The Art of the Rant

My favorite past time is constructing passionate monologues aimed toward people in my life. Sometimes they’re positive, like showing my true feelings for someone or expressing gratitude, but my real specialty is a blunt, degrading, insult-ridden attack that leaves the people in my mind dumbfounded. Unfortunately, real life people “have opinions” and their “own point […]

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An “Expat” Thanksgiving

I’m a foodie and a homebody–which is my way of saying “I’m lazy and I eat too much.” So it’s safe to say Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Watching bad Macy’s Parade performances, feasting on food I only pretended to help cook (out of concern for the well-being of everyone involved,) and spending the day […]

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Obligatory Post-Paris Reflection

There are instances that your life pivots around. As I’m sitting in Paris at one of Hemingway’s favorite spots, Les Deux Magots, I’m reminded of his influence on my love and understanding of literature and writing. Hills Like White Elephants challenged everything I ever knew about storytelling and was the catalyst for my obsession with […]

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The Aftermath of a Month Abroad

If you’ve ever visited a Pinterest travel board, you know this tired Mark Twain quote: “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” This is all true. On your travels you become more humble and open to new people and new experiences. But that’s nothing new. Of course traveling does that. That’s kind of the […]

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The Role of Media Literacy in Political Communication

            American society is characterized by its media representations.  Celebrities, feature films, programmatic television, reality television, news television, radio, newspapers, magazines, advertisements; the public is constantly surrounded by their influences so much so that the “media no longer just shape our culture—they are our culture” (Aqili 450).  This intense relationship […]

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The Archetypal Conflict in Jane Eyre

           Men and women have always dealt with conflicts in their relationships.  Even though each generation faces different issues, all couples have issues.  Jane and Rochester’s relationship is so full of conflict that it seems almost impossible for their love to survive.  Brontë attempts to simplify and justify the relationship by […]

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s

A long-time fan of Audrey Hepburn’s Holly Golightly, I figured it about time I pay homage to Truman Capote’s capturing novella. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that a woman-child like myself finds it easy to relate to Holly’s ramblings. Most of what she says aloud are thoughts I have while walking around campus. While […]

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Quit Being a Bummer

We all have those few things we don’t like about ourselves.  It could be your hair or your smile.  You might think you’re too tall or too short.  Maybe you can’t stand the sound of your own laugh.  You’re the only one who notices these things, but they drive you insane. I have a few […]

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