I got my mail-in ballot the other day and for the first time in my life, I voted in a presidential election. Bubbling my vote in like some sort of take-home test isn’t how I imagined my first federal election would be.
I was stumped coming up with something to write about this week — and as I scrolled on my phone aimlessly in the morning it hit me. With Filipino American History Month starting Oct. 1 and Hispanic Heritage Month — lasting Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 — still in full swing, I felt this piece would be the best way to kick off the celebration of my cultures.
In the last few days of International Women’s Friendship Month, I’m having difficulty understanding how one social media post is diminishing the relationship myself and many others have with Kappa Delta (KD) sorority. The sorority that gave us leadership, friendship and a better understanding of values has seemingly forgotten what it stands for in the wake of the Supreme Court nomination process.
In a world that makes it easy to feel small, how can the individual produce change? And even further, why should they?
Sitting on a dock, I see the still water move with each breath of wind, the scattered ducks enjoying the sun and the vast forest that resembles a head of broccoli. I’m writing this article while enjoying a picturesque view, breathing fresh, cool air.
I packed up my essentials and left my apartment in Valparaiso, IN Feb. 28 and drove 40 minutes to my parent’s house to spend what I thought would be two weeks with them. I wrote one of my last articles March 12 as Editor-in-Chief of The Torch — Valparaiso University’s student newspaper — on how Valpo students wouldn’t be returning for in-person classes until April 13.
Let’s face it — this isn’t where you expected you would be. Finishing high school online and starting college the same way isn’t how most people imagined it. Typical first-year advice, such as which dining halls are the best — de Nobili Dining Hall by the way — or the best place to study, Cudahy Library basement in the little cubicles, doesn’t really mean anything for an entirely online experience.