Campaigning Day One

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Today I began volunteering for the Clinton campaign. Amidst the Styrofoam cups of coffee, Hillary Clinton buttons, and tables filled with fellow volunteers, I sat with my cheek pressed to a telephone. They gave me a list of Democrats in my area to call, and try to recruit to canvass and help register voters. To me, participating in the political process, even in such small ways as working in a phone bank, is what makes our nation great. That being said, it is obvious that every time I was brutally rebuffed by someone on the other end of the phone, I grew a little more worried.

It is a privilege to be able to vote, especially in an election so important as the one coming up this November. Your vote does matter. And volunteering to help the candidate of your choice (who hopefully is Hillary Clinton) is something that is invaluable not only to the candidate, but also to the United States. It is important who is elected, and it is important that you care. Respect the opinions of others, but make sure to have and voice your own.

I will be sure to have good stories from my time volunteering for Hillary Clinton, and I will share them with you as they come!

Clinton-Kaine 2016!

Inspiring Woman of the Month: Emily May

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(Emily May- Photo courtesy of Hollaback!)

There is an epidemic in our society, in which young women do not know just how many resources and other independent ladies are out there. To further educate myself, and my fellow strong girls, I have decided that each month I will post a profile of a truly inspiring woman.

This first Inspirational Woman of the Month is someone who has begun a new, creative drive in feminism of today: Emily May of Hollaback!, an anti-street harassment blog and movement.

Street harassment is something that has been frowned upon, but it was not until Emily May’s empowering program that it was seen as what it is, rather than just a mildly crude interaction: discrimination. May explains the seriously harmful effects of street harassment on women, girls, and LGBTQ individuals, and just how key to gender equality ending street harassment is. (I think we can all agree that as much as one can love kittens, cat-calling is beyond demeaning.)

Emily May has earned many a recognition for her inspiring efforts. Time Magazine named her a “GameChanger” in 2011, and in 2012 was referred to by the Huffington Post as one of 20 women “leading the way.” She has regularly spoken at such prestigious universities as Duke, and the University of California at Berkeley, and at conferences like Standford Women’s Leadership Conference, and UN Safe Cities Conference in Egypt. Emily has also been featured on many news outlets such as the BBC and New York Times (links to these features can be found on my Resources page!).

Emily May is a true hero in today’s feminism. Her unique and effective approach in eliminating discrimination is something we can all learn from! To read more about Emily’s amazing Hollaback! and other achievements, go to http://www.ihollaback.org/book-emily-at-your-next-event/. Learn about how you can get involved!

What are friends for?

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We know that we love our best friends, but getting caught up in stress from school and other areas of our lives makes it easy to take for granted how truly incredible our best friends are. Here are a few reminders of all the great things our girls do for us!

  1. They are the most enthusiastic about you- Good news never goes without a good jump and excited giggle with your best friends. They are always there to cheer you on!
  2. They love to hear about you-  Your best friends never get tired of even the most minute of your thoughts and daily details. They care about you 24/7, and are always there for you when you need to talk. Just think of Leslie and Ann from Parks and Rec!
  3. Your girlfriends are a constant source of feminine feminism- Any time you need it, your best friends provide an environment of female empowerment. You stick together, and stand  up for your fellow ladies- a sacred bond your best friends will never break!
  4. No one can match how crazy they are about you- Feeling down? Feeling like your new haircut is just a little too 1986, instead of 2016? Never fear! Your best friends are always there to shower you in a waterfall of all the great things about you. Having that kind of source for validation and constant support is vital for making sure we keep from getting lonely- and your girlfriends are there to make sure you know how great you are!
  5. Your best friends just get you- From the sleepovers in fourth grade to the teenaged coffee dates, girlfriends have seen you through it all. They know what makes you tick, and they love you for it. Those close, deep relationships in which you feel understood are indispensable for making sure you stay happy. Thank your best friends for being the peas in your pod!

Tips for College-Bound High School Juniors

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The new school year has begun! I am a few weeks into my junior year in high school, and as excited as I am to head to college, I know there is still a lot left for me to do. If you are like me, then check out these important tips!

  1. Prepare for and take standardized tests- Colleges almost always require, or at least recommend, taking the SAT and/or ACT. Make sure to sign up for them! And Google a prep class in your area, buy a prep book, or use some of the many resources online specifically for standardized test preparation. It is one of the most important parts of your resume. Ask your school counselors if you should take SAT Subject Tests, and where to begin in that process.
  2. Research the specifics about different colleges- Decide what it is you are interested in, then use that to see which schools have good programs for it. From there, decide what it is about a university that is important to you: is it Greek life, location, school size, sports, religious affiliation, or campus design? Look for a school that has what you want,  then see if you are a candidate for financial aid or scholarships. Use junior year to do all this research, because in the summer and fall of senior year you will apply.
  3. Get involved- If you have not been as involved outside the classroom as you could have been, use the time you still have in high school to find a club on campus or an organization in your community to get involved in. Colleges like to see a well-rounded student, not just one with great grades and scores.

This is a super exciting time, so enjoy the rest of high school. It takes work to be the best candidate you can be, though, don’t get discouraged!

You can find some links for SAT and ACT preparation on my Resources page.