Summer-break Has Officially Began!

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i hope that everyone had a great week and weekend, especially the people who graduated! It can’t be said enough how proud you all should be of yourselves for graduating and moving on to the next level of your life. It’s a huge step, but I am sure that you all are prepared for it and will look forward to taking the challenge up head-on. No matter if you’re graduating kindergarten, junior-high, high, college or from graduate school, it’s a monumental milestone regardless and everyone should be proud of themselves for making it all happen. My girlfriend is graduating from college this Saturday and I am very proud of her for staying committed and not allowing any outside influences distract her from achieving her goal of graduating. She deserves this more then anything and I can’t wait to see her go across the stage to get her diploma!

 

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Now that school is over, it’s finally time to enjoy Summer-break! You can hangout with your friends, who you probably haven’t seen in forever, going to bbq’s hanging out with your family, and just enjoying all the positive energy that Summer has to offer. Hopefully there is no negativity for anyone and that violence doesn’t come anybody’s way. It’s a shame that we can’t fully enjoy Summer without looking over our shoulder hoping that no one who has a hidden agenda comes our way. This cannot happen and we all need to stay positive and to not start any senseless, useless drama with others.

 

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Here’s to having a great Summer and getting our batteries re-energized! I hope that everyone has a great Summer-break and enjoy the weather and positive atmosphere! It goes without saying, but I will say it anyway. I hope that everyone has a great week and weekend as well!

Finals Week and The Beginning of Break!

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Hello everyone! I hope that everyone had a great and productive past weekend and are now ready for Finals Week, especially at Saint Xavier University. Hopefully none of us have to go through what the guy in the above picture was. Calculating what score you need to get a passing grade in the class, or at least a respectable grade in the class. I’ve been there before and it is not fun at all. It just adds to the pressure and that is something that none of us need. Just handle your business at the beginning of the semester and you will not have to worry about the negative towards the end of the semester.

 

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Thankfully, I only have one final this week and that’s tomorrow. My other projects that was due, I have gotten out of the way so when I take this final tomorrow, I can be completely done with everything. Everyone is going to be feeling this way, especially the seniors that are moving on and are heading into a different, new world. No matter if you’re graduating from 8th grade, high school or college, it is going to be apples to oranges. It’s a whole other world out there, but I’m sure that everyone is well-prepared for it. It may take some adjusting, but it’s well worth it to be able to move on to the next level of your life.

 

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With finals week ending this week, that means that Summer break is upon us. That means that we can sleep in just a little while longer than normal, we can enjoy going to different events and hanging out with our friends as well. Just a little nice break that is well needed for the hard-working students and teachers. It’s time to just kickback and relax, for the most part, and enjoy all of the positive vibes that Summer has to offer to us this year!

 

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With that being said, I hope that everyone has a great finals or had a great finals! I hope that everyone did great with their classes. Also, congrats to the seniors that are graduating! You all deserve it and hopefully all goes well in the real world. Have a great and weekend to all!

Stopping The Violence In Chicago!

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Hello everyone, I hope that you all had an excellent weekend and that we only have one week left of classes and than we go on a much needed break! I feel as though if you have a voice and/or a platform do address any issues that you feel strongly about, you should do it. No matter how small you believe your voice may be to reach the masses, if I get to a few people, I will feel good about that at this point. I’m only a college student, so I don’t know how big my voice is but I will try to reach some, I will feel as though I made some kind of difference. Chicago is a wonderful place, I was born here and I love my city. Unfortunately, all of the senseless violence that has been going on, just brings a dark cloud over the city and makes people very hesitant to even come to visit or come to certain places in Chicago.

 

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It doesn’t make any sense why anyone, especially little children are being killed left and right. Every time my television is cut on, there’s a report on the news on how someone has killed a child and for what? Because a child was crying for too long or they did something that little children do? Or maybe it’s because it was mistaken identity? Regardless and what the case maybe, it’s still wrong. We are slowly, but surely killing off the kids and people that are suppose to lead us into the next generation. Soon, we will have no next generation or no leaders, and that is the most unfortunate thing out of all of this. We need to let these children grow up and be able to become what they want to be and achieve all of the success and accomplishments that they desire. Children are losing parents and parents are losing children. This all needs to stop and allow these people to reach their full potential.

