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things that are still good about america

I read this piece on Man Repeller last summer, and was inspired to do my own version in honor of Independence Day 2018…especially since it’s getting increasingly harder to love America.

Beer.

Don’t get me wrong, I love a frosty Heineken…but there’s something about cracking open a tallboy of PBR or Narragansett that feels so freakin’ American.

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National parks.

I spent A LOT of my time growing up going on family vacations to America’s national parks. Places like the Grand Canyon and Arches National Park are great reminders of how unique the USA is, and they make me feel lucky to live here.

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Libraries.

I think this quote sums it up.

“It was my 2nd week in America and I was nervous when I was checking out 4 books at the local public library. I love libraries and where I come from you can normally checkout 3 books. I thought this being America I could try my luck and add another book. The nice checkout girl proceeded my order, out of curiosity I asked her how many books could I checkout in one go. Her answer: 75. This to me symbolized what America stood for.”


Planned Parenthood.

It’s pretty cool to me that even if you don’t have health insurance or any money you can go to PP for everything from a routine physical to a pregnancy test. I think it’s still pretty crazy that it’s 2018 and people are unable to afford basic medical care, so I’m glad that organizations like Planned Parenthood provide literally any health service a woman would need. P.S. Did you know that men are welcome, too?

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State slogans.

Idk about you, but I think it’s pretty cute that every state in America has their own thing going on. I especially enjoy the state slogans on license plates. Like Florida, the “Sunshine State.” Wyoming, “Forever West.” Montana, “Big Sky Country.” Something that’s really great about the US of A is that different parts of the country are SO different, whether in terms of climate, terrain, language, or cuisine. Frozen custard? Give it to me in Wisconsin or not at all. King crab? Not Alaskan, not going in my belly.

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a summary of the college experience by parks & rec

Two weeks from today, I’m graduating. I’ll walk across the steps of Keating Hall, accept my diploma, and probably be combo laughing/crying for the entire day. I feel like I’ve been super annoying and dramatic about my upcoming graduation in several recent posts, but this is, like, a big deal. Four years ago when I put my deposit in at Fordham, I had no idea what to expect (OK, I kind of expected that I was going to meet my future husband but whatever).

As an incoming freshman, I had a couple of things on my college bucket list. I knew I wanted to study abroad. I knew I wanted to party. I knew I wanted to get a crazy impressive internship. There were also things I knew I should do. I wrote for the school paper, made friendships with professors, and (almost) never skipped class. I am extremely proud of my education, as well as everything I’ve accomplished in the past four years. I wanted to share some moments from the past four years that have been significant in some way.

P.S. If you’re a prospective employer and you’re reading this, please hire me.

1. The first day at my first-ever internship.

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2. Introducing yourself to 325798347548 people during orientation.

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3. The first time I went out drinking.

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4. Going clubbing in NYC for the first time.

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5. When I finally got my priorities straight (Pizza = bae).

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6. The first and last time I pulled an all-nighter.

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…and didn’t even get an A.

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But in the end…I wouldn’t change a thing.

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