Women’s History Month

It’s mid-March and Women’s History Month is in full swing. Around the country there are events to support and empower women. Whether it’s an exhibit on women in the arts or a day of honoring women in STEM fields, it’s bound to be a month full of events you’ll want to get involved in.

National Women’s History Month has arrived at a great time, I might add. By studying the women of the past and present, as a society we can learn where our future will take us. Here are a couple of suggestions of women that motivate me, but the list does not stop here.

 

A COUPLE OF FEMALES TO CHECK OUT:

 

Malala Yousafzai-Human Rights Activist

Amy Sherald– Painter

Michelle Obama-Former First Lady of the United States

Beyonce-Singer, Songwriter

Greta Gerwig-Actress, Director

Rihanna-Singer

Ava DuVernay– Director

Aly Raisman-American Gymnast

Miley Cyrus-Singer, Songwriter

Lady Gaga-Singer, Songwriter

Lorde-Singer, Songwriter

The Women of the #MeToo Movement

 

As I said, the list could go on and on and on. There are so many women who are standing up for women’s rights and making history every day. It’s important to remember to bring this month to a close by celebrating the incredible women in your life. Not all women making a difference are famous actors, artists or singers. To the women who made a difference in your path, show your gratitude. The movement starts closest to home.

 

 

 

 

Same Student, Different City

Studying abroad: it’s good for the soul, and even better for the resume. I’m an advocate, to say the least, for studying in another country, or in my case another city for a semester in college. I’m currently involved in the ‘Scripps in DC’ work-study through Ohio University. Not only is this something to add to the resume, it is an incredible way to get the experience of traveling to a new place with the perks of the university credit.

As to be expected, each person has different experiences as they embark on their global opportunity, therefore this blog is a collection of the things I learned from my semester in DC so far. Take a peek into the world of traveling with global opportunities.

Friendships:

Like any big move or transition in your life you’ll miss your friends and family left behind, at one point or another. But, the remarkable thing about joining a group of people similar in major and venturing on the same journey with you, is the bond that you make as a group. You’re able to relate more when you spend your days studying and living in a new city together. It’s rewarding to have friendships strike up along the way. While I miss those back home, I’ve found a group of people similar to myself and more than worth knowing.

 

Class:

When you’re studying abroad or domestic, the forms in which you learn are an entirely different animal. You have to be prepared for a setting that isn’t a traditional classroom. You’ll learn a wealth of knowledge, but in a very different way. Since I’m a journalism major, we took our fair share of time discussing and practicing the trade while visiting organizations to speak with us about a career in the field. It’s the perfect way for you to get a balance between class work and actually engaging in the field of communications. A large chunk of my trip is an internship with a company of my choosing. I’m currently interning with National Committee of Quality Assurance and through this trip I’m receiving hands on work in a communications department. While there are no textbooks, there’s value in the work you’ve learned within a semester.

 

Adventuring:

Stepping foot into a new city is intimidating and learning how to navigate within the city is even more nerve wracking. But, there is a lot to be gained from adventuring around and getting acquainted with the nitty gritty of the city. The Metro is the popular form of transportation in DC as the traffic in any larger city can be a pain. Figuring out public transportation is the first test when arriving in DC. While transportation is important, I have to say that your destination is even more significant. Making sure that you spend your free time exploring what the city has to offer is the best use of your time. It also doesn’t hurt to become familiar with the place you’re settling into over the course of the semester. So, if you study elsewhere for a semester, take the time to enjoy your surroundings.

 

 

The perfect ending to this blog would be something inspirational. For instance, to quote ‘Oh, the Places You’ll Go,’ would be nearly perfect, but I don’t think I have a Dr. Seuss book handy. Instead I’ll just end on this note. Studying domestically or abroad can be intimidating, but I wouldn’t trade my experiences for anything.  And I’m looking forward to what the rest of my time in Washington DC has to offer.

Humans of New York: The Series

Whether you love it or you hate it, we’ve all come to have an opinion on the great state of New York. Within that state, we create the most opinions of New York City. On one side, some people think that NYC is filled with callous attitudes and cold people filling the streets as they rush to and from work. Whereas others think that the streets are filled with a rather lively nature that paints the streets and the people that fill them. For me, I enjoy the vibes that NYC radiate to the rest of the world.

