When I finished my junior year at Indiana State, I had met all but one of the course requirements for my degree. The main thing I lacked for my degree was reaching the 120 credit hour requirement put in place by the state of Indiana.  I could have even finished that last course I needed to take, but what was the point when I’d still…

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In less than two weeks, I’ll arrive in Tampa, Florida to start my next adventure as a student affairs grad student at the University of South Florida. I am incredibly excited to move and get started, but as the move date gets closer, I also get slightly more terrified.  The reality of the situation is that there is so much involved in moving, making sure everything…

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I have been supporting Hillary Clinton to be the next president of the United States since the day she announced back in the spring of 2015. Actually, I was eagerly awaiting her decision to run or not before she was in the race.  I wish I could say I supported her in 2008, but given that I was 13 at the time, I don’t really…

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Sexual assaults, on a college campus or in general, are under reported, under prosecuted, and under convicted.  When it comes down to a “he said she said” case, one side tends to be just as good as the other in a court of law.  The process of going through a trial, testifying in open court, and telling the world what happened to you is often…

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Since nearly day one of my college experience, I have been involved as a student leader on Indiana State’s campus. While I have grown immensely as a result of my involvement and could talk at length about all that I’ve gained through it, it also involved a lot of service to others and caring for others’ success at ISU. What I didn’t necessarily get right…

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In just 17 days, I will become the first member of my family to earn a bachelor’s degree.  I am proud to be first generation and have never seen it as something to be ashamed of or as a hurdle.  Over the last four years, Indiana State University has become home and I feel just as comfortable on campus as I do in my hometown…

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It’s been a long road to get to this point, but grad school interviews are finally here.  Tomorrow I’ll be flying to my first one and then have 3 more in the next few weeks.  Fortunately (and kind of unfortunately) they are all consolidated on the calendar.  It works out in every way except for the amount of classes I’ll be missing in a short…

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One Word to Guide My 2016

Posted by January 1, 2016

A new year is a time for resolutions, changes, and starting to become a better person.  Flipping the calendar page – pulling out a brand new calendar – is a strong metaphor for the clean slate that many people see in a new year.  At the end of a year, we all look back at what happened.  We see what was in the news, what…

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Four years ago, I sat in a financial aid session at new student orientation where I learned about all the expenses associated with college.  After the session, I called home because I had sticker shock.  I was attending a state university, but it seemed like I was paying out-of-state tuition at an Ivy League school.  It was not until weeks later that I realized I had…

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