The College Democrats organization of EMich Univ. arranged a meet and greet with the Oscar award-winning actor, producer, and director; Sean Astin today . If you are not familiar with Sean, he played Mikey in "The Goonies" and Samwise in " The Lord of the Rings." You might even recognize him as the football player who had dreams of playing for Notre Dame in the movie "Rocky."  Astin has been traveling state to state in support of Hillary Clinton's campaign for president. He's been visiting different college campuses to encourage students, 18 and older, to register to vote and to support Hillary in the election.   During his meet and greet he explained how he began working with Hillary Clinton.   " I met Hillary in 1992 when working on Bill Clinton's campaign and that's how we became acquainted, and was able to work on both of her campaigns," he said.  Sean Astin emphasized the importance of voting and letting young adults voices be heard when there is a call for action. He also explained why he was so Pro-Hillary and against Donald Trump.  " I believe in her as a person, I think she could make a difference," he said. But Trump on the other hand, Astin asked students why would they want someone who said "mean, nasty negative things" to be their president? And whenever Trumps speaks it makes him want to "punch the TV,"  then a few laughs echoed through the room.  Apart from Astin speaking of how he is deeply involved in politics, I was able to squeeze in a few questions about how Sean's earned his career in Hollywood.  " Well, because of my parents. They were very famous, so I was able to get into the acting business through nepotism." Sean Astins parents are John Astin, who played the father in the 1964 film " The Addams Family," and Patty Duke from "The Patty Duke Show" in 1963.   Astin also extended his advice for those who have interest in acting as well.  " Build a resume and perfect your craft, whether it's in school or outside of school," he said. "Don't just search 'talent agency' on google either and don't pay anyone to be your talent agent because it doesn't work like that."  As a celebrity figure, Sean Austin has managed to set a great example for his fans and college students today. Outside of his acting career, he contributes to his country by using his voice to encourage others to register to vote and to make people realize how important their decisions and opinions are.  " If you want to make a change, don't just mope around and b*tch about it, do something about it! Vote!"
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 I think it is crazy insane how much people have to pay just to receive a higher education, especially when most people graduate and cant even find a job with their own damn degree.  I began to second-guess myself about my own major because of it.  Was I going to get a good job with a degree in communications? Should I study to become a doctor or nurse so I can live stable?  ‘Cause you know what they say, “Money is in the medical field.”  According to the College Board, the average cost of tuition and fees between 2015 and now was $32,400 at private colleges, $9,400 for state residents at public colleges, and $23,890 for out-of-state residents attending public universities. That’s insane! The average college student has to take out student loans and if they’re lucky; get a scholarship to pay off college. And no matter how many study table hours you get, you still end up owing! Oh, lets not forget these student loans have inflation rates as well. The average amount of debt a college student racks up by the time they graduate is around $29,000. That’s PER student.  So first of all America, you tell society to go to college so that everyone can have a great paying successful job and to avoid falling into poverty. You tell us all the opportunities that come with obtaining a degree and sugar coat the fact that we still have the possibly of being broke AND in debt regardless of whether we graduate college or not. People make it seem like obtaining a degree will put us on a whole other social and economic level when there's still a 50/50 chance of us not being financially stable.  I’m starting to think that the government is only interested in people investing their money into institutions and handing out loans so they can double the amount students borrowed. It was never about encouraging society to be in a good financial standing point like they make it seem.   The killing part is, I learned that colleges over seas, like in Canada, are free institutions. What is tuition? But of course there was a catch to why these institutions are free… the citizens of those countries pay way more tax money than us! If only it was easy to move over seas to go to school FOR FREE! Too bad you’d have to establish citizenship and start paying high ass taxes as well.
 The College Democrats organization of EMich Univ. arranged a meet and greet with the Oscar award-winning actor, producer, and director; Sean Astin today . If you are not familiar with Sean, he played Mikey in "The Goonies" and Samwise in " The Lord of the Rings." You might even recognize him as the football player who had dreams of playing for Notre Dame in the movie "Rocky."  Astin has been traveling state to state in support of Hillary Clinton's campaign for president. He's been visiting different college campuses to encourage students, 18 and older, to register to vote and to support Hillary in the election.   During his meet and greet he explained how he began working with Hillary Clinton.   " I met Hillary in 1992 when working on Bill Clinton's campaign and that's how we became acquainted, and was able to work on both of her campaigns," he said.  Sean Astin emphasized the importance of voting and letting young adults voices be heard when there is a call for action. He also explained why he was so Pro-Hillary and against Donald Trump.  " I believe in her as a person, I think she could make a difference," he said. But Trump on the other hand, Astin asked students why would they want someone who said "mean, nasty negative things" to be their president? And whenever Trumps speaks it makes him want to "punch the TV,"  then a few laughs echoed through the room.  Apart from Astin speaking of how he is deeply involved in politics, I was able to squeeze in a few questions about how Sean's earned his career in Hollywood.  " Well, because of my parents. They were very famous, so I was able to get into the acting business through nepotism." Sean Astins parents are John Astin, who played the father in the 1964 film " The Addams Family," and Patty Duke from "The Patty Duke Show" in 1963.   Astin also extended his advice for those who have interest in acting as well.  " Build a resume and perfect your craft, whether it's in school or outside of school," he said. "Don't just search 'talent agency' on google either and don't pay anyone to be your talent agent because it doesn't work like that."  As a celebrity figure, Sean Austin has managed to set a great example for his fans and college students today. Outside of his acting career, he contributes to his country by using his voice to encourage others to register to vote and to make people realize how important their decisions and opinions are.  " If you want to make a change, don't just mope around and b*tch about it, do something about it! Vote!"

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Sean Astin's Meet & Greet


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Secrets to Keeping up With The Joneses


Secrets to Keeping up With The Joneses


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Melania Trump Plagiarizes Michelle Obama


Just seconds ago, every social website started tweeting and reposting videos, and making comments about Donald Trumps wife, Melania, speech at the Republican National Convention. So it's clear as day Melania plagiarized Michelle Obamas speech from 2008 at the DNC, I'm talking about word for word. Then before she gave the speech, she had an interview about the speech she "prepared" and said that she wrote it on her own, and practiced it. 

To me it looks like the Trumps will do anything to get into the Oval Office. Like The Shade Room mentioned (below), the Trumps been taking notes the whole time. At least she chose a great person to plagiarize, though, right? I mean it's flattering she tried to copy the same speech that First Lady gave during the time Obama was running for election.

But my question is, was she dumb enough to not think she would get caught for reusing a speech and claiming that it was her own? Did she have help or was it Trump's idea for her to recite that speech again, because he did compliment Michele Obama in 2008 after she gave that speech. He probably seen how much the first lady's speech impacted the audience and viewers from home and decided to tell his wife, "hey, use this speech." This whole situation is left open ended and it's quite amusing. Let's just see how the Trump family addresses Melania's plagiarism after this.

