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Isabel and the Journey to London

Hey everyone! I would appreciate it if you check out the link above (in the post title). This is a way to fund my study abroad for next spring, and this website is helping me. Thank you for those who donate!

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April 26, 2013 · 2:24 pm

Exam number 1…complete!

Just finished my Astronomy exam about 45 minutes ago. I have to say, I’m confident that I did well on it. As for the rest of exam time…

I have a 3000 word paper due Monday that I submit online for my WRT 201 course. I have a Psychology exam Monday morning, a Calculus exam Tuesday night, and my last exam, Gender & Women’s Studies, Thursday morning. I can’t wait until it’s all done! Thursday, I am going to see The Hobbit after I finish my exam with my best friend who is coming home from Pittsburgh (she goes to Point Park) this weekend!!!! I’m so excited! The Hobbit is my light at the end of the tunnel.

Another thing I am looking forward to: What will happen December 21, 2012? I don’t believe the world’s going to end, but it is going to be interesting to see how society reacts on that day and if anything major (but not major enought to cause the world to end) will occur. All I know, is that December 21 means that there’s FOUR MORE DAYS UNTIL LES MISERABLES! I am EXTREMELY excited for this film. I am trying to persuade my dad to let me go see it Christmas night, but as of now, it has not worked. I am going to try to see it ASAP.

In other big blockbuster movie news, I finally was able to watch The Dark Knight Rises. It. Was. Amazing. Incredible acting, incredible cinematography, incredible set design, incredible everything! And, I have to admit, I sobbed like a baby when I thought Bruce Wayne/Batman died. Then I smiled like a child in a candy store when it turned out that he was actually alive. Great, great movie.

So, anyways, I’m definitely losing sleep from studying for exams and whatnot. When I’m under stress like this I don’t usually express it by becoming a bit “crazy” like some of my friends have. I just feel extremely tired. Oh, how I can’t wait until I can sleep in! Any other college students feeling the stress? Comment about how you deal with it, and how you prepare for your exams in order to do well. Others might like the advise!

Also, I have an announcement! Is anyone interested in going to NYC from Providence from Jan. 9-Jan. 14? I have a reservation number for 3 bus seats on Megabus, roundtrip, that I am selling. Obviously, it will only work for you if you live in Rhode Island. However, if you are interested, or know someone who might be, let me know! Comment on this post with your email, name, and if you’re from RI or not (I will not approve the comment so others can’t see it), and I will send you a message with all the information about the tickets and how much I’m selling them for (which will be a lot less than you will find anywhere online).

Thank you everyone and good luck to those taking exams!

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NOH8 for RI

srimm9d34pugld5n42muja21d49qk2n3ngkmwdzuThis is the first post for my action project for my Gender & Women’s Studies course at URI. My project is on same-sex marriage and a same-sex couple’s rights  to marriage and how they are discriminated against. This project isn’t solely for Rhode Island. It is about the United States of America as a whole. I took photos of students at URI in the same format as the NOH8 Campaign, which has duct tape over a person’s mouth and NOH8 written on his/her cheek. Pictures will be posted soon.

Same-Sex Marriage in Rhode Island

  • Rhode Island allows civil unions and out-of-state same-sex marriages, but only from the state of Massachusetts.
  • July 2, 2011, Governor Chafee signed a bill allowing civil unions in the state of Rhode Island.
  • The bill has controversial exemptions that allow any religiously affiliated organization or institution, such as schools, universities and hospitals, to deny recognition of civil union spouses. Because of this, it is unpopular among marriage equality advocates.
  • In a poll done by Brown University in May 2009, 60% of Rhode Islanders support the legalization of same-sex marriage.
  • As of February 2012, only 46 couples have established civil unions.

Facts on Same-Sex Marriage in the U.S.

