College Deferral: A Cyclical Limbo of Hope and Cognitive Dissonance

Deferred. Often the grey area that rarely gets discussed, deferred isn’t a yes or a no. Rather, it’s a slap in the face that feels much more like a no than a yes. The admission counselor read my application and wasn’t impressed. They shrugged their shoulders and threw...

My “Finals” Home

I have to cheat on my favorite library -the one that has the perfect aroma of coffee, history, and that old book smell when you first walk in the door. Give me a ten-page paper and I can harness the power of that library and go to town without stress.  However, after...

“You’re Too Intense”

My advisor worriedly looks at me and says, “Many second years are just beginning to think about a field of study. Have you thought at all about what you want to major in?” Just beginning to think about what they want to major in? Seriously? Has no one else been...

Hannah Graham: an Everlasting and Protective Spirit

She never knew me, but boy did I know her. We walked like zombies for the first week after she went missing. Everyone’s heads were facing down as their minds wandered in confusion and fear. How could this have happened, and what actually did happen? She was all around...

Why We Should All be Like the First Years

In a crowd of complete strangers, our eyes lock and we give each other the guiltiest of looks. “Shh..I won’t tell if you don’t.” We wink at one another and carry on our secret identities as second years infiltrating yet another first year event. During the first week...