Archive for Personal Opinions

Live Life to The Fullest

My thoughts about life; as my semester abroad is coming to an end my feelings and emotions start to develop. My time these past three in half months have been unexplainable. I have learned so much about myself and others. I do not want being abroad to end more than anything but as it does I reflect back to the amazing experiences that I have had. The time that I have spent here I would not change for the world. It was worth everything. I have learned about myself, how to make travel plans last minute, being in other countries knowing nothing about the language or culture and learning while you are there. This trip has made me grow up more than I could have imagined. I have met amazing people and have shared so many great memories with them. As this chapter ends in my life, another one begins. I have to back to reality and continue on with my goals in life. I am going home to study for the LSATS, a test you take before law school, and also find an internship. Having to go back to reality and work makes me sad but I have learned one major thing being here in Barcelona. Life is worth so much. I love living the life I do and I wish more people felt like that. Each day is a new day to go after your goals or ambitions and every single person should take advantage of that. Open your hearts to others and learn things that you would normally think you wouldn’t. Help out someone that is need because actions speak louder than words. Life moves fast enough as it is and never wish your life away. Live in the moment. I appreciate that my parents gave me the opportunity to come to Barcelona and experience another culture. I can now bring back my experiences and views to my home and maybe share them with others. Many people are ignorant to change or accepting others. Many people do not fully understand that life is a beautiful thing. For all of those people I feel sorry for. I wish people would stop judging and accept. Stop hating and just have peace and love.


Barcelona life and American life

american-flagI arrived in Barcelona, Spain on January 12th with many different feelings. I was ready to explore Europe and live the next four months of my life completely different than I ever have. Once I arrived here I knew things were going to be completely different than my past few years attending Florida State University. Right away, I noticed the relaxation that Barcelona has even though it is a fast past city. People take there time when they sit down for a meal or stroll to their next destination. Americans are always on the go. They act like they do not have time for anything but themselves and what makes their life more convenient. But in my opinion life should not be lived like that. Studying abroad I have realized much about life. There is so much more to living than getting up, going to work, coming home and repeating the same thing everyday and I feel that a lot of Americans, and most likely not just Americans, are guilty of this. I love that in Barcelona people sit down and enjoy a nice leisurely lunch with friends or family. I like that life is not pressed for time and competing for the next corporate position. There are also bigger situations that are much different while living in Europe and traveling. Overall, life is much more relaxed and much more is accepted. Americans are on the defense about many new things that are brought to their attention. We also put negative emphases on certain things that should be a part of life.spain-flag

For example, in Europe they do not make a big deal about nudity, which in my opinion is right. The human body is a beautiful thing and America wants to look down upon it. Growing up I was never afraid to express myself and my parents taught me to except who I was as an individual. I would say that a lot of Americans have problems with accepting who they are. America is plastic surgery happy. Every other person is breaking the bank to get something done that they don’t feel comfortable with. Now I am not saying that Plastic Surgery is wrong but when people are taking advantage of it, than there is a problem. There is so much more to life that everyone needs to sit back and realized. Life goes to fast as it is, there is no need to try and make it go faster.

Amsterdam and Legalizing Marijuana

This past weekend I went to Amsterdam. Probably one of my favorite trips, and not because of the legalized weed or the red light district but because it was a beautiful city. I was there for four days and every day had plenty to do. I thought that people there were extremely nice and the food was amazing. I was there the weekend of the Scotland Netherlands soccer game and if I didn’t know better I would have thought I was in Scotland. I stayed in a great hotel, the Bilderberg Hotel and overall had the best time. Now that I have bored you with the details of my trip I do actually want to talk about the fact that marijuana is legalized in Amsterdam. I can honestly say that I do not smoke pot but that I think Amsterdam is smart for legalizing it. Walking around the city and walking into the coffee shops, I realized that they have such a relaxed atmosphere. I feel that because they make marijuana legal nobody makes a big deal of it. Living in the United States and then living in Barcelona I have realized how uptight Americans are. What a lot of people do not realize is that legalizing marijuana could really help the economy. We are spending way too much money putting those behind bars for selling weed or smoking it when we could use that money for far more important issues. The government wants to make arguments against marijuana and that its considered a “dangerous drug” but who said that it was dangerous? In an article about legalizing marijuana I found this, “Marijuana is not toxic and lethal the way the other drugs are that it is often grouped with. Scientific studies show that marijuana is not toxic to humans, and the “overdose” amount is so unrealistic as to be laughable. As in 1,500 lbs. in 15 minutes. Smoking that much pot is impossible. One thousand people couldn’t do it. Alcohol and tobacco are both more addictive and dangerous than marijuana.” What does not make sense to me is that tobacco and alcohol is more addictive but they want to look at marijuana as a so called “gateway” drug. They make buying tobacco 18 but the drinking age is 21, which makes absolutely no sense to me, and they look at marijuana as illegal. All of these things do not make sense, especially when tobacco and alcohol are both more addictive. What really bothers me about the drinking age is that you can go and fight for your country but you cannot sit down at a bar and have a beer. Who made this stupid law is beyond me. I wish that the government would wake up and realize that making a big deal about something makes people want it more. It goes along with the saying “you want what you can’t have.” This is human nature. Until the United States or someone else can prove to me that marijuana is more dangerous than tobacco and or alcohol than I still stand against the fact that it is illegal. Americans can die for their country, vote for a leader, smoke until they get cancer, drink until they die and gamble all of their belongings away but they cannot smoke marijuana.

