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Teen to Teen Talk: More important than fear

World Trade Center

Standing on a street in New York is a scary thing.

Posted: November 20th, 2013 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

Hitting the bull’s eye of success


I’m no Annie Oakley. The one time my dad took me for practice shooting, I did OK, but it wasn’t something I was really into, which is why I think it surprised both him and me when I started following the History Channel’s “Top Shot.”

Posted: September 20th, 2013 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

Teen to Teen

When life becomes one big stress


High school can be specially trying. For me, I went from being a little girl with big dreams of college—an Ivy League education, to be exact—to a teenager who was expected to make those dreams become real. My anxiety was sky high over failing at the task.

Posted: July 30th, 2013 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »



“What’s this?” my dad asked one day, somewhat annoyed as he stared at the mountains and mountains of books I had heaped on my bedroom floor.

Posted: June 24th, 2013 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

Citizen of the World Part VI: Diamond in the Rough


We are the result of all our life’s experiences. From the moment we open our eyes to the world as babies, we are collecting, storing, and interpreting data— discovering not just how to look at things, but different ways of seeing them. Every book I encounter changes my relationship with words. Every time I meet someone new, it changes the manner in which I will view the person after that. And every place I travel to, alters my understanding of all other ground under my feet, sky over my head, wind whipping passed my face.

Posted: March 13th, 2013 in Europe,Features,Headlines | Read More »

Citizen of the World Part VI: A picture inspires a thousand words


Two pictures. One features an old man, sitting on a bed in a decrepit apartment.

Posted: March 6th, 2013 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

One moment in time


I have always thought of life as a series of big events strung together only tenuously by more commonplace items. For example, there are hard-records of the day I was born, the first wobbly steps I took across the living room floor, and of my acceptance into the New York University Global Liberal Studies Core Program— all of which are considered defining moments in my personal history.

Posted: January 14th, 2013 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

Living Abroad

Citizen of the World Part IV: Very Harry Christmas


There was a sense of camaraderie in the air. For once, when I looked right or left, I glimpsed more than my fellow New York University Student and a face that I had noticed briefly while passing through the Academic Center lounge. I saw more than the tenuous connection between them and me that led us both to choose London as our Study Abroad location of choice. I recognized… another Harry Potter fan.

Posted: December 24th, 2012 in Blogs,Living Abroad | Read More »

Living Abroad

Citizen of the World Part 3: Dream come true


The first three months of my freshman year have been challenging. There are the expected adjustments that come with having lived my entire life in Greenville , Ohio USA , a small farm town of approximately 13,000 people, and then overnight, moving here, living in the capital city of England with a population in the millions.

Posted: November 13th, 2012 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

Citizen of the World, Part 1: My country tis of thee


The decision to spend my freshman year as a college student abroad was not made lightly. Many people warned me about “culture shock,” the uneasy feeling that comes from being in a new place, surrounded by people whose way of life is different than my own. And so, I tried to prepare myself.

Posted: September 18th, 2012 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »



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