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Thoughts About Florida

This past spring break I took a trip to Miami, Florida. I was expecting the water to be clearer and the sand to be whiter, which it was. What I wasn’t expecting, however, was everything else to be different than Virginia as well. Miami is a predominantly Spanish speaking community so whether you’re ordering food, walking along the beach and listening to the locals, or ordering an uber driver, everyone is speaking in Spanish. This isn’t a bad thing however if you don’t know how to speak or at least understand Spanish you could have a difficult time navigating around and getting what you need. Fortunately a couple of my friends who traveled with me spoke Spanish so we didn’t have a problem with that at all.

Another thing I noticed is a difference in the night life. Even when I’ve visited Northern Virginia I’ve never seen people party like I did in Miami. The nightclubs and bars are open until 5 in the morning and some of them never even close. It’s a crazy and hectic environment when you’re out at night but it’s definitely worth it. Everywhere we went I had so much fun and thought it was a totally different experience than just going out anywhere in Virginia.

Of course Miami is a place where tourists often visit so their prices are obviously higher due to this. However, I wasn’t expecting such a raise in prices on everything I was buying. Food, drinks, clothes, everything was so expensive I could hardly believe it. I remember the cheapest drink I saw was 18 dollars for a single, where as I’m used to 2 dollar doubles at Sharkey’s on Thursdays during happy hour. It was definitely a culture shock visiting Miami for those of us who live in Virginia but I think it was overall an amazing experience that I’ll never forget

Graphic by Katie Gibson
The  day and night life in Florida are very different than in Virginia. Graphic by Katie Gibson

Not everything needs a label

Sexuality is a social construct. It’s an idea or theory developed strictly on what society believes should define its citizens. It’s a way for society to put people in a box, to put a label on everyone in order to keep its people in line, to keep confusion and outliers out of the picture.

Why do people need labels in the first place? Why do we feel the need to fit into a certain category in order to make other people feel more comfortable? In a society that is based on individualism, don’t you think it’s a bit odd that we feel the need to group people, whether it be in sections of gender, race, sexuality, or any other way?

It doesn't matter what your gender identity or sexuality is. We're all the same in the end.  Photo from rachelwentzbook.blogspot.com
It doesn’t matter what your gender identity or sexuality is. We’re all the same in the end.
Photo from rachelwentzbook.blogspot.com

Not only is sexuality a social construct, but it’s also fluid. Sexuality is a spectrum, varying from one side to the other, with a giant space in between. That’s not to say that a person can’t identify with a specific sexuality, but it’s much more common for an individual to fit somewhere in the middle of the spectrum, or a least a little to the left or a little to the right from each extreme. More often than not, individuals feel the need to label themselves as a specific sexuality, whether it be gay, straight, or bisexual, when in reality, they don’t fit into one definite category. Society puts a certain pressure on people, to make them conform, even when it isn’t authentic to who a person is. It’s hard to be different in a society that doesn’t accept differences in itself.

There are many other sexualities other than gay, straight, and bisexual including pansexual, demisexual, asexual, and others, and even then, certain people wouldn’t feel that those labels accurately represent how they feel.

There should be no reason, in the first place, why a person would feel the need to put themselves in a box, to stick a label on their chest and say “this is who I like to date.” Sexuality isn’t the only thing that defines a person and there’s no point in trying to define oneself in the first place. People are complicated. Let’s leave it at that.

Majors vs. Minors

When entering college, one of the big questions everyone is asking is if you have decided on a major. Some go into college undecided and figure it out by taking introductory classes, whereas others have known for years what they want to major in.

Your major should be something that you know you’re good at. Whether that be writing, math, or drawing you should be confident in your work and your classes so that when you get out into the real world after school you can be strong and confident with your abilities.

Majors can be difficult to pick out but at least if you choose something that you’re good at or that comes naturally to you it won’t be as difficult as it could be. By choosing a major you’re good at, you’re letting yourself take more classes and better yourself on information you may already know.

Also, it lets you practice your skills over and over and in different ways throughout classes among your 4 years in college.

Minors are optional, but my parents told me to minor in something I loved. My freshman year I took an introductory history class and found out that I love history. So I decided after that semester that I wanted to minor in history. If I was successful with my major and ended up being happy with my job I would take my minor and find something to do that I really loved and incorporate history into that. I still enjoy my major, but history is one of my passions and I am happy I get to take the selection of classes I do and learn more about our country’s history and the world’s history.

My parents were wise in telling me to major in something I’m good at and minor in something I love because I feel like I’m getting the best of both worlds and I couldn’t be happier with my decisions.