Kareem Puranda

Kareem is a counselor-in-training at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He is an advocate for the disadvantaged population and can be reached at asopofcharlotte@gmail.com

  • Building Community Trust

    Oct 22, 2013
    Police officers work hard to protect and serve their communities. The badge and uniform adds a bitter sweet taste to the lifestyles of those who undertake the responsibility. Today police work requires risking life and being resilient against the scrutiny for that effort. Critics of law enforcement are not always privy to the psychological, emotional, and physical strains police officers undertake on a daily basis. The great things police officers do are often overshadowed by the media's ability to mislead and sensationalize controversial events involving law enforcement encounters.
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  • Awareness of Adam

    Jan 10, 2013
    Storm clouds form at the onset of a rain storm. Generally that is a sign to prepare accordingly… Should you choose to ignore the signs then the consequences can be greater than the steps toward prevention.
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  • Puff, Puff, Pass: Cheech and Chong are good to go…

    Dec 11, 2012
    First Washington now Colorado….and the trend begins! I think this is a great victory for all who enjoy the pleasantries of smoking marijuana in those states. Many laws surrounding simple possession and various intent to sell and deliver criteria’s have seemingly targeted minorities disproportionately and landed them in either jail or on a probationary sentence that imposes fees which most probationers cannot afford. Some probationers have explained that it is a matter of deciding whether or not to pay fees or buy groceries at the expense of an active sentence.
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  • Luxuries we take for granted…

    Nov 26, 2012
    On the week of thanksgiving I visited a dentist because I was experiencing severe discomfort on the right side of my mouth every time I chewed. After running a few tests and x-rays, the doctor informed me that I had a fractured molar. The tooth had been damaged to the point where it agitated a nerve which also contributed to mild headaches and earaches. All of these conditions were caused by this fractured tooth which the doctor and I assumed was a result of habitual ice chewing. The doctor indicated that my safest option was to extract the tooth because it could potentially get infected since the tooth was fractured to the nerve. Talk about great timing… NOT! I became extremely concerned about my ability to eat on thanksgiving because I like to eat. I was bothered by not being able to enjoy the meals and desserts that are only prepared during the holidays. This concern prompted me to explore immediacy and the existential meaning behind this internal event. How did this one tooth make a significant impact among the other 31 that were ready and willing to entertain some thanksgiving grub and how does that apply to life in general? There was meaning in this moment….
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  • Learn how to interpret your experiences correctly…

    Nov 13, 2012
    I think the need for love and success are universal but our experiences distinguish how we achieve them. Experiences are like hands that mold clay. They shape who we become. All of us are being molded right now by our experiences. Many people tend to categorize these experiences as mistakes, traumatic, a waste of time, or generally good and bad. We all have experiences and regardless of the context I think we tend to categorize them incorrectly. In my worldview, experiences are none of the above, instead, they are opportunities to learn and grow!
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