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September 13, 2012

A New Semester Brings New Experiences,

or at least that’s what I have to keep telling myself as the school year is now in full-swing. Actually it’s more accurate to say overtime-swing. Full I could handle, but for some reason I look at my schedule at the beginning of every semester and think ‘It won’t be so bad this time.’ And then every semester I am quickly overwhelmed at how much work I have signed myself up for. Before I get ahead of myself, here is a brief look back on my summer before I move into my current endeavors: Interning at the Deseret News was the best experience I could have asked for. Not only did I discover a lot about myself and what I wanted to do for the future, but I learned a lot about the technical side of running a newspaper. It was quite interesting to learn that the staff at the DN has their own specific style of writing and editing that I hadn’t seen before. I sincerely want to thank all of my colleagues and mentors at the DN for helping me out with this FANTASTIC experience. I was so busy that I completely forgot to update my blog the entire time I worked there! But now that school has started I can hopefully get back into a routine again.

Ah, yes. School. The bane of my existence right now. Ok, that’s not entirely true. I actually like school, (yes I’m one of THOSE students) but I find myself running out of classes to take and I definitely feel like I should be moving on to the next stage in my life. But for now, I’ll just let you know what I’m up to.

I’m taking a Video Editing class, which is turning out to be a lot of fun. I was overwhelmed at first with all the technical programs we had to learn to use because I had never touched a real camcorder in my life! Our first assignment was to create a video introducing ourselves to the class which I will attach below. Remember that this is my first attempt at creating and editing a video so it is very amateur-ish SO NO MAKING FUN! (My video was actually voted the best in the class and I got some extra credit for that honor)

We’re already starting to work on our group video (more details about that later) and I am working on filming a montage.

I’m taking a (much needed) family finance class as well as HOCKEY!!!! I’m so glad to get back into my skates!

I am still working on the Aggie BluePrint magazine team and we already have our first issue of the semester up. Unfortunately I did not contribute to the September issue, but look forward to 3 articles written by me in the October issue, which I am frantically trying to get done this weekend. I just interviewed Yvone Kobe today about freshman research opportunities. We have also earned enough grant money to make a print edition this semester, which is already in progress. Though it won’t be published until closer to finals, we are planning some epic articles for this very special edition!

My last class is Advanced Fiction which I am thoroughly enjoying since this is pretty much what I want to do down the road. I’ve picked up a lot of great tips and quotes on writing (I’m creating a quote wall with some of the best ones to hand in my boring apartment). Today we got the opportunity to listen to a visiting author, Dinty Moore, come and speak. I really enjoyed listening to Moore speak about his Buddhist influences on writing and becoming a ‘mindful’ writer (book pictured).

Moore defined mindfulness as not only focusing on what you are doing in the moment, during writing or otherwise, but he also said that a mindful writer is aware of why they want to write. Moore said there are four golden truths about writing:

  1. The writing life is difficult and full of dissatisfaction.
  2. Much of this dissatisfaction comes from our personal EGO and our insistence on controlling the process and creation of writing as well as audience reaction.
  3. There is a way to lessen this dissatisfaction and live a more satisfying life of writing.
  4. In order to do so, we must practice mindfulness; worrying less about ourselves and being open to the world around us.

When Moore suggested that our personal Ego is in fact preventing us from the pure emotive of writing, I took a good look at my own ambitions as a writer. Being a very driven person I find that not only do I want to be heard, but I want to be one day recognized for the work that I create. I wondered, ‘Is this a bad thing for a writer to wish for? Is it wrong for us to have ambitions or to imagine future success?’

Today is not like the past, where there were only a few well-known writers in a world where being a novelist was generally not a respected position (especially amongst women). But today there are thousands of writers, all struggling and clamoring over each other to be noticed. Is it so wrong that we want our individual voice to be heard? Is it bad that we want to make our mark alongside these great writers in the history of the world? I have a lot of respect for fellow writer Dinty Moore, but truthfully, he is not likely to go down in history as a famous writer, one equally known as Dickens or Bronte. Even if his books make it to the top of the nation’s best-seller list—what is the likelihood that he will be remembered hundreds of years from now? Those are the odds every writer wants to overcome when they present their creation into the world; we want to be remembered. Personally, I don’t think that the Ego, at least in that sense, is such a bad thing. For me, it’s a huge driving force in my life.

