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

Korean Binge-Eaters Become YouTube Mainstream

With a Chick-fil-A bag perched on the table in front of her, Trisha Paytas opens her YouTube video announcing that she had a rough day. She starts eating her spicy chicken sandwich and shares with her audience that she has been emotional eating recently. The 27-minute video of her eating and talking has almost half… Continue reading Korean Binge-Eaters Become YouTube Mainstream

Is this Journalism?

As I sit in my NYU apartment nestled in among the hub bub of a New York City Friday night, I am wondering to myself, am I already a journalist or is that still something I am aspiring to be? In my journalism class we have been discussing what constitutes journalistic work and what is… Continue reading Is this Journalism?

Born of 1998

To be born at the turn of the millennium Is to have lived in two centuries But have no recollection of one Yet still be grouped with the negatively connoted “Millennials” To start preschool the day of 9/11 Is to grow up with a security obsessed government Without knowing the freedom that was allowed prior… Continue reading Born of 1998

An Open Letter to the “Progressive TV Show” This Is Us

Dear This Is Us writers, directors, and producers, I was excited to start watching your show at my mother’s recommendation. She profusely shared how progressive the show is and that I would enjoy it. So, we watched the first episode and all was well. I was entertained by it and we moved onto the second… Continue reading An Open Letter to the “Progressive TV Show” This Is Us

Reflections, Post-Election

I almost have no words for how I feel right now. Except for I do. Right now, I feel depressed, frustrated, angry, hopeless, and that my faith in America has been lost. At the same time, I feel a sense of unity through the bringing together of so many people I know who do not… Continue reading Reflections, Post-Election

You’re Beautiful, the Media is Not

Why is it that women are taught to hate their bodies? Why can’t women accept themselves as they are? I have been pondering these questions in the past few days, wondering why I feel like it is wrong to accept my body as it is. It seems like I am not allowed to love my… Continue reading You’re Beautiful, the Media is Not

Size X

This past weekend I did a huge amount of shopping. I hadn’t been shopping since I started college and wanted to check out the outlets nearby. There are lots of awesome stores and I bought several cute dresses as well as some new workout gear. Monday it started bothering me that I bought a size… Continue reading Size X

Did the Disney Princesses give me Anorexia?

As easy as it might be to say yes, the answer is no, not exactly. It’s a little more complicated than that. Where do I even begin? Recently I picked up Cinderella Ate My Daughter from my local library and got through it in no time. This compelling read by Peggy Orenstein highlights what it’s… Continue reading Did the Disney Princesses give me Anorexia?