  • Iowa, Vermont, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Washington, New Hampshire, Maine, Maryland, and Washington D.C. have legalized same-sex marriage.
  • The issue on same-sex marriage was introduced in the 1970s, where people believed that gay and lesbian couples were the reason why so many people were getting AIDs.
  • Massachusetts was the first state to legalize same-sex marriage in 2004. The first legal same-sex marriages in U.S. history were performed May 17th in Cambridge.
  • President Barack Obama is the first President to ever publicly state his support for same-sex marriage.

The NOH8 Campaign

  • The NOH8 Campaign is a photographic silent protest. Photos feature subjects with duct tape over their mouths, symbolizing their voices being silenced by Prop 8 and similar legislation around the world, with “NOH8” painted on one cheek in protest.
  • The NOH8 Campaign began four years ago, and has featured about 30,000 faces, ranging from celebrities to everyday people.

The Trevor Project

  • Was founded by the people who created the documentary “Trevor” in 1998
  • The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth.

What are the main differences between a civil union and a marriage?

  • Marriage:
  •       Civil marriage brings with it at least 1,138 legal protections and responsibilities from the federal government, including the right to take leave from work to care for a family member and Social Security survivor benefits that can make a difference between old age in poverty and old age in security.
  •       It is respected across the United States, and if you are married, you are married in all fifty states.
  • Civil Union:
  •      Civil unions have no legal protections and responsibilities from the federal government, and do not attain many from the state in which they live (as long as it is legal there).
  •       It is considered as a separate status. Partners in a civil union, when filling out forms, have to fill them out separately as if they are living in a single family unit.
  •        There is no respect for people in civil unions. Civil unions may be legal in some states, but if a couple moved to a state where it is not, their legal protections vanish, and they aren’t considered anything.

For more information specifically on the NOH8 Campaign, you can visit: http://www.noh8campaign.com

For more information retaining to the legalization of same-sex marriage in every state, you can visit: http://www.freedomtomarry.org      www.hrc.org       http://www.glad.org

For information on The Trevor Project: http://www.thetrevorproject.org

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It’s finally December! Let’s reward you with 60 degree weather!

Hello everyone! I’ve been busy lately, so that is why I haven’t posted in a while. A while in my opinion is a week. Which may not be a while for some people. Anyways, I have had a lot of work for school, as this is the last week of my first semester of college!! *GASP* It went by so fast! It’s cray cray. Finals are within the next two weeks. I have one next week and three the following week. 

This weekend I worked two ten-hour shifts (I work at KFC), so now my feet are in pain. It hurts to walk. And I have irritation from the straps of my sports bra since I wore it for such a long time, so now i have four red lines on my shoulders. Yay me! At least I’ll be getting more moolah on my next pay check! 

So, December in Rhode Island has been weird, weather-wise. Any month in Rhode Island can be weird. But, December…it’s supposed to be thirty degrees and snowing! But, nope! It’s frickin’ 60 degrees out!! As much as I love the warmth and the bright sun, I want snow. Because it is supposed to snow in December. It was FREEZING last week. But then, Sunday, the weather decided to have a mood swing. I’m not a big fan of the cold, but I WANT SNOW! 

In other December news, I got my Christmas tree for my mom’s house!! I haven’t had the time to decorate it yet, but I will soon! I’m getting the tree for my dad’s house this weekend. I go to this tree place called Stop & Chop that I have been going to since I can remember. I always say hi to the owner’s kitty, who likes to sleep in the rafters of the little cabin-like building that holds the ornaments and wreaths. I also get free hot cocao and hot apple cider. I usually get hot cocao, but this past weekend I opted for cider. 

I hope everyone is having a nice December elsewhere in the country and world! Anyone have plans for their winter break? I do! The first couple weeks I’ll be sleeping and watching How I Met Your Mother, which I’m trying to catch up on so I can figure out who in the hell the mother is! Then, I’m going to NYC for a week with my friends in January! Well, time to go to calculus…(yuck).

