Acceptance Speech: Finishing My Senior Seminar

I’d like to thank the Academy/Agnes Scott for helping me achieve what I thought was impossible. I finished my senior thesis.  It’s sixty-six pages. A solid 41 pages over the limit.  It has 206 footnotes. It has 101 sources in the bibliography.  It took me six months, hundreds of hours of tea and tears, and…

A Portrait of the Craft as an Essay

I started writing a collection of essays about what I was sure would be a very short recap of my grandmother’s life. Her immigration story was the only thing that seemed interesting to me about her; her forty years at JCPenny would not make for good writing material, I thought. And I already knew most…

Thanksgiving Questions I Will No Longer Deign to Answer

Every year, people my age have to bear the brunt of relatives’ question-asking. Whether it’s invasive, rude, or your grandmother has finally gone around the bend, everyone has had an experience with questions like these. Well, maybe not exactly these questions but you catch me, drift-wise. This year, I will make it easy for everyone by simply…

On Moving for the First Time

I have lived in the same place for 19 years. We moved to what is now my old house when I was three years old, and needless to say, I remember very little of that transition. I was probably too busy being a holy terror, running around in a tutu and camo pants insisting everyone pay…

On Time: Mental Illness and Accountability

I’m guessing you’ve read the title and are a little uncomfortable. I want to let you know that you should be uncomfortable, because this is not easy to write about. Nobody wants to tell the mentally ill to get their act together because that’s a terrible thing to say to someone who’s suffering. But as somebody…

The Evolution of a Portfolio

It started out as a whole mess on the original Agnes Scott WordPress portal. Now it’s a beautiful, streamlined travel blog slash personal blog slash professional portfolio. How did this Fab Five-worthy makeover happen? Well first, we had to move off the Agnes portal. She was just holding us back! I couldn’t log in half…

Discovering My Family History

I didn’t want to write about this, because it’s so personal. But I think it’s important to let people see stuff like this, so here we are. My Creative Writing major (which my brother insists will condemn me to the barista life) requires a twenty- to twenty-five-page piece of creative writing. I chose to write…

Confronting Mediocrity: A Reflection

I was Secretary of the SGA from fall of 2016 to spring of 2017– basically, my entire sophomore year. During that time, I noticed that Agnes Scott had an accessibility issue, in that it wasn’t accessible at all for Deaf and hard of hearing students. I wanted to change that by introducing a software to…

Study Abroad in Context: A Reflection

Last semester, I spent six months in France studying history and literature. At first, I had a difficult time adjusting to the cold winter and the constant rain. But once I found a good group of friends, and found my footing in French, I could navigate the city like a natural. Living in a completely…