Don’t be shy: get out there

At the start of my freshman year of college, I didn't know what to expect. My parents left after they helped me move in. That's when the emotions kicked in. I was nervous. Scared. I didn't know anyone. I was a shy person. In fact, I was so shy that I was afraid to get involved on campus. I … [Read more...]

Stop the stigma, start listening

“I feel so depressed.” You’re just being sad or more upset at a certain circumstance. Usually overreacting. “No big deal,” they say. “Everyone gets depressed.” Just don’t be so negative, alright? “This makes my anxiety bad.” You’re probably just being too shy. You need to step outside … [Read more...]

What I’ve learned through undergrad research

A typical week of research begins by meeting with James Masuoka, associate professor of biology, to discuss the preparations that need to be made for our experiment. Preparations include calculations to determine proper dosages, creating stock cultures of Candida albicans, which is a fungus that … [Read more...]

What it is like being an atheist in college

Being an atheist in college can sometimes be difficult waters to navigate. I have been an atheist since I was a freshman in high school, but before that I was a faithful Christian. I won’t bore you with the story as to how I became an atheist, but what I will say is that it was only after I came to … [Read more...]

Getting my degree: take two

When I started college, I was an 18-year-old who had no idea what I wanted to do. I knew I loved music but I had no guidance out of high school. I started at MSU majoring in music education, then switched to music performance. I really didn’t want to teach in a school environment, so an education … [Read more...]

Abuse is abuse

Physical abuse covers anything where there is bodily harm being inflicted upon another person. This includes but is not limited to: biting, scratching, kicking, pushing, pulling and slapping. Emotional abuse on the other hand includes but is not limited verbal offense: intimidation, shaming, … [Read more...]

‘Thieves’ stole my pride

You never know how you are going to handle something until you are put in that situation. In the moments where we are tested, we learn about ourselves, and a lot of times we are surprised. I have been in numerous situations since high school where I have been humbled in a sense that I found out that … [Read more...]

Inside the mind of a student athlete

From the outside looking in, the life of a student-athlete can be seen as one filled with glory and glamour. As a student-athlete, I can say this is true to some degree; however, there is much more to it than meets the eye. Very few athletes nationwide end up sealing the opportunity to compete in … [Read more...]

Survival skills for the working parent-student

Just breathe.  Find a cozy corner and grab a favorite beverage while reading this column. Life for a student in the university is challenging enough with performance goals, time organization and networking. Add to that raising children, working and long-standing commitments within the community, and … [Read more...]

I am a black woman and I am afraid

I am a black woman living in America, and everyday I am tired and afraid. I am tired of the justice system telling me that young men like Tamir Rice and Michael Brown did questionable things, so they deserved to die. I am tired of a system that claims to protect and serve, but does the opposite. I … [Read more...]