Someone sent me a pic of Kylie Jenner wearing a shirt saying "I'm somebody's DUFF" and it made me sad. Why? Because I think being a DUFF is a state of mind.
It's one thing for a school to offer private facilities for students who identify as gender-neutral or are not comfortable using male- or female-designated facilities because of their gender identity. But to force all transgender students to do so is, in fact, a definite breach in privacy.
I'm not sure if I was simply too young to grasp what my dad must've been going through when he went to war. Perhaps it was simply impossible for me to imagine my father being anything other than the man who I ate dinner with every night.
Thank you to President Obama, Hank Green, GloZell Green, Bethany Mota, Google, YouTube and everyone who was part of this event because you did something many people haven't before.
In February, UGA contacted me to let me know that I was wait-listed. By this time, I was really frustrated and disappointed. I decided right then, if this school did not admit me, it was not meant to be. That was the best decision I have ever made.
Because of what has been going on, it was easier to feel like the events of the past were connecting with those of the present. It felt like the film gave insight as to what people of color are dealing with today.
I am on my homecoming from a dizzyingly inspiring journey where I learned how to deal with the media, stand on my own two feet, use a subway and conquer fears I've attached on my back like carry-on luggage for years.
We live in the world of 16-year-old millionaires, teenage entrepreneurs and child celebrities. It is hard not to get lost in this "youth madness."
Though Interstellar is dazzling, and (full disclosure) did make me cry a little, Black Mirror is utilizing the resources and extended parameters that science fiction provides and using it to help humans evaluate themselves and see their flaws.
I was adopted from China as a healthy baby, and so the odds are pretty high that my gender led to me being orphaned. It makes me sad to think that in many parts of the world, a family's reaction to a daughter is, "Oh no! Not a girl!'"
Yes, I went into the application season with anxiety and stress, but I didn't going in with fear. I'm not going to be intimidated or afraid of any college. The colleges I do or don't get into don't define me. I define myself.
This isn't the kind of love story where the guy gets the girl, swaying her with a Mumford and Sons song and the dazzling blue eyes that could leave anyone speechless. In fact, it doesn't even deal with romance.
Trying to shield others from our vulnerability is a disservice to ourselves and those around us. Being uncomfortable is a part of the human experience, and it's not something we should have to hide.
I feel as though I am still a fifth grader, scared of talking to a boy I like; and sometimes an adult, drinking black coffee and worrying about a mortgage.
Their amazing skill and passion for music, as well as pushing the limits of their own personal capabilities for the sake of the art, rocketed them to the top of the music world. But what created them? What drove them to be better than anyone else and exceed that even?
As an adopted teenager, I think there is a fine line between being curious and being nosey, especially when it comes to personal issues such as adoption.