However, there was one comment that I thought was very appropriate regarding the pure reasons of writing. We write, not just because we want to be heard, but because we believe we have something unique to share with the rest of the world. My favorite quote that he recited from his book is this: “Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work.” We can’t wait for inspiration to hit us. That is the difference between a professional writer and someone who wants to be a writer. A real writer is using his pen every day, even on bad writing days. A good writer finds her best ideas through trial and error, not through inspiration. This is a hard personal lesson that I’ve had to learn over the past couple years. Oftentimes I hold off on a story until I have grasped that inspired plot twist or witty dialogue instead of sitting down to work on the story itself. But writing every day has not only helped me form good writing habits, but some of my best ideas have come from rambling on paper, and sometimes a blog :)

April 22, 2012

Awesome Things Are Happening

as the spring semester is wrapping up. I attended a Journalism department awards ceremony on Friday and got a $600 scholarship. I’m also taking the money I earn in the fall semester working for BluePrint and investing it as one of the board of directors members.

BluePrint’s last issue for the school year is coming out Monday so I’ve been spending my weekend posting stories. I’ll have four articles in the latest issue. One of them an (opinionated) piece concerning the “dark” trends of young adult literature. I answer the question: Is there such thing as kryptonite in a science q&a article, write about veterans adjusting to student life, and I finally publish The Great Salt Lake Project article.

I have another article coming out on Monday in The Statesman about a Disney medley musical, so that will be posted in my print publications section soon.

I also have a paper due Monday about FCC v Fox cases over the years and the legal definition of “indecency.”

AND I’m still way excited for my internship at Deseret News to start. I just have to make it through the next two weeks of school :P

April 16, 2012

It’s Time To Celebrate

because I just got the internship at Deseret News this summer!!! This is the greatest opportunity and I hope I learn a ton. It’s a full-time web-editor position so I’ll be quite busy this summer (that’s good because I was really worried about finding ANY job this summer :P). I’m going to pig out on Cold Stone ice-cream tonight to celebrate!

April 13, 2012

I’m Going To Be A Nerd For A Sec

and announce that Avatar: The Legend of Korra is premiering tomorrow!!! This new show is a continuation of the Avatar: The Last Airbender series that I absolutely loved as a kid. After M. Night Shyamalan’s faux pas he made of the live-action movie, I can relate in telling you that all us avatards out there are looking for something to redeem the good name Avatar (not blue people avatar. awesome avatar).

Unfortunately I don’t have cable TV so I won’t be participating in this nationwide drool-fest (avatar joke) on Saturday like my fellow Avatards. Luckily my friend showed me a place where I can download the premiering episodes off iTunes. Instead on Saturday I will be boosting BluePrint’s name by attending a bash that Aggie Radio is hosting. We get to sit at a table from noon to midnight so I’ll get a chance to work on my tan (i hope). I have to take a break from the party, however, to help my colleague give a research presentation on BluePrint to a bunch of faculty researchers from all over the valley. Business attire and everything! I created some official business cards for the occasion (because we’ve been using scraps of paper lately) but I don’t think they’ll arrive in the mail on time :(

Monday is registration for fall semester and I think I have all my classes outlined. I’m taking Advanced Fiction, being an editor at BluePrint (not sure if I’ll be a managing editor or a copy editor), take Intro to Video Journalism, an independent study class on Italian literature (hopefully), and I’m getting back into hockey!!!

I’ve recently read The Kite Runner graphic novel and I’d give it a good two thumbs up. Of course the depth of the graphic novel doesn’t compare to the absolutely moving original book, but it presents a good portion of the horrible racism and war in Afghanistan. I would definitely recommend this book to high school students, but I wouldn’t recommend readers any younger because of its insinuations of rape (which isn’t a problem in a regular book, however a graphic novel must handle this more delicately, which I believe this one shows the rape scenes tastefully). The art is marvelous and shows a colorful, yet gritty style of comic art like in many of the Batman graphic novels. This is a great gateway book to teach high school students about issues in the middle east without overwhelming them with the depressing themes found in the original book. Its a fast read as well and something that will help teens broaden their small world.

Today is the BluePrint deadline for part 1 of our get-ready-for-summer issue coming out late this month. I’ll be highlighting the research of the Great Salt Lake Project as well as writing a smaller piece on the trends of young adult literature/movies. AND I still need to finalize my essay on Female Pirates and Fantomina: Strides towards Women Power and Sexuality. Busy day! (Speaking of female pirates, if you want to learn why Anne Bonny disappeared when she was exempt from execution, you should watch the mini-series Neverland).

