At some point or another, most of us have longed for circumstances other than our own. Whether we admire someone’s wealth, status, education or relationship, the feeling of desire is the same.
This year’s TruEMU campaign features several successful alumni. One of the power statements of the selected alumni proclaims, “I manifest my own destiny.” This may seem like a harmless statement in today’s context. It means that the individual is taking charge of her life to make her dreams a reality.
After my shift driving the golf cart ended at work, I walked inside to get a drink. A woman approached me and touched my arm. She smiled and said, “I cannot tell you how excited I was to see you driving!” My initial reaction was confusion. What was she talking about? She continued, “It’s so wonderful that you are able to live here and have the freedom to drive.”
“Man, you’re whipped.” “Who’s wearing the pants?” “Man up.” These are the sorts of negative phrases that, if not directly said to impressionable young men, are passed on to them through media as cultural expectations of what it means to be a man.
Everyone has heard about the gender gap faced by women around the world.
During my college career, I would have to say the biggest complaint I’ve heard voiced among students is that we all want nap time.
In today’s advanced, fast-paced, globalized world, we favor quick fixes and immediate solutions. This culture applies to the world of medicine in addition to broader societal norms: If you’ve got a medical problem, just solve it with pharmaceuticals. This ideology is especially prevalent in America.
“Where are you from?” This is a question I have received countless times. If I had a dime for every time I was asked this question, I’d be rich.
With graduation upon us, many will be entering the workforce or going on to graduate programs. And this begs the question: Are we ready to be there?
“I wish real life was a musical,” I lamented to my brother, who proceeded to look at me like I’d sprouted another head.
In the recipe of success we have been taught throughout our school years, college is the main ingredient. Without it, we have been told, our lives will amount to nothing, much in the same way a cake made without flour is nothing more than a mess.
Diversity. We hear about it all the time. It has become the hottest new thing on the market and everyone is eager to show how diverse they are.
Performing artists get their fair share of awards. Between the Grammys, the Oscars, the Tonys and the Emmys, those who contribute to pop culture are presented with hundreds of awards and are recognized regularly for their achievements.
If I asked you to close your eyes and picture a religious person, who comes to mind? Chances are, it is some angry, judgmental, overbearing person who you dislike immediately.
It’s Valentine’s Day and love is in the air. What’s the best way to show your love? Buy stuff. At least, that’s what the endless advertisements for products one might gift on Valentine’s Day are advocating.
We’ve all seen the plethora of bumper stickers advocating peace: “Another family for peace,” “Make love not war” and, my personal favorite, the word “Coexist” written using the symbols for different religions. But these logos and mottos don’t really mean anything by themselves.
In recent years, recycling has become a more visible part of life. Climate change warnings are severe and alarming, and pop culture has embraced going green with a surge of reusable bags at the grocery store and T-shirts promoting an earth-friendly lifestyle sold at the mall. Although we know the incredible importance of recycling, we as a society are not taking this issue seriously.
As we begin the new semester, there is a lot to be sorted out: Work schedules, financial aid, last-minute classes to add and homework assigned. The start of the semester is stressful and often leaves me wondering if all the stress is actually worth it.
There is so much to say on the topic of eating meat: The treatment of animals at the slaughterhouses, how the meat is processed, the health considerations in eating meat, accessibility of quality meat, mass consumption and so on.
Summer is here, and with it comes the golden sun and our mothers’ admonishments to constantly apply sunscreen.
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