The Crown & Beyond: My Journey to a Local Pageant (pt.1)
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The Crown & Beyond: My Journey to a Local Pageant (pt.1)

Before It began in July over morning coffee and a semi-nervous breakdown. A month before, I had driven halfway across the country to return home from school – I was tired, I was overworked and I was still wrapped up in the post-semester afterglow. “I’m competing again,” I told my […]

9 Must-See Anime Series for Every Fan
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9 Must-See Anime Series for Every Fan

I grew up watching TV with my siblings for three hours every Saturday morning. I had to share the remote with all five of my siblings and we had one rule: cartoons only. There is something about animated shows that inspires the imagination more than live-action shows. Once an animated […]

When Spoken Word Brought Poetry to Life
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When Spoken Word Brought Poetry to Life

I was desperate to find a talent. Novels were my forte, but they’re only ink and pages, meant to be held between hands, sheltered, locked into silence. Not performed — at least not the ones I wrote. Yet for a local pageant, I would have 90 seconds to stand onstage […]

Stress Remedies to Reduce Your Stress Now
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Stress Remedies to Reduce Your Stress Now

I’m always stressed. Or so the physicians and gastroenterologists say when I come to them with stomach problems. No matter what is wrong — intense pain when eating, heartburn or the inability to eat more than a few bites — the culprit is always stress. I used to think doctors […]

Chicken and Vegetable Meal Planning Simplified
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Chicken and Vegetable Meal Planning Simplified

I used to associate meal-planning with a Type A personality, or maybe someone who does CrossFit and has a full-time job. Either way, it was exclusively for those who have their lives together, not for a struggling college student. I was dead wrong. Meal planning is a cheap and easy […]

I Have a Long-Distance Relationship with My Dad
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I Have a Long-Distance Relationship with My Dad

When most people hear the words “long-distance relationship,” they automatically think of a romantic relationship. But, in reality, the most important long-distance relationship you can have is with your parents. Yes, it can be a little weird to put it into that perspective, but think about it: approximately 50 percent […]