War Journalism

“Why photograph war? Is it possible to put an end to a form of human behavior, which has existed throughout history, by the means of photography?” This quote by James Nachtwey, in my opinion, sums up the reason one chooses to be a war photographer. A war correspondent is a journalist who covers stories about a war. In my opinion, one of the most extreme jobs out there; their life is constantly in danger. These types of journalists have come across a lot of controversy in their day. They have revealed things to the public that we would have never found out if it were not for war journalists. They tell a story about an event through photos. They show the world what we need to see. I never thought about photojournalism before I took this class and I never stopped and thought about how much goes into it, especially when you are a war photographer. It entails more than just snapping photos and getting the next great shot. They have to be physically and mentally prepared. War journalists almost, in my eyes, have to relate with a criminal. They have to pretend they do not have a heart in order to receive the picture they want; to be able to go back and tell their story and get their point across with his or her pictures. James Natchwey could not have said it more perfect when he said “And I realized that many of the people I was photographing might have been the very ones who had committed the massacstarving-african-children-aidsres that I had witnessed just a few weeks before. And it was like taking the express elevator to hell.” He knew by taking the photos that he wanted, he was choosing to participate in something immoral. Even when Ahmed Fadaam made the statement about his pictures telling the world what is truly happening during a war, I completely agree with him but he is still participating in this circle of choosing immorality. Pictures that war journalists take are showing everyone what is really going on and letting us know what human beings are capable of committing. But what makes it right for war journalists to jus take the pictures and not help? When I saw the picture with the little boy starving and the volcher looking at him, with the intentions of eating him when he dies, I was disgusted. I was not disgusted at the picture but at the idea of someone taking this picture and than finding out that he took the picture and left the boy. I understand that journalists want the world to see the truth. To be aware of what is going on in the world besides what people and the government says. I am in agreement with this but what I do not understand is how they can just let the boy die. You have time to take the picture and save the boy because by you leaving the boy, in my eyes, you are just as guilty. You are participating in the war. I am a firm believer in the saying “practice what you preach.” These photographers want to relay the message back to the public but they also decide not to be involved. In my eyes, becoming a war journalist, you are involved. I will also sate the counter argument that if they save one, they have to save all. I see that point but when you have the chance to take the picture and save a human life, than do it. Yes you are risking a lot, but people know what they are risking by choosing that profession. Betrand Russel made the choice of taking that photo without saving the child but is that right or wrong? I feel that this is a debate that has gone on for a very long time and will continue to as long as journalists continue to take pictures like this and not help.

Facebook and Privacy

Facebook is the biggest thing since sliced bread. People of all ages are on Facebook networking with family and friends. You can add photos, share certain likes and dislikes and communicate back and forth with each other. These are all the upsides to Facebook, but what people don’t know is that everything that is put on Facebook can easily be tracked. When I apply for a job and that company wants to look me up, than can easily go to Facebook and look at whatever information or pictures they want. Is this fair? Should we be responsible for what we share and what photos we put up? In my opinion this is not fair. Companies go onto Facebook and come across a picture of you and your friends drinking one night in college. They think that it is inappropriate and use it against you, you don’t get hired. The way I see it is we should be allowed to have a life outside the “working world.” What we do on our free time is our choice and because our generation is in the era of internet frenzy, we should not be punished. I am sure that the employer that did not hire you because of that picture has done the same or worse things in his life. The biggest argument though is where do you draw the line? Is it ok to have someone drinking alcohol but then you see a picture of them smoking, are they both considered equal or is one worse than the other? This argument could go on for hours and both sides have strong arguments. I just wanted to tell my side of the argument. I am a 21 year old college student and I would not take back anything I have done. People live and learn and good decisions and bad ones make me who I am. A person should never be punished when it comes to work. Their ability to perform for their job has nothing to do with Facebook and pictures.