Melanin in Milan: Finding My People Abroad

Being a Black student attending a predominantly white university, I’m used to being among a small handful of students of color within a student organization or the only Black person enrolled in a class. Within my academic specializations (Creative Writing and Opera Performance), there are even fewer Black students. Of course, I’ve been able to … Continue reading Melanin in Milan: Finding My People Abroad

[Donna] Summertime, and the Livin’ is [Not] Easy

A few weeks ago, my roommate and I went to a roller disco in downtown Boston (which I think is a hilarious oxymoron). The following is a list of things I associate with Boston: white people getting angry about taxes A “Massacre” where only five people died, but a Black guy was the first one … Continue reading [Donna] Summertime, and the Livin’ is [Not] Easy

Back on the Blog

For the past school year I’ve been working on a long essay (read: a 45-page and growing monster that could turn into a book, but who ACTUALLY knows?!) And after contemplating relationships, names, and identity for going on eight months now, here are four things I’ve taken away: 1) It’s okay to care… just know … Continue reading Back on the Blog

7 Kinds Of Street Harassment That Need To Stop

Catcalling is not a compliment. There... I said it. Throughout this summer, I've traveled more on my own than I have during any other time of my life... therefore I've received more catcalls than ever before. As a person struggling with body dysmorphia, catcalling is particularly difficult for me because I'm always anxious about my body … Continue reading 7 Kinds Of Street Harassment That Need To Stop

Book Reviews and Travel News!

A few weeks ago I spent a grand total of 42.5 hours commuting via Greyhound/Amtrak (so nearly two full days of becoming quasi friends with the person sitting next to me without ever learning their name and regretting not owning a travel pillow). But to be honest, it wasn’t that bad. I had TONS of books— … Continue reading Book Reviews and Travel News!

Ketchup Or Not To Ketchup: Thoughts From National Hot Dog Day

Imagine your ideal hot dog (for those of you who are anti-hot-dog, take this moment to reconsider your life decisions and work with me a little). A steaming dog with a perfectly taut casing filled with juicy goodness… nestled between a slightly toasted bun… covered with golden lines of mustard…perhaps topped with relish and onions … Continue reading Ketchup Or Not To Ketchup: Thoughts From National Hot Dog Day