Monday, March 18, 2019 - 3:12pm

I cannot pay attention.

In an age in which we are so thoroughly interconnected, there is always something else to do. Something to read, to look up, to watch, to communicate — there is always something. Being forthright, while writing this, I probably checked my phone, went on social media and worked on an assignment. With information so accessible, constant distraction feels inevitable. This inability to entirely devote my attention to something for an extended period of time has only gotten worse and this lack of discipline has seeped into all aspects of my life.

Monday, February 25, 2019 - 2:11pm

“Take a deep breath,” my mom used to say.

This was always one of the first suggestions offered when I would come to my mom about how I was overwhelmed — when I did not know how to approach the ominous to-do list that sometimes felt too daunting to begin.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 2:52pm

Watching Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, played by Felicity Jones, climb the steps of the Supreme Court moments before the credits rolled elicited not only an emotional reaction from the theater’s crowd, but also spurred my thinking on the emphasis on the recent portrayals of strong women in the media.

Monday, January 28, 2019 - 5:23pm

“Thank you for sharing,” the class would say in robotic unison. The disgruntled student would then proceed to sit down back in the circle and await the next brave soul to share their feelings aloud with the class.

Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 11:54am

Home from college, I walked into my shared room to see my sister and her friends seated among a strewn lot of clothing on our shag-carpet-covered floor. They seemed to be in an incredibly heated argument about what to wear for their impending “photoshoot” and needed outfit advice.

“Ugh,” my sister let out with a sigh of familiar frustration. “None of these outfits will photograph well. I need a good picture for my Instagram.”