Melania Trump Plagiarizes Michelle Obama


Just seconds ago, every social website started tweeting and reposting videos, and making comments about Donald Trumps wife, Melania, speech at the Republican National Convention. So it's clear as day Melania plagiarized Michelle Obamas speech from 2008 at the DNC, I'm talking about word for word. Then before she gave the speech, she had an interview about the speech she "prepared" and said that she wrote it on her own, and practiced it. 

To me it looks like the Trumps will do anything to get into the Oval Office. Like The Shade Room mentioned (below), the Trumps been taking notes the whole time. At least she chose a great person to plagiarize, though, right? I mean it's flattering she tried to copy the same speech that First Lady gave during the time Obama was running for election.

But my question is, was she dumb enough to not think she would get caught for reusing a speech and claiming that it was her own? Did she have help or was it Trump's idea for her to recite that speech again, because he did compliment Michele Obama in 2008 after she gave that speech. He probably seen how much the first lady's speech impacted the audience and viewers from home and decided to tell his wife, "hey, use this speech." This whole situation is left open ended and it's quite amusing. Let's just see how the Trump family addresses Melania's plagiarism after this.

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A Message From Beyoncé


Just minutes ago Beyoncé left a message on Instagram (View Below).

A Message From Beyoncé


Just minutes ago Beyoncé left a message on Instagram (View Below).

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George Zimmerman auctioning off his Murder weapon


This is not happening! Now I'm just convinced that George Zimmerman is trying to find ways to stay relevant and irritate people. I found out through Twitter on my trending feed that Zimmerman is auctioning off the gun he used to kill Trayvon Martin. I can't even explain in words how exactly I feel or how other people feel about this!


 I can only imagine what Trayvon Martin's family is saying about this. I know they are passed the line of infuriated. First they lose their son then their son loses his justice in death because of this terrible system. Now their son's killer is basically flaunting Trayvon's death, calling the murder weapon a "piece of American history."  A lot of people on Twitter had A LOT to say about this too, take a look!

George Zimmerman auctioning off his Murder weapon


This is not happening! Now I'm just convinced that George Zimmerman is trying to find ways to stay relevant and irritate people. I found out through Twitter on my trending feed that Zimmerman is auctioning off the gun he used to kill Trayvon Martin. I can't even explain in words how exactly I feel or how other people feel about this!


 I can only imagine what Trayvon Martin's family is saying about this. I know they are passed the line of infuriated. First they lose their son then their son loses his justice in death because of this terrible system. Now their son's killer is basically flaunting Trayvon's death, calling the murder weapon a "piece of American history."  A lot of people on Twitter had A LOT to say about this too, take a look!

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As a Woman...


As a Woman...


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Destiny's Children?


Just not too long ago the singing group, Fifth Harmony was placed on the cover of Billboard Magazine (see below). On that same cover, the group was referred to as "Destiny's Children," which basically compared them to the originally best selling singing group, Destiny's Child. 
This cover actually pissed a lot of people off to the point where it started trending on Twitter. Fans were saying that it was an insult to Destiny's Child, but honestly I don't think it's that deep. I don't think it was meant to be offensive, I think it was more of a compliment towards Destiny's Child.

Of course I see where some fans think it's inappropriate to call Fifth Harmony "Destiny's Children" because they haven't reached that level yet or won as many awards, or sold as many albums as Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland and Michele. But honestly it would only be an insult if Billboards tried to say that Fifth Harmony was better than Destiny's Child or was the new Destiny's Child. "Destiny's Children" is not a big deal. The word play with "Child" actually shows there was no disrespect. The word play shows that Billboard is trying to explain that it's a new girl group that's still fairly new, that's trying to follow in the foot steps of Destiny's Child. In other words, Fifth Harmony is working their way up on the charts and are aiming to be just as successful and popular as Destiny's Child. There's no harm in that. Take a look at some of the online tweets from fans about the cover!

Destiny's Children?


Just not too long ago the singing group, Fifth Harmony was placed on the cover of Billboard Magazine (see below). On that same cover, the group was referred to as "Destiny's Children," which basically compared them to the originally best selling singing group, Destiny's Child. 
This cover actually pissed a lot of people off to the point where it started trending on Twitter. Fans were saying that it was an insult to Destiny's Child, but honestly I don't think it's that deep. I don't think it was meant to be offensive, I think it was more of a compliment towards Destiny's Child.

Of course I see where some fans think it's inappropriate to call Fifth Harmony "Destiny's Children" because they haven't reached that level yet or won as many awards, or sold as many albums as Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland and Michele. But honestly it would only be an insult if Billboards tried to say that Fifth Harmony was better than Destiny's Child or was the new Destiny's Child. "Destiny's Children" is not a big deal. The word play with "Child" actually shows there was no disrespect. The word play shows that Billboard is trying to explain that it's a new girl group that's still fairly new, that's trying to follow in the foot steps of Destiny's Child. In other words, Fifth Harmony is working their way up on the charts and are aiming to be just as successful and popular as Destiny's Child. There's no harm in that. Take a look at some of the online tweets from fans about the cover!

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Harriet Tubman The New Face on the $20


History in the making: The U.S. Treasury Department is planning to place Harriet Tubman on the new $20 dollar bill. Although NPR confirmed she technically won't be replacing President Andrew Jackson completely. His face will still remain on the bill, but on the back of it. Tubman will be the first African American woman to be placed on a bill, but it's still a big controversy over this idea of her being on the bill with President Jackson because they stood for two different things. 

As history recalls, Harriet Tubman was an escaped slave and a conductor on the Underground Railroad. She risked most of  her life to lead slaves to freedom. In contrast, President Andrew Jackson owned slaves, and became known for policies that led to the deaths of many Native Americans. Based upon what they both represented in life, I think it would be more appropriate and respectful for Harriet Tubman to be on the new $20 bill by herself. Tubman stands for everything the United States is suppose to represent: freedom, leadership and equality. A small change like this can open more doors of opportunities for minorities as well.

The $10 and $5 bill will also be changed. These changes were announced on Wednesday by Treasury Secretary Jack Lew. These changes are suppose to address America’s legacy of slavery and gender inequality. So far the plan of placing Harriet on the bill has received nothing but good feedback, including from  political figures such as Bernie Sanders and Hilary Clinton. 

Harriet Tubman The New Face on the $20


History in the making: The U.S. Treasury Department is planning to place Harriet Tubman on the new $20 dollar bill. Although NPR confirmed she technically won't be replacing President Andrew Jackson completely. His face will still remain on the bill, but on the back of it. Tubman will be the first African American woman to be placed on a bill, but it's still a big controversy over this idea of her being on the bill with President Jackson because they stood for two different things. 

As history recalls, Harriet Tubman was an escaped slave and a conductor on the Underground Railroad. She risked most of  her life to lead slaves to freedom. In contrast, President Andrew Jackson owned slaves, and became known for policies that led to the deaths of many Native Americans. Based upon what they both represented in life, I think it would be more appropriate and respectful for Harriet Tubman to be on the new $20 bill by herself. Tubman stands for everything the United States is suppose to represent: freedom, leadership and equality. A small change like this can open more doors of opportunities for minorities as well.

