Why More Women Should Listen to Amy Schumer

Many conservatives view Amy Schumer as an inappropriate woman who uses fame to promote her extremely liberal views on life. She uses raunchy humor to entertain and get a point across. I completely understand why a conservative might not be Schumer’s biggest fan, it’s just not in their nature to see things the way she does. However, I am not one of those conservatives. I am a liberal woman and agree with what she stands for. I recently came across Schumer’s book, The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, which is a hilarious autobiography with short stories from her life. Let’s just say, I read the entire book in one day.

Although the book is filled with A LOT of raunchy humor, Schumer also discusses other topics. Anything from difficult events from her past, her current struggles, and serious issues that should be talked about everywhere today. Schumer does not hold back or sugarcoat, she is a no bullshit type of woman. She is strong, confident, and has no shame in what she did or does. She strongly encourages others to not feel ashamed as well.

Today, in 2017, women are STILL being targeted for many different things – slut shaming, fat shaming, inequalityrights, etc. With Trump‘s shocking election victory, he currently sits as the US president and constantly works to make these issues worse for women. Schumer emphasizes the fact that it is up to us, the women, to stand up for ourselves and stop him from belittling us.

Schumer doesn’t only talk the talk, but she walks the walk – literally. Schumer attended the 2017 Women’s March on January 21st, the day after Trump’s inauguration, and spoke about her beliefs and values in the hope of inspiring more women from all over the world to do the same.

In her book, Schumer talks a lot about fat-shaming. She notes that many people have told her that she is fat-shammed very, very often. However, the comments never phase her. She is comfortable in her own body and owns it. She said, “after reading a mean Twitter comment, and say, ‘All right! You got it. You figured me out. I’m not pretty. I’m not thin. I do not deserve to use my voice…All my self-worth is based on what you can see.’ But then I think, Fuck that.”

Schumer did a semi-nude photo shoot to embrace her imperfections and inspire others to embrace theirs as well. This photo reflects her in a vulnerable position, yet she seems to look very comfortable, which reflects her strength.

Schumer also once used her comedy show, Inside Amy Schumer, to encourage young women to feel comfortable not wearing makeup. She and a fake boy band created a music video to a spoofed song called “Girl, You Don’t Need Makeup”.

Schumer is a strong believer of natural beauty and voices her opinion in creative ways. Women are often pressured to look their best to impress a love-interest, however, Schumer wants women to start believing that they do not need to try that hard, rather just be themselves. If people do not like you for who you are, then they are not worth it.

As a liberal woman, I just want to thank Amy Schumer for being the badass that she is.

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Enjoying Abroad, Missing College

I have and probably will never be someone who gets homesick. Whether I am away at sleep away camp, school, or on vacation, I am never thinking about what my friends or family are doing back home. I tend to live in the present and appreciate each moment life has to offer. I do however suffer from generalized anxiety, so any random instance can increase my anxiety levels, however, being away from home has never once been a trigger.

Some people believe Disneyland is the happiest place on earth. The University of Arizona, my home university, is my version of Disneyland. The University of Arizona has been my happy place since I began freshman year in 2014. I dread going home for breaks because my best moments are in Tucson with my best friends. Every break, my friends and I countdown the days until we are reunited. Now that I am studying abroad, and away from school and most of my friends, I have been anxious to get back to Tucson. Don’t get me wrong, I am having the best time of my life traveling through Europe, but lately, I have been missing everything about Arizona.

At one point during the semester, I felt like I needed to put myself back in the loop of events that were happening at school. So, I started paying more attention to my friend’s social media platforms, along with the University of Arizona’s platforms. Here are some of the events that I have missed:

Sorority Events

My sorority, Alpha Epsilon Phi, has made my college experience incredible. I met the most amazing, down-to-earth, people who I am certain will be my friends for life. I am not the typical, stereotypical sorority girl, so deciding to go through sorority recruitment made me nervous. However, as soon as I realized my house was not a stereotypical sorority, in that the girls are very relaxed and not extremely girly, I felt very at ease and comfortable. If it were not for this, I probably would be as involved as I have been for the past three years.

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This semester, my sorority hosted a philanthropy event at the house where they sold fries and milkshakes and donated all the funds to our national philanthropy, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. Part of me wanted to be back in Arizona supporting my sisters, however, it was exciting to see all the photos posted from the event. I also donated to the event so I could be as supportive as possible while being in another country. Alpha Epsilon Phi also informed all of their social media followers that they raised over $10,000 for the cause. I was so incredibly excited and proud of them for all of their hard work.

My sorority is constantly active on multiple social media platforms, which allows me to stay updated on what they are doing throughout the semester, thanks to: Tumblr, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. The social media manager shares photos from all of the sorority activities held in the Spring.

It is also very comforting to know that my sisters miss and support me while I’m studying abroad just as much as I miss and support them! Despite the significant 9-hour time difference between Spain and Arizona, I still take time to talk to my closest friends in the sorority at least once every day.

Anytime I feel a little anxious about being away from my closest friends at school, I can look back at instances like this to remind myself that my sisters are thinking about me too!

March Madness

March Madness is hands-down my favorite part of March. Arizona Basketball has a great team and I enjoy watching them play in the tournament. Throughout the past decade, I have followed Arizona basketball and always look forward to watching them play every March.

Being so far away from school this past March Madness was more difficult than I had anticipated. Not having my fellow Arizona basketball fans by my side during the most competitive and exciting time of the season felt lonely. Whether Arizona wins or loses, it’s always comforting being surrounded by people who share the same feeling as me. This season, the University of Arizona unfortunately lost in the second round of the tournament.

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I was not able to watch the game because it was 4 in the morning in Spain. When I woke up, I was very upset to hear the disappointing news even though I did not see it happen. I watched videos of the game recap, thanks to social media. I am looking forward to March Madness next year when I am back in Arizona.

Spring Fling

Every April, the University of Arizona hosts their annual Spring Fling carnival on campus. Since I attended my first Spring Fling when I was a freshman, it has become one of my favorite events of the year. The carnival has over 40 rides, amazing food booths, and live music.

Since I have been enjoying traveling Europe all semester, I did not think I would care much about missing Spring Fling this year. However, when my friends posted photos and videos from the carnival, it looked like everyone was having a great time. I felt like I was missing out by not attending this year, however, I was informed about it through its’ Twitter account.

This year, We the Kings performed at the carnival. In fact, I found this out when it was tweeted about.

I grew up listening to We the Kings, so I found this to be an awesome headliner for Spring Fling! I even got to see a clip of the performance from Twitter as well.

Traveling abroad has been an amazing experience. However, I think I am ready to head back to school. Four months without my real best friends is long enough. For once in my life I can admit that I am feeling a bit homesick (from college), so I guess Arizona really is my home away from home.

Traveling Abroad: Amsterdam

For as long as I can remember, I have dreamed of visiting the city of Amsterdam. Everything about it fascinated me – mainly the culture, history, landmarks, and entertainment. In mid-January, I booked my trip for the end of February. Those 6 weeks felt like a year. When the time finally came, I was so excited that I could not sleep the night before my flight.

About 10 minutes after stepping off the plane in Amsterdam, I was in love with the city. I was impressed by everything from the atmosphere and people to the food and landmarks. I am a very relaxed person so I appreciate relaxed environments – which was my first impression of Amsterdam. My roommates and I immediately took a cab to our hotel – The Marriott. We quickly checked in because we were anxious to begin our day.

Our first stop was at Iamsterdam. Iamsterdam is one of Amsterdam’s top landmark. These letters stand tall in the most convenient location – Museumplein, in the museum quarter. I did a lot of research before the trip and discovered that Iamsterdam has a Twitter account (@Iamsterdam).

I had planned (way in advance) to post a photo of myself on top of the “S” on Instagram. When I saw the “S” in person, I realized it was a lot taller than I anticipated. The climb up was a struggle and going down was even worse. I had to hang my arms from the top and drop down, which was risky, but I stuck the landing.

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Later that day, we visited the Heineken Experience. This “experience” was much more educational than I expected. I learned a lot about Heineken beer, which was actually very interesting. I was unaware of how long it has been around for – established in Amsterdam in 1864.The tour guide showed us how, where, and how long it takes to brew their beer. The tour included two free Heineken beers, which were delicious! Before studying abroad in Europe, I was not very fond of beer, however, my opinion changed early on in the semester. In fact, Heineken is now my personal favorite.

After the Heineken Experience, we went back to the Marriott to get ready for our big night. We bought tickets to see The Weeknd in concert. The Weeknd is my absolute favorite music artist, so you could imagine my excitement. He performed at the Ziggo Dome, which was a very cool venue.

The Weeknd completely blew me away! It was the best concert I’ve ever been to, aside from music festivals. He is incredibly talented and did not take a single break during his hour and a half set. Unfortunately, the post-concert depression hit me as I was walking out of Ziggo Dome. I went to bed wishing I could relive the concert all over again.

The next morning, we were out of the hotel by 9:00 am. Our first activity was a visit to the Anne Frank Museum. I had been looking forward to this for some time. I am very interested in the history of the Holocaust, and Anne Frank’s Diary, containing notes from her experience when she was in hiding during the Holocaust. Exploring the museum in-person was completely different than reading about it. Physically observing what Jewish families, like hers, went through in order to survive made her experience feel real. It was an extremely heartbreaking, yet an incredible museum and I am happy that I was able to experience it.

On a lighter note, my roommates and I ate at The Pancake Bakery, which is a typical restaurant tourists try in Amsterdam. It is highly recommended by anyone who has visited the city.

It definitely lived up to its expectations. I ordered the pancakes with chocolate sauce, ice cream, and whipped cream.

It was delicious, although it was more of a crepe than a pancake. I too, would recommend the Pancake Bakery to anyone.

We took a walk around the city to burn off some of the calories. I observed the Amsterdam locals who seemed extremely peaceful and happy. We took in the city’s beauty as we walked along the canal.

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We stumbled upon The BullDog, Amsterdam’s first coffeeshop, so we had to go in…for the history, of course. It was one of the coolest atmospheres I have ever immersed myself in. In America, marijuana has historically been perceived as a negative connotation, (although, some states are changing that reputation) so seeing it used in a public social setting was fascinating.

We ended our night in the Red Light District. I was not as uncomfortable as I predicted, but I also did not think I would feel so sad for the women. I imagined the Red Light District to have a humorous vibe, but it was very real – nothing funny about it. Although it is sad, it is normal culture for Amsterdam.

Amsterdam is currently at the top of my list of cities I visited abroad. I will be back for you soon, Amsterdam.

 

Traveling Abroad: Berlin

On my third weekend traveling abroad, I visited Berlin, Germany with my roommates. None of us knew what to expect but we were nervous about the language barrier. None of us knew a lick of German, so we expected the weekend to be dysfunctional – which it was. However, it ended up being one of the most memorable weekends for all of us.

The first morning we went to an amazing brunch place called Chipps. None of us had eaten eggs for breakfast in quite some time (because a typical breakfast in Barcelona consists of pastries and jamón sandwiches) so we were excited when we found out Chipps was known for eggs. I ordered a delicious plate of toast, avocado, and eggs (pictured below).

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Chipps also has a delicious lunch menu and drinks. I would high recommend this restaurant to anyone who visits Berlin.

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After brunch, we went to the Jewish Museum. This was an incredibly historic museum that displayed events which expressed the minority of the Jewish people in German-speaking countries. It was extremely interesting because the museum did not only focus on one time-period, but many different periods throughout the history of the Jews. I really enjoyed learning about this because I am Jewish and proud of my religion.

Later that day, we went to the Monkey Bar, a bar located on the 10th story of the building that overlooks the Berlin Zoo and the city itself. It was an incredible view with great vibes from the waiters.

 

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We ended our day visiting the spot where the terrorist attack in Berlin took place in December 2016. It was extremely sad looking at all the candles lit up for the victims. However, it was powerful knowing that those people are still being honored.

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The next day, we began our day on a historical tour of the city. The tour guide took us around to all the important places in Berlin. We saw the Berlin Wall, Memorial to the Murdered Jews, the spot where Hitler committed suicide, and much more. It was an incredible tour and our guide was amazing.

This video covers many parts of the tour.

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After the tour, we walked to the Topography of Terror. This museum displayed events from the Nazi Regime from 1933-1945. It was very interesting to read about how the Nazis took control, but it was also extremely devastating to see how many Jews were affected during this time. Right after this museum, we went inside the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, also known as a Holocaust Memorial. This was also extremely devastating to see, however I went inside anyway because I am always interested in learning about my religious background. It was definitely worth visiting.

On a lighter note, we ended our night at at a restaurant and biergarden called Hofbrauhaus. This was one of the coolest experiences. This place was filled with locals who were passionate about Berlin. There was live music, dancing, endless schnitzel, and of course, beer. The band sang well-known American songs in German (like Sweet Caroline) so we were able to sing along. img_1060

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The weekend was so much more fun than expected. We did have problems communicating with locals, but we made it out alive (barely). Berlin is one of the most historical and exciting cities I have traveled to. If you study abroad, I highly encourage you to visit Berlin!

Why You Should Study Abroad In Barcelona

It has been almost two months since I arrived in Barcelona for my semester abroad and I have fallen completely in love with this city. There are so many activities and cultural experiences to endure. Locals are very passionate about their city and I completely understand why. Here are a few reasons why I believe you should study abroad here:

1.The Food – tapas, sangria, paella, oh my! Barcelona is well-known for many different delicious cuisines. One of the reasons I was nervous to study abroad is because I am a very picky eater and I was afraid I would not like the food. However, the food in Barcelona is INCREDIBLE! Some of the popular foods in Barcelona are tapas, sangria, and paella. To find great places to eat, check out the social media platforms that promote the best of the best.

Not only does Barcelona have its specialties, but it also has other food that it is not necessarily known for, but probably should be. For instance, there is delicious Italian, sushi, Greek, Indian, etc. Many places are popular tourist spots, but they are not your average touristy restaurants. They are actually delicious, full of locals, inexpensive, and worth trying! For example, Brunch & Cake is a healthy restaurant that presents its food well and makes a great Instagram photo.

 

Barcelona also has La Boqueria, which is an open market that sells a variety of fresh items like fish, fruit, cheese, vegetables, candy, and much more.

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2. Culture. If you enjoy an afternoon nap, Barcelona might just be the place for you. Spain is known for their siestas, a resting period in the middle of the day after lunch. The entire city of Barcelona takes a break in the middle of the day – shops close down, people take naps, and the city gets a rest before the night begins. I usually do not nap in America because I have too much to do and not enough time. In Barcelona, people are encouraged to take a few hours to rest after a big lunch. I have taken advantage of this and I nap almost everyday. Napping gives me the energy to be more productive with the rest of my day.

3. Site Seeing. There are so many beautiful places to see in Barcelona. Many of them are tourist spots, but some are only known to the locals. I enjoy visiting these places because they are unlike anywhere I have been before. Some places include (but are not limited to):

Park Güell

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Sagrada Familia

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Arc de Triomf

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Barcelona Cathedral

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4. Nightlife – Talk about partying all night long. The night only gets started at 2 am. Barcelona is home of some of the most popular clubs that are located on the Barcelona Beach. Opium is known for “Loco Lunes”, also known as Crazy Monday. Other well-known clubs are Shoko, Catwalk, CDLC, Razzmatazz, and Bling Bling. The clubs are filled with Americans and locals every single night. It is amazing how many people love to party in this city.

These are only 4 of the MANY different reasons why you should study abroad in Barcelona. I can honestly say Barcelona has my heart and I have no doubt about it having anyone else’s heart too.

Traveling Abroad: London

Studying abroad is one of the greatest experiences for a college student. Not only does it consist of studying in another country, it also consists of traveling to different countries every weekend. Traveling that often might seem a bit overwhelming, however, I have to say it is my favorite part about studying abroad. One of my favorite places I traveled to has to be London. The city is beautiful, the people are friendly, the history is unbelievable, and the shopping is unlike anything I have ever seen before. My roommates and I fell in love with London.

Our first day in London was amazing, yet exhausting. My flight was at 7 am so I got about 2 hours of sleep. I drank two cups of coffee to stay awake throughout the day. We took the hop-on hop-off bus tour around the city. Even though it was freezing outside, we decided to sit on the top of the double decker bus to have the full experience.img_0618

The bus tour took us around the entire city and included headphones that had a recording explain the history behind each building and monument. Below are some photos I took on the tour:

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We hopped off the bus at the Tower of London and also went inside the castle and learned about the history of the royal families in London. This was one of my favorite parts about London because it showed how different power is held in the United Kingdom than in America

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Later, we hopped back on the bus and went to Big Ben and the London Eye. These were incredible to see in person after seeing them in movies throughout the years.

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We ended our day at Harrods department store. This was the largest department store I had ever seen. Harrods literally, and I mean literally, has everything you could imagine. It has designer clothes, a gourmet food court, electronics (Apple Store), a candy story, a toy store, restaurants, vintage records, and so much more. My roommates and I were in awe because we are used to department stores like Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus, which are about 1/4 of the size and are mainly full of clothing lines.

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Not to mention, Harrods is beautifully lit up at night.

The next day we went to the Camden Market. Camden is a vintage-themed area that has a flee market, street food, and other vendors. We ate at Cereal Killer Cafe, a cafe that has over 100 different types of cereal from all over the world. We were able to choose our cereal, milk, and add sugary toppings. If you are a cereal-lover, Cereal Killer Cafe is a must-try in London!

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Later that day, we went to Abbey Road, the street The Beatles were photographed walking across, which became the title of their final album. It was also the street where their studio, Abbey Road Studios, was located.

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It was a cool experience walking across the same street that The Beatles did, however, I expected the street to be more exciting. It was very small and full of tourists. My roommates and I all agreed that this was the most overrated part of London.

Our last stop was at the Buckingham Palace. In my opinion, the palace was the most beautiful piece of architecture in London. We also went around the time the sun was setting, which made it even more beautiful.

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London was one of the most incredible cities I have ever visited. I was constantly entertained the entire weekend. All of the history, culture, food, shops, and site seeing helped me forget about how exhausted I was. Waking up at 4 am to catch a flight, sitting in uncomfortable plane seats, and dealing with layovers is definitely all worth traveling abroad.