It won’t stop

When I heard the news about Freddie Gray, the first thought that came to mind was, “Damn. It’s happening again.” A feeling of complete powerlessness consumed me, my limbs felt numb and tears welled up in my eyes. These feelings didn’t flood over me simply because Freddie Gray was killed.

It was because it could have been me.

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Less is not always more

I have always been too much.

I am 19 years old and have measured just inches from six feet tall for the greater part of my life. It’s comical now to think of: the loud, talkative, five-foot-nine-inch, 9-year-old version of myself ambling through a sea of miniature fourth graders. I was happy and it didn’t faze me for the most part. Until one day when an older boy teased me, telling me girls shouldn’t be bigger than boys. And when a female teacher told me a girl my size shouldn’t speak so loud.

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MAP: A life-changing resource

In my previous life—before 2013—I was a successful sales rep for a charter bus company. Back then, all I knew about MAP (Monetary Award Program) funding was that local colleges chartered motor coaches to Springfield every year for MAP Lobby Day. Little did I know that MAP would become a significant factor in my life.

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