It might surprise some people to learn that I spent many years planning to join the army. I would work out in my room every night before bed doing 1000 sit-ups, 1000 push-ups, 1000 jumping-jacks, and running in place for 30 minutes. Even my plans for veterinary school tied in with my dream of becoming an officer with the Army Corps of Veterinarians. Unfortunately, celiac disease crushed those dreams.
Now, I spend my time researching the best ways to protect the cultural heritage of the Middle East, particularly in Iraq and Syria. I’m working towards a graduate degree in Museum Studies and Non-Profit Management. My entire future is looking towards preventing war and working with our allies, and even our enemies, to protect our human heritage.
I consider myself to be extremely patriotic though I’m sure many Republicans would argue with me on that. On the eve of an inauguration that threatens everything I have worked for and everything I believe in, I am afraid for my country. I am hoping beyond hope that Trump will succeed, certainly not in fulfilling his campaign promises, but in leading America through a storm of his own creation.
At this time, I implore everyone to reach across the aisle and work together in every way. We need each other desperately right now. We cannot be men, women, conservatives, liberals, Christian, Jewish, or Muslim any longer. We must go forward as humans and do what is best for humanity.