“Monday isn’t really the worst day. I think Tuesday is probably the worst day.”

So what would make Tuesdays better? If they were Friday. Like, if you had two days of school, Monday and Tuesday, right? Tuesday is like a Friday. That's what will make Tuesdays better. Like, here's the thing. Here's my analogy for all of the days of the week. So Monday you feel blegh like, “Why do I have to go to school?" For like, for kids who have to go to school, you know. “Why do I have to go to school"? And then Tuesday it's like “Ugh, I have no hope, I've already dealt with Monday, but I still have three more days to go,” 'cause Monday you're still kinda - you just got past the weekend, you might have exciting stuff to share. It might - they might ease you in a little bit. Tuesday’s where a lot of the tests happen and where like a lot of things go wrong. Wednesday is kinda like, eh, right? Because you have like a lot to go, and you've already done a lot. So you're kinda worn out, but you still have a lot to go. Thursday you can kinda see the end, but you're still a little bit worn out, and then Friday you just like forget about being worn out and you're like, “It's Friday, let's go. I have this to do on the weekend,” and then when Monday comes, you can talk about it. So Monday isn't really the worst day. I think Tuesday is probably the worst day, but what would make it better? If Tuesday was Friday.

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“I’m so proud of myself because I advocated for myself…”

I'm really proud of myself today. I advocated for myself, and without my parents, physically, my mom even there. I had a doctor's appointment. And I went alone, which was huge because I like never do that. And I'm so proud of myself because I advocated for myself too. I needed a certain blood test, just because like I've been feeling tired and stuff, so I wanted like my thyroid and iron levels checked. And it's huge because I asked for it, like I'm always afraid to do that, like I don't really ask for what I need. I just kinda like hope the doctor will order it, like, without me asking. So that was so huge for me, that I actually said, “Can you please order X test for Y reason?” Feel like that's one of my huge steps towards like becoming an adult. Because, like, I have a job, I have my license, I've been going to quite a few doctors appointments alone, which is huge, like, I've called and made them, too, you know, scary. But yeah, I advocated for myself, which is a big thing because I always don't want to inconvenience people. So I just like kinda don't bother them about it. But I knew what I needed for my health. And I asked for it and it was easy. She ended up ordering the test and some other tests, too. I just need to speak up for myself and advocate. Because that's how you make it in the real world.

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“I would never change that about myself.”

"The Roman gods had the power to change form whenever they wanted. What's one thing about yourself that you'd never want to change?" My nose. For a long time, I was embarrassed by my nose. It's big and bulbous. And I was always embarrassed by it. I thought - you know, and it has all these blackheads on it. And it has this little line of blackheads too, right above the bulbous part, on the, like, straight part that, like, cuts it. With little like - it's very noticeable. It was very noticeable when I was a teenager, not as noticeable now, and my family used to call it the equator. And I was so embarrassed by it, so embarrassed by it. And then my wela died and I was very - it was very sad. It was a hard time for me. You know, I had moved out of my parents’ house my senior year into her home to help her. She was going through dialysis, and it was... It was hard. We were very close. And we went to - up to Michigan. I think it was, like, that next summer. And I had talked to some of my - some of her relatives, my relatives, her sister specifically [name], who is still living, and we talked about my nose - and they call it up there, her sisters call it a strawberry nose because not only does my wela have it, but all of her sisters have it. It's a [family name] nose, they call it a strawberry [family name] nose. Because it’s bulbous like a strawberry and it has the little black dots, very typical [family name] nose. This made me feel so connected to her. You know, I feel bad for people who have, like, this body dysmorphia where they need to utilize plastic surgery to change these things about themselves. Because as a person who's loved by her family and who loves her family, I can look in the mirror and look at certain features on my body and say, “That I got from this person, that I got from this person.” And it feels good. It just feels right. And it's comforting knowing that she's still alive in me. Not only in her stories and her memory and her morals, but like in my appearance 'cause I look so much like her. So,…

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“I’m not sure if I’ll ever get recognized for a Michigan accent.”

I haven't gotten picked out for having a Michigan accent. I'm originally from Wisconsin and I moved to the UP. I was picked out for having a Wisconsin accent once though. I was in, I think like, a Steak and Shake somewhere in Tennessee, and the waitress just was like, "Are you from Wisconsin?" And I was so surprised that she was like dead-on accurate, like it wasn't, "Are you from - are you from the Midwest?" Or whatever, like it was, "Are you from Wisconsin?" And I'm not sure if I'll ever get recognized for a Michigan accent. And the reason I say that is like, the Yooper accent is like a more - I don't know how to describe it. I like to say that the Wisconsin accent is Yooper lite. So I think if somebody noticed my accent they would probably try to guess Wisconsin still or just like the Midwest or something. Like, I've had people equate it with Fargo. So yeah, I haven't been recognized for having a Michigan accent but, you know, Yooper accent is a bit different than downstate.

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