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Election Day 2012 and why I support President Obama

Happy Election Day 2012!! I got back from voting at the middle school down the street from my house about an hour ago, and damn do I feel proud to be a U.S. citizen and a woman. Today was the first time I have voted (I turned 18 in August) and I have to admit I was both nervous and excited. Who cares about being able to legally buy cigarettes or hire a stripper! Voting is what I was most excited about when I turned eighteen because I would be able to have a say on the future of our town, state, and country.

I have always been liberal ever since I educated myself about politics inside and outside of the country. My personal views, opinions, and expectations are identical with those of the Democratic Party. That is why I support President Barack Obama. But my reason behind my vote isn’t that vague, don’t worry! I have logical and reasonable explanations.

Since Barack Obama’s campaign for President in 2008, he has always stood by his idea of change. He instilled hope in many people’s hearts and souls who believed he could make a difference and get the United States out of the mess it was in. Yes, he made a lot of promises, most of which he was not able to keep, but the changes he has made are incredible, and are driving this country FORWARD, leaving President Bush and his administration’s destruction in the rear view mirror, fading away mile after mile.

One reason why I support President Obama was because of his ability to create jobs. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have provided numbers that show a decrease of job creation, which is completely untrue. Yes, the percentage of job growth in the private sector is small, but when Mitt Romney was governor of Massachusetts, his percentage was LOWER than the POTUS’s. Yes, the unemployment is high, and Rhode Island, my home state, is even higher than the country’s average. However, many of the people who are unemployed continue to be unemployed because they do not take the effort or have the passion to look for a job! And if you said that this is bullshit, that it is the President’s fault that the unemployment is so high, you are wrong. My mom was laid off from her job in 2009. For 2 YEARS she was unemployed. She was part of the unemployment rate. She collected money for being unemployed. But, she did not take advantage of the system, like many people do. She had to provide for me and my two sisters. I was in high school, and my sisters were in middle school. I was going to be off to college in a few years. Every day that she was unemployed, she went to the local library as soon as it opened, and stayed there until it closed, using the computers to look for a job (we did not own a computer). For 2 years she did that. And last summer, she was hired at IYRS (International Yacht Restoration School) in Newport, RI and after only working there for one year, she has been promoted. The only way you can get yourself out of unemployment is with hard work, determination, drive, passion, and effort. President Obama is trying to create programs where people can gain skills so that they can get jobs. He is stimulating the production of infrastructure, etc to create more jobs. President Obama is a job creator, through and through.

Another reason why I support President Obama is his advocation for women’s rights. I am a firm believer of pay equity and women being paid the same salary as a man when they have the same position. President Obama is striving to decrease the wage gap, taking is first stride by passing the Lilly Ledbetter Act in 2009. As a woman, if I ever have a job where a man holds the position as me, I would definitely want to be paid the same, not less.

Further more, I am strong supporter of same-sex marriage. I believe that everyone, no matter the gender or sex, deserve marriage. Marriage, like many other things, should not be a privilage. It should be a right. In May, President Obama came out to support same-sex marriage, and because of that, I am hoping that if he gets reelected, he will do something to legalize it, or at least take a step forward in doing so.

One last reason why I support President Obama (I will not be listing all reasons) is that he wants to help college students like me so we don’t graduate with extreme debt. He wants to lower tuitions, and lower loan interest rates, so that  a college education is not a privilage for the wealthy, but a right for kids of all economic and social classes. I was unable to go to the college of my choice because my family and I could not fill the money gap and were unable to attain a loan. I want kids that come after me, like my sisters (who just entered high school), to be able to go to the college of their choice without any hassle.

People may say it is not good to say who you support or who you voted for, but I am standing up for what I believe in. I can do it, celebrities can do it (because they are normal human beings too!), everyone can do it! Take, for example, Kate Walsh, actress: http://www.katewalsh.com/2012/11/video-why-im-voting-for-barack-obama/

So, if you haven’t already done so, vote!!! If you aren’t registered, you can still vote for President, but only for President. If you disagree with my opinions, then okay, you disagree. I am here, like many other people, just using my voice.

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Freshman Year… So Far.

