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I Trust too Easily (gettin’ personal)

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All my life, I have held people to a high standard. I have expected more than I’ve been given. I’ve always thought that if I had a close friendship with someone, they would never hurt or leave me. I had always assumed that if someone who meant a lot to me told me how they felt and promised it was true, then it must be true. But people aren’t always the way you expect them to be. You may think you know someone, but that doesn’t mean they won’t break your heart.

There are so many people I will never stop caring about who just don’t seem to care about me anymore. I lost or grew apart from so many friends after starting college. I got my heart broken by the boy who promised me forever, rumors were spread around my hometown about me by one of my closest girl friends, one of the town bums tried to get revenge on me for not going out with him or giving him what he wanted, people I had hung out with everyday in school stopped talking to me, and one of my very own best friends pretty much cut me out of her life. All of these people meant something to me. They still do.

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Presentation Tips: How Not to Have a Heart Attack In Front of Everyone

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I dread giving presentations. It’s hard enough talking to one person I’m not too familiar with, so the very thought of speaking in front of a whole class makes me want to drop out and move immediately. Actually…all the more reason to follow my secret dream of getting done with college as quickly as possible and adopting a bunch of cats. Sounds good to me.

But seriously, presentations can’t be avoided. You can go months without doing one, but sooner or later, your teacher will tell you that a required presentation is coming, and one day…it’ll creep up on you and all the cats in the world won’t be able to save you.

I had to present a PowerPoint (about my other blog funny enough) in front of my Digital Portfolio and Career Readiness class yesterday. Thirteen students and my professor. I spent half the day being nervous (class was at 2:30). When my turn finally came to go up, I was a little bit shaky and I could already feel the sweat on my back starting to form. Throughout my presentation, I said “so” and stuttered too many times, probably didn’t make enough eye-contact, and had a line of sweat on my forehead. Obviously I’m super qualified to give tips on this. Ha.

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Sunsets are Underappreciated

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Anyone who really knows me knows that I absolutely-positively love sunsets. I will race outside if I see a nice one from outside of my window. And if I happen to coincidentally end up outside while there are beautiful variations of color in the sky, I might start freaking out. That’s what I did last night when I saw this after a stormy day of pouring rain and tornado warnings. But what shocks me is how other people don’t. My friends laugh at me for jumping up and down, squealing, and it’s like they don’t comprehend that the sky changes color every night. No two sunsets will ever be the same. What about that isn’t amazing?

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Life’s Beautiful Moments

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On Thursday afternoon, I took a trip with four of my guy friends to Walmart. When we got back to campus, we decided to take a shortcut through one of the buildings. We go to a Franciscan-Catholic school (but students of any religion or none are welcome) so we have Franciscan Monks living here and walking around. They are wise, wholesome people who believe that it is very important to provide service to those in need. To them, every person is unique and worthy.

As we headed out the doors, they were chatting away and I laughed because whatever they had said was funny. We headed down the steps of the University’s brick building, and headed down the cement pathway. A Monk started walking toward us and stopped. He proclaimed, “I wish you guys could’ve seen my view just now. When all of you walked out of the building and down the steps together, I thought to myself, ‘they’re all friends.'” We chuckled, but then he said, “No, really. Watching you all walk out together like that…it was a beautiful thing to see.”

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What’s Your Stereotype??

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Stereotypes. There’s a few for all of us. Whether they’re about our race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, how we dress, our likes and dislikes, or our qualities, we have all seen and dealt with them in one way or another.

For me, my stereotypes have to do with how I dress, what I’m into, and my shyness. First of all, I often wear a lot of black, I listen to music commonly described as being “emo,” and I find myself attracted to a lot of darker things. But just because I prefer a band tee and converse over any other type of clothing, listen to songs with a lot of guitar and some yelling, and want to decorate my room with Halloween decorations, does not mean that I hate the world and worship Satan or any bizarre idea like that. I like what I like. The same goes for everybody else.

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