Perspective

Memorial Day weekend has traditionally been such a tease: The long hours frolicking around Atwood Lake followed by late nights with perfectly-toasted marshmallows result in the first shades of sun-tanned skin– disguised as sunburn and mosquito bites, of course– and hold the promise of a seemingly infinite number of carefree summer adventures yet to come. This year, […]

One Year Later…

Inspiration has always struck me at the most inopportune times. I have piles of notebooks filled with half-finished stories and nonsensical elementary school ramblings jotted down in the dark as I tried to clear my mind before falling asleep, and my high school swim coach once bought me a waterproof notepad so I could spend my […]

Little Things to Love

Valentine’s Day is just one big, pink, glittery hullabaloo. Now, don’t get me wrong– I enjoy a good glittery hullabaloo, particularly when it involves copious amounts of chocolate and gigantic teddy bears. Truthfully, there really is nothing wrong with devoting an entire holiday to love. After spending so much of the last year focusing on the […]

The 65 Degree January Day

Just when I started to feel a twinge of restlessness because it’s been entirely too long since my last adventure, Mother Nature decided to put my Netflix watching to a halt by gracing us with an unseasonably warm Saturday afternoon. Ah, Global Warming! Turns out you are good for something after all. Feel free to […]

If I Had But One Day Left of Break…

There are few experiences more satisfying than pulling on a pair of shorts, breathing in perfectly chlorinated air and basking in the glory of an 80-degree natatorium while the rest of the world faces the 10-degree January afternoon with thoughts of windchill and frostbite. I’ve spent more blustery winter days at the pool than I can […]

Free Hugs

On a chilly Thursday afternoon following my final class of the day, I shoved my hands in my coat pockets and began my usual speed walking routine, eager to dump my backpack on my bedroom floor and trade in my jeans for a pair of sweatpants. I had reached the end of a week-long marathon of […]

Voting + Weddings = BuzzFeed

If someone had told me last Sunday that over the course of the upcoming week, Donald Trump would be elected President of the United States and consequently, I would contribute a video story to a BuzzFeed article, I probably would have responded, “In what parallel universe?” Alas, I couldn’t possibly make up a situation quite […]

Fall-y But Jolly

  One of my favorite aspects of living in Ohio is getting to experience the changing seasons. After spending long hours drenched in sweat after working in the hot sun, I find that I have a much greater appreciation for the blustery fall afternoons spent crunching through the fallen leaves, just as I know I […]

Snapshot Sunday: Album One

Every day, I find myself reaching for my phone to capture photos of vibrant foliage, intriguing book covers, and dripping ice cream cones– trivial, yet significantly happy moments that often blend into the ordinary heartbeats of day-to-day existence. This seemingly endless supply of images is juxtaposed with the understanding that I probably shouldn’t clog up […]

Haikus for the Mid-Semester Blues

Fifteen weeks and yet Why do all big assignments All take place at once? Week Seven will bring Papers and projects and tests. Instead, I will write. Procrastination? I refer to it as a Survival method. Haikus clear my mind As the week’s stress takes over; I should go study. I remember when Poems were […]