Virginia has executed more people than any other U.S. state. A few weeks ago, it became the 23rd state to abolish the death penalty. There is a reason why over 70 percent of the world’s countries no longer use it. However, it is still practiced in 27 U.S. states with lethal injection being the most common execution method.
But what happens now? COVID vaccines are being distributed, and everyone is excited to travel and party once all of this is over. Air travel is expected to increase, along with travel in general.
However, I have recently been typing out my thoughts, feelings, and epiphanies. I can attest that it has been cathartic. The piece below is an honest, unfiltered, and raw journal entry.
We may not see our impact on the planet directly, but it is essential to know what helps our planet in order to avoid hurting it. Over the past few years, both university faculty and students have created programs, services and projects to strive for a more sustainable Carolina.
The following January, I received my acceptance to UNC-Chapel Hill. Everything was falling into place, just like I promised my mom. Less than a week before my acceptance, the first case of the novel coronavirus was reported in the United States.
Until this point, a female has not served in either highest office that this nation has. There have been women at these balls, but they were not leaders within their political party or government. Harris will be the woman all future Madame Presidents and Vice Presidents look to for precedent — and that’s a powerful thing.
A couple of days ago, we exited 2020 and ran straight for 2021, hoping to leave behind the mess of a year we had just lived through. But, just for fun, let’s take ourselves back to the start of 2020, when the clock struck midnight and we all entered a brand new decade.
A few months later, my grandfather collided with a truck while on that same moped. He suffered from a severe concussion that marked the onset of his Alzheimer’s disease. At first, I ardently believed he would “just get better.” He would just wake up out of the haze that sometimes afflicted his thoughts. It wasn’t like he was confused all the time – he would go days acting completely fine.
I grew up riding the commuter rail into Boston, being a Patriots fan and walking to school wearing a huge coat with the snow up to my waist. In other words, I grew up in Massachusetts and New England for my entire life until transferring to UNC-Chapel Hill in the fall of 2019.