Hello everybody! I should start by saying that I am a freshman at University of Rhode Island. I am majoring in English, and will be applying to the School of Education, where I will be majoring in Elementary Education (while also majoring in English). I plan to be an elementary school teacher and write on the side. I have wanted to be an author since age seven when I read Harry Potter. There will definitely be a blog about Harry Potter at some point. Maybe a few…or a dozen. Anyways, my point is that I will be writing about Harry Potter a lot.

I started at the University of Rhode Island September 5, 2012. I wasn’t a fan of the school the first couple of weeks I attended. the reason behind that is that I was supposed to go to Suffolk University in Boston. But, money got in the way, so I ended up at URI. I was lucky, because my mother has a friend who’s an alumni and he was able to get my admission status reinstated, as well as all of my financial aid.

I am now liking URI. I like the majority of my classes (except for calculus and URI 101, which has no purpose whatsoever). My favorite professor would have to be Professor Bibeau, my Gender & Women’s Studies professor, who reminds me a lot of my friend Georgia. *Shout out to Georgia’s two blogs–Wright Time For A Schnack, a food blog she does with her friend Caty, and The Georgia Gap, a blog she is writing during her gap year before heading to Brown University. CHECK THESE OUT!*

Anyways, Professor Bibeau is a cool person. About a month ago, I had a wonderful conversation with her about GWS and my future goals after class on her way to her office.

October 5th I saw one of the most amazing movies ever. The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I suggest you read the book, and then see the movie. Both are equally heartwarming and heartbreaking. I wrote a paper about why you should read the book and see the movie for my WRT 201 class. I will definitely end up posting it, since I received an “A”–something I was very proud of.

Almost three weeks ago, on October 11, 2012, I received one of the worst pieces of news that I have ever heard. I came home from my father’s house (my parents are divorced–I am living at home since housing at URI is ridiculously expensive), excited to watch the Vice Presidential Debate. However, my excitement was brought to a halt when my mother told my sisters and I that our cat Amber was hit by a car and didn’t make it. My sisters had found Amber nearly five years ago when they were playing in the backyard of our townhouse (where we used to live). She came out of the woods, small, skinny, and crying. We brought her to our father’s house so she could have food (we have two cats at my dad’s house), and then to the vet, because my mom was scared that she might have rabies or some other harmful disease. She was fine, and we ended up keeping her in our upstairs bathroom, and put signs up around the neighborhood, in case someone had lost her. No one came to collect her, and we all ended up becoming attached to her, so we kept her. That is when we named her Amber, because she had fur of many different colors, but the most prominent was an amber color. It fit her very well. She was a very loving cat. She would lick us, and cuddle up on our beds or couches. She lived a wonderful life, because we all loved her, and she loved us. I will miss her terribly–it is as if a part of me is gone, because she was my companion. People say a dog is a man’s best friend. Well, Amber, a cat, was my best friend, and she was as equally protective and loving as a dog. She was only five years old–she left this Earth too early in her l life. Nevertheless, I know that I will see her someday in Heaven.

On another note, one that isn’t as personally somber, is that of the recent Hurricane Sandy, or, as it’s been dubbed, the “Frankenstorm.” This hurricane collided with a winter storm front from the midwest, and a cold front from Canada. It has destroyed much of the Eastern Seaboard, and peoples homes. New Jersey and NYC were destroyed the most, and the pictures I have seen are amazingly ghastly. Here in Rhode Island, Sandy did a lot of damage on the southern coastline, damaging Narragansett Beach, a landmark and tourist and resident hotspot.

And today is October 31, Halloween. Although I have heard that it has been postponed because of Sandy. I’m not sure about the details on that one.

Now that I am thinking about it, I should tell you what classes I am taking. Well, ladies and gentlemen, I am taking Gender & Women’s Studies, Calculus, Psychology, Astronomy, and Rhetorical Writing. Next week I am registering for next semester’s classes, so I’ll be posting what classes I will be taking once I have finished the process.

For those celebrating Halloween tonight, have fun!

Until next time! Ciao!

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