Why Saying ‘I Love All People’ ALWAYS Comes With Strings Attached

We have all heard it at one point. We have all probably said it at one point. However, someone who has to clarify that they “love all people” is likely to have said or done something that proves the contrary. It may be intentional or unintentional, but either way, our actions make it clear whether or not we actually do love and embrace people of all walks of life. So, until your actions reflect that, stop making such an empty declaration.

When I envision someone on the internet saying, “I love all people” it is generally followed in my mind by the token maxim, #AllLivesMatter. The disingenuous sentiment — rather than offering love and support for all people like it projects to do — only successfully isolates a group or groups of people whose struggle is subsequently invalidated. What saying, “I love all people” here means to me is that you love all people … but only as long as they ignore systemic injustice around our country and in many regions of the world.

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A Love Letter To London: The City That Got Away

London,

It’s been three months since I last spent time with you. Twelve weeks since I’ve walked your congested streets and navigated your labyrinthine underground. Nearly 100 days since I heard the familiar sounds, smelled the familiar odors and admired the familiar views that I called home for four and a half months.

Leaving you was hard. At the time, it was a bittersweet goodbye, but I was ready to return to my true home to be with my family. Even though you took me in — a foreigner in a foreign land — we knew that the day would come when you would have to let me go again. Now, as I prepare to return to Fairfield, people are asking me if I’m ready. I tell them, “Yes, but it’s weird.”

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18 College Situations If They Were Song Lyrics

1. Move-In Day

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Take it down put it in your diary/Come around to the pleasant side/Put it down to another experience. – “The Other Side” by Clannad

2. Club/Activities Fair

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And now I’m one step closer to being two steps far from you/When everybody wants you/Everybody wants you. – “Infinity” by One Direction

3. Attending Your First Party

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Get low, get low/Hands on your waist, let’s go/Get low, get low/Girl, you got the vibe, I’m up for the climb. – “Get Low” by Zedd & Liam Payne

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17 Things To Do Before Graduating Fairfield University

As I enter my last year at Fairfield, it’s safe to say that I’ve had some fun adventures over the last few years. Some of these adventures happened on-campus with friends, and others were off-campus either over the weekends or breaks.

Even so, there are some adventures that everyone needs to have before they graduate college. Here are 17 things that all Stags should do before leaving Stag Country.

1. Take a road-trip with your best friend.

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If you’re anything like me, you’ll have more desire to spend time creating a 13-hour playlist than you will to prepare for your final exams.

2. Study abroad in a foreign country.

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Fairfield has so many study abroad options, but I highly recommend going to London!

3. Order a late-night snack and then regret it.

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If you don’t fall asleep while waiting for cheesy-bread to arrive, it’s not late enough.

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7 Reasons We Love ‘In A Heartbeat’

If you have had access to the internet in the last week, you likely have heard at least in passing of the new animated short, “In A Heartbeat.” Created by Ringling College of Art and Design students Beth David and Esteban Bravo, the film features two boys, one of which is struggling to hide his feelings for the other boy from his judging classmates.

The short-film is only slightly over four minutes, but it has taken the internet by storm. Here are seven reasons why we love the film and its message.

1. It shows that love comes at any age.

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It may not be developed love, and it may come first in the form of a crush, but it exists at any point in a person’s life. Just because you’re young, it doesn’t mean that you can’t feel it yet.

2. It breaks barriers.

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The film is the first effort to portray “a topic never previously explored by animated film.” It’s safe to say that someone should have explored it a long time ago, but if it took so long for an honest portrayal, then it was well-worth the wait.

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11 Tragic Excerpts From My Childhood Diary

When we reflect back on past memories and the things that we said or did, it’s hard to not cringe from the hindsight embarrassment of our actions. If you’re like me, the feeling intensifies when you stumble across your old diaries and you read back what you once thought were your most “profound” thoughts.

Here are 11 tragic excerpts from my childhood diary, so that you can suffer along with me.

1. January 4, 2008: “ONIF!! (Oh no, it’s Friday!) Today is the last day of vacation besides the weekend.”

2. January 4, 2008: “I hate the Jonas Bros! They are so dumb and I hate Kevin’s hair! It is so curly and he has ugly sideburns! Nick’s hair looks good on him at least, but why do Miley and him like each other?! They are both so dumb!”

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When Social Media Goes Too Far

I will be the first one to admit that I spend a great deal of time on my phone; maybe even an alarming amount of time. Besides using it for its intended purpose — namely, contacting people — I also use it as a source of entertainment and for work-related reasons. Honestly, I could not expect to be in the field of journalism without frequently using my phone. However, it goes further than that for what appears to be a growing amount of people. Now, people are using their phones to document every moment of their lives, including the moments that should best be left to the discretion of those directly involved. Nonetheless, the latest incidents on the news remind me that we are not only living in a time where people are finding it easier to overshare, but also in a time when people are losing touch with reality.

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