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A Letter To My Younger Self

A Letter To My Younger Self

November 12, 2019

Dear eight-year-old Emma, Let me tell you about the next seven years: you think you have your life all planned out, but things will change. There will be times when you will be pushed to do things out of your comfort zone, good or bad. You will go into life one way and come out as a whole new person. All these changes will shape who you are at seven-years-old, at 20-years-old, or even 50 years from...

Simple Costumes for Halloween

Simple Costumes for Halloween

October 31, 2019

With Halloween quickly approaching, it can become stressful to decide last-minute plans.  A change of plans can cause a change of costume, then panic ensues. But, there is no need to worry! Here is a list of groups, couples, singles, and pet costume ideas that could work for any last-minute Halloween plans.  Group Costume It is difficult to know exactly what to dress up as when you have a large ...

Being Vegan in a Meat-Eating World

Being Vegan in a Meat-Eating World

October 23, 2019

When I was growing up, eating meat and going to places like Chick-fil-A was a normal, once-a-week type thing. This all changed when I realized how unhealthy it truly is. According to the American Cancer Society, “...eating 50 grams of processed meat every day increased the risk of colorectal cancer by 18%. That’s the equivalent of about four strips of bacon or one hot dog. For red meat, there w...

The Highs and Lows of My Hispanic Identity

The Highs and Lows of My Hispanic Identity

October 23, 2019

I walk a fine line between two worlds. There’s the dreamy, picturesque world full of music, family, and color. In this world, the rhythms of salsa, cumbia, and bachata fill my veins and become the base of my heartbeat. When the slow strumming of the guitar in chacareras and zambas gently carries through the air, I know this is home.  This world feels like my utopia. It is the place I go to when my Am...

Weekly Blog: What the Heck?

Weekly Blog: What the Heck?

September 30, 2019

Recently, a French woman got her painting from her kitchen wall appraised. It turns out the painting is not just an ordinary painting, but a piece done by the 13th century Renaissance artist  Cimabue (aka Cenni di Pepo).  The painting, Mocking of Christ, is a mere 10 inches of painted wood. Eric Turquin, one of the professionals who inspected the painting, identified it as polyptych which is ...

Why Shrek is a Mental Health Role Model

Why Shrek is a Mental Health Role Model

September 25, 2019

The Shrek canon can be described as merely an ogre and a talking donkey on an adventure, but is it more than that?  In the first two films, it can be argued that the messages are deep and meaningful. The films in the franchise develop the fictional universe referred to as “Far Far Away" that is full of fairy tales and magic. Basically, it’s the fairy tale version of Super Smash Bros. ...

Nissan Skyline GTR: My Dream Car

Nissan Skyline GTR: My Dream Car

September 17, 2019

The stunning Skyline, first introduced in 1957, was originally built by Japan’s Prince Motor Company in a production that only lasted from 1957 until 1967 when Prince and Nissan merged. The Skyline began to evolve into a performance-bred “Sportscar” after the merge.  Currently, the Skyline is most recognized as the influential predecessor to the modern GT-R. Fast Forward two years when ...

My Stick-Shift Story

My Stick-Shift Story

September 12, 2019

I drive a Jeep Wrangler that has a manual transmission in which I literally use a stick to change gears. Most people refer to this as a "stick-shift" and it's astounding how many students have no idea how to drive one. When people discover this about me, there are typically three questions that follow:  “Why do you drive a stick-shift?” “Do you like driving stick-shift?” “Is driving stick-...

Blog: My Weekly ‘What the Heck?’

Blog: My Weekly ‘What the Heck?’

September 12, 2019

The news is everywhere: on our TV’s, our laptops, our computers, our phones. It is one of the most accessible things in our life. The question is how much do we actually read it? And when we do, do we actually enjoy it or do we suffer through the maze of depressing information? It can seem like the newspaper is dripping with stories about fires, shooting, loses in sports games, and dirty poli...

Freshman Lessons from a Senior

Freshman Lessons from a Senior

September 12, 2019

Fumbling around with their schedules in hand and their new backpacks in tow, freshmen are extremely easy to spot. It’s like a new species roaming around in an unfamiliar habitat, trying to adapt but not really sure how.  For the upperclassman, especially seniors like me, this early period is a time to reflect on all of the mistakes we made through our high school year, and the things we wish ...

My Life as a YouTuber

My Life as a YouTuber

July 9, 2019

In summer 2016, two months before I started eighth grade, I made my first YouTube video. It was titled “Sloan Water Bottle Work Hard Video.” I remember that day vividly. I stuck my phone onto my mom’s old tripod and spent the summer day filming the video. One of my proudest moments was editing that video on Windows Movie Maker. The late nights, long weekends, seven-hour editing session...

My Independence Day Family Tradition

My Independence Day Family Tradition

July 3, 2019

Independence Day (AKA The Fourth of July) has been a nationally celebrated holiday since 1941, but it originally dates back to 1776 when our congress adopted the Declaration of Independence. This year, The Fourth of July is on a Thursday. The Fourth of July is a day for fireworks, ice cream, grilling out, and family. Many people go to nearby lakes to go boating and enjoy the environment for the wee...