An Open Letter

The last couple of months have been a real struggle. We are in a pandemic, and we are still fighting against police brutality and racism. I wanted to write an open letter about some of my past experiences and how I feel today. Growing up, I had "the talk" about how to act around police. I knew…

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.

Inspirational Black Women – Unapologetic

Has anyone watched The Secret? If you haven't, it's a self-help type of documentary. Creating a vision or inspiration board was an easy takeaway. The purpose of an inspiration board is to keep you focused on your goals. The idea is that what you think about is what the universe responds to. I've recently found inspiration…

Mormor Diary Entry #36

Swedes are allowed to go anywhere, eat in grass at the palace lawn, see parks as they wish. The new law is that the Princess who is older than her brother will be queen. We Swedes are implementing equal rights for women! Vivian Olson ~ June 17th I had similar thoughts as my Grandma while…

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…

After All Tomorrow Is Another Day – Losing a Grandparent

"We are at the age where we are starting to lose people." Today I met up with one of my closest friends from high school. We hadn't seen each other in months. We met at a local coffee shop, and it felt like we had never left each other. During the conversation, we spoke about…