 

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As I stated, we need to stop this senseless violence. We all need to learn how to become productive citizens in this world. Children can’t even go outside and more just to ride their bikes and hangout with their friends anymore. My parents and older people always talk about how back in their day, they were always able to go outside and be free and hangout and walk to the corner store. You wouldn’t have to worry about being shot or someone getting mad at you because they don’t like the way you look. I am longing for those days at this point. We’re bringing back so many styles that were relevant in the 70′s and 80′s, maybe we should bring back the ability for children to be able to be children without any consequences for doing so. Allowing anyone to walk down the street or start up a rally towards stopping violence and being killed for no apparent reason. It brings a bad light to the whole city and you have to wonder if these people watch the news or if they just don’t care.

 

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Instead of spending all of this energy committing crimes, put your time into something useful. Play sports, get active in your community, provide meals to the homeless, after-school programs, playing in the park, etc. This is just the tip of the iceberg with a litany of things to do to become productive and putting our time to good use. Who knows, putting the time and effort into these different avenues may lead to a scholarship, starting up a business and the sky’s the limit at that point. We have the ability to be anything we want to be in this world for the greater good, don’t waste your potential or doing stupid things such as violence and crime.

 

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I can’t stress enough on how beautiful Chicago is. We need to start taking pride in our city instead of making it a war zone. However, this isn’t just for the city of Chicago, it is for everyone. Violence is happening too frequently and it needs to stop. High-school shootings, mass movie shootings, people getting killed because they declined to go to prom with someone. We all need to do better and it starts with ourselves. This is for everyone, race, gender, etc. We all have the ability to do better and we need to start doing better.

Summertime Chicago!

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Hello, I hope that everyone had a great and pleasant week and weekend! The weather was perfect for change and it was great seeing so many faces having fun and enjoying life without no negativity surrounding them as well. I love summertime Chicago, especially downtown because of so many different activities that people can do on a consistent basis. For example, the Buckingham Fountain opens back up when it starts becoming warm outside and that’s always a sight to see. Just look at the picture above to get a glimpse of how the fountain looks. It’s always a beautiful and wonderful sight to see and enjoy with friends and family!

 

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Another place you can enjoy in the Summer is Navy Pier. It’s always a lot of things to do at Navy Pier, the picture is just a taste of what you can do. It’s always a good time and a joyous event whenever you come to visit Navy Pier. You have a wonderful fireworks show that always captivates the crowd with a wonderful sight. Numerous rides that not only can adults enjoy, but children and a family can enjoy as well. Ferris wheels and rides of that nature are always a good and laid-back time for everyone. Check out a movie at the IMax Theatre, different museums and a host of other events that are a lot better to enjoy once the Summer rolls around!

 

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The Taste of Chicago is always a great event for families and the youth to enjoy as well. Even though the event isn’t what it used to be, it’s still a great event to enjoy. You get to try out various foods that you never heard of before, and most of them keeps you coming back for more. It’s a great event with lots of things to do there and it’s always a great time going there as well.

 

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Lollpalooza is always a great event in the Summer to enjoy various artists that you love! Different artists that we listen to on a consistent basis, comes out to perform from all genres of music. It’s a music festival that takes place in the beginning of August. It also provides some comedy and dance relief as well. This years event provides a bevy of different, great artists as well. The likes of Eminem, Lorde, Outkast, Skrillex, Calvin Harris and others will be performing in front of a sold-out crowd at the event. This is a can’t miss event as it always is each year.

 

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That is just a taste of what is offered in Chicago in the Summer. Great events with great friends and family. Hopefully we all can enjoy this Summer without any violence or negativity as well! I hope that everyone has a great week and weekend!

Can’t Rush Things!

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Hello everyone, I hope that everyone had a great weekend! It’s hard to believe that there are only a few weeks left in the semester. We’ve made it through and now it’s time for the stretch run. To put everything that we have into these final few weeks to obtain the best possible grade that we can possibly get and knock everything out of the way, so that we can rests easy and enjoy our Summer break, which is well deserved.

