randomness that is… putting “you” first.

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How can I teach children to dream if I’m not following my own?

How can I tell children they can be whatever they want to be if I’m not living to what I believe is my full potential?

How can I give my all to children who need that and more, when I’m not really sure of my own purpose?

Those are all questions that came to mind when I decided not to return to the field of teaching early childhood education.

Actually, it was a little more than that.

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the millennial struggle. social media part 2.

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Social media plays such a big role in my everyday life that I felt the need to make another post about it. lol

This one in particular focuses on Facebook and how we, as millennials, have a very unique relationship with this social media powerhouse.

So… when Facebook first started, it was aimed at college students. Like… you literally had to have a college email address to make an account. The networking opportunities amongst that limited population was in my opinion, optimal.

NOW, with billions of people using Facebook, there is a huge range of characters you might find on your friends list; from some of your closest friends in “real life”, to co-workers, to distant relatives, to people you’ve never actually met. All of this is fine of course, but there’s also a struggle that comes along with what’s appropriate to post and what’s not.

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the millennial struggle. pros and cons of attending a PWI.

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PWI: Predominantly White Institution

Synonyms: America

Antonyms: HBCU

Let me start off by saying, I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at the PWI I attended (University of Nebraska-Lincoln…#GBR), but I always wondered what it would’ve been like to experience college where everyone looked like me and talked like me, and danced…not like me; I can’t dance.

But the point of this blog post was to give some insight on the pros and cons I discovered from attending a PWI so here we go…

As a pro, it was actually very beneficial to attend a college where everybody didn’t look like me as that prepared me for the real world outside of heavily african-american populated areas like say, Atlanta for example. And what I learned pretty quickly was that even though a person may be from a rural, unincorporated town in Nebraska (yes, literally), you might actually have something in common with them.

You’ll at least be able to hold a conversation with them which is more than people assume.

And not to put any pressure on you, but you may literally be the first black person they’ve ever come into actual contact with. If its a pleasant experience, they’ll probably love black people forever.

You go girl/boy; breaking those racial barriers and shiz.

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the millennial struggle. four things school never taught you.

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Being an adult is tough stuff.

But…it’s definitely a lot tougher when you realize school didn’t prepare you for half of what adulthood consists of. I mean, we heard about everything (at least on this list) but we weren’t really taught how to handle them.

Feel me?

Anyway!

Here are Four Things School Never Taught You That Decided To Show Up In Adulthood.

1. Insurances.

Yes all of them.

Health. Dental. Life. Car. Home. Renter’s.

Whatever you can think of, they have insurance for it. And I mean that literally.

Some people are risky and decide to go without because they don’t believe anything will happen to them. Crazy choice, but rock on, rockstar. But for people like me, who care about my life and well-being, it’s confusing as finuck (lil’ scrappy voice).

Which brand do you sign up for? Does your doctor take the insurance your job offers? How much do you need to be insured for? What kinda deductible do you have?

 It’s tew much.

Especially when you hardly learned anything about it in school.

2. Taxes.

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the millennial struggle. social media.

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“I’m like do it for the gram ho, do it for the gram ho.”- meek mill.

I have a love/hate relationship with social media as a millennial. It’s such a great resource, great networking tool, and obviously a great way to get the word out about things I need masses of people to know about. But I hate when people use it for dumb shiz. Or overuse it. Or try to use it as a supplement for getting out there in the world and actually meeting people. Or just get on my nerves.

Let me explain what I mean.

I love Instagram.

It’s simple.

Just pictures.

Maybe a funny video here and there.

Sometimes someone catches the best sunset on their iPhone or share an important life milestone, like getting married.

I digs that.

But I hate it when I see girls doing videos of themselves just making a bunch of faces with music playing in the background because they think its cute. Or when someone posts three+ pictures from the same bunch of selfies in a row. And don’t even get me started on when people post the one pic with the three different poses.

I get it; you were feeling yourself.

But save it for yourself, or for bae.

Don’t have a bae? Well how about potential bae?

Simply put, we don’t need all that.

Moving right along….

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the millennial struggle. being pop-culture savvy while still being socially-conscious.

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Scrolling through Facebook one day, I noticed an increasing trend of posts about how things in pop culture were designed to distract you from other things happening in the world.

For example, the claim was that Drake and Meek Mill’s beef was designed to get you to ignore what had happened in Texas with Sandra Bland.

Now my question is…is it possible to be both pop-culture savvy and socially-conscious?
I think so.

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