Community

Children with Hair Loss

I donated my hair for the third time in my life. It was scarier than the second time and the second time was scarier than the first, so I’ll guess that the fourth time will be even more scary than this time which oddly comforted me when on this long train of thought before the hair dresser chopped twelve inches off of my head. But now a little girl has a pretty wig and I hope she loves those twelve inches as much as I did.

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This doesn’t sound like a big deal but it is to me. I know how sad I was when I chose to cut those twelve inches off of my hair and still have another 8, so I can’t imagine how a little girl who has no choice but to not have any hair feels. My entire life my hair has made me feel pretty. When my hair looks good, I feel good. When my hair looks bad, I feel bad. That’s how my mind has always worked. This makes me so sad to think that maybe another girl out there feels that same way about her hair but she doesn’t have the choice to wake up tomorrow and curl it to feel pretty. Long-er hair is the most feminine part of a girl and the fact that there are girls who wake up and do not have the option to feel like a girl (which is damn-near the most empowering thing today, am I right ladies??) makes me want to cut off the other eight inches I have so that I can make another gal feel good again.

I would like to clarify that I am not trying to make the assumption or stereotype that girls are only pretty if they have long hair or that long hair is prettier, I just know that hair makes ME feel pretty, and I know I am not the only girl who feels that way. I just hope that in the case that if another little girl who feels this way about her hair has hair loss, she has the opportunity to get a wig and feel good about herself again.

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Community, Leadership Development

Kappa Delta Pi

As a Freshman in LAS we are asked to join at least one registered student organization. As you can imagine, a lot of us join more than one. Actually, most LAS kids end up joining way too many than they can possibly fit into one schedule and end up having to narrow down their choices. As a freshman I also joined many RSOs here at CMU. One organization that I joined and have already gotten so much out of is Kappa Delta Pi.

Kappa Delta Pi is a a national honors society for future educators. I am currently an honorary member in KDP because you cannot be a full member until you are in your sophomore year. In Kappa Delta Pi, we are given opportunities to do free professional development, discuss with other future educators about the field of education, and work hands on with students and in schools to gain more experience in the field.

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Kappa Delta Pi is so rewarding because it reminds you that education is fun. In today’s society, education is almost always thrown in the heat of things — and not in a good way, usually. Being in an organization that is focused on the positives of education and how we can make a difference in the classroom before during and after our career is so refreshing. I am constantly surrounded by people who are just as passionate about the same things as me and I think that this is something that is very important for a college student. Kappa Delta Pi does service events to help the community while simultaneously building out skills as future educators.

The event that I find so fun and beneficial is Literacy Alive. Literacy Alive is a week long event that Kappa Delta Pi puts on in the local schools around Mount Pleasant. Members of Kappa Delta Pi can go to the schools and read with the students. This is a really awesome thing because kids love it. Kids read every day in school but think back to when you were six years old and just learning to read; when new people come in your class you want to show them everything you can do. You were so excited to show off your skills. During Literacy Alive we are getting students excited about reading while also gaining skills in the classroom and getting hands on experience with the students. Being able to promote learning in a way that gets students excited is what education is all about and this is one of the really great things about Literacy Alive.

Another cool aspect to Kappa Delta Pi is that like Greek Life we have a Big-Little program. As an honorary member you cannot be a little yet, but you can be a mentee and receive a mentor. My mentor’s name is Michaela. I’m really excited that I got Michaela because Michaela is on the executive board as Treasurer of Kappa Delta Pi and I would eventually love to run for an executive board position. I hope that I can learn a lot from Michaela as an executive board member.

I am so excited to continue my experience in Kappa Delta Pi over the next few years here at CMU. Kappa Delta Pi has already given me so much knowledge and experience and I can only imagine the things that I will take away from KDP in the years to come.