The $10 and $5 bill will also be changed. These changes were announced on Wednesday by Treasury Secretary Jack Lew. These changes are suppose to address America’s legacy of slavery and gender inequality. So far the plan of placing Harriet on the bill has received nothing but good feedback, including from  political figures such as Bernie Sanders and Hilary Clinton. 

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Goodbye To A Legend


At first I didn't want to believe it, until it was actually confirmed by social media a while ago that Kobe Bryant announced his retirement. After 20 years of a great career, the forward-guard will play his last game Utah Jazz today. The man is truly a living legacy, playing professionally straight out of high school; he was one of the first people to be drafted before entering college. He's accomplished so much from doing what he loved, 5 time NBA final champion, 2 time final MVP and a 18 time NBA all-star, it's so inspiring. 

It's a happy and sad moment that the Lakers are saying good bye to one of the best basketballs players. Many celebrities have already congratulated Kobe multiple times on his retirement on social media. There have also been multiple tributes, starting with post listing unknown facts about Kobe, the highest number of points he scored against every basketball team in the country, and recap videos of his best games. But the most heart warming post dedicated to his retirement was the one posted by his wife on Instagram. The post described all the sacrifices Kobe and his family had to make because of his career. You'd think being in the professional league would be everything you dreamed ever dreamed of, but really you have to miss out on a lot of important things such as family events and spending quality time together as mention in the post (see below).
But the big debate about his retirement, of course, is which jersey number should he retire. He played as No. 8 and No. 24 for his whole career. In my opinion, I think he should retire the No. 8 jersey because that's the number he originally started with, it mark the start of his career and success. But it has been mentioned a few time that the Lakers may retire both, which may be for the best. We will see what will be decided for ourselves live at the Staple Center later on tonight, but until then, take a look at the farewell clip dedicated to Kobe Bryant.

Goodbye To A Legend


At first I didn't want to believe it, until it was actually confirmed by social media a while ago that Kobe Bryant announced his retirement. After 20 years of a great career, the forward-guard will play his last game Utah Jazz today. The man is truly a living legacy, playing professionally straight out of high school; he was one of the first people to be drafted before entering college. He's accomplished so much from doing what he loved, 5 time NBA final champion, 2 time final MVP and a 18 time NBA all-star, it's so inspiring. 

It's a happy and sad moment that the Lakers are saying good bye to one of the best basketballs players. Many celebrities have already congratulated Kobe multiple times on his retirement on social media. There have also been multiple tributes, starting with post listing unknown facts about Kobe, the highest number of points he scored against every basketball team in the country, and recap videos of his best games. But the most heart warming post dedicated to his retirement was the one posted by his wife on Instagram. The post described all the sacrifices Kobe and his family had to make because of his career. You'd think being in the professional league would be everything you dreamed ever dreamed of, but really you have to miss out on a lot of important things such as family events and spending quality time together as mention in the post (see below).
But the big debate about his retirement, of course, is which jersey number should he retire. He played as No. 8 and No. 24 for his whole career. In my opinion, I think he should retire the No. 8 jersey because that's the number he originally started with, it mark the start of his career and success. But it has been mentioned a few time that the Lakers may retire both, which may be for the best. We will see what will be decided for ourselves live at the Staple Center later on tonight, but until then, take a look at the farewell clip dedicated to Kobe Bryant.

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The Korean Beauty Obsession


The Korean Beauty Obsession


Korean American Idol: Produce 101


I know it's many American Idol fans out there who would love be to hear this! South Korea has its own American Idol show! Only it's not about who's got the best talent, it's about who makes the best set for a singing group! The show here is called Produce 101 and it's a reality girl group survival show that plays on the network Mnet. It is a "large-scale project" in which the public produces a girl group by choosing members from a group of 101 young girls on the show that came from one of the 46 entertainment companies. The public must also choose the group's concept, debut song, and group name. The group will then perform four songs together for a year and release a debut album under the record label of CJ E&M. Sounds almost similar to the voice or the famous American Idol right? 
And there's more too! Just like all of our American competitive singing shows, the contestants are trained by several artists, vocalist, and choreographers who are recruited for the show. Unfortunately the shows hasn't stretched so far internationally. The show has only reach the Republic of Korea and Japan. There's already been 11 episodes of the first season aired since the show has been released in January of this year. Although it's the first competitive singing show and very new, it's already really popular. Take a look!

 

Korean American Idol: Produce 101


I know it's many American Idol fans out there who would love be to hear this! South Korea has its own American Idol show! Only it's not about who's got the best talent, it's about who makes the best set for a singing group! The show here is called Produce 101 and it's a reality girl group survival show that plays on the network Mnet. It is a "large-scale project" in which the public produces a girl group by choosing members from a group of 101 young girls on the show that came from one of the 46 entertainment companies. The public must also choose the group's concept, debut song, and group name. The group will then perform four songs together for a year and release a debut album under the record label of CJ E&M. Sounds almost similar to the voice or the famous American Idol right? 
And there's more too! Just like all of our American competitive singing shows, the contestants are trained by several artists, vocalist, and choreographers who are recruited for the show. Unfortunately the shows hasn't stretched so far internationally. The show has only reach the Republic of Korea and Japan. There's already been 11 episodes of the first season aired since the show has been released in January of this year. Although it's the first competitive singing show and very new, it's already really popular. Take a look!

 

K-Pop


Out of all the differences between the United States and South Korea. I noticed a few things we have in common, but of all these similarities  the main thing that stood out to me was the music.

 So here, Koreans have a genre of music called K-pop and it's very popular. Some of the artist even crossed over to the states, which is surprising. I only know they crossed over because most of the people from the states that I am here in Korea with knew most of their music before coming here. 

K-Pop, of course, stands for Korean Pop music and it actually sounds like a lot of the pop music that used to be popular in the 90's, like N'Sync, B2K and young Brittany Spears, only most of the words are in Korean. This genre of music covers a wide range of styles including dance-pop, pop ballad, electronic, rock, metal, hip-hop music and R&B, a lot like American pop music.

A few artist groups that stood out to me the most was SHINee, Got 7, Seventeen, VIXX, and BAP. Mainly because most of the Americans here was always listening to their music and I gravitated to it's similar sound to American pop music. Some of these Korean boy groups are also working to cross over further this year.

According to billboards, BAP plans to have a "The Live On Earth 2016 World Tour," which will have the group performing songs from two new EPs, Matrix and Carnival. They also will have performances in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. The group SHINee also plans to travel for three days in May. They will begin in Toronto at the Hallyu North Expo. The group will also have their first-ever American fan meet in Chicago on May 8.    

GOT7 will also have a 2016 Fly in USA tour in July in Texas, California, Georgia, New York, and Illinois. They also will be performing in Toronto at the KPOP Con 2016, according to billboards. And VIXX, who have crossed over and visited North America are also performing in Toronto at the KPOP Con 2016 with GOT7.

