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damn i have Two paracetamol + codeine drug for my wisdom tooth recovery over Three days and my ass is like “no shitting, we have evolved beyond the need for shitting”

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When I was a sophomore, I went to the FRC World Championships in Houston. Houston is a very different place than San Diego, especially Carmel Valley. The team took public transit to get from place to place. On one of the days that we were headed to a competition, I noticed a boy about my age sitting alone on the train. I thought it would be nice to go talk to him, since he looked a bit sad. I learned that he was a juvenile delinquent for drug possession. The story he told me was that he had sold drugs in order to pay his grandmother’s medical bills. I have no way of ever knowing if this is true - I’ve heard criminals can be convincing when giving their side of a story. However, regardless of if he told the truth, I know this is a situation people are actually in. The fact that the boy had been in juvie was a life ending prophecy. He could no longer go to college and he would struggle to get a job. From that point on, I wanted to help people like that. It ignited a rage in me. Never in my life have I needed to steal, sell drugs, or do anything else illegal or questionable to get money. I have grown up in a comfortable home. Sure, I’ve had my fair share of struggles. I was diagnosed with anxiety and depression. Being from Carmel Valley though, I have been able to get the help I need. I know I’m not always mentally stable, but I know I could be so much worse off. Then, there are people who are worse off. When I go to college, I plan on majoring in sociology with a criminology emphasis and minoring in psychology and human development. With the acquired skill set, I hope to be able to make a difference.

Ignorance is not bliss. Before I knew of problems in the world, if something happened that I didn’t understand and someone who thought I was too young would not explain it, I would move on from the concept but it would still nag at me. I was probably happier before I knew of all the issues in the world, but I think I am more passionate about everything I do now that I know how the world really works - or at least, now that I have a better idea of it.

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