The Only Resolution I’ve Ever Kept

As a sophomore in high school, English class was one of my favorites, but I disliked most of our reading assignments. I found The Odyssey extremely slow and A Tale of Two Cities wasn’t easy to relate to. After a few failed reading quizzes, I realized I couldn’t breeze through the class like I had the year before. So…

Uniforms: Pros and Cons

Today I’m featuring another A-Z Challenge guest blogger. Welcome Becca from Wright / Wrong!  When I wake up in the morning, I take a shower, dry my hair, contemplate bothering with makeup, drink coffee, and go to school unwillingly. The one difference between me and about half of the public school students in the United States…

Letter to Prospective Students

Dear prospective students, I love how you huddle together in small tour groups with other overwhelmed prospectives and their panicked parents. You listen to obscure facts rapidly spewing from your guide’s mouth and try to discern which slivers of information make this college more special than any other medium-sized liberal arts college in the mid-Atlantic region. I love how you cling to these…

How To College

Are you a high school senior wondering how to college? Become a pro in 7 easy steps! 1) Stress over registration. 2) Never do your reading. 3) Dread every group project ever assigned…ever. 4) Avoid laundry at all costs. 5) Only eat foods that are 1) cheap 2) unhealthy 3) easily prepared in your dorm.…

The Wall

Despite its holes, this fence is a wall between space developed by humans and space reserved for nature. It separates swampy marshlands from sidewalks at one of my favorite nearby parks. That park will never fail to remind me of the better times from high school: walking around its forest perimeter on dates, lazing around on…

Kiss and Makeup

Pop culture loves to glorify men who love their women au naturale (Drake and Bruno Mars, anyone?). In response, researchers in the UK have studied this preference. The study is problematic: small sample, biased methodology, condescending analysis of the results. The comments section emphasizes that women don’t necessarily wear makeup to please men. Instead, many commenters argue,…

Suburbia: A Blessing or a Curse?

I’ve lived in the same suburb of Portland my entire life. We moved once, but only up the street into a house with new construction. How first world of us. During junior high and high school I often hated our suburb. I was different from most of my classmates: I wasn’t particularly interested in sports, my…