Story of a girl

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Leah Lehman, 21, is finding her way through young womanhood. She navigates the paths of a new campus. “My parents would not approve of my life here. What college means to me is meeting people, having fun, partying…”, said Leah.
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Getting ready to go out usually takes more than an hour. “I have to look my best because I love when people compliment me on my outfit or my makeup.”, said Leah.
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Sometimes she just gets tired of going out all the time. “Athens it’s not exciting anymore. This is my forth year here and every time is the same.” She feels lonely although she keeps on telling people that she is happy that she is single.
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Lady Gaga is Leah’s favourite artist right now. “I want to be lady Gaga because she does things that people don’t approve but they are intrigued by her and she is the only one that can pull that.”, said Leah. She dressed as Lady Gaga for the night before Halloween 2009.
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She has been trying to find a boyfriend but college life is not that easy. “ I’ve been trying to find a nice guy but I have a bad reputation. The guys get with me only for sex and usually are only a one-night stand. I’m hoping that after college I’ll move to a big city and start again new where people don’t know me”, says Leah.
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“I need to have kids by the time I’m 25. My parents would not even talk to me if I would have a child and not be married. They are very conservative and all of my brothers and sisters had to get married virgins.”, said Leah.
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Sometimes she hates herself in the morning. “One morning last quarter I woke up in this guys bed and I didn’t even know where I was and how to get home.”, said Leah.
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She didn’t want to come to college but her parents made her do it. She is a senior now and doesn’t know what she is going to do with her major, Woman Studies, after graduation in June. “I don’t know exactly what I want to do, I know for sure that I don’t want to move back home and live with my parents in Ida, Ohio. I want to move to a big city and start life all over again and hopefully one day open my own bar.”, said Leah.
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She thinks all men are assholes and the date she went on in May last year didn’t prove to be any better. “He showed up 45 minutes late and at first it was nice but then he started talking about his ex-girlfriend and then she shows up. It turned out that she was still his girlfriend and he just asked me out to make her jealous”, said Leah.
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Leah smokes a cigarette at a party with her ex-boyfriend from high school and one of the guys that she took his virginity his freshman year. “Andy was the second V card I took. It’s exciting when someone picks you to loose his or her virginity to. It’s kind of like a compliment.”, said Leah.
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“Parting in the weekend with lots of alcohol does make me more outgoing. I will talk to anyone if I have alcohol in me. It makes me more friendly then just outgoing”, said Leah.
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“This college experiences have shaped me to be more in control of myself and not fall so hard and fast for people. That’s the only lesson really. I’m still hopping that there is one decent man out there, but it’s fading fast...”, said Leah.