A new perspective into the streets of NYC is the once photography project turned into a series on Facebook is Humans of New York: The Series. It is a raw and emotional look into the average people wondering around NYC. Some episodes are humorous and some heartbreaking.

Brandon Stanton developed this idea and over the past 7 years has molded it to fit with the ever changing cultural and politically climates.

In one episode, we see a couple of men in their mid-20s dancing on the subway to earn their living. They brag about their freedom. In another scene, we see young girls checking experiences off their bucket list. From movie marathons to making a meal for a homeless person, we feel their spirit. We see a man who is unhappy with this company and his position. He threatens that he may just go inside his office and quit because he can’t handle the little control he has. Lastly, we see a man tell a story of addiction and the hold it has on him. We see his pain explaining that he doesn’t want to disappoint his mother.

Some of these clips are too difficult to watch and on the opposite end of the spectrum some are just enough to brighten your day. They are filled with wisdom and a sense of understanding above all. Whether you are watching a wacky tangent or a thoughtful response, each clip teaches you something and at the very least puts a smile on your face.

Impromptu Calls to Nature

Nothing says spontaneous like waking up on a Saturday morning and driving 40 minutes to Old Man’s Cave in Hocking Hills. This past Saturday as a couple of my friends and I tapped into the outdoors side of ourselves we hiked trail upon trail, frequently taking breaks to admire the beauty of the area. It truly was an eye-opening experience to see something so magnificent and so close to the Ohio University campus. Although this gem isn’t hidden and there were many people there to get their own dose of nature, it still felt exclusive to us.

In the age of technology, it’s hard to stray away from screens and take the time to get out into nature. I know I’m often guilty of that myself. But it is truly rewarding to step into an unknown landscape and explore what they have to offer. Even if it means sacrificing a lazy Saturday glued to Netflix.

My favorite part of the experience happened to be the waterfalls. It’s no Niagara Falls, but honestly how often do you get the chance to see waterfalls? I recommend you take some time to check out what the park has to offer. This was my first experience at Old Man’s Cave and it’s safe to say that I’d return for more of that fresh air and open scenery.

 

The Shorter the Better

The art of the short story has always been one of my favorites. Compacting such thoughtful information and creativity into a shorter narrative is a craft that many have trouble achieving. But the ones who are successful at taking such few words and striking gold are few and far between.

Concise and tight writing is the reason I became a journalism major. Many nights as an English major were spent staring at word documents trying to figure out how I could possibly reach my word count. Using long-winded explanations was a specialty of mine. Now in my journalistic writing the fewer words the better and that’s something worth appreciating.

If “brevity is the soul of wit,” as Shakespeare wrote than the process behind short stories and news writing go hand in hand. Maybe that’s why I have such an appreciation for both.

Usually with my posts I like to send my readers off in some direction to explore what my weekly blabbering is all about. I hate to disappoint so this week will be just like the rest.

Currently, my favorite selection of short stories was just released in novel form in mid-October. Tom Hanks has written 17 short stories and placed them in his new book, “Uncommon Type.” One story at a time, Hanks’s clever writing in combination with his witty humor make for 17 stories worth taking the time to read. Whether it is the history of WWII veterans catching up one night a year or the story of a young boy whose bond with his father fades before his eyes. Either way you’re sure to be stuck in the small worlds that Hanks so magically creates.

Another interesting aspect, and a bit of trivia if you weren’t already aware is that Hanks collects typewriters. (Subtle coughs at the title of the book). He is said to have nearly a hundred styles ranging from all different years with functions that only a collector could know and love. Each one of his short stories in this collection has a typewriter that’s style lends a hand to the story being shared. It encompasses what Hanks perceives his typewriter’s personalities are and how they connect to the story as a whole. In some stories, he even blatantly mentions a typewriter and includes it into the piece as a recurring theme.

Maybe it’s just me, but this is such a creative way to shape a novel and it’s the reason I came to buy the book in the first place. Personally, I own a Royal typewriter from the late 60s-early 70s and I couldn’t wait to see my same version of typewriter used in the book. A little nerdy? Absolutely. But hey do yourself a favor and check out Hanks’s “Uncommon Type,” for a collection of my favorite short stories. Plus, Hanks is the template for the American dad and we should all appreciate. If you don’t believe me than take a peek at the photo below. Happy reading!

Taking a Page From my Cart

I’m sure many of us have reached the point in the fall season where we look into our closets and are highly disappointed with the results. As the fall season rings in and our clothing from the previous year has gone out of style, no longer fits or has some considerable wear and tear, we begin the hunt for new items.

