Part 2 of Travel, Solo Time: Battling the Bully Within

*disclaimer: in an effort to retain the honesty and accuracy of this piece, their is an instance of profanity.  The first 25 days of my travels abroad were with amazing friends,  and beyond petty external concerns including trains with broken AC, a nightmare Airbnb experience in Krakow, and my appalled dismay at how quickly cash … More Part 2 of Travel, Solo Time: Battling the Bully Within

Part 1 of The Two Month Travel Reflection: Countries as Disney Characters, and tips the Internet didn’t tell me

Tomorrow, I return back to the United States after spending eight weeks traveling around Europe, with the last four being spent in Bologna, Italy, studying Latin and classical literature. The experience has been at different times wonderful, overwhelming, miserable, and breathtaking; I have had moments of extreme loneliness, as well as moments when I feel … More Part 1 of The Two Month Travel Reflection: Countries as Disney Characters, and tips the Internet didn’t tell me

Amateurism

There’s nothing quite like tromping through the streets of Paris fresh out of the airport, wearing socks with your Chacos and lugging around a giant orange backpack, to make you feel like an utter idiot. With my shirt sticking to my sweaty back, my companions and I stepped out of the Metro into the bright … More Amateurism

Made Perfect Through Christ: My Struggle With An Eating Disorder and Perfectionism

I am largely a type A person (with the exception of my haphazard bedroom). I also struggle with the vice of pride. This is a poisonous combination. As a person with perfectionist tendencies, I struggle to accept my own weaknesses. Combine this with insidious pride, which always whispers that I can and should do everything … More Made Perfect Through Christ: My Struggle With An Eating Disorder and Perfectionism

Why I’m Sick of Hearing How “Open-minded” Everyone Is

Nothing strikes a match to the unstable dynamite of my impatience more than a person who claims enlightenment by rejecting the idea of knowable truth. I become irked to no end at the individuals who parade around proudly their self-bestowed title of “open-minded”, as they promptly inform you that you are wrong on so many accounts, most … More Why I’m Sick of Hearing How “Open-minded” Everyone Is