Freshman should get involved

I hate to sound cliché, but getting involved on campus is a vital part of the college experience, especially during freshman year. While there are many ways to get involved on campus, one of the most popular is to go Greek. I know Greek life can often get a bad reputation, but as a new member of … [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...]

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...]

Smoking is a nauseous trap

I was 15 the first time I lit a cigarette. I was obviously underage and unaware of what consequences would follow. I was 15, a kid who wanted to fit in.Monday was the last time I will ever light one again. Saturday, I made the choice to quit, and by Sunday I couldn’t move. I was constantly nauseous … [Read more...]

I am old, get over it

I am a 24-year old college student. It feels good to say it. I'm old which is funny because I don't feel old. Yet I have begun to hear it from my peers more and more. "Happy birthday! How old are you?" "Ugh I'm 21. I'm old." If you're old then I'm old. Geez what have I done with my life.After high … [Read more...]

But first, coffee

Just let me have my coffee how I want it.Every morning I get up, wash my face and brush my teeth. Occasionally I will have a little something for breakfast and then rush out the door. My day has not even started yet and it is already chaotic. The life of a typical college student.The first thing I … [Read more...]

If attacked by a clown, go for the juggler

When I see people wearing masks, it's either at a costume party or doing something they shouldn't.  For someone to wear a mask, hide their identity and act in a way that will hinder others is purely shameful.I don't understand the thought process of people who are eager to dress up as clowns. First … [Read more...]

The element of freedom

I spent a good part of my life trying to shrink myself, trying to become smaller, less opinionated, less sensitive, less loud, less me. Perhaps a part of me thought that I would be a burden to others if I lived my life in my most “true self." I wanted people to like me, I wanted to feel wanted and … [Read more...]