It's kind of a big deal...

Saturday, March 10, 2012


I have issues with this whole "Kony" deal. BIG. ISSUES. I completely agree that it is an awful situation. I feel terrible for those kids in Africa, and agree that no one should be treated that way. EVER. But, I have perspective that only those who have traveled to a third world country will get. In a third world country, you see things you should never have to see. Babies with diseases that could be cured by simple medicine we have in America, but are not even heard of there. Mothers that can't feed their children. Young girls begging on the street for money just to return their earnings to their pimp. Children cold, hungry, and orphaned. People dying and no one cares. This is just a small piece of situations I saw in India. And someone tells me that Kony should be my main concern? Let me give you a wakeup call America. The same things are happening in America. We are not immune to corruption. Terror, hatred, poverty, murder, kidnapping, it all happens here. We have children being taken from their homes and put into unimaginable circumstances, and according to this recent Kony campaign, it seems as though Africa is the only one with issues. Do not assume that I am saying we should not support trying to save those children. It is awul. I agree. But I also think we should solve America's problems before we start trying to solve the rest of the World's. It seems hypocritical. When I was in India, one of my adult leaders said something very interesting. I was talking to her one night, and I was expressing how concerned I was about the kids I was helping. I told her how I hated that they have nothing, how I want to do so much more, and they deserve so much more. She said something that will always stay with me. "Katie, they know no different." Of course we want to help them! In America we know the potential those children can have. But in India, and in other third world countries THEY KNOW NO DIFFERENT. She continued to say, "Honestly Katie, those kids would be happy in America for about a month. Then they would want to return to simplicity." I completely agree. We can only do so much for children who are happy already. In my mind, the kids in India lived terrible lives. They had to eat the same thing every day, their shoes had big holes in them, it was cold, they had little education, some were orphans, and they had no necessary hygiene. But guess what, they were the HAPPIEST CHILDREN I HAVE EVER SEEN. I learned that I did the most I could for them, but my next task was to help people that I can do so much more for. My fellow Americans. Because they know different. They know what they can have. That should be our main concern. So Kony 2012, it is a good campaign. Good cause to support. But let's solve America's problems. Funny the way it is, right? That we would chose to overlook the horror in America by bringing the focus to a situation in Africa? Funny the way it is.


Saturday, March 3, 2012


My roommate Kirsten is da shiz. Let me tell you why. Today was a very, very long day. We had scholarship day, which basically means a bunch of cute high school students come to UVU and interview to be in the leadership program. And guess who put the WHOLE ENTIRE THING together? That's right! My absolutely AMAZING roommate Kirsten! She did it all, and trust me, it was an awful lot! So we had to get up early this morning, and all day she had to deal with whiny high school and college students, but she just was so patient with them. I admire her for that. So tonight to celebrate we went to Victoria's Secret. It was wonderful. We didn't even buy anything. We just looked and put on some sample makeup. Then we went home and she ordered me so Avon makeup. (It's cheaper!) Then we watched "Sister Act" tonight. Oh what a WONDERFUL movie!! We were laughing so hard! Then I totally just had this dance moment in the kitchen during the credits and I was going CRAZY. It was honestly one of the best dance sessions I've ever had. Channing Tatum would have been so proud. And she was rolling around on the tile floor laughing! Guess who feels like a comedian? That's right, this girl. It really should be on film. Maybe I'll have her do that next time. Film my incredible dance moves. Then we were washing our faces and we turned on some ghetto Black Eyed Peas, and that was when all Hell broke lose! We were doing some sweet moves and it was just fun! College would definitely not be the same without this girl! In fact, over spring break we're going on a road trip together!! Woo hoo! Me, her and my dog Sophie. It's gonna be ffffffun!! She's the bestest friend EVER, and I feel as though I would have a lot less dance parties if she was not around. Oh, and I wouldn't think I have potential to be a comedian. I remember before I went to college my mom and I watched that movie, "The Roommate." Totally like 'pee my pants but don't even notice because I am so fetching scared' kind of movie. The reality hit me that I could potentially have a PSYCHOTIC roommate that not only steals my food off the shelf and takes my makeup, but rips out my non-exsistent belly button ring while I am in the shower and tries to kill my boyfriend to get back at me. Oh, did I mention she would kill a cat in our dryer? Ya. That could have been my life! But then I got Kirsten, who no, she does not steal my makeup, (I borrow hers), nor does she rip out belly button rings while I'm in the shower (She doesn't even come in while I'm showering. That could have been AWKWARD), I don't think she wants to touch my boyfriend because we are so funny together that she screams, and she can't even pretend to kill a spider, let alone put a kitten in the dryer. I have NOTHING to worry about. Despite the fact that she does none of the above, she does make delicous brownies, (appropriately yet inappropriately named orgasm brownies), orders me AVON makeup, and brings out this wild, wanna be black, side of me that not many people have the privellege of seeing. She's awesome, and I am very glad to have someone to wash my face with at night. She's a gem. :)