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Jennifer Sheffield  Jennifer. 26. BA in English/journalism. Freelance writer working on my first novel. Freelance designer. Gamer working at Xbox. Princess of Genovia.

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It's been spring-like this week.🌻💙

Week 9 #2017positivity
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Ive been wanting to talk about this for a bit. Betsy Devos makes me mad. By her own words, she has singlehandedly tried to discredit the public educational system, in stating that she would prefer that private schools be the single thread in the educational system of this country. This sentiment completely dehumanizes the work that public educators - for the already underwhelmingly low pay - try to do on a regular basis. She's telling parents and educators in the country who are looking to her for guidance that their students can only benefit from some privated schooling that may be out of their pay bracket, local district or students' specified educational needs. Much like most of the misguided rhetoric that's being politically spewed out on a daily basis, this is just damaging.
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Private education isn't the enemy, but private education depends on its exclusivity. We live in a time in which having a Bachelor's degree is becoming the standard, but even still, the accessibility of that degree isn't always there for those who could use it. This is why certain areas - urban, rural and in-between, the regional demographic doesn't always match the expectation - will become impoverished, lack development or fall behind the times and lose jobs and training needed to progress in a new age.
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I was always a "smart student," but the two things I had above all were accessibility and encouragement. The little girl in that picture got put in an advanced special education class when she was in first grade, after testing out in kindergarten. Which is ridiculous. All I had were parents with the time to spend with me teaching me essential skills and tools before I entered my schooling, and they were there to encourage me to do well and complete my assignments during. And this happened both while we were a very poor family and while we were not. I do not believe that my abilities extend beyond that of any of my peers. What I learned I learned because I listened and practiced. But so many students are discouraged by their environments and neglected - either at home or by the system.
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Vacation dinner date. ♡

Week 8, 2017 positivity.
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I am on my staycation from work. The first day I spent it reading in the library, brushing up on my Japanese, and barely spending any time online except for the occasional peek.
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I've needed this break. I'm grateful for this time to unwind.

Part two ♡ // If you're not pictured, that doesn't mean you don't count. It just means I was having a hard time finding pictures.

Part one // Not everyone is included, because I'm relying on just my Instagram for help here, but I guess the point is, I have a lot of amazing women in my life/in my past.

♡

#week7 #2017positivity
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Monday, we all left work trying to make it home in case the snow got worse and iced over. I live 5 minutes from campus and it took us 1.5 hours to get home.
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Tuesday, it was as if it had never snowed. The rain came in overnight and cleared it away.
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Wednesday, it was bright and sunny, and I walked through town wishing it were like this everyday.
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Thursday, I setup a consultation to get my wisdom teeth removed. It wasn't until after I realized I've never had to do anything remotely like that before - not sure if I'm scared or just curious.
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Friday, I came into work and it was cloudy and gloomy, and I let it get to me. I suppose that's not so positive.
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I am in the drive through at Taco Bell about to put something bad into my body, just once, to kick off the weekend. Tomorrow, Tripp and I will be on our nice - still new - couch, enjoying a day of relaxation and togetherness. Also, Victor at this Taco Bell wears a taco hat, with a taco shirt, and calls himself the Taco Man, and he's the sweetest person at 1 a.m. He even knows us by name.
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I don't have much to say about positivity this week other than sometimes just being kind to each other makes all the difference. Mocking others isn't worth the energy. I love Tripp, I love my friends, I love my co-workers and I love Victor. It's cool.

The latest trinkets.

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