P.S. I received a copy of an article I wrote for Utah Family Magazine back in February. It’s about teaching children how to handle money, so that will be posted within the next few days in the printed publication section.

April 4, 2012

Check Out This Crazy – Bad

interview of me on a vid featuring the accomplishments of our journalism department this past year. If you don’t want to watch the whole thing you can skip to my painful interview  (1:33). OMG do I really look like that!?

I submitted an awesome letter to the JCOM committee highlighting my goals and experience in order to be considered for the journalism scholarship next fall. There’s a JCOM department banquet on April 20th where awards and student spotlights will be given out so I’ll hear if I won then.

My article featuring a new records store in Logan was published in The Statesman so I’ll post that in my print publications page.

I just finished reading Will Hobbs’ Jason’s Gold for my young adult literature class. I was annoyed with the author’s rush through some parts and trudgery through others but overall it was an OK book. It’s about a young boy (with an uncanny amount of luck) who joins the Klondike gold rush in the late 1800s. It’s a fictionalized historical account of the realities of the trails and hardships, and I could see it being a page-turner for younger readers.

In other news: Aggie BluePrint won two 3rd place cash prizes for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Research Symposium where they served an amazing cranberry punch!

April is a crazy month due to the last stretch of the semester and I have major projects due this week including:

  • an essay on a city’s rights to create obscenity ordinances only if they do not standardize a ban of such content altogether,
  • a position paper on the literary value of teaching dystopian and utopian fiction as a reflection on societal fears (such as The Giver) in the classroom, and
  • a research paper comparing the life of 18th century female pirates with female authors.

So I’m going to get on those right now. Ciao!

 

March 25, 2012

My Interview With Deseret News

went great yesterday! I was quite surprised when they called me to interview for their summer internship. I heard that hundreds of kids applied to both the Deseret News and Salt Lake Tribune internship and after not being able to get my foot in the door with SLT I thought my summer plans were doomed. But I was ushered into the new DN office and met the awesome web staff with whom I might be working with. I hear from then in a few weeks so keep your fingers crossed for me!

BluePrint has kept me busy over the last couple weeks. Being the web editor AND science editor is a full-time job, I can’t even imagine how many late hours Kate and Rhett work. A broadcast journalist student did an interview of some of our staff members for a video presentation of our magazine to be presented at the journalism teaching excellence awards. It’s a big event for all the professors on campus so I hope we represent Cathy Bullock and Ted Pease well.

I spent two days posting about 20 articles for the March issue of BluePrint. We had some great articles this year so go check them out: http://aggieblueprint.com/

The articles I wrote for this issue are:

5 Spring Break Mini-Vacation Ideas

Science Q&A: Are Daddy Longlegs Poisonous?

I have one more article in progress about the Great Salt Lake Project  and a review of The Hunger Games movie which should be posted tomorrow. I should have those article links up in my online publications section soon. We’re also in full swing of getting our new site created so we won’t have to be limited by Word Press and hope to have that running by the April/May issue.

I previously stated that I would give a more in-depth review of The Hunger Games series which I finished reading a few weeks ago. I don’t feel like doing that anymore so I’ll just say this: they were AWESOME! Dystopian fiction is my favorite genre and because the series is a lot like 1984 by George Orwell (my favorite book) I’d recommend it to anyone interested in themes of “big brother” and “rise against the machine.” The books are a little mature for very young readers because of the gladiator-type violence in them, but I leave that up to parents to decide. I did feel like Collins had a hard time finishing her books in a satisfying way as it felt like she simply ran out of material and had to suddenly end the series (I would have liked Katniss to die in the end because that’s what I feel would have had the greatest impact on her people and the reader; or at least she should have ended up with the other guy). The writing is good but not great (at least it’s better than the Twilight series) and I think it has a some literary value. Overall I would recommend it because it has lots of action and complex dystopian issues.

Speaking of dystopian books, another book I recently finished is House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer. Though this book is similar in nature of thematic elements I found the characters severely lacking in depth and relatability. Interesting issue of humanity and cloning are brought up, but I feel that most of the in-depth material I found in the book resulted of a class discussion on the topics rather than reading the book itself. My favorite part in the book was a 1984-type situation the main character is caught up in when he attends an “orphanage.” Though disappointingly, trudging through the rest of the book did not make up for those few chapters. I personally didn’t like this book although I do know Farmer’s fans would disagree.

