Honors InSight: Everyday Life

  • Kate, It’s finally here: election day and cold and flu season. What a one, two punch combination to start the beginning of the end of the semester. Are you staying positive? I know that it isn’t always easy. So that’s what I wanted to talk about today. Taking care of yourself. To be honest this is more of a how to not let the semester kill you than a take care of the whole person and put your health first letter. We’ll sleep when we’re dead, right? First and foremost, fingers crossed that after tonight election stress won’t be an added burden. I know my heart will be... Read More
  • You’ve probably heard half a million singers and poets say that they’d die for their significant other. Thing is, with some rare exceptions, there’s almost never a need to catch a grenade for someone or otherwise jeopardize your safety, no matter what Bruno Mars says. Between watching my parents and analyzing my own failings in my short-lived relationships, I’ve finally realized that love and romance in general aren’t about big, life-changing moments. There aren’t going to be many times when your boyfriend loses their father or your girlfriend ends up in the hospital. At... Read More
  • Two years ago, I had a paper that just wasn't coming together. I would write a page or so, delete it, write a new page, delete it, and so on. With the deadline looming, I decided to try out the Writing Center in the library for last-minute help pulling this paper together.  The writing tutor I met with was super helpful. Before anything, she asked me to read the paper aloud to her. It sounds so simple, but taking a moment to slow down and read what I had written a little more carefully really helped me. Then, we went back and looked at the prompt again and broke it up into... Read More
  • You know how some people just seem to be born leaders? They always make the right call, people follow them without question, and when things get hot they keep their cool. I’ve been around a few of them. I’m sure most of us have. And to be totally honest, I wanted to be like that. I wanted to be accepted and looked up to and, more than anything, I wanted to be right. Well, I got the accepted part and some amount of respect, but there came a point when every decision I made was the wrong one. If I chose to go left, I should’ve stayed right. If I made a plan, it fell apart... Read More
  • Kate, I struggled to write my letter this week. Right now, I feel all out of advice. In fact, I feel like I could use all the advice. Senior year, what a terrifying time. When I tried to think about topics I’ve yet to cover, I realized I’ve only ever complained about my thesis. Not discussed it. Maybe this will help you get started when the time comes or stop someone from spiraling into a panic like I did. Then again, I think panic is part of the process. My thesis story starts second semester last year, when I realized I was graduating early and wasn’t sure if I even... Read More
  • (co-authored by Marie MacCune, Matthew Hlady, and Hannah Depin) It’s Halloween and while all of you may be getting your spook on with scary movies and haunted houses, we’d thought we’d give you a real scare. Here’s the top ten scariest phrases a college kid can hear. Make sure you read this with the lights on. 1. “I’m sorry I didn’t mention this in the syllabus, your paper for the final is going to be ten pages…single spaced.” 2. “Sorry guys but I, uh, forgot to bring in my part of the group project.” 3. “Your account balance is overdue. We’ve placed a hold on your SPIRE... Read More
  • Happy almost Halloween! We've gotten into the holiday spirit at my apartment, with pumpkins, twinkling ghost lights, and plans to make ghost and bat-shaped cookies this weekend. Although I'm practically counting down the days until the annual steak and lobster dinner, I've also been trying to make some of my favorite fall recipes while I still have the chance. How is it already the end of October?  The semester is flying by and I'm getting closer and closer to leaving for study abroad in Montpellier, France! This week, I've been trying to dedicate time to checking off all... Read More
  • If you haven’t noticed, my father’s kind of a history geek. Must be where I get it from. Anyhow, we were talking about how much of a circus this presidential election is and he mentioned a concept that a man named Joseph Goebbels came up with in the ‘30s. Pretty much the idea is that if you lie copiously and vary the lies every time, then the fact-checkers can’t keep up. Something we might’ve noticed from climate change deniers and rumors about My Chemical Romance getting back together is that it takes more time to debunk a lie than to make one up. As my old man put it... Read More
  • It's the time of year again when everyone on campus is catching a cold! I don't know if it's the close quarters or the lack of sleep, but it seems almost like a fall tradition here.  My freshman year, I caught the cold and stubbornly avoided going to UHS when it got worse. Two weeks later, I went home for a long weekend and found out I had a sinus infection AND ear infection! (How is that even possible?) After that, I've been trying to make time to slow down and rest when I'm not feeling well, easier said than done!  How do you manage when you're coming down with a cold?... Read More
  • Kate, This week I’m focusing on completing tasks. Simple, right? I wish. Now that we’ve hit the mid-semester mark (I know, shocking), I’m making this week a "power week" to get through all of the assignments I have to do and everything else I’ve been keeping on the back burner. We both know the second half of this semester absolutely flies as we head into holiday season and all around cold weather hibernation mode. We gotta stay on our game. The first thing of course is prioritization. This is the one that really gets me. There will always be tasks and assignments that... Read More


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