 

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A trend that I have been noticing is that people are jumping into relationships without really knowing the person and gets shocked when they’re breaking up after just a few weeks of dating each other. This quote is something that I live by on a daily basis as it pertains to everything in life, especially relationships. We can’t just rush into something as serious as a relationship with a significant other. In my opinion, these types of things come naturally. Meaning, it happens when we least expect it to. Most of the time, this happens when we’re not even searching for the right person. You can’t force a shoe that doesn’t fit your feet fit and you can’t make two people who aren’t a natural fit, force them to fit with each other as well.

 

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To me, this is at least, one big part of the meaning of finding love and that special person in your life. Hundreds of people love us when we are on top and when we are at our best. There are a select few people that stays with us when we are at our low points and at our weakest. This holds true to relationships as well. When we meet someone who loves us and are with us no matter what, I feel as though we cannot take that person for granted. Nowadays people are so fickle and switch up on each other at the drop of a dime, we can’t take the people who do stay for the long ride for granted.

 

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To me, we have to keep an open mind when finding the right person as well. I read on a social media site that one person said that if you can’t financially take care of me, than I can’t be bothered with you. That person is still single, so how has it worked out for you? The restrictions that we put on people and who we’re looking for is doing too much in my opinion. Says things like that is just crazy, and I know that we are all entitled to what we are looking for but we cannot be surprised that we have not found anyone when we use things like that as a criteria. When close off our minds, we tend to miss out on a lot in life and when we finally broaden our horizons, it’s too late at times. It’s sad, but true. The person that comes into your life might not be who you physically envisioned you would be with, but if they make you feel a special way, you can’t risk giving up on them.

 

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On that note, I hope that everyone has a great weekend and hang in there and just know that the semester is almost over as well. Once again, enjoy your day and weekend as well!

Great Weekend With Great Friends!!

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Hello everyone! I hope that everyone had a great past weekend like I did. This quote couldn’t be anymore truer to me , personally, let’s just cease the day that we have in front of us and make it a fun time in the process. Life is all about having fun and taking chances in life and that’s what I’m beginning to realize. One of my close friends came to visit and we had a fun and interesting time during the few days that he was at my place.

 

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It’s amazing to me how far all of my friends have grown up during the years. I remember how we used to act and behave in college and just in life. We all had a lot of fun and but at times we were a little bit immature. I can honestly say that has all changed. We’re more focused than ever before and we’re now behaving and acting like true men and gentlemen. We’ve come to realize that our friendship with one another in our circle is more important and we value it more and more each day. Sometimes you see people take their friendship with others for granted and I’m happy that none of my friends do that with each other. Granted, we don’t see each other as much, but we still communicate with each other daily and we’re still as close as before. It comes a time in our lives that we realize that it doesn’t matter how many friends we have on Facebook or Twitter, because to be honest, 85%-93% of those people that we have on there, we don’t even talk to or have no relationship with. So you come to appreciate the people who are in your lives for the long haul, instead of temporary or when they need something from you.

 

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I believe this quote speaks volumes. Sometimes destiny corrects the decision by making people in your life your true friends, both male and female. I don’t consider the people who are extremely close to me as just friends, but family. I view them as my brothers and sisters, just like my two younger brothers. We always have great times with each other and I am thankful of that and them everyday. There’s nothing better than having true friends and family.

 

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The only downfall of having such a good time with close friends is that you forget that you have some homework to take care of. Three papers and a test that is all due this week. I’ve knocked down one paper, so now I have two more to go, which I intend on finishing today.Than a test to take tomorrow. I’m happy that I have stuck it out for this long and that the semester is almost over with. I just have to keep telling myself that and I’ll be fine. So much work to do, but all for an ultimate goal, which is graduating!

 

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I hope that everyone has a great week and weekend! Just remember that the semester and school year is almost over so go in and finish out strong!

Overcoming Adversity and Odds!

