Public Life Reporting Amanda Cheeks

"That's what I'm telling myself now, because when I grew up I kind of shut all my feelings off, because of what was going on around me. Because I had too. I'm the oldest of four, so I was like the third parent, and then my parents go together. They got married because they had me. So, I grew up watching my parents learn how to like each other. The love was there, but they didn't like each other. My mom told me, 'If it wasn't for you I probably wouldn't have married your dad.' So I grew up watching them like each other, which was kind of difficult for me because now my perspective of love and affection is kind of off. So now, I've never been in a relationship before, so I just watch. I literally grew up watching people live their lives, but not living mine. So that's what I'm trying to do right now, and it's kind of scary, but I'm by myself. I just had to realize that being my myself is okay, which is why I come out here and sit."

- Rihanna Jackson, Communication major

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