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, […]

Like Mother, Like Daughter

As I thought about writing an obligatory “My Mom Is The Best” blog post to share for Mother’s Day, I was plagued by an intense writer’s block triggered by flashbacks of The Excessive Social Media Posts of Mother’s Days Past. I couldn’t figure out a way to adequately word a clever anecdote that would make my […]

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 […]

West Side Market

Back in October, I decided that I was going to study abroad in Argentina over winter break; 24 hours after I submitted my security deposit, the trip was cancelled because not enough people had signed up. I found out that I had the option to take part in a different journalism study abroad program– a […]

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 Naughty List

Thirteen Christmases ago while on my seventh annual pilgrimage to see old St. Nick, I went down in history as the worst sibling in, well, the history of siblings. I put my adorably innocent three-year-old brother on the Naughty List. Trust me, I’m aware of how horrible of a person that makes me. I know […]

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 […]

#CocoaAtMidnight

This week began the annual three-week-long limbo period between Halloween and Thanksgiving– a time of perpetual disagreement between those who insist that it is too early to sing Christmas carols and the rest of us who pop in our headphones and allow the soothing melodies of “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” to tune out […]