Wednesday, January 9, 2019 - 3:38pm
Ellery Rosenzweig

Laying on the couch in my comfy pajamas, flipping through the channels I come across an old classic: “Dirty Dancing." I was ready to experience all of the passion between Baby and Johnny until I was rudely interrupted by a sequence of commercials for weight loss plans and products. I began to huff and puff as my cheeks turned red and flipped off the screen in rage. My siblings sighed and ignored my visceral reaction to the commercials. Somehow, it slipped my mind that it was New Year’s Day, the beginning of a month-long mental battle.

Sunday, December 9, 2018 - 4:28pm
Ellery Rosenzweig

Lately, when people ask me how I’m doing, I explain how I’ve been pretty overwhelmed and stressed by my workload and commitments this semester. Either they respond sharing the same feelings and we gab on and on about the struggles of failing to juggle it all, or they say they hope I’m finding time to take care of myself. I’m relieved yet sad to know I’m not the only one experiencing all-consuming stress. But when given the second response, I’m often annoyed that people mention taking care of myself, because I’m trying to do that, I just often don’t feel like I have the time.

Monday, November 26, 2018 - 5:59pm
Ellery Rosenzweig

We lay on the carpet floor, our beds, the couch, sit around the table and sigh. Oh, how we long to be in loving relationships. It’s that time of year when my friends and I fantasize about the people who we wish to meet, the ones we are longing after and those who were just not right for us. When will we meet someone new who will change and impact the rest of our lives as we know it? Recently, I realized I spend a lot of time having conversations with my friends about the existing or nonexistent romantic partners in our lives.

Monday, November 12, 2018 - 5:57pm
Ellery Rosenzweig

Hearing the news of the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, I was numb. Another shooting at a place that is supposed to be safe and sacred. It was horrifically disgusting and incredibly sad, but it didn’t feel very different from the other shootings at schools, churches, bars and movie theaters. I must be desensitized to mass shootings, but am I supposed to feel different because it happened to my people?

Monday, October 29, 2018 - 5:57pm
Ellery Rosenzweig

Lying on the couch side by side, my sister and I shoved potato chips into our mouths as we spent our Sunday afternoon watching a marathon of E! True Hollywood Story. During one of the episodes about the artist P!nk, her closest friends shared their memories of P!nk as a teenager and how she was given her iconic name.

Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 4:41pm
Ellery Rosenzweig

Last week, after I shared my column about accepting my fat, curvy body on Facebook, I was flooded with support and recognition from my friends, family, teachers and even strangers. Everyone was kind and thoughtful in ways I never imagined. Reading some of the comments brought me to tears. I recognized how difficult it is to talk about insecurities, and there isn’t much space or a platform where people feel comfortable to do this.