SAS 15 Final Paper Part 1

SAS 15 Final Paper Part 1 - Good afternoon ladies, I'm here...

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Good afternoon ladies, I’m here today because I was asked by your House President to come and speak with all of you. My personal experience of attending the University of California, Los Angeles as an Alpha Delta Pi sister has taught me a lot, and the consequences of my actions will haunt me for the rest of my life. I’m going to be honest with you, my story is not one that I am proud of. It could have easily been prevented and it definitely does not have that Disney-magical-fairytale ending every girl dreams about. I learned the hard way that I am not invincible; bad things can happen to anyone, even if it was just a one-time thing. Trust me, I know from experience, but I’m getting ahead of myself. It was not that long ago when I was just like you – a curious teenager, starting college, pledging different sororities, trying to be popular and make new friends. I even searched the crowds for a handsome young man that could end up being my very own prince charming. Despite all of this, I was ignorant and naïve. My parents raised me to focus on school as I was growing up. I wasn’t allowed to date or go out late on the weekends to parties like many girls my age and I had never in my wildest dreams dared to taste alcohol. I was what you would call sheltered and I was okay with that – or so I thought. As a child growing up I remember having special days in elementary school where we would have the school nurse or a guest speaker come with videos to our classrooms and teach us about the dangers of sex. They informed us of the risks and warned us of its consequences. This was the first time I remember learning about sex. We watched an AIDS cartoon video that showed us how it weakens your immune system. AIDS turns the body against itself and allows viruses to get the best of you. I was probably in third or fourth grade at the time and sex was something unheard of to me and my friends. We would play house with each other and somehow, magically, we would end up having "kids”, but I can’t actually remember how we had them. As far as I remember, having kids was more of something we just declared; we never went into the
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bedroom or went through the process of having kids, we just picked the roles we wanted to play and had fun. There was no such thing as sexually transmitted diseases. No risk of becoming infected with a disease that has no cure. As a kid, I thought sex was a joke – something to giggle about with my friends. After all, boys had cooties and none of us wanted to play with them. So why were elementary schools showing videos and having people talk to us about sexually transmitted diseases? I couldn’t help but wonder if kids that young were really becoming sexually active. Was this just a precaution taken to scare us out of the sexual desires that would await us for the rest of our lives? When I reached high school, my parents were more involved in my life. They wanted to
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SAS 15 Final Paper Part 1 - Good afternoon ladies, I'm here...

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