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Beginning of December means…. studying and finals and a 50 gazillion page final course essay 📕📝🙄 it’s overwhelming on top of work and outside projects… but I love getting in this zone bc I definitely thrive under pressure lol. Annnnd I only have more semester of my masters program left so 🙌🏼 Curious… how many of you guys are currently in school? What are you majoring in? Post grad? What’s the ultimate goal career wise? Brag about yourself below (and maybe tell me something interesting that you learned this semester 😜) and I’ll pick two random peeps to send $50 @bodybuildingcom gift cards to 👌🏻 because nothing should hold ya back from your gainz…. not even student loan debt 😂😂😭😭 #teambodybuildingcom #bestself #gradschool #brokecollegestudent #ifeelyou #yougotthis #goodluckonfinals

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Last week while I was in Ireland, I experienced something that happens far too often. While walking down a busy street alone, I was inappropriately groped & mocked by a complete stranger. . I’m not a violent person & anyone who knows me knows that. It was a situation where I felt vulnerable, threatened, & real f*cking angry. I reacted emotionally (by punching him). Not sure this was the appropriate reaction to have, but it felt right & I’m fortunate it didn’t escalate. . A couple of days after I allowed my emotions about the situation to subside, I tweeted about it in a light hearted & joking manner. Overnight, the tweet went viral & it ended up on multiple news stories, radio shows, websites all over the world. This was completely unexpected and a little embarrassing tbh. I’d rather be internationally recognized for my passions, my brain, or my impact, not bc I punched a dude who grabbed my butt 😅 Even though many have joked about me being a hero or badass (lol I’ll take it) those closest to me know how shaken and distraught I was when it first happened. . Since then, I’ve had hundreds of women come forward through personal messages, sharing their own experiences of when they were sexually harassed or assaulted while traveling. From cat calls, lewd comments, being followed, being groped, getting flashed, etc. . This has nothing to do with how I look, what I wear, or where I am. These types of things happen every single day due to a problematic & deep rooted mindset of disrespect and superiority. A woman should feel free to travel and explore without experiencing the fear of violence or harassment. . I hope this blows over soon. Praise or attention was the last thing on my mind when I decided to defend myself. I’m stronger than most but that doesn’t mean it didn’t leave an impact, emotionally. I figured these 5 seconds of fame would be a good opportunity to bring awareness to Sexual Assault Awareness Month. I feel this happens far too often & most victims just keep it to themselves. I’d love to open dialogue for any women (or men) who have dealt with similar situations below. What happened & how did you respond? How would you respond in this situation? #metoo

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