Humans of Whitewater has taught me that the wonderful strangers I have been interacting with here on campus are actually not strangers at all, they are peers. Each of us are connected by the same 8a.m. classes and the same all nighters in the Anderson Library. We are all trying to figure out what we want to do with our lives, and how exactly we are going to do it. We are all facing similar struggles and regrets. Humans of Whitewater has proven to me that the immense support we have for each other while we face these battles is what makes us so strong. I have learned that although we each have our own story to tell, we are still a team. We are strong, we are Warhawks.
It is immensely difficult to approach a stranger on an ordinary day and ask to take their photograph. It is much more difficult, I have learned, to allow a stranger, on an ordinary day, to approach you and take your photograph. Strangers all across the city of Whitewater have shared with me deep, and personal parts of their lives, and for that I am forever grateful. Thank you, strangers, for giving me a small glimpse of what your life is like.
If I had three wishes this is what they would be:
Wish 1: Get a good paying job in Seattle, Washington.
Wish 2: Complete my epic movie collection.
Wish 3: For everyone in the world to get along.
There are a few things that inspire me every day: family, friends and faith. My family wants the best for me and pushes me to be the best that I can be. Their example alone pushes me to be successful so I can have a family of my own one day. My friends are support, they lend a helping hand when I am in need and an ear for me to vent my problems to. They pick me up when I am down and try to be there for me whenever they can. My faith helps me to get back up again when I fall. It gives me the strength to make the first step and keep trying, and the courage to know that things will work out. These are the reasons I get out of bed every day.
If there was one thing I could change about our world, it would probably be all the hate. Hate fuels society, and it’s because we reinforce stereotypes. In doing so, we oppress many people. We analyze, label, and generalize and thats what divides us. We should celebrate one another’s differences and learn acceptance rather than tolerance. I hope that we can one day live in a world full of respect and love for one another.
“My biggest inspiration would have to be my parents. I was blessed with two truly wonderful people in my life who raised me to be open minded and caring. My parents are the kind of people who will bend over backwards for absolutely anybody. Growing up, there was always somebody living with us whether they were a foster child, or a person in need of a home my parents would always welcome them with open arms. If i turn out to be half the person that my parents are, I really think I can make a positive difference”.
“A big turning point in my life was getting my acceptance letter from UW-Whitewater in 2012. I was a senior at St. Francis High School in Milwaukee, and my mom brought the unopened letter with her when she was coming back from picking my sister up after school because I had drama club. I remember sitting in the car and grabbing the letter from her, I had a good but nervous feeling when I was holding the letter. I opened it up and when I first read ‘We are please to inform you…’ this feeling of relief and pure excitement washed over me. Since I was little, I had always planned to go to Whitewater but getting that letter made it a reality”.
“I regret not studying abroad. I really wanted to travel Europe and see what else the world has to offer. My sister went to Europe around my age, and she has all these great stories and I don’t have stories from traveling by myself or without my family. I think it would have been a great experience and I’m sad I missed out on that”.
“My greatest strength is being a leader. Part of being a strong leader is taking other ideas and opinions into account. Another large part of leading I have to try to remember as much as possible is to follow as much as I lead”.
“Sometimes I think I’m too nice and people will walk over me. It takes a lot for me to say something is wrong, I would rather do things and avoid the conflict – but that turns into me doing way too many things”.