18 Things White People Seem To Not Understand (Because, White Privilege)

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I don’t wake up every morning with the intention of pissing you off, I swear, and whether or not you believe it, I’m here to help you. I want you to recognize that on a daily basis, you hold a set of advantages and immunities that are a direct result of the oppression of people of colour. That doesn’t sound nice, does it? Makes you squirm in your chair a bit and maybe feel a little uncomfortable, right?
But here’s the thing – I’m not here to make you feel comfortable, that’s not my job. I’m here to erase the invisibility of the privileges you have that continue to help maintain white supremacy. I’m here to show you what your White Privilege is.

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1. White Privilege is being able to move into a new neighborhood and being fairly sure that your neighbors will be pleasant to you and treat…

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Hello World.

I found an article on Thought Catalog that I really enjoyed, being 19 and all.

19 Things I Know At 19

It pretty much does sum up everything I’ve learned in the past 19 years of my life. I’m really trying to improve in a lot of aspects this year including self awareness and how I go about learning how to deal with myself and how to allow others to deal with me.

I dunno, that probably didn’t make sense, but I really enjoyed this article and I hope you enjoy it too!

🙂

My Daniel’s Story

Hello everyone, new fun fact about me. I am a proud Daniel’s Scholar. A couple weekends ago, I went on a retreat with my fellow scholars who go to my university and we had a long discussion about what it meant to be a Daniel’s scholar and it really inspired me to write this post. I wanted to write this post more for myself than anything else, maybe on the way, it can help you understand me more too!

1. What is the Daniel’s Fund?

The Daniel’s Fund Scholarship was founded by Bill Daniels (if you don’t know him, get on it because he is one big man.) He grew up in the working class and worked hard to get to where he is today. He is a business man, a leader, an inspiration. With the large amount of money he made, he gave it away to charities and other organizations. It’s too much for me to explain, but you should look him up and see all the amazing things he has done. The most important thing about Bill Daniel’s is that he believed in integrity, hard work, h0nesty, character and community.

2. What does being a Daniel’s Scholar mean to me?

I remember during my interview, I told them how much it meant to me that I even got to the semi-finals. I never truly believed in myself and I honestly never thought I would end up where I am today. I told them that to have Bill Daniels (although no longer here) and his organization believe in me, meant the world to me because someone out there who doesn’t even know me CARES about me. Also, being a Daniel’s Scholar meant that I would be surrounded by amazing people all the time. I have met so many people and scholars who have inspired me to be a better person. Yet another thing I love about being a Daniel’s Scholar is that they go beyond the scholarship and the money. They provide resources for you to get internships and jobs. They care what happens to us after college. They are a support group. I just love that, they go ten steps further compared to other scholarships.

3. How has being a Daniel’s Scholar changed you?

I feel like every experience changes you bit by bit, but becoming a Daniel’s Scholar was a huge change in me… or at least it felt like it. I became more confident. I started thinking to myself, “yeah Thuy, you go girl!” and I think it’s important for people to feel good about themselves. I think that was also when I realized that I am more than my physical appearance, and of course I still love to dress up, but to me it matters less. Also, as mentioned above, I have been so inspired by other scholars especially after our retreat. Some people just have amazing stories and backgrounds.

4. What are you going to do with the scholarship?

Beyond doing well in school, I want to go to medical school to be able to put my knowledge in helping others. I really want to focus on the youth though because I absolutely love working with kids and I think it’s important to be a role model to the young. I came into college being so sure about being a pediatrician, but I’m having second thoughts and I might want to go into helping kids with mental illnesses, but everything is still on the table! 🙂

Being Thrown into the “Adult World”

Greetings.

I’ve been thinking about it a lot for the past few weeks and I didn’t really know how to describe how I’ve been feeling in words. I’ve been nervous, excited, and anxious.

Let me explain my current situation. I am 19 years old. Not completely fresh out of high school, but it’s still only my first year of college so I feel like there is still so much more for me to learn about the world and well myself. I was hit with reality of this “adult world” when I got a job. I’m finally working towards my career. Sure, I’m pretty much just the *beep* of the office, but I’m now surrounded with opportunities and people who do actual research in the (semi) medical field. It’s exciting but scary… which I still don’t know how to explain, but yeah. Also, with two jobs now, I’m so busy and I can barely go home or hang out with friends that often. On top of that, my cousin and close friend John and Kevin are going to be roommates next year and we have been apartment searching for the past week and it’s so crazy. I’m 19 and I’m going to REALLY be living on my own now. Without anyone to really be there to tell me what to do.

