Month: January 2017

Our Country, Our Campus

  Editor’s Note: As the inauguration of the USA’s 45th president draws near, I thought it would be prudent to revisit an article I wrote for the University of Illinois on how our campus reacted to election day.  On November 8th, 2016, our country stood divided as Donald Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States. Across our campus, many sat in front of their screens in stunned silence as the results rolled out in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Many took to tears and tequila shots. Still, many others celebrated as their choice candidate took his victory lap. This election has brought up a theme of division more than once, and that long night highlighted the disconnect in our country and in our campus. However, while those opposed to Trump might have lost the election, they were far from defeated. Marches, protests, and solidarity events have been happening across campus for the last ten days in protest of our president-elect and the arguably outrageous propositions made during his campaign. The Mexican …

Making Gratitude Lists

MY GRATITUDE LIST (in no particular order): my cat my aunt and uncle my nana my friends kyle my health my home my job my apartment next year my ability to get an education my mom my dad my hairstylist for knowing my hair better than I do lush skincare products rainy days at home big, comfy sweaters snow days cookies our family dog fuzzy socks my body my mind lessons I’ve learned from people poetry books road trips with my favorite people how I feel at the beach pink champagne christmas lights christmas trees breaks from school the content creators I follow blurry polaroid pictures wine nights chicago pizza waffles my siblings sledding with my family dancing outside affordable healthcare access to clean water always having enough food puppies glitter the color blush pink pretty sunsets the support from my family the magazine that I’m working to create free time new years resolutions fresh starts surprise kisses daydreams my pink suede jacket magazines without ads thrift stores with good quality clothes my favorite coffee shop …

How I Changed My Relationship with Food

  Food is such an emotional issue for me that it’s scary to put this into writing for the first time, especially since I rarely talk about it. But lately I’ve been doing a ton of research on food and our bodies and it feels like my journey to this point has been breathing down my neck. Every time I see a video or read an article by someone about their body image or their food journey, it makes me feel a little bit better about what I consider to be one of the messiest parts of my life. So if I can make even one person feel like that, vulnerability is worth it. As a kid, I hated vegetables and would refuse to eat them no matter what my bewildered parents tried. I grew up on PopTarts, sugary cereal, pasta, pizza, cheeseburgers, chips, and fast food until I turned ten. Right around the start of middle school (and puberty, shout out to mother nature), my poor eating habits began to catch up with me. The …