That Other Time – A Story of High School Humiliation

Oh, God... So now that I've told you about that one time, I gotta tell you about that other time. Last night, I met up with one of my best friends for our Christmas get-together. We have been friends since preschool, and we began sharing stories from when we were younger. So, let me set…

That One Time – An Embarrassing High School Story

Don't y'all hate when you relive an embarrassing moment? This happened to me this morning while I was driving to work. For some reason, I was reminded of a memory from 2011. I was a sophomore in high school, and I was enrolled in a French course for beginners. In this class, we picked out…

Some Hometown Love – Ames, IA – Home of the Cyclones

Ames, IA. Gotta give the hometown some love. I have lived in Ames since I was born, and it has been a big part of my life. Whether you're a prospective student at Iowa State University or just browsing, I hope you'll find something special to see and do. Mucky Duck Pub: I love going to…

My Consent Project (Paper)

It’s no secret that casual sex is becoming more and more accepted in today’s culture. Unfortunately, sexual assaults and nonconsensual sex are also still very prevalent in today's society as well. There is certainly more of an awareness of this subject which is has created a spotlight on the importance of acknowledging consent during sexual activity. Women and men are beginning to build a culture centered on consent.  This qualitative study researches the communication aspect of consent among young adults. This study draws from interviews regarding the communication behind consent of eight young adults. Major findings from these interviews indicated how the nature of the relationship, the timing of the conversation, and verbal and nonverbal messages are all critical factors when considering a conversation about consent. This study aims to help bring awareness to the importance of having a conversation about sexual consent with romantic partners.

Budgeting and Saving Money in College

Budgeting can be hard and tedious but essential, so I'm here to drop some tips on what I have done in the past to create a budget while in college. Through these actions, I managed to save a little more than $9,000.00 while working at a job that paid a little over minimum wage. 1.…

My Travels in Sweden! Part 1

Traveling to Sweden was such a fantastic experience. I departed from Des Moines, IA, and traveled to Stockholm and Oskarshamn. I went with a group of classmates to study abroad at KTH and Stockholm University. ItineraryDay OneDeparted Des Moines Airport Day TwoArrived at Arlanda Airport in StockholmChecked in to Zinkensdamm hostel~1:00pm City Tour – Gamla…

Consent in the USA

I want to inspire Americans to care about reducing sexual assault, to help victims, and to change legislation with a focus on consent. I have chosen to focus on the actions of FATTA as an example of what can be done here in the USA.FATTA is a Swedish non-profit organization fighting against sexual violence and…

Resilience – Family Stories Passed Down

I have great respect for the past. If you don't know where you've come from, you don't know where you're going. Maya Angelou A couple of years ago, I was told stories by my mother and father around Christmas. I would like to share the stories told to me during this time that embody the…

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HARRY POTTER. For those of you who know me personally, you cannot be surprised by this post. I've loved the Harry Potter books and movies since I was little. I wanted to write brief note about this after hearing about Alan Rickman's passing. One Halloween, in elementary school, I went as Hermione. Dressing up as…