The Nutcracker Ballet and Me

Now that Thanksgiving break has passed and the end of the semester is rapidly approaching, it’s time to start thinking about the holiday season. Everybody has their own traditions, whether it’s a specific food only served during the holidays, a favorite movie that the whole family watches, or a ritual, like going out on Black…

Party Like It’s 1989: Taylor Swift Album Review

Leading up to the October 27 release of Taylor Swift’s latest album, 1989, the singer’s anticipated release was hyped up as a complete departure from her previous work. Unlike her older country albums, this was going to be a completely pop album and it would be her best and most mature effort yet. Now, I…

Confessions of a Homebody

Confession time: I am starting the rough draft of this essay on 8 p.m. on a Saturday night, with Law and Order: SVU playing in the background. Do I have any other plans for this lovely evening? No, I do not. I don’t have anything to do except hang out with Detective Olivia Benson and…

Sweater Weather

All jokes about infinity scarves and pumpkin spice lattes aside, fall is actually a wonderful time of year. I love the brisk air outside, which makes it feel so much cozier when you curl up under a blanket with a good book. I also love that the start of fall means that soon, it will…

Dear Diary

It’s the ultimate cliché for teenage girls everywhere: the diary. According to most movies and cartoons, every girl has one: the private receptacle for their thoughts, hand-written in purple ink and with I’s dotted with hearts, doomed to be stolen and read by annoying younger siblings for blackmail. In real life, journals aren’t usually this…

Fashion for Beginners

When I was growing up, I went to a small charter school. It was an overwhelmingly positive experience and I wouldn’t trade it for anything, but growing up in such an insulated environment did have a couple of interesting effects on my college experience. One of the most surprising is how I dress. I wore…

The Kids Are All Right: TFIOS, YA Fiction and Literary Snobbery

As someone who reads and writes children’s and YA fiction, I’ve learned to have a sense of humor when I tell people about my taste in literature. When academic programs don’t recognize the validity of what you want to write, and when pop culture in general doesn’t take your targeted demographic seriously (because it’s always…

Shut Up and Drive

In my head, the process towards adulthood is basically a big checklist. There are certain milestones that you have to hit and only after you check them off your little list can you officially become a “capital-A” adult. Did you have braces? Check. Have you had your heart broken? Check. Have you worked a crappy…