Pre-Departure

Pre-Departure

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It’s hard to believe that three and a half years just flew by. I remember move-in day like it was yesterday and now it’s the final move-out day. I must say, three and a half years ago I imagined this day would be heartwrenching and I would have found any reason to stay near USC, but honestly, I have only grown increasingly ready to be done with college and to leave L.A. even more. College wasn’t what I thought it was going to be. I spent a lot of it truly unhappy. However, with all of those unfortunate times came really important lessons that leave me here ready to start a new chapter of my life. Continue reading “Pre-Departure”

Where Magic Happens

Where Magic Happens

This past Friday, I embarked on a magical journey to Disneyland with my friend, Kelley, with a little detour to the Anaheim Packing District as well. We started out the day bright and early and headed over in the midst of a bit of rain. As we got into the park, however, it of course cleared up and the fun immediately began. The weather was quite odd the entire day, actually. Standing in line for Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters, I took off my jacket every time I was in the sun and immediately put it back on when I was in the shade, so it was one of those kind of days.
The first part of the day, we just walked around taking photos and we rode a couple of the kiddie rides like Snow White’s Scary Adventure before heading out for lunch outside of the park. Continue reading “Where Magic Happens”

What Happens in Vegas…

As I finished classes this week, it felt as though my break immediately started. I had the amazing privilege of attending a special event on campus on Thursday night called “Ain’t I a Woman?: An Evening with Laverne Cox.” I have been a huge fan of Laverne Cox since the premiere of Orange is the New Black. Since then, her activism in the trans community–especially the black trans community–has only made my love for her grow exponentially. At this talk, she spoke about her life and her transition into becoming a woman and it was so incredible to hear about her experiences, good and bad. The most remarkable and unfortunate part was gaining a grasp on how she actually had a better experience than many trans people in our society, even after learning some of the gruesome details of her teenage years. What struck me most was hearing about how she still struggles with issues of self-esteem today because of the trauma of her life and how that fuels her to continue pushing for more equal rights. It was a really inspiring night and I am so glad that I was able to attend. Continue reading “What Happens in Vegas…”

Curtain Call

Curtain Call

In the midst of the most stressful weeks I’ve ever endured academically, it was a particularly meaningful week for me. This week, I had my final dance performance at SC and as a college student overall. When my friend Alex told me he had an idea to start a small, lowkey dance project (also known as Lipstick Mafia) this semester with some of my old teammates, I was extremely excited! I never realized how much I missed dancing until that first practice. Having our last performance at danSCollab this past Thursday was such a bittersweet moment. We had the opportunity to perform for Freshman Danceoff the night before which really made the experience come full circle, despite not participating in Danceoff during my freshman year. I loved being back on stage and performing for an audience, but I am more importantly going to miss being part of a team with people who really shaped my college experience and who I am overall. Continue reading “Curtain Call”