In other class news, I recently gave a powerpoint presentation of the literary importance of Mary Wortley Montagu. Did you know that she was credited for bringing the smallpox vaccination into England from Turkey? She was an interesting woman who wrote on women’s issues as well as new travel fiction. She also had a very hot and cold relationship with Alexander Pope (who may have been in love with her according to rumors).

My Statesman participation has been lacking as of late with my full attention towards BluePrint. However, I did manage to crank out one article on college dumpster divers. I had an extremely hard time finding good sources so I’m not sure the article will even run. I have another upcoming assignment–a new music store just opened on main street which is run by a USU alumni. I’ll let you know how it goes :)

March 8, 2012

6 Projects In 2 Days

will have to be completed before my count-down to spring break is complete. Due to other schoolwork and general tasks I’ve had to push back several major projects that are due before spring break.So I’m rushing to finish them all before I go home and spend a relaxing vacation (well, semi-relaxing because I have other projects to work on then too) in St. George. Here is what lies ahead of me for the next two days:

1. Paper for Young Adult Literature (I haven’t decided on a topic yet)

2. Midterm for 18th Century British Literature

3. The second draft of my Crusoe Materialism/Spiritualism essay

4. Research Feature for Aggie BluePrint

5. Science Q&A article (Still thinking about a particular question to answer)

6. 5 Spring Break Mini-Vacation Ideas article

I started the day off by interviewing Dr. Giovanni Rompato of the Great Salt Lake Project. I am featuring Rompato’s work in my newest research feature for BluePrint’s next issue. It was interesting to hear about his research focus–not on the specific organisms found within the lake, but the enzymes most likely responsible for the diversity of the bacteria and their ability to survive in an environment four times saltier than the ocean.

I also finished reading Getting Away With Murder by Chris Crowe. This short book is about the brutal murder of young African-american Emmet Till and the acquittal of the two white men who killed him. According to many historians, this was the ‘final straw’ that set off the equal rights movement in the late 50′s. We were never taught this crucial piece of history when I was in high school, which is a little sad that the event is not more well-known. Even if the book was dry in a lot of places, I think everybody needs to know about this important case.

I studied as much as I could for my British Literature midterm so I hope I’m ready for that.

All I have left to do today is to find a topic for my paper… and then write it, and revise my essay. Looks like it will be another all-nighter for me!

On another AWESOME note: My poem “To A Pot Of Soup” was featured in the Early Career & Lifetime Achievement Awards as a Student Spotlight. I entered the poem to The Center For Women And Gender weeks ago and forgot about it until one of my interviewees this morning told me my poem was read out loud at the ceremony. I won a $150 award for my submission so that’s way cool! My name popped up at the bottom of this Statesman article that featured the event.

 

March 6, 2012

The Best Books Are Written In Blood

according to the opinion of Sherman Alexie–author of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian and other realistic in-your-face young adult novels. Of course he doesn’t mean literally. What he means is that writing novels about domestic violence, drug abuse, racism, poverty, sexuality and murder is simply writing about life. He believes that writing books with these epic dangers will give readers (specifically young adults) “weapons in the form of words and ideas that will help them fight their monsters.”

There’s a relatively new debate happening in the literature industry that involves the newly discovered modern genre of young adult fiction, and many parents believe that the industry is full of bad apples that glorify these dark human conditions and normalize them. Their argument is that “entertainment does not merely gratify taste, after all, but creates it” and parent’s shouldn’t be afraid of the word ‘censorship’ when it comes to their children. I personally wouldn’t let my kid read a hard-core graphic sexual novel or a book overwhelmed with obscene language, because I don’t want them to be exposed to that any more than they do in society and the media. However, when it comes down to letting my teenager read a book about a rape victim I’m not going to “pull up [my] petticoat and shriek ‘censorship’!”

In his article, Sherman Alexie describes growing up on a reservation filled with alcoholism, violence, and sexual abuse. Often there would be white Christians who would come to his school and preach about irredeemable books and media.

“They wanted to rescue me. But, even then, I could only laugh at their platitudes. In those days, the cultural conservatives thought that KISS and Black Sabbath were going to impede my moral development. They wanted to protect me from sex when I had already been raped. They wanted to protect me from evil though a future serial killer had already abused me. They wanted me to profess my love for God without considering that I was the child and grandchild of men and women who’d been sexually and physically abused by generations of the clergy. What was my immature, childish response to those would-be saviors? Wow, you are way, way too late.”

