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So Stereotypical…

This is my friend Kristen and me.

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I’ve known her since…..since a time…that I don’t remember…but since I lived at this one apartment, where we met! It was in college. We both went to Brigham Young University (BYU) in Utah. I loved it there, because the weather is great and the scenery is amazing. It is beautiful there.

We went to the Holi Festival of Colors together…

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Yep, it’s true. Basically all the BYU students go.

We also did many other fun things together, just not all documented in pictures. 

Anyway….we have both since graduated, and that has not kept us apart. Yes, we are far way. I live in Texas, and she lives in…Utah? I don’t even know! No, we don’t talk often. Yes, we email. It takes us a LONG time to respond to one another, though. Like after a few weeks or months. But most recently, I just responded to her email from a year ago. It’s just that I wait until I have time to write a thorough response!

I love our emails, because sitting down and typing things gives me time to reflect and think through things that normally I would just speed through if I was talking instead of taking the time to type it all.

Last year we were talking about stereotypes, and I found it very interesting and she said I could share with my small world of readers…

Kristen:
Also, I have never been to Texas but my daddy grew up there (in El Paso–the armpit of the state, I hear). So, here is my question for you: what is the culture of Texas? Are the stereotypes true? You don’t fit them (no cowboy hat or football/barbecue/oil obsession) so I assume they’re not wholly true 🙂 

Also, do I fit Utah stereotypes?
 
Me:
Culture of Texas….well it is pretty diverse. I am from the suburban area of Houston, which is why I am not the cowboy type. But don’t get me wrong – I love me a cowboy! And for the record, I DO have a BBQ obsession 🙂 And steak – I LOVE steak!
 
I moved from Utah to Texas in 3rd grade. Before I moved, a boy named Logan went on vacation to Texas and came back in full cowboy gear – boots, chaps, cowboy hat, etc. So, that’s what I thought Texas was! So my family moves here and I’m like “WHAT?!” Obviously Logan was LYING. But then as I got older I realized that Logan had simply not been to Houston. He had been to a DIFFERENT part of The Great State. 
 
Yes, there are parts of Texas where people live that TOTALLY match the Texas stereotype. I even have friends like that – one friend from HS was raised on a ranch and he rides in rodeos and has a heavy Texas drawl and such. And I have another friend who married a cowboy and they live on a farm and have horses and such. But, for the most part, my friends and associates are all from the suburban areas as well. Now, if you go out to West Texas, it’s another story. A whole lotta nothin, just fields and fields…crops, oil, etc. I love it all. Well, driving through West Texas is hard because there’s not much to see, but I also love the beauty in the simplicity. 
 
I love Texas due to the diversity. Especially here in Houston. For example, as a white girl, I was the racial minority in my high school, with the majorities being Hispanic and African American. I loved it. I have so many friends from various cultures that have taught me that there is more than one way to live your life. I love it. I love learning about their culture and lives and history. I mean, yes, America is very diverse in general. But Houston has it all!
 
Ok, ok. Confession: I also love Texas because of the Blue Bell Ice Cream, the Texas-shaped foods, and the Texas flags flyin’ high with pride. 
 
Let’s see…when I think of a “Utah girl”, I think of a skinny Mormon girl with blonde straight hair who puts it in a big Utah poof…ya know, the bump on top of the head? Yeah…that. I also imagine that she doesn’t understand how I can have more non-Mormon friends than I do Mormon friends, doesn’t think I should have friends who are attracted to people of the same sex, and has had a generally easy life (meaning lacking in hardships of the truly taxing variety). 
 
Now, my dear Kristen, you definitely do not fit my idea of a “Utah girl” stereotype. In fact, I have not met anyone who does. I have met many people who are almost a 100% match, but most people are nothing like my initial stereotypical thoughts, or they only fit a few of the “conditions”, or they are only missing 1 or 2. There may or may not be someone out there who is a 100% match for that, but if there is, I have yet to meet her. 
 
Okay well, I have met people who I THOUGHT lived up to my “Utah girl” stereotype perfectly…but then as I got to know them, I realized that even though they may fit some of my “conditions,” there are so many hidden things in each person’s life, so many quirks you will never know until you get to know the person, and I would have missed out on some beautiful friendships if I had let my idea of a “Utah girl” stop me from getting to know people. 
 
