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“No” by Anne Grae Martin (editor post)

I was walking by Bayard-Sharp Hall the other day and was suddenly struck by an intense nostalgic longing. This has been the first year of my college career that I do not report to Bayard-Sharp every Monday and Wednesday to sing in University Singers, the all-women’s choral ensemble. It’s actually the first time since  4th grade that I haven’t participated in any choir. Singing is probably my favorite hobby and it has been really hard to let it go. But sometimes you have to let things go. Continue reading

“Destigmatizing Creative Writing” by Amanda Langell

We live in a society that scowls at us if we answer “creative writing” to the question, “What is your passion in life?” It’s not fighting for justice in court, saving lives in an OR, perfecting marketing strategies for billion-dollar corporations, or engineering the next big invention that will take over the world. It’s a “waste of time” to sit in front of Microsoft Word for hours concocting stories that could never happen in real life. It’s “unrealistic” to believe it can be made into a substantial career. It’s “counterproductive” in a culture that thrives on practicality and twenty-year plans. “How do you expect to be successful when all you do is write stories about nothing? Stupid romance novels that are laughable compared to the achievements of your peers researching in labs for hours every day.” It’s time to destigmatize creative writing and to stop making those who spend years working on 80,000 word manuscripts feel like their work is insignificant. Continue reading

“Election Day” by Erin Jackson

In 2000, I was two years old. That was the first of five election days that have come to pass in my lifetime. I don’t remember much from that first election day sixteen years ago, nor does the one four years later bring any specific memories to mind. These days that to many were life-altering had no noticeable effect on my life—not noticeable to me anyway.

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“Accepting Yourself” –Avery Beer

            I was brainstorming topics for my next 186 South College blog and was really having trouble. I don’t enjoy writing about things that I’m not passionate about. I don’t like writing about mediocre topics. I like to inspire people, to make a difference in the world of those around me; so I’m going to be vulnerable for a minute here. Continue reading

“There’s So Much More” by Lauryn Magill

This past weekend I saw the movie “Dr. Strange” (it was incredible- especially if you’re a Marvel fanatic you should totally go see it).  One particular section of the movie, not to give away spoilers, basically goes to teach us that we’re looking at life through a keyhole.  We can only really see a fraction of what’s out there and what life’s meaning truly is.  I like to think that there is always a much bigger picture, one that we tend to forget about during the hustle and bustle of our daily lives.  Often when I’m feeling overwhelmed or stressed I like to stop and think about the fact that I am one of several billion people on this planet, and that this planet is a spherical rock essentially hanging in the middle of empty space in a universe that is mostly hostile to life.  That tends to humble me a bit, and puts my stressors into perspective.

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