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, […]

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 […]

#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 […]

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 […]

Rulez 4 Life

In the midst of a recent cleaning frenzy, I uncovered a holy grail of self-help mantras that dripped with advice as though it had absorbed the mound of Seventeen magazines packed around it. The book cover’s promises to guide me through tips, rules, how-tos and pictures lured me in, guaranteeing my success in the upcoming school year. I […]

“Big Arms! Fast Feet!”

“Coach Mallory, how many more minutes left?” Deep breaths, I tell myself as I glance at the clock, muster a grin and say, “Streamline off the wall! First person, ready, go!”–  strategically allowing myself to avoid the inevitable groans and splashy revenge that would ensue if I disclosed that there are, indeed, 40 minutes left of our hour-long […]

A Red, Red Sunset

Ahhh… Summer break! I thought to myself, hopefully yet naively as I punctuated the last sentence of my last final of my first year of college. One year down, three and a half glorious months of sheer freedom from academia to go.  At the time, three and a half months of summer break seemed unfathomable– there […]

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Passion

In the 22 days that I have been home from my first year of college, I’ve answered the question, “So, how was school?” about 50 times. Sometimes the question is merely uttered in passing as a polite greeting; those are my favorite encounters, as I can smile and reply, “Great!” without having to delve into […]