Maybe all of this just seems crazy to me because in less than one year, I went from living with my parents everyday to barely ever seeing them and having to live by myself and REALLY take care of myself. I mean I have done it before, but it was less extreme so now it just feels so sudden.

So yeah, that’s how I’ve been feeling lately… as though I’m being thrown into this adult world AKA reality. But I think that it’s good for me because I’m learning so much about myself through these experiences and that’s what’s important in the end. Learning from my experiences.

Spring Semester Kicking Off

New beginnings, new attitude.

Hello~

It’s the new semester and I’m actually excited for what’s to come this year. I have classes I’m excited for and I just have a lot going on this semester besides school.

Let’s start off with classes. I have five courses this semester *cries* but I do enjoy three of them. I am taking: introduction to statistics, US race and ethnic relations, general biology 2 w/ lab, writing and rhetoric, and geography.

I am really looking forward to the US race and ethnic relations class because we will be discussing race issues in the US of yesterday and today. I can’t wait to debate, because this is something I feel very strongly about, especially since being here. I’m also looking forward to statistics and biology because I just simply love math and science.

It’s been a good transition into school even with my state of health right now. I’ve cut out all sodas in my diet and I’m trying to make smarter choices about what I eat. I also started working out with my roommate which I’m excited about. I won’t be able to go to the gym though since I might be VERY busy with a job soon.

I had a job interview today for a student assistant job and I have another one tomorrow for the circulation desk at the library. I really hope that I can get both jobs because I need all of the money I can get!

So yeah that was my spring semester kick off post, nothing too exciting quite yet. 

My health

Hi all, today I am going to be speaking about something that is a bit “tmi,” but it is something I need to address for myself. I need to allow myself to digest what is actually happening with my body right now and allowing myself to just think.

So for the past week, I haven’t been able to really post much because I was busy being in horrific, tear-worthy pain. It all started on Satruday, January 1st. I felt a bruising of some sort near where my butt “crest” meets my tailbone. I assumed it was just a bruise, but the next day I was in a lot of pain. I noticed a small bump near my tailbone and I thought, “uh oh.” I continued to go about my business though. Finally, by Monday this small bump was now quite big and it was causing me SO much pain. I was crying and I couldn’t walk, sit or move at all. All I could do was lay down on my side for the whole day. It got to the point where I knew I had to call the doctor. 

Before I called the doctor, I looked up my symptoms and I found that I might have had pilonidal disease / cyst / abscess / dimple. I got a bit scared and of course after the doctor poked around, I was diagnosed with a pilonidal abscess. This meant that under my skin there was a shit ton of pus and body fluids that caused a lot of pressure on the surrounding tissue causing me a shit load of pain. I was put on antibiotics to hopefully treat it. As a curious person, I asked my doctor why I got what I got. He told me that when people are born, some are born with little tiny dimples (not really dimples, just little holes in your skin, bigger than a pore) on their tailbone area. Over time, dirt and sweat and what not gets in there and you don’t know this because you don’t know it even exists! So he believes that it got infected and that’s how this abscess was created. A cyst is when it pops. (I’ll get to that.) So here I am with a giant pain thingee on my ass.

If you want more info about this stuff I’m sure you can look it up online. A lot of the stuff though is sometimes false such as the stigma that only hairy men get this. No, I am not hairy, nor am I a man.

It has been a week and it was such a bad week that consisted of a lot of crying and sleeping and barely any eating. But I feel a lot better now (thank goodness!) I mainly got better because it popped meaning it became a cyst. It was oozing out soooooooo much pus. I don’t know how to explain it to you. From a bump that was penny sized, there was so much pus because it was under my skin around the bump too which caused me pain. But my mom drained it out of me and now I can finally walk. Sometimes it gets sore, but I can walk now.

How do I treat this? Well my meds have been working and it’s treating it, but it may not cure it. Pilodinal cysts can reoccur over and over again and last for a lifetime, and it may not. Most likely it seems from my research on the internet that it will reoccur. A way that I can “cure” this is to get surgery. This terrifies me because if you look at photos you will know why. I hate the thought of surgery and how it could go wrong. I am such a baby when it comes to pain and I’m just so scared. Also, I’m scared because a lot of people also said that sometimes the surgery doesn’t work. So I’m scared to spend all this money, time and pain on something for it to not even work you know? So dilemmas. But I guess we’ll see by the time I finish all my meds.

So yeah, that’s my update on my health so far.

I worked out today with my roommate and her friend. It was soooo fun, but I’m exhausted. I’m going to try to make smarter health choices because this really scared me. I need to strengthen my immune system and just make sure to not put my health in anymore danger.

Maybe I’ll update you on my health more often and what steps I am taking to prevent sickness and what not.