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Hello everyone, I hope that you all had a great past week and weekend! It was refreshing and nice to see the weather become more like Spring weather for the past couple of days, it was much needed! Unfortunately, it’s going to be back in the mid to upper 40′s for the next few days with rain in there. I’m tired of the teases and the back and forth weather, but the temps beat what we’ve been getting for most of the year so far. I’ll gladly take it and hopefully we get better weather in the coming weeks.

 

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Gandhi is someone who I look up to with his approach on how to handle things in your life. This quote speaks volumes to me, personally. I read this quote and it reminds me of the many hardships that my family, friends and myself have went through to get to the current point that we are at in our lives. From being told that I wasn’t going to amount to anything based on where I lived at, or because someone just didn’t see an “it” factor when it came to me, teachers included. My brothers, who were told that they wouldn’t amount to anything, even though our mom raised us right and now we’re productive citizens in society. Little obstacles like those are what I live for. It brings out strength within me that I never thought I had in me, myself and my loved ones overcoming the struggles that we had when we were younger and now we sit back and laugh at the comments people had to say about us. I have no ill-will directed against anyone because that would show that I haven’t grown and matured as an adult. It would also show that any negative feedback that anyone said about me I actually took it to heart, because I don’t. I just view it as a person giving their opinion on something and me having to once again prove somebody wrong, which is what I love to do!

 

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What I’m basically saying is that, don’t let anyone define you, label you and put a road block ahead of you. We all have the ability of overcoming adversity and the odds stacked up against us. How we handle it is the key to me. We can’t afford to give up in life, no matter how difficult our circumstances may be. Just because some of us didn’t grow up in a wealthy family, or we don’t wear the most priciest clothes, or that someone said that we wouldn’t make it because of where was brought up and start throwing stats at you. That doesn’t define you and you’re not a stat you’re a human-being. That just means that you will have to work hard to get to a certain place in your life that you will love. Once you accomplish that, it would feel even better than it normally would because you did something great, despite all of the odds against you! I know it’s a cliche, but it still holds true; Never give up on your dreams and aspirations.

 

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With that being said, I hope that  everyone takes that to heart and  has a great week and weekend. Stay safe and be responsible in anything that you decide to do and keep on striving to achieve greatness and your goals in life as well!

Being Stretched Too Thin!

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I hope that everyone had a great weekend this past weekend! I spent most of my time working on this huge presentation project that is due Thursday. I can’t wait until this semester begins to come to a close, because I am honestly becoming fatigued and worn out. So many projects being due, group presentations, individual projects, work, making time for friends and family. It becomes really exhausting, but that’s what college life is all about, making time for everything and the funny part is that I haven’t fallen behind in my classes, which is great!

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I love all of my family and friends, but sometimes I feel as though I am being pulled in every direction, without any time for myself to just collect my thoughts. This is probably my fault, because I can easily say no, but it’s harder than what it seems. Telling people no, who wants to hangout with you and who’s had your back through everything that you’ve been through is pretty tough. I’m working on it more and more and I rarely complain, it’s sometimes very tough and I am completely drained. With school, work, dealing with different personalities and helping my mom move, people just don’t know how demanding that is, if you’ve never been through it before. I am a very nice person, which makes it hard for me to say no and I don’t want to come off as being mean, but sometimes I just need a break to figure things out for me.

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Sometimes one simple word is what is needed to but things in its proper perspective. This is all I need sometimes, just to breathe! It helps a lot, trust me. This is what I have to remember when I get too stressed out, breathe. It gives you time to collect your thoughts somewhat and gives you some time to yourself.

 

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Something that really helps me out is meditation. It’s one of the best things in the world, in my opinion! Just sitting back and zoning everything out, the world, class, etc. To me, meditation can be a lot of things. People driving around in their car to think, listening to their music zoning everything out, or just sitting in a quiet, peaceful area. Whatever the case may be, it’s a great way to clear your head from any distractions, negativity, etc. I love meditating and it helps me tremendously, because now it’s a little over a month left for the semester, so now it’s time to grind this on out!

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Ultimately, I feel as though everyone needs a vacation at this point! Hopefully this is where I will be in the future, just to get away from it all for a little bit. I hope that everyone has a great week and weekend as well!