I know I have started to sift through pages of clothing on websites for my closet, probably going way overboard per usual. There are some definite winners in my shopping cart as well as being shipped to my house as I type this blog.

My favorite place to shop is H&M as some of my previous blogs may have revealed. So, I have attached some inspiration for fall and winter clothing items you can pick up that happen to be my favorite too.

TOPS

These tops speak for themselves. Dress them up or down, either way they’re sure to be comfortable no matter the scene.

 

BOTTOMS

All three of these pants work for different occasions. The jeans are perfect for the season because of their limited holes attaining the holey jean style even in the coldest of months. The leggings are thick and with their subtle pattern, they can be dressed up or down. The wide-cut pants on the far right are perfect for any day at work.

JACKETS+COATS

I love both of these jackets so much because they can fluctuate between professional and casual so easily. Paired with a button down and slacks, these jackets become the ultimate work essentials. Make them casual with a loose V-neck/t-shirt and jeans to attain the casual, yet so put together look.

SHOES

OK, I know what you’re thinking. I have an unhealthy love affair with booties, heeled or flat. You’re absolutely right. Whether it is the heeled style with the comfiest way to wear a pair of heels. Or the flat bootie for effortless style. All three are suede and all three are definitely on my wish list this season!

ACCESSORIES

Some simple hats can go a long way! Dress up your outfit with the classic black, felt hat to the right. Or take the casual route with the soft-pink hat to the left.

Holidays Away From Home

Although, my blog is written for the average college student, my posts are typically not limited to that audience. However, a fair warning to the reader that the following post is dedicated to all those college students who’ve realized the holidays are just around the corner.

As we take on living in our homes away from home, many new skills must be acquired. For me, it was learning to efficiently clean my house, cook all of my mom’s recipes and of course, properly budget my money. After two years of spending most of my time in Athens, Ohio, stuck in a dorm room and now coming into my first year of living in a house, I’ve crossed paths with the ultimate task: decorating for the holidays.

I know for me realizing that it is almost Halloween and I’ve yet to think about putting a pumpkin outside my front door makes me a bit homesick. I’m a sucker for nostalgia. Back home, both of my parents by now have set up their decorations, and flaunting them loud and proud. I mean that’s what really rings in the season right?  Now as I look around my very plain, only slightly decorated living room it makes me miss walking into a bright and frankly, obnoxiously decorated house.

Many of us are reaching that point in the semester when deadlines start to add up and time becomes limited it is important to remember that college shouldn’t keep us from celebrating the holidays. Decorating your house is an easy way to get in the mindset of the holiday season. Whether it’s carved pumpkins around Halloween, or some twinkling lights around Christmas, even minimal decorations can make a maximum difference.

So, take some spare time and save a bit of cash to make your home away from home actually feel like yours. Even a little goes a long way, and who doesn’t want some holiday motivation to get through some of those daunting classes.

 

Here’s some inspiration for October through December.

October

November

December

 

 

An Ode to Tom Petty

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Long-time singer and songwriter, Tom Petty, tragically passed away last week. Although he is no longer with us, his legacy will live on. The genius behind some of music’s greatest hits like “Free Fallin’” and “Wildflowers” has left a permanent stamp on music history. To honor his significant role as a musician, Billboard released a list of Petty’s Top 20 Billboard Hot 100 Hits. So I thought I’d follow in their footsteps to create a list of my top 10 favorite songs from both Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers as well as several of his solo tracks.

  1. Free Fallin’ | Tom Petty
  2. Wildflowers | Tom Petty
  3. Mary Jane’s Last Dance | Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
  4. I Won’t Back Down | Tom Petty
  5. Runnin’ Down a Dream | Tom Petty
  6. You Don’t Know How It Feels | Tom Petty
  7. Learning to Fly | Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
  8. American Girl | Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
  9. You Wreck Me | Tom Petty
  10. Don’t Do Me Like That | Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

If you haven’t heard these songs or any of Petty’s music, I highly suggest taking some time out of your day to honor a great music legend. It was obvious how much of Petty’s spirit went into his music; he loved his craft and perfected it for his fans. Time Magazine reports, Petty just ended his 40th anniversary tour shortly before his death and as he closed out his final show, he had one thing to say before exiting the stage for the last time. “I wanna thank you for 40 years of a really great time,” he said. “God bless you! Goodnight!”

