Photo Essay: A Day in the Life with Mental Illness

One in five Americans lives with a mental illness, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), yet there is often a lack of empathy found in discussions surrounding these life-altering ailments. There can be too much emphasis on diagnostic labels instead of putting each person as an individual first.  Dionne Mobley, 49, loves to… Continue reading Photo Essay: A Day in the Life with Mental Illness

Musically ConnectED

Fingers perfectly curved. Posture straight. Shoulders down. Thumb bent. Bow straight. You missed that note. That doesn’t sound right. The pitch is too low. They won’t think you’re playing is beautiful enough. You forgot to play dynamics. That note was too early. Practice harder. Practice longer. Must be perfect. These are just a few of… Continue reading Musically ConnectED

The Commodification of Social Justice

  Walking into NYC’s flagship Bulletin store on Broadway and 17th street, you are inundated with vibrant yellows and pinks, edgy fashion, and cute trinkets. But these are not just any pieces of trendy clothing and accessories, they brandish feminist slogans and liberal jargon across them.  The store holds denim jackets with “the future is… Continue reading The Commodification of Social Justice

10 Tips for Living a more Ethical Lifestyle

Since being in college, I have been on a journey to live a more ethical lifestyle, becoming more aware of what I consume and how it impacts on the world. In collaboration with my latest YouTube video, I wanted to share some tips that I have learned for how to live a more ethical lifestyle.… Continue reading 10 Tips for Living a more Ethical Lifestyle

Why I Don’t Read Fashion Magazines

From a young age I always loved clothes and fashion. Where I got the gene is beyond me, as I was always more stylish than anyone in my family. My mom called me her “little fashionista.” She consulted me over what shoes to wear with a dress more times than I can remember. As much… Continue reading Why I Don’t Read Fashion Magazines

The Best Free Things to Do in NYC

Since moving to New York at the beginning of 2018, I have done my fair share of google searches and Pinterest finds on what are the best free spots in NYC. In hopes of helping others who are new to the city and/or are visiting on a budget, I have compiled a list of my… Continue reading The Best Free Things to Do in NYC

The Reality of Anorexia Nostalgia

Facebook can’t help but bring up old pictures. Three years ago, it says, with an image of who I once was. I can’t help myself, I click on it. Before I realize it, I have scrolled back three years to find more pictures like it. Those pictures of my “perfect” body, I have looked at… Continue reading The Reality of Anorexia Nostalgia

Why I Stopped Going Out with Guys Who Hit on Me

The following post exhibits heteronormativity based on heterosexual personal experiences, but is not meant to minimize the experiences of other forms of sexuality As an insecure teenager, I was never obsessed with having a boyfriend, but I did wish boys were more interested in me than they were at the time. I was mainly focused… Continue reading Why I Stopped Going Out with Guys Who Hit on Me

Is it Acting if it’s just Psychoanalyzing your Life?

On a scorching hot Sunday afternoon in Manhattan, theater goers took refuge in the air-conditioned Lion Theater to see a one-woman play. An off-Broadway production, Recreating Keiter is an attempt at approaching several themes, all carried out through one character, one set and long monologues. The show was written and performed by Cindy Keiter, portraying… Continue reading Is it Acting if it’s just Psychoanalyzing your Life?