As Campus Correspondent for Her Campus Bucknell I had the opportunity to write and edit for the Bucknell University branch of the national magazine Her Campus. Functioning as Editor in Chief, I pitched story ideas weekly, oversaw all article assignments and schedules, wrote lifestyle articles, and edited all content before publication. 


Forever Orange and Blue

I went to a sleep away camp for seven summers. Upon being forced to leave at the ripe age of 15 without the promise of returning the following summer as a camper, I thought no goodbye would ever be as hard as that one endured. I thought that I could not, and would not, ever cry that much again—and I really could not for a good three months afterwards, running with the joke that “I ran out of tears.” For those that didn’t attend the arguably trivial institution that is an isolated-eight-week sleep away camp, this reference is very possibly just as, well, trivial. But let me put it another way. Picture this: your childhood, your seeming peak as an adolescent, and your comfortable escape from the heightened pressures of the other 10 months of the year marked by elementary-to-middle-to-high school…ripped away even if you’re not ready. That was what the end of summer 2008 was like for me. And don’t you worry, readers, almost six years later and I am—somewhat—beyond the echoing reverberations of my “hell no, we wont go” chants.  But sitting on the quad yesterday, joking that the influx of sun-dressed students was the equivalent of some sort of seasonal Armageddon, I felt an all-too-familiar pain. ...


10 Lessons from "The Breakfast Club"

"Hey, hey, hey, oooo, oooo, wooooah.”

The quintessential ’80s reverberations of Simple Minds’ “Don’t You Forget About Me” function like a veritable—era appropriate—Delorean, sending us back to a time stereotypically marked by rainbow jumpsuits, scrunchies, and Madonna-esque everything. The poignant words of a man once known as Ziggy Stardust shatter like broken glass as we are introduced to the setting, sans its era’s Technicolor tendencies.

“Saturday, March 24, 1984. Shermer High School. Shermer, Illinois, 60062.”

And as the very-’80s filmography takes us through the vacant halls of your average American high school, we are introduced to the situation at hand: one that is frightening to every audience member, no matter the viewer’s age as an adolescent 17 year old or a timeless 50 year old. Saturday morning detention. ...


The Trials and Tribulations of TMI

In a recent interview with Rosie O’Donnell on “The View,” Lena Dunham dished on love, art, and her new novel Not That Kind of Girl.  In closing the discussion regarding her book’s dedication to both Nora Ephron and her boyfriend Jack Antonoff (lead guitarist for Fun), Dunham states, “It can be tough to share stuff that private, but I guess that’s what book dedications are for.”  In true journalist fashion, Rosie O’Donnell catches the bait and continues on the topic, one that has garnered a handful of criticism that surrounds Dunham: “A lot of people have accused you, as they've accused me, of the TMI.  That...we share too much; that we are oversharers.  Would you say that's a sexist perspective?"  Not even allowing a second of deliberation to pass, Dunham responds passionately, “I mean have you ever heard someone say TMI to a man?”  And in true Hannah Horvath eloquence, “...so for me too much information is one of the most offensive phrases in the English language and if someone says it to me I am immediately sure that we are not going to be friends.” ...


Porn is Hijacking Our Sexuality: Two collegiettes' approach to growing pornographic violence

This is more than just a tantalizing strip tease whose slow, seductive motions easily excite its viewer.  This is more than just a resulting hard-on from flips through a glossy Playboy.  This is more than just even Deepthroat’s “lesson” on pleasuring men through a Linda Lovelace allure--and technique.  This is the porn industry in the United States and its relatively recent revolution due to the Internet. The rapid technological development of the 21st century has allowed porn to become readily available and accessible, specifically as new forms have been introduced via webcams according to a Forbes article titled “How Much of the Internet is Actually Porn.”  Prior to being able to stream porn at any time, people would have to wait weeks to rent or even buy videos through mail order and ambitiously face society’s created humiliation of buying porn videos at related stores. Quite simply, the Internet has allowed people to access porn easily, inexpensively and discreetly, which in turn is causing serious problems for our society. ...


Harsh Realities

It’s that time of the year again.  No, not the one with cheery jingles, merry drinking, and present giving despite the incessant snowfall that unfortunately no longer conjures images of glistening treetops and bright days, not to mention that “Dreaming of a White Christmas” is far from our present thoughts.  From what I hear across the pond, the overarching sentiment is “down with Roker” as the daily weather report comes to be nicknamed the Snowpocolypse.  No matter the lack of eggnog (spiked would be preferred at this point) in hand, this time of the year is obviously a little less festive. But just as social media populated: marked by sophomore status updates about upcoming fall semester travel plans and current wanderlust students bragging about their Thursday adventure checking in at their respective hostels in “the land of pasta and pizza” with “feeling Italian” aptly noted.  Welcome to the most study-abroad time of the year, admittedly not the cleverest of captions but at least efficient in its explanation. ...


Love Lessons from Cory and Topanga

Back in sixth grade (flashback to season one circa 1993, crimped hair and all), Cory Matthews—at about 5 feet tall and evidently the mostmature 12-year-old—told Eric adamantly, “Oh yeah, that’s what I want; to be Topanga’s boyfriend.  Then we could name our children Chewbacca and Plankton,” only days later to be pinned up against the hallway wall in a quintessential Disney romance scene. Okay, so maybe not quintessential in the perfected romance of that of Allie and Noah. But, a scene like this, rather an introduction to what was to come, was enough to make our childhood hearts melt. It was fate, or what we told ourselves was perfection, despite Cory’s electrified hair at the moment, and I won’t even begin to comment on Topanga’s wardrobe choices (moreover her name). But that didn’t matter; as with any other sitcom, the love interests were together and that’s all that seemed to matter for that 8:00-8:30 slot before you ventured to bed eagerly awaiting next week’s drama that only 12-year-olds could unravel…especially when Eric’s in play. ...


Resolution Reality: New Years Resolutions You Won't Keep

We’ve all been there: January 1 and feelings of fresh beginnings and new opportunities.  You are a veritable clean slate.  In the spirit of cleanliness and some sort of genesis, you concoct a list of resolutions you’ve told yourself will enhance not only your being but also the coming year.  Yes, it is possible that these pledges could lead to positive changes in your lifestyle.  But if you’re anything like me, they haven’t lasted more than seven days in past years.  The first week of every New Year repeats like that recurring trend of leather pants; sure they looked good on Pat Benatar while she enlightened us with the realization that love is a battlefield but by no means do they enhance the average body type.  But back to reality, January first to seventh, one pound lost, one calorie less consumed, and a flourishing phone relationship with my parents later and I am slowly crawling back into my hole of old ways. ...