End of the semester and summer plans!

I know technically it’s been the end of the Spring semester for awhile now, but it’s never too late to post an update!

This semester has been my best as far as grades are concerned, as I got straight A’s (well, one A-) so I got as close as I could to a 4.0! I am so proud of all the hard work I put into my courses and it just goes to show that studying, motivation and determination really do pay off in the end! ┬áBut more than anything, it bumps my GPA up a little to help make me more competitive for grad school a little later down the road.

This blog post is more of an update on what I will be doing this summer. A few weeks ago I was honored to be selected as an intern in Sacramento from June 16th – July 11th, so about one month. I will be interning through Equality California and will be working with state legislators and policy makers in the state capitol! This is an exciting opportunity for exactly what I want to do in the future, and will give me just the experience I need for my future career. I am currently looking for a temporary place to stay for the month, so I’m busy with that and getting last minute details together. I will definitely keep everyone updated over the summer with pictures and everything else of the state capitol and my internship, so make sure to stay tuned for all my upcoming blogs!

Rainbow Prom!

Last night was Love Evolution’s annual Rainbow Prom!

This event, like the clubs overall main mission, is to foster a safe, respectful, and fun environment for everyone, regardless of sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Every year, Love Evolution makes sure the prom is affordable and fun for all age groups, and we continued our success with this ideal by not having a cover-charge this year and making the event completely free!

This year, the prom had free Mexican food from Mariachi’s, drag show and performances by some of Owl Empires queens, prom royalty, and dancing! It was a super fun event, and it’s always great to see people fully express themselves and feel totally comfortable doing so. We had people from all backgrounds and lifestyles, and the most important thing was commonality and bonding over your right to be whoever you are!

I would say this event was a huge success and I really can’t wait for what we do next year! Last Wednesday, I was elected as Love Evolution’s club president for the 2014-2015 academic year, and I have so many ideas for the club and can’t wait to finish my last year of school with a group of people with similar ideals and values as my own.

It was an excellent way to end the semester on a strong and positive note!

MADD: It’s not about anger, it’s about saving lives

Wednesdays in the quad are always full of club and org fundraisers, games and activities from ASI/USU, or local organizations trying to spread awareness and bridge the gap between the campus and the community. One department on campus that never fails to get students informed and involved is the University Police Department (UPD).

The UPD is known for their fun and comical events and displays, often interjected with puns and humor.┬áBut today’s event in the quad, tucked under a tree in the shade, was a totaled car surrounded by caution tape. On a small sign next to the car, a paper read:

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Though more straight-forward and a little more serious than their most recent projects (I’m looking at you Cluster-Duck), this is an important topic, especially on a college campus that has one of it’s biggest events of the year right around the corner (Warrior Day, anyone?).

While many people were drawn to this area for the spectacle, even more left with pamphlets of information and advice that just might save their lives down the road.

Here are some more pictures I took of the car, the signs, and the information at the event.

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The most important thing is saving lives, and if one person is saved from a project like this, it is all worth it in the end. On the trunk of the car were pamphlets with information and safety tips, one of them being provided by MADD, or Mothers Against Drunk Driving. This organization’s mission is “to stop drunk driving, support the victims of this violent crime, and prevent underage drinking.”

With so many people dying every year from alcohol-related incidents, it’s refreshing to see information like this being presented. I really hope people take this to heart and make responsible and well-informed decisions. It’s not just your own life, but the lives of so many others that are put at risk from such reckless decisions.

Stay informed and be responsible. It could be all the difference.