These parent’s aren’t trying to protect young adults and children who grow up in poverty and experience these horrors every day of their lives. “No, they are simply trying to protect their privileged notions of what literature is and should be. They are trying to protect privileged children.”

“So when I read Meghan Cox Gurdon’s complaints about the “depravity” and “hideously distorted portrayals” of contemporary young adult literature, I laugh at her condescension. Does Mrs. Gurdon honestly believe that a sexually explicit YA novel might somehow traumatize a teen mother? Does she believe that a YA novel about murder and rape will somehow shock a teenager whose life has been damaged by murder and rape? Does she believe that a dystopian novel will frighten a kid who already lives in hell?”

There’s a human condition in that is described in The Matrix–that we can’t accept anything less than reality. The Architect first produced the Matrix as a human utopia, which failed when human kind was unable to accept it. We’re all familiar with that small subconscious nagging in the back of our mind when we read an unbelievably happy ending in a book or witness a convenient plot device in a movie. “That’s not realistic” is all we seem to think in these cases.

Disney’s Tangled, for instance, is one of my favorite movies. Part of me loved the ending; the childish happy side who wanted a romantic kissy-kissy happily-ever-after ending. But to be quite honest, part of me was really annoyed when Flynn didn’t die at the end. I kept thinking that there was no way Flynn could have survived that stabbing and it was a perfect tragic ending. However he was saved by a deus ex machina plot device.

How to Train Your Dragon is, however, my favorite movie–and part of that reason is because of the realistic ending of Hiccup loosing his leg after defeating the giant evil dragon. It wasn’t overwhelmingly depressing or obscene for kids, but it was sad enough to satisfy my inner realist. Don’t get me wrong, I am happy by the way Tangled ended because I don’t believe that exposing children to this outcome would be in their best interest–makes them grow up too fast. But I do believe that teenagers have enough grasp on the real world to read real world literature and not just be exposed to the happy endings because parent’s believe they can’t handle the truth. Though my inner vicariousness, I know perfectly well when there are times in my life that I can handle the violence of a WW2 tragic novel, and when I’d rather read a sappy romance or comedy. I believe our teenagers know enough about themselves to predict when a book about teen pregnancy is something that would negatively affect them or not. I believe they should have the right to choose for themselves. A book about a character who went through real life problems and through great difficulty, overcame them–that is something much more valuable than a book about a boy who defeats the evil wizard in a conveniently packaged ending.

“I write in blood because I remember what it felt like to bleed,” ends Sherman Alexie in his article. And I think that a great book can be a powerful tool in the hands of the voiceless.

Follow the debate: Why the Best Kids Books Are Written in Blood by Sherman Alexie & Darkness Too Visible by Meghan Cox Gurdon

February 27, 2012

I Had A Beautifully-Written Post

for you but as I clicked the “publish” button something must have happened because it erased everything I had written. Suck it WordPress. So here is try #2.

I’ve posted 2 recently-published articles for your enjoyment. The first is about an exhibit featuring lost art that has been in storage for several generations. The second is my whole-page spread on the history of the college of agriculture at USU. Some of the links on the Statesman website aren’t up yet but I’ll get those working sometime today.

I’ve been busying myself with what I could do this summer so I applied for the Deseret news internship. I chose to write an essay expressing my interest in print-web related integration and its importance in modern journalism. I should be hearing back from them within the next few months so cross your fingers!

I’ve been applying to several scholarships for my last fall semester. Hopefully it will be spent studying abroad in Italy (if I can earn enough money to do it). My parents graciously offered to donate half of the cost, so the rest is up to me. I have the best chance at some of these scholarships this semester because of all my involvement in extra-curricular activities. I really wish I would have jumped on some of these opportunities sooner because I feel like my career has only started taking off once I got involved in school my senior year. There are a ton of scholarships that aren’t very well advertised to students either so I will have a better chance of getting chosen for those as well.

I rather like posting recent things I’ve been reading because it helps me remember them better if I keep a log and post my opinions on content. Here is what I’ve read recently:

Brighton Beach Memoirs by Neil Simon

This is a great fast-read, modern-styled play for young adults or anyone. It only took be about an hour to complete and it presented an interesting view of a young boy during the depression era and the struggles his family must go through. I like the kid’s humor, as he is able to pause the surrounding action and speak directly to the audience with funny comments.