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Fenty Beauty

Rihanna has recently released her new line of beauty products, Fenty Beauty, and people are loving it. The beauty line consists of many products such as foundations, highlighters, beauty tools and much more for everyday makeup wear. Rihanna has taken many risks and extra steps to ensure that her beauty line is as unique as the people wearing it. Here are some of the ways Rihanna has made her beauty line unlike the rest.

 

FOUNDATION

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The genius behind the beauty line has developed a shade of foundation for each and every skin tone, ensuring that the product can be used by all. By developing so many various types of hues, Fenty foundation has the ability to be worn from the lightest skin tones to the darkest tones.

 

HIGHLIGHTERS

Source of Photo: https://m.sephora.com/product/killawatt-freestyle-highlighter-P64879845?skuId=1925924 

Rihanna has developed nearly 10 different highlighters that as depicted have the capability to work well on different skin tones. Some of these highlighters can be used for everyday wear while Rihanna occasionally mixes in a few daring tones such as the purple shimmer for an extra pop to your normal routine.

 

CONCEAL + CONTOUR

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Another progressive idea that Rihanna has developed is selling a trio pack of Match Stix for all your concealing, highlighting and contouring needs. If you’re like me and looking for a set of products to meet nearly half of your makeup routine, this is the product to purchase.

 

LIPS

(Source of Photo: https://www.fentybeauty.com/gloss-bomb/universal-lip-luminizer/22513.html )

This is where Rihanna has really impressed me with the thought and creativity of her brand. Fenty Beauty only makes and sells one shade of lip gloss. She has been asked in many interviews why she only sells one shade and her answer was she wanted one color that could work with everyone’s complexion.  This universal color transcends into the perfect nude that looks great on everyone.

 

(Source of Photo: https://www.bustle.com/p/fenty-beauty-sales-prove-its-the-new-standard-for-celebrity-backed-makeup-brands-2348205 )

Rihanna’s Beauty line doesn’t just stop at makeup; it has the capability to transcend far past the products and into a message for all beauty companies to take a moment to recognize. They say the idea of inclusivity needs to be taken more seriously when developing products for the masses. If more companies took the time, resources and money like Rihanna to research products that are versatile across the board, then many people would stop feeling left out when shopping for makeup. So here’s to you Rihanna, we can’t wait for your rumored skin care products to release either.

 

Catching Up

With fall semester in full swing and classwork being assigned at a rapid rate, many college student like myself have to find something to keep themselves preoccupied. Reading books or hanging out with friends are always great options to fall back on, but with the renewals of many popular shows in the distance it’s hard not to fall victim to their plots and drama. So sit back and check out these titles coming back to TV, Netflix or Hulu this fall.
The Mindy Project

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With a couple of episodes already airing on TV as well as similar streaming services, it’s hard not to catch up on the world of Dr. Mindy Lahiri. The comical antics and romantic set backs keep us coming back each week to see what she’ll get into next. Let’s face it, we’ve all had our Mindy moments so here’s to binging on her inner monologues for the remainder on the season.

Empire

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This is bound to be a season chalked full of twists and turns with a dash of drama around every corner. As one of the biggest hits in TV history, there are bound to be some excited viewers waiting to see what the cast will be getting into this season. Sit back and listen to the music.

Grey’s Anatomy

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Meredith is back at it and her viewers are ready for more drama. Between her love and work life, it’s hard to keep track of it all. Working at Grey Sloan Memorial hospital means that every wild twist of fate that could potentially harm you has most likely already occurred in your life. I mean the odds of being in not one, but two planes crashes are uncanny. We’ll have to stay tuned to see if Shonda Rhimes added another plane crash to this season’s script.

Atypical

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A show unlike the rest has renewed for another season. It’s hard to avoid the cliché “it will make you laugh and it will make you cry” when describing it because it is just so true. A young autistic boy searching for love and more importantly a sense of independence, is a plot you won’t want to leave.

Stranger Things

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After all that waiting and anticipation, this show is back to answer some of the most troubling questions. As the trailers have spilled onto the internet, there’s one thing I know for sure. Will, cannot catch a break.  He is constantly in some sort of immediate danger and it looks like this season won’t be any different. But hey, at least we know Eleven is making a comeback. You’ll want to make some time for the upside down and waffles, of course the waffles.