What ‘good vibes’ actually means

I had a life-changing experience this past weekend. I know that's an overused phrase, but hear me out. I attended Pursuit 2017, a leadership conference held in San Antonio. I was an extremely negative person before, but I felt like a completely new person after this conference. The seminars in … [Read more...]

We are not ‘one nation under God’

"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all." Every morning Americans all over the nation stand with their hand on their heart to recite this pledge. Every day people … [Read more...]

Not the kind of watching over someone wants

After my house was broken into, it didn’t feel like home anymore. It took a while for the creepy feeling to go away. My family and I had come back from church Sunday afternoon to the front door being kicked in. Immediately my mouth went dry. My anxiety kicked in. I could see the mark the … [Read more...]

Let’s recommit to environmentalism

There are many issues on campus that are worthy of concern, but there is one that remains ever-present: the environment. A few weeks back, officials sent a survey to evaluate the recycling program as well as the general environmental enthusiasm on campus. This survey, penned by the Student … [Read more...]

‘If you’re from Africa, why are you white?’

I am proud to say "I am African," and those around me can feel my sense of pride when I tell them my identity comes from the heart of Africa. I was born in Johannesburg, South Africa — the rainbow nation. We have cheetahs, lions and zebras in our backyard. Mountains and safaris replace the bumpy … [Read more...]

‘A violent minority does not equate a violent majority’

"Do you know any cartel members?" "I heard it’s like, really dangerous there." "Aren’t you scared to visit?" These are only a few of the reactions I’ve received when I tell people I’m Mexican-American. A few would think I’m ashamed to say where my family and roots come from, but in reality … [Read more...]

Confessions of a Carnival junkie

For Caribbean students (like myself) who departed our homeland for educational purposes, Carnival, which is a festival of Caribbean culture and traditions, is a pilgrimage. We look forward to our island's festivals every year, and being away from home would mean that we would miss out. Caribfest is … [Read more...]

When Germany meets Texas

There are people who you meet who, in the moment, you don’t realize will be in your life forever. A stranger can turn into a sister without you even realizing it’s happening. I met Jenny when I was 15 years old. I remember the day so clearly. I was in volleyball practice at my high school and my … [Read more...]

Don’t hate my date

When most young adults start college, parents and friends advise them not to get into a relationship for at least their first full year as freshmen. They are bombarded with reasons not to even date in college, like that their grades will go down, or they'll forget to make friends. Or, anyone's … [Read more...]

Societal pressures of motherhood

I’m 21 years old, nearing the end of my college career and I have been dating the man I plan to marry for two years. For some reason, this is the magic formula that makes every other female in the universe and most married males ask me about children. How many I want, what do I plan to name them, … [Read more...]