Of the Characters of Women. An Epistle to a Lady by Alexander Pope

This couplet essay was a more difficult read mainly due to the frequent allusions Pope references that a modern-day reader would be oblivious to. Because I’m not familiar with pope’s voice quite yet, it was hard to decide if he actually hated women or if he was being ironic. Because he wrote this to a lady friend, my hunch is the latter.

I also finished The Hunger Games series but I will write a more detailed analysis on that later.

The journalism department recently hosted a “pizza and movie night” on campus. They featured an event that was a defining moment in journalism, captured by the movie “Good Night and Good Luck.”

 

The movie, directed by George Clooney (who also plays one of the key journalists), takes place in the early 50’s when the “great scare” resulted in the government rounding up anyone believed to be associated with communism. Edward R. Murrow was a broadcast journalist for CBS, and openly criticized Senator Joseph McCarthy’s policies.

The situation was basically this: if you disagreed with McCarthy’s policies, you were accused of being a communist. Murrow and his crew took a stand—not defending the communists but exposing McCarthy’s fear-mongering methods and his disregard for American’s rights.

Today journalists are highly criticized if they insert their own opinion into the news. Murrow put his own opinion into his show when it came to defacing McCarthy and was editorializing much of the time. Murrow did show facts within context, but then he also told the audience of what he thought of the evidence against McCarthy, instead of letting the viewers decide what to think for themselves. He did this, for example, when he said, “But the line between investigating and persecuting is a very fine one, and the Junior Senator from Wisconsin has stepped over it repeatedly.” From everything I’ve been taught about news reporting and writing for the Statesman this is a big no-no. However I also believe that desperate times call for desperate measures, and that in order for journalism to achieve justice and actively engage in its duty as a “watchdog over the government,” Murrow’s hard investigative reporting and opinionated story telling was applaudable given special circumstances.

One aspect of the movie I really enjoyed was the realistic way Murrow acted as an anchor. He didn’t plant a cheesy smile when he faced the camera, and often he didn’t even look at the camera. He was a serious journalist giving serious news and he didn’t feel the need to act fake in front of an audience. That is one of the things that really irritate me about news anchors today; nobody should be smiling when talking about kicking puppies and starving children.

The centralized internal debate in the movie is one that often comes up in journalism today: whether journalists should show hard news or entertainment. The debate is important because society only seems to care about being entertained (People magazine and celebrity-staling paparazzi). On the opposite side of the issue; it’s the journalism industry’s fault for this outcome when only providing what they think the audience wants to see, i.e. entertainment, and refusing to show hard news. This debate went on in the movie with the CBS director saying, “the public wants entertainment, they don’t want a god-damn civics lesson.” What is preached to young journalists today, is that it’s our responsibility to present the news in a way that makes average Joe care about the world and what’s happening around him. Murrow offers a rational and powerful rebuttal when he ended the movie with this quote: “This instrument can teach, it can illuminate; yes, and it can even inspire. But it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it to those ends. Otherwise it is merely wires and lights in a box.”

February 21, 2012

I Noticed That My Posts Are Slowly

tapering off. That’s exactly what I want to avoid because all my other blogs went down the drain that way. So I’ll try to pick up the pace a little. I’ve just been soooo busy this semester that I haven’t even had time to remember that I have a blog I need to be working on :P But this week is sorta my ‘take a breather’ week so I will be able to catch up.

So the last few weeks have produced many new articles and essays that I’m quite proud of. For the BluePrint magazine I wrote a science q&a article about deja vu, and a research feature on a really powerful laser on campus. I also did a short piece about 5 interesting things on campus that most students didn’t know existed.

For the Statesman I wrote an article about an upcoming exhibit called the ‘lost treasures of USU’ which displays a bunch of art from alumni and visiting professors from like, 40 years ago. This one isn’t coming out till Wednesday but I’ll post it when I can. I also wrote a feature on people who like to run in the winter and it got a full page spread!

For my british literature class I picked a passage out of Robinson Crusoe and analyzed how Defoe made the argument that materialism and spiritualism in the 18th century could be conjoined.

I wrote an essay in my young adult literature class which re-awakened the late 17th century argument on which is most important: ancient or modern literature (with a young adult lit spin on it).

All of my articles will be posted today so look for those. I’m waiting to post my essays because we’re allowed to do revisions after we get professor comments back.

More later on what I’m working on today but for right now I’ll get those articles posted.

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