This past Thursday, dance company at The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater hosted Emerging Choreographers Concert. I, along with three of my sorority sisters were among the 70 or so dancers to participate.
Everything becomes so real once it starts effecting your life personally.
My friend and I were on our way back from lunch today, May 10th, and we started seeing undercover vans with their lights on speeding down the road. We jokingly started wondering what our lives would be like if we were the drivers for those undercover vans, little did we know, as soon as we got home from lunch we would learn exactly what those vans were for...
I walk into my house and my mom calls me to ask, "are all of the doors locked?" I instantly become nervous. She informed me that there was a bank robber in Richmond, about five miles away from me. The "shootout" was outside the Associated Bank near route 12 and route 173.
There are helicopters everywhere and sirens are going off. I did not anticipate that there would be any danger near my house, but I immediately started to think of the little girls who I babysit. They go to the nearby grade school which has been put on lock down.
I'm sure this is a very traumatic experience for them; it is for anyone who is involved.
As I am sitting in my house, anxiously waiting to hear more news, I begin to pray that everyone will continue to be safe and justice will prevail onto this bank robber.
Please pray for everyone involved.
Recently, I came across a website that shows pictures of dogs on wheels, or other animals with different disabilities. I was so touched by the amazing stories, that I thought I would share this website with you.
Someday, I hope to start a foundation specifically for dogs who need wheels. We all know how important our pets are to us; they are part of the family. Please visit this webpage and read some of the stories that will tug on your heart strings.
Facebook has 751 million monthly active users on mobile phones as of March, which is a 54% increase from last year. Overall, Facebook has 1.11 billion active users. The growth of Facebook is consistent and evident, however, how is Facebook exactly affecting our lives?
I am one of the billions of users who log onto their account daily- sometimes even multiple times in one day. This social website has become a way to communicate, catch up on news, find events and find out what your friends are up to. Let's be honest, without Facebook we wouldn't be so in-tune with our social lives, but as I start to consider the negatives, I wonder what Facebook is actually doing to us.
Could the advertisements be flooding our lives and change our shopping habits? It has been proven that Facebook allows its advertisers to track the pages we look at, therefor, all the ads on the side of the page are strategically placed.
My other concern is the constant flow of information. What ever happened to picking up the phone and contacting a long lost friend? Instead, I find that people I know, and myself, are logging on to Facebook to see what our friends are up to and then we feel satisfied and never actually call the friend to catch up. This lack of communication is becoming more and more evident.
This could possibly be the ever changing growth of media, but how do we make sure we aren't losing our communication skills in the process? In twenty years, what will social media be like? How will people communicate differently?
I started writing an Op Ed for one of my public relations classes and I got really fired away... Here is the beginning to my article.
I grew up constantly knowing that I was in a secure household; if anyone were to break in, we had protection. My dad has always owned guns and so did his dad, who was also a Chief police in Waukegan Illinois. It has always been sensible for good citizens to own and carry firearms for protection against violent criminals who prey on decent people, but now Americans are fighting to keep their inherent rights.
Recently, threats have been growing. There are more gangs, kidnappings, school shootings and violence than ever before. It’s no wonder Americans are buying guns in record numbers right now; their right to bear arms may soon be taken away- especially if Obama continues to be our president.
Chicago Illinois has a no gun policy, but how is that exactly stopping all of the violence? In 2012, Chicago Police Department seized 7,400 guns used in crimes. The only people in Chicago who have guns are those criminals who are using and abusing them. But what better way to protect the decent people of Chicago than taking away their right to own a gun for protection? It’s obvious that someone wasn't thinking when they made up this law.
With natural disasters, terrorists, gangs and criminals, the need to buy and own a gun is not only for protection, its survival. Now President Obama may not have to worry about his family’s safety, with bodyguards following their every move, but us Americas do! You have the duty to save your family and make sure they feel comfortable in their own home, it is responsible behavior.
STOP TRYING TO MAKE EVERYONE HAPPY ALL THE TIME!!
Today I spent most of my day wondering why I never have any free time and I realized, it's because I am always trying to please everyone else. But I came to conclusion...
You can either go (emotionally) broke running around trying to please everyone, or you can spend your time creating, living and being AUTHENTIC to your own needs and desires. This is not new information — I’m sure countless blog posts exist on this topic, but it’s time for a reminder.
This post is not just for all of you people pleasers, but it is also to myself: it is time to start living, stop trying to make everyone happy! For once, think about what you want or what you want to do and go do it!