It just goes to show that stereotypes are not usually correct. And I think it is a beautiful, wonderful thing. There are so many things that you can learn from each and every person. You just have to get to know them. 
 
And wow….I had never spelled that out before. I thoroughly enjoy our discussions.
  
As I said before, I love my talks with Kristen. Well, emails 🙂
She said after that that she used to fit that stereotype when she was in high school, and was an “ultra self-righteous jerk”…but she said she is “all better now.” 
And I love her. 
Basically, don’t judge someone based on a stereotype. You’ll most likely be wrong. There is so much to learn about each person in this world. Go learn. 

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Learning Romanian

So, as the title suggests, I am currently learning Romanian!

It’ll be my third language, which is exciting for me!

But listen….IT IS SO HARD!!! Why don’t I remember ASL being this hard to learn??

Maybe because ASL doesn’t have a written component, but Romanian does?
Maybe because ASL doesn’t have conjugations, but Romanian does?

Well whatever it is, it makes me want to cry.

I was sitting in class yesterday and we were reviewing what we learned Monday, then adding a bunch of stuff. Maria, the teacher would ask a question, and the class would answer as a chorus as I sat there confused as to how they knew what she even asked. 

I was seriously about to cry.

No, this isn’t an immersion class, so it’s not all in Romanian, but sometimes she does only speak in Romanian. Like one time we were working in partners…she said something to the class and I was like “what??” but a few people got up and moved and I looked at her confused. She repeated it 2 more times as I sat there looking confused…and then she pointed to me and then pointed to my seat I had been in earlier….OH! We were done working in partners…time to go back to my seat. Why didn’t I get the hint when other people got up and moved? #eyeroll 

I was seriously about to cry again. 

Then she handed out a new paper with a dialogue between two people, and asked for a “voluntar” to read the first character. All in Romanian, of course. I understood “voluntar” because it sounds like volunteer, and she pointed the the first part when she said it, so I got that as well. I raised my hand, thinking that speaking would keep me from busting in to tears, and the first character had more lines, so that was good. So she pointed to me, then found a voluntar to read the other character’s part, and I read…

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So, I stumbled through it. And when I was done…
Maria: Have you had contact with Romanian before?
Me: No, but I’m about to cry… (giggles from class….I don’t think they knew I was serious…)
Maria: That was really good!

And boy, did I feel FANTASTIC after that!

A compliment goes a long way. 

Homework?

Describe yourself in five sentences. Then describe two other members of your family in five more sentences.

And 30 minutes later, what had I accomplished?

  • Produced the shortest 10 sentences of my life
  • Looked through all my notes at least 2 times as I tried to figure it all out
  • And this…

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NAILED IT.

Yes, that took me 30 minutes. But boy, am I proud of it.

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Feel goods.

Sometimes you just need to feel good about yourself. 

A couple of times today, that happened to me. 

1. I am the BYU ASL Club President, so I was going around to some ASL classes making an announcement about our club meetings. The first class I went to was a level 1 class, and when I got there they weren’t in the classroom…they were in the hallway! So I got on the stairs nearby and got the teacher’s attention….and she told me to just do the announcement from the stairs. I did my thing, and then she told me to stay, told me my outfit was really fun, came and stood next to me on the steps, and then proceeded to have her whole class describe my outfit. You see, describing people is something they were learning, and here I was…in a very colorful outfit, and apparently I was the perfect candidate. So I stood there for like 5 minutes as they described every detail on my outfit, down to the buckle on my hat. I did protest a bit when they said my hair is brown…I still call it blonde…but today I think I learned that yes, it has been a few years since my hair has been blonde…it’s gotten darker as I’ve gotten older…and I need to learn to accept that my hair is now brown. Oh well. Anyways, I felt pretty awesome when that teacher made me into a class assignment 🙂

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2. I went to Costco to get gas today, and as I was getting in my car to drive off, the random guy next to me said “Hey, cool shoes.”

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3. I went to Walmart tonight, and the lady at the Xfinity booth said “I like your shoes!” (I love complimenting strangers…my friend Mauri and I are VERY practiced in this…so I love it when strangers compliment me!)

