Journalism, A Worthless Degree?

Your father says a degree in journalism promises a less secure future than degrees in STEM. Your mother thinks an art degree will keep you safe from the dangerous assignments journalists undertake. This 2012 article by Forbes comments on a report by Career Cast that lists journalism as the fifth worst job, above oil riggers …

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What I’ve Been Reading Lately

If you're anything like me, you often find yourself winding between the narrow shelves of used book stores, snapping up worn paperbacks that catch your eye and coughing from their dust. If you're anything like me, you start more novels than you finish. You read multiple books at once. You stack them beside your bed …

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“Why did you ever think dead girls could fly?” | Fragments of Unsent Letters

A word, a line, a few sentences, a thought that gave me pause... here are pieces of letters I wrote (and other bits and bobs scribbled on loose leaf paper, mostly at 3 a.m) that for one reason or another fell on the cutting room floor. Well, mostly because a lot of it is depressing …

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Want to be a part of my Strength in Numbers series?

Follow my blog with Bloglovin Hey, friends! Want to be a part of my Strength in Numbers series? In this series, Strength in Numbers I interview humans at different ages and stages of life. I ask participants the same list of questions to generate thought-provoking responses that give insight to different perspectives in our human experience. …

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The College Essay I Would Write Now

I wrote my college essay the spring of my junior year of high school. My college advisor took one look at my first draft and told me to write something else. My first draft was about my anorexia and depression. More specifically, it was about the dehumanizing recovery process in the hospital. I described being …

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I dug up my old writing and published it because I was afraid to.

This is a gem from the early days of Stories for Strangers. I wrote this at 18-years-old during my first few months of college and published it May 5, 2015. I removed the post when my blog began to receive traffic. I felt embarrassed--partly because the prose was so bad but also because the thought …

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