Having Faith

By Kaitlyn

As Eric Hoffer said, “Someone who always thinks the world is cheating him is right. He’s missing that wonderful feeling of having trust in someone or something.” Everybody has their own types of skepticism, but to allow that to get in the way of your happiness … is it worth it? It’s good to be cautious to whom or what you put your faith in, but it’s foolish to be oblivious to all the hope and joy that there is to come from having faith. When having hope there is plenty of room for hurt and disappointment … there is just as much room for growth and satisfaction.

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A Righteous Fight

By Shahriar

This was my first time going to Lobby Day in Albany, New York State’s Capitol. I was very nervous at first, but once I got onto the bus, I knew it was going to be alright because that feeling of optimism was everywhere. Once we got to Albany, the Capitol was crowded with other activists that came for different movements. We came to fight for the Women’s Equality Agenda. The sight of seeing other people coming for a righteous cause amazed me because the causes we are fighting for affect us all in every way. It’s 2013, yet we are still struggling to fight for women rights — isn’t that absurd? Read More »

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A is for Adolescence

By Megan

The term adolescence is used to describe the transition stage between childhood and adulthood. I believe that our adolescent stage in life is one of the most important stages because that is when we are able to find our true selves. Throughout our adolescent years, we are spending most of our time in high school. From the start of high school all the way until you graduate, you gain and lose friends, learn how to deal with relationships, in addition to gaining a good deal of knowledge, and learning where you fit in socially. I personally feel like these are our crucial years because they mold us into who we would like to be in our later future. Read More »

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Cultural Humility

By Megan

After watching the short movie based on cultural humility, I realized that one should never put a halt to learning and the opportunity to be educated. As shown in the documentary, although you believe you know everything, it turns out that you never really know much. This shows how the journey never ends. Cultural humility involves being accepting, understanding, humble, non-judgmental, and mindful of those who are not like you in the sense that you may share different cultural traditions and values.

One part of the documentary that stuck out to me was the scene where one of the females talked about how she had the tendency of putting herself down when she was not educated on a particular subject. Someone gave her wise words of wisdom and reminded her that now knowing does not indicate that you are stupid or that you lack knowledge, it just means that you have to build your knowledge in that particular area by asking questions and expanding your horizons. I am able to relate to this because at times I feel as if not knowing something makes me less smart but hearing these words I realized that I shouldn’t think that way because I may not have sufficient knowledge on one thing, but maybe have an overflow of knowledge on another.

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