– a summer for "beerbongs & bentleys."

1. "Spoil My Night" - "Won't you come spoil my night?"

2. "Spoil My Night" - "Feelings come into play and I'm thinkin' this happens every time"

3. "Spoil My Night" - "Yeah, when I walk up in a party, they all act like they know me"

4. "Zack and Codeine" - "Been livin' fast, no I can't take it slowly"

5. "Zack and Codeine" - "But it don't mean nothing without all my people"

6. "Zack and Codeine" - "Pour that drink 'cause we ain't sleepin' tonight"

7. "Takin Shots" - "Heard that there's a party, I might pay a visit"

8. "Takin Shots" - "Baby, just for the night, you my soulmate"

9. "Over Now" - "I'ma turn the tables, promise you will not forget it"

10. "Stay" - "Damn, who are we right now?"

11. "Blame It On Me" - "These hurricanes inside of my brain"

12. "Same Bitches" - "Bottles on deck, and my drink full"

13. "Same Bitches" - "Population four million, how I see the same bitches?"

14. "Jonestown" - "It happens every time"

15. "92 Explorer" - "She in the front seat head bangin'"

16. "Sugar Wraith" - "And then I went and changed my life"

17. "Sugar Wraith" - "I take the lead, they just follow"

18. "Rockstar" - "Sayin, 'I'm with the band'"

19. "Rockstar" - "Livin’ like a Rockstar, I’m livin’ like a Rockstar"

20. "Rockstar" - "Sweeter than a Pop-Tart”

21. "Psycho" - "Can’t really trust nobody with all this jewelry on you"

22. "Psycho" - "I got homies, let it go"

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How I Feel About The Series Finale Of New Girl

"This isn't puppy love. This is old-ass dog love."

May 15th, 2018: the worst day of my life. Okay, maybe it wasn't that big of a deal. But it was the day that my favorite show of seven years ended forever.

New Girl has made me laugh out loud, ugly cry, and everything in between (and I'm sure if you clicked on this article, you've felt the same way). The thing that set this show apart from other sitcoms is the reality of it. This show managed to teach us some extremely valuable life lessons in a light-hearted fashion, something that's not easily done. These writers, producers, and cast members truly poured their hearts and souls into this show, and its fanbase will be forever thankful.

*This is where you should stop reading if you haven't seen the series finale yet. I'm about to get deep into my feels.*

Jess and Nick were meant to be together. Their quirky and witty personalities align perfectly. It may have taken them six seasons to finally realize it, but we all knew from the very beginning. Due to a little thing called foreshadowing, most of us probably predicted that Aly would have her baby during the finale.

The fact that it happened during what was supposed to be the holy matrimony of our two favorite characters, well, we'll get over it. It wouldn't have been Jess and Nick's wedding if it were normal. They were married under a make-shift arch of balloons from the hospital gift shop, and we'll never forget it. If you didn't sob when Jess walked down the aisle (to the same song that she and Nick chicken danced to in the second episode of the series) I'm disappointed in you.

Production obviously couldn't have ended the show without one last round of "True American," but my heart was not prepared to handle the glimpse into the future of the gang and their kids playing a family-friendly version of the infamous drinking game. Tears. All over the floor.

Prank Sinatra. We know him, we love him. What we didn't know was that he would be the end-all, be-all of the entire series. Throughout season seven, eviction notices had been slipped under the door every couple of weeks. They went unnoticed and ignored until the beginning of the finale, where Jess finds one of the letters and begins to panic. They have twenty-four hours to move out.

The rest of the episode is dedicated to reflecting on everything that happened in the loft over the years. They pack up all of those memories into boxes and close the back of the moving-truck to find Winston's face plastered on the door. Above it: "Gotcha!" The eviction notices were fake, and Winston pulled off perhaps the greatest prank of the entire series. They didn't have to move out, but they chose to. It was time to move on, and that doesn't always have to be a sad thing.

Needless to say, I've continually been blown away by the creativity and love poured into this show. "New Girl" began when Jess moved into the loft and ended when she moved out: exactly the way it should have.

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