Turning the Big 20

On November 8th, I officially left my teenage years and turned 20…I am still trying to wrap my head around this.

For a while now I had been thinking about what it really means to be turning 20 years old, and I found out it’s actually a pretty big deal.  Aside from beating teenage pregnancy, entering your 20’s is a very scary time.  This is the decade that we graduate college, start our careers, buy a house, and even hopefully get married and start a family!  It’s insane to think how drastic my life will be changing in the next few years and it’s all because I turned 20.

In the weeks leading up to my birthday, I started to think of this and it obviously made me have a 1/5th life crisis.  While many others think 20 is still young, and despite the fact that I still look like I am 16, I AM SO OLD!  I keep thinking of where and how the time went by so fast and it is times like these that I am so grateful for my good memory because I can still remember sitting in time out in kindergarten as if it were yesterday.

Nevertheless, despite my anxiety I still managed to have one of the best birthdays yet and it’s all thanks to my amazing friends!

The day started with my friends bursting into my room early in the morning and without letting me fix my hair or put on any makeup, they blindfolded me, dressed me in ridiculous clothes and kidnapped me.  They loaded me into a car and drove around for an hour with many stops that consisted of a donut suddenly being shoved in my mouth and a cat shelter just to name a few.  Finally we came to a stop and I was allowed to take my blindfold off; we were at Bagels and Noodles and my friends treated me to a lovely brunch, while still wearing this ridiculous outfit.

Here was the finishing product…

I have no shame

That was only the morning… I came home to find my bedroom filled with balloons and streamers and of course a chocolate cake!  Later that night I was on my way to dinner with what I thought was only a few friends from my sorority and I walked into the restaurant only to find all of my friends waiting there at the table with presents and a cake!  It was such a great surprise and I had no idea they planned all of this.  The night continued where we all went on a super fun woodser and partied with bubba kegs, a bonfire, and a band.

All in all I had an incredible birthday and my friends went above and beyond!  It goes to show you that no matter how upset or anxious you might be about turning a certain age, as long as you have good friends to celebrate with, any age is a golden age.

So here’s to turning 20 and to an exciting and unpredictable 20 more!  🙂

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Election Day

Today marks another monumental day in American history.  Putting aside all of the vicious political arguments, every single American who is eligible, should absolutely be voting in this election.  When you think about it on a personal level, one vote doesn’t seem like much of a contribution, in fact, elections are almost never decided by a matter of one vote.  If every single person thought this way though, these elections would not be as fair chance and there would be millions of people complaining about a man in charge that they did not help to elect.

I believe that this particular election is personally and emotionally affecting citizens of this country because both candidates could potentially change our nation drastically.  While both candidates are trying to please everyone, their beliefs could not be more opposing, and it is important for voters to be educated on these.  These decisions that our next president makes will be directly affecting YOU and your families.  As a young female college student entering the working world not to far from now, I am thinking about job opportunities, health care, energy conservation, if all of my friends are able to get married, and maybe how and when I want to have my own children.

I am not going to explain both platforms of this election, however I strongly encourage voters to be educated before making your decisions, as it takes a mere 10 minutes to research what each candidate plans to do if elected president.  Consider all aspects of how these changes will affect our country; think how they will affect yourself, your future children, your friends, minority groups, etc…

It is important to think of the big picture here.  Choose the person who will help this country to continue to move forward and make changes that will benefit and positively affect the millions of people who live in the US.   The president cannot implement policies himself, however vote for the person who will not give up and will be persistent in giving the people what they need.

After today, we will have a president, regardless of if he is the person you wanted or not.  The ONLY way to help shape this election is for you to vote.  One small vote really does count and we can all have a say in this together.