On a Plane to Nowhere, Part I

Abbie Whitehurst – June 29th, 9:33 PM Today was the last day we lived in my house in San Diego. Clouds hung around all day as my family packed our bags and friends stopped by for socially-distanced goodbyes on our front porch. My mom is sorting through last minute paperwork, dad is packing the carContinue reading “On a Plane to Nowhere, Part I”

Social Distancing and Faith Communities

Faith during the pandemic has been difficult. Since I was young, my father told me not to trust televangelists, but that’s what all the pastors have been for the past nine weeks. Next Sunday, my home Church in Tennessee will do a partial reopening. Before returning to the physical building, I want to reflect onContinue reading “Social Distancing and Faith Communities”

Activism: Global Pandemic Edition

Abril Hunter – Activism. A buzzword for Gen Z. However, a word that has been recently at the forefront of my mind. From the Hacktivist group Anonymous, exposing Jeffrey Epstein’s little black book, to your best friend posting a #BlackLivesMatter, anti-racist Instagram story, activism is moving online. Whether I’m scrolling through social media or watchingContinue reading “Activism: Global Pandemic Edition”

Quarantine vs. Me: How I Dealt with Lockdown Depression and Anxiety

Jordan Tweedie – Throughout my entire life, I’ve struggled with severe anxiety and depression. Most of the people around me are well-aware of this because of how often I’ve spoken out about mental illnesses and advocated for others to seek help. I’ve also been vocal about my (fortunately positive) experiences with counseling and medication, alongContinue reading “Quarantine vs. Me: How I Dealt with Lockdown Depression and Anxiety”

Online Art School Can Be Art School

Callista Payne –             The shift into online learning led me down a road of massive confusion and uncertainty for spring semester.  As an arts student, I had already seen people from other universities circulating the hashtag “online art school is not art school” while we were still on spring break, which led me throughContinue reading “Online Art School Can Be Art School”

Changing Images, Transforming Relationships

Trystan Loustau – Polished frames. My family’s smiling faces. I stood back and admired the family photo wall that I had just renovated, having updated the outdated pictures of us from almost 8 years ago with snapshots of our more recent adventures. Like many Americans stuck inside this summer, I turned to home-improvement projects toContinue reading “Changing Images, Transforming Relationships”

Small Town Resistance

Lee Beaudrot – As large cities are ravaged by COVID-19, the effects readily apparent to those who live there, the true battleground over the dangers of the pandemic and how to deal with them lies in America’s small towns and rural communities. I live in one such area and my experiences and observations lead meContinue reading “Small Town Resistance”

Change, Grief, and Learning to Deal with the New Reality

Anonymous Author- When I look back over the past couple months, it seems almost unbelievable how much has changed so rapidly, and how blind I was to what was clearly coming. In February, I went to an indoor concert in Tampa with at least 20,000 people and did not think twice about it. My boyfriendContinue reading “Change, Grief, and Learning to Deal with the New Reality”

Black Lives Matter: Quarantine Edition

Jalisia A. Goodman – I remember sitting with my mom and sister, eagerly eyeing the clock while watching The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel:it was New Years Eve and I had no idea what 2020 would have in store for us. Spring semester began and I was running myself thin between stem classes, Medical Response Unit (MRU),Continue reading “Black Lives Matter: Quarantine Edition”