If you're interested in listening to different kinds of music or specifically Korean music, K-Pop is the best entry into hearing and enjoying different types of cultural music. You can easily gravitate to it because of its similarities. K-Pop will definitely bring back the hots for boy band/groups as well. All the men in the groups are very attractive just like the popular boy bands we used to love, and the music is catchy, and has a lot of feeling to it. If you don't believe me, play some of the music videos! 

K-Pop


Out of all the differences between the United States and South Korea. I noticed a few things we have in common, but of all these similarities  the main thing that stood out to me was the music.

 So here, Koreans have a genre of music called K-pop and it's very popular. Some of the artist even crossed over to the states, which is surprising. I only know they crossed over because most of the people from the states that I am here in Korea with knew most of their music before coming here. 

K-Pop, of course, stands for Korean Pop music and it actually sounds like a lot of the pop music that used to be popular in the 90's, like N'Sync, B2K and young Brittany Spears, only most of the words are in Korean. This genre of music covers a wide range of styles including dance-pop, pop ballad, electronic, rock, metal, hip-hop music and R&B, a lot like American pop music.

A few artist groups that stood out to me the most was SHINee, Got 7, Seventeen, VIXX, and BAP. Mainly because most of the Americans here was always listening to their music and I gravitated to it's similar sound to American pop music. Some of these Korean boy groups are also working to cross over further this year.

According to billboards, BAP plans to have a "The Live On Earth 2016 World Tour," which will have the group performing songs from two new EPs, Matrix and Carnival. They also will have performances in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. The group SHINee also plans to travel for three days in May. They will begin in Toronto at the Hallyu North Expo. The group will also have their first-ever American fan meet in Chicago on May 8.    

GOT7 will also have a 2016 Fly in USA tour in July in Texas, California, Georgia, New York, and Illinois. They also will be performing in Toronto at the KPOP Con 2016, according to billboards. And VIXX, who have crossed over and visited North America are also performing in Toronto at the KPOP Con 2016 with GOT7.

If you're interested in listening to different kinds of music or specifically Korean music, K-Pop is the best entry into hearing and enjoying different types of cultural music. You can easily gravitate to it because of its similarities. K-Pop will definitely bring back the hots for boy band/groups as well. All the men in the groups are very attractive just like the popular boy bands we used to love, and the music is catchy, and has a lot of feeling to it. If you don't believe me, play some of the music videos! 

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Culture Shock


I'll admit, I haven't had a real culture shock since I've been in Korea until now! I've officially been here for a little over a month, and I'm just now starting to notice things I haven't before. 


For starters, over the weekend, I traveled to Seoul, it's the capital of South Korea. When I tell you people are RUDE. Usually in a crowded setting, it's apart of American culture to say, " excuse me" or "sorry" when trying to get by. Koreans don't do that at all, they just push pass each other. My new Korean friends told me "not to take it personal because everyone here in Korea assumes that everyone has somewhere important to go. It's nothing rude about pushing or shoving." Now imagine how much irritation I had to hold back and let go after hearing that.


Next thing you know, another thing happens. I'm on the subway train, and there's an open seat. It was odd to me that the color of the seat was pink when comparing it to all the blue seats on the train, but I brushed it off. I tried to sit down and all my friends screamed, " you can't sit there!" Like why it's an open seat, I've been standing and walking for fifty eleven hours! Come to find out, they have specific colored and reserved seats for only pregnant women. It sounded dumb to me at first, but then it dawned on me that this seat was sort of a smart idea. Not everyone is considerate enough to give their seat on a bus or train to pregnant women, so why not just reserve one to make life easier? When discussing the pregnant seat with my friends, it also came to my attention that it is a specific section reserved for elders on the subway train, not for handy cap, but elders. This was so backwards, but things get a lot crazier than this.


A few days later I went out for dinner and drinks with the head managers and  people I work with at my campus cafe. So I tried to put a piece of meat in my mouth ( I was starving) and one of the girls I sat next to said, "you can't eat yet, you have to wait for the eldest to start eating first before you can." Boy, WHAT? People must of forgot I'm not Korean and neither am I from Korea. This is one custom I refused to listen to. I'm hungry so I'm about to eat, f*ck all that waiting sh*t. Well at least that was what I wanted to say, I waited lol. Then while at dinner, one of my working buddies told me that when you are drinking with someone older you have to turn away from them and cover the side of your face and cup while drinking. This is to show respect because it's inappropriate to drink in their face. Like come on now, if that's the case, then drinking should be prohibited for young adults. I'm grown as hell and I'm two years passed the drinking age, I should be able to drink in front of who ever I want, long as I'm not breaking the law, right?


And here's the killing part, I tried to use the public restroom, the toilet was ON THE FLOOR. I heard of Holes on the floor in China being used as toilets, but really they thought I was about to squat over that to pee? #TooClassy4That! I held my blather until I found another restroom that had actual toilets. When I found another one, they had the regular toilets, thank gosh, but I had to wait in line before entering the stall to get toilet paper because most don't believe in providing a roll of toilet tissue per stall. This way they can save paper and limit the use of it. Over all my experience with public restrooms was horrible.

And OH MY GOSH, the thing Americans always wished for: Buger King and McDonald delivers here in Korea. Like how can they allow this in Asia, and exclude North America from having fast food delivery? They just get all the special privileges here. 

It's clearly a lot of things here that are totally different from what I'm used to, but being in a different country is all about adapting to new ways of life and trying new things. This blog isn't to scare others from traveling, it's more so to prepare you for the unexpected, and trust me it's going to be ALOT of the unexpected in a place that's not the United States. 

Culture Shock


I'll admit, I haven't had a real culture shock since I've been in Korea until now! I've officially been here for a little over a month, and I'm just now starting to notice things I haven't before. 


For starters, over the weekend, I traveled to Seoul, it's the capital of South Korea. When I tell you people are RUDE. Usually in a crowded setting, it's apart of American culture to say, " excuse me" or "sorry" when trying to get by. Koreans don't do that at all, they just push pass each other. My new Korean friends told me "not to take it personal because everyone here in Korea assumes that everyone has somewhere important to go. It's nothing rude about pushing or shoving." Now imagine how much irritation I had to hold back and let go after hearing that.


Next thing you know, another thing happens. I'm on the subway train, and there's an open seat. It was odd to me that the color of the seat was pink when comparing it to all the blue seats on the train, but I brushed it off. I tried to sit down and all my friends screamed, " you can't sit there!" Like why it's an open seat, I've been standing and walking for fifty eleven hours! Come to find out, they have specific colored and reserved seats for only pregnant women. It sounded dumb to me at first, but then it dawned on me that this seat was sort of a smart idea. Not everyone is considerate enough to give their seat on a bus or train to pregnant women, so why not just reserve one to make life easier? When discussing the pregnant seat with my friends, it also came to my attention that it is a specific section reserved for elders on the subway train, not for handy cap, but elders. This was so backwards, but things get a lot crazier than this.


