Hey guys, I found this off of my friend's site (shwatchthburger) and I thought it looked pretty cool. So here's my little info thingy.
_one name: Marie
_two age/gender: 16/F
_three location: SoCal
_four what makes your voice worthy of being heard?: I believe that I have strong opinions on many issues that people, especially the youth, have to face today. I love speaking out on issues that affect me and the ones that don't because if no one says anything, how do things get solved? I also believe that I have intelligent thoughts. Not to be conceited or anything, but I really do listen to both sides of an argument, no matter what side I’m on. This really helps be make intelligent and worthwhile decisions. I'm not one to just follow what other people do.
_five what world issues do you take an interest in?: wow, I have so many. I really want to someday be a part of the UN in anyways possible. There are so many things that affect the world. Education, as a whole, is so important. You see children in 3rd world countries, lacking education and it really hurts inside. Really, education is the only thing that will get you anywhere and all over the world, we're lacking in teachers, classrooms, school supplies, and so many other things necessary for a full and healthy learning environment. I really focus a lot on children because they are the ones who will be living in the times when we will be the leaders. There's so many more issues that I could go on and on talking about but if u want to ask me anything, just ask.
_six how do you plan to make an impact on the world?: Well, like I said before, I really want to join and become a part of the UN, whether it'd be an ambassador(my dream) or just part of it period. The UN, to me, is one of the only "peaceful" organizations there are left in the world, and if we can make it better in the years to come, the UN can really change the world. I've also always dreamed of traveling and helping kids in Africa, India, and places where they lack the resources that children in the US have. I want to help them in anyway possible. I also want to be a speaker, whether it'd be inspirationally and politically. It's been pounded into my head to speak up and let my voice be heard, so I really want to go places and speak to people on topics that are in my interest and what we can do to make things happen.
_seven what circumstance have you been through where you spoke out against the crowd?: ooohh.. I'm in this youth group/club at my YMCA called Youth and Government. It's for high schoolers everywhere across the country and we learn about politics and how to speak our mind. There have been numerous occasions where I had to go against a certain bill that was being proposed or what people thought was right and I thought was wrong. But the joy of being in this atmosphere was that I wasn't looked at wrongfully when I spoke up. People respected me and I really think that it gives you even more confidence when you say what you want and people listen even if they don't agree with you.
_eight what is your opinion on premarital and casual sex?: Not to offend anyone, but I am FOR premarital and casual sex. Not that I've done it, but I believe that people have that right to do whatever they please. I guess it depends on the person and how they view sex. I think that sex is sometimes special and other times, it’s just for getting out excess energy (sexual frustration). I don't believe it’s wrong to do it because too many people I know do it and it doesn't give me any right not to respect them less because of it. Whatever someone does is their own thing. This goes to say ONLY when they are BOTH SINGLE. When one is married and having casual sex is a totally different matter and I disagree with "casual sex".
_neuf same question regarding substance usage.: Again, I can't NOT tell someone to stop using drugs or how wrong it is for them and to stop using them. That would leave me friendless because I do value my friendships and I wouldn't let this get in the way of it. I would get worried and I'd ask that person if they want to see someone about it. I don't think I could interfere with a person's drug use. Even if it is serious, I’d just have to take it into stride. And YES, I’ve been in numerous amounts of situations like this and the best way I learned was to ignore them and gradually let them realize how much this is affecting the people around them. If you insistently tell them to stop, it'll only make them push farther away from the reality and it'll get worse. I know some of you may think this is a bad idea, but it’s seriously, one of the only ways. I've gone through the suffering of watching someone slowly kill themselves.
_dix do you participate in any activities that involve improving your local community?: definitely. I really love doing community service. It's soo much fun, especially when you do it with friends. I'm part of the YMCA so we do tons every year. For instance, we (each of us) adopts a family for Christmas and thanksgiving and we visit them, give them food, and just have fun with them for the rest of the year, and even throughout the year. I really have to say that its comforting, fun, and it makes you feel grateful for what you have. And, I also volunteer at the Reading for the Blind and Dyslexic. It tends to be boring sometimes, but it’s a good cause.
_onze pet peeves: when people are followers. It bothers me when people just do whatever everyone else does. I'm such an independent person that I can't stand it when people just go with the popular vote instead of what they really think is going on. I also don't like it when people care more about what's on mtv or something like that, then what's going on in the world aka the elections. It's sad how the youth are so enamored by fashion and celebrities, that they don't even know how much what goes on in the world will affect them later on in the future. I also believe in respect (to elders, to you, to me, no matter who). I don't give someone respect if they don't show it to others. Oh and also, people who chew with their mouths open ;)
_douze interests: politics, debate, the world, my life, my friends, my family, helping, reading, photography, traveling..... etc.. there’s soo many!
_thirteen let your voice go: So anyways, I just wanted to say HI to everyone here. I'm gonna shuttup now because I was in the middle of hw and my mind went to the computer and then browsing and then here and its 11:26 pm and I still haven't finished half my hw! adios!! I hope to talk to all of you sooon!
P.S. I was reading some of the entries before and I noticed that most of the opinions are Christian-based, which is fine. I'm catholic so I'm on the same boat as you in some cases, but I really don't let my religion get in the way of what I feel so I really hope I don't offend anyone by speaking out on the issues above. =)