I would be interested to hear what you choose to do in your "new" free time! Good Luck (:
"From the outside looking in, you can never understand it. From
When people ask me what being in a sorority means to me, I am
often at a loss for words. I can think of a million different reasons why I am
in a sorority, but the best way to explain it is simply by sharing
I could tell you how my sisters were there for me during tough times or how the
best memories of college are with me and my sisters, but you will never fully
understand the meaning of it unless you get to feel it for yourself. In fact,
sisterhood is made up of so many different things- including the most heartfelt
and beautiful things in the world.
My sisters encourage one another through good times and are there
for support during the bad times.
Sisterhood is walking through campus and saying hello to about
ten people on the way to class because they are all your sisters.
Sisterhood is about creating friendships that last a
Sisterhood is knowing you will always have someone to rely on.
Sisterhood is about sharing each other’s dreams, goals and
ambitions and then helping to reach them!
Sisterhood is about being able to be counted on to make a
difference in your sorority.
Sisterhood is learning about people and
Sisterhood is a family that can never be
Sisterhood is so many things as once and is the most unbelievable
experience of a lifetime- an experience unlike you could ever imagine.
I have heard that a sorority is a waste of time, but I could
surely prove you wrong. I have heard that being in a sorority means I’m paying
for my friends; in that case, I didn’t pay enough. You can listen to the
stereotypes and gossip, but I have seen, felt, shared and experienced the love
and enjoyment of a sisterhood. I have heard the upmost ridiculous things about
what a sorority is or isn’t, but I can assure you that I have watched each and
every one of my sisters develop a devotion for our Creed and we stand by it
with our true colors. I have heard that a sorority is harmful, but they are
wrong because I know my sisters; they all strive to benefit each other and
themselves. My sisterhood is filled with people who want me to succeed.
A sorority is counting on others and being counted
ΑΕΦ, AOΠ, ΑΣ,ΓΦΒ, ΔΔΔ, ΔΖ, ΖΤΑ, ΘΦΑ, ΚΑΘ, ΠΒΦ, ΣΚ, ΣΣΣ, ΦΜ, ΦΣΣ,
ΧΩ or any other Greek letters that you call your own.
I’m thankful I belong.
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Kirsten and Daniel
“having a child with a disability is difficult, and yes a lot of
time and emotion can go into raising them, but it always seems to leave out that they are people and just like any other person, they have personalities that you get to know and love” – Kirsten Boi
We are all guilty of doing it, whether you call it ‘people
watching’ or simply just ‘staring’ when we are out in public and see something
or someone who we aren’t familiar with, it often causes curiosity and instant
judgment. I am not necessarily meaning judgment in a bad way either; we learn
from what we see and we perceive things from what we have learned.
I have known Kirsten since we were about four; we danced
together, played together, made the same friends and we practically grew up as
sisters. I can tell her anything and trust her with everything; she is and always will be, my best friend.
Not only is she there to support me, but she, along with her brother, have taught me one of
the most valuable lessons in life: what acceptance really means.
When I walk into Kirsten’s house, I am not just greeted by her,
but I am also greeted by her brother Daniel. Daniel is a very loving, handsome
and inspirational young man who has been diagnosed with Down Syndrome; his
personality is one to envy because he is one of the most sincere, funny and
talented boys I know.
Kirsten often talks about her brother and she always smiles as
she is doing it. I know he means the world to her, he means to world to everyone
who meets him. Not only will he be the one to make you laugh until you’re
crying, he will change your life and teach you why you should get to know
someone for their inside, instead of what is just on the outside.
As Kirsten talks about her brother, this is what she says,
“personally, if Daniel had been born a "normal" or "healthy" child I would be
completely different. Of all the lessons I've learned in life, the things he has
taught me have been the deepest. He has blinded me to the way people look. I
look at everyone the same. People are people. I see how people look at him when
we are in public, which I understand, it's confusing to see something you're not
always used to. I don't blame them, but I'm glad he's taught me to be different
from them. He has taught me patience, and kindness. He has taught me to not be
ashamed of myself or who I am. I've grown up being used to holding his hand in
public so he will not get lost, it's become a total habit. For several years I
noticed people looking at us oddly, I've even heard some rude comments about it.
(Once again, I understand not everyone is used to it) At times I was embarrassed
of it. But these days I hold his hand with pride. Pride that I have a best
friend, pride that I have someone special in my life, pride that I will forever
know that I'm a better person because of everything he is. Every day I am more
aware of how blessed I am by him. And every day I wish the whole world knew that
these "people" are sometimes the most wonderful people.”
I can’t change the fact that someone has Down syndrome, but one
thing I would like to change is how people think of Down syndrome. We
often shut ourselves out in ignorance, thus preventing us from learning from
others whom we consider to be somehow “different.”I guarantee if you took the
time to understand and get to know one of these magnificent people, they will
change the way you think about life.
Special Thanks to Kirsten for letting me share her story-I know it will open the eyes to make people
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