A few days later I went out for dinner and drinks with the head managers and  people I work with at my campus cafe. So I tried to put a piece of meat in my mouth ( I was starving) and one of the girls I sat next to said, "you can't eat yet, you have to wait for the eldest to start eating first before you can." Boy, WHAT? People must of forgot I'm not Korean and neither am I from Korea. This is one custom I refused to listen to. I'm hungry so I'm about to eat, f*ck all that waiting sh*t. Well at least that was what I wanted to say, I waited lol. Then while at dinner, one of my working buddies told me that when you are drinking with someone older you have to turn away from them and cover the side of your face and cup while drinking. This is to show respect because it's inappropriate to drink in their face. Like come on now, if that's the case, then drinking should be prohibited for young adults. I'm grown as hell and I'm two years passed the drinking age, I should be able to drink in front of who ever I want, long as I'm not breaking the law, right?


And here's the killing part, I tried to use the public restroom, the toilet was ON THE FLOOR. I heard of Holes on the floor in China being used as toilets, but really they thought I was about to squat over that to pee? #TooClassy4That! I held my blather until I found another restroom that had actual toilets. When I found another one, they had the regular toilets, thank gosh, but I had to wait in line before entering the stall to get toilet paper because most don't believe in providing a roll of toilet tissue per stall. This way they can save paper and limit the use of it. Over all my experience with public restrooms was horrible.

And OH MY GOSH, the thing Americans always wished for: Buger King and McDonald delivers here in Korea. Like how can they allow this in Asia, and exclude North America from having fast food delivery? They just get all the special privileges here. 

It's clearly a lot of things here that are totally different from what I'm used to, but being in a different country is all about adapting to new ways of life and trying new things. This blog isn't to scare others from traveling, it's more so to prepare you for the unexpected, and trust me it's going to be ALOT of the unexpected in a place that's not the United States. 

Let's Talk About Sex


Let's Talk About Sex


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How To Mend Your Broken Heart


  We've all got our hearts broken at some point in time, but a lot of people have a hard time getting over that heart break. Some times the pain we feel lingers on for months and years. Well, I have decided to share a set of rules that helped me when I was last heart broken....

How To Mend Your Broken Heart


  We've all got our hearts broken at some point in time, but a lot of people have a hard time getting over that heart break. Some times the pain we feel lingers on for months and years. Well, I have decided to share a set of rules that helped me when I was last heart broken....

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The Mother Who Killed Two of Her Children


So you remember the Detroit woman who killed two of her kids and stuffed them in the freezer? Well, I stumbled across a video of her admitting to why she did it in vivid detail. The 25 minute video is pretty intense! For those who don't know, the woman name is Mitchelle Blair. In 2012, she reportedly beat her oldest son, Stephen Berry to death and suffocated her daughter, Stoni Blair months later because they raped and neglected Blair's youngest son.

After watching her confession, I understood why she did everything she did, but at the same time I don't think her children deserved to die. I don't think it was right for her to disclaim her children and call them "demons." But I could understand wy something like that could make her angry enough to lash out in deadly violence. A taddle tale like this from a kid would make any mother go insane. But there's a difference between enforcing punishment for bad deeds and going too far! This was definitely taken too far.

I think Mitchelle Blair should of looked more into where the problem started from, beginning with how and why her older kids started raping the youngest instead of torturing the children. After all, her oldest son was nine years old at the time, and her daughter was 13. There had to be some misguidance at some point of time when they were growing up to make them believe that what they were doing was okay. Take a moment to listen to her shocking story.

The Mother Who Killed Two of Her Children


So you remember the Detroit woman who killed two of her kids and stuffed them in the freezer? Well, I stumbled across a video of her admitting to why she did it in vivid detail. The 25 minute video is pretty intense! For those who don't know, the woman name is Mitchelle Blair. In 2012, she reportedly beat her oldest son, Stephen Berry to death and suffocated her daughter, Stoni Blair months later because they raped and neglected Blair's youngest son.

After watching her confession, I understood why she did everything she did, but at the same time I don't think her children deserved to die. I don't think it was right for her to disclaim her children and call them "demons." But I could understand wy something like that could make her angry enough to lash out in deadly violence. A taddle tale like this from a kid would make any mother go insane. But there's a difference between enforcing punishment for bad deeds and going too far! This was definitely taken too far.

I think Mitchelle Blair should of looked more into where the problem started from, beginning with how and why her older kids started raping the youngest instead of torturing the children. After all, her oldest son was nine years old at the time, and her daughter was 13. There had to be some misguidance at some point of time when they were growing up to make them believe that what they were doing was okay. Take a moment to listen to her shocking story.

Education on Electorial Processes 101


Education on Electorial Processes 101


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Black-On-Black Racism


Black-On-Black Racism


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U.S. Student Held in North Korea


After listening in to CNN last night, it came to my attention that an American student was held by North Korea for over two months. The student name is Otto Frederick and he attends the University of Virginia. He was arrested because he was accused of stealing a North Korean banner  from the hotel he was staying in. 

Otto did a public plea at a news conference that surfaced everywhere. The boy was crying a river on camera. It was said by North Korea that Otto suggested the press conference, but many think he was forced to make an apology on national video. The conference also showed the crazy charges he is facing. There were allegations saying he was pushed to commit the "hostile act" by a member of an Ohio church, a secretive university organization and the CIA. 

And as strict, hostile and secretive North Korea is, I don't know why any American would want to be a tourist there. Especially when it's known that the U.S. is helping to protect South Korea from North Korea with over 30,000 soldiers lined up at the border. They could be giving Otto way worse consequences than mentioned just because they are aware he's an American. Prayers goes to his family and that he returns homes very soon.

U.S. Student Held in North Korea


After listening in to CNN last night, it came to my attention that an American student was held by North Korea for over two months. The student name is Otto Frederick and he attends the University of Virginia. He was arrested because he was accused of stealing a North Korean banner  from the hotel he was staying in. 

Otto did a public plea at a news conference that surfaced everywhere. The boy was crying a river on camera. It was said by North Korea that Otto suggested the press conference, but many think he was forced to make an apology on national video. The conference also showed the crazy charges he is facing. There were allegations saying he was pushed to commit the "hostile act" by a member of an Ohio church, a secretive university organization and the CIA. 

And as strict, hostile and secretive North Korea is, I don't know why any American would want to be a tourist there. Especially when it's known that the U.S. is helping to protect South Korea from North Korea with over 30,000 soldiers lined up at the border. They could be giving Otto way worse consequences than mentioned just because they are aware he's an American. Prayers goes to his family and that he returns homes very soon.

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Korean Customs of Removing Shoes


Korean Customs of Removing Shoes


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Ending Black History Month Off With A BANG!


Ending Black History Month Off With A BANG!


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Police Plans to Boycott Beyoncé's Concerts


So here we go again with the Beyoncé boycotts. So apparently police are going to protest her concerts because they feel that Bey is painting the image of all cops being bad. 
The Miami Fraternal Order of Police said in a statement Miami New Times that it had voted to let its members boycott the show on April 27. They believed Beyoncé had used this year’s Super Bowl halftime show “to divide Americans by promoting the Black Panthers” and her music video to "Formation" sent a threat to officers. The group also called for other law enforcement organizations to boycott her concerts as well.

