Growing up, I never thought I’d go to college. I didn’t grow up in a privileged household like a lot of my friends. I grew up with a single mom, who did the best she could. She certainly didn’t have the means to put money away for college though. I hung out with some rough kids in school, but I still managed to get good grades and even got on the Honor Roll 3 out of the 4 years I went to high school. I did the stupid stuff all high school kids did…drinking, experimenting with things I knew I shouldn’t have. But I was a good kid. My dream was always to be a cop. I remember when I was younger I used to watch my dad get ready for work. He’d come out of the room with his undershirt and black pants on. He’d put his deputy shirt on and I remember always staring at his badge. I wanted to be that cool one day. I finally did get accepted onto a police department, but long story short, it wasn’t what I wanted. I felt lost for a while and it hit me: I’ve got all this potential, I should go to school.
I got lucky enough to get grants and I am now going to school for 2 semesters on the governments dime. I don’t feel bad about it. I worked my ass off to give half of my paychecks to the tax system, I deserve some of it back in the form of “free” schooling. So I am going for psychology, and loving every minute of it. I just found out, however, that I will be writing a 7-10 page argumentative essay on the topic of my choice. I am leaning towards writing it about the animal testing industry. Everyday, hundreds of animals are burned, blinded and killed to test human products on them. Its sad and disgusting and I remember when I first found out about this thing called “vivisection” I was sickened, and even cried. It scares me to get into this topic again, and it sickens me to think about all the pictures and videos and research I will have to put myself through. I think in the end it will be worth it, and if the paper is good enough, perhaps I can condense it and send it in to some places. Either way, I will feel good about it in the end.
A lot of people are just like I was. They had no idea about this horrible dark world. Your dawn dish soap, your herbal essences shampoo, basically every product in your home that is a household cleaner, make-up or personal product was tested on an animal before it was manufactured and sold to the public. Unless you make it a priority to get products that say “cruelty free” or “this product not tested on animals” then you are guilty of supporting these companies. You have to watch out too because if the product says “this product not tested on animals” it may mean that that particular product isn’t, but doesn’t mean the company who makes it doesn’t test most of their shit on animals.
Anyways…been good this week. Thinking about pouring a glass of the vino and playing some video games. It’s always a good feeling to know that you’ve got all the homework done and now it’s time to enjoy yourself 🙂