In my last post, I informed you that I am home sick. Now, from my partially upright position I bring you a bit of the news.
If you own a radio, TV, or computer and use them regularly you have probably heard about the woman in India who was violently raped on a bus. A horrific event, it has managed to lead to a positive movement in a nation long beholden to gender inequality in the law. Protests have broken out across the country, an event that is being described as “an unprecedented moment in India’s history” (Guardian).
Another moment revealing the strength of women under incredible duress comes from Pakistan, where a girl by the name of Malala Yousufzai was shot by the Taliban for “Western thinking,” and has subsequently become an international symbol for women’s rights (USAtoday). She has recently been released from the hospital.
The saddest moment in the battle for respect and fair-treatment of women comes close to home. A video surfaced of a group of high school students in Steubenville, OH laughing at the rape of a 16 year-old girl. While it’s easy to acknowledge that the Taliban doesn’t have a foothold in the US, that doesn’t indicate that the culture of disrespect or abuse has vanished. It is a world-wide battle in every sense of the phrase, and shouldn’t be ignored or overlooked.
Lying in my bed completely sick, I wonder what to do. I also wonder: How on earth did I get through an entire semester at Butler without being sick? That’s right, I didn’t fall ill once this fall. I’m not saying that Butler is unsanitary, just that when you bring thousands of students together from around the country, you’re going to be exposed to more varieties of sickness.
So while I lay in bed, guzzling throat lozenges, and hydrate the crap out of myself, I’ll take a moment to reflect on the upcoming semester, my last semester. The semester to end all semesters. It’s going to be busy. I’ve got applications to fill out for my post-grad plans, 17 credit hours finishing up my major, my work in the honors program, and my core classes (bit of advice: don’t leave your science class till the last semester!)
On top of that I have my honors thesis to complete, the ultimate frisbee club team to manage, and my social life to upkeep. Although I could just lock myself in my room or library from now until May, I’d rather get out once in a while in order to, you know, stay in touch with those friends who I will be seeing considerably less after graduation. All in all, I’m excited! Here’s to efficient time management!
Also I really hope all traces of my sickness are gone by the time I get back to school. I don’t want the start of my semester to look like this: