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Offensive Manipulation

Day 11 6/19/21 Offensive Manipulation Dear me, It’s annoying and malicious when someone brings up your past and uses it to use and manipulate you. The pain in my eyes show when I realize they’re toxic and manipulative and only care about themselves. As pain shivers through. My body, the…

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Matt’s first year on the REP team

My first full school year has a REP facilitator has been filled with up and downs, challenges and successes, moments of encouragement and moments of doubt. What’s really kept me going through all of that (and through the general chaos that COVID-19 brought to all of us) is the students…

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Being The Only One: In the Mind of a Third Culture Kid

“What are you?” “You look good for a ....” “Why don’t you have an accent?” “Your parents talk funny!” “What are you eating, gross!’ “You are really nice for a …” “Don’t forget who you are and where you came from!” “Just be like us and get over it.” These…

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A Year of New – Transitioning to middle school

When we started off the 2019-2020 school year, I was somewhat prepared for the changes. We had changed as a team, our program was changing, and I was going to be teaching primarily middle schoolers for the first time. I was used to teaching ninth graders, so there were definitely…

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Goodbye from Nicole!

My final blog post. Boy has time flown by. I have been a member of this team for one and a half years. Looking back at the first blog that I wrote I remember being angry, anxious, and hurt. I wrote it because of my own personal experiences that I…

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REP Summer Checklist!

Hi friends! Nia here. Well, my time here with the REP team is coming to an end, but before I head out for good I wanted to leave you with one last nugget of advice. Summer is here (well, its technically spring but this is South Carolina) and I know…

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Keep Getting Up

I started as an intern for Safe Harbor in the fall semester of 2018. I didn’t know how much this program was going to impact my life, considering I was trying to be the one to make an impact on others. However, it helped me heal from my own past,…

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The Best Things to Hear When Things Aren’t Going Your Way

College has definitely been the most fun, yet most stressful time of my life. I have met people who have flipped my world upside down, showing me a depth to friendships that I never previously experienced. I have found girls who I know will be my bridesmaids and forever best friends, building and strengthening my support system. However, I have had times where I feel like all odds are against me. Between a breakup after a 3-year relationship, and a fight with my roommates that led to months of silence, I have carried the weight of the world on my shoulders at times. Luckily, thanks to Pinterest, I have found quotes and advice to get me through the hard times and comfort me, showing me that things will turn out the way they are intended to be. Here are some of my favorite quotes that have constantly reassured me that everything will be great in the end:

“Things didn’t work out because, well, greater things were in the works. It’s so difficult while we’re blind and hurting and don’t know which way is up. But, if you have faith in anything, have faith in the fact that the universe has a beautiful way of straightening things out far better than we ever could. You may not see it today or tomorrow, but you will look back in a few years and be absolutely perplexed and awed by how every little thing added up and brought you somewhere wonderful – or where you always wanted to be. You will be grateful that things didn’t work out the way you once wanted them to.” –Brianna Wiest

“The woman you’re becoming will cost you people, relationships, spaces, and material things. Choose her over everything.” –Unknown

“I was the type of person that held onto things too tight, unable to release my grip, when it no longer felt right. And although it gave me blisters, and my fingers would all ache, I always thought that holding on was worth the pain it takes. I used to think in losing things, I’d lose a part of me too, that I’d slowly become someone my heart no longer knew. Then one day something happened, I dropped what I once held dear, but my soul became much lighter instead of filled with fear. It taught my heart that some things aren’t meant to last for long, they arrive to teach you lessons and then continue on. You don’t have to cling to people who no longer make you smile, or do something you’ve come to hate if it isn’t worth your while. Sometimes the thing you’re fighting for isn’t worth the cost, and not everything you ever lose, is bound to be a loss.” –E.H

“Love yourself. Be clear on how you want to be treated. Know your worth. Always.” –Maryam Hasnaa

“She will carry on with hope and deeply rooted faith that even in these unknowns she is growing while she waits.” –Morgan Harper Nichols

Lauren LaPenna, Clemson University Class of 2020

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