Entries from September 2017

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

A game of depth

Super Paper Mario was an adventure game for the Nintendo Wii, released in 2006. The premise for the game’s design was intriguing: the stage—the canvas for the player’s exploration, was a blend of the traditional 2D platforming of the older titles with the 3D free-roaming adventure offered by the newer, the player switching between the […]

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

On Questions

Now that I approach the end of my teenage years, it seems silly that I’d find an opportunity for self-reflection in the pages of a best-selling work of conspiracy fiction. But for an inquisitive 13-year-old with a decade of formal Catholic education on her shoulders, The Da Vinci Code was a validation of years of doubt […]

Thursday, September 14th, 2017


When I was young I lived in Japan. My family and I lived there for about 5 years and that has colored some of my interests and tastes in later years. I love Ramen and yakisoba and making rice hand rolls called onigiri. Another interest influenced by my time in Japan is my love for […]

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

On Loving Humans: A Journey

It’s freshman year of high school. I flop into the desk chair, exhausted after a full day petty high school drama. I reflect on my day only to feel my jaw drop at the amount of times I heard the word “prom” that day. 35 times is too many. Desperate for a distraction, I open […]

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

Lessons From a Gorilla

Literary works are undeniably impactful when they keep you up at night agonizing over plot details, rereading the most beautiful sections, and inspire you to apply aspects of the work to everyday situations. While rare, experiencing a piece that alters the way you view the world is one of the most magical aspects of literature. […]

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

A Budding English Enthusiast

The bell indicating the end of lunch sounds, But I still sit. I sit and rock and read. It’s raining today so instead of recess outside, we all crowd into the library, And poor Ms. Smith attempts to contain all of the exploding energy of the young students. It’s hard on the fourth and fifth […]

Thursday, September 14th, 2017


Like most teens, I grew up to listening to whatever was on the radio. I distinctly remember feeling as if I had no particular taste in music up until around 9th grade, when I was shocked into a realization that I had no identity. In the Spring of my 9th year, a friend told me […]

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

Till I Remember The Name

In the Spring and Summer of 2010 through 2013, I went through a sort of musical revolution. Up until that point I, like many of my peers, had lived and breathed pop music. The latest Pitbull, Rihanna, B.O.B., and Usher songs were always coming from my computer as I worked on various projects for school. […]

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017


Aubade: “A song or lyric poem lamenting the arrival of dawn to separate two lovers” It took all of 2 seconds for an example to pop into my head. The chorus line of “Daylight” by Maroon 5 says, “And when the daylight comes I’ll have to go But tonight I’m gonna hold you so close […]

Monday, September 4th, 2017

on “Hardware Store”

  (this is what musical purgatory looks like.) I had hoped, upon receiving this assignment, that I wouldn’t have to write an article about the lyrical complexities of “Weird Al” Yankovic’s “Hardware Store.” But after locking me in the bathroom of a Greyhound bus, driving me bankrupt with textbooks, placing me in a dorm that […]