The Challenge of Being Female on the Internet

I had a friend request from myself. Worse than the unsettling experience of receiving a friend request from you that you hadn’t sent was the fact that it wasn’t really surprising at all. Since, for the past week or two, I’d been occasionally contacted by a Goodreads account that was an exact copy of my…

Being Present

  Last week I came across the above quote and it really spoke to me. Being physically present and being mentally present have two completely different definitions. Lately I have been feeling the absence of deep, meaningful conversations in my life and I yearn for that void to be filled. I cannot remember the last…

Looking at Advertisements as Time Capsules

Part of my summer cleaning involved removing 50 pounds worth of Bon Appetite magazines from my grandmother’s kitchen cabinets. Before throwing monoliths of magazines away, I decided to flip through a few of them. Bon Appetite is a good magazine if cooking is your thing, but what intrigued me was looking at the advertisements. What…

The Role of the Boston Public Library in the 21st Century

The question “Where is your favorite spot in the city?” is a complete no-brainer for me. The answer will always be, “the Boston Public Library.” It has been there for me more than any sort of entity has been in the past three years (well, at least until nine o’clock). It’s where I spend my…

Pic City: The Return of Visual Communication

Social media has left the text world behind and returned to pictures through the creation of mobile apps like Instagram and Snapchat—moving back to a form of communication that has been ingrained in the human race since the caveman years. Visual communication itself has expended over the last few years due to technological advancements that…

Apple’s New Emojis and How They’re Promoting Diversity

Maybe it’s just me, but I know that I always get excited when there’s a new iPhone update. It doesn’t matter if it’s something small, like changing the way a certain app runs on their latest phone, or something big like completely changing what our texts look like; there’s just an exciting feeling that comes…

Paper vs. Laptop

As a writer, I’ve always gone back and forth between using technology to write and using paper and a pen. I’m sure even if you’re not a writer, everyone has had this dilemma as well. I always go back and forth between which method is better, but now I’m starting to thing that neither method…

Adventures in Tinder-land

If there’s one thing I love, it’s hearing about my friends’ love lives. I’m always the first to want to know who went out with whom, what they did and how it went. You know that obnoxious female relative at family parties who always wants to know if you’re dating someone? That’s me. But there…