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June 23, 2019

Growing up, I used to hate the summer reading lists teachers forced down the throats of students. In my eyes, summer was for relaxing and playing. It was for hanging with friends, tanning on the beach and a whole lot of extra sleep.

Now that I am an adult, I realize that summer reading was about preparation and giving you the tools you needed to be even better in the fall. It existed to make sure you didn’t slack off or lose an...

April 25, 2019

Applying for a job or internship seems mundane. You send a nicely worded email, you submit your resume and cover letter, and then you wait. You have to go through the bittersweet feeling of checking your email every day hoping to hear back from a possible employer.

Then boom. It happens. You get called in for an interview, and then panic consumes you. Don’t worry though. You’ve made it this far and you’re going to make it all t...

March 21, 2019

Imagine being a parent, struggling to raise your children and living in the only community you can afford housing. If that’s not a rough pill to swallow, imagine that the community is so polluted and environmentally unfriendly that your children have developed severe asthma and other significant health problems. This may be a figment of your imagination at the moment, but this is the reality of some people’s lives. You may hav...

February 26, 2019

As a millennial, there a some obstacles in your way that may serve as a pothole in the road. It's not your typical speed bump. This pothole comes to incapacitate your hope and put a crack in your resolve and determination. But, you're a millennial, so you're stronger than that and you're used to people doubting you. 

Here's how you can surpass people's expectations and make your way to the top. 


December 14, 2018

When you're a student in college, all you can think about is the finish line, graduation, but what happens when you cross it? 

People often give advice on how to survive your first year of college and how to get to graduation. However, many people don't talk about what life is like once you graduate. 

These are the things that no one tells you. 

You may not know what to do next

Not everyone graduates with a job offer or even a pla...

December 3, 2018


I get a good laugh from the things that are floating around on social media these days. I don't know who makes up the memes and trending hashtags, but quite a few can be problematic. This is especially true when it comes to memes about relationships. Memes may be a joke and be taken lightheartedly, but I think it's important to understand that these images and graphics play a bigger role in society. Because they exist on soci...

November 4, 2018

Starting a new job can be challenging, especially if it is an industry that you are just emerging yourself into. Here are some tips on how to survive the workplace politics and make a name for yourself as the "newbie." 

These 15 tips were compiled by four young professionals working in the media industry. Kristin Xiong, Danielle Crenshaw, Justin Crawford and I used personal experiences at our workplaces to give you advice on ho...

August 12, 2018

"You've gotta be nice for what ..." 

Now when Drake released this song earlier this year, he told the ladies that we did not have to be nice to men who aren't qualified to have our time and attention. (We already knew that.) 

For those of you who may not be familiar with the song, Drake thought he was giving strong and powerful women permission to stop playing themselves by associating with men who did not have their lives...

July 17, 2018

Hey stranger! I know it's been a while ... and that is completely my fault. I had to do a little soul searching and get myself back on track.

 I recently moved to a completely different state with no immediate family or friends and my life has felt a little out of focus since then. 

It's like trying to get through the day with dirty glasses. You can see, but there's a little smudge or two that get in the way and bother you....

May 7, 2018

She inhales deeply as she closes her eyes. She calms her spirit and the sound of the gunshot prompts her to run. That’s what she knows. Running to her, is almost like flying and she does it with ease until she hits the sand and opens her eyes to see the score. It takes a certain level of fearlessness to run like you’re flying and have everything depend on where you land.

She is Mariah Touissant, an athlete representing the Comm...

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