Short Stories to Read

From a young age, I loved reading and exploring new worlds to emerge myself into. Pillows and blankets were thrown into a corner, I nestled in, and cracked into a new universe. From demolishing 500 page books within a day, to missing math assignments because I was too busy reading, I was extremely passionate about learning, interpreting, and experiencing new adventures from the books I so abundantly loved. Continue reading “Short Stories to Read”

Pay Attention to the Paralympics

For two weeks every two years, my family becomes obsessed with athletic competition, uncontrollable patriotism, and even critique athletes’ bad performances when we know that we could never accomplish anything similar. Within 14 days, Red Gerard, Chloe Kim, The Shib Sibs, and Team Shuster became household names while names like Ester Ledecka, Alina Zagitova, and Yuzuru Hanyu became global Olympians who were deeply admired by all countries. These athletes have amazing accomplishments and should be applauded for their dedication, however, there are more Olympians who have yet to compete. Continue reading “Pay Attention to the Paralympics”

On Being Deferred

Thoughts, Feelings, and Acceptance of Being Deferred

It was a normal Saturday. My family watched the news and played endless games of cribbage, while I was nestled downstairs watching “The Office” with my boyfriend, Gabriel. As I heard the laughter of my parents, my dogs not-so-viciously barking, and the comments of Michael Scott, I beamed with happiness.Stress from college applications, school, work, and my responsibilities slipped away as I sunk farther into the cushioning couch. My smile did not diminish regardless of how many times Netflix asked if I “was still watching ‘The Office’,” yes, I was watching, and I loved every millisecond of it. Continue reading “On Being Deferred”

A Definite Ranking of The Hogwarts Houses

Disclaimer: This is the personal view of Rebekah Taylor, a biased Harry Potter fan. 

One of my earliest memories is my mother telling me I could not read Harry Potter until I was at least 10 years old, and then me sneaking a copy of the first novel off my brothers bookshelf and reading quietly in the laundry room.  While I’m positive my mother knew of my conniving actions, I was so enchanted by the Wizarding World of Harry Potter to care. I eagerly flipped page after page learning of a young boy at 4 Privet Drive, and every other week I was faced with a new cover and title, but the same story of Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, and Ron Weasley. My love for the series is incomprehensible, and I know this love is shared with billions around the globe. Continue reading “A Definite Ranking of The Hogwarts Houses”