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#SOTU

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Things must be looking up. During tonight's speech I heard the President of the United States claim we've created 11 million new jobs, insured 11 million people, decreased our dependency on foreign oil to an amount comparable to that of 30 years ago, all the while promising a free community college education to anyone who is willing to work for it. He said we're putting thousands of dollars back into American pockets each year, and that this year the average family is saving around $750 at the pump. He talked a lot about our progress, and didn't forget to shed light on the tough issues we must still face. So that was the State of the Union. But what's the state of my union? Where have I been? Where am I going? Tonight, Obama served as my own personal self-help conference. It's actually funny how his words about the nation's progress were so relevant to my own life. Here are a few words I found to be compelling: "Let's focus more on the values at stake in the choices before us"

"At every step, we were told our goals were misguided or too ambitious"

"It's not a nice to have, it's a must have"

"Let's stay ahead of the curve"

"We lead best...when we don’t let our fears blind us to the opportunities that this new century presents."

While I'd like to think I can share everything with my blog, that's just not true (yet). Tonight I'm going to assess the State of Tati's Union and make sure I'm following through with my plans and heading in the right direction (or somewhere close to it). I encourage any inspired and lost soul to do the same.

Peace, Love, and Pant Suits

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Do Something

I'm not saying spend every waking moment that you're not in class in a food pantry or go to church every Sunday or donate to every Kickstarter with an enjoyable video pitch or even sign every Change.org petition you get an email about. I want people, I'm talking to you millennials, to do something. Gettting involved at my university and in the surrounding community has been a more enriching experience for me than I can describe. And in the process of getting involved, my academics have soared, my friendships have grown, and I've touched lives around me (given, in small ways). I urge you, impressionable college freshman or scrambling senior with too much time on their hands, to join a club or organization that interests you. 

1) Join something that you have a genuine curiosity or interest in, as most organizations welcome new members with all levels of knowledge or at least a decently-BSd application.

2) Go to meetings, actively participate, and ask yourself why you are there.

3) Represent you organization and with pride because as Margaret Mead so eloquently put it, never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.

So why am I preaching right now? Too many of us think that we aren't the ones to make change. Ever heard the saying "be the change"? That's what you have to be. For people who are presented with less opportunities than you are, for those who don't have a voice, you can empower yourself with information that can mean the world to someone else.

I leave you with this:

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You can do anything good, amigos.

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