If the anti-Beyoncé boycott in front of the NFL HQ failed, then why would anyone think this will succeed? I'm pretty sure people know that ALL cops AREN'T bad, there are still some good ones out there. Once again the half time show and the music video sends a message to police officers who are RACIST and target black people. The message wasn't for the whole law enforcement, in my opinion. And boycotting Beyoncé's concerts isn't going to stop people from attending or make her career go bad. The singer made a politically harmless statement. Stop making a mountain out of a mole hill! 

And for the last time, THE BLACK PANTHERS PRACTICED THE LAW AND SELF DEFENSE AGAINST THE LAW ENFORCEMENT WHOM, AT THE TIME, WAS RACIST AS F*CK. Don't forget when the law enforcement used to water hose black people down and beat them AND shoot them. Don't forget when the law enforcement used to arrested us and segregate us, and treat us like animals! It was the Black Panther Party who helped prevent some of those things from continuing to happen. Stop trying to put the Panthers in a negative image! All they did was help those who couldn't help themselves against racist police officers.

Police Plans to Boycott Beyoncé's Concerts


So here we go again with the Beyoncé boycotts. So apparently police are going to protest her concerts because they feel that Bey is painting the image of all cops being bad. 
The Miami Fraternal Order of Police said in a statement Miami New Times that it had voted to let its members boycott the show on April 27. They believed Beyoncé had used this year’s Super Bowl halftime show “to divide Americans by promoting the Black Panthers” and her music video to "Formation" sent a threat to officers. The group also called for other law enforcement organizations to boycott her concerts as well.

If the anti-Beyoncé boycott in front of the NFL HQ failed, then why would anyone think this will succeed? I'm pretty sure people know that ALL cops AREN'T bad, there are still some good ones out there. Once again the half time show and the music video sends a message to police officers who are RACIST and target black people. The message wasn't for the whole law enforcement, in my opinion. And boycotting Beyoncé's concerts isn't going to stop people from attending or make her career go bad. The singer made a politically harmless statement. Stop making a mountain out of a mole hill! 

And for the last time, THE BLACK PANTHERS PRACTICED THE LAW AND SELF DEFENSE AGAINST THE LAW ENFORCEMENT WHOM, AT THE TIME, WAS RACIST AS F*CK. Don't forget when the law enforcement used to water hose black people down and beat them AND shoot them. Don't forget when the law enforcement used to arrested us and segregate us, and treat us like animals! It was the Black Panther Party who helped prevent some of those things from continuing to happen. Stop trying to put the Panthers in a negative image! All they did was help those who couldn't help themselves against racist police officers.

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Hilary Clinton and Donald Trumps Victory


Another brief update on the election! So much crazy stuff has happened! For one, I myself, didn't even know Jeb Bush, George W. Bush's brother , was campaigning. But that clearly shows how terrible he's been doing since he's been running, he kept falling in fourth and fifth place. Bush took hisself out of the campaign for president after the South Carolina Caucus.
 Hilary Clinton defeated Bernie Sanders in Nevada and Donald Trump wins big time. 
Well, Clinton is now playing it smart. Since Bernie Sanders has captivated all young people with his call for free tuition, Clinton aimed towards the minorities to further her success and it worked! She specifically caught the African Americans attention and mainly by saying how close she was to President Obama. And apparently Obama supports Clinton and hopes for her to be a nominee. As of now, according to RollingStones, "If African Americans vote 3-to-1 for Clinton going forward, this race is going to be very hard for Sanders to win." After Bernie's loss to Clinton by 5% Democratic votes, he still remains confident in becoming a nominee. But I don't think his "free college tuition" promise and targeting the rich will continue to bring him far anymore.
Donald Trump won over all 50 delegates in South Carolina. I know this seems far fetch, but now it's very likely he will move on to be a guaranteed nominee for president. Trump is really proving that he can win. He even bashed Jeb Bush's brother about lying about the Iraq war and failing to prevent 9/11, which also may have been the reason why Jeb Bush came to such a loss. Nobody wants another Bush in the White House! But it looks like all eyes are shining on Hilary Clinton and Trump for now. Next will be Super Tuesday! Stay tuned for more updates.

Hilary Clinton and Donald Trumps Victory


Another brief update on the election! So much crazy stuff has happened! For one, I myself, didn't even know Jeb Bush, George W. Bush's brother , was campaigning. But that clearly shows how terrible he's been doing since he's been running, he kept falling in fourth and fifth place. Bush took hisself out of the campaign for president after the South Carolina Caucus.
 Hilary Clinton defeated Bernie Sanders in Nevada and Donald Trump wins big time. 
Well, Clinton is now playing it smart. Since Bernie Sanders has captivated all young people with his call for free tuition, Clinton aimed towards the minorities to further her success and it worked! She specifically caught the African Americans attention and mainly by saying how close she was to President Obama. And apparently Obama supports Clinton and hopes for her to be a nominee. As of now, according to RollingStones, "If African Americans vote 3-to-1 for Clinton going forward, this race is going to be very hard for Sanders to win." After Bernie's loss to Clinton by 5% Democratic votes, he still remains confident in becoming a nominee. But I don't think his "free college tuition" promise and targeting the rich will continue to bring him far anymore.
Donald Trump won over all 50 delegates in South Carolina. I know this seems far fetch, but now it's very likely he will move on to be a guaranteed nominee for president. Trump is really proving that he can win. He even bashed Jeb Bush's brother about lying about the Iraq war and failing to prevent 9/11, which also may have been the reason why Jeb Bush came to such a loss. Nobody wants another Bush in the White House! But it looks like all eyes are shining on Hilary Clinton and Trump for now. Next will be Super Tuesday! Stay tuned for more updates.

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Beyoncé Boycott Failed!!!


People did all that ranting and bashing towards Beyonce's halftime performance at the Super Bowl, just for THREE people to boycott her?!!! Wow, that's crazy and amusing. I would think that as many complaints received about the performance there would of been a whole mob outside of the NFL headquarters in Manhattan. Instead we get a whole mob of people who support Beyoncé and liked her performance. These people came to protest and counter voice those who opposed Beyoncé. But there was no point of counter voicing three people when it's three dozen pro-Beyoncé protesters. It's clear the battle was won before it started.

A Facebook group called " Proud of the blues" originally organized the protest against Beyoncé. CBS tried to contact the organizers of the protest and couldn't even get a response. Guess that means Beyoncé's halftime performance wasn't as "offensive" or "race-baiting" as those have said before. This further proved that the protest should of never happened in the first place. How embarrassing.

Beyoncé Boycott Failed!!!