4. Today I made a goal to be more social….specifically, take time to talk to a friend at least twice a week. Yes, that’s my goal…pathetic, I know. But I’m so busy I have to schedule everything, so that’s how it is. Then, not even 2 hours after I made that goal, I saw 3 people I know while I was at Walmart! Destiny, Liz, and Liz! I chatted with Destiny for a few minutes, then she was like “I’ll let you go, I know you’re busy.” And then when I ran into her again (good thing I didn’t actually RUN INTO her…that’d be unfortunate), I was thinking “OK, Chloe…your goal…chat more!” And I’m so glad I did.

So, friends, if you see me, make me talk to you. Seriously.

So remember when I said earlier that sometimes you just need to feel good about yourself? In a nutshell, here’s what did it for me today:

1. Spontaneously becoming a class assignment.
2. A compliment from a stranger.
3. A compliment from a stranger.
4. Working to achieve my goal and catching up with a friend.

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Paying Rent Through Service

I was walking home today, through a building on BYU campus, and I saw this…

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Who is N. Eldon Tanner?
Nathan Eldon Tanner was a politician from the Canadian province of Alberta.

Where is this thing found?
This can be found at the Tanner Building on BYU campus. This building houses the Marriott School of Management, and at the groundbreaking, Tanner was recognized as “an exemplar of the arts of management … and as an appropriate role model for our students in management.” (see this article)

BYU is a religious school…where does N. Eldon Tanner come in?
Tanner was a business leader for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

So let’s get back to the quote…
“Service is the rent we pay for living in this world of ours.” I love service! For the past 2 years, I have made an effort to make service a big part of my life, and I feel I have succeeded. Service has blessed my life beyond measure. SERIOUSLY. And now, I have a new favorite quote!

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Now what?
Now, go out and pay rent!

(if only service could pay the rent for my apartment…)

Thank you, Nathan Eldon Tanner, for the inspiration. And thank you to the incredible sculptor who made this…

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“Service is the rent we pay for living in this world of ours.” – N. Eldon Tanner

 

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Be Aware

So I was walking on BYU campus one day a few months ago. I was by the MCKB (McKay Building), which is where I used to basically live, because 90% of my classes were there.

Anyways, I saw this construction truck parked on the sidewalk…

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So I got out a sticky note, and wrote something….

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In case you can’t read that, it says “Please consider parking on one side of the walkway as opposed to the middle. That would make it easier for wheelchairs to get by. Have a great day! Thanks! -an accessibility-aware citizen”

I put it on the windshield of the truck and went on my own merry way. 

THE NEXT DAY…..

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THE DAY AFTER THAT….

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I guess my note worked : )

 

 

 

 

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Straight from the Bible

Oh, humans.

Just to put this story in context….I attend Brigham Young University (BYU), which is a religious private university located in Provo, Utah. So 98% of the student body are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints….AKA Mormon. Basically, a Christian school. And we take religion classes as part of the general education requirements. Ok, now the stage has been set.

I’m hungry…and on campus…and didn’t bring a lunch, so I go to the Taco Bell on campus, place my order, and then this conversation with the guy who took my order (I don’t know his name) happened…

Guy: Can I get your name please?
Me: Lucille. [I like to give that name for things like this]
[I hand him my debit card to pay…]
Guy: [looks at the card, looks at me, looks at the card again]
Me: My name is Chloe, but I like to give the name Lucille. [I hand him my driver’s license]
Guy: Straight from the Bible.
Me: What?
Guy: It’s in the Bible…
Me: Oh! House of Chloe, yep.
Guy: I don’t remember if it’s in Romans or Corinthians.
Me: I have no idea.
Guy: I never took that part of New Testament.
Me: Okay.

And then I stepped aside to wait for my food…….and that’s my story. “Straight from the Bible”?? That’s a new one. Ha!

Oh, humans.

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Five Minutes of Fame

Please excuse me while I toot my own horn.

Early last month, someone interviewed me for an article in The Universe (BYU’s newspaper). Turns out she published it on March 15, yet I just happened to stumble across it today. So much for her letting me know when she was done! Oh well, I found it!

It’s about BYU ASL Club (which I am the president of) and some of my volunteer work.

Anyways, if you would like to read it, you can find it by clicking here

Enjoy!

Ok, now I’m done.

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