Tuesday, January 2, 2018 - 6:52pm

Over the course of last semester, I wrote five columns about empathy — this one you're reading now is my sixth and final one. I've written about empathy in the context of my Montessori elementary school; I’ve written about it in the context of Americanized yoga; I’ve gone into a somewhat philosophical debate about whether empathy and justice can coexist with one another; I’ve discussed empathy in the context of sexual and gender-based violence and I've told a personal anecdote about how self-absorption has prevented me from empathizing with others.  

Monday, November 20, 2017 - 7:22pm

Recently, a panicky feeling has been lingering in the back of my mind. I’m entering the last semester of my undergraduate education, and I don't know what I want to do when that's over. I, at the very least, know what city I want to be in, but I don't have housing secured and I don't have a job secured. I've become disenchanted with my major, English — that’s to say, I've become disenchanted with literary criticism — and I don't know if I want to “be a writer” and what that might look like if I did.

Monday, November 6, 2017 - 5:48pm

I have wondered about you


Am I the new person drawn toward you?

But before I step further, should I take warning?

For I know —

you may not be what I expect.


But what is it I expect?

Do I expect you to fit some ideal?

Do I think it so easy for us to weave? Together?

Do I think your friendship will be endless satisfaction?

A marathon of blissful confirmation bias?


Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 12:47am

Trigger warning: This article mentions sexual harassment and gender-based violence.

I’ve never been very enthusiastic about Michigan football, but it’s my senior year, and I decided the Saturday of the Michigan State night game that I would go out with my roommates and give tailgating one last go before I graduated. On Saturday afternoon, I was ready to go, but as I tied my shoes to leave, something inside me knew I’d end up lamenting later that I’d spent several hours on this.

Monday, October 2, 2017 - 8:28pm

In U.S. politics, the call for tolerating differences between people — based on class, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or most any other identity — has been assigned to the realm of liberalism, generally speaking. But when liberals have called for a wider definition of “hate speech,” people have accused them of intolerance. This idea of “tolerance” is connected to the idea of empathy.

Monday, September 18, 2017 - 6:33pm

As someone who's dealt with and continues to deal with disordered eating, most mainstream forms of exercise have come to be at odds with my mental and physical health. All the numbers and measurements of gym equipment, and fluorescent-lit rooms with mirrored walls are like an obstacle course for my self-confidence. Most of the time, quantifying anything in relation to my body — whether it's weight, mileage on a run, or intensity level on an elliptical — facilitates harmful thought patterns that have taken me years of introspective work to break.   

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 - 7:41pm

Both my father and mother have been working in Republican politics my entire life, but my political leanings fall pretty far to the left, due to a nebulous conglomeration of incidental factors. The contrast between the reddish hue of my family environments and the blueish one of my educational and extra-familial social environments, along with, I think, my experiences having separated parents, has taught me to see both sides of things — or else suffer alienation from those dearest to me.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - 7:11pm

As a white girl/woman growing up in the wealthier and whiter areas of Columbus, I’ve been taught to think of the inner-city neighborhoods of the city’s Near East Side as crime-ridden, scary and dangerous. This implies that the suburb where I live is crime free, welcoming and safe. But nearly three months of commuting via bike from my mom’s house in the suburbs to the downtown restaurant where I'm working this summer has spurred an ongoing process of examining my own prejudices.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - 3:24pm

At the start of this summer living at home, one of my goals was to ride my bike eight miles to and from work, through the neighborhoods between my suburb and the downtown Columbus area. At first, I was afraid on the commute to my restaurant job — I'm a woman with a fairly small frame, alone, wearing a backpack, riding a visibly fancy road bike. I'm not quite comfortable enough with my bike to make repairs if something happened, and I was scared to be stranded, alone, female and carrying precious cargo as I was in an unfamiliar area of town.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - 6:44pm

Preserving and marking the sites of ancient Native American burial mounds, which are prevalent in the Midwest where ancient tribes such as the Adena lived until 1 A.D, is crucial for acknowledging the depth of the scars colonialism has left on our society.