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Dear Aya: Don’t Be Afraid!

Dear Aya: Don’t Be Afraid!

This year has been an amazing journey for me. I definitely learned a lot more than I could have ever imagined in my first year of college. I remember at the beginning of the year being so scared for college and any screw-ups I may have during my freshman year will irreversibly ruin my life forever. I convinced myself that I would inevitably fail all of my classes if I pursued extracurricular organizations that I was interested in with the addition of school and my job. This idea made me very nervous and hesitant to break out of my shell and pursue my passions.

If I could travel back in time and talk to myself at the beginning of the year, I would definitely tell myself not to worry and that I will be able to make time for everything that I love. In fact, if I had gone out of my shell and joined a club that I was interested in, I would’ve been much less nervous and stressed because I would have an outlet. It’s important not to let fear get in the way of your passions.

Sexual Health

Sexual Health

Sexual health is important because we want to avoid STD’s, unwanted pregnancies, and other risks involved with sex as much as possible. We especially need to be educated when we’re young so that if/when the time comes, we are prepared and are able to keep ourselves safe. The risks that come with unsafe sex can take a big toll on one’s physical and emotional health, so we want to avoid them.

Growing up in the Middle East, sex is considered to be taboo and it was something that was discussed very briefly in school. Even my parents were hesitant to talk about it to me, so I ended up getting the bulk of my sexual education from school in America. Having attended high school here in Ann Arbor, I felt like I had received a fairly comprehensive overview of sexual health without alienating any one sexual orientation. However, I do feel like the issue of consent wasn’t emphasized enough, and I was surprised in lecture to see that a lot of other people felt that way too. I was also surprised to see that a lot of people received the “scare method” to deter them from having sex. While completely reforming the system would take a long time and a lot of work, I do think that it’s important for schools to start emphasizing the importance of consent soon. What else do you think could be done to improve sexual education?

End of Semester Reflection

End of Semester Reflection

Looking back at the way I was at the beginning of the semester, I am truly impressed and blown away by how far I’ve come. When I first moved into Couzens Hall, I was very overwhelmed and stressed about my new college life. However, as the year progressed, I saw myself becoming more and more capable. I am very proud of the fact that I’m challenging myself. Even though this can be very stressful at times, with the right support system, I am able to pull through.

Even though I am very proud of how far I’ve come, there is definitely room for me to improve next semester. For example, I want to explore myself a little bit more. I want to take interesting classes that have nothing to do with my major. I want to join a random student organization. I want to get to know who I really am. In terms of professional improvement, I want to really push myself to ask for help when I need it. I want to overcome my shyness and join an informal study group. This will really help me in terms of my education and help me discover new hobbies that I haven’t even thought about.

The Healthcare Policies of Clinton and Trump

The Healthcare Policies of Clinton and Trump

In this week’s lecture, we reflected on both presidential candidates’ health care plans as well as their strengths and weaknesses.

First, Hillary Clinton wants defend and expand the ACA by making a “public option” available and allowing people 55 years or older to buy into Medicare. She also wants to decrease out-of-pocket costs as well as prescription drug costs. She wants to stop direct-to-consumer advertising subsidies and reinvest those funds in research. In addition, she would require drug companies with taxpayer support to invest in research instead of marketing. She also wants to import drugs from abroad (safely and with quality). She wants to expand Medicaid to affect low-income people, immigrants regardless of their status, and rural Americans. Finally, she wants to defend access to reproductive health and double the funding for community health centers.

One major strength of Clinton’s plan is that she already has a platform to build off of (the ACA). She doesn’t have to start from scratch. In addition, her expansion of Medicare/Medicaid would allow a lot more people to become insured. One weakness of Clinton’s plan is that she doesn’t really explain how she is to go about “cracking down the rising of prescription drug prices.”

Donald Trump wants to start by repealing the ACA completely and replacing it with a legislation that follows “free market principles.” He claims that this would broaden access and make healthcare more affordable and higher quality. He also wants to allow health insurance sales across state lines, fully deductible health insurance premiums, and Health Savings Accounts (particularly for young healthy people). He also wants to remove free market entry barriers for drug providers that offer safe, reliable, and cheaper products. Her wants to enforce immigration laws and restrict visas to stop providing care to undocumented immigrants (currently costs $11 billion annually). Finally, he wants to reform mental health programs and institutions.

Donald Trump’s plan on repealing the ACA could be very harmful to patients and to people who could have their health insurance taken away. He stated that he would replace Obamacare with a different legislation, but he hasn’t really explained what this new legislation would consist of. In addition, his plan on restricting visas to stop providing health care to undocumented immigrants is unethical and would be difficult to garner enough political support. However, one major strength of his health care policy is the reformation of mental health programs and institutions (although he hasn’t really stated how he would go about this).

What do you think are some strengths and/or weaknesses about either candidates’ healthcare policies?