The lost art form of letter writing.

I love letters. As many of my friends can attest, I always ask for addresses when they move so I can send letters. Some friends write back, others don’t. In the end, I’ll still send the letters anyway. I know that it’s not everyone’s thing to write a letter, but I know they enjoy receiving […]

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The season of lasts.

Dear Seniors, It is finally here, the season of lasts. I had a really hard time leaving college. I felt like everyone around me was either going to grad school or had some sweet gig lined up and I didn’t. I was always that girl that had my life planned out, I knew what my […]

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Silhouettes.

I don’t particularly do well in times of transition. I mean, I get along fine. I push forward, I problem solve. It’s who I am. What I mean is, I don’t particularly do well in times of uncertainty. I’m a person with a plan. I like to know what my next step is, and for […]

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Peace out 2016.

Thank goodness it’s December 31st. Can I get an ‘Amen’? While there have been some significant lows in 2016, I’m thankful for the joy and growth that I’ve experienced. Here are a few noteworthy moments from my year. January. Visiting Washington D.C. Most powerful moment: Holocaust Museum Volunteering at the Cubs Convention. February. Mardi Gras in St. […]

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Guest Blogger: Enhance the Individual

I’m excited to introduce my first guest blogger! Etinosa and I were suitemates freshman year at Mizzou. She is amazingly talented and I wish I had half the fashion sense she does. One of my favorite things about Eti, besides her awesome girl boss attitude and confidence, is her sarcastic sense of humor! So with that, […]

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Dear Kyle.

Dear Kyle, Shock, sadness and confusion inadequately describe how I’m feeling. Thinking back on some of my favorite memories from middle school and high school, you were there. The awkwardness of middle school, the self-discovery of high school… you were there for it all. Even though we lost touch like most people do after high […]

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Listen up.

I have never been much of an activist. I stay away from public action. I don’t attend protests. I don’t publically speak on issues. I think it’s my introverted side coming out. But I am a writer. I like one-on-one conversations. My activism is shown more through my conversations surrounding injustice, both in-person and through written […]

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The struggles of being a female sports fan.

I’m a 22 year-old die-hard Chicago sports fan. My dad taught me from a young age that while Chicago teams will bring you heartbreak, you will join a community of optimistic fans who know that “maybe next year” will be the year. I’m also a 22 year-old female. And there are some struggles of being […]

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Next step: undefined.

The other day, my friend and I grabbed dinner and we got to talking about the next step. Our entire lives, we have been conditioned to work towards the next step. In middle school, we studied to get ready for AP classes and harder material. In high school, we worked hard to get a good […]

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In the eyes of a 7-year old.

It was a normal Tuesday in the Birk household. My 7-year-old self didn’t want to get out of bed (not much has changed). My mom coerced me to get up, brushing my knotty, curly hair as I got ready for school. I vividly remember my mom seeming upset, but trying to remain calm. Right before I was […]

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