Finally got around to painting my shoes! The shoes themselves were only $5 from Five Below, I already had the white paint, and the gold paint was cheap with a coupon from Hobby Lobby. Took me less than an hour and was all done freehand.
I’m pretty proud! c:
Next step is to waterproof them with beeswax, and then they’ll be good for wearing!


CMU students were given a chance through a forensic anthropology class to investigate a fictional crime scene Friday outside of Anspach Hall. Taught by Cathy Willermet, anthropology faculty member, she led her students through gathering evidence, photographing, and investigating the scene as part of the exam.

In Leadership Safari my group’s job is to facilitate groups of freshmen through the challenge course, and some of the participants have exceptionalities (hearing impaired, for example) and I have a hearing impaired person coming through my lane and also a person who may pass out due to their anxiety. I feel like it’s a privilege to have these people in my lane because I will get to see the teams make creative strategies and bond over getting through the challenge course together. Even from the beginning of the challenge course to the end, I’m so excited to see how they change. 

Another factor that the higher ups consider an exceptionality is larger size. I’m not going to get into how that bothers me because something about it just sounds off and rubs me the wrong way. I just wanna say that I have so much respect for people who do this program if they are self conscious or anything. I know that when I was a freshman and went through Safari as a participant, I was so anxious about being the biggest person in my group and having to get through the challenge course brought on so much worry. Even though I am okay with my size, I still know in the back of my mind that there are people that judge and discriminate based on that. It’s so unfortunate. So I know that people of larger sizes may be very nervous/self conscious. I am very excited to see their transition from the beginning of the challenge course to the end because I want them to know that they can do it and fucking rock it and I can’t wait to see their faces when they realize that.

I am probably going to cry at some point. Very likely because I am almost cryin right now! I’m just excited. All I want to do in life is influence others positively and help them feel better about themselves and Safari is part of my means for doing that.

Had such an amazing time at CMU LCamp this weekend. ♥

Met so many amazing people this weekend, all of the facilitators were amazing, and I was in a place that I love. I learned so much from everyone and it was so nice getting to share ideas and stories with people who were so honest and open. Wouldn’t have traded those experiences for the world. I never really thought that I would be nearly in tears over the thought of leaving people that I had only known for about 50 hours. 

Thanks Peter and Candace for being amazing facilitators, and of course my 1 North Awkward Turtles: Josh, Connor, Christine, Sydney, Ian, Hannah, Lyndsey, Erin, and Alysia. ♥