Innovative ideas: The future of hipster America
April 15, 2014
Defining the word "hipster" in the modern cultural age is exceptionally difficult – probably because concrete definitions are too mainstream. The term alone implies ambiguity and requires deviation from the norm; to define a hipster would erode the true essence of what a hipster seeks to attain.
Pop culture often portrays ...
You hear that? Speak less, listen more
April 08, 2014
Writing a column demands that something be said – a position asserted or a side taken. Coming forth with a valid, well-thought opinion on a certain issue cannot be ignored as a useful tool to articulate one's perspective.
Despite my belief in effectively defending one's perspective, I have certainly ...
What's in a word? Beauty found in language's artistic crafting
March 25, 2014
Imagine the world without words.
Verbal conversations would cease to exist; crowded classrooms, malls and parties would be coated in unbroken silence. Written books would not exist. Advertisements would consist solely of pictures. On game days, Neyland Stadium would be eerily quiet, except for the occasional crunch of hitting helmets ...
Confessions of a tall girl
March 11, 2014
<p>"How's the weather up there?"</p>
<p>"Do you happen to play basketball?"</p>
<p>"Would you mind wearing flats?"</p>
<p>I am part of a distinct breed of women, a type that can often be spotted from a distance. Our demographic in America forms a relatively small group but one that is rather difficult to miss, unless we happen to be lounging in a chair, driving a car or tying our shoes.</p>
<p>When we're not reaching for the jar on the top shelf, we can often be found running up and down the basketball court or playing volleyball. During our leisure time, we are often spotted shopping the stores with long jeans; pants often only reach our ankles, and our bodies have an amazing ability to make dresses look like shirts.</p>
Study abroad before it's too late
March 04, 2014
I scoured the contents of my overstuffed wallet and searched in vain for a quarter.
My idea – to buy a Coke at a convenience store on campus – had seemed simple enough, yet as I tried to ignore the prying eyes of the people waiting behind me, I felt my embarrassment ...
Individualism blinds us from true beauty of community
February 18, 2014
The rain came down in sheets, unrelenting and somewhat obscure.
Normally, I enjoyed the occasional drizzly day, and in May of 2010 the downpour seemed no different. But this rain continued, rarely pausing during the day or night. The end of the school year quickly approached, and the usual busyness ...
Olympics showcase political reality
February 11, 2014
Maybe it was his unique name or maybe the soul patch on his chin. Perhaps it was the flash of silver skates or the simple fact that he was an American Olympic athlete.
Regardless of the reason, as a young girl watching the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games I ...
Finding the 'American way' in our iPhone generation
February 04, 2014
I look at the black screen, habitually click the power button and stare with no avail.
The scenario rarely happens, but when it does, I always get anxious when my phone dies.
Along with most people my age, I have been raised in a world of constant information. The Internet ...
Education quality doesn't define student achievement
January 28, 2014
I've sat in a particular spot for a very long time.
This little place is not fancy, and it can be uncomfortable, cold and an ambiguous source of boredom, anxiety and interest.
Thinking about the amount of time I've spent sitting at a desk in a classroom, in ...
A splash of history on 'rowing the boat'
January 21, 2014
My freshman year of college, I found myself standing in a glass boathouse along the Tennessee River with a large group of particularly tall college girls.
I looked with wide eyes at the sleek boats lining the walls and the racks of long oars hanging by the door.
I had ...
Poetry isn't dead; it's just in Taylor Swift's hands
January 14, 2014
When one thinks of poetry, usually a high school English class riddled with Shakespearean ballads and romantic phrases comes to mind.
Our culture – especially within academic realms – recognizes the artistic and cultural importance of poetry. However, despite our teachers' best entreaties, few people purposely read poetry in spare time.
Hunger Games' fictional tyranny applies in real world
December 03, 2013
"Catching Fire" is an absolutely amazing movie.
I had no idea what I was in for when I strolled into the movie theater a week ago to see the newest of Suzanne Collins' sensational trilogy. I love the books, but usually, sequels tend to disappoint.
Not this time – I sat ...
Holiday season brings memories to make and remember
November 26, 2013
I started listening to Christmas carols a month ago.
I confess, the holiday season comes a bit early for me; most of my friends refuse to deck the halls or even talk about gift shopping before Thanksgiving.
My eagerness to celebrate Christmas, however, doesn't go without its reasons. The ...
Leave room in healthcare to value life's brevity
November 19, 2013
I remember thinking I would never reach the fifth grade.
Through my 6-year-old eyes, living to the ripe old age of 11 seemed absolutely impossible. Yet, in the seeming second, I am not only far beyond fifth grade; I'm in the middle of my sophomore year in college.
Greeks are defined by more than their letters
November 12, 2013
My hair is blonde. I like to dress up. Many of my T-shirts are oversized, and I love my leggings.
When people catch me casually walking down Pedestrian with a button on my backpack and certain letters on my shirt, they all think the exact same thing.