 

 

Spring Break Over! Back To School!

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I hope that everyone, who went on Spring Break last week had a great week! Just rest, relaxation and chilling is what is most definitely needed through the grind of being in college! It’s hard to believe that Spring Break is already over with. It feels like it just started, but with that comes on a month and a half more of classes and than finally Summer Break. At else something to look forward too, I guess.

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In a way, I am glad to be back in school. It was great having a week long break from classes, but the bad part was that I was the only one out of all of my friends that I had Spring Break last week. Sitting around like the baby in the picture was me all week long. With all of my friends in classes all week and having to study for their midterms or finals, depending what school they go to, I was left with nothing better to do other than play video games, which is something that I rarely do these days. Even on the weekend, I was left with nothing to do. It’s kind of not the same if you go somewhere and you’re all alone! This will possibly go down as the worst Spring Break I’ve ever had. There’s always next year.

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Although my Spring Break was pretty bad, I did get a chance to film a PSA for one of my friends for his class. It was a great opportunity to gain even more experience in that field and even though I’m nowhere near close to being the next John Singleton or Steven Spielberg, the video still came out looking good! Gaining experience in anything is always a good thing and becoming more versatile is even better. Nowadays you can’t just be a one dimensional person. You have to be able to do multiple things, even if it’s not something that you signed up for. I’m that I got the opportunity to achieve that and help a friend out in the process.

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Hopefully I do something awesome this weekend! This quote I could not put any better myself. Life is far too short to sit on the sidelines and watch it go by. If you have something that you truly want to tell someone, you should. You never want that opportunity to slip through your fingertips. You never know when you’ll ever have that chance again, so take advantage of it. I’m not telling people to go out and act crazy and take dumb risks. However, if you like someone or you have a strong passion for doing something, why wait? Try to achieve those goals and accomplishments. You never know, it might be the best thing that ever happened to you! With that said, I hope that everyone has a great week and weekend!

 

 

 

Never Let A Bad Day Get To You!

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Thank goodness that Spring Break will begin after Friday! It’s something that is most definitely needed to recharge the batteries for a bit to finish this semester off strong. It’s kind of hard to believe that it’s already Spring Break. It feels as though the semester just started a week ago. I know I can’t wait to get the much needed time off to just re-energized again. I love my school and classes, but we all need a little break!

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I couldn’t had said this quote better myself! When you’re going through things in your life that get you down, it’s always easier to have people around you who has your best interest at heart. When I was going through personal issues last week, my friends were all there for me completely! Telling me to never give up and to keep my head up through these trying times, as well as to keep striving for greatness! It helps tremendously when you have that much reassurance from your friends and family. We all need a support system and people who are on the sidelines cheering us on every step of the way. To me, no matter how much we all might say that we don’t need anyone, it’s always better to have those people, who are close to you backing you up all the way and never leaving your side through the most trying times in your life. It’s one of the best feelings in the world, and I wouldn’t trade my friends and support system for anything in the world!

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To me, we should never get down or disappointed when people decide to turn on us or leave or side when the chips are down. Sometimes, people just aren’t meant to be in our lives for the log-term. They’re put in our lives for a certain point in our lives, for the short-term. Always remember that those people are out of our lives for a reason. If a person can’t accept you at your worst, than they most definitely can’t accept you at your best. I use to get down about people exiting out of my life, but than I realized why should I be down. It’s a good thing that those people left my life. Who knows, I probably wouldn’t be the guy that I am today? I take friendships so much seriously now and it’s a precious thing once you think about it. Nowadays, people become friends with you because it’s something that they can benefit from. It’s something that they can get out of. People aren’t genuine about their friendships, like it used to. With my friends, it’s not like that. They’re there for me when I go through a lot. For that I am always appreciative of that from them. They could’ve left my side, but they didn’t. Having true friends is a great feeling. Always remember, when you have true friends, to never let those people go because they’ll be with you through the good and bad. Fake friends will be will you through the good and you will not hear from them again until the bad times are over! I hope that everyone has a great week and weekend as well!