People did all that ranting and bashing towards Beyonce's halftime performance at the Super Bowl, just for THREE people to boycott her?!!! Wow, that's crazy and amusing. I would think that as many complaints received about the performance there would of been a whole mob outside of the NFL headquarters in Manhattan. Instead we get a whole mob of people who support Beyoncé and liked her performance. These people came to protest and counter voice those who opposed Beyoncé. But there was no point of counter voicing three people when it's three dozen pro-Beyoncé protesters. It's clear the battle was won before it started.

A Facebook group called " Proud of the blues" originally organized the protest against Beyoncé. CBS tried to contact the organizers of the protest and couldn't even get a response. Guess that means Beyoncé's halftime performance wasn't as "offensive" or "race-baiting" as those have said before. This further proved that the protest should of never happened in the first place. How embarrassing.

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Snyder Blames The Feds for Flint Crisis


Snyder Blames The Feds for Flint Crisis


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Stop Bashing the LGBT Community


Stop Bashing the LGBT Community


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Trump and Sanders Win New Hampshire Primary


Trump and Sanders Win New Hampshire Primary


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Beyoncé Boycott


Ever since Beyoncé's new single came out and she performed at the Super Bowl, there has been a terrible uproar. As mentioned in my Super Bowl Recap, people are trying to boycott Beyoncé because apparently the music video sends a negative message to police officers. She has also been called out by media figures on it. Rudy Giuliani, the former major of New York said Bey "attacked" the law enforcement and that it was an "outrageous" performance towards police officers that "protect" us. Then news anchor, Tomi Lahren even tried to call Beyoncé out, which ended pretty badly. She said on live television that Beyonce was married to a past "drug dealer who sold crack cocaine" and that with his past, that's no way to save black neighborhoods. Off topic much? She showed no remorse in tongue lashing Beyoncé all because she thought it was wrong for the singer to pay tribute to the Black Panthers during halftime. Right after her rant, the Beyhive attacked her on social media.

First off let me say this, ITS BLACK HISTORY MONTH. The Black Panthers were a BIG part of our history, so there's nothing negative about that. The Black Panthers weren't "violent," they practiced SELF DEFENSE because white people, especially the law enforcement was VIOLENT against black people. And once again, the justice system is corrupted! We have the law enforcement killing innocent children (specially black) and getting away with it. So please don't try to attack Beyoncé for sending a harmless message. It was a political music video, which also celebrated and uplifted black people and history. The music video was dedicated to us to remind us that WE are beautiful people, and that our lives matter just like everyone else's. It takes all the demeaning things we've been called and turn it into something positive. Bey is basically saying, "Let society continue to look at us as  'Negros' or 'bamas,' and people with big ass noses because we are beautiful either way. We built this country and bare the weight of it. Not only that, it touched back on what happened during Katrina and black culture. So don't tell me that her halftime performance or music video was "outrageous" or "inappropriate" because it was positively impacting and inspiring. And if you misunderstood the message, then you must be close-minded. 

Beyoncé Boycott


Ever since Beyoncé's new single came out and she performed at the Super Bowl, there has been a terrible uproar. As mentioned in my Super Bowl Recap, people are trying to boycott Beyoncé because apparently the music video sends a negative message to police officers. She has also been called out by media figures on it. Rudy Giuliani, the former major of New York said Bey "attacked" the law enforcement and that it was an "outrageous" performance towards police officers that "protect" us. Then news anchor, Tomi Lahren even tried to call Beyoncé out, which ended pretty badly. She said on live television that Beyonce was married to a past "drug dealer who sold crack cocaine" and that with his past, that's no way to save black neighborhoods. Off topic much? She showed no remorse in tongue lashing Beyoncé all because she thought it was wrong for the singer to pay tribute to the Black Panthers during halftime. Right after her rant, the Beyhive attacked her on social media.

First off let me say this, ITS BLACK HISTORY MONTH. The Black Panthers were a BIG part of our history, so there's nothing negative about that. The Black Panthers weren't "violent," they practiced SELF DEFENSE because white people, especially the law enforcement was VIOLENT against black people. And once again, the justice system is corrupted! We have the law enforcement killing innocent children (specially black) and getting away with it. So please don't try to attack Beyoncé for sending a harmless message. It was a political music video, which also celebrated and uplifted black people and history. The music video was dedicated to us to remind us that WE are beautiful people, and that our lives matter just like everyone else's. It takes all the demeaning things we've been called and turn it into something positive. Bey is basically saying, "Let society continue to look at us as  'Negros' or 'bamas,' and people with big ass noses because we are beautiful either way. We built this country and bare the weight of it. Not only that, it touched back on what happened during Katrina and black culture. So don't tell me that her halftime performance or music video was "outrageous" or "inappropriate" because it was positively impacting and inspiring. And if you misunderstood the message, then you must be close-minded. 

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Confessions From a Shopaholic


Confessions From a Shopaholic


Studying Abroad


I got the opportunity to visit Switzerland, Italy and Spain for school. Such an eye opener and what a culture shock!

When I tell you it's no such thing as a fat person in Europe. I never saw so many fit people and it made me think of how fat America is as a whole. One thing I noticed is that Europeans eat in small quantities; VERY small quantities and they don't really eat fried foods. There weren't any fast food restaurants at all in any of the cities I visited. Ok well, there were a few McDonalds, but they only served veggie burgers. And the best thing of all, which I know some of you would be excited to hear, the drinking age is 18!!!

My favorite part about Europe was touring religious locations and museums. I saw a lot of paintings by Picasso and other famous artists. Also, being able to learn about historical locations and art while observing it in person was a very unique and minding blowing experience. Many things I learned abroad, I have only seen in pictures or read about in books. So imagine how I felt learning about Picasso while looking at some of his hand crafted work. Imagine learning about the Medici Family of Florence while walking through the city of Florence and seeing the Medici's Palace and Chapel where the family is buried. An experience like that is breathtaking!

I also tried different foods such as octopus(not calamari, it was raw), rabbit, anchovies and plus more. Some of the food I tried was disgusting but others I did enjoy. I really enjoyed eating the rabbit; it tasted like chicken, which was surprising LOL.

The unique and unusual experiences I had during the abroad program was that I noticed some parts of Europe such as Switzerland did not have speed limits like America. That was a frightening experience for me because I am used to controlled traffic. People were driving crazy and pedestrians did not have the righter way most of the time. If a person were to walk across the street when there was a car approaching, the car would not stop; it would honk its horn until the person would get out of the street.

I found myself trying to communicate with others who spoke different languages occasionally, especially when I would get lost. Many people in Europe know English, but are not fluent. Sometimes if I wanted to get food or was looking for something in particular at a store, I would have to use a lot of gestures to communicate.

 Based off my experience, I encourage other students to travel and experience the world while they can! Learn! Be open-minded! Instead of sticking to the regular norms, try different things! Try different food, try to adapt to different cultures! Step out of your comfort zone and become internationally educated!
If you are interested in studying abroad, visit your college advisor or find out if there is an abroad office or abroad programs offered on campus.

 

Studying Abroad


I got the opportunity to visit Switzerland, Italy and Spain for school. Such an eye opener and what a culture shock!

When I tell you it's no such thing as a fat person in Europe. I never saw so many fit people and it made me think of how fat America is as a whole. One thing I noticed is that Europeans eat in small quantities; VERY small quantities and they don't really eat fried foods. There weren't any fast food restaurants at all in any of the cities I visited. Ok well, there were a few McDonalds, but they only served veggie burgers. And the best thing of all, which I know some of you would be excited to hear, the drinking age is 18!!!

My favorite part about Europe was touring religious locations and museums. I saw a lot of paintings by Picasso and other famous artists. Also, being able to learn about historical locations and art while observing it in person was a very unique and minding blowing experience. Many things I learned abroad, I have only seen in pictures or read about in books. So imagine how I felt learning about Picasso while looking at some of his hand crafted work. Imagine learning about the Medici Family of Florence while walking through the city of Florence and seeing the Medici's Palace and Chapel where the family is buried. An experience like that is breathtaking!

I also tried different foods such as octopus(not calamari, it was raw), rabbit, anchovies and plus more. Some of the food I tried was disgusting but others I did enjoy. I really enjoyed eating the rabbit; it tasted like chicken, which was surprising LOL.

The unique and unusual experiences I had during the abroad program was that I noticed some parts of Europe such as Switzerland did not have speed limits like America. That was a frightening experience for me because I am used to controlled traffic. People were driving crazy and pedestrians did not have the righter way most of the time. If a person were to walk across the street when there was a car approaching, the car would not stop; it would honk its horn until the person would get out of the street.

I found myself trying to communicate with others who spoke different languages occasionally, especially when I would get lost. Many people in Europe know English, but are not fluent. Sometimes if I wanted to get food or was looking for something in particular at a store, I would have to use a lot of gestures to communicate.

 Based off my experience, I encourage other students to travel and experience the world while they can! Learn! Be open-minded! Instead of sticking to the regular norms, try different things! Try different food, try to adapt to different cultures! Step out of your comfort zone and become internationally educated!
If you are interested in studying abroad, visit your college advisor or find out if there is an abroad office or abroad programs offered on campus.

 

 I think it is crazy insane how much people have to pay just to receive a higher education, especially when most people graduate and cant even find a job with their own damn degree.  I began to second-guess myself about my own major because of it.  Was I going to get a good job with a degree in communications? Should I study to become a doctor or nurse so I can live stable?  ‘Cause you know what they say, “Money is in the medical field.”  According to the College Board, the average cost of tuition and fees between 2015 and now was $32,400 at private colleges, $9,400 for state residents at public colleges, and $23,890 for out-of-state residents attending public universities. That’s insane! The average college student has to take out student loans and if they’re lucky; get a scholarship to pay off college. And no matter how many study table hours you get, you still end up owing! Oh, lets not forget these student loans have inflation rates as well. The average amount of debt a college student racks up by the time they graduate is around $29,000. That’s PER student.  So first of all America, you tell society to go to college so that everyone can have a great paying successful job and to avoid falling into poverty. You tell us all the opportunities that come with obtaining a degree and sugar coat the fact that we still have the possibly of being broke AND in debt regardless of whether we graduate college or not. People make it seem like obtaining a degree will put us on a whole other social and economic level when there's still a 50/50 chance of us not being financially stable.  I’m starting to think that the government is only interested in people investing their money into institutions and handing out loans so they can double the amount students borrowed. It was never about encouraging society to be in a good financial standing point like they make it seem.   The killing part is, I learned that colleges over seas, like in Canada, are free institutions. What is tuition? But of course there was a catch to why these institutions are free… the citizens of those countries pay way more tax money than us! If only it was easy to move over seas to go to school FOR FREE! Too bad you’d have to establish citizenship and start paying high ass taxes as well.

College Tuition


I think it is crazy insane how much people have to pay just to receive a higher education, especially when most people graduate and cant even find a job with their own damn degree.

I began to second-guess myself about my own major because of it. Was I going to get a good job with a degree in communications? Should I study to become a doctor or nurse so I can live stable? ‘Cause you know what they say, “Money is in the medical field.”

According to the College Board, the average cost of tuition and fees between 2015 and now was $32,400 at private colleges, $9,400 for state residents at public colleges, and $23,890 for out-of-state residents attending public universities. That’s insane! The average college student has to take out student loans and if they’re lucky; get a scholarship to pay off college. And no matter how many study table hours you get, you still end up owing! Oh, lets not forget these student loans have inflation rates as well. The average amount of debt a college student racks up by the time they graduate is around $29,000. That’s PER student.

So first of all America, you tell society to go to college so that everyone can have a great paying successful job and to avoid falling into poverty. You tell us all the opportunities that come with obtaining a degree and sugar coat the fact that we still have the possibly of being broke AND in debt regardless of whether we graduate college or not. People make it seem like obtaining a degree will put us on a whole other social and economic level when there's still a 50/50 chance of us not being financially stable.

I’m starting to think that the government is only interested in people investing their money into institutions and handing out loans so they can double the amount students borrowed. It was never about encouraging society to be in a good financial standing point like they make it seem.

The killing part is, I learned that colleges over seas, like in Canada, are free institutions. What is tuition? But of course there was a catch to why these institutions are free… the citizens of those countries pay way more tax money than us! If only it was easy to move over seas to go to school FOR FREE! Too bad you’d have to establish citizenship and start paying high ass taxes as well.

College Tuition


I think it is crazy insane how much people have to pay just to receive a higher education, especially when most people graduate and cant even find a job with their own damn degree.

I began to second-guess myself about my own major because of it. Was I going to get a good job with a degree in communications? Should I study to become a doctor or nurse so I can live stable? ‘Cause you know what they say, “Money is in the medical field.”

According to the College Board, the average cost of tuition and fees between 2015 and now was $32,400 at private colleges, $9,400 for state residents at public colleges, and $23,890 for out-of-state residents attending public universities. That’s insane! The average college student has to take out student loans and if they’re lucky; get a scholarship to pay off college. And no matter how many study table hours you get, you still end up owing! Oh, lets not forget these student loans have inflation rates as well. The average amount of debt a college student racks up by the time they graduate is around $29,000. That’s PER student.

So first of all America, you tell society to go to college so that everyone can have a great paying successful job and to avoid falling into poverty. You tell us all the opportunities that come with obtaining a degree and sugar coat the fact that we still have the possibly of being broke AND in debt regardless of whether we graduate college or not. People make it seem like obtaining a degree will put us on a whole other social and economic level when there's still a 50/50 chance of us not being financially stable.

I’m starting to think that the government is only interested in people investing their money into institutions and handing out loans so they can double the amount students borrowed. It was never about encouraging society to be in a good financial standing point like they make it seem.

The killing part is, I learned that colleges over seas, like in Canada, are free institutions. What is tuition? But of course there was a catch to why these institutions are free… the citizens of those countries pay way more tax money than us! If only it was easy to move over seas to go to school FOR FREE! Too bad you’d have to establish citizenship and start paying high ass taxes as well.